Maker Faire Bay Area ROCKED!!


Oh my gosh Maker Faire totally ROCKED!

The whole family had a lovely weekend hanging out in San Mateo for Maker Faire!! Ava Blu was my partner in crime and an amazing assistant. She helped kiddos and adults alike, choose their colors and make their Pat-On-The-Back Medallions from my book!  And let me tell you she’s quite persuasive and was my best advocate for the book (she’s got  some real sales skills! :)


It was really nice for folks to be able to get up close and personal with the book. I received so many lovely compliments on the book (which totally put a smile on my face). And it was really cool for everyone to have a chance to actually make one of the crafts from the book.


And let me tell you there were some pretty crafty people attending Maker Faire!  Some of the extra embelishements and add-on folks did to their badges were pretty cool.


I just loved how people took the directions I gave them and ran with it. They repurposed, personalized and added to their badges to truly make them their own. It was really cool to see and watch. Folks came up with things I hadn’t even thought of. Some of my favorite add-ons were the dragon wings and the birthday candles!



I finished off the show by being awarded a ribbon for Best in Class!!! How cool is that!? I was shocked and delighted to find out that I actually had won something. I didn’t even know that they were giving out awards. It was truly a great way to finish out the day :)

I’ll be at Maker Faire this year!!


I’m super excited to have been accepted into Maker Faire this year!! I attend last year on a field trip with Ava Blu’s First Grade class and just knew that I need to be one of the Makers.

I’ll be there teaching you how to craft  Pat-On-The-Back Medallions as well as selling my book, Just Us Girls, along with coordinating craft kits.  I’m hoping to add a bit of feminine flair to a super cool event full of robotics, tech-gadgets, tinkers and upcycle burning-manesque style crafts.

The only bummer is that I won’t be able to attend the National Stationery Show and Surtex this year because it fall on the same weekend. But I decided to shake things up a bit and try something new. I totally looking forward to it and think it will be a great new experience for  me.

So if you are in the Bay Area come by and check it out. It will be at the San Mateo Event Center the weekend of  May 17 & 18th. Grab your ticket HERE.

Fun Events Around the Bay

It’s been a fun busy couple of weekends!!

I just wanted to share with you a few photos from the awesome crafting events that I’ve recently done at the MOCHA and the Children’s Creativity Museum.

It was a lot of fun teaching these girls, boys, moms, dads, and grandparents how to make the Badge and Ribbon Medallions from my book. I think everyone had a really good time. Everyone walked away with the feeling of accomplishment and an awesome pat-on-the-back memento to showcase your crafting prowess.


photo1:top left & photo2:third row left – by Stefanie Renée


I have a few more events that I’m starting to plan for and I’ll definitely be keeping you updated.  I’m also starting to do private events. Email me if you’d like to hosting a workshop for a birthday party or another event. Let me know the date, time, location and number of children attending and we can decide on the perfect craft activity together :)

Upcoming Book Signing & Crafting Dates!


I just wanted to share with you a few upcoming book signing and crafting dates in support of my new book!!


The first event is this coming weekend I will be crafting at MOCHA on Saturday March 8th from 10am-12pm. The address is 1625 Clay Street Suite 100 Oakland CA 


And then the following weekend on Saturday March 15th I’ll be at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco from 1:30-3:30pm.

ChildrensCreativityMuseum_CindyAnn_BluPenny1 Get ready for an award-winning crafting time! Join me in creating some earth friendly keepsakes from her new book, “Just Us Girls: 48 Creative Art Projects for Mothers and Daughters to Do Together”.  All materials will be supplied and you will go home with an awesome pat-on-the-back memento to showcase your crafting prowess.



Paper Zodiac Astrology Doll :: Capricorn

This year I wanted to do a monthly project. I first had an idea or each month to do calendar dolls with tearaway tabs, kind of like a Lenten Counter. But that then morphed into Paper Zodiac Astrology Dolls.

I’m pretty happy with the way the first one turned out. I’m going to have a new doll for you each month and by the end of the year there will be a full set of Paper Zodiac Astrology Dolls. So here is the first of a series.





(December 22nd- January 19th)

Element: Earth

Stone: Dark Sapphire

Famous Capricorn: Marilyn Monroe

(Click here to download the PDF printable of the Capricorn Paper Doll)

These Mountain Goat ladies are quite ambitious and determined to make it to “the top of the mountain”. However, sometimes they get a little too one track minded that they can forget to enjoy in the little pleasures and just have fun.  Check here to learn more about the Capricorn Zodiac Sign.


(Click here to download the PDF printable of the Capricorn Paper Doll)


Last week I went to watch an assembly at Ava Blu’s School. It was an Oratorical in honor of  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There were 35 students plus two second grade classes that participated in the assembly to a full house. I was so impressed with how these students had the courage to take the stage and recite some truly amazing poems and literally pieces by the likes of Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Marianne Williamson. My goodness I don’t think I knew the works of any of these amazing folks till I was in college and some not until much much later!! Two students actually recited the same passage from Marianne Williamson‘s A Return to Love that I think rings true for so many, myself included that I’d like to share it with you here:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”


© Marianne Williamson, 1992 Found in “A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles” Harper Collins, Chapter 7, Section 3, 1992.

Homemade Craft Connection: Angelic Ornaments


Over the holidays I hosted a private Ornament Making Party to help raise funds for my daughter’s school.  It was such a fun evening of laughing and crafting and getting to know these lovely ladies much better. Since it was an intimate affair I wanted to have everyone make something that was personal to them and their families. I asked everyone to send me head shots of the family members that they wanted to make ornaments for and we transformed them into pint-size angelic ornaments.

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I wish I had taken a few better pictures, but I think you can get the gist on how cute they all turned out!!


Wouldn’t these also make a fabulous Valentine’s day Gift for a loved one. I’m thinking about taking commissions, so if you are interested in having someone turned into a pint-size angelic ornaments for valentines day, a birthday, or just because you love them, send me an email and we’ll make it happen.