Teaching again!!

I’m excited to be back teaching again starting in February!!Slide1

I can’t wait to get started and it’s such a great name for my studio, Let’s Go Crafting!  And more good things are happening!  I was hired by our local art center to teach a pre-school fiber arts class and a tween fiber arts class – that will be so fun.  AND one of the local consignment shops decided to have my beaded eggs in their shop!!  I’m on cloud nine!

Girl Scout Jewelry Making Workshop

This past week I have been working on putting together some projects for a Jewelry Making Workshop for a group of Girl Scouts.  This one was a little different from some of the others we have done because some of these girls had been to summer camp here and I needed to come up with something different.

Pendants made from water bottles and acrylic paint.

Pendants made from water bottles and acrylic paint.

I made these ahead of time.  They took several days as each layer of paint had to dry before the next layer could be added.  These will be one of the things students will make during summer camp this coming summer – they were so fun!

Designing their neckalces with the pendants as a focal point.

Designing their necklaces with the pendants as a focal point.

Each student chose a pendant and then built her necklace around it.  We talked about balance, color and finished length.

Finished pendant.

Finished pendant.

Another beautiful pendant.

Another beautiful pendant.

Cute snowman earrings

Cute snowman earrings

These were just the cutest project ever!!  I had to share them with this group of students.

Beautiful beads!

Beautiful beads!

Each table had two of these delicious platters of beads.  They were used to design and make bracelets.

Nice design!

Nice design!

Rainbow!

Rainbow!

Overall, there were 13 girls in attendance and each project turned out different and fabulous!  I can’t wait to teach the next workshop!

Working Hard, Having Fun

My life in the last four years or so has been all about taking myself out of my comfort zone.  It started with beginning my own business teaching kids to knit and quickly expanded into having my own studio where I teach sewing (on machines and by hand), weaving, knitting, crochet and jewelry making.  Four years ago was when Let’s Go Crafting was born.  It quickly expanded into hosting birthday parties and Girl Scout Workshops – it is so much fun to see how excited these students are with their new found skills and their finished projects!

Now I have taken myself further out of my comfort zone and have purchased space in the Mistletoe Madness craft fair.  You see, I also make beaded eggs.


Each of these eggs was laid by our hens (before beading of course!!).  Our hens are hand fed by our kids and let to roam free.

God’s Eye Craft

I am always on the look out for a cute easy project for my students.  I teach knitting after school once a week for an hour and a half.  This session my students are all between the ages of 8 and 10.  It is hard for them to sit still and knit for the entire time so I try to break it up in the middle with an easy fun craft.  This past week we made God’s Eyes.  I used to make them all the time as a kid, but now a days kids don’t have the time to sit and just chill.

My worktable as I got ready to make some samples.

My worktable as I got ready to make some samples.

4-sided sample.

4-sided sample.

6-sided sample.

6-sided sample.

Putting the popsicle sticks together so it was easier for the kids to learn.

Putting the popsicle sticks together so it was easier for the kids to learn.

Each one turned out differently.

Each one turned out differently.

Very muted colors - such a nice effect.

Very muted colors – such a nice effect.

They all experimented with color changes.

They all experimented with color changes.

I love the look with the variegated yarn.

I love the look with the variegated yarn.

A 4-side and a 6-sided God's Eye.

A 4-side and a 6-sided God’s Eye.

Each student made one of each.

Each student made one of each.

Another very pretty God's Eye with variegated yarn.

Another very pretty God’s Eye with variegated yarn.

We had so much fun!!

Birthday Parties

My fiber arts school has started offering birthday parties, scouting events and mother/daughter parties.  We just held a birthday party and boy was it super fun!

Sample owl for a birthday party Let's Go Crafting organized.

Sample owl for a birthday party Let’s Go Crafting organized.

This is just one of the projects choices.

How we set up for a party.

How we set up for a party.

Before the party, we make sure that everything is completely ready.  All fabrics cut and all tools out and easy to reach.

Embellished owls.

Embellished owls.

Parties are three hours long with a short break in the middle for a snack.  I totally love when the students embellish their creations.

A couple of fronts.

A couple of fronts.

A couple of tail feathers added.

A couple of tail feathers added.

Party goers.

Party goers.

Don’t they look like they had a fabulous time?!!  That’s because the did!

Hot Pad

Lately I have been doing a fair amount of sewing.  Alas, it is not for me but for samples for the classes that I teach to kids.  My newest sample is for a Hot Pad.  This pattern is pretty straight forward and easy to do.

Hot Pad Front.

Hot Pad Front.

Basically you decide how big you would like your hot pad to be, cut two squares of fabric, and one square of batting all the same size.  Quilt in whatever pattern you like, I used a straight stitch and made lines about 1/2″ apart all the way across.  Then bind it (I made my own binding) – let the binding be a little long so that it can also be used as a hanger.

Hot Pad Back.

Hot Pad Back.

Isn’t that the cutest thing?!  The kids are loving it!

Recycled Craft

You all know how much I love to recycle normal everyday trash objects into something that can be used again.

Pencil and Turning Tool Holder.

Pencil and Turning Tool Holder.

I made this handy holder for my teaching sewing studio at Let’s Go Crafting.  The kids use pencils and these turning tools (chopsticks) all the time and then set them down everywhere.  Hopefully, now with a specific home, these pencils and tools will find their way back.

Painted and Decoupaged.

Painted and Decoupaged.

I took an everyday object that no longer had a use (can you guess what it is?) and I painted it.  Then I cut out these cute little pictures from some leftover scraps of wrapping paper and used Modge Podge to attach them.  I then applied another coat of the Modge Podge to seal everything and make it shine.

Wrapping Paper Accents.

Wrapping Paper Accents.

I really had fun with the small dots around the upper edge.  Did you guess what container I used?

Empty Salt Container.

Empty Salt Container.

It was an empty salt container!!!  Back when we were making salt dough ornaments, we used lots of salt.  We emptied this entire container.  I cut off the top, ripped off the paper and then proceeded with the painting and decoupaging.  I love these recycled crafts!