All posts tagged: handmade

preggo halloween – part 2.

Preggo Halloween continues with a costume that IMHO never gets old. Here we go! With a simple fitted maternity dress you can accentuate that bump, Ali Wong Hard Knock Wife style. For this outfit you will need: Fitted maternity dress in leopard print Red frame glasses (yes, these are my actual glasses) Chunky watch (didn’t have one to complete the look, but totally optional) Gold flats (I purchased ballet slippers so I could also dance in them after Halloween) Hair ties and clips for a top knot Red lipstick (I used a shade from Bare Minerals) Nunchucks (DIY below. You’ll need thick black felt, acrylic chain, hot glue, a rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat) Yessss. I tried to be serious like Ali Wong’s comedy special cover, but it hard. Let’s make a nunchuck! For this craft you will need: 12” x 18” piece of thick felt in black 12” acrylic chain Hot glue Rotary cutter Ruler or straight edge Cutting mat Scissors (optional) Cut felt in half widthwise with a rotary cutter. You’ll end …

makers gonna make.

I’ve temporarily closed my custom shop for my crafty biz to focus promoting ready made product, and also because Bebe is coming soon and there is much to prepare. Sharing a few last customs for the year. These were so fun to create! Makers Gonna Make My friend Melissa of Poppy and Honey Bee ordered a Makers Gonna Make wall hanging to add to her Feed the Fish co collection! And I made it in her biz colors. I love how she uses it as part of her Zoom background. A Collection! I love it when customers come back for more felt fun! This order went out to a long time fan. She ordered pennants: A matching pennant for her little to match her older brother’s pennant, a Halloween pennant, a giant Unite pennant, and a teacher pennant. The tiny pencil and apple were so fun to make. Plus a duo of wall hangings for a birthday celebration. I am loving the idea for including a slice of pie to the fall-inspired wall hangings. Customs …

brick stitch.

I’ve been wanting to take brick stitch with Michelle Feileacan of the Sugar Pond for a while now. She was scheduled to teach at Craftcation 2020 and I actually got into one of her classes, but alas, with the cancellation of the event, so came the cancellation of my craft dreams. (Lol, dramatic.) She recently taught with Craft + Work so I was excited to be able to support a fellow maker and one of my fave craft studios! Michelle sent us a trio of bead colors, needles, wax, thread, earring hooks, and a foam sheet, plus a pattern. These beads are tiny, but apparently people like to use even tinier beads for brick stitch. Michelle taught us a couple of techniques for starting and stopping our pieces, and guided us through her pattern. I asked lots of questions and learned so much! Essentially, you sew through each bead in a way that allows them to rest next to another bead. I messed up the pattern on my first earring, but it was too much …

crafty ladies reunite.

My meet ups with my crafty lady crew have been on hiatus since Galentine’s Day, but we recently reunited on the interwebs. One of us got a laser cutter so she created and shipped wood initial painting kits to all the crafty ladies. Yes, she even picked paint palettes and filled tiny paint pots for us, and made instructions! (We fancy.) I looked forward to the meet up all week and was excited to spend some creative time together with my friends, but then I was extra surprised and excited to find that our crafty ladies reunion turned into a surprise crafty bebe shower for me! So sweet! They even got Hubby in on it and he sneakily picked up snacks and presents that my friends prepared for the night in. We played games (guess the baby and a very creative scavenger hunt – we had to find some handmade items and the oldest thing in our fridge), chatted, snacked, and I loved seeing everyone’s decorated space. I spy some Feed the Fish co goodies! …

art deco.

I recently discovered that Michaels hosts free online craft workshops and demos. I signed up for a few jewelry classes that caught my eye. The first was this art deco necklace taught by Danielle Wickes of John Bead. The workshops come with handouts and access to the recording afterwards; you just need to to supply your own materials. In each jewelry class, the instructor features a product that Michaels carries, so their suggested materials list has all the items that you can buy at Michaels (but you can purchase from other places, too, of course). This class featured John Bead Superduo Two-Hole Czech Glass Beads. I’ve always been curious about “weaving” with beads and working with beads with two holes. This project involved both. Danielle went thru the steps pretty quickly for this project. It’s definitely worth it to watch the demo first and then attempt the project later with the recording. I tried to keep up as much as I could and then finished the rest after the class. Not only did I learn …

home.

Do you ever have those projects that you tuck away and then put off finishing for…forever? My seashell project was one of those projects. I started in 2014 and finally finished over the long weekend. So excited to share! During my last trip to the Philippines in 2009, I collected seashells on all the beaches with my Mom. I had no intention of using them to create an art piece; I just wanted to collect them because pretty. Then in 2014 I ended up designing a project for Darby Smart, which at the time was craft supply company and DIY resource page. My project was a wooden letter covered in seashells and pearl beads. I found the letters at Michaels, and used hot glue to attach the shells and beads. I wanted to spell the word “HOME” but I didn’t have enough seashells. So the tutorial was just an H, and my project was stored away until the next time I could collect more seashells. I haven’t been back to the Philippines since 2009 but …

matcha.

Earlier in the summer I attended a virtual spa night with Yelp Indy and Saidah of Shea Body Works. Saidah taught us how to create body scrubs and face masks out of common kitchen basics. As you can see from the screenshot, I didn’t participate live, but I was fully excited to learn all the things! Sharing my face mask experience today… All you need for a quick spa is: 1 tsp matcha (get the good stuff!) 1/2 tsp honey 1/2 tbs hot water a mug or small bowl cotton round/ball or mask brush spoon or small whisk Mix all of the ingredients. It will look a little soupy. Apply to face (and neck!) with cotton round/ball or mask brush, rub it in, and allow to sit for ten minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and allow to air dry or pat dry with a facecloth. Not so fun fact: The neck ages faster than the face. Protip: Anything you do to care for your face, you should also do to your neck! Saidah recommends …

flower garden crowns.

I taught an expanded version of my felt flower crown workshop earlier this month. It was a special class because it was the first time in Feed the Fish co history that my Mommy and Niece were able to attend one of my events. They live in Southern California and all of my events so far have been in Northern California. Yay for virtual crafting! For this class I picked out a Boho Garden color palette from Benzie Design. It is by far my favorite color palette of felt. If you haven’t already discovered Benzie Design, here is your introduction. It’s like the butter of felt in all the dreamy colors. This was the sample I made for class, as modeled by Panda. See all these floral beauties in their floral beauties! Plus some sweet sentiments. I’m so happy everyone enjoyed class! My friend was inspired to create local flowers for her crown! If I could, I would make grand flower crowns all day. Felt flower crowns for all!

friendship.

I’ve been teaching crafty workshops all summer, and I finally participated in one as a student! I attended The Neon Tea Party‘s heart pattern friendship bracelet virtual workshop and it was the most fun! Marisa, owner and creative everything of The Neon Tea Party, taught us two friendship bracelet knots, we created the heart pattern together, and at the end of class she reviewed how to read a friendship bracelet pattern. My mind is blown. I don’t think I made friendship bracelets as a kid; not this kind at least (I remember lots of bead bracelets…), so it was fun to learn as a grown up. Also, shout out to all the kids in the class with their friendship bracelet making skills and bravery for showing face on Zoom. (It seemed like most of the adults were hiding. :)). For this craft we only needed minimal supplies – two yarn colors, a pair of scissors, a ruler or tape measure, and tape or a safety pin to hold your project in place. You can make …

crafty challenge.

This month I am a featured maker in the CraftBuzz Crafty Challenge. Over the last couple of weeks, five creatives (including me) have been sharing easy DIY tutorials on the CraftBuzz Instagram page. I hosted a tassel tutorial! You can also learn how to create herbal bundles from the Rah Rah Collective, all about meditative drawing with Rae Miller Arts, furushiki gift wrapping with Bestowe Gifting, and tie dye with Crave Workshops. If you share what you make now through July 31 you are entered to win prizes from all of the participating creatives. This month’s Crafty Challenge benefits Black Artists + Designers Guild, too! Here’s the companion tassel tutorial in picture form! Materials and tools: Yarn Non-stretchy cord (like embroidery floss or baker’s twine) Tassel tool (can be a sturdy book or cardboard, select something that is at least the length of your intended tassel) Scissors How to: Hold your tassel tool in one hand. Secure your yarn either on the tool’s notch or under your thumb. Wrap yarn around your tool (do not …