It all started when I was admiring a few vintage banners I saw online, caught a glimpse of one Candace Carpenter made, was inspired by all the cool stuff hanging from the ceiling of Sweetpeas & Snapshots when I visited there last summer… and next thing you know, I tried making a banner myself.

The first one I made, ever, was one commissioned by Scrapbook Royalty for their events and booths at Scrapbook Expo. In the Scrapbook Royalty way it had to be purple, shabby chic, and over-the-top fabulous. I had some chandelier crystals I had collected as well as some crystals from a shower curtain I was no longer using and those became little pendants hanging from each pennant. I made each “letter” a little different and had fun with each one, adding special “little somethings” I had in my stash of goodies.. Here we all are with Scrapbook Diva under the banner in San Diego:

Then I was doing a banner for a make n take for Scrapbook Royalty's March event, a few for National Scrapbook Day, as a make n take for a giant group of croppers in Orange, CA…

…and finally one for The Scrappin' Table's store display:

In October I'll be unveiling a deliciously spooky banner as a class too!! I'm still working on the sample but I'll just share that there are wide satin ribbons, spooky details, and lots of tulle & glitter!

I really do enjoy making these and have a blast coming up with new ways to make them shine in my own way. After many requests, I am finally offering custom banners handmade by me. You can purchase them through my etsy shop or directly from me. I am currently working on a banner for Baby Nanette to match a uniquely bohemian motif with pears, apples, and birds – whatever you need, the sky is the limit! To obtain a quote for a custom banner for your next party, home decor project, or just because, please contact me via email (on the left) or leave a comment here and I will email you back. Thanks for looking!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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3 thoughts on “Everything Starts Somewhere…

  1. Very cute Jennifer!
    I just hate folding into little pieces! Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve!

    Posted on August 15, 2008 at 4:08 am
  2. Oh…
    I love these banners very cute!
    I did not know you had an etsy.. Well I will be adding you to my favorites.

    Posted on August 15, 2008 at 6:04 pm
  3. Wow those banners are amazing…I really need to do more things like this for parties and stuff!! Hey that would make a cute border in my craft room!!! THANKS!!

    Posted on August 19, 2008 at 6:14 pm