Weaving. Yup, that’s definitely my craft of the moment.
Since falling back in love with it, I’ve found myself trying out all sorts of weaving variations. Wall hangings. Round embroidery hoop weaving. Microweaving. Woven jewelry. Finding how much of a struggle weaving small tiny wearable art can be, I figured out a quick micro weave necklace hack! Read on to learn more.
I’m still hungover from last month’s Craft Camp. It was a great weekend of crafts with amazing campers, not at all tainted by the storm that came upon Day 2 of the camp. Even if we were holed up indoors, we went on with the program. I closed the camp with a handwoven twig necklace workshop. It was a new workshop I’ve never taught before!
I don’t really remember decorating easter eggs as a kid. Growing up in the Philippines, I was so accustomed to the plastic ones that remind me of those vendo surprise eggs. This year, I decided I’d give it a shot.
You might not believe it, but Teacher Emma was my preschool teacher. She hasn’t changed one bit. She’s still the same gentle, caring and supportive teacher from, yes, 25 years ago. About a decade after being my teacher, we found her back in my family’s life when my brother, Milo, ended up going to the preschool (The Little Farm House) she later opened. My friend Ninna and I even took up Kumon when they started offering it at their school.
This past weekend wasn’t quite the one I had planned. I had to sit out a couple crafts fairs because a stomach bug kept me in bed for 72 hours. I was getting a bit of that cabin fever on the third day, so I forced myself out of bed to work on some pressed flowers pieces.
My mom sent a few more phonebooks filled with pressed flowers and leaves from Alaska. The phonebooks have been sitting in a corner of the room, and I didn’t get a chance to really go through the contents.
I’ve said this many times on my instagram account, autumn is my favorite season of the year. Imagine my surprise when I saw these beautifully pressed and preserved maple leaves! It smelled so sweet too, imagine that!
For a change, I wanted to make something other than the basic wreath and and landscape type pieces. I quickly doodled a sailboat on a scrap piece of paper.
I placed my doodle over heavy-duty cardstock paper. With a bone folder (I Try DIY Shop), I drew over the doodle to leave score marks on the cardstock.
Then, I picked leaves, buds and blooms to fill the space. I tried my best not to snip or cut petals. I have a thing about keeping them as is, however they end up being pressed. Once I was satisfied with how everything was, I started gluing each piece in place.
I’m totally in love with this piece. I love how it really looks like a boat from afar. It’s only when you take a closer look that you realize it’s made of small beautiful flowers. ♥
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Anyone who knows me knows that coffee time is the most precious moment of my day. Nothing gets done until a cup of joe has been downed. I had a full weekend, so I slept in a little bit this morning. I knew I had work to catch up on, but coffee had to be had before anything.
Why buy when you can DIY? Try this this easy watercolor project, and make some beautiful pieces to hang on your walls. For this project, I used these super useful water resistant pens. There are many brands to choose from, but for this particular project I used the Zig Millennium Markers.
When I was assigned an article that included basic container gardening, I instantly went for succulents and cacti. That was a courageous move given that the first echeveria (those rosette looking succulents) I brought into my home survived only a month.