Craftcation Recap

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

Cards above from: Fresh Baked Paper Goods, Sprout Studio, Ugly Baby and La Ru, Christine Haynes, A Truly Enormous Journey, Blu Penny, Vitamini Handmade, Make and Takes, Sienne Josselin


It’s official: Craftcation is the BEST conference I’ve ever attended. It’s rare to find an environment that’s simultaneously welcoming and nurturing, but that’s exactly how I would describe my time in Ventura. I took business classes that were packed full of valuable information, chatted with other bloggers who were honest and insightful, and best of all, met passionate and talented makers.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted LifeTaking note from Lisa Congdon’s keynote (which absolutely blew me away!), I decided to challenge myself and take workshops revolving around things I had never done before. Not only do I feel refreshed creatively, but I also feel more confident in my ability to experiment with new mediums. Sometimes, you just have to take a risk and embrace the abyss! Here are a few snippets of what I made:

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted LifeI discovered a new love for embroidery. It’s something I’ve always avoided because I thought it was too time consuming, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I love the free flow nature of it and how forgiving the stitching can be compared to cross-stitching. One of my most peaceful moments of the trip was stitching this number while soaking in the ocean view.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

Brittni of Paper & Stitch taught us how to make fresh flower accessories. That’s right, the type of pieces dreams are made of! I’d wear this piece in my hair everyday if I could.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

The most intense workshop by far was dress making 101 with Christine Haynes. But by intense I mean amazing. This was my first experience with a sewing machine, and I am proud to say that it won’t be my last. Christine was so sweet and so fun that I instantly fell in love sewing and even started of dreaming of other items I wanted to make. After 6 hours of work (split over two days), I walked away with a lovely tunic that I’ll be wearing non-stop. If you ever get the chance, you absolutely must take one of her classes or make one of her patterns.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

Last but not least, Jennifer Lake taught a really fun workshop on how to make terrariums. I am so happy this guy made it back to SF safely because I LOVE it. I have a feeling that this will be just the start of my collection.

I can’t thank Delilah and Nicole enough for putting together such an amazing event. I’m already counting down the days for next year!

DIY Business Card Holder

Time: 30 minutes
Materials: acrylic felt, fusible bonding webscissors, iron, button, needle & thread

DIY Business Card Holder | The Crafted LifeAnddd I’m back from Craftcation! Seriously, what an amazing trip! I can’t wait to share more details with you later this week. Before leaving for Ventura, I made this DIY business card holder. Because really, you have to spice up your cards a bit when attending a  craft conference!

DIY Business Card Holder | The Crafted LifeIf you have a sewing machine, or have some time to hand stitch, you can do that instead of using fusible bonding web. I didn’t do any stitching and the bonding held up throughout a 5 day conference.

DIY Business Card Holder | The Crafted Life

First cut and measure your fabric. For the back (pink) it should be 5″ wide by 5 1/2″ tall. The front (blue) is 5″ wide by 3 3/4″ tall.

Sew a button onto the smaller piece of acrylic then place face down. Next, cut and place your bonding web in between the two layers of fabric. Double check that your business card will fit inside the bonding margins before ironing.

Iron until the bonding is set. You can trim any over lapping at this stage (if you’re two pieces didn’t line up 100%). Finally, make a slit in the pink fabric for your button, fill with business cards, then close!

DIY Business Card Holder | The Crafted Life


How to Sew a Button

Time: 3-5 minutes
Materials: thread, needle, shank button, scissors, fabric

Before jumping into a 4 day make-a-thon known as Craftcation, I decided to brush up on the little sewing skills I have. While glitter dipping will always be my craft of choice, it’s nice to have a base of practical skills. I’ll be sharing a DIY using this technique next week, so stay tuned!

How to Sew a Button | The Crafted Life

1. Measure out your thread then tie a knot at the end. For a more durable hold, double layer your thread.

2. Thread your needle.

3. Pull your threaded needle through your fabric once. The knot should be on the back of the fabric so the button faces outward.

4. Pass your needle through the button shank then pull button down until it’s touching the fabric. The needle should then go back into the fabric near the original stitch.

5. Hold the button in place with your thumb and continue the process of passing the needle up through the fabric, through the shank, then back down until button is secure. It should take about 10 times, but you can always do more to be safe.

6. Tie your finishing knot in the back when done.

Today my dear friend Mere and I are heading south to Venture, CA for Craftcation. In case you haven’t heard of the conference, it’s a crafters DREAM! While there, I’ll be attending lectures on how to run a creative biz plus taking workshops like dressmaking 101, fresh flower accessories, gift wrapping and more. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with you when I return, but in the meantime, you can follow along on my Instagram feed.

DIY Ombre Cloche

Time: 10 Minutes
Materials: cloche, spray paint, drop cloth

DIY Ombre Cloche | The Crafted Life

Warning: I may just have a new crafty addiction.

After making this 10 minute vase a few weeks back, I’ve been searching my apartment (and every store in the bay area) for other fun glass items to paint. I loved the light, airy look I was able to achieve with spray paint, and knew that when I spotted this cloche at Michaels that I had found the perfect item for my second attempt. At this point, no glass surface is safe from an ombre makeover!

DIY Ombre Cloche | The Crafted Life

DIY Ombre Cloche | The Crafted Life

Head to a well ventilated area and rest your cloche on top of your drop cloth. The trick to getting the ombre effect is to paint the actual drop cloth and not the glass itself. The paint will splash up from the drop cloth and stick to the glass. The closer to the cloche you are (without touch) the better. Work in a circle until the entire base is painted.

DIY Ombre Cloche | The Crafted Life

When you’re done painting, let dry then display!

DIY Ombre Cloche | The Crafted Life

DIY Ombre Cloche | The Crafted Life