Friday, March 18, 2011

I have moved to a new website!

I have moved! You can now hand out with me at my brand new blog.

for all of you who have kept up with my crafty adventures, thank-you! I hope to continue to share much more with you at the new blog!

I still have a few more things to tweak on the new site, but I know myself, If I wait until it's perfect, I'll never share it with you.

see you soon!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sneak Peek of my new studio!

I've been working slowly to get my new studio set up. You can see a bit of it in the video. I'll to a photo tour soon- it's not totally ready yet.

Studio and some new stuff from the craft fiend on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Behind the scenes// Colour Pallate for The New Blog

It's time to start designing the background for my new blog! I hope to be able to unveil the new home for The Craft Fiend Mid March! I'm working so hard on focusing, culling out the things that aren't reflective of my personal brand and simplifying the look of everything!

Here are words from my inspiration journal to describe what the new blog will be like:

a daily celebration of handmade and nostalgia in a 9 to 5 world.

Here are some photos from my Pinterest Brand and Identity Board that I've saved to help me create the look of my new blog.

from Valspring on Flickr


Visual elements that I hope to include are:

Cleaner side bar with cohesive buttons, Polka dots and stripes (two of my favorite things!), A softer colour pallet, and a much bigger space so photos pop off the page!

Wasabi Suicide via

Sushi for Lenas Love via

off to read about backgrounds, hex colours, and headers!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Behind the scenes// Fonts

You already know I'm working on building a new blog and and a NEw Website!

I'm now ready to choose background work on the background and header/ banner. I'm looking at all kinds of fun fonts and still dreaming of colour combo's.

Before I head off to my new studio to finish organizing it. Here are some things I've been collecting for font inspiration!

from Kelly Lasserre

via Flickr

from Urban Casita

from I love Charts

From "The Sketch Book Project" Doodle Heads

From Etsy

If you have a favorite website or blog please leave the address in the comments so I can check it out. I'd also love to hear about why you like it- is it the design, do you like how it's easy to navigate, do you like the colours? I'm really excited to make my new blog and websites easy for you to use!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Music Mondays//

Music for today is brought to you by Massive Attack featuring Tricky. When I live in Toronto I listened to  both these artists all the time. I kind of forgot about them for a bit- adding to my Pandora stations right now!

Click here for more details about Massive Attack and here for Tricky.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Behind the scenes// Colour inspirations

Earlier this week, I wrote about the website(s) I'm going to be building. Some of the most exciting tasks are picking out fonts, and colour schemes, and deciding on the layout of the websites I'll be working on.

Here are the colour pallets I like the most.











I essentially have three different sites to build:

A new home for this blog
A cozy spot for my webshop for She Loves Me Not
A fun bright, inspiring place for my sewing school 504 Stitches.

A top secret project...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Behind the scenes// What I'm doing and why

I'm starting over. With Branding and online stuff...

In a few days I will be starting an online class, with someone I admire so so much, in which I will learn how to build a website! You can't know how exciting this is for me and what a huge step this will be in re-branding and positioning my personal brand and creative businesses in a place that will take everything to the next level!

 a quick note of advice from Laura Roeder

First off I put together a list of goals and outcomes to guide my actions. I need these because I always want to do more than is actually possible so the list below will help me streamline the process and focus on what is truly important.

I'm letting you in on the process, the planning, and some fun behind the scene progress.

 My goals :
*Move this blog to a Wordpress site. The theme I will be using is built off of the Hybrid theme.
*Build a website with an integrated web shop for She Loves Me Not Clothing Company.
*Build a website with an integrated web shop for 504 Stitches, my sewing school
* all three sites will have a clean, simplified appearance and complimentary branding
* as a bonus I'm hoping to be able to hand draw the social media icons and design some pretty blog buttons
* The Craft Fiend (this blog) will continue to evolve into the very personal brand landing page and online heart of my business so I've spent alot of time considering how to make this blog the heart of everything. I want this blog to be fun, pretty, and encompass the spirit of what I am putting into the world.
* I have one more thing I will be creating, but I'm keeping those TOP SECRET until I launch it.