Lina and Vi

DIY Glitter Onesie and Zipper Pouch

First Birthday Onesie Unicorn Silhouette Cameo by Lina and Vi


I can't believe that a month has gone by since I last gave an update here on the blog. July was... a month. I spent the second half of the month traveling, so things were a little bit quiet around here for a reason. I took a short trip to France for my job, and then our little family headed up to my in-laws cottage in northern Michigan. I'm glad to be back home, even though it was great to be able to step out of the daily routine for a couple of weeks. August is nearly half over, and with several birthdays coming up, I have a couple of short DIYs today to show you what I have been working on!

My daughter's first birthday is in a week. Time does really fly - especially with children, it seems. We are having family over to our home to celebrate, and I've been spending my nights preparing the decorations using my Silhouette Cameo as much as possible. One project that I loved making was her first birthday "One" glitter onesie with a unicorn on it. This was my first time using glitter heat transfer vinyl, and it turned out amazing. I used a cursive font to cut the 'One' text, and I purchased a unicorn image from the Silhouette Store, which I  printed onto t-shirt transfer paper. I then ironed them both on a plain white onesie. It was a fairly simple project but it looks like it took more time than it did! Her party is a mix of cupcakes and unicorns, so I will be reusing that unicorn image on her banner and other party decor items.

Keeping with the birthday theme, one of my nieces will be turning six in a few weeks. She is at an age where she is starting to be interested in "girly" things like Lip Smackers, nail polish, and accessories. I used some extra ivory cotton canvas to sew a small zipper pouch and paired it with a blue floral rayon fabric for the interior lining. I had this rayon print fabric in my stash for a few months, almost hoarding it because I don't have much and I really wanted to use it on something special. To finish the zipper pouch, I again used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out her name and three hearts in gold glitter heat transfer vinyl. I think she will love it, especially because it is stuffed with a couple of goodies!

Glitter Personalized Zipper Pouch DIY Silhouette Cameo

Glitter Personalized Zipper Pouch DIY Silhouette Cameo

DIY Glitter Zipper Pouch with Hearts by LinaandVi

A bit of sewing and a lot of my Silhouette Cameo has been the theme in August. I'm running a sale in our Etsy shop this month - all zipper pouches and burlap bags are 10% now through August 27th! I know many of you are heading back to school or have kids heading back to school soon, so this is a small way to celebrate the close of a great summer. Shop now here!

Thanks for stopping by!
Erica

DIY Fourth of July Rustic Mantel Sign

Fourth of July DIY Mantel Rustic Sign with Silhouette Cameo by Lina and VI

After a busy week with the Fourth of July holiday, I'm back to share what I have been up to these past few weeks along with photos of my latest DIY project! The heat is on here in Michigan, and this week we celebrated the Fourth with temps in the nineties and plenty of sun. I don't have any decorations for this holiday, and since we hosted a BBQ this year for family, I spent some time figuring out what I could make with the materials I had around the house with the help of my Silhouette Cameo.

I created this rustic style "Let Freedom Ring" sign using a piece of remnant wood my husband had in his workshop, some extra contact paper, and basic paint. The sign is about two feet long and a couple of inches tall and thick, making it a quick project for an hour one afternoon. I decided on a traditional font and cut out the phrase onto contact paper which I then stuck to the block of wood, after putting a base layer of red paint.  My husband spray-painted the enter wood block white using extra spray paint we had on hand. After it dried, I peeled off the stencil, leaving the red letters on a white background. I finished it by painting very light and imperfect strokes of blue paint, finishing off the American color scheme.

Fourth of July DIY Mantel Rustic Sign with Silhouette Cameo by Lina and VI

I like how it turned out, and it is small enough that I can find somewhere to store it for the remaining 11 months of the year. If you follow Lina and Vi on Facebook, you may know that this wasn't the only DIY I attempted this past week for the holiday.  I made my daughter a Fourth of July themed onesie using printable iron-on paper and a free Silhouette Studio image I found on a blog. It was super simple to make, and she was looking cute on Wednesday! Stop by the Facebook page to see pictures of how it turned out, and what you can make with some imagination!

I love projects that use materials that I have on hand, but I am finding now more than ever that I need projects that will be relatively quick. With a baby ready to be on the move, my time and attention is focused on her most of the day. You may see me share more DIY projects that are doable in 1-2 hours, which are perfect for a typical afternoon nap for a toddler.

I still love creating things, and while I may not be at my sewing machine as much as I used to be, I find myself still managing small projects that allow me to still be creative, just in different ways.

I hope that this DIY inspires you to create something this next week. Enjoy!

New! Geometric Burlap Fold-over Bag



This past few weeks have been filled with some sewing, some sun, lots of baby laughs, and some celebrations. I shared on the Lina and Vi Facebook page a few weeks ago that I have finished my first scrap quilt! More details coming on that process. I made one quilt in the past using old t-shirts, but this was my first more traditional quilt that included quilting batting as well as the actual quilting process.

Once that project was over, I decided to break into one of the latest fabrics I picked up from Pink Castle Fabrics in Ann Arbor to make a new burlap clutch bag! This handmade zipper bag features a fresh geometric design that is colorful, quirky, and lots of fun against the bold burlap. I'm loving how this bag turned out with the fold-over top, metal zipper, and detachable wrist strap.  These kinds of burlap wristlets are a lot of fun to make. I'm excited to have it available in the Lina and Vi Etsy shop ready to ship!




Speaking of Etsy, Lina and Vi is taking part of their 13th birthday sale by offering 10% all of the handmade burlap zipper pouches and zipper cases! This is a great way to get a couple of zipper pouches at a reduced price, especially one of the two or three zipper pouch bundle packs.  Stop over at the shop here to see the sale.

My family celebrated Memorial Day and Father's Day during the last few weeks. A happy first Father's Day to my husband who has taken becoming a new father in stride this past year. We love you! I think we have officially kicked off the start of summer here in Michigan. I think the warmer weather is here to stay, and I honestly cannot be happier! I've had Adeline in her little baby bathing suit outside to play with water, and she has the best time. This past winter was especially hard, and I am happy to see it go.

Speaking of celebrations, my husband and I headed to Chicago for a short weekend trip to celebrate a wedding. It was nice to get away. We only had a couple of hours to really explore, so rather than heading into downtown and spending more time and money than we wanted to finding a park, we walked around the Wicker Park / Ukrainian Village area. I loved the little shops, and we stopped over at Antique Taco for a great mid-afternoon meal. Good vibes all around.  We are so lucky that Chicago is so close.

I'm excited to start a new sewing project in the next few weeks, plus the summer craft fair season is coming up and I'll be making my rounds to some of the local fairs this year to see what everyone is making!

Have a good one and thanks for stopping by!
Erica


Three Reasons to Repurpose



As a maker, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to find the right balance between design, time, and materials. Repurposing is something that Lina and Vi is rooted in, since all of the burlap is upcycled from coffee bean burlap sacks. It's no surprise that I'm always thinking about ways to use the materials and time I have to create something that is new, beautiful, and unique. So today I am sharing my top three reasons for repurposing. Even if you are not a crafter, sewer, maker, or whatever the trend is calling it right now, thinking about how we can repurpose what we have in hand can help us be more creative and find solutions in a new way.

1. Save Money

This is a big one for me as I am pretty passionate about waste... wasting time, wasting money, and wasting the things we already own. Repurposing helps me find a new use for something, even if it's not always an exact fit. Sometimes we can be flexible and apply a tool or item in a new way and have the same outcome. I have a fond memory when I first went to live out on my own of attempting to make cookies and realizing I needed a rolling pin. I pulled out a tall drinking glass, turned it sideways, and improvised. Problem solved, money saved, and one less item in the kitchen with rare use. Sometimes it is not an exact fit but we can see past the limitations and focus on our main priority for what we need.

2. Stretch Creativity

Repurposing an object or finding a way to build on top of it to create something else helps me become more creative. By having to think about something in a new way, I have to come up with multiple ideas and see that thing in a different perspective beyond just what it is today. There is a reason that giving a team a set number of objects to build something new using only those materials is a common team building problem solving activity. When we repurpose something, even if it is just switching up decor in a room and moving it around in a new way, we force ourselves to stretch our creativity muscles. We build those muscles so they become stronger over time.

3. Build the Only One

There is a desire to have something unique to only us, and repurposing allows us to make something that truly is one of a kind. When I repurpose burlap into new zipper pouches or paint on the burlap to make a decorative burlap pillow, I am creating something that not only is handmade but is also difficult, if not impossible, to reproduce entirely. The challenge here is that we have to accept the flaws that come with a one of a kind repurposed item. Upcycling something means that you aren't starting from scratch but you are building upon what is already there and making it into some new form. That form didn't exist until you repurposed it, so there is definitely gratification in knowing that we came up with a new design that really is the single only one there is.

Those are my top three reasons for repurposing burlap. I hope you find some parallels in your life with how you choose to reuse, recycle, and repurpose things to help make your day more creative while saving some money and taking pride in a totally unique design.

Thanks for stopping by!
Erica

Three New Burlap Zipper Cases!

Lina and Vi Burlap Zipper Bags

Hi friends! I hope you had a great couple of weeks! May is half-way through, and we have been busy over here. We celebrated Mother's day this past Sunday, and it was a nice day with family. I hope you were able to enjoy your day whether you are a mom or not.

This past week I finished sewing three new burlap zipper cases. They feature a pretty neutral color palette overall, with a few pops of color here and there. The burlap coffee sack designs are big and bold on these zipper bags so I wanted to balance it out with basics. One of the burlap zipper cases features a dark denim bottom. This is the first design I've made with denim, and the burlap against the denim is something that I am really loving.

Lina and Vi Burlap Zipper Bags

Lina and Vi Burlap Zipper Bags

Lina and Vi Burlap Zipper Bags

Lina and Vi Burlap Zipper Bags

Lina and Vi Burlap Zipper Bags

Lina and Vi Burlap Zipper Bags

Lina and Vi Burlap Zipper Bags

Lina and Vi Burlap Zipper Bags


You can find these three burlap zipper bags in the Lina and Vi Etsy shop here.

Aside from these three bags, I have been busy shipping out orders these past few weeks. The last burlap bag has sold to a local customer, and I hope they love it as much as I do! As I mentioned back in November, I won't be creating new burlap purses for the time being and just focusing on zipper pouches and burlap pillows. I'm not sure what the next few months will bring but with summer ahead, I know that I will be spending more time with our little family outside and sewing when I can.

I hope you are having a great week!
Erica

New Burlap Zipper Pouches!

Burlap zipper pouches - handmade by linaandvi


I don't know where April has gone, but here we are on the 24th, and it is already Tuesday. This week is flying by, and I'm here to share a few updates with you on what has been going on around in my world and in the shop.

This past weekend I created five new burlap 4" x 6" zipper pouches using a mix of patterned and solid interior fabric. They are fun, colorful, and ready to ship! There are singles, sets of two, and sets of three available now. You can find these in our Burlap Zipper Pouch sections of the Lina and Vi Etsy shop. Great gift idea for a mom in your life who needs a little something for Mother's Day!

Speaking of Mother's Day, this one will be my official first. To be honest, May is a very busy month for our family. It is probably the craziest of all of the months, even December. We have multiple birthdays, Mother's Day, communion parties, holidays, doctor's appointments, conferences, and usually someone is traveling for work. It's pretty intense, so I'm not thinking that we will be doing much for Mother's Day but maybe I will get in a little sewing time!

Last week, I wrapped up a custom order for a local customer in AA looking for a small version of our flat bottom zipper cases. I shortened and slimmed the width of the large zipper cases to create something personal that this customer needed. I really liked this size, so I'm considering starting to offer a smaller, flat bottom burlap zipper case in the shop. What do you think? I think there is always a use for zipper cases, big and small. They keep things organized and neat so everything is in one place and easy to find.

I have been reading the book Daring Greatly for a little over a week now, and I'm pretty mesmerized by the research and discussion. The book examines vulnerability, and the premise is that if we learned to be more vulnerable, we would become more fulfilled, creative, authentic, and whole. I really enjoyed the discussion around gender differences with vulnerability, and right now I am in the middle of the section on the most common ways we react to avoid vulnerability. I enjoy self help type books. I always enjoyed school - I guess I learn the best in a traditional classroom setting and in independent study. So if I can read and feel like I'm learning something new that I can apply in life, it catches my attention.

That's all I have for tonight - thanks for dropping by!
Erica