Monday, July 17, 2017

Meet the Maker: Kerri of Little Berry Clothing

Happy Monday! I'm back with another installment of my "Meet the Maker" series. Today I'm introducing you to Kerri of Little Berry Clothing! 
Kerri and I are actually family! If I have the family tree right, her mother and my mother are cousins, which makes us... third cousins? Maybe? Haha. Kerri is an incredibly talented seamstress. I've dabbled in sewing and can do pretty basic things but she can do it all! Her baby leggings are absolutely adorable and her women's fashion is to die for (I personally have my eye on this kimono). But enough from me, let's hear from her!

Tell me a little bit about yourself. 

What is it that you make and how did you get started?

I am a seamstress and clothing designer. I decided to take up sewing when I was pregnant with my second son, who is now 6. I just decided to learn one day... maybe I was hardcore nesting? I bought a sewing machine and watched a ton of YouTube videos. Currently, I make clothing for babies and women. The majority of my business is my baby clothing line and I have just recently began to sell my women's clothing.


I use Etsy as one of my selling venues. My main shop is www.littleberryclothing.etsy.com

And my recently opened shop is www.kerribrenfashion.etsy.com

Loves: I am very family oriented and above all I love my family. While I run my business full time I am also a mother to four boys! They are ages 8 years, 6 years, 4 years and 8 months old. I also have an amazing husband who is my number one supporter. Having him believe in me and my vision has been huge to me in growing my handmade company.

Hates
The sound of people chewing!

Any Guilty Pleasures: 
Oh man, buying fabric. I love fabric. I buy fabric for my business, I buy fabric for myself, I buy fabric for my kids, I buy fabric for all the amazing ideas I have that  do not have time for. I borderline have a problem. OK I probably do have a problem! I am obsessed with fun and quirky or beautiful prints.

Cocktail of choice
Wine. Sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio all the way. After my typical day of sewing, filling orders, shipping orders and then putting on my mom hat and getting errands ran, dinner cooked, homework done, baths and nighttime routine - WINE is my saving grace!


What advice to you have for fellow makers? 
Be true to you and whatever it is that pulls at you... follow it. As a clothing designer it can be difficult to not get carried away with "What's trendy right now?" vs "What is my vision?" Of course, I want to stay on trend to an extent, but when I make something that is 100% me and I just let my creativity flow it feels amazing. There will always be someone interested in your unique style or taste and those people will likely be your biggest fans or most loyal customers.
Thank you Kerri for being a part of this Meet the Maker series! We seriously need to set up a sewing date!
Be sure to check out her Little Berry Instagram // Kerri Bren Fashion Instagram // Facebook // Little Berry Clothing Etsy Shop // Kerri Bren Fashion Etsy Shop

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Favorites

We made it through another week! If you ask me, that's reason to celebrate! I went to a concert last night so I'm already feeling a little sluggish, and ready to be home with a cocktail in my hand. Come on 5:00! If, like me, you're struggling a bit today, here is a new batch of favorites to brighten your day!

I have a small obsession with bar carts. I'm really not sure why. I think there is something very "adult" about them. An issue I always have though is that I always find something each one is missing, this one though, since it's a DIY, anything that is missing, you can add or modify! I love the copper details and the modern yet industrial feel. 

Not gunna lie, my normal sleeping attire is sweatpants and an old t-shirt but it has been SO HOT lately I've been on the hunt for something to sleep in that wont have me waking up miserably hot. This adorable PJ set from Target is lightweight and adorable!

How adorable is this DIY box created by none other than Nik, one of my featured makers! I'm always looking for a place to store my odds and ends and this box is perfect!

I'm not in the market for a new nightstand, I actually still love the vintage ones I found on Craigslist several years ago, but how adorable is this nightstand?? I'm trying to think of another use for it because I LOVE it!

It wouldn't be a Not So Cli-Shea Friday Favorites without something desert related. I recently came across Carley Rudd and fell in love. This print would be the perfect addition to my craft cave!

And that rounds out this weeks favorites! I hope you enjoyed them!
Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Meet the Maker: Erin of Events by Erin

Happy Monday! I'm back with another installment of my "Meet the Maker" series. I decided to take last week off for the holiday but I'm back today with a new maker! Today I'm introducing you to Erin of Events by Erin
I first met Erin way back in high school through mutual friends. We have since reconnected through the Orange County Makers group. I love her fun funky style and her work promoting self love. And to top it all off... she's also a huge X-Files fan (if you didn't know, my dogs are named after the X-files)! Let's get to know her a little better, shall we?

Tell me a little bit about yourself. 

What is it that you make and how did you get started?

I'm a visual artist and avid crafter living in Orange County, CA.  I'm essentially a freelancer, I don't really have a regular gig or shop (yet!) but I love any kind of creative work that comes my way.  I've always been a maker in one form or another, and have been crafting and creating since I was a child.  I received my BA in Studio Art from Cal State Fullerton in 2010 with a focus in the ceramic arts.  My passion is figurative ceramic and mixed media sculpture; I love celebrating and emphasizing the beauty of the female form in clay!  Lately I've been focusing my creative energies on the event design world, and have experience in planning, crafting, and coordinating weddings and other events.  I do floral arrangements, I build backdrops, I sew; I do styling for creative photo shoots, and even a little modeling too!  I love helping people conceptualize their creative ideas and transform them into beautiful realities.  I love collaborating with other creatives, teaching, pushing boundaries, and advocating. I recently got to teach a craft workshop at the incredible Craftcation Conference put on by Dear Handmade Life, and I'll be back again in 2018 for sure!  I spend the rest of my time laughing at my husband's jokes and snuggling my two mutts, biscuit and flapjack.
Loveshosting themed gatherings for my friends (my 30th birthday party was X-files themed, complete with a "guess the evidence" game, "black oil" jello shots, flying saucers and a 15 foot inflatable alien!  It's my all time favorite show!), putting together amazing charcuterie plates, camping in the forest, tattoos, dancing to R Kelly, burgers and fries!  

Hates
this soCal heat!  give me rainy weather any day, please! 

Any Guilty Pleasures: 
ordering a milkshake with that burger and fries ;) 

Cocktail of choice
anything they dream up at the Cellar in Fullerton, the mixologists at this place are geniuses!  The "Brush Fire" is a long time favorite...whiskey, lavender, lemon, sage, honey, and smoke.  absolute heaven!  

What advice to you have for fellow makers? 
I feel most satisfied with my "making" when I do something just for me.  It's important to find time amongst all your paid gigs to do a project that is for nothing other than your own pleasure.  I find spending too long on Pinterest or Instagram can lead away from inspiration and actually start making me feel discouraged.  Step away from social media, and gather inspiration elsewhere!  Go to a museum, get outside, go to a local park you've never checked out, take a different route on your evening walk with your pups.  Your mind has all the creative prowess you need, challenge it with a change of scenery!
Thank you Erin for being a part of this Meet the Maker series! 
Be sure to check out her site and her Instagram

Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!! I hope you all had a happy and safe 4th! 

With the 4th of July holiday, it was a shortened week which is always nice but it also feels like I've been playing catch up all week. Not to mention, I had house guests for several days, so playing catch up on all my house work as well... I need another holiday! Haha. 
Let's jump right into this week's favorites!

I actually recently bought and revamped one of these same cutting boards (with some  gold paint of course) but I never thought to make my own little cactus cutting board! So cute! Especially for a summer party in the desert!

If you don't already watch "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", I definitely recommend that you do, just for my favorite character, Titus Andromedon. He seriously steals the show and has me dying laughing any time he's on screen. Anyways, he has a song on the show called Pinot Noir and even though I don't generally drink red wine, I will make an exception for this. 

I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit, I'm in my 30's and have never purchased what I would consider a "grown up couch". Well, that all changed last weekend. My mom and I went to Living Spaces (I had never been and really didn't know what to expect) and went on a hunt for the perfect couch. It had to be something somewhat modern and my husbands one request was that it be "comf" (aka comfortable). I was somewhat overwhelmed by all the different fabric options but finally decided on a modern grey and can not WAIT to see it! I really like that there are only two cushions because the couches we have now, I always find myself falling in the cracks. As with any major purchase, I spent the whole car ride home questioning my decision (couches aren't cheap after all!) but I'm sure I will love it. I should be getting it in a week or so, so I'll keep you posted!

Yes... it's another DIY using those mini Ikea cutting boards! But in a completely different way! I absolutely LOVE this idea of providing your guests a serving tray/drink holding duo. I may have to cut the board I already have to create one of these bad boys!

And lastly, it's no secret that I have a love for all things Palm Springs, we got married there after all. I'm constantly on the hunt for some Palm Springs/desert inspired art for our home, specifically our bedroom. I love the modern simplicity of this print. So much so, I think I'm going to pull the trigger and buy it today. 

And that rounds out this weeks favorites. Have you found anything around the web worth sharing? 
I'd love to see it! 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Favorites

Here we are! Another Friday... and of an extra long holiday weekend at that! To be fair, I'm not entirely sure if I get Monday off, but I'm taking it. Haha. Let's jump into this weeks favorites!
I bought some cute luggage years ago before the 360 degree swivel was popular and every time I see someone with them, I bubble over with envy. Not only dose this luggage have the coveted spnning wheels, do you see those colors?! Mint and pink!? GIMME!

I know we are a ways out from Christmas still (although I saw them stocking Christmas stuff at Hobby Lobby the other day) but I came across these adorable cacti ornaments and I'm pretty sure I need them. 

I've been eyeballing these round beach towels for months and trying to decide which one to buy... then I found this DIY and love it. You can create it with any towels you like! 

So... a couple of weeks ago I bought myself a ukulele on a whim and I have been LOVING it. It's fairly easy to pick up so lately I've been obsessing over all things uke related. I may have to attempt this on mine. 

Mimosa popsicles... need I say more?

And that rounds out this weeks favorites! 
Hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Meet the Maker: Erica from The Sticker Party Shop

Happy Monday! I'm back with another installment of my "Meet the Maker" series. Today I'm introducing you to  Erica of The Sticker Party Shop!
I first came across Erica when I stumbled upon her Etsy listing for Bachelor in Paradise planner stickers. They got me laughing and so I started looking through some of her other listings. With planner stickers for other shows like The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Orange is the New Black and Grey's Anatomy, she's got something for everyone! Not to mention, stickers for every holiday, season and everything in between (even your Amazon prime orders!) I knew I HAD to ask her to be one of my makers and lucky for me, she agreed! 

Tell me a little bit about yourself. 

Hi! My name is Erica, I'm 24 years old, and I'm from Montreal, Canada. I finished up my bachelor's degree in Communications a couple years ago & now I focus on running my Etsy shop, The Sticker Party, full-time. I'm a self-taught graphic designer--I've been fiddling with Photoshop ever since I was 11 years old, so to be able to design stuff I love and sell it online is super gratifying!

What is it that you make and how did you get started?

I design hand drawn planner stickers; everything from appointment reminders, to fun decorative stickers, to checklists, to TV show trackers. I came across a YouTube video in 2015 where someone was showing off her planner full of colorful stickers, and it looked so beautiful! I always enjoyed doodling in my school agendas growing up so I was immediately drawn to the idea of decorative planning. I did a quick search on Etsy and noticed that people were selling planner stickers on there, but I thought to myself, "I can design my own!" The next day I bought a Silhouette Portrait machine and started making my own stickers. A few designs later I figured I may as well boot up an Etsy shop of my own - and here we are :) I just surpassed 7000 sales!
LovesI'm a reality TV show connoisseur. I love all kinds of reality TV competitions and my faves are Big Brother, Survivor, and The Bachelor. I actually design stickers that help track evictions, eliminations and rose ceremonies - they're a big hit! I'm also big on leisure time: face masks, bubble baths, manipedis, and Netflix all day everyday, please.

HatesI try my best not to be a hater so I'll keep my list short & sweet: bigots, taxes, and doing dishes.

Any Guilty Pleasures:I genuinely can't think of any!  

Cocktail of choiceI'm not that fussy about cocktails, to be honest. I love a cold beer on a hot day. Oh and champagne. I guess I'm partial to fizzy drinks! 

What advice to you have for fellow makers? Keep to your self-imposed deadlines as best as you can. Take breaks: close the office door at the end of the day, turn off social media notifications, and check your messages in the morning or on Monday. Also, keep producing. It can be hard when you're juggling filling orders and trying to make new products (trust me, there isn't enough time in the day), but new products will keep the ball rolling. Finally, take care of your customers! Show them you're listening to their suggestions and that you're grateful for their business. They are, after all, the ones enabling your creative enterprise.
Thank you Erica for being a part of this Meet the Maker series! 
Be sure to check her out on Instagram // Etsy

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Favorites

Another long and stressful week is coming to a close and you know what that means... a fresh batch of favorites!
This DIY Mid Century Side Table
Iiiiii meeeeean... do you not LOVE it?! That color! Those legs! And would you believe that the base is made out of a cake pan?? I'm definitely making one. 

I'll use any excuse to throw a party, a summer wine tasting is definitely going on my to-do list this summer!

Who knew just a little paper could make you feel like you're on vacation?!

I'm a sucker for all things cactus. These oven mitts are the perfect mix of form and function!

Yes... it's more cactus. Are you surprised?

And that rounds out this weeks favorites! Have you found anything around the web worth sharing? I'd love to see it!