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christmas hello.

Something I haven’t done in a few years because I pack my November/December with craft events and I wait until it’s too late to make it happen: creating and sending Christmas cards! I used to do it every year. These cards are four years in the making. I will now be sending Christmas cards every leap year…maybe. This year’s Christmas card timeline: Year 1: Buy the paper Year 2: Cut the paper Year 3: Assemble the paper Year 4: Write messages on the paper, address envelopes, and mail! Here’s what I used to make my cards: 12″ x 12″ double sided card stock 12″ x 12″ white card stock Twine Embellishments (I cut out reindeer images) Envelopes Paper cutter Scissors (for fabric and for paper) Bone folder Double sided foam adhesive Someone once described my cards as little booklets. I like to use 12″ x 12″ double sided cardstock (get the good heavyweight stuff!) for all of my handmade cards. They divide up into three 4″ x 6″ cards (cut two 8″ x 6″ pieces …

christmas gift packs.

You know me – I love creating gift packs! Here’s a gift pack idea for Christmas. Gather: baskets, shredded paper filling, and locally sourced treats. What’s great about giving gifts in baskets is that the recipient can either use the basket in their home or reuse the basket to give a gift to someone else. I had a few red baskets that I was previously using for craft events but was ready to give away. Here are some tasty items I found locally! Siren protein snacks made in San Francisco. These are plant based, gluten-free, and non-GMO. Covered almonds by Feve Chocolates, also made in San Francisco. They give 5% of their profit in micro-loans to cocoa farmers. Hubby and I picked up an extra pack of the chai spiced almonds for ourselves – yum! Jamnation jams are so delightful and punny. They were my booth neighbors at the SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium last year and they let me try all the flavors. Wineforest Wild Foods rubs from Napa. Don’t the flavors sound exciting! …

we have a runner.

This Christmas is going to be Hubby and my first Christmas in our home. Usually, we travel to visit family this time of year, but since we’re all still practicing social distancing and with a tiny babe on our hands we thought it would be best to celebrate at home. It makes for some excitement though because that means we can actually put up a tree to enjoy and start some new family traditions. One thing I really wanted to add to my Christmas decor this year was a macramé table runner to keep our dining room festive throughout the season. I picked a project from the Modern Macramé book. Side note: I’m really good at purchasing craft books because they are so beautiful and then forgetting about them, ultimately never using them. Whoops. Good thing I remembered there was a table runner project in this book! I purchased this dreamy 4mm cotton string in army green for the project. This project is no joke; it requires a time commitment but I was excited to …

macrame tree.

I did it! I made a macrame tree. I was inspired by the macrame landscape piece I recently created. I planned a pattern based on the landscape project. I had a rough idea of how I would create the tree gradient, but I totally winged it because I wasn’t sure how much cord to use for each column. I eventually figured out that each square knot would need about 7-8″ of cord (when using 4mm cord). Even if you run out though, you can use multiple pieces of the same color cord to complete the column. Materials: 1 12″ dowel 18 strands of 22″ natural cord (for the base) 9 strands of natural cord in varying lengths for the “background” (see below recipe for lengths) 9 strands of green cord in varying lengths for the tree (see below recipe for lengths) 3 strands of 24” brown/copper cord for tree trunk 1 strand 18″ natural cord (for the hanging string) Yellow felt (for star) Sewing needles Sewing thread Battery operated string of lights (optional) Fabric scissors …

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!

baby mama.

Being pregnant during a pandemic has it’s perks, one of which is people cannot touch my belly (why do people do this?). I also don’t like (typical) baby showers so this whole virtual thing is definitely my jam. My Sister encouraged me to celebrate my pregnancy in some way. Since my favorite part about parties is planning them, she let me put together the invites and come up with the general feel of the event. I went for a Baby Mama Spa Night and we came up with a few select games together. Sharing my invite boxes here! I put together invite boxes with chocolate and tea for spa night snacks, ingredients for a matcha face mask for our spa night activity (I was major excited to purchase a heat sealer to create single serving matcha packs.), a string of lights for spa night ambiance, and a notecard for guests to write messages for Bebe. Invitations. I am old school when it comes to invitations. Go paper or go home. I found this design on …

halloween watercolors.

Happy Halloween! I am fully immersing myself in all the crafting I can get my hands onto before Bebe arrives. This week I participated in two Halloween watercolor events, one with Michaels and one with Jenny Lemons! Up first: Watercolor and Ink ‘Boo’ Art with maker Jess Park and Michaels. Jess specializes in watercolor, illustration, and modern calligraphy, and she’s based in Napa, CA. For this project she demoed the most kawaii Halloween characters and showed us how to arrange them so the images would spell ‘BOO.’ First, we sketched out our block letters. Then drew in all of the characters with pencil, then waterproof pen. I’m sure as you practice this more you can go straight to pen and skip the erasing part. After cleaning up the eraser marks, we painted! Daaaa, so cute! And next: Ghostly Celestial Watercolor with artist Vica Lew and Jenny Lemons! For the third month in a row I participated in the Jenny Lemons craft night – I’m on a roll! 🙂 Vica showed us how to block out …

preggo halloween – part 2.

Preggo Halloween continues with a costume that IMHO never gets old. Here we go! With a simple fitted maternity dress you can accentuate that bump, Ali Wong Hard Knock Wife style. For this outfit you will need: Fitted maternity dress in leopard print Red frame glasses (yes, these are my actual glasses) Chunky watch (didn’t have one to complete the look, but totally optional) Gold flats (I purchased ballet slippers so I could also dance in them after Halloween) Hair ties and clips for a top knot Red lipstick (I used a shade from Bare Minerals) Nunchucks (DIY below. You’ll need thick black felt, acrylic chain, hot glue, a rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat) Yessss. I tried to be serious like Ali Wong’s comedy special cover, but it hard. Let’s make a nunchuck! For this craft you will need: 12” x 18” piece of thick felt in black 12” acrylic chain Hot glue Rotary cutter Ruler or straight edge Cutting mat Scissors (optional) Cut felt in half widthwise with a rotary cutter. You’ll end …

bats and beads.

I’ve always been a little bit obsessed with felt pom poms, but lately, I’ve been using lots of them in garland projects. And with Halloween coming up, I had to create a pom pom garland for the occasion. Let’s make a felt pom pom, bead, and bat garland! Materials: Felt pom poms in any Halloween colorway (I personally love Halloween colorways with pink or another shade of orange. Neon/tennis green is also a great choice. Currently, I have two sources for my felt pom poms – Benzie Design and the Rainbow Barn.) Wooden beads (Get these at any craft store.) Nylon thread or upholstery thread Sewing needle Sturdy felt in black Fabric scissors Optional: clear fishing line Cut out bat shapes. I looked for a bat shape online to use as a guide. You can also cut out other Halloween shapes like ghosts or pumpkins. I folded my felt in half so the bat would be symmetrical when I cut it out. Cut a piece a cord (or clear fishing line) and sew through the …

preggo halloween – part 1.

Don’t worry, this won’t turn into a preggo blog, but disclaimer, this is definitely a preggo post! When Hubby and I discussed having kids, one of my top priorities/dreams/goals was to be pregnant during Halloween. Is that strange? Probably. But I wanted to dress up the bump! So here we go! I’m talking preggo Halloween costume idea inspired by Hubby saying “you look like a snowman.” D’oh! But brilliant! All you need to be a snowperson: Fitted maternity dress in white (Accentuate that bump!) Frank Sinatra hat (Fun fact: I have a pretty great Goorin Bros hat collection that I refuse to give up) Classic red plaid scarf (These are easy find online or create your own.) Carrot snack bc vitamin A, B6, K1, potassium, and biotin Yarn pompoms in black (DIY below.) Tapestry needle, sewing needle, and thread to attach pom poms to your dress Let’s make pom poms! For this craft you will need: Pom Pom tool of choice Yarn in black Non stretchy cotton cord Scissors Scrap tray Wind yarn onto pom …