All posts tagged: succulents

egg hunt: succulents.

I’m sticking with a plant theme for this year’s egg hunt (Did you catch the first one?). Egg #2 for 2020 is a succulent Easter egg! You might remember my cactus eggs from last year; this one is a total felt upgrade! For this craft you will need: Plastic eggs Felt in succulent colors, plus flower colors of choice Fabric scissors Hot glue Cut out succulent leaves. I like to cut out rectangles and cut the shape out two at a time. Succulent leaves can take on any shape; I went with teardrops in different sizes. You will need between 18-30 leaves for each egg, depending on how many rows of leaves you want, and how far apart you space each leaf. For a fuller succulent, use more leaves. Begin glueing on the smaller leaves to the top of the egg, and work your way to the larger leaves. Add hot glue to the bottom of a leaf and attach to the egg. Create one row of leaves around the egg by overlapping leaves. Add …

did you get the memo?

I taught another felt succulent workshop at Rare Bird, but this time we designed memo boards. I had leftover wire pieces from some shelving and was thinking about how I could use them for an art project. And then it dawned on me – put a felt succulent on it! And a memo board workshop was born. It had been a few months since my last workshop at Rare Bird, and since then, they’ve consolidated their space. It’s half as big as before but still packed with lots of creative magic. My set up for class — For my succulent workshops I usually bring a set color palette, but this time I brought a rainbow of felt and let workshop goers pick their favorite colors. It’s so fun to watch people create and see them get excited when they complete a project. I had three people sign up for memo boards, but we had a no-show, so I ended up teaching a private class to a mom and daughter duo. They created such beautiful work. …

them youngins.

Earlier this week I got to teach my felt succulent garden workshop to a group of high school students as part of their intraterm program. What a fun group of youngins and a fun week filled with self reflection and art exploration. I normally teach adult workshops; it was fun to hang out with the high school crowd (and realize how long it’s been since high school…). Not once did I hear a “I can’t do this” or “I’m not creative” which is what I sometimes hear from grown up groups. A huge reminder to just be in the moment and not fear a mess up or something not looking like what you think it should look like. Though they were quiet, they were sooo into what they were doing, playing with different designs, manipulating the materials, and creating some awesome pieces of work. Such a creative group! I wanted to share their process and projects because I was super proud of their work! Thank you to Rare Bird for inviting me to teach and to the …

wreath party!

Yay Cactus Jungle! Their team of cactus experts put together a succulent wreath class and I was lucky enough to snag a seat. They made the process super simple, taking on much of the prep. We were provided with a container of succulent cuttings with different growing seasons. In theory, this would make the wreath look full year-round. There were lots of color variations, including some pink-colored succulents which I hadn’t seen before. Throughout the class our instructor shared a succulent fun fact and tips for taking care of our wreaths. The wreaths are made of a metal frame and moss, and held in shape with fishing wire. Cactus Jungle presoaked the wreaths for us in a seaweed solution. Apparently, moisture awakens the amoebas that live in the moss. (Amoebas?! No one warned me about amoebas!!). We were given a lesson in wreath making safety at the start of class and we wore puncture-resistant gloves to protect us from puncture wounds (and keep amoebas from getting into our bloodstream and causing a brain disease and …

forever gardens.

West Elm invited me to host a workshop as part of their West Elm Local events. I love crafting at West Elm – beautiful design all over the shop, great natural light. It’s perfect for feeling the crafty feels and taking lovely photos afterwards! For this event I taught my felt succulent garden class, which is currently my favorite class to teach. Look at this glorious mess. I teach three ways to make succulents and the results are always so good! I love it when my students impress themselves, too. I stumbled upon some uber cute mushrooms to share during class. They add a lil somethin’ somethin’ to the felt gardens, don’t you think? I like to share that you can decorate other things with felt succulents, too. Pillows, baskets, so many things! I can’t wait to teach this workshop again!  

meet buddy.

Everyone, in your best Mr. Narwal impersonation, say hello to my new succulent plant “Buddy.” (Yes, I name my plants.) I love, love, love Cactus Jungle in Berkeley for their wide selection of cactuses (or cacti. Fun fact: both are acceptable!), knowledgable staff (seriously, I cannot stump them), and loads of inspirational succulent art (like vertical gardens). I’ve purchased plenty a gift here at the Jungle, but this time I was shopping for a little something for me. Best of all, as someone without a green thumb, the staff at Cactus Jungle will repot your succulent, provided you are purchasing a plant that day, and will give you a tutorial on plant care, specific to each plant, of course. I’ve been told to water after one week, so at least we know Buddy should be alive this time next week. Wish me luck! Any green thumbs out there? Share below on your most prized plant! Or, if you’re like me, share below on what you wish you could successfully keep alive!