Monday, November 11, 2013

Creative Outlet Studios is 1!

A splurge to celebrate. Some of us (*cough*Lauren) have a weakness for doughnuts.
It's hard to believe that just one year ago we officially opened our doors! Hard to believe, because in some ways the first year starting a business can feel like a lifetime, but more significantly, in that short time the space has come to life with such a wealth of special people and creativity! We cannot express the gratitude we feel from everyone who has supported and encouraged us and the studio this past year. One of the best parts of meeting everyone has been hearing the stories of what inspires each of you to create and make things. It is incredible how much talent surrounds our community. In the coming year we hope to bring exciting new workshops and equipment to peak your interests and encourage you to try new skills. Please post any comments below with how we can help you grow as we move forward (or just say hi!) :-)

While we celebrated our 1-year anniversary quietly this weekend, we can't wait to mark it and celebrate with you all at our Maker's Marketplace next month!

-Lauren & Susan

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lady Bim Pop-Up Flash Sale

It's been a bit quiet on the blog for a while, but we're excited to break the silence with news of a sale!

We invite you to a special pop-up flash sale featuring fantastic designer children's apparel by Lady Bim! These gorgeous garments & blankets are uniquely hand-embellished on bamboo, hemp, and organic cotton. In addition to the sale, volunteers will be live sewing Bimmies (super adorable plush toys from Lady Bim's remnant fabric, filled with sustainably-grown kapok) in the remnant and shape of your choice. Bimmies will be donated to Pretend City, a local children's museum supporting childhood growth and development.

We hope you'll join us and experience these beautiful pieces in person!

Lady Bim End-of-Summer Flash Sale
Sunday, September 8, 9am - 4pm
Creative Outlet Studios
2035 Placentia
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Craft for Community Zine

We had a special station at our Etsy Craft Party to incorporate Etsy's fantastic 2013 theme, "Craft for Community." Led by the amazingly talented Rachel Hillberg, participants at the Zine station were given several community themed prompts, including Etsy's provided word bubbles: "Together we can _____ to create a more fulfilling and lasting world." It was great to see everyone really sit and take their time with their pages to create an "issue" that is individually interpreted but collectively whole. So enjoy as you flip through the pages of this e-zine, made by you, for you! You may even find some printed copies in the studio on your next visit! Check out this article in the current issue of Juxtapoz for more on the current state and roots of zine culture.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Etsy Craft Party 2013

Sewn paper garland and origami triangle for Etsy Craft Party photo booth backdrop at Creative Outlet Studios

It's been a week and we're still smiling from our Etsy Craft Party with the Academy of Handmade. This was one of the larger events we've hosted and it was beyond fulfilling to see so many people collectively crafting and having our studio! We hope you enjoy the photos below (whole album on our Facebook page) and join us again soon for another great event or workshop!
Various papercrafts and screen printing decor for Etsy Craft Party at Creative Outlet Studios
If you don't know already, we at Creative Outlet Studios love a good party! And it's probably safe to say our favorite part is theming and decorating. We've been loving bright tropical colors and you can't peruse blogs or pinterest lately without coming across an abundance of geometric inspiration. These tutorials helped us whip up some seriously simple but impactful decor:

We were also lucky to have the fabled sister/daughter/graphic designer extraordinaire, Whitney (many over you have heard about our other 1/3 traveling through Australia), back to not only make our awesome graphics for the event, but to bring them to life with the gigantic folded paper sign for the party!

How about I let the pictures do some talking now?
Opening the doors to the Etsy Craft Party at Creative Outlet Studios
KC of Make Shop Live revealing her natural dying techniques at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party
KC's Natural Dye Reveal!
Etsy Craft Party guests using the Provo Craft Cricut and Cuttlebug machines at Creative Outlet Studios.
Trying out the magical Cricut & Cuttlebug from Provo Craft

Jennifer Priest of Hydrangea Hippo leading a DIY gift bag craft at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party.
Gift Bag station with the super talented Hydrangea Hippo
(tutorial at How About Orange)
Guests trying out Epson LabelWorks ribbon printers at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party.
Smiles courtesy of Epson's LabelWorks PRINTABLE ribbon!! 
Making leather and felt scrap pins with Marisa Lynch of New Dress A Day at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party
Leather & Felt Scrap Pins led by fashion repurposing maven, Marisa Lynch!
Find photos of some uber creative finished pins on her blog,
new dress a day,
as well as her own fantastic creations & tutorials!
Guests making letterpress gift tags at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party
Letterpress Gift Tags were guided by the lovely Desiree B. & Emma of Fiskars

Screen printing with Miriam Dema and Mome Rath Garden at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party
Crafters got to choose fabric swatches including colorful remnants from Volcom (check out their New Future blog on environmental responsibility) and print one of 3 awesome designs, including a commemorative design from Hearts and Laserbeams! Thanks to the Meagan Segal of Mome Rath Garden & Miriam Dema for leading the screen printing station!

Rachel Hillberg leading the Craft for Community zine station at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party
Rachel Hillberg of Elephant Dust Handmade led everyone through the basics of zine making with a "Craft for Community" theme. Check back here for a link to the finished "e-zine," or sign up for our newsletter to get it in your inbox!

Sweets from Cake Bar, Parchment, Bake All The Things, and Baker Bliss Maker benefitting Share Our Selves at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party
In addition to a portion of proceeds benefitting local charity, Share Our Selves, the all-donation dessert bar was generously and yummily (??) filled with sweets by Cake Bar, Parchment, Bake All The Things, and Baker Bliss Maker.
Raffle bar curated by A Little Known Shop at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party, Birdie and Bear in the foreground.

The other big hit of the night was the Raffle Bar, curated by A Little Known Shop, which featured amazing prizes from a ton of local Etsy sellers as well as our other amazing sponsors! Find a complete list of contributors at the bottom of the post.
Band Hank and Her Ponies playing at Creative Outlet Studios for the 2013 Etsy Craft Party
Hank and Her Ponies set the perfect tone for the evening!

Etsy Craft Party guests enjoy the Wine Lab at the Camp and Piaggion on Wheels food truck at Creative Outlet Studios
Culinary awesomeness outside with The Wine Lab at The Camp & Piaggio on Wheels

Reggae band Special Blend playing at Creative Outlet Studios' Etsy Craft Party
Surprise performance by our friends Special Blend at the end of the night!

We can say with complete confidence that we can't wait for Etsy Craft Party 2014! We look forward to seeing Etsy shop owners grow and continue to foster the face-to-face community throughout the year. Here's a list of the fantastic people and business who helped make the night!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mother's Day Gifts & Mother's Night Fun

Mother's Day is only a week away! Give her the gift of inspiration with a custom diy kit! Combine two or more items as a gift set for mom and receive 10% off your purchase with gift wrapping available in store or as supplies to take home and diy!

Embroidered Notecards for Mother's Night Out Event
Give yourself a Mother's Day gift! Join us for Mother's Night, an evening of craft and fun and some good old fashioned 'me time.' We'll be creating beautiful sets of hand embroidered note cards. Sign up here and share with your friends on Facebook.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Crochet Hook Valentine's Heart

I knew I wanted to make some crocheted hearts to decorate the shop this Valentine's Day, but got extra excited when I realized the crochet hook makes a perfect little Cupid's arrow! Pattern below!
Valentine Crochet Heart with Crochet Hook Arrow
Crochet Heart with Arrow

US Crochet Terms

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
sl st = slip stitch

HEART **Edited 2/3 to correct error in row 2**
row 1: 3 sc in 2nd chain from hook, ch 1, turn (3 sc)
row 2: 2 sc in 1st sc (increase made), sc across, ch 1, turn (4 sc)
row 3: 2 sc in 1st sc (increase made), sc across, ch1, turn (5 sc)
row 4: 2 sc in 1st sc (increase made), sc across, ch1, turn (6 sc)
row 5: 2 sc in 1st sc (increase made), sc across, ch1, turn (7 sc)
row 6: 2 sc in 1st sc (increase made), sc across, ch1, turn (8 sc)
row 7: 2 sc in 1st sc (increase made), sc across, ch1, turn (9 sc)
row 8: 2 sc in 1st sc (increase made), sc across, ch1, turn (10 sc)
row 9: 2 sc in 1st sc (increase made), sc across, ch1, turn (11 sc)
row 10 (shaping the top of the heart): dc in 1st sc, 2 tr in next sc, dtr in next sc, tr then dc in next sc, hdc in next sc, sl st in next sc, hdc in next sc, dc then tr in next sc, dtr in next sc, 2 tr in next sc, 2 dc in last sc, fasten off, weave in ends

ch 4
row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, 3 sc in next sc, sc in last sc, ch 1, turn
row 2: sc in 1st two sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in last two sc, fasten off, weave in ends

To attach the arrow end to the crochet hook, you may want to stretch the triangle to expose the two holes that you made 3 single crochets in on both rows. With the pointed end of the crocheted triangle facing the hook, insert the non-hooked end of the crochet hook over the top of the triangle into the first hole, then up through the next hole as shown below. I made the mistake the first time of turning the triangle the other way which made it look like the arrow head instead of the feathered end.

Next insert the hooked end through the heart from front to back and back to front as shown in the finished photo above.

This is my first shared pattern, so I hope it serves you well! I would love to see photos if you make one!