All posts tagged: walnut creek

garden wreaths.

I designed a special wreath project for the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek and it launches on Saturday! I taught my felt succulent garden class as a pre-recorded, self-paced workshop with the Garden back in May and the Program Coordinator Alice loved the idea of hosting a wreath workshop with both succulents and florals inspired by the flowers that bloom in the garden. Since in-person events are still on hiatus, we planned for this second class to be a pre-record, self-paced workshop, too. The wreaths feature a variety of generic succulents plus two flowers inspired by Eriocephalus africanus (white with black center) and Baileya multiradiata (yellow). I prepared kits with a 10-inch grapevine wreath, felt in a succulent palette and floral colors, templates, and step by step instructions. Plus, a video tutorial! If we were to hold the class in person we would have set up in the event center patio. But crafting in the comfort of your home in pajamas is also fun! I loved creating this special project for the Garden! PS …

write that down.

New stationery store alert! Write That Down in Walnut Creek has everything lovers of the handwritten note are looking for! They carry some of my favorite things, like Letterfolk letter boards. Plus a selection of pens, cards, notepads, notebooks, calligraphy kits, … …books, list notebooks, coloring books, totes, wall art, … And since it’s Valentine’s season, lots of fun love day gifts and goodies. Here’s my haul: a pencil case by R.P.S (because can you ever have enough pouches?), a pack of banana thank you cards by Paula & Waffle, and self-adhesive wax seals by the Social Type (so clever, right?) Write That Down just opened last month, and they are adding crafty workshops to their schedule, too. Check them out!

the other rbg.

My “craft fame” brought me to this hidden gem: the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek! I was invited to teach a crafty workshop in the garden this spring so I came for a tour of the workshop space. If the weather is good I’ll be teaching out on the patio with garden views; if it’s cold we’ll set up indoors in the new event space. After my crafty workshop tour, I got to explore the garden! It is a beauty! The Bancroft family owned over 400 acres of Walnut Creek. The property was a fruit farm in the late 1800s and was passed down for generations. Eventually, the family sold much of the land and the last of the fruit trees were cut down. Philip Bancroft, Jr, encouraged his wife Ruth to take over the land with her plant collection. Apparently, she owned so many potted plants – she was an original plant lady! The garden now sits on 3.5 acres, and their original family home still sits on the property (you can see …


Baseball season is in full swing (Hehe, swing. See what I did there?) and Bedford Gallery asked me to make some pennants to sell at their merchandise counter during the showing of their exhibit Safe at Home: A Short Survey of Baseball Art. The exhibit, which runs through June 12, features artists from both near and far, and baseball memorabilia. As a featured vendor I got to attend the opening reception amongst the artists. Another fun treat! There were baseball snacks, too — peanuts, cookies, pretzels & mustard, and hot dogs! And the crowd was bustling, filling the whole gallery. As we were heading out after the event, it was super exciting to see someone walking out with a few pennants in hand! Are you rooting for your home team? Share below!