Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mother Daughter Flower Pins

 For the Mother's Day event at the UCLA Commons I made a bunch of these flower pins and hair clips to giveaway to the moms with scrap fabric that designer Cynthia Vincent donated to the center.   Look how cute they look as a set on this mother/daughter team!

They couldn't be easier to make. All you need is:

 Strips of fabric
Wire- 24 gauge works great
Hot glue gun
Little felt scraps to back the pins
Pin back or Hair clips


1.  Bunch strip of fabric lengthwise.
2.  Wrap center tightly with wire and twist tightly in back.
3.  Hot glue felt backing to back of pin
4.  Hot glue pin backing to felt.
5.  Repeat with a shorter, narrower piece of fabric and glue to top of first flower.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spokesperson for Provo Craft

My latest craft job has been as spokesperson for the quickly growing craft powerhouse Provo Craft as one of their spokespersons.  This job has entailed demonstrating their machines the Cricut Create , Yudu, and the Yourstory on the Shopping Channel in Canada.  It's been a pretty fast-paced job and after being out of the game for a while after the pregnancy and birth of the wee one I have to say it's been really nice to work again.  Being on the shopping channels is just like being on the morning news in most ways.  Living on the west coast really puts me at a terrible disadvantage in the morning when I have to travel east and get up at 6 a.m.  I feel destroyed for the first half an hour after waking up but with a little coffee and the buzz of getting ready for a live show, I always wake up pretty quick.  The main difference between the news and the shopping channels is the shameless self-promotion of products ( a given) and looking directly into the camera.  On the news, the expert is never to look at the camera- just the host and they are suppose to pretend that the camera isn't even there.  As if we are in my living room and I am showing you great ways to make crafts.  On the shopping channel you look directly into the camera at all times.  Even when you are talking to the host.  It's a totally different way of operating in front of the camera.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mother's Day Windows

I haven't designed windows since I worked at Anthropologie but, like riding a bike, it came right back... working the ladder into an impossibly tight, hot space, getting paint where I shouldn't have, spending too much time removing it, being stared at by homeless people right on the other side of the glass...ah, yes, the glamour of window display!  It's awfully frustrating, but so worth it when it's done!  These gigantic flowers were really easy to create and would be a great project to decorate, say, a float in New Orleans.  If you want to see it in person, it is at 1221 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403 at the UCLA Family Commons until Mother's Day.

What you need for the flowers:
Cardboard boxes- I used large flats from Costco
Colorful scrap fabric
Gold foil
12x12 Card stock or Crepe paper
Tissue paper
Painter's Tarp 4x12 feet ( I only used half)
Yellow Paint 1 quart diluted with water

For the Window Poem

2 packages Provo Craft vinyl adhesive- brown and pink
Cricut Expression or Create
Don Juan Cartridge
12x24 inch mat
36 inch Ruler
Masking tape

The Flower how-to:
 1.  Cut cardboard cut into oval shapes,  pierce in the middle with scissors,  then expanded hole to a 2 inch circle.

2.  Take fabric scraps and cut into 4 inch strips, loop through hole in the center of the cardboard, across width of front tightly, then tie a knot in the back of the cardboard.  Cut excess so it stays neat in the back.

3.  Repeat until whole oval is covered by fabric swaths.  Glue fabric in place if it moves showing the cardboard.

4.  Turn around and glue overlapping half ovals to the back of the cardboard with the god side facing out.

5.  Dip dye paper, let dry then hot glue behind gold half-circles, pleating to create a more organic looking petal.

The Poem how-to:

1.  Cut "Mother" out of pink vinyl at 11.5 inches tall with the "Flip" button on.

2.  Cut the poem out the brown vinyl at 3 inches tall with the "Flip" button on.

3.  Peel backs and stick to window using masking tape as a a guide, making sure to brandish letters well, and measuring evenly between lines.

Tarp Backdrop:

1.  Paint yellow with roller diluted with 1/4 part water.  

2.  Hot glue over dowel, and hang.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Leather Hair clips

 Leather Hairclips

These are one of the projects that we make in my Mommy and Me Eco Crafts class at the UCLA Commons.

A really easy project to make with the Cuttlebug.  

What You Need:

Leather Scraps
Hair clips
White glue


1.  Use the flower die cut and cut one scalloped petal and one flat petal.  
2.  Cut individual letters out.
3.  Cut a tiny slit in the scalloped leather.  Slip the bottom of the hair clip through the slit and glue in place.  Glue flat petal on top of the clip.
4.  Glue letters onto the hair clip.