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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  

confetti crown crew.ο»Ώ

For the opening reception of my pop-up at Mischief we threw a confetti crown party. (Throwback to our 5th birthday!) And I make my own confetti now thanks to a super cool paper shredder that cross cuts paper into tiny pieces.Β This time I used a colorful neon paper assortment on it’s own; next time I’m thinking I should add some sequins and metallic bits. Let the colorful mess commence! Sparkly everything, colorful gems, and hot glue make for a fun crafternoon. ​ Huzzah! We are still finding confetti bits around the shop and I’m not even mad about it. 😎 Thank you to friends, old and new, for celebrating with me!

mischief maker.Β 

If you haven’t heard the news, I’m a mischief maker. I’m the featured maker at mischief! Semantics… My Feed the Fish co line gets a special area of the store and I get to hang out and craft all day when I’m in-shop. I love my lil set-up! It changes a little when I’m in the shop so I can sit near my stuff. I am most especially proud of my banner bar, which has been a longtime dream of mine. I finally found the right display for it, and this pop-up was the perfect place for it’s debut! I’m about halfway through my ‘residency’ now and already so much has happened. I’ve learned more about shop-life, brainstormed crafty projects with shop owner Laura, and completed a lot of custom projects in store. What’s extra fun is that I get to interact with the customers and show them how I make what I make. I’m also teaching a few workshops throughout the month. A huge, huge thank you to owners Laura and Julien (the OG …

swap.

My friend Angel and I hosted our very first art and craft supply swap! We had never been to a swap before either so we had no idea what we were doing, but we knew we wanted makers to be able to get rid of unused items, perhaps pick up some new materials to try new creative endeavors, and to meet fellow creatives. Overall, I’d say it was a success and well-received. We will probably host another in the new year. This way to the swap! We held the swap at Makers Workspace and invited the maker community to join us. We also posted the event on Eventbrite so we could keep track of interest and contact information. The swap was free for swappers and we requested a small fee from non-swappers. This worked out great because we had enough paid participants to purchase some light snacks for everyone. I scored these fun balloon arrangements from crafty friend Rebecca at her art installation earlier in the month. She was so happy to see they were …

forever gardens.

West Elm invited me to host a workshop as part of their West Elm Local events. I love crafting at West Elm – beautiful design all over the shop, great natural light. It’s perfect for feeling the crafty feels and taking lovely photos afterwards! For this event I taught my felt succulent garden class, which is currently my favorite class to teach. Look at this glorious mess. I teach three ways to make succulents and the results are always so good! I love it when my students impress themselves, too. I stumbled upon some uber cute mushrooms to share during class. They add a lil somethin’ somethin’ to the felt gardens, don’t you think? I like to share that you can decorate other things with felt succulents, too. Pillows, baskets, so many things! I can’t wait to teach this workshop again!  

crocheeey.

See what I did there? See what I did here: I’ve learned to crochet in the past, but I always forget how to do it. Also, I don’t have that much patience. So when I saw that gather was holding a finger crochet class my attention span was all “can do, baby boo.” Finger crochet, especially if you use chunky yarn, is way faster than using traditional crochet tools, and less stressful on my hands. Class was taught by the awesome Cara Corey of Mary Marie Knits, and it came with an instruction guide plus access to her online tutorial so we can review and practice later on. The goal: begin making a lap blanket out of mega bulky yarn. Cara first demoed how to make a chain and then showed us how to stitch the first few rows of the blanket. We learned the “basic” stitch for this project. Cara shared some tips for how to count the stitches and how to make sure we keep our blanket even on both sides. I spent …

bunny butts.Β 

A pom pom DIY for Spring! Materials and tools: Cardstock Yarn Hole punch Paper scissors Pom pom maker (I like using the Loome tools. You can also use a fork or make your own out of cardboard.) Fabric scissors Make a pom pom: wrap yarn around your tool, tie tightly around middle with a separate piece of yarn (it’ll resemble a donut, sort of), cut the loops (a fuzzy ball!), and give it a hair cut (don’t be shy; cut a lot!). Make sure to leave the tie yarn long. Cut a bunny shape and punch two holes to attach the pom pom. Tie on a pom pom. Bunny butts! These make cute table settings or Easter basket notes, or a fun surprise for your favorite bunny fan. Try it with different colored paper and yarn, too. Happy making!Β