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hoโ€™ike: behind the seams.

Aloha! Earlier, I shared some behind the scenes Ho’ike memories; now it’s time to share some behind the seams Ho’ike costume prep funs! ๐Ÿ˜› Leading up to Ho’ike, my Kumu hosted a few costume workshops at the studio where all the dancers could come learn how to make each of the costumes (that we weren’t buying). Veteran dance moms and grandmoms came with sewing machines and snacks. Once I learned some basics I was able to help others with their costumes, too. I learned how to make hula tops, a wood and bamboo beaded skirt, and a headband. My friend Cat and I traded costume crafts, too. She worked on the rest of my beaded skirt and I sewed some of her pieces. Teamwork! I have so many new dance pieces now. If I keep this up I will need a dedicated costume closet. Also, a sewing machine. Maybe I should get one anyway. Seams like something I should have… ๐Ÿ˜‰ See me in all my costume glory – Ho’ike.

only treats.

Hey, Boo. It’s treat bag time! Here are a couple of ways to dress up your treat bags for Halloween. Materials: Bags (found these at Target) Twine (also Target) Envelopes (found at a Japanese ‘dollar’ store) Card stock (I shop at Scrapbook Expo!) Food picks (found at Daiso) Washi tape (from my stash…) Create a tassel on the bag. Loop the twine at least six times, cut the loops, then place the cut loops around one of the bag handles. Cut another piece of twine and tie the cut loops together to form a tassel. Trim as needed. Style a Halloween note. For the Halloween note, I cut card stock to fit the envelopes. A simple “Boo!” seemed appropriate. Then, I decorated with pumpkin, cat, and ghost food picks and assorted washi tape. Fill with delights! I filled my treat bags with the note, confetti, and chocolates. Really, anything goes. Fill your treat bags with seasonal fruit – like baby apples! Or with some tricks – plastic spiders, anyone? Ready for gifting! Happy almost Halloween! …

crafty hour.

My crafty lady friends and I met up for a crafty lady crafty hour. We met up at Casa Latina, one of my preferred nacho places because they get the chip to topping ratio right all the time. ๐Ÿ˜‰ First we ate foods; then we did the crafts. My friend brought pom pom trim guides / kumihimo cord makers by our friends at the Loome. We made kumihimo cord keychains. Materials are simple: yarn, key ring + clasp, scissors, and optional beads and needle. Tahdums! Check out the kumihimo cord tutorial we followed on the Loome. Finally, a crafty lady crafty hour in the books! It’s so nice to hang out with my crafty ladies not at a craft show – even tho that’s fun, too! We’ll have to make this a regular thing.

eye see you.

Current obsession: making my own confetti! Here’s a quick recipe for a Halloween-inspired mix. Gather: paper in oranges and black – I use 65 lb paper sequins – I chose a variety pack of purple shapes. googly eyes – I also found little bat stickers with googly eyes in my sticker stash. sparkly confetti – Whenever I see these little vials at Target I grab my favorites. This time, gold stars and hexagons. a container for your finished confetti mix – Also Target! twine First, shred your paper using a super magical crafter tool: a cross-cut paper shredder! (Seriously though, I told my Hubby it’s the crafting shredder…) Add sequins, gold sparkle, google eyes…and whatever else you want to add (except glitter – Don’t do it!!). Mix. Make sure all your sequins are separated; they tend to stick to each other. And remove any paper chunks from the mix. Package up the confetti. I made sure some googly eyes made it to the very top of my containers. O_O I added the bat friends to …

have it your way.

I’ve been getting some fun requests for custom projects. Here are a few of the felt funs I’ve been working on… My friend Tally Sue of Shweet Shtuf had her first craft pop-up and asked me to make a sign for her booth. She chose mustard yellow, grey, and white felt. Per usual, each letter was hand cut and I added some cute scallops. Thoey of Ecomonster asked me to make a matching set for her DIY workshop events: a garland, a pennant, and a wall hanging. She chose a color combination of mustard yellow, light pink, green, and white – plus colorful sprinkles! And scallops! I worked on a bachelorette party pennant pack in the bride’s favorite colors, complete with felt diamond. Bling, bling, y’all! I got a request for a birthday garland for a two-year-old’s dinosaur celebration! The red balloons were added to match the cake design. The balloon “shine” was Hubby’s idea. ๐Ÿ™‚ Nina of Gooseberry Designsย requested a garland for her show booths. She asked for blues and greens to match her …

did you get the memo?

I taught another felt succulent workshop at Rare Bird, but this time we designed memo boards. I had leftover wire pieces from some shelving and was thinking about how I could use them for an art project. And then it dawned on me – put a felt succulent on it! And a memo board workshop was born. It had been a few months since my last workshop at Rare Bird, and since then, they’ve consolidated their space. It’s half as big as before but still packed with lots of creative magic. My set up for class — For my succulent workshops I usually bring a set color palette, but this time I brought a rainbow of felt and let workshop goers pick their favorite colors. It’s so fun to watch people create and see them get excited when they complete a project. I had three people sign up for memo boards, but we had a no-show, so I ended up teaching a private class to a mom and daughter duo. They created such beautiful work. …

studio sew.

Aw yea, Hello Stitch studio day all up in this biz! My zipper workshop came with a free studio day and I was all over it. I wanted to practice sewing more zipper pouches. I prepped all of my fabric before heading into the studio so I could maximize sewing time. I wasn’t sure how long it would all take but I had prepped for seven pouches.ย I ended up sewing four pouches in four hours. The first pouch took the longest and it got easier to follow all the steps the more I made. I used fabric and zippers from Joann and Black Squirrel. Dreamy! I am loving mixing and matching fabric designs. And I’m learning more about what fabrics work best for this type of project. What’s great about a studio pass is you get access to all the space and to sewing pros. It was so convenient to have areas set up for all aspects of sewing – the ironing area, the cutting area, and the sewing area.ย There’s also a lounge area, beverages, …