#thegreatfabricdestash

When I first got back into the swing of creating things last year after having Amelia, I was making dolls. During this time I became a fabric hoarder, and on my trips alone to the craft store I would just buy random pieces.

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Now that I’m focusing on illustration work, and my husband is on vacation this week and in crazy cleaning mode, it’s time for me to destash! I am planning a destash sale on Instagram this Thursday at 7pm CST.

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I’m mostly trying to bundle things, but I do have several yards of a few designs. I also have a few rare designer fabrics (don’t worry I am not charging an arm and a leg for them!).

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I also have bits of fun prints and some seasonal fabrics.

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It will be super fun! Follow @scrawnygirlshop on IG to keep up to date. I will use paypal invoices and shipping will be included.

That’s What She Said Sunday

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Since I stopped taking custom orders I’ve been a lot happier with my business. I feel super inspired and wish I had more hours in a day to execute all the ideas that pop into my head.

I’m currently working on an awesome refresh of my logo. (I wanted to say rebrand but I don’t feel like that’s what I’m doing.) I just want to share everything I’m working on!

I’m super grateful that I have this opportunity to do what I love to do, and I really want to make the most of it!

Are you doing what you love? I’d love to hear about your dreams!

July Sticker of the Month Giveaway

It’s seems like yesterday I was giving away June’s pack! This month’s theme was camping. I had a fun time making all these kawaii stickers! What is your favorite thing about camping? Mine is definitely making s’mores. Enter to win this exclusive set below!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be picked after midnight on July 23rd, 2014. You will be notified by email, and have 48 hours to respond before I choose a new winner! Good Luck! xo

What Is Kawaii?

I did this as a guest post over on The Indie A-List blog, but wanted to share here too! Enjoy!

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As someone who has loved kawaii their entire life, I’d never really thought that someone wouldn’t know. Recently, I’ve been repeatedly asked, “what is kawaii?” This led me to do some research, so I could explain it in a way that went beyond the literal translation. (I also find the history of things fascinating >_<)

Essentially kawaii is the Japanese word for cute. This can apply to all aspects of life, the way you act, dress, and the things you buy.

The physical attributes considered to be kawaii can basically be described as childlike. For example: big eyes.

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If you’ve ever seen Japanese manga (comic), most of them have over sized eyes, which was influenced by Disney’s Bambi and Snow White back in the 1940′s. Another characteristic found in manga/merchandise and considered kawaii is large heads and small bodies. This has been an major influence in my own work.

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I find the history of kawaii very interesting, especially the fact that it coincided with the start of an underground movement in writing around the 1970′s. Teens of the time began writing in rounded characters adding in hearts and little cartoons. They also started rebelling against their societal roles and expectations with kawaii fashion, which bled into visual art.

Some of the most well known kawaii characters are from Sanrio and San-x, which all sport simple faces and minimal composition. These characters are perfect for consumable media and are deeply entrenched in Japanese culture.

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So next time you see something cute, just go ahead and say it’s super kawaii! xo

That’s What She Said Sunday

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Anyone else spend their weekend watching as much Harry Potter as possible?! Sadly I don’t have cable, but we own all the movies so I can pretend I’m watching along with the rest of the world and use cool hashtags…

I love Neville and Luna! Seeing their characters grow and become bad asses was awesome! I remember fist pumping and cheering for Neville in the last movie. Yeah I was that girl standing in the theater….

What is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

Thank You!

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It’s been a crazy year so far, and my little business has grown so much since I opened it in October! I recently hit 100 sales! I really can’t believe it and I am super grateful to everyone who has supported me by purchasing my art work or just by letting me know you like the things I create! It means a lot to me! As a thank you, I am offering a special discount code that is good until the end of July! Use the code 100THANKS to get 25% off in my shop or Etsy shop!

Some of you may have noticed that everything is showing up as sold out in my Storenvy shop. Right now I’m in the process of building this blog into an actual website, where I will have my very own shop. You can still find all my cute things on Etsy until those listings expire or at store.scrawnygirl.com . I’m really not sure how long this will take me to figure out, but I’m excited to build the cutest site on the planet! Not to worry, all my discount codes work in both places, and I still love all the communities I’m active in! This change is just to make things a bit easier for me. :)

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Here are a few little updates and shop happenings:

  • I’m sending some sticker packs and prints to Ryu-Kon in Buffalo, NY with Tessa from Krmbal to sell. So if you are attending, stop by say hi and grab some of her awesome tees and some of my goodies too!
  • I just sent out my July newsletter! Sign up to get a special monthly discount code and fun behind the scenes info and peeks!
  • I’m hoping to release my new card line next month! Keep your fingers crossed I get all the work done!
  • Sticker club packs ship out on the 20th! There’s still time to sign up! Also, keep an eye out for this month’s sticker pack giveaway!

There’s a lot going on around here! Thank you all for your kind words and support! If I could bake you all cupcakes I would! xo

Currently Reading

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It’s crazy how I used to read so many blogs I couldn’t keep up, and then I just sort of stopped. Now a days I follow a select few, but I tend to just read posts from people I follow on Twitter when they share a link that sounds interesting to me. Here are a few of my favorites right now:

Nerdburger Easily one of the cutest people on the planet. I’m pretty sure we’d be BFF’s in real life!

Hello Martian Girl This is my newest awesomely geeky blog find! I’m still combing through, but I love everything so far!

xo Mia I love how original her blog is! I don’t do cosplay, but I love learning about it and seeing all her rad cosplay designs! She also radiates positivity and self love!

IGGPPC Love love this blog and the variety of posts. I always learn something new and I hope one day I’m rad enough to contribute!

CakeSpy Recipes, cute illustrations, and tips for arty people like me! I could spend hours reading through the archives!

Do you have any favorite blogs? Leave a comment I’d love to check them out! xo

That’s What She Said Sunday

I’ve decided to revive my weekly feature That’s What She Said Sunday. It was always one of my favorite features, and who doesn’t love a good quote. My aim with this feature going forward is to explain a bit about why I was drawn to post the quote and what it has to do with my life at the moment. It could be something fun or it could be something serious.

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The past few weeks I’ve actually been drawn to quotes all on a similar base line. I’m at a weird place with my business in that some days I feel successful and other days not so much. I feel conflicted and confused with all the information and peer opinions bombarding me on how I should or shouldn’t be doing things. Truthfully, I feel like having all these whispers in my ear have been making it hard for me to make any major decisions.

Slowly I’m weeding out the useful information but taking it with a grain of salt. I have decided that it’s my business and my life. So if I don’t want to be on social media 24/7, I’m not going to. If I don’t want to participate it everything thrown my way, I won’t. If I want to change how I’m doing everything to make running my business easier for me, then I will. If there’s one thing I’m pretty good at, it’s change.

So expect so big changes and some little changes around here. I’m excited and feeling relieved more each day with each decision I make.

Handmade Fav: Clairey Lou Creations

In an effort to promote handmade, I started featuring some of my favorite handmade shops. Please check out these amazing shops and support handmade!

One of my favorite shops filled with kawaii goodies is Clairey Lou Creations. Claire creates handmade felt accessories, decorations and plush. I recently ordered one of her fairy kei donut brooches and the stitching and attention to detail are amazing! You can tell each one is made with love!

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Added to my wishlist is the kawaii sweet tooth brooch:

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Her cute plush designs would make a great gift for anyone. I think they would be lovely nursery decor!

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Claire also has a super inspirational blog! Don’t forget to follow her on twitter for rad shop updates!

 

 

June Sticker Pack Giveaway

I thought it would be fun to giveaway one of my monthly sticker packs since they are not available in my shop. (Don’t hold me to doing one every month though >_<) This month the theme was Home Sweet Home.

Photo by Violet's Buds

Photo by Violet’s Buds

I love seeing everyone’s pictures of their stickers and what they do with them!

If you’d like to subscribe to my sticker club, you can at any time! You can do so from my Storenvy or Etsy :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be picked on Thursday after midnight cst! You’ll be notified by email, and taking into account the holiday weekend, have until Monday July 7th to claim your prize before another winner is chosen.

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