I made this wreath jig a few months ago, based on an article in Sunset magazine from years ago, and then thought I’d wait until fall to write it up. But since I like making wreaths in all seasons, maybe it doesn’t matter what season it is? I mean, I used it to make this […]
If you’re just getting started in this world of making, it can be pretty overwhelming to realize just how many tools are required for even a simple project. But really, only a few tools are needed for most projects, and they’ll last you for many years if you treat them right. These 7 tools are […]
There’s little downside to messing up… I’ve been thinking a lot about failure lately. A few weeks ago my idea for a Valentine’s project didn’t develop into anything amazing (see the pic — they look worse in person). I kept working at it and working at it, putting in hours, and it just never achieved […]
I am posting this simple beaded garnet necklace tutorial in honor of Valentine’s Day. Actually, it’s my daughter’s Valentine’s gift this year, but she doesn’t know that yet. The summer after I graduated from high school, I was lucky enough to spend a month in Egypt, staying with a friend and her Egyptian relatives. We […]
There’s a story behind this makeup bag: my daughter was given the cutest one, which she decided was the perfect shape and had the added bonus of being easy to clean so it would continue to look cute (so important). But of course, these things don’t last forever and we went looking for a replacement. […]
This recycled sweater tote was kind of an impulse project that came together very quickly after I came across this sweater while cleaning out our storage. Can I say it was quick if I’ve been saving the sweater for 20 years? I think so…
These dip-dyed ombré tassels are one of those quick crafting dopamine hits. Fast and fun. And of course, the colors! So many choices…
Sometimes the simplest form is the best. Dried orange slices are nature’s little stained glass windows. When you have something so beautiful, why gild the lily? This simple orange garland is a quick craft for a cold, dark, wintery afternoon or evening.
I love making these origami paper lanterns for celebrations and holidays. I show you how to make these lanterns out of watercolor paper in the video below. Follow along step-by-step — they are actually quite easy to make!
This DIY Shibori indigo wool scarf was so easy and turned out so much better than I could ever hope for! Follow these steps and make one for yourself, your mom, your sister…
This was my first solo attempt at an indigo vat. I was really nervous about it and procrastinated for a while until I just bit the bullet and put it in the calendar. These indigo shibori napkins are super easy and so satisfying to make. Ten out of ten would recommend.