Thank you so much to everyone that left kind comments on my last post about my first DIY class. I'm so glad everyone enjoyed the pictures. I had such a blast teaching it and I cannot wait to hold another one. My next class is in the works so if anyone has any suggestions for which weekend I should hold it, please feel free to let me know. I want to meet all of you!
Today I get to share some more exciting news...you can now find my handmade goodies at The Wedding Pantry! That's right, Lauren Elise Crafted is no longer just an Etsy store and I've set up shop in a physical location. So if you're in the Orange County area, drop by and take a look and peruse all the goodies that The Wedding Pantry has to offer.
But for those of you that aren't located in SoCal, I have some awesome pictures to share so you can get the full experience from the comfort of your home. Welcome to my first shop space!
I brought in a small antique desk and a few fun props to display my handmade goodies.
I found this toy sewing machine at a local antique shop and it's pretty much the best thing EVER. I'm obsessed with it. It was a little pricey but I just had to have it for my display and so I think the investment was worth it. The shipping tag that is hanging from the sewing machine lists all my design services and contact information. And to the right we have my business cards. I've been using small shipping tags with washi tape for awhile now but I decided to place each one into a glassine bag and then stitch it shut. I think this little bit of added detail makes them special. My friend Elysse mentioned that one would have to potentially ruin it by ripping the bag open to get the card out. Whatever...I'm more focused on the first impression.
Some of my love message spools are for sale and embroidery hoop artwork. I love the cross-stitch silhouettes, which I can customize for couples. Some of my flower pins are on the right. I used an old drawer (shown on the left) that I found at an antique store as a display element to hold my work. The pins are displayed on a standard picture frame. I just removed the glass and replaced it with some cork.
Of course I brought in books for the display. I love using books to add height and depth to tablescapes. These books were actually cover-less because I had used the covers for my Papernstitch DIY. So in the end, everything got used and had a purpose...nothing went to waste.
Embroidery artwork, inspired by E. E. Cummings' poem. I think this would be a perfect gift for a newly married couple.
I also had to include some of my heart photobooth props. I love the light pink and turquoise colors.
Me setting up and clearly excited about my little shop! Thank you Elysse for this picture and the next.
Me and Elysse, the bestie! Not only did she attend my class and craft up some loveliness but she also stayed afterward and helped me clean up and setup my display. Love ya friend! I will never be able to thank you for all the support you've given me over the years. Hugs!
After all that work of the class and setting up the display, this is what I felt like the next morning:
Yes, all my labors even exhausted my dog. I didn't get much sleep Friday night because I was trying to finish everything (I had a huge checklist) so I must admit that on Saturday night, I was out. Exhausted but oh so happy!
Oh also, before I end this post...someone asked about the striped bags I used for the class. These:
I got them on Etsy from a shop called In The Clear. I bought these bags which are the yellow stripe and 10x14. I needed the bags to be large so that they would hold all of the supplies for the DIYs. Aren't they cute? This shop has a bunch of other bag size options too so if you need something smaller, take a look. Feel free to ask me about any of the other supplies are display items I used. I am happy to answer any questions.