All posts tagged: handmade

international women.

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. To celebrate, I participated in Zynga’s International Women’s Day festivities at their headquarters in San Francisco. They hosted a maker pop-up with women-owned businesses. Shout out to my friend Mimi of Hello Shiso for suggesting my business for the event! Here’s a before and after of my booth space. I brought all the flowers, pennants, and of course, Boss Lady wall hangings. We set up in the communal / cafeteria area, and Zynga provided all the tables and linens – made my crafty life so easy! Bonus: we got to partake in all the Zynga goodies! Bevvies, foods, and snacks! Mmm. But the stars of the event: these movers and shakers! I met so many wonderful ladies who make and curate wonderful goodies! Featured biz ladies: Gal Collective / Colorfuls / Bash and Sash / Loloyum / Part & Parcel / Prezetlina / Palm and Perkins / The Loose Rooster Ranch / Fish Wife Sweets / Merora / Hello Shiso / Andi’s Succulents How did you celebrate International Women’s Day? …

craftera-tools.

Crafty announcement today! I’m launching my line of weaving looms! We’ll call it a soft launch since they are currently only available to my workshop students (find me at Mischief on March 24!). I collaborated with my friend Laura to create a Crafterateur brand loom. Version 1.0 was dreamt up last year. Now we’ve (hehe, weave) finalized the shape, features, and colors! And now it’s here! Dare I call this a craftera-tool? (Yup!) The starter pack comes with the loom, a long needle, and a comb. The booster pack comes with two short needles, a shed stick, and a shuttle. I also have hanging sticks, and each piece is Crafterateur branded and approved. All looms and tools come in peach, pink, and jade, and the looms can be used in either portrait or landscape for varied weaving sizes. What do you think? Who wants one? 🙂

felt marathon.

Earlier this week I hung out at Rare Bird for back to back felt workshops. First, I debuted a new project: felt flower wall hangings. I’ll be teaching this class at Craftcation 2019, too! And then I was back for another College Prep Intraterm session with my felt succulent gardens project. I taught this class last year and was excited to hear that they wanted me to teach for a second time! As always, my students are amazing and I love to see what everyone creates in class! Everyone’s project turns out completely unique to their style. Look out world, we have a new cohort of felt gardeners! And now it’s time for a shameless plug: Learn to create felt blooms and succulents with me at one of my future workshops. Check my schedule on http://www.feedthefishco.com. You can also request a workshop for your private event!

macrame feather leaves.

I’ve been seeing these feathery leaf rope things on the interwebs and I am obsessed! After some trial and error with rope and knots, I finally figured it out. Materials Single strand cotton rope (this kind of rope unravels nicely) Comb Scissors Instructions Cut one piece of rope 24″ in length. Fold in half and tie an overhand knot close to the top. This will be the hanging loop. Cut 28 pieces of rope 12″ in length. Create reef knots along the main rope. Fold a 12″ piece of rope in half. Place underneath the main rope. Place a second 12″ rope folded in half on top of the main rope in the opposite direction. Place the top folded rope ends into the bottom rope loop; place the bottom rope loops up through the top rope loop. Tighten. Secure by pulling the top two ropes at the same time; pull the bottom two ropes at the same time. Push the knot up. Repeat, alternating the direction of the bottom and top ropes, until you have …

messy play.

My friend Robin of Messy Play Kits makes the funnest kits for kids, and for grown ups like me. I tried out her bamboo soap kit. It comes with everything you need to make a blob of soap; just add a mixing bowl. Everything inside: cornstarch green dye bamboo fragrance liquid soap sweet almond oil instructions All the ingredients are portioned out so you just open, pour, and mix. It’s definitely more fun to use your hands to mix it all together. After a few minutes you’ve got usable play-dough like hand soap. You just pinch off a piece and work into a lather. I know this is for kids but I much prefer using the kits for myself for less mess. Ha! Robin makes other fun kits, too! ~ Slime-a-day kits, subscription boxes, all kinds of messy play!

pom pom and tasselry.

For my last crafty event of the year I teamed up with my crafty friends of the Loome and Mischief to host a pom pom and tassel craft night compete with holiday cocktails. There was yarn everywhere and it was fantastic! Vilasinee of the Loome shared all her pom pom and tassel wisdom. All the pom poms and tassels! We also had mini pop-ups and a gift wrap decorating station. Aww, take me back to craft night! It was so fun I continued the pom pom and tassel merriment with my fambam over my Christmas break. Behold, pom pom and tassel mastery at Christmas Craft Camp! My Mommy got super fancy with braided straps. We also added beads, brass, and wooden rings. Who’s ready for more pom-tass in the New Year? Me!!!

tiny trees.

Happy Christmas season! We had a mini Christmas tree decorating contest at work. My coworker gifted us with tiny brush trees and challenged us to decorate them for Christmas. I raided my craft supply stash for some mini tree decor inspiration. I gathered seed beads in pinks, felt, and snowflake confetti. I started with a garland of beads. Then I made a tree skirt out of felt and snowflake confetti. I added another garland. And finally some tiny bells. My coworkers decorated with a Feed the Fish co sticker, pushpins (so clever and functional!), a skateboard, and buttons. When it came to judging…Basically, I won. 😂 Thanks to my coworker Monise for this fun idea! I might need to recycle this project for next year, too.