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Flea Market Recap

Hi All!

Mr. Jennysold and I are getting settled back at home – whew! – after a long day of Punk Rock Flea Marketing and a celebratory/Mother’s (to-be!) Day dinner. It was tons of fun: sold some, learned some, made alot of people smile with the Kiddie Rock Posters. Stuff I figured out while there:

– Don’t forget to bring a table cloth of some sort (like I did).
– Vertical elements to your display will bring the eye in a little more.
– Folded scarves don’t look as, well…. scarf-like. Must get styrofoam head to demo one on. They sell those somewhere, right?
– The posters got alot of attention, and I need to branch out the concept (which I will be very soon! Already have ideas….)

All in all, a very positive first show ever experience. And, as promised, hand-sewn items will be up for sale in a day or two, so look out for those on Etsy!

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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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Screenprinted Appliqué Totes, AKA “Let’s try these again”

Spread out with my materials on a bunch of newspapers like a bird waiting to take a turd in its cage, a few years ago I experimented with screenprinting in my apartment kitchen. With a crappy light exposure setup and not as much equipment as I should have had, it just didn’t turn out the way I would have liked, the main issues being some detail getting lost and the ink laying either too thick or too thin, but not Goldilocks “just right”. I wish I had spent more money and research on creating a more proper setup, but there just wasn’t the room in the apartment. When the basement is straightened up (ha), I’d like to get a more professional arrangement going. Ah, pipe dreams and overachieving.

I’ve had the product, specifically these tote bags, stashed away for years, not sure what to do with them but certainly not wanting to abandon them either. I ran across the box-o-goods the other day and, since I have been sewing alot lately, had the idea to add some appliquéd fabric to the designs. It was just the extra spice they needed! The additional material and more involved prints brought the totes from flat to funky, perfect for a small shopping trip, quick beach jaunt, or anywhere you want to carry something in style.

Making appliqué fabric is completely simple; all you need is Heat’n Bold Ultrahold Iron-on Adhesive and a small patch of fabric. Cotton/quilting weight fabric works best, so luckily that’s the kind of fabric that has all the best prints. Cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than you will need to fit your design just to give a buffer, and iron it onto the adhesive. Tape/pin a printout of your chosen design right-side up on the fabric side of the sandwich – or freehand draw it on if you’re that good – and cut out the design. Peel off the waxy paper backing, and iron the appliqué onto whatever you want that will hold it (flatter material is better; I have a feeling corduroy wouldn’t do so well). Pillowcases, baby onesies, t-shirts, tote bags – go nuts! You can even sew a decorative stitch around the edge of the appliqué if you want to add an extra decorative touch.

The bags are now up in my Etsy shop, click here to browse and order.

Out!

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