Crafts

Dinner Party Calligraphy

Dinner Party Calligraphy

Before my last dinner party, I took a few minutes to work on a few small details. I pulled out my calligraphy kit from a workshop I attended to make place cards and a menu. These little additions were the perfect finishing touches, making the dinner table seem so put together.

Dinner Party Calligraphy

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DIY Personalized Leather Keychain

DIY Personalized Leather Keychain

While cleaning out and organizing my craft supplies (I have a lot, so after a few projects, everything tends to get jumbled) I found some leftover leather strips. I wasn’t about to throw out leather, so I decided on a quick DIY project. If you have the supplies on hand, this can be done in about 10 minutes.

You’ll need:

  • Leather
  • Leather hole punch
  • Sharp scissors
  • Split ring
  • Eyelet and corresponding eyelet tool
  • Hammer
  • Letter stamps

DIY Personalized Leather Keychain

DIY Personalized Leather KeychainFirst, take the leather and cut it to twice the desired length of the keychain. Be sure to consider the length of the name or word you’ll be imprinting. On one half of the leather strip and on a hard surface, begin hammering the letter stamps. If the imprint doesn’t take, very lightly dampen the leather, realign the letter, and try again.

DIY Personalized Leather KeychainI wanted my name to show very subtly on the leather, so I didn’t make the imprints too deep. If you use a smoother, thicker leather the imprints will be more visible.

DIY Personalized Leather KeychainNext, fold the leather strap with the right side facing out. Close to the edge of the overlapping ends, take your leather hole punch and cut through both layers. Make sure the size hole you choose will fit the eyelet.

DIY Personalized Leather KeychainInsert the eyelet into the newly created holes – it should go through both layers and poke out through the back.

DIY Personalized Leather KeychainTurning over the keychain, place the eyelet on the eyelet tool. Gently hammer the eyelet tool to secure the eyelet.

DIY Personalized Leather Keychain

DIY Personalized Leather KeychainAdd a split ring to the secured eyelet and your’e ready to attach it to your keys!

DIY Personalized Leather Keychain

DIY Flower Crown

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

Looking through my Inspiration board on Pinterest, I realized I had a lot of flower crown images pinned. Something about them is so fun and ethereal. With my whole neighborhood blooming with spring flowers, I was inspired to finally make my own. Instead of using fresh flowers that would only last a day at best, I used high quality silk flowers. I picked mine up from Shinoda Design Center in Orange County.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

I wanted a blushy and muted color palette so I picked up light pinks, soft yellows, creams, and whites in the forms of roses, ranunculus, carnations, and peonies.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

A few other things you’ll need: floral wire, floral tape, needle-nose pliers, and stem wire.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

Start with your stem wire. Take 1 piece, and wrap it around the front of your head where you want the crown to rest. Take the 2nd wire and repeat for the back of your head. Bring the two pieces together and wrap the wires together in the overlapping sections. You should have an oval about the size of your head. Test the size and adjust as needed.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

Take a 3-inch piece of floral tape and wrap it tightly around the exposed wire ends.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

Snip each flower with a few inches of its steam remaining. Lay out how you want your flowers to be arranged. Beginning with your largest flower, lay it against the stem wire. Using two pieces of floral wire, wrap and secure the flower to the stem wire at the base of the flower and at the end of the cut stem. Continue adding flowers using this method.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

When you are finished adding flowers, make sure any exposed floral wire and loose stems are covered with floral tape. This secures the flowers and will protect your head and hair from scratches and snags.

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

And here’s the completed flower crown!

DIY Flower Crown | Dressed In Orange

And thanks to Design*Sponge for featuring our project on their Instagram yesterday!

More Petals & Penmanship

Petals & Penmanship | Dressed In Orange

Petals & Penmanship title by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

After a bout of calligraphy in the first half of the Petals & Penmanship workshop, we moved on to a lesson in floral design.  This second half of the workshop was led by Kiana Underwood, owner of Tulipina, a San Francisco-based floral design studio.  I wasn’t familiar with Kiana’s work before , but I started following her on Instagram shortly after signing up for the workshop and I was immediately smitten with her aesthetic. Her designs are refreshingly nontraditional and they have a breezy and organic quality to them that is so appealing.

Petals & Penmanship | Dressed In OrangeJasmine, Geranium, Juliet Garden Rose, Poppy, Hellebore, Ranunculus, Kumquat, Anemone

Each person was provided a bucket of flowers (above), a vase, and a pair of garden shears.  Even the bucket of untrimmed, un-arranged flowers looked gorgeous, don’t you think?

Petals & Penmanship | Dressed In Orange

Kiana demonstrated how to design a beautiful centerpiece in her signature style – asymmetrical and unfussy. One of her pointers was to use the existing curves and shapes in your materials to create a natural flow. With a quick trim and the right placement, a droopy looking hellebore can actually help shape the bouquet. 

She encouraged us to make use of flowers, branches, and vines that are accessible in our own gardens.  A beautiful bouquet doesn’t have to cost a lot – just keep your eyes and mind open.

Petals & Penmanship | Dressed In Orange

One of Kiana’s favorites is the Juliet garden rose, which she grows in her personal garden.

Petals & Penmanship | Dressed In Orange

Even the scraps looked beautiful

Petals & Penmanship | Dressed In OrangeAnd here’s my final centerpiece!  I proudly displayed it on my dining room table.  It somehow made eating dinner at the table seem so much more special.

Thanks again to Maybelle, Kiana, and Angie for putting together a lovely workshop.  It was inspiring to be around your creative energy and I’m looking forward to the next one!

Photos by Robin for Dressed In Orange

Petals & Penmanship

Petals & Penmanship | Dressed In Orange

Petals & Penmanship title by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

Since I took a calligraphy workshop a few months back at Makeshift Society, I’ve been practicing, practicing, practicing.  I’ve definitely seen some improvement, but I have been dying to take another class with Maybelle.  She’s a great teacher who is incredibly sweet and personable (plus, I secretly want to be her best friend).  When she posted about another calligraphy workshop combined with floral design (are you kidding?!) on her Instagram, I signed up immediately!

Petals & Penmanship | Dressed In Orange

Maybelle shows us The Language of Flowers

The workshop was a joint effort from calligrapher Maybelle and floral stylist Kiana Underwood.  Their inspiration came from a unique find at the Alameda Antiques Faire –  a vintage copy of The Language of Flowers. Perfect, right?  They held the workshop in photographer Angie Cao‘s beautiful studio in the Sunset neighborhood.  Despite the rain and dark clouds outside, the studio was full of beautiful light and life.  As soon as I walked in, I was enamored with the styling of the abundance of flowers and calligraphy supplies.

Petals & Penmanship | Dressed In OrangeMaybelle’s journal of all her workshops and attendees. 

Petals & Penmanship | Dressed In Orange

In the last workshop we practiced the alphabet, but in this class we jumped into flower names – some of which were flowers we would be using during the floral design portion.  Seeing and writing such pretty floral names in calligraphy was inspiring and relaxing.

Petals & Penmanship | Dressed In Orange

This was the first workshop of its kind, but Maybelle and Kiana are planning to host another session in the fall. Sign me up!

Check back tomorrow for a recap of the floral styling portion of the workshop!

Photos by Robin for Dressed In Orange

Stamped Wrapping Paper

Stamped Wrapping Paper DIY | Dressed In OrangeOnly 2 days left until Christmas! If you’re still looking for a quick, unique way to wrap those last minute gifts, why not try stamping your wrapping paper?  All you need is a stamp, ink, masking/washi tape, and butcher or plain wrapping paper.

Take your paper and roll it out or cut to size. Take pieces of tape to secure the corners to your working surface.

Stamped Wrapping Paper DIY | Dressed In Orange

The simplest version is to use a small stamp that can be repeated in a polka dot-like pattern. I used a small snowflake stamp with white ink and stamped all over – I didn’t try to perfectly space out the stamps because I liked a more handcrafted look.

For something requiring a little more patience, you can use a larger stamp to cover the entire paper surface. Stamped Wrapping Paper DIY | Dressed In OrangeI used a wood grain stamp.  Because the stamp is likely larger than your ink pad, make sure to evenly cover the entire stamp surface with enough ink.

Stamped Wrapping Paper DIY | Dressed In OrangePosition your first stamping at the corner of your paper and press firmly and evenly to ensure the full stamp image comes through. Re-apply ink and position your stamp next to the first stamped area, aligning the edges and corners.

Stamped Wrapping Paper DIY | Dressed In OrangeOnce you stamp the whole surface, let the ink dry for at least an hour.  If the ink is dry and non-smudging to the touch, you’re ready to wrap!

Stamped Wrapping Paper DIY | Dressed In OrangeI wanted to go for a rustic look on all my wrapping this year, so I used yarn or twine instead of ribbon and added clippings from my Christmas tree and garland. Simple and pretty!

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Crafternoon

Holiday Crafternoon

Last weekend, Grace and I hosted a holiday Crafternoon to get us in the holiday spirit.  We served milk and cookies from Anthony’s, a local bakeshop around the corner from my apartment with the most delicious cookie flavors.  While listening to Christmas music and devouring cookies, we made cards, decorated ornaments, strung garlands, and painted festive tea towels.

Holiday Crafternoon

To make the tea towels, mix a 1:1 ratio of acrylic paint and textile medium.  On cleaned and ironed flour sack tea towels, carefully brush or stamp with your desired paint colors.  I made my own stamp by cutting foam sheets into simple shapes.  Once you let your towel dry for 24 hours, iron the towel with another piece of fabric between the paint and the iron.  After that, your towel is ready to use, is machine washable, and brings a little festive touch to your kitchen. Easy peasy!

Holiday Crafternoon

Holiday Crafternoon

Holiday Crafternoon

Calligraphy with Maybelle

Calligraphy | Dressed In OrangeOver the weekend, Grace and I attended a calligraphy workshop at Makeshift Society.  Our instructor was the charming Maybelle Imasa, an Oakland-based professional calligrapher who travels the world teaching the art of calligraphy (what a dream!).  The workshop covered modern calligraphy basics, perfect for beginners.  I highly recommend taking a class with Maybelle if you’re at all interested in calligraphy.  She hosts workshops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Sydney, with a few more international locations to be added next year.  If you’re in the Bay Area, she will be teaching another class next month with all proceeds going to typhoon relief in the Philippines.

Makeshift Society, SF | Dressed In Orange

Calligraphy by Maybelle Imasa | Dressed In OrangeMaybelle’s class notes.  Start with compound curves, ovals, and flourishes. Then move on to letters and numbers.

Calligraphy workshop at Makeshift Society, SF | Dressed In OrangeMaybelle’s husband created these wooden ink well holder/pen rests specially for her workshops and she personalized each with our names. Such a lovely element of her class that you can take home with you.

Calligraphy workshop at Makeshift Society, SF | Dressed In Orange

Calligraphy workshop at Makeshift Society, SF | Dressed In OrangeThank you, Maybelle!

DIY Tea Tin Planter

DIY Tea Tin Planter | Dressed In OrangeI’ve been seeing tea tin planters popping up all over Pinterest, and since I had all the supplies on hand, I decided to create my very own.  I cleaned out a Harney & Sons tin that was sitting in my pantry and drilled holes through the bottom to let water escape.

DIY Tea Tin Planter | Dressed In OrangeI gently packed the container with potting soil and planted a few stems.  I pruned these stems from an existing succulent that thrives on my kitchen windowsill.  If you’re going to propagate from an existing plant, make sure the branches you choose have at least 2 inches of stem to plant.

Once planted, I added a bit of moss and watered.  This darling little creation is now sitting pretty in my bedroom window.

DIY Tea Tin Planter | Dressed In Orange