Sunday, November 21, 2010

Wish List

So, Christmas and my birthday are less than three weeks apart so, this time of year I usually start putting together a little list for my mom mostly. She always says I'm so hard to shop for. I think that I'm easy but then again, I know what I like! haha. Anyways, my list this year is as follows:

A ticket to Stagecoach

A recent desire to take a trip to Nashville got me really into country music. It's pretty much all I listen to now. The switch was a bit sudden and shocking but I definitely have a new respect for country music and would LOVE to go to Stagecoach. PLUS, my family has an amazing vacation home on a man made lake in Indio, just minutes from where the festival takes place, so it would be PERFECT :)

A dress form

I've wanted a dress form pretty much my ENTIRE life. I ask for one EVERY year, when I gave my mom my list she even said "oh, there's the dress form again" haha.

A pink kitchenaid mixer

I'm famous for my mashed potatoes but since moving out I don't have a mixer of my own. And if I'm going to get one, I want to go big! I've been eyeing this mixer for like two years.

A gold Michael Kors watch

I already have the silver one but I pretty much only wear gold jewelry (I'm OBSESSED with my gold bangles). I'm pretty sure if I got this watch I would never take it off. I LOVE it.

LOST the complete series

Granted, I have seasons 1-5 already on DVD that I always bought the DAY that they came out, but I made a deal with my mom, if she gets me the complete series I'll give her all of my seasons. Sounds like a fair trade to meeeeee :)

A fish eye lens for my Canon rebel

I LOVE the way photos come out with a fish eye lens. This was on my list last year too, we'll see if second time is a charm :)

A cute license plate frame

I recently got a new car that I LOVE and personalized license plates, I would love to doll it up with some cute plate frames :)

A new digital camera

I have had the worst luck with cameras lately and yet again, I'm in the market for a new digital camera. I don't even want anything real fancy or expensive, just something that takes better photos than my phone and is easy to use.

Pretty much everything on etsy
I'm OBSESSED with this print and pretty much everything like it.



Yudu Personal Screen Printer

It would be AWESOME to be able to not only sew, but screen print my designs. The possibilities would be endless.

Seville Tufted HB Parchment headboard

I love the regal feeling of a heaboard. I've wanted one for awhile and finally found one that I like at a reasonable price! :)

DVS slippers

I know these are for boys but I don't care! I LOVE them! My feet are ALWAYS cold but I don't really like traditional slippers. Usually they have really flimsy soles and don't last long. The DVS slippers are more like shoes, so I can wear them outside (which comes in handy since my "studio" is in my garage).

And from my Amazon.com wish list, a bunch of new books :)
Stitched in Time: Memory-Keeping Projects to Sew and Share from the Creator of Posie Gets Cozy by Alicia Paulson

Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures by Amanda Blake Soul

Appliqué Your Way by Kayte Terry

Sew Liberated: 20 Stylish Projects for the Modern Sewist by Meg McElwee

Bend the Rules with Fabric: Fun Sewing Projects with Stencils, Stamps, Dye, Photo Transfers, Silk Screening, and More by Amy Karol

Sew & Stow: 31 Fun Sewing Projects to Carry, Hold, and Organize Your Stuff, Your Home, and Yourself! by Betty Oppenheimer

One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! by Rebecca Yaker

Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew by Amy Karol



And that concludes my list (thus far, tee hee ;) )

Craft Fair Recap!

Goodness!
I don't know WHY it's so hard for me to keep up with this blog. Maybe if I had more followers, I'd be more inclined to keep up with it (note to self). Anyways, since I last wrote I was in my first craft fair!

My friend and old classmate Heather Kent put it on at her church to help fund their youths mission trips. It went VERY well. Everyone responded very well to my product and my set up. I was so pleased.

Here are some photos (sorry for the quality, they were taken with my phone)


My booth (I made a "Not So Cli-Shéa" banner to hang on the table. I used a pink suitcase to display the girls collection, a blue suitcase to display the boys collection and a little doll closet in the middle to display the gender neutral items. People LOVED it.)


The boys collection in its blue suitcase


The girls collection in its pink suitcase


Gender neutral items



I'm SO thankful to have such great friends that not only came and supported me, but also my friend Stefana came early and helped me during my busiest time and my roommate Danica was there the ENTIRE day from 9am-4pm keeping me company at my booth. I don't know what I'd do without them.

The craft fair was SO much fun and not only did I sell a LOT, I also met a lot of really great people who I hope to do craft fairs again with soon.


Speaking of craft fairs, I spent the afternoon at Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival. My roommate and I went to the last one so I knew that I had to check it out again. That sort of thing is SO up my ally. Hopefully one day I'll be featured at Patchwork. There is another one next Sunday in Santa Ana, if you're interested. I would definitely recommend it, although I spent way more money than I should have. haha.

Here is a flyer if you're interested:


I've made so much new stuff lately and have even gotten my roommate to help out! I'm looking forward to sharing some of the new stuff real soon :)



Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Ten Commandments of Crafting

While wandering around Etsy today I came across this page in which TeenAngster got a chance to interview Amy Sedaris, author of Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of this book but, until then, I leave you with an except from the book that TeenAngster provided that I LOVED.

The Ten Commandments of Crafting

I. Remember the crafting day, to keep it hobby.

II. Thou shalt not attempt crafting beyond thy intellectual capacity — a nitwit can't knit.

III. Thou shalt not craft graven images of thy neighbor's wife.

IV. Thou shalt remember to replace the glue cap so the top of the bottle doesn't dry out and then thou hast to get a pin to poke a hole but the glue never really flows as well as it did before.

V. Thou shalt not fill envelopes with glitter and confetti and send them in the mail.

VI. Thou shalt remember that popsicle stick crafts only have the illusion of being structurally sound.

VII. Thou shalt not force a mollusk out of its shell by boiling it alive but rather coax it out with a fork when making a shell necklace.

VII. This craft book, which towers above all other craft books, is a jealous craft book. Thou shalt have no other craft books before it.

IX. Remember to honor thy crafting and pastimes for they are a great way to get your mind off all the damage thy parents did.

X. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's crafts, even though those crafts look like they are supposed to, and thouist crafts resemble a random pile of yarn.

Amy Sedaris is VERY funny and, like I mentioned, I look forward to getting a copy of her book but, until then, I've been keeping busy getting ready for the craft fair that I am going to be a part of this Saturday. If you're free please feel free to stop by :)



Time: Saturday, November 6th 9am-4pm
Location: Faith Presbyterian Church
500 E. San Antonio Ave
Long Beach, CA

It's a GREAT way to support local artists by buying handmade items and would even be a great way to get some holiday shopping done early!

Hope to see you all there!
Feel free to e-mail me with any questions!
notsoclishea@gmail.com


Saturday, October 16, 2010

And the winners aaaaaare.....

So... I know I said I would post the winners on Friday and TECHNICALLY now it's Saturday but I had a CRAZY busy day.
After much anticiaption I'm SO excited to announce the winners of my FIRST giveaway. Thank you to everyone who entered. It was awesome to read all of your comments, to see all of your tweets and to have you all following me! I'm hoping to make this a regular thing, having giveaways as often as I can.

So... without further adieu, the winners of my First Giveaway are:

Kimi Fowler!
Not only did she tweet about my giveaway, she ALSO promoted it on her baby center community account which, according to my blogger stats, got me a staggering EIGHTY FOUR hits on its own. Unfortunatly, Kimi's little guy is a little too big for the aviator onesie so I'm going to actually be making her a custom piece. She is very into golfing so I'm actually going to be making a special order, one of a kind piece especially for her little man :)
Thanks again Kimi for all the support! I can't wait to get your product to you and see photos of your little one looking "Not So Cli-Shéa" ;)

and

"Cat's Litterbox"!
Cathy followed my blog, commented on the blog post, tweeted about Not So Cli-Shéa (@NotSoCliShea) AND commented on my Facebook Fan Page
I can't WAIT to see her little Gus in his new pair of Aviators :)

AND since I'm making Kimi K. Fowler a custom onesie, I still have one more winner to announce!

The winner of the diamond "bling" onesie is...

Kristin Miller!
Kristen also followed my blog, commented on the blog post and even blogged about it! I can't wait to see who Kristin will surprise with the wonderful gift of a custom handmade onesie! :)

To the winners: please e-mail me (NotSoCliShea@gmail.com) with your mailing address so that I can send you your onesie as soon as possible :) Please feel free to take photos of your little one wearing their garment and send them my way. I would LOVE to feature them on my blog and even on my Facebook Fan Page!


Again, thank you to EVERYONE for participating. Your support is MUCH appreciated. Stay tuned for more news and more giveaways hopefully very soon! :)


Also, I would like to thank my best friend and roommate Danica for all of her help and support with this. She is having a giveaway of some of my onesies on her blog as well if you care to take a look. I don't know what I would do without that girl. Also, a little side note this weekend is going to be crazy for her. She's going to be working the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon and Half Marathon. I just pray that everything goes smoothly and it's not too much of a stress fest for her.



Sunday, October 10, 2010

My First GIVEAWAY!!!

So, I'm SO excited to announce my first Giveaway! I have been wanting to have one for awhile but have just been so crazy busy. And now, I've finally put some time aside to actually do it!

So, my first two giveaway items are:

Aviators on Grey and White Striped Long Sleeve
Size: 6-9 months

This is one of my favorite pieces. Very unique, very hip. Perfect for your little cool guy. :)




And second, Diamond Ring on Pink
Size:6-9 months

Perfect for your little "Material Girl" this diamond ring has enough bling to catch anyones eye.




These make for great unique pieces for your child or, they also make fabulous gifts for friends and for baby showers.

I'm SO excited to FINALLY be having a giveaway and with that being said, entering is easy!

To enter simply:
-Follow my blog
-Leave a comment on this blog post
-Link to my blog
-Tweet about Not So Cli-Shéa (@NotSoCliShea)
-Leave a comment on my Facebook Fan page

OR combine any and/or ALL of the above! There is NO maximum amount of entries so comment, link and tweet away!
There will be two winners, one for each item. Winners will be announced on Friday October 15th. Good Luck to everyone and I can't wait to announce the winners!
Shea

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fiiiinally

I'm SO excited to announce that I will be having a booth at my friend Heather Kent's Craft Fair on Saturday November 6th. Check out the facebook event here.

It's still a little over a month away but I've been working away at getting all of my stuff ready for purchase and putting together a cute and eye catching table/booth. My roommate has been helping me with ideas and even going to craft fairs and flea markets with me. I'm so excited. This is going to be my first craft fair. Heather' asked me to do a craft fair awhile back but I just didn't feel my product to be 100% ready. I'm pretty type A and I either do things 100% or not at all. So, I decided to hold off and, lucky for me, Heather decided to have another craft fair and I'm honored to be asked to join again! :)

I've made several new items that I'm going to be sharing soon and I want to share some photos of my potential table set-up for the fair to possibly get some feedback.

Ideally I'd like to change my blog up a bit first and make it a little more functional but stay tuned, a lot of exciting things are in the works! :)

Shea

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Four MONTHS?!

So, as you can tell I havn't updated the blog in over four months. I'm so disaapointed with myself but I DO have my reasons.

I have been SUPER busy recently. I started working at my parents office, along with my job at the bar AND babysitting my cousin twice a week AND making baby clothes AND since the last time I wrote Danica and I moved! It has left me just enough time to do some facebooking and tweeting but not much to really sit and do some decent blogging.

Another reason I've kept away from the blog front is because I have been camera-less :( I have had pretty terrible camera luck in recent months. First, I had my camera stolen at a friends birthday party at a club, being strapped for cash I bought a hundred dollar replacment camera that I lost the charging cord for I guess during the move. Buying a new one pretty much cost the same as the camera so I didn't want to do that. My Canon Rebel SLR has been acting up so I haven't been able to use that either. Long story short... well.. not really at this point, I got a new camera!



It's waterproof, dust proof, shock proof AND freeze proof! If you know anything about me, I'm not real "outdoorsy" but I figured having a durable camera sure couldn't hurt.

Some more exciting news: Since the move, I relocated my "office" to our new place! We have a MASSIVE garage so I packed up all of my "craft room" from my parents garage and hauled it over to its new home. (photos to follow)

Here are some of the pieces that I've created since my last post. Bare with me, all of these are from my phone and for some reason the sizing and placement is a little weird but.. you get the idea.


Go Green Baby!


Go Green on Grey


Cement Truck


Long Beach Baby


Sailboat


Anchor


Dia De Los Muertos Baby


Egg on Purple


Navy Egg


Pink Leopard Locket


Popsicle


These are my new favs. I've recently become a huge fan of making what are called "yo-yo's" which I put on the onesies. The buttons that you see are actually faux buttons made of felt.


Pink Yo Yo


Orange Yo Yo


Beige Yo Yos


Navy Baby made for my friend Pilars son Keaton



"K" Onsie


Keaton in his "K" onesie


Itsie Bitsy Teenie Weenie Orange Polka Dot Bikini


Alhambra Fire Dept Girl


Alhambra Fire Dept Boy


Alhambra Fire Dept Twins (Front)


Alhambra Fire Dept Twins (Back)

I have much more to catch everyone up on but I'l leave it at that for now so that I have more to write later :)



Shea