Monday, April 24, 2017

Meet the Maker: Erin Casement of Design Punch

We're back with another new "Meet the Maker Monday"! I'm super excited to be introducing you to Erin Casement today! I first met Erin when she began dating her now husband Chris, who I knew from what I like to refer to as "the college years". Erin is the perfect mix of wit, class and beauty. She has since helped me create my wedding invitations, the invitations for Danica's baby shower as well as the invitations for my 30th and 31st birthdays! She's a wiz at what she does and I'm honored to introduce you to her. 

Tell me a little bit about yourself...

Hi I'm Erin, I'm originally from Kansas City, MO but now call Southern California "home". I'm a digital marketing executive by day, an Etsy shop owner by night and occasionally moonlight as a commercial actress. I specialize in making shirts, invitations, jokes and spicy tacos. Pleased to "meet" you! 

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

My Etsy shop, Design Punch, sells custom Bridesmaid/Bridal Party shirts, mugs and printable wedding/baby shower/bachelorette party invitations. I opened my shop after teaching myself Illustrator and Photoshop, thinking I might be able to make a little extra money selling printable 8x10 quotes/posters. It's transformed over the past 3 years into a full-blown side hustle specializing in wedding designs!

Loves: Modern design, rainy days, jumpsuits, puns, soft shirts, AFV and pizza.

Hates: Hmmmm... bullies?

Guilty Pleasures: Eating all the cake.

Cocktail of Choice: Vodka/soda with all the citrus. 

What advice to you have for fellow makers?

Study the competition and find your niche in the marketplace. Focus on customer service, the longer people wait for you to respond the more likely it is you'll lose a sale! Focus on SEO and keywords for your listings. Finally, great photography is a MUST and can help you get featured
Thank you for tuning in another week of my "Meet the Maker" series! 
Be sure to check out Erin's amazing work on  Etsy
Next week, I'm going to be featuring Emmaflhair and you won't want to miss it!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Meet the Maker: Paige Poppe

Happy Monday! It's time for another installment in the "Meet the Maker" series! I am SO excited about today's feature. I seriously squealed when she agreed to be a part of this series. I'm not entirely sure how I ended up down the rabbit hole of the internet and found Paige but I think it was when I was scouring the web for an artist that specializes in desert scenes. As you may or may not know, I was married in the Coachella Valley Desert in beautiful Palm Springs, so the desert has a special place in my heart. It was then that I found her AMAZING desert inspired art and fell in love! I have yet to actually buy one of Paige's pieces but that is only because it's IMPOSSIBLE to choose a favorite! For real though, go look at her stuff and I dare you to find something that isn't incredible... go ahead... I'll wait. For real though, I have almost bought her yoga mat dozens of times and I DON'T EVEN DO YOGA. 

Tell me a little bit about yourself...

I am an artist, creating paintings + designing products every day in Scottsdale, Arizona! I loves to bring a hand painted, analog touch to anything I create. Surrounded by the beautiful Sonoran desert, I am most known for my paintings of desert botanicals and landscapes. My painting and design work extends to my own product line (think greeting cards, pins, and mugs) wedding stationery design, branding and packaging for small businesses, and large scale painting commissions for clients. 

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

I have been working under my own name as an artist since April of 2015, but started creating original work for clients in 2012. Back then I was pursuing my Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and my work was primarily skateboard art. I would paint skate decks for clients, as well as my own designs. At the time I was primarily sharing my work on my blog + selling on Etsy, but eventually moved to my own websites so I could truly build my brand.

Loves: Sunshine, bicycling, scrapbooking, creating videos, pickles, key lime pie and painting of course! 

Hates: Negativity, tomatoes, blue cheese, and slow Internet, ha!

Guilty Pleasures: Blasting Ariana Grande and Britney Spears...except I'm not too guilty of that. Their music pumps me up during a long work day!  

Cocktail of Choice: I love specialty Moscow Mule flavors! I just had a blood orange one at a favorite restaurant of mine and it was delicious. 

What advice to you have for fellow makers?

Be prepared to work hard, super hard, at your craft and your dream every day, for years. Consistenly creating and working towards my boals on a daily basis for over 5 years is how I got where I am today. 
Thank you for tuning in to another week of the "Meet the Maker" series! 
I can't thank Paige enough for agreeing to be a part of it. I'm still a little beside myself that she agreed, but I'm SO glad that she did! 
Be sure to check out her Website // Shop // Instagram // Blog

Next week, I'm going to be featuring Erin Casement of Design Punch and you won't want to miss it!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thrifty Thursday

It's no secret that I love a bargain. Clearance racks and coupon codes are my jam. My mom hates clearance racks because she says it takes so much work to find anything worth getting, but to me, that's half the fun! A bargain is even more rewarding when it feels earned. With stores like Nordstrom Rack, Marshall's, HomeGoods and T.J.Maxx more popular than ever, it seems I'm not alone in my bargain hunting. With that in mind, I decided to try out a new "Thrifty Thursday" series where I share some of my thrifty finds.

Today I simply compared items from Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack, you'd be surprised how similar the items are, yet how different their price tags are!

 Nordstrom Splurge- $185.00 // Nordstrom Rack Save- $14.97
 Nordstrom Splurge- $595.00 // Nordstrom Rack Save- $119.97

Nordstrom Splurge- $110.00// Nordstrom Rack Save- $7.49
Nordstom Splurge- $59.00// Nordstrom Rack Save- $24.95

See! It can be easy to be a bargain shopper, you just have to know where to look!
Be sure to check back next week for another "Thrifty Thursday"!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hoop! There it is!

Lately, I've been a bit obsessed with embroidery. After the Community Embroidery Night I went to a month or so ago, I've been using any excuse to grab a hoop and embroider! The little cacti we made that night got me inspired.
With the basics under my belt I was comfortable trying something of my own. Using this tutorial from Studio DIY, I decided to give my name a try.
It turned out SO much better than I expected but I obviously used too busy of a pattern unfortunately so you can't really see it... lesson learned.

My bestie recently had her second baby and moved her oldest from the "nursery" into her "big girl room" and I asked if maybe she wanted me to embroider anything for her new room. She had the great idea to have me try to embroidery their pups! If you didn't know, I incorporated their pups into Danica's baby shower AND got her the CUTEST custom mobile with the pups for the nursery so I LOVED the idea of incorporating them. I still had the photos that I used for their silhouettes for the baby shower so, using those pics, and once again the Studio DIY technique, I created two custom pieces that I'm absolutely obsessed with.
The resemblance is uncanny!
And I think it's safe to say Danica loves them to, because she hung them the very next day!
The more I embroider, the more confident I get. I can't wait to dream up my next project!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Meet the Maker: ME!

Happy Monday! I'm SO excited to be starting this new "Meet the Maker" series! Even though I grappled with it for a bit, I figured the best place to start was with yours truly! Over the course of this blog I have shared plenty about myself but I figured why not let everyone formally "meet" me!

Tell me a little bit about yourself...

Hi Friends!
I'm Shea and I am the creative redhead behind Not So Cli-Shéa. I'm married and live in sunny Southern California with my husband and two piebald dachshunds. I enjoy craft beer, country music and the occasional necessary gangster rap. My hair can usually be found in a bun.  

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

I make just about everything but lately my real passion has been party goods, things like banners, photo props, cake and cupcake toppers. I'm a hostess by nature (I like to think I got that from my grandmother) so I love hosting parties. Seriously, I'll use any excuse to throw a party, sometimes I even make them up (does ChristmAugust ring a bell?). I'm not exactly sure how I got started making but it has been something I have been doing as long as I can remember. The craft store has always been my home away from home. I vividly remember the first time I used a sewing machine. I was probably 6 and my babysitter wanted to teach me how to make a scrunchie (I was a child of the 90's). Once I knew how, I was hooked. I got my mom to register me for a class through the city and started sewing as much as I could. Even though I don't sew as much these days, I still dust off my sewing machine around Christmas each year to have a stocking making party (told you I'll use any excuse to throw a party) where I teach all my girlfriends how to make stockings. Aside from that sewing class through the city, I am pretty much self taught in all things crafty, with the exception of the occasional YouTube video.

Loves: Slurpees, sleeping in, french fries, a good cheeseburger (you know the kind, from those diner type places), pickles (but only halves or spears, I don't like the little slices they put on burgers), cereal, thrift stores, flea markets, the smell of books, poppies, cheese, unusual pet friendships and dogs... like ALL the dogs, I want them all... is that too much to ask?

Hates: Being hot, seriously though.... I HATE being hot, blow drying my hair, rude people, returning the cart at the grocery store (I already am not a fan of going to the grocery store and having to return the cart is like the straw that broke the camels back for me... don't worry though, I always return it, I'm not one of those people).

Guilty Pleasures: I don't feel that guilty about it, but probably the tv show Friends. I watch it constantly. Yes I've seen every single episode multiple times and no, I don't plan to stop any time soon. The "Disney station" on Pandora, also don't feel too guilty about this one haha. 

Cocktail of Choice: Oh man that's a hard one. I'm a firm believer that your beverage depends on the occasion/environment. Like while on a beach vacation, you should definitely have a lava flow in your hand. When you're at a baseball game you should have a nice cold beer. And when celebrating, champagne is always the answer. I'm also always a sucker for a "signature cocktail". Lately I've been enjoying lots of new craft beers, but if I HAD to choose just one drink, I'm embarrassed to say, my go-to is a Captain and Diet Coke. 

What advice to you have for fellow makers?

My advice would probably just be, do what makes you happy. I know this sounds so cliche, but I think sometimes people get so focused on making money or doing what they think other people would want that they loose themselves or they aren't even happy making what they're making. It took me awhile to make a decent amount of money being a maker, and I'm still far from it being enough to pay my bills, but I still love doing it. When I hear that cha-ching on my Etsy app, my little maker heart flutters, and even moreso when I see that it's a custom order! I genuinely love what I do and I think that's the most important part of being a maker.  
Thank you for tuning in to week one of my "Meet the Maker" series! 
Be sure to check me out on  Facebook // Instagram // Etsy
Next week, I'm going to be featuring Paige Poppe and you won't want to miss it!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bestie Basket with Cricut!

Happy Tuesday! I'm so excited that it's finally spring! We have had an unusually wet winter here in Southern California so it has been nice having our sunshine back, especially in the evenings. Sam and I have been enjoying sitting in the yard with the dogs after a long day at work and just enjoying the lovely weather. Speaking of spring, I'm SO excited about today's post!

Growing up there was very little more exciting than receiving my Christmas stocking and my Easter basket. My grandma had such a special way of filling them with such fun little trinkets and goodies. It's been years, dare I say decades since I have received an Easter basket, but just because I'm slightly older than the average Easter basket receiver, doesn't mean I wouldn't like to get one! That is when I came up with the idea of a Bestie Basket!

I love any excuse to celebrate the ladies in my life and I don't think I'm alone in this, so I've created a shareable Cricut project on Cricut's Design Space so that you can create a Bestie Basket of your own!

I stopped at my local Target for my basket and all of the goodies I wanted to include.

I found the basket in everyone's weakness, the Target Dollar Spot for $3.
I also included:
-Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape (mostly because I loved the soft pink color, but also because it reminded me of my childhood)
-Altoids (also kind of for their color, not gunna lie)
-Sofia Champagne Can (because champagne makes everything better)
-Burt's Bee's Chapstick (this was something I was already planning on getting and then I saw it in this PERFECT shade of pink and was so happy!)
-Face Masks (my bestie is a lover of face masks, so these were a must)
Nail Polish (also in the perfect hue.) 

From there I created my labels using fonts, images and patterns from Cricut Access. 
Using sticker paper and my Cricut Explore Air 2, I was able to create a very adorable, cohesive look. 
 (For the nail polish tag and the basket tag, I used cardstock instead of sticker paper. In the file, I put both of those tags on the right hand side, to make them easy to tell the difference. I simply "hid" the tags I didn't want when cutting the ones I did. Let me know if you have any question about this, I'd be more than happy to do a video on it.)
 I'm SO happy with how it turned out and all the colors ended up so cute together! I ended up adding an extra tassel of my own to the basket, it had a light blue and a turquoise one but it needed a pink one. I think it ready tied it all together, what do you think?
I hope my bestie loves her basket as much as I do! If you make a basket of your own I'd LOVE to see it!

Click HERE to get the labels in Cricut Design Space.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. 
 The opinions and text are all mine.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that I receive a small commission for items purchased through my blog, at no cost to you. All items advertised are items that I actually use and all opinions are 100% my own.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Meet the Maker Monday

Happy Monday! I can't believe it's April already! But then again, I feel like I say that with every new month!

Laying in bed the other night I was thinking of ideas for new content for this blog of mine and I came up with one that I'm really excited about! I wanted a way to showcase some fellow makers and that is when the idea for "Meet the Maker Monday" was born!
Each week I'm going to feature a new maker, and every maker will be hand selected by yours truly. I already have several fierce females on board and can't wait for you to meet them! Be sure to check back next Monday to meet the first maker!

Monday, March 27, 2017

National Craft Month GIVEAWAY!

Hi friends!
As promised, it's giveaway time! National Craft Month is coming to a close and I found it only fitting for my giveaway to support fellow makers, so I'm offering a FIFTY DOLLAR Etsy gift card! 

Comment on this post telling me what you would do if you won for 2 entries! Be sure to pop on over to my Instagram for more ways to enter!

Contest ends Friday the 31st at midnight. Winner will be announced Saturday April 1st!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Top 10 Beauty Must Haves

Now, I'm no beauty blogger, nor do I claim to be, but I have spent the better part of my life on the hunt for the perfect beauty products. Now that I'm of a certain age (which will not be disclosed, haha) I have found some products that I am never without. So I've narrowed down my top 10 that I can't live without and wanted to share them with you!
Cetaphil- I am a fair complected, sensitive skinned person. Finding the best skin care routine for me has always been a struggle. I've done all the fancy stuff that has like 8 different products. Eventually I decided that less is best and switched over to Cetaphil and never looked back.

Rimmel ScandalEyes- I believe with beauty products there is places to splurge and places to save. Mascara has always fallen under my "save" category. I've bought the fancy mascaras (back when I worked at Ulta and got a discount haha) and I've bought the drugstore brands and I really haven't seen much of a difference. I recently tried out this Rimmel mascara (probably because it was on sale) and really liked it. I've repurchased it several times since then, which any girl knows, is how you KNOW you like a beauty product.

Biore Strips- Yes, the same strips you used when you were in high school. I try to always have some on hand. My bestie and I usually text each other and do them together. Haha, wow saying that out loud makes us sound so weird. There really isn't much as satisfying as ripping one of those babies off.

Embryolisse- Ok, moisturizer has always been a struggle for me. I have combination skin so it can be SUPER dry or SUPER oily. I first got this moisturizer in a Birchbox and surprisingly LOVED it. It's all I've used since then.

Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen- I used to WORSHIP the sun. Spending as much time as I could trying to get the perfect tan. I'm not proud to admit, most of the time I didn't even wear sunscreen (I know, I know). Now, I try to avoid the sun at all cost (this is 30, right?). When I am in the sun though, I love the convenience of a spray sunscreen. This one has been my go-to for the last few years.

Moroccan Oil- Now this is a little pricey but my husband has his cosmetology licence which helps. This stuff is great to add to your hair regimen to always have that fresh from the salon feel.

Nars Blush- If you know me, you know that my two beauty must haves are mascara and blush. This blush has been a staple in my beauty bag for I'd say at least 10 years. It looks great on everyone, seriously, go get you some.

Crest Whitestrips- Hands down my most asked "beauty" question is "How do you get your teeth so white?" I don't think my teeth are particularly white but, my secret is these bad boys. I have been using them since high school (I seriously still remember how sensitive my teeth were at prom because I was using like two a day). Generally I don't use them how the package says to, I use them mostly for maintenance now. Like I'll use a couple before a big event. I definitely recommend splurging and getting the "advanced seal", because those bad boys don't move and don't leave anything behind. These things are seriously life changing. If I had to change this list to 1 item, these would be it.

The Body Shop Make-Up Remover- As I said before, I have sensitive skin. Finding a make up remover that didn't irritate my skin was like attempting to find the holy grail and guys... I DID IT! Well, actually, my mom did. This make up remover is EVERYTHING, not only does it do the job, it has chamomile and is even soothing. I LOVE it, in fact, I love it so much, I even went and bought their travel version to take with me when I'm on vacation. (Finding out they even HAD a travel version was like the grown up equivalent to getting a bike on Christmas day.)

Mac Lipstick- And lastly, the most "Shea" item on the list. It's no secret that I like me a nude lip. My lips are so thin, I hate to draw attention to them. My go-to used to be myth from Mac but Mac's creme d'nude now has my heart. Seriously, I buy it in multiples. I usually have at least two on me at any given time.

And that rounds out my ten beauty must haves. What are your top ten? Do you have any beauty items that you can't live without?

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that I receive a small commission for items purchased through my blog, at no cost to you. All items advertised are items that I actually use and all opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

With a name like Shea O'Quinn I'd be remiss to not wish you all a...
Shake your shamrocks! Drink a green beer! Do whatever it is you do to celebrate. Personally, I think I'm going to be enjoying a green beverage from the comfort of my own home.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Craft Cave Makeover // The Inspiration

So, lately I have been SUPER motivated to revamp my craft room (aka the craft cave). If you don't already know, the cave is my garage turned craft room that I've turned into my own little crafting sweatshop of sorts haha. It has its positives and negatives. I love it being in the garage because if I'm working on a project and have created a mess, I can leave it and no one has to see it. I definitely couldn't do that in the house (not if I wanted to keep my sanity anyways). The negative though, is that, at the end of the day, it IS still a garage, which means there is no heat or A/C. So during those sweltering So Cal summer months it's like a sauna and during the winter I have to bundle up like an Eskimo to work out there. (Yes, I live in California, but I get cold ok!)

As with most of my project, I have started with an inspiration. 
This workshop space from Design Love Fest is so dreamy! So bright! So airy! So crispy and clean! The cave will likely never look like this (it's called the "cave" for a reason) but, a girl can dream can't she? As always, I put together a color palette. 
One of the walls, and my peg board are already painted using Mischievous by Behr so that was obviously going to be part of the palette. I also recently ordered a new mini fridge for the cave from Urban Outfitters that comes in the most adorable peach color, so that had to be incorporated as well. I incorporated gold (duh) as well as a bold black and white stripe because, well I love it. (If the palette looks familiar, it's probably because it is basically my wedding. Apparently I know what I like!)

I also went ahead and made myself a little mood board full of a healthy mix of items I already have and items I want to incorporate. 
Source List: Ikea Table // Coral Chair // Rug // Spun Fiberglass Chairs (a vintage find) // Mini Fridge // 2-Tier Basket // 3-Tier Basket // Wire Basket // Pom Pom Pillow // Hanging Chair // Bar Cart // Mint Filing Cabinet // Typewriter // Craft Cart // Record Player // Chair Cushion 

I have already slowly started operation Craft Cave Makeover by going through and cleaning out all of my craft supplies. You'd be surprised how much one crafter can accumulate over a lifetime of crafting! I hope to have the cave in tip top shape soon because I have been dreaming of having fun crafting workshops with all of my girlfriends! 

Stay tuned for more on Operation Craft Cave Makeover!
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that I receive a small commission for items purchased through my blog, at no cost to you. All items advertised are items that I actually use and all opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Community Embroidery Night

I recently joined an online community called Orange County Makers. I'm not entirely sure how I stumbled upon it, but I'm so glad that I did. It has been such a wonderful community of supportive and just all around lovely people. Last week the group had a community embroidery night meet up to get everyone to interact face to face. 

It was such a wonderful event and I'm SO glad I went!  The event was thought up by the creative Miss Lisa Cherry of The Makery and was hosted by Wayfare Fullerton, this super rad community space for creatives that typically wouldn't have an office to go to every day. We all got a chance to embroider some adorable cacti, while being surrounded by fellow creatives. It was such a GREAT event and I can't wait for the next one!

 (All photos courtesy of Nikki Vandeventer)