21 10 / 2014

Craft show test run

Craft show test run

20 10 / 2014

Okay. So you may know that I recently contributed to a new monthly sampler box subscription called Indie Craft Sampler. Like other monthly subscription box services, Indie Craft Sampler sends out product samples - but unlike any other subscription box I’ve seen out there, ICS sends you a box full of handmade crafty goodies by independent artists, crafters, etc. Immediately I fell in love with the concept and I knew I wanted to be a part! Well, when I got a box of my very own in the mail, I fell head over heels. So I wanted to tell you about all the amazing stuff that came in it! (And I apologize if I have missed anything, some of the goodies were too good to let sit until I got around to writing a review :3)
I got two samples from Krucial Cosmetics in my box: one was a beautiful gold nail polish and the other was a watermelon flavored tube of chapstick. The nail polish I used like any other - did my quick drying clear base coat first and then applied two coats of the gold on top of that - not that I needed two coats - the polish goes on very opaque (love!) but I usually do two just to get spots that I missed on the first go around. I have had it on for a week now, with no topcoat, and even though I work constantly with my hands, this has to be one of the best polishes I’ve ever had in terms of not chipping and staying on. (Not to mention I’ve been jonesing for some good gold polish lately - and what appears in my ICS box?! Serendipity). As for the watermelon chapstick - it *SMELLED* amazing. I had it set aside for my boyfriend’s little niece who is a chapstick hoarder. I also say *smelled* in the past tense because unfortunately my dog got ahold of it (I got it back though before he could eat it, ugh) - but at least he smelled nice for a couple hours too :3 Regardless, I know I will be purchasing from Krucial in the future! 
I got a set of buttons from Love Unstoppable which were inspired by Pixar’s movie UP - again, serendipity, that is literally one of my favorite movies. Of all time. I know exactly where I’m going to put these guys - right next to my grape soda pin!
I got two bobby pins in my sampler box - a patterned fabric button pin from Violet’s Buds and a small acrylic flower pin from Miss Evil Kitty. I love both and wear both according to what I’m wearing how I’m feeling etc!
More serendipity - (actually I think the lovely Neeka from ICS had a hand in this one!) - I got an adorable cork board in the shape of Ohio from Tater & Emily - I think I might put a hook in it and make it a Christmas ornament/gift - because what better way to enjoy your ICS box than to spread the love?
Then from Renaissance Bath I received a wonderful smelling bar of soap called the “Maid of Orleans”, made of different oils, milk, oatmeal and honey. I put this one to use immediately!
When I saw the sample from Flower Child Cozies, a lovely plush sewn coffee cozy in a beautiful watercolor pattern, I knew immediately who I wanted to give it to - a coworker who brings in a lot of hot drinks. I didn’t even open this one up because I wanted to give it to her packaging and all but it looked very well constructed. I was happy to give it a loving home!
My Monster Hat sent an incredibly cute Halloween themed one-eyed monster finger puppet. I can’t wait to give this one to said boyfriend’s niece. I can already hear her giggling like crazy :)
Next up were a couple of Halloween themed hair ties from Sara Ellie Bows - as a lady who usually wears her hair down, since making some hair bows of my own I have been wearing my hair in a ponytail more to sport these (admittedly, adorable) accessories, so these hair ties are perfect for that! Very stretchy and can wrap around a couple times.
Another cute sample I got was a little girl in a fox hat pin from Holey Socks - after a perusal through their etsy shop I definitely want a feminist pin (or two) and am wishing I had post earrings. The pin I received itself seems very well made out of colored on shrinky-plastic. 
Mars Original sent a cute little pin with a seashell that I know my mom will love. 
Finally, I got a little bag of tea from PH Tea Company which, if I remember correctly, was Rose Hips & Organic Gunpowder Green (I drank it immediately :3) I let it steep for about 20 minutes, though the tea did not get very strong. Which, is really okay with me, I drank it before going to bed (even though i think it was a caffeinated blend, something that’s never stopped me ha) and enjoyed the subtle flowery flavors. 
So that’s it for my review of October’s Indie Craft Sampler box! 
Tl;dr - Indie Craft Sampler is a monthly subscription service full of an unexpectedly large amount of amazing goodies from independent artists and crafters and is definitely worth subscribing to.

Okay. So you may know that I recently contributed to a new monthly sampler box subscription called Indie Craft Sampler. Like other monthly subscription box services, Indie Craft Sampler sends out product samples - but unlike any other subscription box I’ve seen out there, ICS sends you a box full of handmade crafty goodies by independent artists, crafters, etc. Immediately I fell in love with the concept and I knew I wanted to be a part! Well, when I got a box of my very own in the mail, I fell head over heels. So I wanted to tell you about all the amazing stuff that came in it! (And I apologize if I have missed anything, some of the goodies were too good to let sit until I got around to writing a review :3)

I got two samples from Krucial Cosmetics in my box: one was a beautiful gold nail polish and the other was a watermelon flavored tube of chapstick. The nail polish I used like any other - did my quick drying clear base coat first and then applied two coats of the gold on top of that - not that I needed two coats - the polish goes on very opaque (love!) but I usually do two just to get spots that I missed on the first go around. I have had it on for a week now, with no topcoat, and even though I work constantly with my hands, this has to be one of the best polishes I’ve ever had in terms of not chipping and staying on. (Not to mention I’ve been jonesing for some good gold polish lately - and what appears in my ICS box?! Serendipity). As for the watermelon chapstick - it *SMELLED* amazing. I had it set aside for my boyfriend’s little niece who is a chapstick hoarder. I also say *smelled* in the past tense because unfortunately my dog got ahold of it (I got it back though before he could eat it, ugh) - but at least he smelled nice for a couple hours too :3 Regardless, I know I will be purchasing from Krucial in the future! 

I got a set of buttons from Love Unstoppable which were inspired by Pixar’s movie UP - again, serendipity, that is literally one of my favorite movies. Of all time. I know exactly where I’m going to put these guys - right next to my grape soda pin!

I got two bobby pins in my sampler box - a patterned fabric button pin from Violet’s Buds and a small acrylic flower pin from Miss Evil KittyI love both and wear both according to what I’m wearing how I’m feeling etc!

More serendipity - (actually I think the lovely Neeka from ICS had a hand in this one!) - I got an adorable cork board in the shape of Ohio from Tater & Emily - I think I might put a hook in it and make it a Christmas ornament/gift - because what better way to enjoy your ICS box than to spread the love?

Then from Renaissance Bath I received a wonderful smelling bar of soap called the “Maid of Orleans”, made of different oils, milk, oatmeal and honey. I put this one to use immediately!

When I saw the sample from Flower Child Coziesa lovely plush sewn coffee cozy in a beautiful watercolor pattern, I knew immediately who I wanted to give it to - a coworker who brings in a lot of hot drinks. I didn’t even open this one up because I wanted to give it to her packaging and all but it looked very well constructed. I was happy to give it a loving home!

My Monster Hat sent an incredibly cute Halloween themed one-eyed monster finger puppet. I can’t wait to give this one to said boyfriend’s niece. I can already hear her giggling like crazy :)

Next up were a couple of Halloween themed hair ties from Sara Ellie Bows - as a lady who usually wears her hair down, since making some hair bows of my own I have been wearing my hair in a ponytail more to sport these (admittedly, adorable) accessories, so these hair ties are perfect for that! Very stretchy and can wrap around a couple times.

Another cute sample I got was a little girl in a fox hat pin from Holey Socks - after a perusal through their etsy shop I definitely want a feminist pin (or two) and am wishing I had post earrings. The pin I received itself seems very well made out of colored on shrinky-plastic. 

Mars Original sent a cute little pin with a seashell that I know my mom will love. 

Finally, I got a little bag of tea from PH Tea Company which, if I remember correctly, was Rose Hips & Organic Gunpowder Green (I drank it immediately :3) I let it steep for about 20 minutes, though the tea did not get very strong. Which, is really okay with me, I drank it before going to bed (even though i think it was a caffeinated blend, something that’s never stopped me ha) and enjoyed the subtle flowery flavors. 

So that’s it for my review of October’s Indie Craft Sampler box! 

Tl;dr - Indie Craft Sampler is a monthly subscription service full of an unexpectedly large amount of amazing goodies from independent artists and crafters and is definitely worth subscribing to.

20 10 / 2014

Drew a house today for Habitat the Book

Drew a house today for Habitat the Book

20 10 / 2014

Self portrait #inktober day 20

Self portrait #inktober day 20

20 10 / 2014

Some new bows - succulents and blue leaves. Go to www.allisonranieri.storenvy.com and use the hair bow product link to preorder these designs!

Some new bows - succulents and blue leaves. Go to www.allisonranieri.storenvy.com and use the hair bow product link to preorder these designs!

19 10 / 2014

New hair bow! soon to be available in my store:www.allisonranieri.storenvy.com

New hair bow! soon to be available in my store:
www.allisonranieri.storenvy.com

19 10 / 2014

I couldn’t help but draw the adorable @myartsuggs !

I couldn’t help but draw the adorable @myartsuggs !

18 10 / 2014

My closet is also my craft show staging/storage area. Building up inventory

My closet is also my craft show staging/storage area. Building up inventory

18 10 / 2014

"In my dreams I’m beautiful…and bad!" #inktober 18

"In my dreams I’m beautiful…and bad!" #inktober 18

16 10 / 2014

Bows are the best.

Bows are the best.

16 10 / 2014

Ever since I saw this shirt on Modcloth I fell in love with it..this is a bit of variation on it

Ever since I saw this shirt on Modcloth I fell in love with it..this is a bit of variation on it

16 10 / 2014

#inktober 16: intergalactic space warrior

#inktober 16: intergalactic space warrior

16 10 / 2014

Tried to do a selfie.. Still messing around with prismacolor

Tried to do a selfie.. Still messing around with prismacolor

16 10 / 2014

Prismacolor morning warm-up

Prismacolor morning warm-up

15 10 / 2014

I will be posting about this closer to the date, but if you are in the Cincinnati area, I will be selling my handmade goods - notecards, hair bows, earrings, rings, necklaces, gift wrap, prints, etc. at the Sharonville Community Center on November 29th from 9 am to 2 pm! Come by and visit my table!  If you mention this post you will get a 10% discount off your entire purchase!

I will be posting about this closer to the date, but if you are in the Cincinnati area, I will be selling my handmade goods - notecards, hair bows, earrings, rings, necklaces, gift wrap, prints, etc. at the Sharonville Community Center on November 29th from 9 am to 2 pm! Come by and visit my table!
If you mention this post you will get a 10% discount off your entire purchase!