Author: Erin G.

keep on growing.

Tiffany Turner, paper flower extraordinaire, released a paper flower book and it is gorgeous! Hard cover, beautiful photography, and all of them flower how-tos and tips! Tiffany recently spoke in Walnut Creek as part of her book tour so I got to listen to her share her story and process. She makes realistic paper flowers and larger than life paper flowers (so we can experience them zoomed in and close up!). I like how she pays attention to the imperfections from her flower specimens to create a perfect paper flower. They really do look more real when they have imperfections — a fallen or bent petal is the perfect touch. Tiffany did a quick poppy demo after her talk, and then I got to meet her and admire the paper flower display she brought to share. Flowers!!! Of paper!! They look so real. I’m super excited to add this book to my collection, and to attempt making some of the flowers in the book. Tiffany includes suggestions on what materials to use for each project, …

TERRORiums

Local Take invited me to teach a Halloween-themed craft station as part of the Castro Art Walk. Twas the perfect time to make TERRORiums, terror-ifying air plant terrariums! This was my first time teaching a workshop with living plants. I had to do a bit of research so I could pass on plant care knowledge to all the crafters. I even made a care sheet! I set up rocks and pebbles, marbles, moss, glow-in-the-dark filler, mini pumpkins (to make jack-o-lanterns), skull beads, plastic spiders, mini chalkboards (to make tombstones), and the cutest Halloween food picks for people to use to decorate their terrarium. Everyone got super crafty! Clever tombstone sayings, skull towers…!! Check out all the TERRORiums! Real talk: I don’t think I can make any other kind of air plant terrarium. It must always be Halloween themed.

rainbow.

I made a rainbow arch! It was so fun to put together and so sad to take apart. πŸ˜‚ On my last pop-up day at Mischief I threw a free crafty party and thought some colorful decor at the entrance would attract passersby. Surprisingly (or maybe not surprisingly) I already had all the colors in my honeycomb and fan stash from previous events. I didn’t realize I owned so many until I made the arch. 😎 To assemble, I sorted my decor in rainbow order and attached the largest pieces first, starting from the center of the arch and working my way to the sides of the arch, filling in with the smaller honeycombs. All of the pieces are attached with zip ties. Here I am from across the way. And then I “made” people take photos in front of it! This needs to be a permanent installation somewhere…maybe in my future craft studio? πŸ™ŒπŸΌ  

psl.

Next up in the throw-your-coworker-a-party vault: Laura’s Bon Voyage! And when your coworker’s last day of work occurs during pumpkin season you throw a PSL party! Yessss. Traditionally, PSL stands for “Pumpkin Spice Latte,” but for this party it also stood for “Please Stay, Laura.” (Yaa??) I decided to decorate  with some of the Lady of Honor’s favorite things: rose gold lovelies (letter balloons!), Rifle Paper co prints (wrapping paper as wall art!), and dinosaurs (novelty toys for the win!). We even went on a fallen branch/twig expedition around campus to collect some leafy decor. Plus pumpkins, because it’s a pumpkin spice party. We took PSL drink orders and pitched in for snacks. It was my first time having a PSL. I went the iced, half sweetened, soy milk, no whip route. I can’t say it’s a favorite drink, but it sure makes for a great party theme! And for snacks, Trader Joe’s had all the pumpkin spice things. All. of. them. I thought I was going overboard with all the pumpkin treats, but can …

always on vacay.

I embroidered a hat for my Mommy to take her retired life to the next level. I found a wide brimmed hat at Target and used embroidery yarn to hand sew on this fun phrase: always on vacay. Then, I made her model it for me. She’s a natural vacationer! It’s perfect for actual vacations, or for enjoying the garden or taking walks. What do you think? What other fun phrases belong on giant hats? Share below!

lucky bamboo.

My Mommy turned 70 this week so we had a little celebration over the weekend. I was assigned party favor duty. Since I’m always looking for a way to incorporate soy candles into celebrations because I have a candle lady (#thatmakerlifetho), and the party was at a Chinese restaurant and the decor would be red (for luck!), I decided on lucky bamboo scented soy candle favors! My friend Joy even made custom labels for the occasion. To package them up for my Mommy’s guests I found some tiny bags from Michaels, made mini tassels, and included a few matches. I used embroidery floss for the tassels. You can make at least five mini tassels with one skein of floss. Then, I punched a hole in each bag and attached the tassels “luggage tag style.” Since I wanted to include matches not in matchbook form, I cut the striker from the box into small squares and used double sided tape to adhere them to the inside of the candle lids. The Diamond brand match boxes can …

color factory extras.

At the end of your Color Factory visit, you leave with a map full of extra sites and experiences to discover around the neighborhood. We visited three of seventeen stops. Our first stop was BOBA (obvi). Stop #8 on the map was Boba Guys on Stockton. They had a limited edition strawberry cream boba (jasmine tea fresca with milk). And, it came with a hot pink straw (versus their customary black straws). I had mine with hemp milk and it was delightful, made with real strawberries. Cheers! Next, we visited stop #15, a colorful stairwell and an ode to the flavors of Chinatown. Each step along on the stairwell was painted a different color and represented a particular food or drink. Oh look, another boba picture. (And if you’re wondering about those flags, scroll on down.) Lastly, we visited this lovely mural (stop #16) by type designer Jessica Hische. Only fourteen more stops to go. πŸ˜› And a little extra for this extras post — I made food and drink pennants for my Color Factory …