All posts tagged: handmade

unbeweavable.

These weaving weirlos. An unbeweavable weaving brunch party with my ladies! We had snacks for creative energies – a bagel bar, a cheese plate, and a French toast bake, plus mimosas! And we had yarn play time! Yarn in all the colors…because I’m a hoarder, er, yarn enthusiast. Custom made looms and tools, and these awesome Get it Girl keychains laser beamed by my friend Laura. I loved sharing some creative time with my ladies. Beauties made by beauties! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I imagine this will be the first in a series of skill shares. A little birdie whispered that amigurumi is next! Can’t wait! How do you craft time with your peoples? Share your fun creative tales below.

flower lockets.

Springtime in the Bay means a bounty of blooming wildflowers. Here’s an easy project that yields stunning results with craft supplies from your own backyard. My friend and I cohosted this craft for another friend’s birthday and everyone loved it. All you need: lockets pressed flowers glue cotton swabs scissors yarn or ribbon Press the flower petals The step that takes time is the pressing of flowers. I’m not sure if my method of pressing flowers is correct but it works for me. Pull off petals and place them on a sheet of paper. Do not overlap petals. Place another few sheets of paper on top, then stack (heavy) books on top. Check on the petals after a few days and change the paper. After at least one week the petals should be ready for this project. Protip: choose petals that will fit your lockets (or lockets that will fit your petals) if you would rather not cut the petals. Design and glue When it comes to glueing, less is way more. Once you decide …

carrot egg.

This year’s Easter eggs are disguising themselves as carrots! Materials + tools: Orange yarn Green yarn Plastic eggs Hot glue Fork Scissors Step 1: Wrap egg with orange yarn. Work with the egg open. This helps with holding the egg and also ensures you won’t glue the egg shut. Begin by glueing the end of the yarn to the top of the egg. This will be the bottom of your carrot. Glue and wrap a coil then work your way up the egg. Once you get to the top half, continue to glue and wrap the yarn. Snip the excess yarn. Take your time with this process and glue little by little. Step 2: Create mini tassels or pom poms. Forks are great for creating mini tassels and pom poms. For the tassel, wrap the green yarn around the fork 5-10 times. Insert a 6-inch piece of yarn between the first and second tines and tie tightly. Remove yarn from the fork, cut the loops on the longer end and trim as needed. For a …

make.

Earlier this week I popped up at the Museum of Craft and Design with my SF Etsy teammates as part of National Craft Month and the museum’s inaugural after-hours event “Make.” My booth above: I kept my display minimal for this show because there was a high chance of rain and I didn’t want to lug around too much stuff. To my surprise I got everything to fit in one carry-on luggage and a small tote bag. Winning! Fastest set up and clean up ever. Winning some more! My teammates’ booths below (left to right): Coffee n Cream Press by Leah Jachimowicz, Oodlebadoodle by Rebecca Saylor, and Matilda’s House & co by Anna Engstrom. Throughout the evening visitors could try their hand at the crafting stations including finger crochet, button and magnet collage making, and silk screening. There was even a make your own bitters station and a free photobooth. Plus, everyone got to enjoy the current exhibit. My booth was right next to the photobooth so a handful of folks got creative and asked …

le petit elefant.

Yays! I visited my friend Genevieve – owner and designer extraordinaire at le petit elefant – at her first open studios event of the year. It was super major cute! Her space is set up like a shop and is also where she creates and does all her biznaz tasks. I love seeing Genevieve’s work at crafty events, but at her studio you get to see the entire collection – shelves and shelves of awesome! Greetings for every occasion, original art, prints, books, … And my fave section: the sticker table! Oh look, more stickers! And more cards and stamps! I grabbed a few items to add to my collection, and a few cards and gift items for loved ones. Can’t wait to gift all the cute! Until next visit! Have you visited any maker studios lately? Share below!

shop feature: ๏ปฟjered’s pottery.ย 

Another product drop off with my friend Joy was at Jered’s Pottery in Emeryville. I had never been. After the Heath tour I had a livened interest in ceramic studios. I was so excited for this visit. (Fun fact: Jered once worked at Heath!) The showroom features the Jered’s Pottery collection. Most pieces are hand thrown which is super impressive because they all look the same! Here is the famous Richmond Cup (because the studio used to be based in Richmond!)… There’s also a seconds room with pieces that didn’t make the cut. I almost purchased a set of these mugs and matching plates.ย But, alas, we don’t have room for more kitchenware. Wouldn’t they have been so cute for hot cocoa parties? ๐Ÿ™‚ Um…I want a pottery studio now. #makerproblems

tassel time.

Decor idea: felt tassels! I made these tassels similar to how you’d make tissue tassels, but making them with felt creates a sturdier tassel. You can turn these into a garland or use them as a bag accessory. I like them for gift packaging, too. Materials: Felt (a 9in x 12in piece of felt will yield 2-3 tassels) Scissors Hot glue Yarn (2 feet per tassel) Keychains or other hoops Fold felt in half (hot dog or hamburger style). If hamburger way, cut the felt in half; if hot dog way, cut felt into halves or thirds. Then cut fringe starting from the open side towards the fold in 1/4 inch – 1/2 inch increments, leaving about an inch at the fold uncut. Open the felt, then roll and glue to seal. Create a loop around a keychain or other hoop. Secure with yarn. Wrap the yarn around the tassel; cover as much of the tassel as you wish. Then double knot and trim the yarn. Trim the tassel to your liking. Then decorate and …