Happy Valentine's Day, my lovelies!
Today, I am sharing a round-up of my top 3 Valentine's Day projects to inspire you to make a special gift for someone you love. Below you will find elevated handmade projects uniting fine art and craft to bring out the creative in you!
1. Avocado Dyed Silk Scarves
This project is for the nature lover in you:) One of the easiest and fun ways to get started with Natural Dyeing is with these avocado dyed silk scarves. We will be exploring this in our Indigo and Fragrance Blending workshop, where you can layer the indigo with an avocado under-dye in the process.
2. Heart Shaped DreamCatchers
These heart-shaped dream catchers are one of my most popular and viewed projects ever! These were inspired by a workshop that I attended at CAFAM with textile artist Mimi Haddon. Please tag your dreamcatchers on instagram, so that I can see them!
3. Valentine's Day Block Printed Cards
These block printed cards were a part of the Make Nine Challenge that I participated in last year! I had so much fun exploring block printing on paper and I would love to share the process with you. I also marbled the envelope in a separate marbling project.
Coming soon, I will be sharing a Q and A with a block printer textile designer and she will answer all of your questions! We would love to know what additional questions you have about block printing so that we can cover them here for you! You can email me your questions in advance.
Today, I am sharing a Q & A, which is my second post in a series about how to host an experience with Airbnb. I became an Airbnb experience host in 2018, as experiences are relatively new to Airbnb and I wanted to share some tips with you. You can read the first part here: How to Host an experience with Airbnb. One of my workshop guests, is now starting up an experience of her own in Venice Beach, CA and she had a few questions for me. I realized that many of her questions, I did not cover yet, so I am sharing them here with you. For me the benefits of hosting an experience has been threefold: I have gained exposure to new international clientele, and I have developed new textile designs. I even get asked to do private corporate workshops due to my work as an experience host. To find out more as this hosting series evolves, be sure to join my mailing list and receive monthly workshop updates. Read our full Q & A below!
How to Create an Essential OIl Roller Blend
Happy New Year! It feels so good to be back in my studio, all rested and full of creative ideas and energy. How are you feeling? Over the winter break, I tested out 3 free essential oil recipes that you can easily try out at home with your creative friends. These recipes can be calming and grounding, and are my gift to you for the New Year! A few years back my good friend Flin, tuned me in to essential oils through her products and aromatherapy. You might remember that I shared how to make a custom room spray with her and our giveaway.
This specific technique of creating a roller blend is taught in depth at our Natural Dye and Aromatherapy workshop this Spring! For those of you that would like to get started using Essential oils at home, I am going to share a few recipes that my photographer friend, Amelia and I created this holiday as gift for friends. I also think these would make a sweet Valentine's gift with that holiday right around the corner. For this project, Amelia and I pooled our essential oil collections, and purchased a few additional oils including frankincense and bergamot to include in our recipes. Frankincense was one of Amelia's favorites from the Natural Dye and Aromatherapy workshop. Read on down for the free recipes!
HI, I'M HILARY.
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