Author: Erin G.

paint sesh.

Hey universe, I want to be a surface designer. Just putting that out there as a life goal. In the meantime here are some watercolor doodles from recent painting sessions. I received a special request to create lantana-inspired watercolor paintings. I tried painting them from different angels. I also played around with painting succulent-like images. This was a fun color blending exercise. I love the portability of watercolor. I have a small pouch I carry with my Case for Making watercolor palette and brushes, plus a small jar for water. Unlike all my other crafty interests, watercolor doesn’t require electricity or a lot of space. It’s so convenient! On another watercolor outing, I used this cool postcard watercolor paper deck I got at Jenny Lemons. They are cut to postcard size and the backs are preprinted with postcard address lines (plus a spot for a stamp!). Brilliant! These paintings were inspired by the nearby plant life in the Elmwood neighborhood of Berkeley. Create on the go much? Share your favorite creative outings below!

bay quilts.

I recently found out about Bay Quilts and now I’m so excited because they carry so many fun fabric prints and they are close enough to my work that I can go during my lunch break! (Dangerous…) Here’s a quick peek inside. They hold classes upstairs in the workshop space. The ground floor houses fabrics and notions. The walls are decorated with sample projects and artist work. There were pretty, pretty prints everywhere. Spot the fried eggs and pandas! Bay Quilts carries quilting fabrics and on my visit I was in search of fabrics that they don’t carry (because they aren’t appropriate for quilting). But that’s no problem for me. I found everything else I wasn’t looking for…. 😂 I am in love with these fabrics, particularly the scissor print! Does anyone want to sponsor my fabric addiction? 

prickly eggs.

I’ve been traveling to Palm Springs over the last year for work and have found a love of cactus! I love looking at them, especially in the wild – even though they’re so prickly! And since Easter is just a few weeks away, here’s a fun way to bring the desert in without risk of getting stabbed: Cactus Easter Eggs! And they are so simple to make. Materials: Plastic eggs – You can pick any color egg for this. All shades of green work well; so do purples. If you don’t see plastic eggs in your colors of choice you can spray paint ones that you have. Permanent white marker Felt in bright, warm colors of your choice. Hot glue Scissors How to: Create a desert flower with felt. Start with a circular piece of felt ~ 2in in diameter. Cut a spiral, leaving a small circle in the center (this will be the sealing “flap”). Roll along the spiral, starting from the outside of the circle, and glue the flap to seal. Hot glue …

spring into mischief.

This past weekend I set up my window display at Mischief in Oakland! Over the past few months I schemed, I sketched, and then cut, glued, and made it all come to life!  Early sketches: I created five pajaki chandeliers, nine felt flower bouquets filled with over sixty blooms, five fringe garlands, and lots of flower crowns for the two-window display. Literally translated, pajaki means “spiders of straw.” Don’t Google “pajaki” on it’s own; always search for “pajaki chandeliers” – or you’ll be in for a frightening treat. You have been warned! The paper chandeliers are traditionally part of Polish Christmas celebrations, but they are so colorful and sweet, I think they should be around year-round, especially during the Spring!  You’re seeing 40+ hours of work here (maybe more, I didn’t actually keep track, but I’m on season five of Parks and Recreation now)! I’m so excited that it all came together in the windows. As I was setting up, a customer came in and said “It’s so spring-y!” – Success! Pajaki chandeliers are usually made …

sweater weather.

I have a secret. I love sweaters but I never wear them outside because I feel too comfortable and it looks like I’m wearing pajamas. It’s probably because I buy a size or two up for extra comfy feels. 😉 But, I have a really really fun collection of graphic sweaters that I want to share with you, because they are my friends – the people who design/make them, not the sweaters! Boba Milk Tea – Design and Happiness In typical me status, I met Angel of Design and Happiness at a craft show, I fangirled, and now I own things she makes! 🙂 I want to wear this every time I get boba… Panda Ice Cream – Design and Happiness Also from Angel – panda ice cream. 🙃 I can’t with this. Cat Dot Moons – Slow Moon Rise My friend An Li of Slow Moon Rise designs and screen prints apparel in her Berkeley studio. She also prints T-shirts, tanks, and scarves. This moon cat print is a favorite among my maker friends. …

retirement.

My old coworker remembered that I do crafty things and she asked me to help create some decor for her husband’s retirement celebration. She requested signage, a guest book station, and party favors.  They planned to have a garden party so I kept with greens for the garlands.  I lettered some chalkboards for a welcome sign and the dessert table. And a sign for the guestbook station, too. To keep the garden theme going, I found botanical postcards for guests to use as guestbook note cards. And for party favors, I found a seller on Etsy that sells retire-mint Tic Tac labels to match our chalkboards. Brilliant! This was such a fun project to work on! Happy Retirement, Roland!

shop feature: long weekend.

Yay! I’ve had Long Weekend on my list of shops to visit for a while now and when I finally did, yup, you guessed it, I was a total fangirl. Look at all the pretties! The shop owners have curated items from near and far, and they’ve got a dreamy collection of art supplies. Pens, watercolor everything, …gimme all the pretty paper journals!  Eye drool… (Is that a thing?) They have a small art gallery in the back where they feature local artists’ work. On my visit the featured artist was Maria Schoettler. The cutest part of the shop (besides these lil figurines and the shop dog Charlie): they are only open on weekends! Come visit on your next free (long) weekend!