Holiday 2014 sneak peeks

A new letterpress holiday card.

A new letterpress holiday card.

I know, I know, it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but the Holidays are on their way! I'll be at a couple upcoming San Francisco craft fairs over the next couple weekends and I thought I'd share a few sneak peaks of projects I've been working on.

The Fairs I'll be attending are:

The San Francisco Center for the Book Holiday Fair
Saturday, November 22nd, 11am – 6pm

You can expect to see lots of hand printed goods at this fair since most sellers are printers of some sort.

Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium @ Pier 35
Saturday/Sunday, November 29th/30th, 11 am – 5pm

This fair will feature a wide variety of Etsy sellers. 

Both are FREE to attend and both should have ample PARKING near by. Come say hello and get a jump start on holiday shopping. And if you're making gifts this year I always think going to craft fairs can provide great inspiration. 

New hand painted ornament design.

New hand painted ornament design.

Reusable gift sacks for easy wrapping. 

Reusable gift sacks for easy wrapping. 

Stamp motif notecards in christmas colors.

Stamp motif notecards in christmas colors.

First batch of catnip filled voodoo dolls.

First batch of catnip filled voodoo dolls.

I'll be sharing more about some of these projects in the coming weeks. If you're not local check out my two shops for goodies. I'll be adding new stock through the beginning of December. Stationary/Wrap items can be found here and gifts for cat lovers can be found here. 

A decoration switcheroo in autum's golden light

Quick! Save your Halloween pumpkins from the compost. It might be possible to give them a makeover and become your fall decorations. If you carved yours into a jack-o lantern then the fruit flies might have already carted them off to vegetable as decoration heaven BUT if you happened to paint yours like I did you might just be in luck.

Before it becomes full on Christmas in my house I thought I'd enjoy autumn a bit. I was able to salvage most of my pumpkins from my Halloween decor. Because I used acrylic paints I was able to wash most of the eyeballs off my pumpkins. 

I kept the tillandsia greenery and added some fall like branches and blooms. And because in San Francisco we don't get much "fall color" I brought out my water color leaves from last years paper craft project. That makes it two centerpiece elements I was able to repurpose!

On a few pumpkins I just flipped them around to hide their eyes from looking at me. I can also store other fall veggies (squash and pomegranate) in the arrangement until I eat them!

It's really been feeling like fall in the evenings with it's golden light. I've been enjoying these fall arrangements as I furiously work away on projects for two upcoming San Francisco holiday fairs. If you're in the bay area stop on by The San Francisco Center for the Book on Nov 22nd or Pier 35 on Nov 29-30th. 

Trying out Sashiko stitch

Sashiko practice fabric. The white unstitched lines will wash out.

Sashiko practice fabric. The white unstitched lines will wash out.

Have you noticed? It's November! This is the perfect time to start thinking about making some handmade gifts for the holidays. I myself am in full make mode gearing up for some craft fairs at the end of the month so I thought hey, why not try a new skill. Something about fall brings out the maker in me and I can't stop exploring even when my time is limited.

I happened upon some images of the Sashiko stitch on Instagram and found them very captivating. So when I noticed Katrina Rodabaugh offering a workshop at Handcraft Studio School I jumped to try it out. I'll admit I may have seen this youtube video and thought I might walk out of the class as a human sewing machine. That's definitely going to take more time. 

I have done a little embroidery in the past but would consider myself very novice. While this workshop wasn't billed as being for beginners I would say this stitch to be very beginner friendly. What I liked most about the stitch is how patterns are created by intersecting continuous lines. In some ways it reminded me of Zentangle which is about drawing one line at a time and Sashiko is very much about one line of stitching at a time.

The back of the Sashiko pattern fabric with my stitching. I opted to just stitch some of the lines.

The back of the Sashiko pattern fabric with my stitching. I opted to just stitch some of the lines.

My first completed project! I was able to understand my beginners limitations with this simple potholder/trivet project. While the stitching pattern is just made of straight lines it's stitch density was more time consuming than I'd expected. The back side used a lovely Japanese patterned fabric picked out by Katrina.

My first completed project! I was able to understand my beginners limitations with this simple potholder/trivet project. While the stitching pattern is just made of straight lines it's stitch density was more time consuming than I'd expected. The back side used a lovely Japanese patterned fabric picked out by Katrina.

My extra project in the class was that I managed to get my thread in an incredible knot that I am still slowly unraveling.

My extra project in the class was that I managed to get my thread in an incredible knot that I am still slowly unraveling.

Samples of Katrina's visible mending using the Sashiko stitch.

Samples of Katrina's visible mending using the Sashiko stitch.

This wall is at the Handcraft Studio School which recently celebrated a year of being in business.

This wall is at the Handcraft Studio School which recently celebrated a year of being in business.

I took this workshop at Handcraft Studio School in Oakland. I've been seeing images from all the fun classes they've been offering but this was the first chance I'd had to visit. They're conveniently located near the freeway in Emeryville with plenty of parking. I think it's really important to nurture the creative spaces in our community so do take a class there if you have the opportunity. Or take any class in your own community if you're not local to the Bay Area. A workshop is a great way to experience a new skill. I love seeing the work of others as I explore something new and I generally learn something from a student as well as from the instructor. Go forth and make! Tis the season!

June and her Cleaver

June lived in a pretty idyllic world. She was the model housewife. Everything was pretty good in her neighborhood until the day she forgot to go to the grocery store. What was she to serve for dinner? There was only one thing to do...

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Serve her family for dinner of course. 

That Wally sure can run.

That Wally sure can run.

Welcome! I'm so glad you could make it.

Welcome! I'm so glad you could make it.

Would you like an h'orderve? Eyeball? Toe...? No?

Would you like an h'orderve? Eyeball? Toe...? No?

Cooking your family is very macabre work.

Cooking your family is very macabre work.

Ugh. Blood Stains.

Ugh. Blood Stains.

I had a ton of fun running around the Presidio in San Francisco brandishing my cleaver. Gritchelle was my partner in crime again for this Halloween photo shoot and our friend Shawn joined us to assist. Plus we got to nerd out a bit with our Land Cameras.

You may remember the Lucy pics we took last year. The dress I'm wearing in these pics was the original dress I'd purchased for my Lucy costume. Since last year I've known I wanted to have a vintage costume again so I could use it. When I found out my friend Wendy had some vintage sweaters I confirmed my idea for a murderous June Cleaver. With the bulk of my costume being the dress and sweater I just had to create a few accessories. My necklace is also vintage that I happened upon at a yard sale in LA. I made my cardboard bloody cleaver, gloves, and apron. It all was topped off with a blond wig. I've never been blond before! 

This is also the second year I've had to explain my costume to kids unfamiliar with classic black and white sitcoms... and I'm sure I'll be explaining to some adults as well.

Photography by Gritchelle Fallesgon with assistance by Shawn Carrico.

I see in 3D

Halloween is a little over a week a way and things are starting to get weird. On their own these 3D glasses aren't so odd but I'm loving the creep factor this head form is bringing. That wig below is a little sneak peak at my Halloween costume. The glasses don't have much to do with my outfit other than I can't stop thinking about the classic movie theater pics from the 50's which is the same era my costume falls into. (Another hint)!

So why the glasses? In my studio I came across this 3D sketch pad I'd forgot I had. Basically anything you draw on the paper in black pops off the page when viewed through the glasses. You know, good ol' fashioned fun with optics. I wanted to give a few sheets to the winners of October's mail game but I'd also need to send them 3D glasses. What to do, what to do? Make some of course! 

I used 3D glasses I already owned as a template but then I cut almond shaped eye holes for the lenses instead of the classic rounded rectangles. I added some zentangle type patterns to emphasize the blue and red halves.

Wanna see in 3D?* If you'd like a pair of your own sign up for my monthly wrap up to play the mail game. I'll be sending glasses to Novembers** winners. Every month three people have the chance to get goodies in the mail from me!

*The author is aware everyone already see's in 3D. 

** November 2014 winners of the mail game will get 3D glasses. Sign up here!