Free Printable: Crafty is the new… Pretty! / Descargable gratuito!

September 26, 2012 at 22:09 | Posted in Crafts - DIY, Free Printables | 4 Comments
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We all have our favorites quotes that keep us going in our creative endeavors and in life in general. With the economy being the way it is right now, crafts have become very popular in the past few years. The DIY movement is growing and growing! Aren’t you glad? I love it!

Todos tenemos nuestros citas favoritas que nos inspiran en nuestros esfuerzos creativos y en la vida en general. De la forma en la que actualmente está la economía, las manualidades están muy en boga desde hace unos años. ¡El movimiento Hágalo Usted Mismo (DIY) está creciendo y creciendo! ¿No es maravilloso? ¡Me encanta!

I came up with this quote and made a nice printable to display at my craft room. And you can do it too! Just click on the image and save  it to your computer. You are welcome 😉

Se me ocurrió esta cita y diseñé un poster para colgarlo en mi taller. ¡Tú lo puedes imprimir también! Sólo haz click en la imágen y guárdalo en tu computadora. De nada 😉

I also want to let you know we are moving! Mother Crafter, not my family. We will have the new site running in the next couple of weeks. It will be the same format, with some little changes and a link to my Etsy store with pretty things to buy! Is going to be awesome! Coming soon…

También les cuento que nos vamos a mudar! Mother Crafter, no mi familia. Vamos a tener el nuevo sitio listo en las proximas semanas. Seguiremos con el mismo diseño por ahora, con algunos pequeños cambios y con un link para mi tienda en Etsy, donde vas a poder comprar cositas lindas! Va a estar bueno! Próximamente…

I craft all night and party everyday at these Craft Parties. Check them out and party with us!

Hago manualidades toda la noche y festejo todos los días en estas Craft Parties. Vení a festejar con nosotros!

{Show & Tell} Mosaic Artist Mela Delgado

July 30, 2012 at 23:30 | Posted in Crafts - DIY, Stimulus | 3 Comments
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Hi! Welcome to another Mother Crafter Show & Tell Feature. As you know, this is a space where artists/crafters share their work with us and we immerse ourselves in their creative world, a space where we only breathe inspiration and creative stimulus. Here is Mela Delgado to tell us about her art. Enjoy!

Hola! Bienvenidos a la sección de Show & Tell de Mother Crafter, el primer Show & Tell bilingüe! Este es un espacio donde diferentes artistas y artesanos comparten su trabajo con nosotros y donde nos sumergimos en su mundo creativo, un espacio donde sólo respiramos inspiración y mucho estímulo creativo. Hoy aquí está Mela Delgado para contarnos acerca de su arte. Disfruten!

Galilea’s Sky, 2009 / Mirror, glass and beach glass 9”x42”

Tell me a little about yourself. I was raised in the Island of Puerto Rico, but for the past seven years I’ve been living in Oakland, CA with my husband Jason and our two-year-old daughter Gala.

Who taught you your craft? I actually took a mosaic class.

Cuéntanos un poco sobre ti. Crecí en la isla de Puerto Rico, pero por los últimos siete años vivo en Oakland, CA con mi esposo Jason y nuestra hija de dos años Gala.

¿Quién te enseñó tu oficio?Tomé una clase para aprender a hacer mosaicos.

Galilea’s Sky, detail

When and how did you start making your mosaics? What drew you into choosing this medium? I was in the middle of writing my master thesis to finish my degree in Museum Studies, and I was very stressed. I decided that to relieve stress I should take an art class, and this art class happened to be in mosaics. I’ve always been drawn to this medium. First, it’s an ancient form of art; and I have a passion for Art History. Second, I love working with my hands and experimenting with different types of mediums and with mosaics I had the opportunity to combine all of these aspects into one piece of art.

What inspires you in your creations? Many things inspire my work. Artists, for example: the painter Frida Kahlo, the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, the mosaic artist Verdiano Marzi or the mosaic collaborators CaCo3, and many others. Architecture also inspires my work, from the concrete houses I grew up in to the extraordinary buildings by Antonio Gaudí. The environment that surrounds me inspires my work, the moss that grows between cracked concrete, the deep blue of the ocean, and even a sky full of celestial stars. Also, the people around me inspire me, especially my daughter Gala.

¿Cuándo empezaste a hacer tus mosaicos? ¿Qué te llevó a elegir este medio? Me encontraba en el medio de la escritura de mi tésis, para terminar mi maestria en Museología, y estaba muy estresada. Para aliviar el estrés decidí tomar una clase de arte, y la clase que tomé fue de mosaicos. Siempre me ha fascinado este medio. Primero, es un arte antiguo; y yo tengo una pasión por la historia del arte. Segundo, me encanta trabajar con mis manos y experimentar con diferentes medios; y con el mosaico tengo la oportunidad de combinar todos esos aspectos en una pieza de arte.

¿Qué te inspira en tus creaciones? Muchas cosas me inspiran, Artistas, por ejemplo: la pintora Frida Kahlo, el escultor Andy Goldsworthy, el artista de mosaic Verdiano Marzi o los colaboradores del mosaico CaCo3, y muchos otros. La arquitectura también inspira mi trabajo, desde las casas en concreto donde me crié hasta los edificios extraordinarios de Antonio Gaudí. El ambiente a mi alrededor también me inspira, el musgo que crece entre las aperturas del hormigón, el profundo color azul del océano, hasta el cielo repleto de estrellas celestiales. Me inspira también la gente a mi alrededor, especialmente mi hija Gala.

Caguana, 2009 / Stone, ceramic and glass 16”x16”

What keeps you motivated to continue creating? The passion for mosaics keeps me motivated, and the endless possibilities and use of materials for its creation.

Do you have a “creative process”? To give me ideas I usually start with a rough drawing, or even images I find around in magazines or the Internet.

¿Qué te motiva a seguir creando? Me mantiene motivada la pasión por los mosaicos , y la infinidad de posibilidades y uso de materiales para su creación.

¿Tienes un proceso creativo? Para darme ideas usualmente comienzo con un simple dibujo, o hasta imágenes que encuentro en revistas o el internet.

Dig#1, detail / Stone, ceramic, glass, smalti, gold, beads and sea shells 16”x16”

Do you have other crafts activities/hobbies? Right now I don’t have other crafts, I would like to have others but being a full time stay at home mama this is the only craft I can focus on. I do read fervently and I love going to art gallery openings and visit museums.

¿Tienes otros oficios o pasatiempos? Ahora mismo no tengo otro arte, me gustaria hacer otra cosa pero soy una mamá tiempo completo y solo puedo enfocarme en una cosa. Si leo fervientemente y me encanta ir a exhibiciones de arte y museos.

Dig#3, 2012 / smalti, sicis, dichroic glass, elementile recycled glass, mix vitreous glass, crystals, stone, beach glass, seashells and teeth 9.25”x12.25”

Do you think the economic situation we are living right now is impacting the DIY/craft world? If so, how? I believe it’s impacting it in a positive way; with the unemployment rates so high people like me that have a Master Degree and can’t easily find a job in their field have to rely in their other skills and talents to make a living.

¿Crees que la situación económica que estamos viviendo actualmente está afectando el mundo de DIY/arte? Si es así, ¿cómo? Creo que ha impactado la situación económica de una manera positiva; con el porcentaje de desempleo tan alto, personas como yo que tienen una Maestría y que no pueden encontar un empleo con facilidad en su rama tienen que recaer en sus otros talentos para ganarse la vida.

Are you able to make a profit from your art? Jaja, Not yet!

¿Sos capaz de vivir de tu arte? Jaja, todavia no!

Dig#2, 2011, detail / marble, ceramic, glass, beach glass, quartz, smalti, pearls and teeth 9”x24”

Is there anything else you want to share with other crafters? To all the Mother Crafters out there, if you have passion for your art don’t have excuses for not doing it or say that you don’t have enough time. There is always time, meaning if you have to get up or go to bed an hr or two before or after your kids, do it! Or, you have to work on your art while your kid is running around, and you are also trying to cook and wash clothes, do it! Even if a piece takes you a whole year to do, but you are proud and satisfied with what you’ve created, then it was worth it!

¿Algo más que desees compartir con otros artesanos? Para todas las Mother Crafters, si sienten pasión por su arte no tengan excusas para no hacerlo, o digan que no tienen suficiente tiempo. Siempre hay tiempo, aunque tengas que levantarte o acostarte una o dos horas antes o después de tus hijos, házlo! O, tienes que trabajar en tu arte mientras tu hijo esté correteando, y a la vez estás cocinando y lavando la ropa, házlo! No importa si la pieza te toma un año para terminar, pero si estás orgullosa y satisfecha con lo que haz creado, entonces valió la pena!

La playa Kitchen Backsplash, 2010, detail / ceramic, glass, local beach glass, peebles, seashells and metal 2‘x5’

Aren’t her pieces awesome? Thank you Mela for joining us and sharing your work! Check her website, Twitter and Facebook page to connect with her.

And remember, If you would like to be featured in the future please send me an email at mothercrafterblog (at) gmail (dot) com.

Sus piezas son increíbles, ¿no crees? Muchas gracias Mela por estar con nosotros y compartir tu arte! Vé a su página web o conéctate con ella en Twitter o Facebook.

Y recuerda: si deseas compartir tu oficio y creaciones en futuros Show & Tell, envíame un email a mothercrafterblog (@) gmail (.) com.

30 Days of Creativity, Days 15-30

July 3, 2012 at 14:59 | Posted in Crafts - DIY | 2 Comments
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Here I am! Sorry I haven’t post since the 14th, but I have been… exhausted. I do not know what has happened to me! The clock says 10pm and I am a zombie… although that is not a good example since zombies probably have much more energy than me. I also have to say the days are wonderful and we are out and about having summer fun too.

I have been keeping up with 30 days though. I thought this year was going to be easier than the previous one, but I was wrong. I now have two jobs and a very active 18 month old.  That would do it, don’t you think?

Before I show you my projects, I have some exciting news: I started to work for a local jewelry company! It is called Dragonfly Designs, and they teach jewelry making at Summer Camps, after school programs, and birthday parties. Even though I had limited experience making jewelry, I showed them some of my crafts and Mother Crafter and they loved what I do (HELLO, What is the point?) 😉 so they are training me over the summer so I can become a teacher in the Fall. I started assisting teaching two weeks ago, and I really liked it. The girls were from 5 to 14 years old, and it was pretty cool seeing them create all sorts of projects. If you have time, go check out the company webpage, their mission and products are very nice.

Here are my creative efforts of the last 15 days of June.

Day 15: We went to MOCHA with some friends. Me and Paloma made this coffee filter flower for Father’s Day.

Day 16: Giants gift voucher for Michael.

Day 17:  I made a Lemon Pudding Cake with a personal twist from the Real Simple magazine. You will need to trust me on this one (I have witnesses), the baking dish was empty before I remembered to take pictures! Recipe here.

Day 18: I played with the fabrics of the mini quilt from Day 13. I remove three of the pieces and decided to keep everything in the same color range: grey, white, black and yellow.

Day 19: First day of Summer Camp. We helped the girls make clay pendants.

Day 20: Second day at Summer Camp. We did hair clips with seed beads and feathers.

Day 21: Again at Summer Camp. We did bracelets with wood beads.

Day 22: My auntie Melissa sent me this jewelry website with tutorials, tips and stimulus. I watched a couple of them.

Day 23: I went to the library and checked out a lot of quilting and sewing books for stimulus.

Day 24: More work on the quilt.

Day 25: Paloma had a fever, so we creatively played to kept her indoors.

Day 26: I made this Owl necklace with pieces I bought in Argentina.

Day 27: At camp, we showed the kids how to make three strand beaded necklaces.

Day 28: We made headbands with the kids.

Day 29: I watched the introduction of the online class Michael gave me for Mother’s Day.

Day 30: We went to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum and experienced flying over Mount Diablo through a hawk’s eyes.

I can’t believe is over. It was definitely a challenge this year. Phew! Now that July is here, I have line dup some pretty cool Show and Tell posts, the goodies of the Christmas in July gift exchange, and more! Next, I will post the pictures of the Alameda County Fair we went last weekend, including one of Paloma taking her first horseback ride! See you soon. I promise! 🙂

30 Days of Creativity, Day 13

June 13, 2012 at 23:02 | Posted in Crafts - DIY | Leave a comment
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The quilting bug is itching! I started to cut fabric to make a mini hanging quilt.

We will see how it goes! 😉

“It is better to create than to be learned, creating is the true essence of life” -Barthold Georg Niebuhr

30 Days of Creativity, Days 1-4

June 4, 2012 at 21:16 | Posted in Crafts - DIY | Leave a comment
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I got into a car accident on Friday on my way to Art Murmur. Luckily everyone that was involved is fine (including Paloma) but the situation was very scary and I am still not recovered mentally. Saturday I was feeling crappy all day but Sunday I put myself together (a little) and did some fun stuff with my family. I managed to do my projects for the challenge though, but I was not in the mood to really post my projects.

Today I am feeling a lot better. Life goes on… with trashed cars and all. I realized there is not point worrying about something you can’t control or know with certainty how it will resolve.

So here are my projects:

Day 1: I covered one of the drawers of my craft cabinet with chevron tape. Chevron. I told myself I would never use it because I am so tired of seeing it all over Pinterest… but here I am. I’ve sold my soul. I am planning to do the rest of the drawers over the duration of the challenge in different partners.

Day 2:  I made a custom apron for a painter. She was next to me at my last Craft Show and ordered one from me with shorter pockets. She also picked out the fabric from my stash.

Day 3: I made a quilt block! YES! My first quilt block!!! I just made it up, no planning at all. I like it, and it was fast! I just grabbed scraps in coordinating colors and sewed them together. I am so excited about the beginning of my quilt journey.

Day 4 (today): I made a “create” sign inspired by this. Check out the rest of the blog, I became obssesed with it as soon as I discovered it a couple of weeks ago.

What have you been making? Show me!

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook

Last Minute Cinco de Mayo Decoration

May 4, 2012 at 22:29 | Posted in Crafts - DIY, Stimulus | Leave a comment
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Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow! Here is a very last minute decoration idea you can whip up in half an hour or less using frames and fabric scraps.

This weekend I will be participating at a Spring Craft Sale for the home selling my fun, unique and creative aprons. I am very excited to be back doing craft shows! I stopped when Paloma was born, so it is nice to be back. I have been sewing them all week, and while cutting one out of a beautiful Frida Kahlo print, an idea for using some frames I have laying around came to me. Use them to frame fabric!

You just need to cut the fabric to the size of the frame. You can exchange them for different holidays or seasons (flowers prints for spring, patriotic prints for 4th of July, etc).

Wish me luck at the craft show! Do you sell at Craft Shows/Bazaars?

Aprons, aprons, aprons 😉

Bold and Colorful Curtains

April 23, 2012 at 22:52 | Posted in Crafts - DIY, Stimulus | 7 Comments
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Happy (belated) Earth Day! and Happy National Dance week! We had a great weekend, full of activities. I took a Vertical Dance Class, it was so much fun! but boy, I was sore all weekend (yes! that is me!). And then  we went to the Poi Fire Dance Expo in SF.

I hope you had a good weekend too!

Now back to business 😉 One of the projects in my never-ending list of house projects are curtains. Curtains for the kitchen, the laundry room, the bedrooms… see… never-ending! I only made the ones for the kitchen and laundry room so far, from fabric I got at IKEA. Very colorful fun print and budget friendly.

I hung a beautiful batik cloth Michael bought a long time ago in the office, and I really like how you can see it both from the street and inside, so I think I will keep it like that (one less to do!).

I made these when we lived in the apartment, we chose a rich red color burnt-out fabric that paired really nice with the yellow walls (and with Bob the Super Cat too).

Curtains are relatively easy to make, depending on the style you choose. You can find some guidance about choosing the perfect curtain, calculating the yardage and more here, here, and here. Also, check out these tutorials.

Personally, I prefer the curtains to be bold, graphic and colorful, so here are more ideas I absolutely adore.

 

Do you make your own curtains? Do you prefer graphic or solids? Tell me! 🙂

Last Minute DIY Valentines!

February 13, 2012 at 14:04 | Posted in Crafts - DIY, Stimulus, Tutorials | Leave a comment
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Leaving everything until the last minute? Don’t panic. Here are some ideas for you to whip out the day before Valentine’s Day. Or if you really like to live dangerously, tomorrow. 😉

Here are some cute free printables. My Elephant Love Postcards are one of my most popular post, and they were featured on the Stylelist section of The Huffington Post last week (I am so happy about it!)

Grab some tea bags you have around and make this cute idea.

Make a bookmark for your book lovers.

I love these heartbreakers.

These pins are adorable too.

You can also bake some Chocolate Orange cookies. I made these last week, they are so yummy!

And lastly, a funny one for the anti-Valentine.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Lots of love to you.

DIY Valentines: Map of Love

January 26, 2012 at 18:42 | Posted in Crafts - DIY, Stimulus | 10 Comments
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A couple of months ago I saw this fantastic frame in Pinterest and I knew right away I wanted to make one.

I think the idea is wonderful! And very romantic and cute, so I waited until now to make it so I can give it to my husband for Valentine’s Day. It is an early gift, but he doesn’t mind 😉

Since I pinned it, I’ve been on the look-out to find some maps at my favorite recycle store here in the Bay Area, The East Bay Depot for Creative Re-Use. Not only do they have amazing crap all over the store, they are super inexpensive! I found the maps for 0.30 cents each! (I also found a powerful blender in like-new condition for $6, just in case you were wondering. Jealous now?)

Once I got the maps I needed, Michael donated a blank canvas to me from his art supplies and I put manos a la obra!

I painted the canvas black, cut-out the hearts out of the maps making sure you can see the name of the special cities. In my case, Barcelona, Chicago and the SF Bay Area. I printed the words in a font I liked (adding happily ever after for the last heart), and glued them along with the hearts to the canvas. I applied Mod Podge Matte-Mat to everything, let it dry overnight, and… Finito!

If you need a visual tutorial, visit Mimi Moz.  Thank you, Danielle,  for the stimulus!

I craft all night and party everyday at these Craft Parties. Check them out and party with us!

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Vacation Month: Guest Blogger Tanya from Kreative Korner!

November 22, 2011 at 17:39 | Posted in Crafts - DIY, Stimulus | Leave a comment
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Hello, Mother Crafter Friends! I am Tanya from Kreative Korner and I am so thrilled to be here among you all. First of all, I’d like to thank Vanina for having me here and giving me a chance to meet all you wonderful people. Isn’t she a sweetheart! I love the tutorials on her blog. The pictures make it so easy to follow.

At Kreative Korner, I mostly talk about my creative ramblings. I DO go off the topic at times! I have been surrounded by art and craft supplies ever since I was a child. My Mom and Dad, both are art enthusiasts. I believe I’ve got it in my genes *smile*. I paint. I craft. I collect trash to give it a new life. I read a lot of blogs and draw inspiration from them. If nothing better, I just write for the fun of it. Stop by anytime!!

Sharing some of my projects here.

I upcycled a lotion bottle to use it as a flower vase. Zero-Expenditure Projects are my all time favorite!

A used USPS Box was converted into a Card Box for my Sister-in-Law’s Birthday.

I love Henna and share the designs, without fail, every time I apply it!

All the paintings that adorn the walls of my house are made by Yours Truly!

I have recently added a new nook to my blog – Shop @ Kreative Korner. I would love for you all to stop by and have a look. At the moment, the shop mostly has the paintings that I make, which can be customized upon request.

Hope you enjoyed having me here just as much as I did. Vanina, it was a wonderful treat to be here today. Thanks, again.

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