All posts tagged: gift idea

ceramics with bebe.

I took Bebe ceramics painting at Brushstrokes in Berkeley. For his first piece, since he was quick with the paintbrush, we did a collab and I tried to paint the rest of the piece with his initial paint splatter as my inspiration. We left the studio with a season pass and the intent to bring Bebe regularly to get some more painting time. He ended up painting an additional four pieces – one for each grandparent (for Christmas gifts!) He painted a pair of mugs for one set of grandparents and a pair of bowls for the other. This time, Bebe painted the full pieces. We even got his handprint on a few of them. On our visits, he also enjoyed looking at all the ceramic pieces, climbing up and down the studio steps, and exploring the studio environs. I would say he is a minimalist painter with a hint of Pollock. Brushstrokes is a full service ceramics painting studio (they also have art classes and rental space) and I’ve been coming here for years. …

bookmark.

Here’s a handmade gift idea for all your book (or magazine) lovers, and in my case – craft book enthusiast! For this project I used two colors of 4mm cord. I cut 4 strands 4-feet long with one color and 1 strand 8 inches long in the second color. You can mix and match however you like. I used basic macrame knots for this project, starting with 4 Lark’s head knots to attach the longer cords to the shorter cord. Then a series of square knots alternating between a square knot for strands 1-4 and 5-8, and then a square knot for strands 3-6, until you have about 8 inches of cord left. Finish off with a double half hitch knot for strands 1-4 and 5-8 going diagonally down and inward, then tie the two inner most strands together to create the pointed bottom. Trim and fray as you wish. Add a cute tag for funsies. Pair with a book of choice. What’s on your reading list this winter? Me: Modern Macrame by Emily Katz.

paper bag.

It’s the easiest Halloween treat bag ever! If you’re pressed for time or need something foolproof for Halloween crafting, look no further. All you need to create these treat bags are Paper bags – Size will depend on what you plan to use for filling. I found these smaller bags at Daiso. A black marker Treats – I picked a few types of candy and stickers. Optional materials: Brown or green felt for the stem (You can also use paper.) Fabric scissors (or paper scissors if using paper) A stapler Work on a flat surface. Fold ~1 inch of the top of the paper bag to the backside. This helps with centering your jack-o-lantern drawing. Next, draw a jack-o-lantern face with marker. If you’re using a permanent marker (or thin paper bag), consider using a piece of paper or cardboard inside the paper bag to prevent the marker from bleeding through. You can write a note on the backside of the paper bag, too. Then fill with treats. If you’re adding a stem, cut out …

seed paper.

It’s Baby’s First Valentine’s Day so we put together a little something for all his baby friends. Since babies can’t indulge in your typical Valentine’s sweets, I picked a non-food Valentine’s treat: seed paper in heart confetti form so friends can watch love grow all year long. (Aww, sweetness.) I am a big fan of nature confetti – what I’m deeming as dried leaves or fallen flowers harvested from the same area where you will toss the confetti – so I am all over this biodegradable confetti! I found this seed paper from Botanical PaperWorks. It came in so many colors – I picked three colors to mix and packaged them up. Here’s how I put it all together — I gathered: Seed paper confetti (I picked hearts but you can choose other shapes or punch out different shapes from full sheets of seed paper instead) Bag/pouch (I had 4” x 6” plastic bags in my stash. You can also source something biodegradable if you want to keep with the earth-friendly theme) Tag design (I’m …

mala.

Another Michaels workshop in the books. This time I created a mala necklace, or at least a necklace inspired by a mala necklace. Traditional mala necklaces have 108 beads, but I did the cheat way of creating this necklace and was a bit more freestyle with my beads. For the full tutorial and supply list see the online class and accompanying instructions. For my necklace I used: bipyramid beads 6mm beads (I chose blue coral) a pendant assorted seed beads silk bead cord big eye beading needles (I ended up not needing these because my bead cord had an attached needle) pliers bead tweezers scissors Most of my beads came from local bead shop Blue Door Beads (During shelter in place I sent them a list and they shopped the store for me and shipped!). The pendant was from Michaels. I also used beads I acquired from craft swaps. My how to: I decided on a pattern and repeated the pattern four times for one side of the necklace, then mirrored the pattern on the …

christmas gift packs.

You know me – I love creating gift packs! Here’s a gift pack idea for Christmas. Gather: baskets, shredded paper filling, and locally sourced treats. What’s great about giving gifts in baskets is that the recipient can either use the basket in their home or reuse the basket to give a gift to someone else. I had a few red baskets that I was previously using for craft events but was ready to give away. Here are some tasty items I found locally! Siren protein snacks made in San Francisco. These are plant based, gluten-free, and non-GMO. Covered almonds by Feve Chocolates, also made in San Francisco. They give 5% of their profit in micro-loans to cocoa farmers. Hubby and I picked up an extra pack of the chai spiced almonds for ourselves – yum! Jamnation jams are so delightful and punny. They were my booth neighbors at the SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium last year and they let me try all the flavors. Wineforest Wild Foods rubs from Napa. Don’t the flavors sound exciting! …

lavender.

Here’s a cute, easy, and smelly in a good way DIY for the holiYAYs: lavender sachets with a Christmas twist. For this craft you will need: Lavender buds – I ordered lavender from San Francisco Herb Co (a local favorite!). Upon opening the bag I felt instant relaxation vibes. Cotton sachets – Find them at your local craft store. Spoon or funnel Letter stamps – I used Mine Stamp to label my sachets. This is a great labeler for all fabric items. There is room to include up to three lines of text and also a built-in ink pad! Alternatively, you can use individual letter stamps. Fabric ink Stamp a bunch of sachets, fill with lavender, and tie. To make it festive for Christmas I labeled sachets with “You’re Nice / Not Coal.” Don’t they look like little gift sacks? I originally wanted to create lavender sachets as a natural silverfish repellent (gross!), but then I found more uses for them! In general, they smell nice so having a sachet handy for smelly occasions (like …

mini rainbows.

I made some rainbows! And you can, too! Gather: 4mm cotton string for the base 2mm cotton string, twine, or similar for the rainbow wraps Scissors Ruler or measuring tape Nylon cord or similar Sewing needle Comb Lobster clasp Jump ring 2 pairs of pliers Cut the 4mm cotton string into three: 7-inch strands 8-inch strands 9-inch strands Cut corresponding wrapping string: 3 feet of 2mm wrap (for the 7-inch strands) 5 feet of twine (for the 8-inch strands) 4 feet of 2mm wrap (for the 9-inch strands) With the wrapping string, tie a double knot two inches from the end of the base string and wrap twine/string onto the base. Once you have a 2-inch tail left on the other side, secure with another double knot. Keep the tails. Curve and stack your rainbow arches. Tie double knots with the loose tails to connect adjacent rainbow arches. Trim excess ties. The side where you tie the double knots is the backside. Cut a 3-foot strand of nylon cord. Double knot one end then sew …

missing you.

File these milk cartons under things I didn’t need but wanted to craft with. They are so cute! Also file these under pandemic crafts – I’m making Missing You milk cartons to send to friends. For this craft you will need: Milk cartons. You can purchase cartons precut and prescored with attached adhesive strips, or create your own with a template. I purchased mine from Impressed Cards, but I don’t see them on their website anymore. You can find similar ones at Michaels. Markers in a variety of colors Photos of your friends, preferably with you so it’s less weird (more on that later) Adhesive, if needed. I recommend glue tape or double sided tape. Treats to place inside the milk carton. Prepackaged snack packs work great, especially if you will ship them. How to: Add a photo: Maybe this craft is a little strange to be modeled after those missing kids milk cartons, but it cute. Also, I feel like it’s less creepy (and less like your friend is actually missing 🙈) if you …

felt flower bouquets.

My last crafty event that was cancelled was my felt flower bouquet workshop at the Alameda Free Library, so I hosted a free online class instead! Like my online weaving workshop, I sold kits for those who needed materials. This was the perfect craft for spring, and also the perfect craft to host right before Mom’s Day! Per usual, I set up my craft desk on top of my bed. 🙂 It’s the best lighting in the apartment so it’s ideal for photographing product or shooting a video. I created a mini bouquet and answered questions live. Here are all the bouquets made during the demo as shared on Instagram. Thank you to those who joined me and shared their work. Yay, flowers to last all shelter in place! It’s funny because 2020 was the first year in my crafty biz existence where I felt so organized – I had six months of crafty programming lined up since January. Events are slowly being cancelled or rescheduled as online events as we work through this new …