Wednesday, July 26, 2017

DIY Hanging Wall Banner with Cricut!

It's finally time for another DIY!
And it's a Cricut DIY so I'm of course super excited to get to share it with you!

My bestie recently had her second baby and she decided to move her oldest out of the nursery and into her "big girl room". I've been enjoying helping her with little projects to make the room her own. From helping hang the vinyl wall decals, to creating some custom embroidery hoops of their dogs. (You can see the whole room tour here.) She recently asked me if I could help with one more project and I of course said yes! She wanted a custom hanging wall banner that said "Big Sister". I had never made anything like that before but I was up for the challenge!
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
It ended up turning out super cute! It was such a fun and simple DIY, I decided to share it with you all too so you can make you own! My version does require some sewing but, it can easily be done with a no sew tape or fabric glue.

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All opinions are my own.

Supplies:
1/2 Yard Fabric of choice (A fat quarter is ideal if your fabric store cuts them.)
(I chose this adorable flamingo pattern)
Sewing Machine (or no sew tape/fabric glue if you'd prefer not to sew)
Thread (I went with white to keep it simple, but a fun contrasting color would be cute too)
Scissors and/or Rotary Cutter
Iron
Ruler
Wooden Dowel
Bakers Twine (you could also use ribbon or yarn, its totally up to you)
Cricut Explore Air 2
Iron on Vinyl ( I used black glitter)
Pressing Cloth
Cricut Cutting Mat
Weeding Tool
Cricut BrightPad (optional)

The beauty of this project is that you can really make this banner any size you'd like! The banner itself just needs to be able to fit onto your dowel. They sell packs of wooden dowels cut to about 12 inches at your local craft store. They also sell single dowels that go up to 36 inches so you really can make them any size. As for your fabric, it's a pretty good rule of thumb, once you decide on a size, to add about an inch to all four sides to allow for your seam allowance, as well as the channel at the top for the dowel. For my banner, I wanted the final product to be about 10 x 12, so I cut a 12 x 14 piece of fabric. Using a rotary cutter and a ruler (or scissors) cut your fabric to size.
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
To cut the "tail", the easiest way to do this, is by folding the fabric in half right sides together, and cutting in an upward diagonal from the fold out. Based on the size of my banner, I went to about the 4 inch mark. See photo.
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
Then you are going to fold over and press all of the edges except for the top. For a more finished look, I like to fold over each edge twice. Here is a photo of both once and twice so you can see the difference. It's totally up to you though. Remember... you'll want to leave the top portion unpressed for now.
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Sew, glue or no sew tape all pressed sides.
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
Grab your dowel and place it on the top of your banner. Fold over the top edge to see how much space you need to be sure it fits in the channel. Remove the dowel and sew closed. We're almost done!
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
Now for the fun part! Using Cricut's Design Space, and some fun free fonts, I created this design using lyrics from a Kasey Musgraves song, but you could design anything you'd like! Just make sure your design fits onto your banner. 
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
Using your Cricut Explore Air 2, cut out your design. Since you are cutting iron on, don't forget to mirror it, and cut it with the shiny side down.
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
Once your machine is done cutting, weed your design. I used my brand new BrightPad for this! It made weeding so much easier!
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
Once you're done weeding, follow the manufacturer's instructions to iron your design onto your banner, using a pressing cloth.
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
 And voila! A totally custom hanging wall banner!
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!

Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
 I just love the way the black glitter iron on looks!
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
 And because you can use any fabric and any iron on vinyl, with any design you want, the possibilities really are endless!
Learn how to create your own DIY Hanging Wall Banner with your Cricut!
And check out this awesome watercolor version that I found in Cricut Design Space!

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If you try out this project, I'd love to see it! 
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Favorites

Yay! It's Friday! I've got some fun stuff planned for this weekend so I've been counting down the days until this weekend all week. For this weeks favorites, I decided to curate exclusively from Etsy. There are so many wonderfully unique artisans on there (myself included), I could spend hours just perusing. So let's get into it shall we?
Check out this weeks favorite things on the blog!

Dachshund Return Address Stamp: It's no surprise I'm a doxie lover. This return address stamp is definitely a must.  // 2 Pet Portrait: I have two wonderful canvas prints of my beloved Beamer and Lexie but don't have anything for my current dogs, Scully and Mulder. Getting one of these prints of them, I think would be perfect. // 3 Cactus Print: Are you surprised I included something cactus related in a favorites post? Probably not. This print is just adorable and I love the added element of the polka dots! // 4 Dog Tags: I honestly have never seen more beautiful dog tags. The options are usually so limited. Not only does this shop have these gorgeous marble tags, there are so many other amazing ones to choose from, I highly suggest you check them out! // 5 Doxie Mug: This mug looks so dang much like my Lexie Poo that I literally almost cried when I came across it. It's going on my wishlist for sure.

And there you have it! This weeks favorites!I hope you enjoyed them!
Have a happy and safe weekend!
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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! 
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