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mini rainbows.

I made some rainbows! And you can, too!

Gather:

  • 4mm cotton string for the base
  • 2mm cotton string, twine, or similar for the rainbow wraps
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Nylon cord or similar
  • Sewing needle
  • Comb
  • Lobster clasp
  • Jump ring
  • 2 pairs of pliers

Cut the 4mm cotton string into three:

  • 7-inch strands
  • 8-inch strands
  • 9-inch strands

Cut corresponding wrapping string:

  • 3 feet of 2mm wrap (for the 7-inch strands)
  • 5 feet of twine (for the 8-inch strands)
  • 4 feet of 2mm wrap (for the 9-inch strands)

With the wrapping string, tie a double knot two inches from the end of the base string and wrap twine/string onto the base. Once you have a 2-inch tail left on the other side, secure with another double knot. Keep the tails.

Curve and stack your rainbow arches. Tie double knots with the loose tails to connect adjacent rainbow arches. Trim excess ties. The side where you tie the double knots is the backside.

Cut a 3-foot strand of nylon cord. Double knot one end then sew through the rainbow arches to provide structure to your rainbow. Sew on the backside of the rainbow. Work from one side of the arch to the other. Tie a double knot to secure. Trim excess cord.

Brush out the rainbow tails with a comb.

Use two pairs of pliers to attach the jump ring to the top of your rainbow and to the lobster clasp. You could even attach earring hooks or turn this into a necklace.

Make a bunch! Loving this color palette for Fall.

Can you tell I’m on a rope and wrapping spree? (See my earlier post on door tassels.) I have one more wrapped project for you next week, too! What have you been working on lately? Share below.

slice of pie.

Happy Thanksgiving! Ever since making mini felt pie slices for a custom order, I’ve been contemplating a pie slice garland! I channeled my Pietisserie experience for pie inspo.

For this project you will need:

  • Felt in pie colors (think browns, deep berry colors, whipped cream colors)
  • Twine or other cord
  • Fabric scissors
  • Hot glue

Make your favorite pies!

Pumpkin pie with dollop of whipped cream: Cut a triangle for the pie base. Cut rough ovals for the crust. Cut a spiral, roll, and glue for the whipped cream. To assemble, glue the crust pieces in a overlapped fashion. Glue the whipped cream in the center of the slice.

Cherry pie with lattice work: Cut a triangle for the pie base. Cut a long rough oval for the crust. Cut thin strips and create a woven lattice. Glue the lattice first and trim excess lattice. Then glue on the crust.

Pecan pie: Cut a triangle for the pie base. Cut rough ovals for the pecans. Cut a curved line for the crust. To assemble, glue on the crust and trim excess as needed. Glue on the pecans – pile them on top of each other.

Chocolate cream pie (my personal favorite!): Cut a triangle for the pie base. Cut a straight line for the crust. Cut a spiral with scallops, roll, and glue for the whipped cream. To assemble, glue on the crust and trim excess. Glue on the whipped cream.

On the back of each pie slice I created loops so they could move along the twine when assembled. Cut (coordinating) felt rectangles and glue onto the back of each pie slice (only place glue on the ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ of the rectangles, leaving the center unglued). Cut twine and sew through the loops. Tie overhand knots on each end of the twine to act as a stopper and for hanging.

Ready for the Thanksgiving feast! What’s your favorite pie to make or eat? Share below!

first year pennants.

Getting ready for Baby’s First Year! Over the years I’ve created baby pennants for friends. And once we found out a little of our own was on the way, I knew I wanted to make a set for myself! I usually make the pennants smaller (like this or this) and place them on dowels. This time I went a little bit bigger.

I used thick felt in size 12″ x 18″ and cut out 6″ x 18″ pennants. I cut strips of white felt 1″ wide to create the side ribbons and the strip on the left side.

I used Eastwood font from Da Font as inspiration.

I went with black and white because babies can see the contrast, but also because we wanted to use our panda as a measure next to Bebe. Matchy, matchy!

Excited to use these each month, and, while not in use, they should make cute bebe nook decor. Do you have littles? How did you commemorate their monthly milestones? Share below!

door tasselry.

I saw this on Pinterest and had to try it, especially since I had all the materials already. Door knob tassels!

Materials and tools:

  • 4mm cotton string – alternatively, you can use something thicker
  • Embroidery floss in all the colors
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Comb
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Painters tape (optional)

How to:

Cut 8 strands of the 4mm string into 2-foot pieces. If you are using a thicker string/rope you may not need as many strands. Line up the strands and fold in half. If it helps, use painters tape to hold the strands together and mark off where you will stop wrapping with embroidery floss. I marked off 6 inches from the string midpoint.

Take your first embroidery floss color and tie a double knot on the strings opposite the painters tape marker. Begin wrapping, keeping the wraps directly next to each other. Leave the loose tail to the side – we’ll use that later to finish our tassel. Tension should be just enough to keep the string strands snug. When you are ready to switch colors, tie an overhand knot with the end of the current floss strand and the start of the next floss strand. Trim excess floss.

Continue to wrap, this time wrapping over the loose floss ends to hide them. Change colors as you wish. Once you get to the painters tape marker, remove the tape and tie a double knot with the two loose floss ends to close the tassel loop.

Continue wrapping with your last floss strand over both sides of the tassel. Wrap for 1/2 – 1 inch. Use your tapestry needle to tie a double knot on the backside of your tassel, and sew loose ends into the last wrap to hide. Trim excess floss.

You can stop here or add additional designs with contrasting floss colors. For the below look, begin wrapping one way (up), then criss cross back (down). Tie the loose ends in a double knot at the back of your tassel. Tuck in loose strands with your tapestry needle. Trim excess floss.

Try it with different color combos. Optional: Comb out the string strands for a fluffier tassel. Hang on a door knob and enjoy!

With Thanksgiving coming up, I can picture these being used as Thanksgiving place settings, too! Have you been inspired by something on Pinterest lately? Share your latest creations below!

macrame landscape.

I worked on a fun thing! I recently subscribed to The Crafter’s Box and the macrame landscape kit was my first project.

This project was taught by Rachel Breuklander of the Lark’s Head. The kit came with everything we needed for the landscape project, including a pattern, a video tutorial, and even a really nice pair of scissors. I didn’t have to pull anything else out other than my macrame stand so I could work on my project while it hung.

The color palette was so dreamy. They had a few additional color palettes to choose from if you wanted to create more than one project. After cutting all my rope to size, the pattern called for lark’s head knots and square knots. This was a fairly easy to follow project; it’s also a really good project to practice your square knot tension.

I’ve done many a lark’s head and square knot, but I had never worked with the technique of changing the rope color to create a design. It’s so cool! Now that I know how to do it, I’m inspired to create my own designs.

Once I had my pattern, it was time to clean up the back by sewing in the loose cords.

Halfway through the project I realized I could ‘sew’ in the loose cords while creating square knots, so this cut my clean up time dramatically. I will be doing this for future projects.

After clean up I brushed out the bottom tassels with the included comb and added a hanging cord.

Loooove this project, and can’t wait to create more. I really want to make a Christmas tree one! Will share if it turns out cute. 🙂 What creative projects have you been up to? Share below.

bebe nook.

Small space living means lil Bebe gets a nook in the walk-in closet instead of a full room (seriously though if we had an extra room, it would be a craft room and Bebe would still get a nook). The nook is basically a fancy closet for diaper changing and baby item storage. To cute-ify Bebe’s nook, we ordered tree decals from Kenna Sato Designs. They were so easy to attach and I love how it turned out!

The hardest part was deciding where to place each decal, but you really can’t go wrong with these!

So satisfying.

We didn’t do much else to the nook other than decorate with a tennis ball mobile and my pom pom wall art. We added drawers to one of our Ikea bookshelves for clothes, diaper goods, other baby accoutrement, and postpartum necessities. We also were gifted a diaper pail so that lives in the nook, too.

The rest of the nook is baby thing storage for items we were gifted but don’t need for a few more months. We’ve kept those things in boxes and covered them up with a drop cloth. Not super classy, but it keeps everything tucked away until we’ll use them. I’ve stored future clothing items in boxes on the shelf, too. Since Bebe doesn’t sleep in the nook yet I’m making use of the high shelves.

What are your small space living tips? Have you ever decorated with decals? Share below.

places.

I’ve only recently started to be brave enough to go places. It helps, too, that I am on maternity leave and can do more weekday adventuring. (Weekend adventuring is too crowded.) Here are some outdoor spots in the East Bay that make great social distancing adventures for when you need to get out of the house.

Alameda Beach, Alameda / Grab a spot on the sand and feel like you’re on your own private beach. Visitors are really good at keeping a good distance away from each other.

Castro Park, El Cerrito / They’ve let the grass dry out so it’s not super lush, but there is a lot of space to spread out and have a socially distanced picnic under your tree of choice.

Shimada Friendship Park, Richmond / A lovely spot for watching sunset. There are lots of people exercising along the water and it’s bit more crowded here in the late afternoon; beware of non-mask wearers.

Lucretia W. Edwards Shoreline Park, Richmond / This one is a small park, but really lovely. There are stairs that go down to the rocks/water. Sunset here is pretty nice, too.

UC Berkeley, Berkeley / My old stomping grounds! Classes are still held virtually, so campus only has a handful of people. This is a nice place to stroll and get some ‘hill’ walking in.

Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek / It’s always fun to see what’s in bloom at the Garden. Check out their koi pond and spot all the awesome succulents with flowers!

Live Oak Park, Berkeley / This is one of my favorites because it was our wedding venue. We visited our wedding tree and took Baby Bump photos on this visit.

What are some of your favorite or newly discovered outdoorsy spots in your region? Share below!

garden wreaths.

I designed a special wreath project for the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek and it launches on Saturday!

I taught my felt succulent garden class as a pre-recorded, self-paced workshop with the Garden back in May and the Program Coordinator Alice loved the idea of hosting a wreath workshop with both succulents and florals inspired by the flowers that bloom in the garden. Since in-person events are still on hiatus, we planned for this second class to be a pre-record, self-paced workshop, too.

The wreaths feature a variety of generic succulents plus two flowers inspired by Eriocephalus africanus (white with black center) and Baileya multiradiata (yellow).

I prepared kits with a 10-inch grapevine wreath, felt in a succulent palette and floral colors, templates, and step by step instructions. Plus, a video tutorial!

If we were to hold the class in person we would have set up in the event center patio. But crafting in the comfort of your home in pajamas is also fun!

I loved creating this special project for the Garden!

PS There’s still time to sign up for this workshop. Visit the Garden event page.

bebe mobile.

It’s fun when my Hubby’s love of tennis and my love of crafts can unite. Remember the tennis banner? Sharing a minimalist baby mobile project inspired by tennis balls!

I found tennis ball colored felt pom poms and white macrame hoops on Etsy. Apparently, old school tennis balls were white so I added some white felt pom poms too, in another size for some variation. You can create something similar in any color palette!

Materials:

  • 2” wooden ring
  • Nylon cord
  • Felt pompoms, any size x 42 (I used 30 1” pom poms and 12 2” pom poms)
  • 8” metal hoop (can use an embroidery hoop)
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or rope for hanging
  • Ruler or tape measure

Cut three pieces of nylon cord 4 feet in length. Align cords and fold in half. String on wooden ring and place at the cord midpoint. Tie an overhand knot with all three cords. Pull each cord end separately to tighten the knot.

Sew two pom poms on each cord. The pom poms should stay in place, but you can add optional knots after each pom pom. I used one 1” and one 2” pom pom for each cord.

Knot each cord onto the metal hoop. Evenly space out cords. It helps if you untwist the cords at the top so they drape nicely. Use a ruler to ensure equal spacing. For this mobile I left 2 1/4 inches of blank cord above and below the pom poms.

After the knots, sew 5 pom poms onto each cord. I used four 1” and one 2” pom pom on each cord. Finish with a double knot under each pom pom row. Sew the cord back up one pom pom and tie a double knot onto the cord. Trim excess cord. This part is easier to do if you can hang your mobile while working on it.

Hang with ribbon or cord.

My baby style is generally in the calm/neutral color palette with soft patterns and every now and then a pop of color. This tennis ball green is definitely the pop of color in our baby nook.

What’s your decor style? Do you keep it neutral or love lots of color? Share!

chunky macrame.

With Fall in full swing, I thought it would be appropriate to bring out the cozy and fluffy macrame! This would make great wall decor for a small space.

All you need:

  • 32 feet of fluffy roving, cut into two 16-foot pieces
  • 3.5 inch dowel
  • 2 feet of twine or similar cord
  • A ruler or tape measure
  • Scissors

First, prepare the dowel with a hanging cord. You want the hanging cord to be secure first because the fluffy roving might ‘push’ the cord out of place. Tie a double knot, wind the cord a few times around the dowel, tie another double knot. Create an arch for hanging and repeat the same knot, wrap, knot technique on the other side.

Next, we will anchor the two 16-foot pieces of roving onto the dowel with Lark’s head knots. Fold one piece of roving so that the outer tail is ~11 feet and the inner tail is ~5 feet in length. Place the ‘fold’ under the dowel. Place the two loose tails under the hanging cord, over the dowel, and through the ‘U’. Adjust as needed. Repeat with the second piece of roving. Tighten to secure. It helps if you hold the dowel ends in one hand and pull on the roving with the other hand.

This next part is easier if you can hang your piece while you work, but it can also be done on a table top – just secure your piece with some tape. We’ll create lots of half square knots (basically, until we run low on roving). The outer strands are the working strands and the center strands are the anchor strands.

Place the left working strand over the two anchor strands to form a ‘4.’ Place the right working strand over the left working strand, under the two anchor strands, and through the hole created by the left working strand. Pull both working strands outward and up to complete a half square knot.

Repeat this knot until you have 3-4 inches of working strands left. As you create half square knots, the piece will start to rotate. You can flip the piece over as needed. Try to keep even tension throughout. Once you have just a few inches of working strands left, take the two anchor strands and create an overhand knot. Tuck the working strands into the knot and trim.

Tighten the overhand knot. Trim the tails. The final piece will be approximately 42″ in length.

Yay! A fluffy thing to decorate any space in your home. It makes a perfect door accessory or accent piece for the sliver of wall in your home where you can’t really hang anything because it’s too narrow.

How do you like to decorate for the cozy months? Share below!