Spring Craft Classes

 

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I am so excited to share with you the schedule of my craft classes this fall! This term I’m doing a 3-class series called Handmade Tuesdays with Jess. Click here to sign up for all 3 classes and save! Below you can read the catalog description of each class and click through to sign up for individual classes. All classes are taught at Arlington High School in Arlington, MA. Can’t wait to see you in class!

Hand-painted Glass Vase
Tuesday, April 7 7-9pm

Glass painting is fun and simple if you know how. Join master crafter Jess as she leads you through prepping and painting a clear glass vase, perfect as a gift or for your own windowsill, with light shining through. All materials will be provided. You’ll be able to paint your vase free-hand or use stencils and painter’s tape for a more precise design. Then make more vases at home once you learn the technique. Please bring an additional $10 materials fee to instructor at class.

 

Handmade Jewelry
Tuesday, April 14 6:30-8:30pm

Try your hand at making something more demure than a statement necklace. Learn how to make delicate handmade jewelry this spring with Jess. Each student will make two pieces of jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, or one of each). Please bring your own needle-nose pliers to class if you have them. Please bring additional $16 materials fee to instructor at class.  Children over the age of 9 are welcome to register when accompanied by an adult.

 

Handmade Mother’s Day Cards
Tuesday, April 28 7-9pm

In May 2014 one of Jess’s handmade cards appeared in Martha Stewart Living magazine, in fact it was a card she made for her own mother! Come make this “Martha Stewart Approved” Mother’s Day card, and create two additional cards using rubber stamps, washi tape, embossing powder and more. Please bring scissors suitable for cutting paper and a $10 material fee. Children over the age of 9 are welcome to register when accompanied by an adult.

Toddler Craft Project – Valentine’s Day Pasta Necklace

For this month’s toddler craft project I had to do something for Valentine’s Day. I thought it would be cute to put together pasta necklaces that the kids can either wear themselves or give to someone they love like, I don’t know – their moms! And to add an extra level of craftiness to this craft I thought it would be cute to paint the pasta in red, pink, and white to make them even more appropriate for Valentine’s Day. Now, we have about a dozen kids at 1 kitchen table doing these craft projects every month so having them paint the beads was not going to happen so I painted them ahead of time. But, if your toddler/child is old enough the first step in this project can be for them to paint the pasta.

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For pasta I used ziti, ditalini (the tiny ones), and rigatoni (not pictured).

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I used regular craft paint in red, pink, and white.

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And painted each bead – you can roll the smooth pasta shapes in the paint but for a noodle like rigatoni you’ll have to paint each one to get in the grooves.

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Once dry, string on yarn with a store-bought heart beads and voila – an adorable Valentine’s Day Pasta Necklace for your loved one!

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Other than these Valentine’s Day Rice Krispie treats, I haven’t gotten my act together this year to do a proper Valentine’s Day project to share with you so I thought I’d do a round up of all my favorite projects that I’ve shared over time so you can be inspired to make your Valentine something special this year!

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Valentine’s Day cookies made from a cookie cutter as big as your head – YUM!

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A centerpiece to decorate your kitchen table.

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Gift Guide,

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…or send an Edible Valentine gift this year,

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…or a hilarious Valentine’s Day Gift of Kisses.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

How to Commemorate Your Newborn

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I didn’t know how to best title this post so I went with “how to commemorate your newborn.” And what I mean is that sweet newborn phase flies by so quickly (unless you’re in the newborn phase at this very moment and then you feel as if the feeding, lack of sleep, spit up, feeding, and lack of sleep will last forevvvvver. It won’t!) that you often miss/forget how tiny, sweet, and helpless your little one was. I had this idea for commemorating a newborn with Z, but then poof – she was 3 and I never did it. So, I did it now for my baby M. I thought it would be fun to gather some memorable items from his newborn days and display them in a shadow box to hang on his nursery wall. I found a pretty cute shadow box 3 (maybe 4) years ago at Home Goods when I had this idea for Z so I just used that.

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I gathered a few items that I wanted to display (the outfit he wore home from the hospital, a mold of his tiny baby hand, and a bib from the hospital where he was born)…

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..and used the pins that came with the shadow box to display them.

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I added the photo from his handmade baby announcement and mounted it on paper.

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Voila, I have commemorated my (now just about 8 month old) newborn!

Cold Weather Must Haves – Coats

With the groundhog seeing his shadow yesterday, winter is here to stay for (at least) another 6 weeks. Plus, in the northeast we got another foot and a half of snow and we’re sort of at the point when you think you’ll never see the ground ever again. That said, I hope you have a great coat to make you warm and toasty when you go outside. Winter coats are like sweaters in that they often make you feel giant and bulky but below are a bunch that are warm and cute and you won’t mind wearing for the next 6 months weeks.

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1. THE coat of the season (which I was lucky enough to receive for Christmas!!). The J. Crew Chateau parka is so warm and so chic. I have loved wearing it for the past month and it’s the only thing keeping me going through all these snow storms.  2. Duffle coats are so classic and always remind me of the loveable Paddington Bear. I love this Duffle Coat with Drop Waste from Asos, it’s a little dressier and feminine than the usal boxy shape of a duffle coat. 3. Fur is warm but oh so expensive! Here’s a fun faux fur option from Topshop that won’t break the bank. 4. Puffy coats are obviously super warm but can look shapeless. I love this Down Anorak with Furry Hood from Zara because of the addition of a skinny belt to highlight your waist. 5. Leather is stylish, but not always warm but this Marc New York Distressed Faux Shearling Coat is both! 6. This Fur-trim Camo Puffer from GAP is a more casual coat, so cute for bitter cold days!