Topic: Crafts

Maker Faire Bay Area ROCKED!!

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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! :)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!!

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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

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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.

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

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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 :)

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.

 

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Capricorn

(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.

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

Homemade Craft Connection: Angelic Ornaments

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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!!

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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.

The Winter Solstice is a time for letting go

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Right before the holidays, under the new moon of the Winter Solstice each member of my family sat down and wrote and created a Fire Release Packets. I first got the idea a few years back from Pixie Campbell  and we’ve been doing it ever since. It’s a lovely ritual to release and leave behind those things that no longer serve us and invoke peace and wholeness while inviting in our good intentions for the start of the new year.
Feeding the solstice fire is a way for us to transfer our energy and reclaim hope. Turning our bad habits and obstacles into something rejuvenating, new and reborn, just like the phoenix rising from the ashes.

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This is how we made our Fire Release Packets:

You’ll Need:

  • A contained fire (either in a fireplace or an outdoor fire pit)
  • A brown paper bag or craft paper
  • Strips of scrap paper
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Scissors
  • String or twine
  • An assortment of symbolic and meaningful herbs  (Pick 3-5 to include from our List)

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SYMBOLIC & MEANINGFUL  HERBS

Ash – is an herb of the sun, for protection
Bay Laurel – to bring in the light of the sun and ward off illness
Camomile – to soothe and cleanse, love and purification
Cinnamon-  success, power, healing, the spice of life, lust, protection, intuitiveness and spirituality
Eucalyptus- wealth, abundance and foretelling
Frankincense – an antiseptic herb to bring purification and protection
Ginger- passion, success, wealth and power
Holly- hope, protection, the co-existence of human and plant spirit and life
Jasmine- sweet love, modesty, sensuality, grace and elegance
Juniper-  staying true to oneself and never compromising your integrity
Lavender – devotion, virtue and acknowledgement
Mint- virtue eternal refreshment, wisdom
Mistletoe – healing, peace, and beautiful dreams
Pine- peace, healing, joy  and humility
Rosemary – remembrance, love, loyalty, fidelity, faithfulness
Sage – wisdom, long life, banish and ward off evil and cleanse spaces of negative influence
Yellow Cedar – for cleansing and purity

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To Make A Fire Release Packet:

  1. Cut your brown paper bag into 5 in squares. One for each person participating in the Fire Release Ritual.
  2. Place a pinch of each of your selected herbs in the center of you square.
  3. On the strips of scrap paper write down what you would like to release and in exchange what you would like to invite into the new year. (See below for some release writing prompt)
  4. Fold each strip and place them in the center of your square.
  5. When you are finished writing fold your paper together to enclose the contents and tie it closed with the twine.
  6. As a group give witness to each other as you gently place your release packet into the fire.
  7. Gaze into the flames in a symbolic gesture of letting go and watching your thoughts and intentions transform.

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RELEASE WRITING PROMPTS to help get you started

  • Write about how you can turn a negative into positives.
  • What do you want to manifest and hold dear.
  • What fears have been holding your back? It might be time to let them go.
  • What are you are working on changing in your life?
  • Align and empower your goals by changing your mindset and thoughts.
  • What old connects are no longer serving you? Let go and release them.
  • Let go of grudges, hurt feeling, petty grievances, emotional wounds and debts owed to you.
  • Where can you turn to for inspiration?
  • What part of you do you want to awaken?
  • Is there an opportunities or some bit of knowledge available to you that you have chosen to overlook or ignore?
  • What intentions would we like to put forward for the next phase of your life?
  • How can you rejuvenate yourself physically and spiritually?
  • What have you taken for granted ? Offer thanks.
  • State and restate personal dreams, goals and desires.

Pixie also offers some really good writing prompts. But most of all remember to be honest with yourself no one but you and the flames of the release fire will see what you’ve enclosed in your packet.

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The Winter Solstice is the time for the releasing so you may step into a new year free and clear of the burdens you have carried.

Homemade Craft Connection :: Potato Print Infinity Scarf

Ava Blu and I made these T-shirt scarfs over her summer vacation, but I thought with the colder whether now upon us it was the perfect time to share. This is a super easy project and a great way to stay warm this winter. No fancy tools or techniques needed here :)

You’ll Need:

An old T-Shirt

Scissors

Cardboard or Chipboard

Potatoes

Kitchen Knife

Craft Knife

Pencil

Cookie Cutters (optional)

Fabric Paint or Acrylic Paint with Fabric Medium

Wax paper (to use as your palette)

Craft or Newspaper (to protect your table surface)

MAKE YOUR SCARF and prep for printing

1. Fold your T-Shirt in half vertically and then in 1/2 again. (This will make it easier for your to cut in a straight line.)

2. While folded cut off the bottom seam of your T-shirt (if it has one).

3. Cut off the bottom third of your T-Shirt. This will be your infinity scarf.

4. Wrap your scarf around your piece of cardboard and stretch it flat. (This will protect the bottom side from getting paint on it while you are printing. 

MAKE YOUR POTATO STAMPS

1. Cut your potato’s in half.

2. Draw a shape or design into the flesh. Simple shapes are easier to carve.

3. With your Craft Knife carve around your design. Cutting away the background.

 

START PRINTING

1. Pick your color palette. 1-2 complimentary colors tends to work best.

2. Squeeze your paint onto your wax paper.

3. Dab your potato stamp into your paint being sure to cover the stamp fully.

4. Press your potato stamp onto your scarf firmly. Lift up and stamp again until the print become paint and reapply paint.

5. Let dry and then stamp the other side.

TIPS: 

  • Use a cookie cutter as a stencil for your stamp. Press it into the flesh of your potato and cut out the negative space.
  • Make multiple stamps of the same shape if you would like to easily alternate colors while stamping.
  • You can preserve your potato stamp for a couple of days by wrapping each in wet paper towels and placing it in a zip lock back in the refrigerator.

Homemade Craft Connection :: Gratitude Mobile

November is the month of Gratitude.

It’s a time to be reminded of all the good in your life. A time to remember your love ones and a chance to be introspective and reflect. What have you learned this past year? How have you grown? What challenges and obstacles did you face and over come? A lot can happen in a year and it’s sometimes too easy for us to keep going and not take the time to stop and remember.

This gratitude mobile is an easy way to pay homage to the past while also inviting thoughtfulness and generosity into the future.

Each printable strips has space to write down your thought and feeling of the year past. Ask each guest at your Thanksgiving table to help you add to your gratitude mobile. And if you have a message that’s a bit too personal to openly share just fold over your paper and seal it away in the wax. It’s the thought and action that hold the most meaning in this ritual.

And remember Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be the only time these positive messages hang in your home.

You’ll Need
2 wire hangers
Wire cutters
Strips of scrap fabric
Glue gun
String, twine or ribbon
Bee’s wax
A double boiler or old crock pot
Basting brush
Tissue paper in assorted colors (I also used sewing pattern paper)
An iron
Printable Gratitude Prompts or scraps of paper
Scissors
Hole punch
Pens, pencils and markers
Decorative scissors and paper punches (optional)
Craft paper or newspaper (to protect your work surface)

PREP:

1.  Bend 1 hanger into a circle shape.

2. Cut a piece of wire out of the second hanger and shape it into a smaller circle.

3. Wrap your wire frames with strips of scrap fabric securing the ends with a dab of hot glue.

4. Tie a piece of twine to the top of the smaller circle and attach it to the larger circle.

(Click here to download the PDF printable gratitude prompts)

5. Cover your work surface with craft paper.

6. Print out and trim the Printable Gratitude Prompts.

7.  Cut or tear tissue paper into approximately 5 X 11” rectangles.

ADD THE GRATITUDE :

1. In a double boiler or old crock pot melt your bees wax.

2. Write down your gratitude messages.

3. Sandwich your message in between 1 to 2 sheets of tissue paper and brush on the wax.

4. Cover the message with a piece of craft paper and iron it smooth.

5. Peal off your message and let cool.

6. Trim the tissue paper edges. You can uses decorative scissors and punches. Think about cutting them into fun shapes like leaves, hearts and stars.

7.  Hole punch the top of your waxed message and thread a piece of twine or ribbon thought the hole.

8. Tie each message to your Gratitude Mobile and you are ready hang your mobile.

I WROTE a BOOK!!!!

Just Us Girls: 48 Creative Art Projects for Mothers and Daughters to Do Together

Oh my gosh!!! I just finished wrapping up writing, creating and making a mother daughter craft book that’s totally jammed packed with 48 heartfelt, earth-friendly projects to help explore and nurture the mother daughter bond.

It was such a fun and amazing project and I can’t wait for it to actually be in my hands. It will officially available on February 1st BUT you can already pre-order a copy of it here!! So don’t forget to add Just Us Girls to your holiday wish list and spread the word! I can’t even begin to tell you how lucky I feel to be able to put this out into the world and share it with you!! (eep…that’s me doing the happy dance:)

Stay tuned for upcoming live craft experiences with your truly!

 HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!

Homemade Craft Connection :: Autumn Leaves

November is for falling leaves. Autumn is the one season this East Coast transplant totally misses.We don’t get to see the turning leaves here in Northern California.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I miss bundling up in the clean crisp air to go out to see the fall foliage over the Delaware Water Gap. It’s totally a stunning site. (Can you tell I’m feeling a bit nostalgic :) We just don’t get that wonderful red and orange landscape here. So as a reminder to me of Autumns past and as a good way to brush up on your tree botany. Here’s a printable with a few of my favs.

(click here to download PDF)

And did you know that certain trees are thought to hold magical properties. Maple is associated with strength and wisdom. Oak is linked with success, strength, courage and longevity.  Beech is know for knowledge, understanding, balance and luck. And Aspen is often paired with intuition, communication and the power of vibrant speech. It’s good to know these things when you need a autumn pick me up:)