West Elm invited me to host a workshop as part of their West Elm Local events. I love crafting at West Elm – beautiful design all over the shop, great natural light. It’s perfect for feeling the crafty feels and taking lovely photos afterwards! For this event I taught my felt succulent garden class, which is currently my favorite class to teach. Look at this glorious mess. I teach three ways to make succulents and the results are always so good! I love it when my students impress themselves, too. I stumbled upon some uber cute mushrooms to share during class. They add a lil somethin’ somethin’ to the felt gardens, don’t you think? I like to share that you can decorate other things with felt succulents, too. Pillows, baskets, so many things! I can’t wait to teach this workshop again!
Decorating pumpkins with stickers is a less mess, more color, less spooky, more cute kind of Halloween craft. All you need are stickers and pumpkins. Select pumpkins in any shape and size but note that pumpkins with some flat surfaces may work better with stickers. I love using these enamel dot and rhinestone stickers. The enamel dots come in an assortment of colors, often already in a fun color palette! Place stickers however you like! Make patterns or make it random. Mix and match and spread the mini pumpkins all over! Pumpkin decorating versus pumpkin carving. What’s your preference? Share below!
We got married! (Oh yeaaaa!!!) So now I get to share all the wedding crafts!! (Hell yeaaaa!!!) Today I’m sharing our wedding invitations. Though there are amazing professionally made invitation designs out there, this was the one wedding detail I had to DIY. We made simple invites + RSVP cards in blush, ivory, and sparkle. (In my world, “sparkle” is a color.) The most time consuming part was designing the invites as getting the spacing right and printing is generally a challenge. We designed our invitations in Comic Life (this is as fancy as we get) and used both black and brown ink. The brown ink almost looked like a rose gold on the blush paper. ::drool:: The front of the invitation received a love stamp and was heat embossed with a mix of copper and gold powder. We also added a hand drawn heart. ❤ I love this detail because it gave the invitation some texture. It was also really fun to mix the embossing powders. The back of the invitation had all the wedding festivity …
This Valentine’s season I invited my co-workers to get crafty; I packed up some supplies and we had a lunch time card-making station in one of our conference rooms. Don’t worry; it was boss approved! 😉 And then I made them all hand model for me. Loving all the cards they made! Hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s crafting season! I definitely still have hearts on the brain, but what’s new? xoxo
I’m still swooning over Valentine’s DIYs, but really, who says we can’t craft with pinks and reds all year long? I love using confetti when sending notes to friends; you know, just enough that it adds sparkle and party feelings, but not too much that it creates a mess. It’s a delicate balance. Also, they add a nice touch to photos. In my last post (minty!) you can find confetti all over the place. I found these jars of happiness in the craft section at Target. Yes, Target has a craft section and, I must say, they’ve got a pretty good selection of quality items. I seem to always find something to add to my collection. Pour out some sparkle everyday! Can’t get enough sparkle? How much is too much? Comment below!
Arm knitting! It’s a thing and I learned how to do it. My friend and I took advantage of a free arm knitting class at Michaels last month. I tried regular knitting in the past but always had trouble keeping the yarn on the knitting tools. Using your arms is so much more doable for me, and way more fun. Plus, you can finish a project in thirty minutes or less! Our instructor helped us pick out yarn and then led us in a step by step tutorial. We had infinity scarves in no time! We call this our ewok style. After class we bought more yarn. So. Much. Yarn. And made so many more scarves – perfect for winter gifting! Or opening up your own arm knit wear shop. What new crafty skills do you want to learn this year? Share below!
Hellooooo 2016 and Happy New Year to all! I’m kicking off this year’s posts with a colorful DIY and long-overdue recap series of the fiancé and my Seattle travel adventures. First up: our visit to Impress Stamps at University Village. Yes, of course I signed up for a crafty workshop on my vacation! I had been following Impress on Instagram and via their newsletter, and loved being inspired by their features. When I found out I could take a class during my planned Seattle vacation I was sooo in. And so was my fiancé. Well, he was ‘highly encouraged’ to join me. 😉 We took a 2016 calendar making class. Our instructor provided all the supplies to create a 12-month desktop calendar. Each month had a kit complete with stamps, inks, embellishments, and inspiration. I really liked seeing all the variations my workshop mates created. Here’s what I came up with: Before and after workshop, I perused their walls of stamps and fun supplies! Just look! I left with a basket full of goodies. Oh Impress, you’re a …