Thursday, May 29, 2014

My Very First Sale!

Hey folks! Today I wanted to take some time to announce that my Etsy shop has made its very first sale! Woohoo!

Last week I received a message on Etsy, requesting one of my corset greeting card designs in a navy blue hue. I immediately panicked, of course, but was able to quickly regain composure and respond to the message, resulting in my very first online sale on May 19th!

Yesterday morning, however, I was happy to learn that I finally received feedback from my first customer, and that everything has gone just perfectly! But I know what you really want to see are the pictures, so let's get to it, shall we?

Thanks for taking the time to share this victory with me! Please keep me in mind if you'd like a custom card of any kind, and be sure to check out my Etsy shop, Curative Creations!

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday Treasures 16

These vintage diamond-shaped sunglasses are gorgeous! I love the circular frames that surround the brown-tinted shades. These babies are currently available for sale and were discovered by Kristin Wallace of Retro and Me.

Created by Romanian artists Ildiko and Flavia, these unique folk-art inspired dolls are handmade and one-of-a-kind! I love these cat-shaped beauties in particular, but you can find a wide selection of art dolls, jewelry, embroidery, and illustrations at their Etsy shop, Double Fox Studio.

This adorable little mustached bunny-man is by illustrator Paul Matthews! His big, bushy ears & 'stache and dichromatic eyes are absolutely charming!

These ceramics, designed by Esther Horchner, make up the cutest little tea set I've ever seen!

I love these gorgeous burned velvet leggings by Black Milk Clothing! There are plenty of beautiful buyer-submitted photos of these beauties, but I love the way they've been paired with these army-green & gold boots by Alyssa Mitra!

Thanks for stopping in for Tuesday Treasures! I hope you've enjoyed this awesome collection of wonderful handmade and vintage finds!

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

DIY Stamped Tribal Sweatshirt

Thanks for stopping in! Today I wanted to share a quick little tutorial that can be done on basically any old shirt that needs a little sprucing up. Plus, it's super easy and inexpensive! Here's what you'll need:
  • a plain t-shirt
  • acrylic paint
  • wax paper
  • pencil and sharpener
  • foam sheet
  • paint brush
  • wooden peg (optional; see first image below for usage)

First, I created a triangular stamp by cutting out three congruent triangles from my foam sheet, gluing them, and stacking them together. I then created a handle for my stamper out of a wooden peg that I found in the wood-crafts section at my local craft store.

Once the glue holding my stamp together had  had enough time to dry, I threw some black paint down on a palette made of wax-paper and started stamping away, first onto the front pocket of my shirt.

Then I stamped a triangle design around the shirt's collar.

After my triangles were stamped on, I still felt like something was missing...

I created a small circular stamp, this time using a pencil. In order to make smaller circles, I ran my unsharpened pencil through a sharpener until it was shaved down to my desired size.

Then I proceeded to stamp on little dots with my pencil, accenting wherever I found it necessary.

To add some color, I painted dark red outlines along the shirt's front neckline, outlined the pocket, and painted colorful rings around the sleeves.

I found heavy cylindrical objects around the house to place inside the sleeves and hold them in place for painting and drying. (I weighed down the other sleeve with a large candle!)

Once finished, I left my shirt on the table overnight to allow the paint to dry.

After the paint has dried, it's all done! Enjoy your one-of-a-kind wearable work of art! Thanks for reading!

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Discipline & Harmony

CC image by Jenny Downing

Hey, readers! I just wanted to say that I thank you greatly for the time that you spend reading my blog! I know that I have habits of posting inconsistently, that I've been rather uninspired since losing my camera prior to my vacation, and have allowed the Blog of Brittanibus to become rather desolate in the meantime.

In addition, I've managed to get a part-time job, which may at times keep me from posting as regularly as I'd like to. Okay, let's face it... I've had plenty of free time to get my blogging done, but honestly I've been having a hard time finding the self-discipline to make this blog as amazing as it should be, and I'm ashamed.

Still, I'd like to say thanks again for putting up with me! I feel that in finding this new job that I'll be even more motivated to try to make a living doing what I love to do rather than what I have to do. So while the time that I've spent away from work has made me a crazy-lazy-bones, I am definitely trying to push myself harder and harder to make my dreams a reality, and to really prioritize and put more of my effort into making my online shop more profitable, and that will unfortunately overshadow my blog at times.

And so, if you hang around for awhile, I promise to shower you with more DIYs and outfit posts, as I have long envisioned my blog to be comprised of, as well as some super-awesome wedding-related stuff (in the near-to-distant future, 'cause the really cool wedding details are still under wraps at this time. I'm sure you can understand). Anywho, thanks again for reading and sticking with me through my moments of disarray! You're the greatest!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tuesday Treasures 15

This dress is amazingly stunning! I love everything about it - from the pretty bright canary yellow color to the tiny little black and white hearts printed all over it! This dress was once available for sale at a shop owned by Solanah Hernandez; while it's no longer available, you can see more of Solanah's wonderful vintage finds at her shop, Le Mew Vintage.

I love this simple and gorgeous framed floral monogram by Paige! The flowers are arranged so perfectly, and I love the big, beautiful frame! Best of all, you can find the full step-by-step tutorial over on The Mrs. & Momma Bird!

Next, I've absolutely fallen in love with this gorgeous bookshelf makeover by Kristen of Kristen F. Davis Designs! She's found such an amazingly beautiful family heirloom and whitewashed it to a wonderfully soft finish that's fits so perfectly in the nursery for which she designed it.

The following images are of some awesome hand-painted figurines by Jessica Harrison! While I've seen many porcelain figurines of dainty women in dresses, I love how completely bad-ass these ladies are, showing off their tattoos and wearing romantic ball gowns all at the same time.

This gorgeous piece of furniture is titled "Specimen Chest". It was created by Austin Heltzman and nominated for a NICHE Award in 2014 for furniture and cabinetry, and I'm absolutely intrigued! I love its captivating shape and seeming lack of function.

Thanks for stopping in for another edition of Tuesday Treasures! Come back next Tuesday for more amazing handmade and vintage finds!

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