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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.

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 …

pop goes the etsy.

The San Francisco Etsy street team strikes again! This time, setting up a pop-up at Ghirardelli Square for the entire summer! Participating vendors set up a 3-foot by 2-foot space. I found the perfect display for my pennants — a flower pot holder! SF Etsy is all volunteer run, so we were each asked to volunteer a shift during the pop-up. For opening weekend I signed up to be a “Traffic Attractor,” tasked to get people to come inside and shop local. I made a giant pennant for the occasion, plus some neon arrows. So much good stuff in the market! Vendors rotated in and out over the weeks so the market was ever-changing. For one of the market days I got to teach a mini felt succulent workshop upstairs. And I got to set up an additional pop-up display. Loving this tiny set-up. A huge THANK YOU to the coordinators – Rebecca, Stephanie, Krys, and Debbie – and to my team members for volunteering many hours and so much energy to put on this …

aurelia style.

My friend Aurelia of Aurelia Style hosted her first crafty workshop last week and I had to get in on all the fun! Headdresses for all! Aurelia had sample headdresses out for inspiration. Each one had a story. It got me thinking that I should have been thinking about a theme for my piece. Ha! Instead, I perused the bounty of supplies for inspiration. There were beads, flowers, buttons, tulle, felt, feathers, chain, …so many colorful supplies! I decided on neutrals and flowers…lots of them! Aurelia shared her pro tips for composing a headdress, like how to create height and volume, and helped us whenever our projects didn’t ‘look right.’ Here’s my finished piece! What I love about workshops is the chance to explore a new craft and use materials I would have never thought to buy or put together. Lace, beads, flowers, and feathers? Yes! Also, there’s a foam visor under there holding the structure together! Genius! Here’s the headdress crew in all our headdress glory. Thanks, Aurelia, for a relaxing and crafty workshop! …

cute farm!

I’m an air plant gardener now. πŸ™‚ My friends at Cute Farms popped up with me at Urban Air Market in Oakland last weekend. They hosted a build your own air plant terrarium workshop. It was so cute. First you pick your vessel. They had many variations to choose from: a tall glass vase, a round ‘spaceman helmet,’ a teardrop…. Then, you fill it with moss, lichen, and vermiculite. All the filler is preserved so you don’t need to worry about keeping it alive, too. Winning! Some cross promotion action with OMG pennants, color coordinated with the fillers, of course. πŸ˜‰ Pick an air plant, pick a dinosaur… And viola! My new tiny habitat. Have you ever seen an air plant which such vibrant colors? 😍 The craftermath was a table full of colorful mossfetti! I could make these terrariums all day. Air plants are officially on my favorites list of “things I have a good chance of keeping alive” and “ideas for gift giving.” Are you down with tillandsia? Share air plant stories below! 

liquid gold.

A table number how-to! I used these for my parent’s golden anniversary celebration. Now I want to put liquid gold on everything! 1. Cut paper to size. I used watercolor paper because I like the weight and texture, and cut sheets into 3in by 4in pieces using a paper trimmer. 2. Paint on liquid gold. In a well-ventilated area (seriously, this stuff smells like spray paint), brush on liquid gold to your hearts desire. It’s best to keep the liquid gold away from area you want to write on — the pen ink will fade into the gold a bit. Allow to dry for a few minutes and paint the other side. The paint dries quickly, but I would let these air out overnight or longer. 3. Write table numbers. Black permanent marker works nicely, but be careful not to apply too many layers because it may bleed through. Smooth out the edges of your numbers with a thin black marker. 4. Display. For my parent’s party, I used escort card holders as table number …

indigo magic.

The San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design invited me to teach indigo tie dye as part of the Bay Area-wide Summer of Love celebrations. Winning on all levels! I love hanging out and creating in their space, spending time with Bay Area creatives, and sharing crafting secrets. We had a packed house — 30+ crafters! We started with some simple instruction and tie dye how-to. Then it was off to folding and dipping the fabrics. The museum was between exhibits so we had a lot of room to play. Everyone got to design a tea towel, a shirt, and a tote bag, plus whatever else they brought with them. The unveiling is always so impressive. When I teach workshops I always try to sneak in a mini project of my own. This time I experimented with paper lanterns. These will get attached to a string of lights, and you’ll probably see them displayed the next time I teach indigo dyeing! Big ups to my indigo crew (Aurelia and Paloma, xoxo!) for helping with class, …