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Well hello there, stranger

Yes. Yes I know. It’s been awhile. It’s kind of depressing, really, how long it has been. So I won’t even go into it. Suffice it to say 5-month old baby, attention whore, can’t wipe my own ass without being watched by wee little eyes (in a “my child needs me” way, not a “pervert” way), sewing machine getting dusty, etc etc.

One thing I made recently I DID want to share though, because I impressed even myself. I was going to a bridal shower for a friend of mine and Pete’s, and I wanted to bring something a little more than the standard “off-the-registry” hand mixer or something. I know what you’re thinking: “You asshole. Registries exist for a reason. Get her the Le Creuset and shut the fuck up”. And I agree to an extent. But I also want to make people I like something a little special. Don’t worry, I also got a gift card.

Since I didn’t have time to really plan anything out, I needed to work with what I had. Luckily, I hoard craft supplies (a trait Mr. Jennysold isn’t all that fond of, but it’s served me well, so he can suck it). What I ended up with was a beautiful little wall hanging for their new home together. Here’s how I made it:

1: Start with a 5 inch mini canvas, a stapler, and a swatch of fabric big enough to wrap the canvas in.
2-4: Fold the edges over so it’s nice and clean, staple down on the back and sides (where the second set of folds will cover).
5-7: Cut some of the bulk off of the fabric; staple on the back only.
8-10: Tie a knot in the middle of a ribbon approximately a foot long, staple the ends on the top two back corners. Since it is a square, I don’t think the “top” designation really matters, but whatever. You know what I mean.
11: Prepare the chosen graphic for cutting on Silhouette Stencil Vinyl; I designed a type graphic with their names and wedding date on it in Illustrator and converted it to a Silhouette file. From scratch – that’s how I roll.
12-14 After the graphic is cut into the vinyl, remove the parts that are to be stenciled, adhere to the fabric and paint in with the Silhouette fabric paint. I chose to be a little less than careful so it had more of a handmade look (a little less crisp around the edges etc). You can do anything really: hand paint, iron-on transfer, etc. It will all look good :)

The bride did say that it was one of the best gifts she had ever received. Ever.

BOOM.

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JennySold Designs at Haverford Township Day This Weekend!

This Saturday, JennySold Designs is going to be at Haverford Township Day, my town’s giant block party on steroids of sorts, at which there will be a parade and about 260 booths worth of craft vendors, flea marketers, and community organizations, along with multiple food vendors, live music and (free!) kid’s activities. I’ll be selling my self-fold pocket totes, scarves, burp cloths, pacifier clips, lap blankets, children’s posters, and some headbands if baby Annie lets me squeeze a few more in. :). A good deal of what I will have that day isn’t going up for sale online until after the event, so if you want to have first crack at some of the goods seen below, come on over in person!

I will be sharing a space with my spiky-haired, comic-strippin’ alien-lovin’ friend Dawn Griffin, creator of Zorphbert & Fred and illustrator for the Abby’s Adventures children’s book series, so come check us out.

Event Information:
Haverford Township Day
October 6, 2012
10:00AM – 4:00PM
Darby Road, between Manoa and Mill Roads
Parade on Eagle and Darby Roads

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Kiddie Rock Posters

One of the first ideas I had awhile ago before I went on my creative own was inspired by a speaker at a graphic design conference whose talk was about selling your product. I went in there thinking I would get some tips on how to open an Etsy store and instead found a discussion on wholesale manufacturing, getting your items in retail stores, start-up costs, etc. It was pretty inspiring, and although I was not necessarily ready for that level of commitment at the time, it did spur me to start sketching out some ideas for something I could sell, something I didn’t think there were too many versions of already out there. I mean, I know the chances of my product being the only thing in its category are slim, but I also didn’t want to just make another feathered headband collection. Do you know how sometimes, ideas just come to you, how you just can “see” them in your head faster than you can get them down on paper? I have a hard time explaining it to people alot of the times, but I know there are those of you out there who understand so I will just pretend this all makes complete and perfect sense to you.

Anyway, Mr. Jennysold and I have all these screenprinted rock posters decorating our house from different shows we have been to. His favorite is this neon fright from a Hot Snakes show in Philly, mine is the requisite (for me) Pearl Jam representative Eddie Vedder solo show poster from the Tower Theater. These prints are in every room of the house except the upstairs bathroom and the soon-to-be nursery. I really like them: they’re not cheap and shiny catalogs of sex positions as illustrated by bathroom silhouettes, or Scarface, or anything you may have kept from your dorm room. They’re actual pieces of art; graphic designs that are colorful and interesting decor. So I thought, hey, I have alot of pregnant friends with the same sensibilities as Mr. Jennysold and I that are looking for something different for their nurseries. What about posters that echoed the style and personalities of real show prints?

After I got back from this conference there the idea sat until I we found out we (well, I – Mr. Jennysold sure isn’t carrying this wee one himself) were going to be parents. As with most big events in my life, the first thing I think about is what kind of project I get to do now. My wedding invites were designed way before we had everything else sorted out. So, naturally, I find out I’m going to pop out a kid and the first thing I think of is how to decorate the nursery. Ooh! I have these posters I was going to do!

Since screenprinting was cost-prohibitive, and I didn’t want to work with the chemicals for the next few months, I designed them to look a little roughed up and imperfect then had them printed professionally. There are now four designs up for sale on Etsy, and more are in development. The current themes are numbers, colors, the alphabet, and fruits & veggies. Designed to be colorful and eye-catching for infant eye development, they are also educational for toddlers. I can see them in playrooms, schools, daycares: anywhere kid-centric, really.

To buy:
Countup, Countdown: The Numbers
A to Z: I’m Alphabetting on It!
Surrounded by Rainbows: Color’s Greatest Hits
Fruit & Veggie: Live!

Enjoy!

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