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ice ice baby.

My friend Rebecca of Oodlebadoodle released ice dye kits last month. Remember when I ice dyed with Rebecca at Craftcation 2019? So magical! I bought a few kits to try with my fam, and we scheduled a Mom’s Day virtual hangout. My Sister chose the Mushroom in the Mist color palette: sapphire blue, glacial blue, shiitake mushroom, tangerine, and mist grey. I picked out the the Playful in Palm Springs pack for my Mom (scarlet, rust brown, palomino gold, terra cotta, and moss green) and Snorkel in San Juan for myself (Caribbean blue, coral pink, emerald green, powder pink, and ecru). Each color palette is carefully curated by Rebecca. Here’s my kit: The ice dye kit comes with step by step instructions and links to ice dye project inspiration. It also comes with a fabric swatch so you can get an idea of what your final projects might look like, and a notebook and pen so you can keep track of your ice dye experiments. I set up my dye station on my patio, and …

felt flower bouquets.

My last crafty event that was cancelled was my felt flower bouquet workshop at the Alameda Free Library, so I hosted a free online class instead! Like my online weaving workshop, I sold kits for those who needed materials. This was the perfect craft for spring, and also the perfect craft to host right before Mom’s Day! Per usual, I set up my craft desk on top of my bed. 🙂 It’s the best lighting in the apartment so it’s ideal for photographing product or shooting a video. I created a mini bouquet and answered questions live. Here are all the bouquets made during the demo as shared on Instagram. Thank you to those who joined me and shared their work. Yay, flowers to last all shelter in place! It’s funny because 2020 was the first year in my crafty biz existence where I felt so organized – I had six months of crafty programming lined up since January. Events are slowly being cancelled or rescheduled as online events as we work through this new …

pennant party!

I hosted another interwebs event for my crafty biz: live pennant cutting! Sometimes for in-person events, if there is electricity and space available at my booth, I’ll create pennants on demand. I had never done one live on the interwebs before. There’s a first for everything during shelter in place! I took preorders and took suggestions from the audience, too. I showed some samples, prepared a few blank pennants, and had a box of scraps and my scissors ready to go. First up was a duo of 2020 pennants for a high school and college grad. And a plant lady pennant for, well, a fellow plant lady! I created a shop tiny pennant for the SF Etsy first ever virtual show (I co-hosted! You can watch the recording online.) and some pandemic-inspired pennants: good vibes, let’s stay in, and it’s ok. I also cut out a love and a yay pennant, two of my best sellers. But the request of all requests were these yay pennants complete with 3D toilet paper roll. Super fun! And …

cactus fiesta.

Just because we’re on SIP doesn’t mean we can’t have a fiesta at home! Let’s make a cactus piñata! Materials: corrugated cardboard, box cutter, scissors, masking tape, crepe paper streamers, glue stick Cut two of the same shape for the front and back of your piñata. Cut 1.5-2in wide strips of cardboard for the perimeter; make sure the corrugation allows you to bend your strips along the length (corrugation should run parallel to the bottom). Decide where you want to place the piñata opening and start wrapping one of the shapes with the cardboard strips at the base of the opening. Use masking tape to attach strips to shapes. I prefer attaching the strips to the outside border of the shapes (versus in line with the shape perimeter); this makes it easier to bend the strips to conform to the shape. End with a flap that is not attached with tape. You may leave a slight overlap. Attach the second shape to the opposite side. For this step, you could add all the tape to …

birthday hoops.

It’s my birthday tomorrow! Also, Trolls World Tour comes out tomorrow on demand and I’m totally going to watch it because I’m turning 4 (x9)! I made some colorful hoops for the occasion (birthday/Trolls watch party). You can make some, too. Materials: Streamers (you can also use ribbons or yarn) Double-sided tape Embroidery (or other) hoop (I used the inner hoop for this project) Scissors String (for hanging) Cut strips of streamer paper however long you wish. You’ll use about 1 inch of each strip to wrap around the hoop. Attach crepe paper strips with double-sided tape. I placed tape on the edge of the paper strip, wrapped around the hoop, and taped onto the paper, versus taping onto the hoop. This was a personal preference, so I could shift the paper strips around as I put the hoop together. Add paper strips until the whole hoop is covered. Add four ties equidistant around the hoop. Then, tie the four strands together to form a loop for hanging. Hang and celebrate! Can you imagine a …

egg hunt: zinnias.

Here’s my last Easter egg design for the year! Complete your plant trio with zinnia Easter eggs. For this craft you will need: Plastic eggs Felt in colors of choice (I went with warm tones) Fabric scissors Hot glue Unlike the last two in this egg series, this flower requires strips of petals. Cut out 3-6 strips (the more you use, the fuller your flower!). For the center, cut fringe into two small rectangular pieces of felt. Roll the inner piece and seal with hot glue. Roll and glue the outer piece onto the inner piece. Glue to the top of the egg. Glue the petal strips onto the egg. Wrap each row with two layers of petals to get a fuller flower. Glue petals first to the top half of the egg. Then glue petals to the bottom half of the egg. Make sure petals don’t get attached to both the top and bottom halves of the egg so you can still open it. I like to keep the base bare so the flower …

pool noodles.

I repurposed Awreatha from winter craft events and created a few spring-ready flower arches. Pool noodles for the win! Similar to Awreatha, I wrapped each pool noodle in strips of felt. For one I repurposed the wired leaves from Awreatha and inserted those into the pool noodle before wrapping with green felt (to both hide and secure the wire). For the first arch, I wanted to create a rainbow. I grabbed all my felt scraps and went to town with making flowers. Anything goes for this arch! I also used a few felt balls for floral centers. For the second I went with a spring jungle look and chose dark orange, pinks, yellows, and a neon yellow/green (tennis ball color!). For this one I wanted a more cohesive look so I created multiple of each flower type. Then glue, glue, glue! For the rainbow I started glueing from the middle of the arch to make sure I was adding flowers evenly across the arch. For the spring jungle arch I sprinkled flowers all over, adding …

egg hunt: succulents.

I’m sticking with a plant theme for this year’s egg hunt (Did you catch the first one?). Egg #2 for 2020 is a succulent Easter egg! You might remember my cactus eggs from last year; this one is a total felt upgrade! For this craft you will need: Plastic eggs Felt in succulent colors, plus flower colors of choice Fabric scissors Hot glue Cut out succulent leaves. I like to cut out rectangles and cut the shape out two at a time. Succulent leaves can take on any shape; I went with teardrops in different sizes. You will need between 18-30 leaves for each egg, depending on how many rows of leaves you want, and how far apart you space each leaf. For a fuller succulent, use more leaves. Begin glueing on the smaller leaves to the top of the egg, and work your way to the larger leaves. Add hot glue to the bottom of a leaf and attach to the egg. Create one row of leaves around the egg by overlapping leaves. Add …

egg hunt: roses.

Yay! You found the first of my hidden Easter egg crafts! For this Easter egg, I was going for tulips, but couldn’t get the petals to sit right on the shape of egg, so I went with more of a rose look, sans thorns. For this craft you will need: Plastic eggs Felt in rose colors of choice plus green Floral wire Fabric scissors Hot glue Pliers x2 (optional) Cut rose petal shapes; you’ll need between 12-18 petals for each egg, depending on the size of the egg and how far apart you decide to space your petals. Petals for each egg should be about the height of your eggs; they don’t need to be exactly the same size. Begin gluing petals to the top half of the egg with a little petal overhang onto the bottom half of the egg. Add a line of glue to the petal and attach to the egg. Make sure glue only touches the top half of the egg or else the egg will get glued shut. Keep adding …

sashiko.

Oh yay! My friend Laura gifted me a sashiko kit. I was so excited to get started! The kit included fabric with a pattern, sashiko yarn, a needle, plus instructions. But the instructions were in Japanese, so I had to watch a few YouTube videos to figure out some basic techniques. The drawings helped though! I also attended a sashiko meet up earlier this month to learn more. Thanks to my Craftcation friend Emily for inviting me! I learned a few tricks, like how to cut your sashiko thread into manageable lengths, and how to secure loose ends. The monthly event is held at the Kimono Momo Studio in Alameda. It was fun to browse the fabrics and sashiko supplies while taking sashiko breaks. Also, they carry Maito brand yarn! Eeee! I enjoyed the sashiko company and seeing all the projects everyone was working on. I snagged a few goodies to continue my sashiko practice, too, including longer needs, a pattern, and thread. The sashiko process is slow, but I find it super satisfying. I …