Thinking about what you want to do and doing it. Goals and activities for October.Read More
I've been crushing on Darn Good Yarn for a long time. They sell unique yarns and fabric ribbon that are truly inspiring and fun to work with. I love that in addition to producing something beautiful, Darn Good Yarn creates jobs in developing countries, as well as, providing work for the developmentally disabled in the U.S., all while saving tons of waste from going to landfills. To get an impression of the positive impact they are making you should check out their video, here.
So when they contacted me about making a tutorial, I was super excited. This keychain pattern was fun to create, but most of all I am proud to be contributing to this awesome ethical yarn shop. Aaaaaaaaaaand, if you use the code thenourishbowl15, you'll save 15% off your yarn purchase! Head over to their silks section for some pretty eye candy!
Something I've been wanting to do for a long time is write about all the craft workshops happening in Santa Cruz and I finally got to do it. Here is it!
Wait, what? How is it January 10 already?
On the 20th, I'm heading to Marin to teach at the beautiful crafting, creativity and all around inspiring space :: The Makery.
Last time was so fun-- everyone was really friendly, and we had lots of laughs. Jane, the owner, does an amazing job at making everyone feel welcome, and the whole event feels like a special occasion. Sign up here!
2/11 Stitch a Cute Cactus. One of my all time favorite workshops. Learn embroidery and take home a finished project that'll impress all your friends.
2/18 Macrame plant hangers. I got totally addicted to these and it definitely upped my plant game. You'll learn basic macrame knots and make something really cool and useful.
Feeling the Santa Cruz love and maker vibes this holiday season. There are so many craft markets going on. It’s a great opportunity to finally meet and support the artists you’ve been crushing on.
I’m excited for tonight—-
After going to the lighted boat parade, I’ll be heading over to The Abbey for the Holiday Art Bazaar opening night. Just really looking forward to taking a break, seeing friends and listening to Blue Summit for awhile.
And then next Saturday is the Midtown Craft Crawl. Super psyched for this. I stopped by Amoureuse yesterday and met the sweet owner. I’ll be there from 12-6 with the fabulous Isabella from Last Meridian. Scroll down and check out all the cool artists who will be there!
THE CREPE PLACE
Gather and Spill
Lili Arnold Studios
Human Shaped Animal
BrightBeast Studio Jewelry
Fossil and Fern
My Little Piñata
The Nourish Bowl
Santa Cruz Engraving
Upcycled Skate Art
Flora and Fauna
Beth Truso Jewelry
Stacy Frank Printmaking
November is a time to gather, share, take care of oneself and others + celebrate gratitude and I wish you many opportunities to do all of these.
Mini Weaving at Wallflower Boutique: make your friends and family some mini weavings to let them know you love them.
Like to drink coffee and shop? My weavings will be at The Abbey Lounge from November 20, 2017-January 4, 2018!
Hello hello! The fall is a time when we *should* start slowing down but it doesn't really happen because this month is the one last chance to catch your breath before the holiday season starts its swing. And well, I'm already feeling the pressure of Halloween because here in Santa Cruz, Halloween is huge. There are so many brilliantly creative and crafty folks making awesome costumes that you kinda get swept up in it.... although the super busy part of me is wondering "couldn't I just go to Target...." But I can't. At least my daughter has opted out of being an otter and decided to be Starfire from Teen Titans, and I think that will be easier?
Here's what's going on in October and a recap of September, where did that month go?
Meet me at Makery Mill Valley!
I am super excited to be heading up to magical Mill Valley on October 14 to teach a weaving workshop at the Makery Mill Valley. Check out all the lovely classes they have going on. Jane is doing an amazing job creating a welcoming and inspiring space for people to come and make beautiful things. I totally relate to her about page too.
And I cannot wait to team up with über talented stylist Laura Cook for a styling and mobile photography workshop at Home/Work on October 29th! I've been wanting to do this forever but had to wait until everything was right. And now I am so psyched to bring this passion out to share. Check out the details here!
I want to thank all the wonderful people who attended my workshops and made new friends and awesome crafts. And a huge thanks to the shops that allow me to share my love of making with others, couldn't do it with out you! Thanks Wallflower Boutique and annieglass!
And some fun stuff
I'm getting curious about Tarot cards! I bought this beautiful deck from LulaMae and am diving in. The first card I pulled is The Empress who, according to the handy app that comes with the deck, is pure love and creation. How awesome is that?
And still enjoying late summer harvests--especially the juicy sweet tomatoes and delicate + randomly spicy padrón peppers, pan seared and served with salt. Perfect with a beer on these 80 degree days.
Stay well and thanks for reading!
Creative Workshops in September!
Something about September always triggers in me the desire to learn and start new projects. That probably explains why this month is packed with workshops.
I’m really excited to be hosting a series of workshops at Wallflower Boutique. Terra and I had so much fun last spring opening up her shop to the curious and creative.
Sunday the 10th:: Introduction to Weaving Using a wooden frame loom that you get to keep, we will learn all about techniques, color, yarn weights and how to start and finish a fabulous decorative tapestry. Sign up here!
Sunday the 17th:: Macrame Plant Holders These are fun and super cute. We will explore all kinds of knots and you will have the supplies to make three different plant holders (pots included) so you can give some away as gifts (or keep them all, we won’t tell). Sign up here!
Sunday the 24th:: Beginning Embroidery Whenever I need a creative fix, I grab my embroidery hoop. Ultra portable, easy to start and stop, hard not to love. We will cover basic stitches and techniques as we stitch a cute cactus. These adorable decorations will win over your heart. Sign up here!
Have you been to the Craftbar at Annie Glass? Come be inspired by the beautiful glass works as you sip some wine and relax with an afternoon craft.
Saturday the 30th:: Macrame Wall Hanging We will learn different knots and use gorgeous soft jersey yarn to make some really neat wall hangings. Macrame is a bit tricky feeling at first, but as you practice it becomes second nature and really relaxing. Then you feel like a macrame pro! Sign up here!
Have a wonderful month and hope you get to make some cool things.
Saturday was an exciting day. So many brilliant people set up in and about the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History for Show & Tell :: interactive art market. It was magical. I was right in the main entrance and built a teepee next to my table and showed people how to weave using the teepee structure as the loom. It was so fun. You can weave with anything.
Happy to have the rush and panic of pre-show preparation behind me I am settling back into my happy groove of making things and teaching workshops.
I'll be at Wallflower on the 11th leading a mini weaving workshop where we will make some sweet bag tags.
On the 17th I am teaching my cactus embroidery class.
I'm very excited to be teaming up with the wonderful ladies at Opal Creative Co. to teach a shimmery little woven necklace.
I'm excited to have my weavings at The Craftsmen Collective right in the front window! I need to go back and get a better photo, don't I.....
On June 25 I'll be at the Etsy Maker's Market at Mandala! Can't wait to share my work with you!
I have some more things in the works, that aren't quite ready yet, but I will let you know as soon as I can share! Take care and thanks for your support!