All posts tagged: handmade

Etsy HQ.

Is craft greeking out a thing? I was so excited to snag a tour at Etsy HQ in Brooklyn. I’ve heard wonderful things about their office space and had to see it for myself. Much of the furniture and wall art was made by Etsy sellers – some pieces commissioned for the office, other pieces made by some of the staff. I brought my own photo props (kekeke) / a small gift for our hostess – Kathryn! Yay! Most of the office space is open (i.e., no cubicles) and there are lots of community spaces to work. Once a week they all have lunch together, too – a gathering they call Eatsy. I particularly like their fun seating like this hanging egg chair.   There’s a little herb garden and amazing rooftop views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan. Other fun features included kombucha on tap, a plaque designating the space a zero-emissions building, and a free photobooth! Also, I thought this was a nice touch — you can give feedback on your day when you …

magical makers.

Super magical making happened last week at Rare Bird to gear up for Halloween dress up and celebrations! We had three crafting booths plus a fairy hair station and all-you-can-eat candy! I was invited to host a drop-in felt flower crown craft. I might have woken up at 4:30AM that morning to finish up my flower display, but it was totally worth it. Check out the lovely crowns! I was so excited to use my flower pot display again, too. Ruby and Erica of Rare Bird used natural branches, colorful ribbons, yarn and beads, and so much more for the magical wand craft. And for the candle station, there were endless scents to choose from and to mix and match. Fairy hair by Fairy Manda was a super big hit. I got in on these colorful hair extensions, too. Each session came with a sound bath and fairy blessings. So fun! And now I leave you with this super fancy slo-mo hair video… Yes! I wanna do this again! What have you been crafting up for Halloween? …

rainbow again.

Mischief hosted a craft supply swap during one of my pop-up days and I snagged some fun yarn. They were already crocheted/knitted/woven into these nice tubes. Inspiration struck quickly and I made a rainbow wall hanging right away. (Yea, so I’m a little obsessed with rainbows right now….) Just my luck, there was embroidery floss up for grabs, too. I laid out my rainbow and sewed the pieces together at various points along the arch, tying knots at the back of the rainbow to hide loose floss. The pieces were held securely together with the floss, but the rainbow was still a little floppy. I ended up reinforcing the structure by hot glueing felt to the back. If I ever was to make another one, I would just hot glue right away. Viola! Rainbow! I enjoy the straggly yarn bits, too. Yay for craft supply swaps! Also, maybe I will be Cheer Bear for Halloween this year…

pennant party.

Everyone. Gets. A. Pennant! As part of my pop-up at Mischief I had pennant office hours. Customers could select a blank pennant (from over 20 colors!), their favorite phrase or name, and any embellishments. Some people got a pennant for their kids or for friends, to rep their family name or a roller derby name, or to cheer for their favorite things. It was sweet to hear the story behind each pennant saying choice.   I loved making all of these! And this black and white curtain was the perfect backdrop! What would you get on a custom pennant? Share below!

keep on growing.

Tiffany Turner, paper flower extraordinaire, released a paper flower book and it is gorgeous! Hard cover, beautiful photography, and all of them flower how-tos and tips! Tiffany recently spoke in Walnut Creek as part of her book tour so I got to listen to her share her story and process. She makes realistic paper flowers and larger than life paper flowers (so we can experience them zoomed in and close up!). I like how she pays attention to the imperfections from her flower specimens to create a perfect paper flower. They really do look more real when they have imperfections — a fallen or bent petal is the perfect touch. Tiffany did a quick poppy demo after her talk, and then I got to meet her and admire the paper flower display she brought to share. Flowers!!! Of paper!! They look so real. I’m super excited to add this book to my collection, and to attempt making some of the flowers in the book. Tiffany includes suggestions on what materials to use for each project, …

TERRORiums

Local Take invited me to teach a Halloween-themed craft station as part of the Castro Art Walk. Twas the perfect time to make TERRORiums, terror-ifying air plant terrariums! This was my first time teaching a workshop with living plants. I had to do a bit of research so I could pass on plant care knowledge to all the crafters. I even made a care sheet! I set up rocks and pebbles, marbles, moss, glow-in-the-dark filler, mini pumpkins (to make jack-o-lanterns), skull beads, plastic spiders, mini chalkboards (to make tombstones), and the cutest Halloween food picks for people to use to decorate their terrarium. Everyone got super crafty! Clever tombstone sayings, skull towers…!! Check out all the TERRORiums! Real talk: I don’t think I can make any other kind of air plant terrarium. It must always be Halloween themed.

always on vacay.

I embroidered a hat for my Mommy to take her retired life to the next level. I found a wide brimmed hat at Target and used embroidery yarn to hand sew on this fun phrase: always on vacay. Then, I made her model it for me. She’s a natural vacationer! It’s perfect for actual vacations, or for enjoying the garden or taking walks. What do you think? What other fun phrases belong on giant hats? Share below!