The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:41:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 The Crafted Business: Getting Startedhttp://thecraftedlife.com/crafted-business-getting-started/ http://thecraftedlife.com/crafted-business-getting-started/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:41:36 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=3628  (image by a pair & a spare) Thanks to some encouraging words from my friend Rachael, I opened a Society6 shop last week to sell some of my prints. Photography is a newer hobby of mine, I’ve even been able to do some freelancing this year, but it got me thinking about starting a shop for the

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A Pair & A Spare print (image by a pair & a spare)

Thanks to some encouraging words from my friend Rachael, I opened a Society6 shop last week to sell some of my prints. Photography is a newer hobby of mine, I’ve even been able to do some freelancing this year, but it got me thinking about starting a shop for the other items I make.

I’ve dabbled on Etsy before, but I wasn’t serious about what I was doing or what I was selling. I was perfectly happy when my shop got a favorite or two, but at the end of the day, there was a disconnect between me and the product.

Here are some basic tips that I learned the first time around:

1. Find something to make that you don’t hate making. Sure, there might be a market for the item you’re selling, but are you going to be motivated to make that item and ship it out on time? Chances are you’ll put it off until the last minute.

2. Set goals and track them. I used to list items without purpose which put me at a loss with my inventory and overall budget. Being aware of every detail will help you actually turn a profit and get you closer to a full time creative job.

3. Don’t undervalue your work. Pricing an item you make is hard, there’s no doubt about that! You can compare yourself to what others are charging to compete OR you can try this helpful formula.

Of course it’s scary to put work you’re passionate about out there, but if it’s something want to do, I say take the risk. Don’t let the fear of getting started hold you back from something that could be really great!

 

PS Feel free to share your shop in the comments as well as any tips that you have!  Also, I’m thinking about making ‘The Crafted Business’ a reoccurring column and would love to hear what you think!

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Embroidered Paper Binhttp://thecraftedlife.com/embroidered-paper-bin/ http://thecraftedlife.com/embroidered-paper-bin/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:15:47 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=3605 Time: 40 minutes Materials: yarn, mesh trash can, scissors As much as I love simple and clean design, there are times that I can’t resist a little whimsy. When looking at my paper bin and wondering how I can make it stand out in my office, I remembered that I could use yarn to jazz

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Time: 40 minutes
Materials: yarn, mesh trash can, scissors

Embroidered Paper BinAs much as I love simple and clean design, there are times that I can’t resist a little whimsy. When looking at my paper bin and wondering how I can make it stand out in my office, I remembered that I could use yarn to jazz it up, just like I did with my pencil cup. Now, you may be thinking to yourself right now, “woah woah, is this TOO much whimsy for me?” and to that I say nonsense! The best part about this project is that you can change the design at anytime, or get rid of it all together without any harm being done. So go ahead, get a little crazy, have fun, and above all, make sure your cats are in the other room when attempting.

Embroidered Paper BinBefore beginning this project, I found a black mesh trashcan and spray painted it gold. I recommend having a variety of colored yarn to choose from. If you don’t want to invest in full skeins, you can find mini ones right here for $8.

Embroidered Paper BinStart by measuring and cutting strips of yarn. I used 5 10″strands for each “stitch”

Embroidered Paper BinChoose your placement, then slip both ends of your bundle between the mesh.

Embroidered Paper Bin

Tie the two ends together and knot. Keep repeating until you’re happy with the pattern.

Embroidered Paper BinSnip the ends, fill your bin with paper and enjoy!

Embroidered Paper Bin

Embroidered Paper Bin

 

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A Much Needed Reminderhttp://thecraftedlife.com/much-needed-reminder/ http://thecraftedlife.com/much-needed-reminder/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:27:31 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=3585 (image by Love from Ginger; download for your phone’s wallpaper here!) What a week! My dear friend Rachael (Love From Ginger) created the above image as part of her new series Wise Words Wallpaper and I absolutely love it. This year has been a year of risk taking for me, so it’s nice to be reminded that I am in

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Love From Ginger Inspiration(image by Love from Ginger; download for your phone’s wallpaper here!)

What a week! My dear friend Rachael (Love From Ginger) created the above image as part of her new series Wise Words Wallpaper and I absolutely love it. This year has been a year of risk taking for me, so it’s nice to be reminded that I am in fact on the right path. In the upcoming weeks I’ll have some big news to share with you, but for now, let’s just relax and remember, we are exactly where we need to be.

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10 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggshttp://thecraftedlife.com/10-ways-to-decorate-easter-eggs/ http://thecraftedlife.com/10-ways-to-decorate-easter-eggs/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:54:07 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=3562 I can’t get over how many creative ways there are to decorate eggs these days. As a kid, I remember my only options being a white crayon and Paas dye tablets. Although I won’t be partaking in any Easter festivities this weekend, aside from brunch that is, I hope that you’ll take a crack at

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10 Awesome Ways to Decorate Easter EggsI can’t get over how many creative ways there are to decorate eggs these days. As a kid, I remember my only options being a white crayon and Paas dye tablets. Although I won’t be partaking in any Easter festivities this weekend, aside from brunch that is, I hope that you’ll take a crack at these one of these eggcellent ideas!

1. Easter Egg Bunnies by Confetti Sunshine
2. Egg Man by A Bit of Pilli Pilli
3. Watercolor Eggs by Craftberry Bush
4. Painted Plastic Eggs by Tell Love Chocolate
5. Painted Wooden Eggs by My Poppet
6. Pastel Portrait Eggs by Paper & Stitch
7. All Natural Easter Egg Dye by Better Homes & Garden
8. Cement Easter Eggs by Camille Styles
9. Natural Brown Easter Eggs by Kaley Ann
10. Pantone Eggs by How About Orange

And if you’re not into decorating eggs, try making these fresh flower cupcake toppers instead!

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Fresh Flower Cupcake Toppershttp://thecraftedlife.com/fresh-flower-cupcake-toppers/ http://thecraftedlife.com/fresh-flower-cupcake-toppers/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:04:55 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=3532 Time: 15- 20 minutes Materials: flowers, sponge, bamboo skewers, wire, scissors That’s right folks, cupcakes AND flowers. together. at last. I tend to make a lot of practical crafts for this blog, but this week, I wanted to do something fun for spring. Are these flower cupcake toppers a reasonable craft for a large party? Debatable.

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Time: 15- 20 minutes
Materials: flowers, sponge, bamboo skewers, wire, scissors

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake ToppersThat’s right folks, cupcakes AND flowers. together. at last.

I tend to make a lot of practical crafts for this blog, but this week, I wanted to do something fun for spring. Are these flower cupcake toppers a reasonable craft for a large party? Debatable. Will they rock said party if you decide make them? Absolutely! Sometimes you just gotta let loose and follow your crafty dreams.

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake Toppers

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake ToppersCut your flowers short, leaving only about 1-1 1/2″ of stem. You want enough to secure to the skewer, but not so much where the flower goes into the cupcake.

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake ToppersCut a very thin layer of sponge, then dip in water. Aline your flower stem beside the skewer (or slip onto the skewer if able), cover the base with the damp sponge, then tape in place. You’ll want to cover the tape with wire, or maybe even scrap fabric, so it does not show. I started with floral wire, but found it a bit too difficult to mold. A thin, flexible jewelry wire should do the trick.

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake ToppersPlace toppers in your cupcakes and serve! If you are having several guest over, these would also look great on a singular cake. For reference, the ranunculus lasted ~4 hours, the lilac ~5 hours, and the daffodils ~7.5 hours, all without refrigeration.

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake Toppers

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake Toppers

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake Toppers

Looking for more floral inspiration? Follow my instagram hashtag, #sundayflowerseries, for a new flower every week! 

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6 Must-Try Embroidery Projectshttp://thecraftedlife.com/6-must-try-embroidery-projects/ http://thecraftedlife.com/6-must-try-embroidery-projects/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:44:18 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=3514 Who knew embroidery was so wonderful?! Okay, I’m sure you knew. I guess I’m just a little late to the game. One of my crafty goals for the upcoming weeks is to channel the inspiration I found at Craftcation into exploring new mediums. Whether or not my experiments will end up on this blog or not has

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Who knew embroidery was so wonderful?! Okay, I’m sure you knew. I guess I’m just a little late to the game. One of my crafty goals for the upcoming weeks is to channel the inspiration I found at Craftcation into exploring new mediums. Whether or not my experiments will end up on this blog or not has yet to be determined. For now, these 6 embroidery projects are calling my name!

6 Must-Try Embroidery Projects

1. Fitzgerald Floral Embroidery by For the Makers
2. Sewing Sayings via Kollabora
3. Embroidered Cat Tote by The Pink Samurai
4. French Dot Constellation Runner by Design Sponge
5. DIY Embroidered Photo Art by A Beautiful Mess
6. Tapestry Embroidery by Richard Saja via Etsy

I’d love to hear your take on embroidery. Have you ever tried it before? Have a favorite pattern? Perhaps it’s too time consuming?  Feel free to dish in the comments below!

 

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Craftcation Recaphttp://thecraftedlife.com/craftcation-recap/ http://thecraftedlife.com/craftcation-recap/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:49:56 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=3483 Cards above from: Fresh Baked Paper Goods, Sprout Studio, Ugly Baby and La Ru, Christine Haynes, A Truly Enormous Journey, Blu Penny, Vitamini Handmade, Make and Takes, Sienne Josselin   It’s official: Craftcation is the BEST conference I’ve ever attended. It’s rare to find an environment that’s simultaneously welcoming and nurturing, but that’s exactly how

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Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

Cards above from: Fresh Baked Paper Goods, Sprout Studio, Ugly Baby and La Ru, Christine Haynes, A Truly Enormous Journey, Blu Penny, Vitamini Handmade, Make and Takes, Sienne Josselin

 

It’s official: Craftcation is the BEST conference I’ve ever attended. It’s rare to find an environment that’s simultaneously welcoming and nurturing, but that’s exactly how I would describe my time in Ventura. I took business classes that were packed full of valuable information, chatted with other bloggers who were honest and insightful, and best of all, met passionate and talented makers.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted LifeTaking note from Lisa Congdon’s keynote (which absolutely blew me away!), I decided to challenge myself and take workshops revolving around things I had never done before. Not only do I feel refreshed creatively, but I also feel more confident in my ability to experiment with new mediums. Sometimes, you just have to take a risk and embrace the abyss! Here are a few snippets of what I made:

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted LifeI discovered a new love for embroidery. It’s something I’ve always avoided because I thought it was too time consuming, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I love the free flow nature of it and how forgiving the stitching can be compared to cross-stitching. One of my most peaceful moments of the trip was stitching this number while soaking in the ocean view.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

Brittni of Paper & Stitch taught us how to make fresh flower accessories. That’s right, the type of pieces dreams are made of! I’d wear this piece in my hair everyday if I could.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

The most intense workshop by far was dress making 101 with Christine Haynes. But by intense I mean amazing. This was my first experience with a sewing machine, and I am proud to say that it won’t be my last. Christine was so sweet and so fun that I instantly fell in love sewing and even started of dreaming of other items I wanted to make. After 6 hours of work (split over two days), I walked away with a lovely tunic that I’ll be wearing non-stop. If you ever get the chance, you absolutely must take one of her classes or make one of her patterns.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

Last but not least, Jennifer Lake taught a really fun workshop on how to make terrariums. I am so happy this guy made it back to SF safely because I LOVE it. I have a feeling that this will be just the start of my collection.

I can’t thank Delilah and Nicole enough for putting together such an amazing event. I’m already counting down the days for next year!

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DIY Business Card Holderhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-business-card-holder/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-business-card-holder/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:14:41 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=3430 Time: 30 minutes Materials: acrylic felt, fusible bonding web, scissors, iron, button, needle & thread Anddd I’m back from Craftcation! Seriously, what an amazing trip! I can’t wait to share more details with you later this week. Before leaving for Ventura, I made this DIY business card holder. Because really, you have to spice up your cards

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Time: 30 minutes
Materials: acrylic felt, fusible bonding webscissors, iron, button, needle & thread

DIY Business Card Holder | The Crafted LifeAnddd I’m back from Craftcation! Seriously, what an amazing trip! I can’t wait to share more details with you later this week. Before leaving for Ventura, I made this DIY business card holder. Because really, you have to spice up your cards a bit when attending a  craft conference!

DIY Business Card Holder | The Crafted LifeIf you have a sewing machine, or have some time to hand stitch, you can do that instead of using fusible bonding web. I didn’t do any stitching and the bonding held up throughout a 5 day conference.

DIY Business Card Holder | The Crafted Life

First cut and measure your fabric. For the back (pink) it should be 5″ wide by 5 1/2″ tall. The front (blue) is 5″ wide by 3 3/4″ tall.

Sew a button onto the smaller piece of acrylic then place face down. Next, cut and place your bonding web in between the two layers of fabric. Double check that your business card will fit inside the bonding margins before ironing.

Iron until the bonding is set. You can trim any over lapping at this stage (if you’re two pieces didn’t line up 100%). Finally, make a slit in the pink fabric for your button, fill with business cards, then close!

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How to Sew a Buttonhttp://thecraftedlife.com/sew-button/ http://thecraftedlife.com/sew-button/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:59:38 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=3444 Time: 3-5 minutes Materials: thread, needle, shank button, scissors, fabric Before jumping into a 4 day make-a-thon known as Craftcation, I decided to brush up on the little sewing skills I have. While glitter dipping will always be my craft of choice, it’s nice to have a base of practical skills. I’ll be sharing a DIY using this technique

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Time: 3-5 minutes
Materials: thread, needle, shank button, scissors, fabric

Before jumping into a 4 day make-a-thon known as Craftcation, I decided to brush up on the little sewing skills I have. While glitter dipping will always be my craft of choice, it’s nice to have a base of practical skills. I’ll be sharing a DIY using this technique next week, so stay tuned!

How to Sew a Button | The Crafted Life

1. Measure out your thread then tie a knot at the end. For a more durable hold, double layer your thread.

2. Thread your needle.

3. Pull your threaded needle through your fabric once. The knot should be on the back of the fabric so the button faces outward.

4. Pass your needle through the button shank then pull button down until it’s touching the fabric. The needle should then go back into the fabric near the original stitch.

5. Hold the button in place with your thumb and continue the process of passing the needle up through the fabric, through the shank, then back down until button is secure. It should take about 10 times, but you can always do more to be safe.

6. Tie your finishing knot in the back when done.

Today my dear friend Mere and I are heading south to Venture, CA for Craftcation. In case you haven’t heard of the conference, it’s a crafters DREAM! While there, I’ll be attending lectures on how to run a creative biz plus taking workshops like dressmaking 101, fresh flower accessories, gift wrapping and more. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with you when I return, but in the meantime, you can follow along on my Instagram feed.

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DIY Ombre Clochehttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-ombre-cloche/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-ombre-cloche/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:15:47 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=3409 Time: 10 Minutes Materials: cloche, spray paint, drop cloth Warning: I may just have a new crafty addiction. After making this 10 minute vase a few weeks back, I’ve been searching my apartment (and every store in the bay area) for other fun glass items to paint. I loved the light, airy look I was able

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Time: 10 Minutes
Materials: cloche, spray paint, drop cloth

DIY Ombre Cloche | The Crafted Life

Warning: I may just have a new crafty addiction.

After making this 10 minute vase a few weeks back, I’ve been searching my apartment (and every store in the bay area) for other fun glass items to paint. I loved the light, airy look I was able to achieve with spray paint, and knew that when I spotted this cloche at Michaels that I had found the perfect item for my second attempt. At this point, no glass surface is safe from an ombre makeover!

DIY Ombre Cloche | The Crafted Life

DIY Ombre Cloche | The Crafted Life

Head to a well ventilated area and rest your cloche on top of your drop cloth. The trick to getting the ombre effect is to paint the actual drop cloth and not the glass itself. The paint will splash up from the drop cloth and stick to the glass. The closer to the cloche you are (without touch) the better. Work in a circle until the entire base is painted.

DIY Ombre Cloche | The Crafted Life

When you’re done painting, let dry then display!

DIY Ombre Cloche | The Crafted Life

DIY Ombre Cloche | The Crafted Life

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