All posts tagged: handmade

make it pretty.

On my last visit home my Mommy set aside some broken jewelry to be fixed. She usually packs them all in a baggy with a note that says broken or Can you fix these? It’s basically become tradition for me to take a container of broken jewelry home for fixing. I use my the Bead Smith tray to keep all the beads in place as I create pieces. Sometimes I can fix the pieces to look like the original jewelry; sometimes she let’s me get creative and I add some beads from my current stash. Here’s what I’ve been working on. I love creating long necklaces to showcase beads. I’m not super confident in working with stretchy jewelry (I feel like I can’t get the knots right to be secure.), so I prefer working with beading wire. My current favorite is Soft Flex brand which I use in all my necklaces. For all of these necklaces I’ve combined some of my Mommy’s jewelry with my bead stash. She has a broad collection of jewelry so …

punch.

Ok, don’t laugh. I attempted punch needle on my own and this is all I could come up with. Ha! Here’s my experience plus some lessons learned. I purchased a supply kit from Jenny Lemons. It came with yarn and monks cloth. I also purchased a #10 Oxford punch needle. I thought I could use a basic embroidery hoop for this project – it worked, but the monks cloth kept slipping. Lesson 1: I must learn to stretch monks cloth like an artist canvas so the monks cloth will stay in place as I punch. Lesson 2: It helps if you have a pattern in mind. I didn’t. I just punched! The punching itself is pretty satisfying and the technique can be easily mastered with practice. The Oxford punch comes with helpful tips, too, so take a look at the manual. Given my yarn color combo I was going for something Earth-y / planet-y. Perhaps it was achieved, but next time I would definitely pick a pattern or draw a design on the monks cloth …

what she orda?

Custom goodies! Here are some of my recent felt projects. A felt succulent garden for FtF fan Nicole. A ‘Baby Stuff’ garland for my friend Ana of Pure Alma. She makes baby stuff. A bandana cape for my friend’s pup Zoe. I finished the rope ends with cord to keep it from fraying. A flower garland for my friend Melissa on her wedding day! A trio of pennants for a birthday celebrant who loves plants! A Cal pennant for a new Golden Bear. Go Bears! Yay! More Feed the Fish co goodies on my crafty biz website and Instagram.

tiny pots.

Sometimes I see a craft supply and I’m like I have no idea what I’m going to make with this, but I need to make something with this and then I buy it. Sometimes I buy three of it. This time around I spotted tiny pots and I made tiny macrame plant holders! For this project you will need: tiny pots, non-stretchy cord, scissors, and plants. I used handmade felt flowers, but you can use real plants, too. Cut three pieces of cord three feet in length. Fold all three pieces in half and tie an overhand knot. Pull on each individual string to tighten the knot. You should have six strands. Next, we’ll work with cord pairs. Tie an overhand knot with each cord pair at least five inches down from the initial knot. Then tie an overhand knot with the right cord from the first pair and the left cord from the second pair, another with the right cord from the second pair and the left cord from the third pair, and another …

winter lewk.

Happy New Year! I’ve got woodsy winter felt flower crown feels so I’m kicking off the New Year with a woodsy winter felt flower crown DIY! Materials for this project: Felt in assorted greens, blues, mustard, grey, and brown – I like to use wool-blend felt for wearable felt items Felt balls for flower centers and adornments Floral wire cut into 6-inch pieces Fabric-covered floral wire (enough to create a crown base) Fabric scissors Hot glue Wire cutters Create your crown base. Since I used floral wire stems, I twisted two pieces onto each other. Make leaves. I cut out different leaf shapes. For the left and middle shapes, you can attach each to a piece of wire by laying the leaves flat on the wire or by pinching the leaves in half, giving the wire a ‘hug’ with the leaf. For the shape on the right, these can be attached by folding exactly in half or folding in half at an angle onto the wire. Add leaves to both ends of the wire and …

good stuff.

Hi. I worked on some stuff for FtF fans! Baby Pennants. My usual baby pennant pack got an upgrade (bigger flags!). I created these A’s theme monthly photo session pennants for my coworker’s new babe. Lucky 13. These pennants were a special request from one of my weaving students. She wanted to surprise her daughter and daughter’s friend with pennants for their 13th birthday. They picked them up at my SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium booth. She prepped a sort of scavenger hunt activity where they received gifts at certain booths. How cute! SPP. Hubby’s tennis bros needed some FtF bling. “SPP” stands for San Pablo Park, their home court. “Fight!” is one of the sayings their teammate says during competitive matches. The next season doesn’t start until April but we ready! Luca. My friend ordered a baby pennant pack and name pennant to gift to a friend. The color palette is everything. Plant Daddy, Yaaas Queen. Such fun custom wall hangings! I like when people ask me at shows if I have a certain …

sj made – again!

This year at the SJ Made Holiday Faire was my fourth time in attendance, and I realized I have been a part of the event since it’s inception. Very cool. I was assigned the same booth as last year – front and center! This time I brought lots of workshop samples including weavings and I co-hosted a coloring station with my booth neighbor / craft friend Rebecca of Oodlebadoodle. She also brought Awreatha for her final performance. Rebecca printed off some coloring pages from our SF Etsy team coloring book, including the one of my face. In this rendition, I am so extra. This year was the biggest year yet for the holiday show with almost (or maybe over!) 300 vendors. We took up nearly the entire hall space. There were also lots of activities and community groups offering interactive experiences. On Sunday, the local kitten adoption group brought kittens for 15-minute play sessions. I made sure to get a glimpse before the show started. Per usual, there is so much to see. The hall …