All posts tagged: creative

oh hi 2021.

Remember when I took a stamped calendar workshop in Seattle? I loved the idea and wanted to share the experience with my family. We had originally planned for this to be our activity for Christmas Craft Camp 2020, but guess who stored away their craft kits through the winter and start of spring? Yuh, all of us. So for Mother‚Äôs Day we brought out our crafts for another virtual Mom’s Day activity – a bit late for a calendar craft, but still just as fun. For my calendar, I used gouache! I not-so-secretly want to be a surface designer so I decided to practice with pattern play. I tried to vary shapes and colors throughout the calendar, but I clearly had some favorite patterns – splotches and stripes for the win! My very favorite design out of the twelve months is March. It might stay March all year. ūüôā I can envision this as a fabric print! I have a long way to go before I can be a legit surface designer, but this was …

sashiko.

Oh yay! My friend Laura gifted me a sashiko kit. I was so excited to get started! The kit included fabric with a pattern, sashiko yarn, a needle, plus instructions. But the instructions were in Japanese, so I had to watch a few YouTube videos to figure out some basic techniques. The drawings helped though! I also attended a sashiko meet up earlier this month to learn more. Thanks to my Craftcation friend Emily for inviting me! I learned a few tricks, like how to cut your sashiko thread into manageable lengths, and how to secure loose ends. The monthly event is held at the Kimono Momo Studio in Alameda. It was fun to browse the fabrics and sashiko supplies while taking sashiko breaks. Also, they carry Maito brand yarn! Eeee! I enjoyed the sashiko company and seeing all the projects everyone was working on. I snagged a few goodies to continue my sashiko practice, too, including longer needs, a pattern, and thread. The sashiko process is slow, but I find it super satisfying. I …

swap.

My friend Angel and I hosted our very first art and craft supply swap! We had never been to a swap before either so we had no idea what we were doing, but we knew we wanted makers to be able to get rid of unused items, perhaps pick up some new materials to try new creative endeavors, and to meet fellow creatives. Overall, I’d say it was a success and well-received. We will probably host another in the new year. This way to the swap! We held the swap at Makers Workspace and invited the maker community to join us. We also posted the event on Eventbrite so we could keep track of interest and contact information. The swap was free for swappers and we requested a small fee from non-swappers. This worked out great because we had enough paid participants to purchase some light snacks for everyone. I scored these fun balloon arrangements from crafty friend Rebecca at her art installation earlier in the month. She was so happy to see they were …

re:make 2016 / the makers.

I met so many fabulous makers at¬†re:make this year. I was super impressed and inspired by all the talent and creativity housed¬†under one roof. I wanted to take all the things home with me. Here’s a little peek into all the handmade awesomeness. Commence fangirling! Can’t wait until next year’s festival! For more on my re:make experience check out the decor and the company. And check out these lovely makers: the Loome¬†/¬†Dear Indigo¬†/¬†I Loot Paperie¬†/¬†Haejco¬†/¬†Shades of Sugar Bakeshop¬†/¬†Concrete Geometric¬†¬†/¬†Lady Alamo¬†/¬†Spunky Punker¬†¬†/¬†Marlie & Alfie¬†/¬†An Astrid Endeavor¬†/¬†Oh Happy Day¬†/¬†The Great Lakes Goods