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garden wreaths.

I designed a special wreath project for the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek and it launches on Saturday! I taught my felt succulent garden class as a pre-recorded, self-paced workshop with the Garden back in May and the Program Coordinator Alice loved the idea of hosting a wreath workshop with both succulents and florals inspired by the flowers that bloom in the garden. Since in-person events are still on hiatus, we planned for this second class to be a pre-record, self-paced workshop, too. The wreaths feature a variety of generic succulents plus two flowers inspired by Eriocephalus africanus (white with black center) and Baileya multiradiata (yellow). I prepared kits with a 10-inch grapevine wreath, felt in a succulent palette and floral colors, templates, and step by step instructions. Plus, a video tutorial! If we were to hold the class in person we would have set up in the event center patio. But crafting in the comfort of your home in pajamas is also fun! I loved creating this special project for the Garden! PS …

bebe mobile.

It’s fun when my Hubby’s love of tennis and my love of crafts can unite. Remember the tennis banner? Sharing a minimalist baby mobile project inspired by tennis balls! I found tennis ball colored felt pom poms and white macrame hoops on Etsy. Apparently, old school tennis balls were white so I added some white felt pom poms too, in another size for some variation. You can create something similar in any color palette! Materials: 2” wooden ring Nylon cord Felt pompoms, any size x 42 (I used 30 1” pom poms and 12 2” pom poms) 8” metal hoop (can use an embroidery hoop) Sewing needle Scissors Ribbon or rope for hanging Ruler or tape measure Cut three pieces of nylon cord 4 feet in length. Align cords and fold in half. String on wooden ring and place at the cord midpoint. Tie an overhand knot with all three cords. Pull each cord end separately to tighten the knot. Sew two pom poms on each cord. The pom poms should stay in place, but …

chunky macrame.

With Fall in full swing, I thought it would be appropriate to bring out the cozy and fluffy macrame! This would make great wall decor for a small space. All you need: 32 feet of fluffy roving, cut into two 16-foot pieces 3.5 inch dowel 2 feet of twine or similar cord A ruler or tape measure Scissors First, prepare the dowel with a hanging cord. You want the hanging cord to be secure first because the fluffy roving might ‘push’ the cord out of place. Tie a double knot, wind the cord a few times around the dowel, tie another double knot. Create an arch for hanging and repeat the same knot, wrap, knot technique on the other side. Next, we will anchor the two 16-foot pieces of roving onto the dowel with Lark’s head knots. Fold one piece of roving so that the outer tail is ~11 feet and the inner tail is ~5 feet in length. Place the ‘fold’ under the dowel. Place the two loose tails under the hanging cord, over …

preggo halloween – part 2.

Preggo Halloween continues with a costume that IMHO never gets old. Here we go! With a simple fitted maternity dress you can accentuate that bump, Ali Wong Hard Knock Wife style. For this outfit you will need: Fitted maternity dress in leopard print Red frame glasses (yes, these are my actual glasses) Chunky watch (didn’t have one to complete the look, but totally optional) Gold flats (I purchased ballet slippers so I could also dance in them after Halloween) Hair ties and clips for a top knot Red lipstick (I used a shade from Bare Minerals) Nunchucks (DIY below. You’ll need thick black felt, acrylic chain, hot glue, a rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat) Yessss. I tried to be serious like Ali Wong’s comedy special cover, but it hard. Let’s make a nunchuck! For this craft you will need: 12” x 18” piece of thick felt in black 12” acrylic chain Hot glue Rotary cutter Ruler or straight edge Cutting mat Scissors (optional) Cut felt in half widthwise with a rotary cutter. You’ll end …

bats and beads.

I’ve always been a little bit obsessed with felt pom poms, but lately, I’ve been using lots of them in garland projects. And with Halloween coming up, I had to create a pom pom garland for the occasion. Let’s make a felt pom pom, bead, and bat garland! Materials: Felt pom poms in any Halloween colorway (I personally love Halloween colorways with pink or another shade of orange. Neon/tennis green is also a great choice. Currently, I have two sources for my felt pom poms – Benzie Design and the Rainbow Barn.) Wooden beads (Get these at any craft store.) Nylon thread or upholstery thread Sewing needle Sturdy felt in black Fabric scissors Optional: clear fishing line Cut out bat shapes. I looked for a bat shape online to use as a guide. You can also cut out other Halloween shapes like ghosts or pumpkins. I folded my felt in half so the bat would be symmetrical when I cut it out. Cut a piece a cord (or clear fishing line) and sew through the …

preggo halloween – part 1.

Don’t worry, this won’t turn into a preggo blog, but disclaimer, this is definitely a preggo post! When Hubby and I discussed having kids, one of my top priorities/dreams/goals was to be pregnant during Halloween. Is that strange? Probably. But I wanted to dress up the bump! So here we go! I’m talking preggo Halloween costume idea inspired by Hubby saying “you look like a snowman.” D’oh! But brilliant! All you need to be a snowperson: Fitted maternity dress in white (Accentuate that bump!) Frank Sinatra hat (Fun fact: I have a pretty great Goorin Bros hat collection that I refuse to give up) Classic red plaid scarf (These are easy find online or create your own.) Carrot snack bc vitamin A, B6, K1, potassium, and biotin Yarn pompoms in black (DIY below.) Tapestry needle, sewing needle, and thread to attach pom poms to your dress Let’s make pom poms! For this craft you will need: Pom Pom tool of choice Yarn in black Non stretchy cotton cord Scissors Scrap tray Wind yarn onto pom …

candy corn.

I don’t know anyone who likes candy corn, but I do love how they are an iconic Halloween candy. I also enjoy making them in felt form! Here’s a fun and simple candy corn decor DIY. Materials: Felt in yellow, orange, and white Fabric scissors Hot glue Alligator clip (if making a clip) Cut felt. Start with the yellow felt and cut out a tapered rectangular shape with curved bottom corners and an uneven top. Place the yellow felt on top of the orange felt, and cut the orange felt using the yellow piece as a template. This shape will be taller than the yellow piece; it will continue to be tapered with an uneven top. Place the orange felt on top of two pieces of white felt. Use the orange felt as a template and cut both pieces of white felt at the same time to complete the candy corn shape. Taper the felt and create a curved top. If you are making a clip, fold one white piece of felt in half and …

sriracha.

Halloween may look a little different this year, but you can totally still dress up! Here’s a Halloween Throwback (just two years…) because I never got to post about our Sriracha costumes. I cut the roosters out of felt and attached them onto a red dress and red tee (inside out so you couldn’t see the design) with double sided tape. I made the green caps out of La Croix boxes and felt. I attached mine to a headband and Hubby’s to a hair clip. I like designing costumes that are comfortable / easy to maneuver in so I try to use what I already have in my outfit repertoire as the base of my costumes. That makes it easier to wear to work if Halloween falls on a workday, and do normal things like go to Starbucks and tell them my name is Sriracha (Yes, they spelled it incorrectly.). I thought the comically tiny and comically large caps would be a nice touch. When we went to Chipotle for our annual boo-rito run, the …

work hard, clay hard.

The September craft night at Jenny Lemons was all about clay! It was also my Mommy’s birthday so she and my sister joined craft night, too. Our instructor was Faye Kendall, a fiber artist based in the East Bay; she walked us through how to make air dry clay mobiles. Jenny Lemons shipped over clay and an India ink pen. We gathered additional items like a rolling pin, a mat/cover for our workspace, and toothpicks or other utensils for making marks and cutting. First, a lesson in clay. Then, how to create slats with cardboard to get a even thinness across your clay. We then rolled out our clay. I used a dowel. Some used actual rolling pins or glass bottles. Faye demoed carving out shapes and creating holes in our mobile pieces. We had to wait for the clay to dry before we could paint and assemble our mobiles. While we continued to create shapes, Faye used the rest of class to talk about design and where she draws inspiration from, as well as …

makers gonna make.

I’ve temporarily closed my custom shop for my crafty biz to focus promoting ready made product, and also because Bebe is coming soon and there is much to prepare. Sharing a few last customs for the year. These were so fun to create! Makers Gonna Make My friend Melissa of Poppy and Honey Bee ordered a Makers Gonna Make wall hanging to add to her Feed the Fish co collection! And I made it in her biz colors. I love how she uses it as part of her Zoom background. A Collection! I love it when customers come back for more felt fun! This order went out to a long time fan. She ordered pennants: A matching pennant for her little to match her older brother’s pennant, a Halloween pennant, a giant Unite pennant, and a teacher pennant. The tiny pencil and apple were so fun to make. Plus a duo of wall hangings for a birthday celebration. I am loving the idea for including a slice of pie to the fall-inspired wall hangings. Customs …