Paper Flowers

I saw these paper peonies on Pinterest not too long ago and I finally decided to give them a try. I thought maybe I could make them with my students toward the spring or for Mother’s Day (early planning huh?). However, as pretty as the flower came out, there was just too much hot gluing action to make it safe for kids under the age of 10.

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The craft was pretty simple to make once I organized the sizes of petals. I would say it took me about 20 minutes to creat one flower from start to finish.

I also upcycled an old glass drink bottle to make a cute vase for my flower. According to Michael’s Arts and Craft Store milk jugs are the next Mason jars.

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I painted the jar with some Craft Smart Acrylic Paint leaving a 2 inch gap from the lip of the jar (twine will cover the unpainted portion). I applied 3 coats of paint letting it dry in between coats. Later, I added the twine to the unpainted part of the vase and Tah Dah!!!. This cute little project is now sitting in my office.

Brit+Co Re:Make 2014

photo 1 (2)On Saturday, one of my favorite websites Brit + Co held their  annual RE:Make festival in San Francisco. I love this website/company because they cover an eclectic range of topics from DIY to technology to health. If you haven’t checked out their website or downloaded the app you are missing out.

As for the festival… It was AWESOME! There were about 6 DIY stations, tons of makers selling their products, a DJ, food trucks, and a giant Twister board. When we walked into the Fort Mason Pavilion, I felt like I could hardly contain myself. It was DIY heaven!

Brit + Co has a shop on their website as well. Not only can you buy handcrafted items (similar to Etsy), but you can buy DIY kits to make amazing items for yourself. There were too many choices that I couldn’t decide on a kit to buy at the fair. (I am going to mull it over and purchase one online.)  Overall, I had a stellar day and can’t wait till Re:MAKE 2015!

 

Violated!

Dear San Francisco,

I knew in my mind that living the city life had risk and you were no different. I tried to be smart on the streets and stayed out of the “bad areas.” Well last night I was too trusting. One of your citizens violated my property and it left me feeling so hurt. How could this happen? Why did this happen? Did I give people too much credit?

Last night, I was out in Downtown San Francisco. I parked my car on the street and put all of our valuables in the trunk. I left my bag of knitting projects in the rear of the car. Three hours later, we returned to my knitting being strewn all over the sidewalk and my car window being smashed out. Feelings of shock, anger, and fear went instantly through my body. Thankfully no one was injured, nor were our valuables stolen. However, I am a little upset about my precious lost knitting items. They stole my tools bag ( holds stitch holders, sewing needles, buttons, cable needle…etc) , two of my favorite circulars, a few straight needles, my crafting scissors, and a skein of yarn. I had 3 WIPs, two of which I promptly threw in the trash as they were tangled and filthy. Such a bummer.

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Amoung the WIPs was my Baby Burrito blanket. It got stained (by just coffee I hope) and thrown on the ground. I have attempted to hand wash it in hot water to see if it could be saved. However, knowing what it has been through, I don’t know if I want to gift it to my friend. Any thoughts?

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In the meantime, I will finish writing my insurance claim and clean up my car. The learned lesson in all of this: Nothing is ever safe in your car. Not even your knitting. 😕

DIY Hair Mask

I am still on the quest to find a DIY hair mask that works well for my hair. I attempted this mask previously, however, it turned out to be a big mess. Some more research lead me to  this DIY Protein Deep Conditioner  found on Savvy Brown.  I decided to give it a try.

 

Protein-treat-comp_completeThis mask was super easy to make as it has only 3 ingredients. The application was not super messy since the mayo and honey were a bit thicker in consistency. I could easily spoon the mask into my hands and rub it into my hair. I chose to apply the conditioner after I had washed my hair. According to the site you can also dampen your hair and apply it before you wash (aka “Pre-poo treatment”).

After 1.5 hours I washed the treatment out and completed my usual styling routine. Conclusion: I would defiantly use this conditioner again. It was easy to apply and it left my hair feeling soft and hydrated.

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Anyone have any homemade beauty products you love?

Unique Knits

People in the knitting/ crochet community are super creative and it always amazes me what others come up with. I stumbled upon Knithacker via Instagram. Their feed and website are devoted to all things unusual and made of fiber. Check out some of these submissions:

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I don’t know if I could rock crochet banana shoes, but I would love a pair of armadillo hand warmers. And did you see Pee-wee Herman?!? Such childhood memories *sigh*