Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop

I’m so excited to be kicking off my very first Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop!

Today I’m going to be sharing some DIY tutorials you can use to make handmade holiday gifts this year. And for those you feeling not-so-crafty, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite handmade businesses (and local events that support them) with some ready-made gifts for those on your list.

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Remember to follow my fellow participants who will be sharing more gift ideas on their blogs this week – read all about each of them in last week’s introduction post!

DIY Gift Ideas & Tutorials

1. Upcycled Sweater Pillow Covers {tutorial}

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A few months ago a friend-of-a-friend asked me if I could make some pillows for her. Her brother had passed away and she had an argyle sweater vest of his [right] and a cashmere sweater that he had gifted to her [left] that she wanted made into pillows. We ultimately decided on pillow covers so she could remove them to dry clean – if you look close you can see silver ribbon tying the cover shut at the bottom of the pillow. The tutorial I followed had some great tips for sewing with sweaters – not for the faint of heart (only because sweater material can be tough to sew on your machine), but worth it in the end if you’re looking for a functional, sentimental gift for someone you love.

I did some pretty extensive research before making these pillows so I’ve got quite a collection of other pillow tutorials on my Pillow Talk Board on Pinterest if you’re interested in browsing. 

2. DIY Lace Necklace {tutorial}

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You’ll be shocked at how easy this is! If you’ve ever framed a picture, you have the skills to make this necklace. I made two of these for my sister’s 1st wedding anniversary [and kept one 🙂 ] using lace from the train of her wedding dress. You could use any lace or scrap material [even paper!] you have on hand that you think your recipient would like. You could even cut out additional inserts so she could change them up depending on her mood or outfit.

Looking for more DIY jewelry ideas? Check out this board on my Pinterest page.

3. Fabric Statement Necklace {tutorial}

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This is one of the first projects I made with my sewing machine. It’s actually a tutorial for a teething necklace, but I really liked the style so in my book it’s a statement necklace 😉 I made it using material from a sleep shirt I never wore, but loved the fabric too much to toss.

After making my statement necklace and loving how bohemian the frayed edges of the braided loop looked, I was informed that the stray strings could be a choking hazard to babies – so please be cautious if you decide to make this an actual teething necklace!

4. Infinity Scarf {tutorial}

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I recently saw a scarf where someone had used furry material for the inside which I thought was just brilliant! With all the cold weather we’ve been having in South Carolina recently, our scarves are going to have to be more than just fashionable this year 😉

I had some bright green minky fabric left over from a baby blanket I made recently so I decided to pair it with some knit and cotton prints I had.

If you want to use minky or faux fur for the “inside” of the scarf, just split the recommended width in half plus a half inch for seam allowance. Stitch one long side of the minky to one long side of the cotton or knit (right sides facing) and follow the tutorial like normal.

Handmade Businesses I Love

For those of you feeling a little less crafty this year, I’ve gathered some of my favorite handmade businesses below with links to their shops so you can browse what’s available for the holidays.

I hope you'll join me on a mission to support handmade businesses this season!

I hope you’ll join me on a mission to support handmade businesses this season!

1. Sup-Dog Co.Collars for your furry friends

{Click the image to be taken to this collar in the shop}

{Click the image to be taken to this collar in the shop}

Don’t even think about forgetting to buy your pooch some new neck bling this year! I absolutely love Ashley’s handmade collars and so do all my pets (even Norton the cat!). Browse all her available collars in her shop on Etsy.

2. Tiny Quiltingbeautiful framed, hand-sewn mini-quilts

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{Check out this framed log cabin mini quilt in Audry’s shop by clicking this image.}

I’ve long been admiring my friend AJ’s (aka: Audry) amazing quilts on Instagram. Recently she opened an Etsy shop, Tiny Quilting, where she shares her beautiful, hand-sewn tiny framed quilts with you! They’re absolutely gorgeous and would make the perfect gift this season.

3. Rachel Tennybeautiful cards & custom watercolor paintings

Click the photo to find these cards in Rachel's shop!

{Click the photo to find these cards in Rachel’s shop.}

How awesome is this card? I think it’s the best way to tell someone just how much you really love them! 😉 Rachel’s shop is stocked with beautiful cards and custom watercolor paintings. Remember that family portrait my sister had painted for my birthday? Yep, that was from Rachel! She’s so talented and her custom portraits are sure to make an unforgettable gift this season.

Looking for more handmade businesses? Check out my recap of Vintage Charlotte – full of gift ideas from local artisans!

Local Events that Support Handmade Shops

1. Crafty Feast – Sunday, December 14 from 12-6pm at the Columbia Convention Center

  • Local indie craft fair [wall-to-wall handmade businesses!] just in time for the holidays!

2. Soda City market – every Saturday from 9-1pm on Main Street

More Handmade Gift Ideas

Don’t forget to follow along the Blog Hop for more crafty gift ideas!

Read more about each blogger in last week’s introduction post.

Continue to support handmade businesses by following Columbia’s Etsy Market Team on Facebook where you’ll stay in the loop with upcoming events and all things crafty in Columbia.

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Vintage Charlotte

{Brace yourself for a long post chock full of love for handmade + vintage businesses and loads of holiday gift ideas – explore the links and images that will take you to the shops!}

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Glasses from Dress My Room Interiors – click the image to be taken to her site.

At this point, you’re probably familiar with my love of all things vintage.

Well, this weekend I discovered Vintage Heaven!

Vintage Charlotte at The Fillmore

Vintage Charlotte at The Fillmore

Over the summer, my friend Emily of Butterfly Vintage participated in the Vintage Charlotte pop-up market. In the months leading up to the summer event, I started following Vintage Charlotte on Instagram and Facebook and actually won the giveaway via social media (but I forfeited the gift since I couldn’t make it to Charlotte that day…le sigh).

After hearing how amazing the summer show was and drooling over all the pictures, I made sure my calendar was marked for the Winter Market!

I talked my sister into taking the day trip with me early Saturday morning.

Here we are just before skipping inside - can't even hide our excitement!

Here we are just before skipping inside – can’t even hide our excitement!

We happily paid the $5 early bird fee to get in at 10am (admission is free after 11:00) – and let me tell you: that’s a definite recommendation! When we left the market around 12:30pm, the line was wrapped around the building – there had to be 200 people waiting to get in! And inside it was elbow-to-elbow.

We grabbed a Yelp tote…

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…and a scavenger hunt worksheet (yes, we’re total nerds who can’t resist the enticing challenge of possibly winning a prize!)…

Yep, that's right: we got ALL the stickers! AND we were the first to turn it in. #TeachersPets

Yep, that’s right: we got ALL the stickers! AND we were the first to turn it in. #TeachersPets

…and off we went into #VintageHeaven!

We quickly found Emily to give her a good luck hug and check out her booth.

I'm always excited to see what Emily's mannequin is wearing because she has such great style! You can't see it here, but the behind me that mannequin is wearing a long sleeve floral print dress with a calf length fur vest - tres chic!

I’m always excited to see what Emily’s mannequin is wearing because she has such great style! You can’t see it here, but the behind me that mannequin is wearing a bright, long-sleeve floral print dress with a knee-length fur vest – tres chic!

After greeting Emily, we started our first loop. It wasn’t long before I fell in love with this bag from Sans Maps:

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{Photo credit: Sans Map – click the image to be taken to the shop}

As a gal who loves sewing bags, I am usually pretty good at resisting buying purses, but this bag really got me. The design is absolutely brilliant – the top flap is a fully functional (and very spacious) zipper pouch, the adjustable strap allows you to convert from a shoulder bag to a cross-body / messenger style with ease, and there’s even a clip on the inside to hook your keys so they don’t get lost in the pit!

The exterior of the bag was made from a vintage wool skirt (there’s even the hint of what used to be a pocket on the back) with remnant leather accents.

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{Photo credit: Sans Map – click the image to be taken to the shop}

The interior is made from vintage floral print linens and Marimekko fabric.

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{Photo credit: Sans Map – click the image to be taken to the shop}

The abundance of pockets and storage solutions prove this to be a very thoughtfully made bag.

One of my favorite things about going to pop-up markets is being able to meet the maker and hear their story. Corey’s husband is French and in their time together they have lived in several different countries. She named her company “Sans Map” as a nod to their life without borders. I enjoyed chatting with Corey and was so excited to support her handmade business. This bag is going to be the perfect travel companion for my trip to England – it’s big enough to fit my essentials with room to spare for souvenirs while still being comfortable (& stylish!) to tote around town.

Speaking of my upcoming trip, I found this very fitting travel journal (well, that’s what I’ll be using it as!) at Vintage Concord‘s booth:

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You know my love for snail mail so it should be no surprise that I stocked up on cards at the market!

Sable & Gray‘s booth caught my eye with their quirky-yet-lovely prints.

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And how perfect is this sweet postcard?! Kristin snuck 2 in my bag without me noticing – such a sweet surprise!

Here are a few cards I picked out from Sable and Gray:

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{Click the image to be taken to Sable & Gray’s shop to buy this card for yourself!}

happy bday

{Click the image to be taken to Sable & Gray’s shop to buy this card for yourself!}

Looking for a birthday card for the ladies? Check out this pretty one – I bought one of those too 🙂

And my personal favorite:

cool card

{Click the image to be taken to Sable & Gray’s shop to buy this card for yourself!}

While completing the VTG CLT scavenger hunt, I stopped at Shannon Newlin‘s booth for a sticker and spotted this gorgeous scarf:

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No, I didn’t buy it, but I almost did! Isn’t it lovely? I wish you could feel how soft it was. The print is just gorgeous.

While at Shannon’s booth taking in all of her beautiful paintings, I spotted a holiday card set I just had to have:

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I mean, how cute are these penguins?!

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You know I couldn’t stop at just one booth for cards! So if anyone is looking for a pen pal, I’m in the market for one! 😉

One thing I always buy at craft markets is soap. Long ago my Mom got us hooked on handmade soap. That was always the souvenir she’d bring us when she had to go out of town for work. It felt like such a luxury! I’m so happy that more and more soap artisans are popping up so getting my hands on a little slice of sudsy luxury isn’t so hard anymore!

There were 2 shops whose soap collections we liked so my sister and I split the bulk sale at each – a compromise while still getting a deal: win-win!

The first soap shop was Kitsch and Fancy.

I WISH there was a scratch-n-sniff option for WordPress because these gals nailed the Pumpkin Spice scent in this soap! If you love fall, you need to order some and hold onto to this little slice of fall for as long as you can 🙂

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{Click the image to be taken to this soap in Kitsch and Fancy’s shop}

My second choice from Kitsch and Fancy: Peppermint of course!

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{Click the image to be taken to Kitsch and Fancy’s Etsy shop}

Since there’s no scratch-n-sniff options, here’s a list of other scents from Kitsch and Fancy that I recommend: Fresh Linen, Lavender Basil, Maple Pecan Streusal, and Holiday Berries.

The second soap artisan we loved: Whispering Willow.

From Columbia’s Crafty Feast to Asheville’s Bele Chere festival, I see Whispering Willow everywhere! And I don’t hate it. Not one bit. In fact, I swear by their mint lip balm – it’s amazing.

I couldn’t decide whose peppermint soap smelled the best (peppermint is probably my favorite scent) – so I came home with another peppermint soap! 🙂 I can’t wait to end my day with a long shower filled with the scent of the Goat Milk Lavender soap – such a sweet, soothing scent!

whispering willow

{Click the image to be taken to the Whispering Willow’s shop}

While stalking perusing the feed from the summer market, I discovered Ferris Wheel Vintage on Instagram and fell in love with her style. I knew I would find something great at her booth, and I did!

I found this great navy knit dress – a perfect winter work outfit – at her booth for only $15! What a steal.

{Click the image to be taken to the Ferris Wheel Vintage shop on Etsy}

{Click the image to be taken to the Ferris Wheel Vintage shop on Etsy}

Even the tag for this dress was adorable!

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{Click the image to be taken to the Ferris Wheel Vintage shop on Etsy}

Katherine’s tagline for Ferris Wheel Vintage is “beautiful, affordable, hand-picked vintage gems for all styles and sizes” – I couldn’t agree more! Her Instagram feed is drool-worthy and I definitely recommend giving her a follow.

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{Click the image to be taken to the Ferris Wheel Vintage shop on Etsy}

One thing that I do at every craft fair / pop-up market that I go to is collect business cards from all of the vendors selling goods that I like. While I’d love to buy from all of them, my budget just won’t allow it.

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My collection of “favorite booth” business cards from Vintage Charlotte.

Once I’m back at home, I sort through the business cards and look up the shops on social media.

Tips:

  • If you have an account on Etsy, add the shop to your favorites so that your followers will also see the shop – this helps share the love with some free marketing for your new favorite shop while also saving the shop so you can easily find them later.
  • Build a secret “Gift Ideas” board on Pinterest to collect links to items you think would make a great gift for so-and-so. As you are browsing the shops (on Etsy or otherwise), “pin” the items so you can refer back as holidays/birthdays approach.
  • If you have an Instagram account (let’s be friends!), search for the shop and give them a follow. Lots of handmade businesses are starting to do exclusive flash sales and promotions on Instagram so this is a great avenue to keep up with your shops (and score a great deal on something you wanted to buy anyway!).
  • Remember to support handmade businesses this holiday season! By purchasing from a small, creative business you are fueling the artists fire and keeping them inspired – they rely on your support! As a handmade business owner, I know how special these sales can be – and I never regret supporting another artist. [I can’t say the same for big box purchases..]

Vintage Charlotte is one of the best craft fair / holiday market / vintage-anything I have ever been to! I absolutely cannot wait until the next VTG CLT!

What are some of your favorite handmade businesses? I’d love for you to leave a link in the comments so I can check them out for the holidays!

Calligraphy Feature

A few weeks ago, Paulene of Leen Machine Calligraphy & Design asked if she could feature me on her blog. After nearly exploding from excitement (and flattery!), I quickly agreed.

Well, today’s the big day: my feature is now live on her blog – you can read it here.

{Click the picture for a link to my feature on the Leen Machine Calligraphy blog}

{Click the picture for a link to my feature on the Leen Machine Calligraphy blog}

I’m hypercritical of my calligraphy (as I always am when I take up any new craft) so it really meant the world to me that the person who taught me thought I was worthy of a feature.

Paulene has been such a great calligraphy mentor – building a Facebook group for all of her students to keep in touch where she regularly posts tips and inspiration and always lends an encouraging word to us!

While Paulene’s Modern Calligraphy classes with Gather & Craft have wrapped up for 2014, she’ll be back in the new year to offer you a chance to learn a new (and super useful!) skill. You can read all about the fun I had in class I took here.

Happy Hump Day, friends!

resliced party recap

It may have snowed in Columbia (well, Lexington) Saturday morning, but it was nice and cozy at my house for the resliced party! Thank you to everyone who ventured out in the blizzard to kick the holidays off with me!

While my house didn’t actually get any snow (sadly), I made sure to have hot coffee on hand!

I'm kind of smitten with my new World Market coffee jug - I'm already looking for excuses to use it again!

I’m kind of smitten with my new World Market coffee jug – I’m already looking for excuses to use it again!

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Yes, I made calligraphy labels for …everything! #Obsessed

Aside from the fact that there was cheese (isn’t that always the best thing on the table?!), I also baked up some pumpkin chocolate chip mini-muffins that were quite a hit!

Thank you to my sister for owning such things as a cupcake tree ;)

Thank you to my sister for owning such things as a cupcake tree 😉

Confession: I cheated and made these with Trader Joe’s boxed pumpkin muffin mix and a bag of mini chocolate chips. As my grandmother confirmed, it still counts as homemade! 😉

do have a fantastic recipe for pumpkin + dark chocolate muffins that is amazing and I promise to share just as soon as I find where I hid it.

flowers

Any excuse for fresh flowers, I’ll take it!

As an introverted Type-A sharing her four walls with 3 dogs, 1 [fiercely anti-social] cat, and a Husband who insists on playing the stinkiest of sports (have you ever been near an open hockey bag?!), I usually avoid hosting parties like I avoid the plague. But I had weeks to prepare for the party so that I did! 🙂

So, Sunday was spent visiting my grandparents in the morning followed by an afternoon cuddling with my pup.

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I really can’t think of a more perfect Sunday!

See that glimmer of pink plaid?! I’m so in love with it – I might just live in it this winter! It’s a lovely vintage Diane Von Furstenberg (fun fact: she invented the wrap dress! #genius) pink plaid shirt I snagged from Butterfly Vintage at the Soda City market a few weeks ago – just in time for this amazing weather!

Also – my sister made that fun mug for my birthday {our Gammy used to call everyone “shug” while drinking loads of coffee}

AND – don’t you just love Twitch’s British collar? Shortly after the Hubs and I started to officially plan our #BritishChristmas, we saw the collar on Sup-Dog‘s table at the market and had to get it! Ashley always has the best collars – don’t forget to treat your fur babies this holiday season 😉

While resliced will be shutting down for the holidays (this gal has got to get working on my handmade gifts so they’ll be ready before our flight leaves for England in mid-December!), I encourage you to shop handmade this holiday season! There are tons of awesome shops on Etsy – if you’re local (to the Columbia, SC area), follow the Columbia’s Etsy Market Team on Facebook. I am co-captain of the Etsy team with Emily of Butterfly Vintage and we’ll be posting on the Facebook page where and when to find our team members (local Etsy shops – both handmade & vintage) around town this holiday season! When you make a purchase from a handmade business, you’re helping keep the fire within that artist going – you’re inspiring them to keep on creating. Remember that when you find something you like at a Craft Fair or local market – just buy it 🙂

Another opportunity to support a local Etsy shop is this Saturday: my friends of Thrifted Sisters are having a party at the Conundrum Music Hall from 12-4pm. I’ll be running by after I finish the Governor’s Cup half marathon (pun intended) and hope to see you there!

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Be sure to follow Thrifted Sisters on Instagram for a sneak peek at what the gals will have up for grabs this weekend!

Have a great weekend, friends!

 

It’s party time and you’re invited!

With the holidays approaching, I’m planning to host my annual resliced holiday party and sale! If you’re live in or near Columbia, South Carolina, I’d love to have you join me on November 1 from 11:00am to 12:00pm! {Sign up here so you’ll receive the location details}

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Missing in action – For those of you who have been following resliced, you may have noticed I haven’t been around town as much as I have been in previous years. At the beginning of this year, I decided to scale back and let myself breathe. Working full-time during the week and spending my weekends at the market was a tough balance. I was feeling a little suffocated with re-creating the same items in an effort to “stock up”. I wanted to give myself time to play around with new designs and improve my skills. I’ll admit I’ve spent a lot of that time “selfish sewing,” but I’ve tried hard to improve my skills and extend what I have to offer.

Last week, I sent the first announcement to my resliced email newsletter subscribers (interested? Sign up here), but I wanted to extend the invitation to all of you lovely blog readers! 🙂

I also wanted to share a little more info about what this party is all about.

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Last year, I hosted an “exclusive” party for my friends and family. I had so much fun chatting with friends and sharing my creations with them just in time for the holidays. This year I wanted to extend the invitation to any and all local resliced supporters!

So, what will I have at the party?

Oldies, but goodies – I’ll have all the items currently in my shop online available at the party.

Like these…

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Green ZigZag Shoulder Bag [Click the image to see additional pictures in the listing on Etsy]

Copper bird nest necklace with genuine opal stones.

Copper bird nest necklace with genuine opal stones.

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Green Paisley clutch [Click the image to see additional pictures in the listing on Etsy]

Gold bird nest necklace with genuine Tigers Eye stones.

Gold bird nest necklace with genuine Tigers Eye stones.

AND I’ll be recreating some past designs.

Like these…

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Remember the Tribal Wristlet? I’ve got enough fabric left over to make a similar replication. [Click the picture to check out my blog post about the original!]

Brown bird nest necklace with genuine blue jade stones.

Brown bird nest necklace with genuine blue jade stones.

Reduce, reuse, recycle – In addition to the items in my Etsy shop, I’ll have first drafts and gently used items for sale at a discounted price. When a new design hits me, I’ll construct it, try it out for a few weeks, come up with improvements and recreate a new / improved version or move on to something different. The original (gently loved) piece is thrown aside and often not used again. Instead of letting said pieces gather dust in the bottom of my closet, help me give them a new loving home!

Here’s an example of one gently loved bag that will be available:

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Magnetic clasp clutch with hand painted dots on vegan leather, super soft purple upholstery fabric exterior and fun floral interior.

NEW skills – As you may have caught on, I love learning new crafts. My love of snail mail + the calligraphy craze (is it just me or is it everywhere?!) led to me taking a Modern Calligraphy class recently. I ordered some blank cards and got to work last weekend on some holiday cards. While I don’t plan to offer these cards in my shop (maybe one day..), I will have them available exclusively at the party so come stock up!

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This card already has a recipient, but I’ll have similar ones available.

IMPROVED skills – I learned how to add zippers! 🙂 I’ve played around with them before, but I think I’m finally getting the hang of it!

Proof:

Brown patterned zip-top clutch with vegan leather bottom.

Brown patterned zip-top clutch with vegan leather bottom.

Crafty sharing – For those of you Pinterest addicts like myself, I’ll have some crafting supplies available too!

This will include:

  • Bags of beads and stones for jewelry-making
  • Fabric scraps in many different sizes – including upholstery (mostly), cotton prints and knits
  • Other craft supplies as I find them [which could include anything from blank canvases to fold-over elastic]

…because I believe in you!

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I hope you’ll be able to make the party! I’m looking forward to kicking off the holiday season with you!

If you’re in the Columbia area (or driving distance!) and would like to attend the party, be sure to sign up for my VIP newsletter list (by clicking here!). I’ll be sending location details to this list when the party gets closer.

In the meantime, follow resliced on Facebook and Instagram (@reslicedsc) – I’ll be posting sneak peeks of items as I make them in the coming weeks for the party! 🙂

If you live out of driving distance but are still interested in stocking up on resliced for the holidays, sign up for this newsletter. I’ll be running a sale after the party on anything left in the shop.

Calligraphy – and more reasons to send snail mail

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of all things crafty…and I’m always looking for an excuse to learn a new crafty skill!

My friend Shanika of Life is Pichey recently launched Gather and Craft as a way to encourage crafting in Columbia. She has been coordinating with local artists to offer “how to” classes. {Secret: I’m planning to do a jewelry-makin’ workshop with Shanika soon!}

I love the idea of using your creativity to inspire others and I’m super happy my friend Shanika is leading this crafty initiative in Columbia!

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When I saw that Paulene of Leen Machine Calligraphy would be teaching a “Modern Calligraphy” class, I desperately searched for every excuse I could think of to sign up.

My friend MaryAnn of Life is a Maker Faire said she had been thinking about signing up – thus, I had my excuse: the only thing better than learning a new craft is learning with a friend.

I’m a huge fan of snail mail and believe there’s always a reason to send a hand written note or card to someone you love. Always.

I’ve tried [unsuccessfully] to make my envelopes and packages fancy like this:

Aren't these envelopes just precious? {Click the image to be taken to the source}

Aren’t these beautiful?! {Click the image to be taken to the source}

Yes, receiving something other than bills in your mailbox is fabulous enough, but pulling an envelope out that just screams: “this was MADE just for you!” (rather than “this was automatically generated through a mass printer that doesn’t know you from a hole in the wall just to remind you to send us all your money”) is even better!

So, I was ready to learn calligraphy so I could make my snail mail fancy!

Oh.my.gosh am I glad I took this class!! Paulene is a fabulous instructor (not to mention extremely talented!).

Our seats were sweetly decorated with all the supplies we’d need for the class.

caligraphy set up

As you can see, I’m really great at tracing. I’m going to leave out proof of my free-hand attempts 😉

The best part: we left the class with all of the supplies so we could keep on “calligraphing” on our own. How thoughtful!

Since we all had the same sheets, we were encouraged to put our initials on them so we would know which were ours when they were dried. I quickly learned that lower case was far easier for me so that’s what I stuck with.

Finally got the hang of writing my 3 letters!

Finally got the hang of writing my 3 letters!

I thought about the class all week and couldn’t wait to have more time to practice again on my own. I picked up my “pen” this weekend and jazzed up some snail mail to my sister.

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I love sending my sister snail mail. {As you’ve probably already caught on: I’m smitten with my sister.} As a former Teacher and current Reading Coach, my sisters days are filled with the kind of stress I’ll probably never understand. Sending her a little bit of happiness is SO worth the few minutes of my time and a 50 cent stamp.

In the days of typing-on-a-computer-all-day, we should definitely spend a little more time writing by hand. And what better way to spend your handwriting time than by filling a card with sweet notes to a friend?!

Go forth and send some happy mail, friends!

Go forth and send some happy mail, friends!

Whether or not you have calligraphy skills, I still recommend sending more snail mail! But if you’re local to Columbia (or within driving distance!), I recommend checking out the next Modern Calligraphy class [keep up with Gather & Craft and Leen Machine Calligraphy on Facebook to see when the next will be offered]! It’s always great to learn a new craft, gather with friends / make new crafty friends and support local artists willing to share their passion with you.

I love that the Gather and Craft classes are small – you get loads of personalized one-on-one attention from the instructor to leave feeling empowered with your new skill. I also enjoyed being able to get to know my classmates – It’s always nice to make new crafty friends to keep you inspired!

The calligraphy all stars from the Sept. 22 class!

The calligraphy all stars from the Sept. 22 class!

If you’re looking for calligraphy inspiration (or just a lovely feed for inspiration of all kinds), you should follow Paulene of Leen Machine Calligraphy on Instagram – her posts are thoughtful and encouraging. She’s the kind of virtual friend who is a breath of fresh air.

Read more about the classes on Shanika’s recap of the first class on her blog and be sure to follow Gather and Craft on Facebook so you’ll be one of the first to hear about what’s coming up next!

Weekend Recap: Soda City Sweets Galore!

I hope you all had a great weekend celebrating Dad!

Today I’m recapping my Saturday – I’ll recap Father’s Day soon with a new tasty summer recipe!

This weekend I was pet sitting for a friend who lives in one of my favorite neighborhoods downtown so I happily worked in early morning runs (thank goodness the heat this weekend didn’t come bundled with our usual thick humidity).

Rediscovered my love of tiny cups (...and espresso!)

Also rediscovered my love of tiny cups (…and espresso!)

She also has the most amazing claw foot tub so I spent my wild Friday night soaking in bubbles and mentally redesigning my own bathroom (I went so far as to have the Hubs come over and take a look to see how much we could realistic recreate at home…).

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With a view like this, you don’t blame me do you?!

Since I wasn’t far, I moseyed down to the Soda City market Saturday morning. It’s a good thing I ran that morning because I left with more sweets than I should admit: macaroons from Ally & Eloise (did you see the cakepops they donated for the Craft Party?! They were so tasty I had to try the macaroons!), lemon curd scones and a french loaf from Heather’s Artisan Bakery AND a cronut (it’s some genius hybrid of a croissant + a donut) & 2 chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing from Spotted Salamander.

To be fair, the last 2 cupcakes were free because it was Spotted Salamander‘s 6th birthday! And also to be fair again, they gave me a 2nd cupcake because they said my wishing them happy birthday was so enthusiastic I deserved two (which I happily took because obviously I didn’t have enough sugar in my market bag already).

The peanut butter frosting was probably the best thing I've ever had!

The peanut butter frosting was probably the best thing I’ve ever had!

So now that I’ve shared with you my journey to a weekend sugar coma, I should confess my primary motivation to getting up early for the market on Saturday: it was Lindsey’s 30th birthday! Not only that, but Lindsey was offering 20% off all her Saint & Rambler vintage goodies! So obviously I had to go stock up & wish my friend a very happy birthday!

I was so overwhelmed with the choices at the market on Saturday, I almost forgot about the second block until I found my friend Sally (of Nana bags) who helped redirect me to where Lindsey was. [It would’ve been super tragic if I’d left without wardrobe shopping..]

Let me tell you – Lindsey has some vintage bathing suits right now that are just breath taking. I’m currently trying to figure out how to plan a warm vacation so I have an excuse to buy a few (does Lake Murray count?!).

This scalloped bust bathing suit is what vintage dreams are made of! [My picture doesn't do it justice - you need to see it in person next time S&R is at Soda City!]

This scalloped bust bathing suit is what vintage dreams are made of! [My picture doesn’t do it justice – you need to see it in person next time S&R is at Soda City!]

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The cut of this polka dotted suit flattering & so classic! I want is so bad!

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I hope you all had a great weekend too!!