All posts filed under: Late Night Crafts

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, …

jasper and gold. 

Michaels held a free collar necklace making event, and the first fifteen guests scored a free gift. I’m a sucker for freebies so of course I went. Plus, I was hoping to pick up a jewelry tip or two! I might have arrived early to shop and be one of the first in class to snag a seat and a prize. They gifted us a Glam and Go bag and a create necklace – perfect for all crafty days! It ended up being a small class so they gave each of us a freebie second helping. Double score! I dabble in jewelry making, but I never officially learned, nor have I ever made a bold statement piece like a collar necklace before. This class was a good introduction to larger bead/stone use. I chose the above green stones, which we’re guessing are of the jasper variety. Michaels provided the rest of the materials and tools for our projects. Our instructor for the evening was Cindy, an avid beader and overall fun lady! She’s got an awesome collection of …

camp mcd.

The Museum of Craft and Design hosted a camp themed craft night and I was all over it. I never went to summer camp as a kid but I imagine it’s full of crafts! Lots and lots of crafts! Also, s’mores and campfires…all that good camp stuff. The entry fee for Craft Night grants you museum admission, materials & instruction for all crafts, plus drinks and snacks. It was my first time at the museum so I spent a good amount of time perusing the current exhibit and the museum store. Then it was off to make fun things! There were four stations: wood-burned postcards, shrinky dink charms, marker ‘tie dye,’ and paracord bracelets with instructors Charlotte, the Education and Programs Manager at the Museum; Carrie of Re-Tree; and Micha from TrackersEarth. It was great to make and mingle with fellow crafties. Tahdah! All the craftings! All we needed was a fun camp song. Did you head to camp as a kid? Share your best camp memories below!

t-shirt dress.

T-shirts – I’m not a big fan because I have sweaty armpits. No really, I sweat pretty easily. Sleeveless numbers and cardigans are my preference – my arms stay warm but my pits can air out should it get a little hot. Now, loose t-shirts I can get into, mostly for pajama wearing, but also for DIY-ing. Here’s a shirt I found while at Sticky Art Lab one afternoon. It was the last XL shirt and as soon as I saw it I said “This can be a dress.” My friend, an avid sewer, looked at me and said “It CAN be” and we gave each other another look like we were thinking the same thing. We were. We scheduled a time to meet up for a craft night — t-shirt dress edition. Now, I’m a bit hesitant to have people in my bubble. In this case, for body measurements. It’s just a weird feeling for me, much like disrobing for your lady doctor (Do it, Ladies! It saves lives!) or masseuse (Also do this because massages are …

hearts & crafts – part two.

After my Valentine’s pop-up, it was time to relax and recover from the heat. (Direct sun and heat make me so tired!) My fiancé and I picked up some take out and watched the NBA All Star event. I know it doesn’t sound that romantic for Valentine’s Day, but sometimes it’s just nice to be couch bums together. (PS We want to go to Toronto next year to see it live, but eep, negative degree weather! We are truly spoiled in California.) We tried a new-to-us Thai restaurant and stuffed our bellies with basil fried rice, pumpkin curry, pad Thai, and Thai iced teas. After food, I was so into doing nothing that I forgot I was suppose to make some masquerade masks for our evening out. Oops! I whipped up some last minute creations for the pair of us with a couple of plain masks, glitter, ink, feathers, and gems. His mask took all of two minutes to decorate. He wanted a black mask so I dug through my craft supply stash and decided to use stamping ink. …

i’m five.

Sometimes I feel like a five year old. Sometimes I want to wear mismatched, yet fully coordinated, outfits. Other times I want to craft with slap bracelets and fuse beads. Sometime was tonight! I had purchased some fuse beads for a family craft workshop last year — Oh, excuse me, over purchased — and the leftovers had been sitting in my supply pile since. Every time I saw them I tried to think of something to make, but always just came up with keychains. Well, tonight, since I was already in the Valentine’s craft mood, I whipped out my beads and made hearts. Lots of them. Can I just say, I loooove Valentine’s Day crafts. It’s my favorite holiday for creating things (yes, more than Christmas!). It’s hearts everywhere and so many puns! But back to the fuse bead hearts… what did I end up doing with them? I strung a few together on nylon cord to make a garland, of course. I’m thinking a heart mobile and gift adornments are in order as well. And there you have it, …