All posts filed under: Handmade

pop-up inception.

This past weekend I got to hang out with Angie of Bobo Design Studio in her pop-up space. Her shop is part of Moment, twelve parking spaces in the San Pedro Square parking garage turned retail destination. Currently, there are four shops and every few months new pop-ups will move in. What a fun concept! Angie invited me to have a pop-up in her pop-up (We call it pop-up inception!) as part of the National College Football championship festivities. The championship game was held in the San Jose area this year, and they closed off the street to celebrate. The road even got a football field makeover. My set up! I brought the usual suspects – pennants, wall hangings, clips, and my flower crown display. I brought flowers in team colors for anyone who wanted to make a crown to cheer on their team, too! It was Clemson (purple and orange) versus Alabama (crimson red). Here’s a peek into Angie’s shop. She designs all these goodies, just launched a travel journal (and it comes with …

pom pom crown.

Happy New Year! To celebrate I made a pom pom crown in Pantone’s color of the year: living coral. Ooh la la! You can make one, too! Materials & Tools: Yarn, lots! Pom Pom tool Pom Pom trim guide, optional Scissors Container for scraps Embroidery floss, 3 feet per pom pom Craft needle Floral wire For the base, I used use two pieces of 18 gauge cloth-covered floral wire, shaped and twisted to fit where I wanted my crown to sit on my head. I used a Loome tool to create my pom poms. You can use other tools or even a piece of cardboard, too. I wrapped each pom pom for at least 160 revolutions; the largest pom poms were about 300 revolutions. Tie each with a 24-inch strand of embroidery floss. I tie a thumb knot (a “single knot”), flip the pom over and tie a modified thumb knot – this time looping the thread over twice before tightening, then tie a double knot to secure. You’ll know if your pom pom is tied tightly …

neighborhood christmas.

This Christmas season Hubby and I discovered a couple of neighborhood Christmas time traditions. In El Cerrito (where we currently reside), the Shadi Holiday Display depicts a Bethlehem scene complete with the Angel of the Lord, the three wise men, and sheep. Mr. Shadi started the display in 1949 as a gift for his neighbors and over the years made more and more of the display items with upcycled materials. Talk about mega crafting! Now, the tradition continues via volunteers who put the display together each year for the neighborhood. It was really sweet to overhear older residents saying they used to come visit as children and are now bringing their own grandchildren to see the display. And in Chula Vista (where Hubby grew up), Christmas Circle has been a yearly tradition since 1957. Most of the residents on the circle decorate their front yards with a Christmas display and spectators can walk or drive through. It’s a short loop to walk; plus, going by foot means you get to admire all of the displays up …

pom pom and tasselry.

For my last crafty event of the year I teamed up with my crafty friends of the Loome and Mischief to host a pom pom and tassel craft night compete with holiday cocktails. There was yarn everywhere and it was fantastic! Vilasinee of the Loome shared all her pom pom and tassel wisdom. All the pom poms and tassels! We also had mini pop-ups and a gift wrap decorating station. Aww, take me back to craft night! It was so fun I continued the pom pom and tassel merriment with my fambam over my Christmas break. Behold, pom pom and tassel mastery at Christmas Craft Camp! My Mommy got super fancy with braided straps. We also added beads, brass, and wooden rings. Who’s ready for more pom-tass in the New Year? Me!!!

you’re the flower crown lady!

Yup! I’m the flower crown lady. That’s what people shouted at me at the SJ Made Craft Fair last weekend. Apparently, SJ Made ran a Facebook ad with my photo (above) so people recognized me at the show! This was my biggest event of the year. I set up a 10′ x 10′ booth with all my felt creations, a custom banner bar, a custom felt flower crown bar, and a sale basket. Big booth means I brought everything. I loaded up the craftmobile and snapped a photo so I’d remember how everything fit so nicely inside. My canvas: There were over 250 vendors at this show. And I got the booth right at the entrance, in the middle. Front and center! I wanted my booth to feel inviting because I felt responsible for greeting everyone who came in the door. Ha! And….after! The long table faced the entrance and displayed most of my product line. On the inventory list this year: wall hangings, pennants, surprise boxes, hair clips, tassels, ornaments, and of course, taco garlands! I …

projects lately.

More fun custom projects on the horizon! Here are a few of my recent special projects. I made a fall wreath for my friend Nina of Gooseberry Designs. She was sad she couldn’t make my last wreath workshop, so she ordered one instead! Loving this colorway. Tally Sue of Shweet Shtuf requested a “Sweet” pennant for her visit to Candytopia! Plus, all of her sweet tooth plush adventures! She also ordered a Portland Trail Blazer giant pennant for her next trip to Portland. When I made the logo it was too big for the pennant so I turned it into a hair clip/brooch. Two custom orders in one! Crossing my fingers this one makes it on TV! 😉 A booth visitor at one of my events ordered a super special Warriors wall hanging. The convo went something like: Customer: “You can’t do the Filipino sun logo with the bridge, can you?” Hubby: “Yea, she can do that.” Me: [Looks at logo] “Yea, I can cut that.” 😎 [Inside] OMG, that’s gonna take forever. And it did. This …

holiday crafternoon.

Let’s get into Mischief! Holiday Crafternoon at Mischief was a huge success. I wish we counted how many crafters came through to our DIY stations – that would have been good business stats. 😉 My friend Tally Sue and I set up two crafty stations in the studio space. She led the felt candy cane mouse craft and I led the paper ornament craft. It was a colorful mess! Carolers came, too! And Santa – I ran away. (Santa IRL is not my cup of tea.) Mischief also set up a hot cocoa bar for all. It’s super impressive to see a kid create a hot cocoa concoction and then consume it all. I mean, they put everything on there – whipped cream, sprinkles, hella marshmallows…. All. The. Toppings. Thank you to Mischief for always inviting me back for more crafty fun! What kinds of crafty holiday fun are you getting your hands on this season? Share below!