Jan 9, 2015

Using gold leaf with my Silhouette Cameo

With help from gift cards from this Christmas, I decided to buy myself the new Silhouette Cameo. I've been making a lot of books recently and doing a lot of paper crafts, so I knew it was something I would get a lot of use out of. While I have access to a laser cutter, I wanted something I could use from home and that wouldn't leave scorch marks on the paper.

I decided I wanted to make a sign with my Etsy shop's name on it to go above my desk while I craft. I made this using Silhouette's Double Sided Adhesive sheets and imitation gold leaf. I typed up the font in the software, cut it out with my Cameo, laid it own on my paper, and covered it in gold leaf.

The adhesive sheet after it has been cut
Laying out my font
Adding the gold leaf
After it has been cleaned up
The final sign!

Silhouette does make adhesive gold foil sheets which would be simpler to use, but I think I like the look of using gold leaf better. After playing around with my Cameo for only a day, I've already thought of so many ideas that I can't wait to try!
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Jan 4, 2015

New Year

2014 was the first year in my life where I was employed all year long, and boy did it go quickly! A few things fell by the wayside (like this blog), but thankfully there's a whole new year to turn things around.  But first, here's a recap of my resolutions from 2014.

1. Improve my blogging: fail
Not much to say about this since I haven't blogged since last May. I'm kicking myself in the butt over all the cool things I should have posted.

2. Finally open my Etsy shop: success

I did it! Here's my shop It's been slow going, but I'm happy with how it has gone so far.

3. Sew more: fail

Definitely didn't happen :(

4. Read more: success

I set a goal to read at least one book a month, and last year I read 19. It's still not as much as I used to read, but I've really been enjoying it.

Considering I've never stuck to a new year's resolution before, I'm pretty happy with completing half of mine from last year. And that leads me to my resolutions for this year:

1. Start blogging consistently again
I'm disappointed that I haven't been blogging recently. There are still a lot of things I want to write and post about. 

2. Put more work into my Etsy shop
I'm really happy that I finally opened my shop, but I need to put more time into taking and editing photos, and using social media to attract customers.

3. Sew more - for reals this time
I just bought some new sewing toys online that I can't wait to try. They are particularly for sewing chiffon and knits, so I can't wait to start sewing new projects.

4. Focus on health and happiness
I've been feeling very stressed recently. I'm starting a second job this month and will be working for full time for the first time in my life. I already feel like I don't have enough time to keep my life organized and to live healthy, so I'm going to have to work on it even more. 

I'm very excited for all the possibilities that 2015 will bring, and I hope you have all had a very happy New Year.
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May 23, 2014

Crafting with Technology

Despite not posting very frequently, I have been up to a lot of crafting. In particular, I've been doing a lot of work with a laser cutter. I'm extremely lucky that I have access to a laser cutter at the Santa Barbara Hackerspace, and I've been crafting my little heart out.

One of the things I've made recently is a design that lets me cross stitch on wood. It's a simple design that I made in Inkscape that I can then upload to the laser cutter.

I uploaded the SVG file to Thingiverse if anyone is interested in creating this project on their own!

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May 5, 2014

My First Electronics Project!

In less than two weeks, I'm going to be at the Bay Area Maker Faire and my first electronics project will be on display at the Santa Barbara Hackerspace's booth. I'm so excited!

I've had an idea floating around in my head for a while to make a quilt that not only looks like a piano, but will actually play when touched. Even with some prior programming knowledge from a college course, I figured this would be way too difficult for my first project, but now having started (and thanks to an incredibly patient teacher) I'm surprised at how quickly the project is coming together.

The project is still in the prototype mode, but as soon as my package of conductive thread comes in I'll begin working on the final stage. I'll make a post going through the parts, layout, and code later for those who are interested in learning more.

Thanks so much for reading!
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Mar 16, 2014

Little Owl Cross Stitch

Alas, it's been a while, but I wanted to post a little cross stitch to show that I'm not dead! I've been crafting a lot in an attempt to eventually open my Etsy shop. All I need to do is work on the product descriptions and hit the "open shop" button, but it's pretty intimidating!

You can find the cross stitch chart here
Check out my embroidery and cross stitch boards on Pinterest for links to even more charts.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

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Feb 28, 2014

Los Angeles Garment District

Recently, my mother and I made a trip down to LA to go shopping in the garment district. Even though it was rainy and a little overwhelming, it was a lot of fun and we found a bunch of really awesome stuff. It was a little difficult figuring out where we wanted to go to and where to park and eat, so I thought I would post what I bought along with recommendation for different stores.


Bead Factory
810 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90014

This store was amazing. It's giant and jammed pack full of beads and jewelry findings, and the best part is that most things are $1.50. Everything I bought was less than $20.

Berger Beads

413 E 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

I am obsessed with this store. When you first walk in it doesn't seem like much, but once you start looking at the vintage stock they have lining the walls, you'll change your mind. They had so many vintage cabochons and jewels that I didn't have enough time to look at everything before we had to leave. The prices were also very fair.

Michael Levine
920 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015

From what I can tell, this is one of the most popular fabric stores in the area. It's very large and they have loads of gorgeous fabric. They even have Liberty London prints in display cases.  While their prices are pretty average ($10-12 a yard for most printed cotton), their selection will make you want to cry out of joy.


We parked in a parking lot on Maple Avenue between 9th and 8th. From what I remember, it was around $6 to park for the day during the week. It was super convenient to park there because it's literally across the street from the shops we wanted to go to.


Restrooms were kind of tricky to find in this area. One of the options is to walk a block or two to a Starbucks or McDonald's and buy something small to use their restrooms. There is also a bathroom below the parking garage on Maple between 9th and 8th, which was definitely an interesting experience. I'd never been asked to pay to use a restroom in the United States before, but a woman outside of the bathroom stood by a sign that said "$.50 a flush." It seemed super sketchy to me at first and smelled a lot like pot, but the bathrooms were very clean.

I hoped this helped anyone who is interested in making a trip to the LA Garment district!

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Feb 16, 2014

Bird Embroidery

I recently completed this embroidery using a vintage design that can be found here.

I think I might use this design again with different colors. I don't really like the colors of the flowers with the harsh black of the music lines. I also forgot to put the center of the flower on the left. Oops! 

Hope you're all having a great weekend,

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