Hi friends! I know it seems very early to be posting this, but we are in the midst of the Dia de los Muertos Swap with Bee Creative Swaps. During swap times, I always try to post related content, inspiration, and just things I'm generally loving. Some of these items are on Etsy and some of them are just great finds either Lizette or myself have discovered!
TerraMaya makes shrine supplies, molds, and a few pre made items. The pieces are so cute and you can order kits that are easy to put together. Check out TerraMaya on Etsy or on Instagram.
Calaveras y Diablitos is another great shop that has an great assortment of Dia de Muertos themed items as well as other awesome pieces. It's hard for me to pick a favorite item from this Shop! Visit the CyD Shop on Etsy or check them out on Instagram.
Paperlyss is a little different in that the themes of the items in the shop cover a huge range of themes and events, but their Sugar Skull cupcake toppers are SO CUTE! If you're looking for any kind of party supplies, check out Paperlyss on Etsy or on Instagram.
I love the tradition of using marigolds during Dia de los Muertos! These pom poms are such a cute nod to the tradition and made by PomLove. View their poms on Etsy here.
This one is a little different in that it's not from Etsy, but did you know that Pyrex makes Dia de los Muertos inspired containers?! I love my Pyrex containers and get so excited about their seasonal products. I have several of these containers from various holidays, but this design might be favorite! Check them out here.
Hi friends! After a few years of quilting, I *finally* got around to making a t-shirt quilt for a friend. I've always been terrified of making one because I was worried about ruining the t-shirts I was trying to preserve, however, when a friend as me to make one out of all white t-shirts I knew it was a great opportunity to try with limited risk before moving on to t-shirts with designs!
I looked at a few t-shirt quilt guides on Pinterest, but honestly didn't see a whole heck of a lot that was super informative or thorough so I thought I'd do a 2 part post about my experience with making t-shirt quilts. This first part will be about this quilt and I'll write a follow up when I make my second quilt.
Additional fabric for borders
Lightweight fusible interfacing
Ruller or straightedge
I started with first cutting the sleeves and collar off of all the shirts so I would just have solid panels to work with. I attached the interfacing to the large white pieces I had cut. I honestly don't know all the reasons why, but I was taught to apply interfacing with a damp press cloth and to hold the iron still as opposed to actively moving it around.
The stack of shirts from my friend included a purple shirt that I used for color here and there. Once all the interfacing was applied, I cut everything into 3" strips. The interfacing came 15" wide so I decided to keep it simple by using 3" pieces and working in a geometric brick inspired pattern.
Once all my 3" strips were cut, I spaced them out with 3"x1.5" pieces of white fabric. I started laying everything out and playing around with the pattern organically. I wasn't sure what the t-shirts do when going to sew them, but the interfacing kept everything pretty stable and they didn't stretch out!
I really didn't have any master plan with this other than wanting the purple pieces to be evenly spaced. I used the 3" t-shirt strips and then placed 1.5" stripes of plain fabric in between. I don't know if it was entirely necessary, but I was worried that if I didn't space out the stretchy t-shirt material with less stretchy quilting cotton it might be a problem.
Once the top was assembled, I laid it out in typical sandwich format with the backing, batting, and quilt top like any other quilt. Then, of course, pinned the crap out of it. I was worried about stretching during the quilting process.
I didn't take any photos of the actual quilting part, but it really just like quilting anything else! The interfacing kept the fabric from stretching, although I noticed the stitches weren't quite as defined as they sunk into the knit. I was really worried something crazy was going to happen, but it really was just like regular quilting!
Using the purple t-shirt pieces as color inspiration, I use purple backing, binding and quilting thread. The rest was pretty basic quilting stuff! I finished the binding by hand and took several photos before shipping it off to a friend.
If you have a a way to practice messing around with t-shirt fabric, I highly recommend it! I feel way more confident at tackling a quilt with t-shirts that have designs I'm worried about preserving. Ultimately the big takeaway of this practice was well applied interfacing makes t-shirt quilts really easy and not at all scary!
And now here's the FINAL post from me! I've shared some of my favorite DIYs on other places before, but I thought it would be a good way to wrap things up for the block party incase you are just itchin' to make something inspired by Frida RIGHT NOW! And who could blame you? Feliz Cumpleaños a mi Fridita!
THE FINAL GIVEAWAY INFO
Okay now that we've held you in suspense ALL DAY, here's the final stages to enter the giveaway posted earlier! In order to enter the giveaway we posted this morning, you must:
1) follow @BeeCreativeSwaps on Instagram
2} follow @Bravery_Mag on Instagram
And the final step! 3) comment on one of the blog posts here posted TODAY as part of the Blog Block Party. Be sure to include your Instagram handle otherwise we won't know it's you!
**For additional entries: comment on the @BeeCreativeSwpas Instagram post from TODAY featuring the giveaway items and tag a friend to let them know about the giveaway!
You must enter and complete all steps by Wednesday July 11th and one winner will be chosen on Thursday July 12th.
Good luck and Happy Birthday Frida!
One of our awesome previous swap participants made an incredible original perler bead design of Frida Kahlo for last year's swap and we knew it was something we wanted to share! She, incredibly, agreed to share the pattern with us in honor of the block party! Thanks to @CREATIFINY for all the info shared below! Unfamiliar with perler beads? Check this tutorial HERE.
When working with this pattern, mini size beads make the finished product about the size of your palm and regular beads will make Frida's face bigger than your hand. There's lots of options to play around with here to customize Frida to your needs including the colors that you use.
L- light skin
M- medium skin
D- darkest skin
1, 2, 3- flower colors
E1, E2- earring colors
R1, R2- lip colors
You can print out the pattern to place it under your perler bead tray or simply keep it next to you as a visual aid. Lizette gave me the great advice to always take pictures as you make progress. You might accidentally bump your work and then the beads are mess! If you've taken photos along the way, your have something to refer back to.
To see more of Tiffany's beautiful work, visit her Instagram page HERE @CREATIFINY
Thanks for sharing this awesome pattern with us Tiffany!
Want more Frida perler bead inspiration? Check out the post Lizette did on her blog a while back about her Frida perlers HERE.
Hey, it's me again with my first original post as part of the block party! I'm here to share a recipe of a fun drink I made. I made a post a few weeks back about how I had been cooking from the book by Guadalupe Rivera of Frida Kahlo's personal recipes and I decided to go "off menu" and make something of my own inspired by the cooking I had been doing from this book. One of the recipes in the book was for Quince Paste and it was written that Frida Kahlo would make or have this dessert pretty regularly. I did a little poking around and found some recipes for Quince Syrup and decided to go from there! If you've never had it, a quince is a very hard fruit that reminds me of an apple. When it cooks down, it becomes very sweet and soft. I'd never had one before buying Rivera's book as you don't always see them in standard grocery stores. Turns out, I was able to find some at the Whole Foods near my house! So! Here's what I came up with.
1. Two quinces
2. Four cups of sugar
3. One lemon
4. One lime cut into wedges
5. Tequila of your choice
6. Triple sec
7. If desired, salt or sugar for the rim of the glass
Make the Quince Syrup
1. Quarter 2 quinces. They're hard to cut so be careful!
2. Place quinces in a pot with 4 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar. Bring to a boil.
3. Lower the head to a simmer and covered. Allow to simmer for roughly 80 minutes.
4. Remove from head and pull out the quince pieces.
5. Squeeze in the juice of one lemon.
I saved the quinces and used them in random smoothies and what not throughout the week. The syrup I placed in mason jars with lids until ready to use.
Make your Margarita!
1. Use a dab of quince syrup to rim of your glass and add your salt or sugar garnish. I prefer salt on my margaritas.
2. Add approximately 3 tablespoons of quince syrup in glass (or cocktail shaker if using)
3. Most recipes call for 1 shot of tequila and 1 shot of triple sec, but I added an extra shot of tequila. The concentration of fruit juice in this drink is higher so I felt it was balanced, but drink with your own discretion!
4. Squeeze in one lime wedge.
5. If you using a shaker, shake! If you're lazy like me, add in your ice and stir.
6. Add additional lime wedge for garnish if desired.
Voila! Enjoy! I thought this drink was really yummy and had it as my post work unwinding drink a few nights in a row.
I do want to add that here is some controversy over the idea of Frida's name and image being used in conjunction with alcohol. There is a Frida Kahlo line of tequila endorsed by those controlling her estate that is disliked by other members of her family. The way I see it, this recipe is not one that I think Frida has made, but one I was inspired to make after cooking from her recipes and made with love in her honor. I hope other admirers of Frida Kahlo will agree and, if you drink, you will enjoy my little concoction!
The following text is written by my Bee Creative Swaps partner, Lizette. I'm so happy to be putting together such inspiring content with her and the last few years of swaps have been incredible! There is an additional giveaway listed that is separate from the giveaway posted about earlier with the blog block party. Two giveaways in one day?! Oh yes! Read the full post below.
Since becoming a mother of two, cross stitching has become my to go craft. I tend to craft at night when my kids are asleep and I’m not too tired. However, if they need me all of a sudden I don’t have to worry about cleaning anything up or losing my inspiration, especially if I can’t get back to my cross stitch. My brain is already going a million miles per hour mothering and at the end of the day cross stitching helps me slow down while still doing something creative.
Instead of sharing my annual top ten favorite Frida Kahlo items on Etsy for this year, I decided to share ten of my favorite Frida cross stitch patterns on Etsy. Below are the Frida patterns chosen in no particular order. I’ve provided the link to the shops (when you click on the pattern’s title), the cost of the pattern, and feedback customers left on the pattern (if available).
“Lovely pattern. Can’t wait to make it.”
“Beautiful pattern, very clear and correct, happy with the results.”
Click here to check out this seller’s other Frida Kahlo products.
“It is perfect, thank you so much!”
VIVA LA FRIDA - official printed cross stitch pattern sampler by TheSnowflowerDiaries; Price $14.06 (Shipping not included)
TheSnowflowerDiaries’ Frida pattern was featured on my Top Ten Favorite Frida Kahlo Items on Etsy blog post in 2016.
“A very beautiful pattern! Plus, a few extra patterns which was so gracious and nice. Great service and considering it came from overseas, it was quick! Thank you!”
“I was so excited to get this pattern in the mail as I've had it in my favorites for a long time. Shipping was fast and the pattern is printed on high quality paper (and is also in color.) The color photo of the completed design is excellent, too. She even included another very sweet design as a bonus. I'm going to stitch this (over one) on some linen that I purchased while I was in Budapest last year. Thank you so much for an easy transaction! I can't wait to get started!”
“Perfect! Clear grid.”
Two Five Star Reviews
Click here to see this seller’s other Frida cross stitch pattern.
“Super nice seller and very quick response to my question. Great colors and easy to follow pattern.”
“Beautiful pattern, love love it :)”
They are many cross stitch patterns with Frida’s face, which I love, but it would be nice to see more cross stitch patterns with her quotes. Frida’s words “quotes” are as powerful as her paintings. They help us understand her paintings better.
“Another great sampler!”
Many five stars reviews
These next two Frida Kahlo cross stitch patterns are very simple and will fit in a 4 inch embroidery hoop. Perfect for beginning cross stitchers.
Kim, cupcakecutie owner, actually posted this pattern after I sent her a private message. I asked her if she would be able sell me the mini Frida pattern since I only have 3” hoops available. She had the pattern ready for me to purchase the next day. Talk about awesome customer service!
Was there a Frida pattern shown that you like? I hope so. All the patterns are unique in there own way but do great job at portraying Frida.
Now to the exciting part; THE GIVEAWAY! The giveaway is for a Frida Kahlo cross stitch pdf pattern from Cupcakecutie.
1. Tell me in the comment section your favorite Frida Kahlo cross stitch patterns featured in this post
2. In your comment you must include your name on Instagram so we can contact you
3. Follow Bee Creative Swaps & Cupcakecutie on Instagram.
The winner will receive their choice of a Frida Kahlo cross stitch pattern from Cupcakecutie’s Etsy shop. Giveaway closes Friday, July 13th. Good luck and Viva La Vida!
Bee Creative Swaps Instagram
Cupcakecutie’s Etsy shop
For the final information on how to enter to big giveaway with Bravery Mag for the Blog Block Party, keep reading along until the end! A few more great posts are coming up!
The next post was created for Bee Creative Swaps by Mandy McCarty. Mandy has participated in our Swaps in the past and Lizette reached out to her to see if she would create something special for the block party. She did not disappoint! Thank you Mandy for this awesome tutorial! You can visit her IG page here.
Supplies you will need:
1 Globe style lightbulb
Paper or felt flowers (any colors or color theme you would like) I like to use both, but it’s not necessary
Acrylic paint in lite mocha and black, also a glitter paint
Mod Podge or clear spray paint
Hot glue gun
Use the lite mocha paint to paint a thin coat on the entire bulb. Let dry completely.
This step is totally optional but I thought it just looked so pretty. While your bulb is drying use the glitter paint and go over your paper or felt flowers with the glitter paint
We are going to paint another thin coat on your bulb and let dry completely
While the last coat of paint you put on is drying you are gonna now take those paper flowers and cut the wire stems off of them. Set the wire pieces off to the side for later.
For this step it is up too you if you need another full coat or just a touch up of paint to your bulb. Personally I always paint another thin layer. Once you are done let it dry completely, I left it sit for about 45 mins. This is because you don’t want it to move when painting your next color on.
In this step you are gonna very gently using pencil draw on you hair, eyebrows and eyes. For the hair you you want to start by drawing a V away from the base, you can see how I took the hairline down and around the round part of the bulb. For the eyebrows you want to start your mark in the middle of that V and then you can draw the eyes as little or as large as you would like. Once you paint it let it dry and do a 2nd coat as well. You can touch up with the lite mocha if needed. You want to let this completely dry. I left it sit for 1 hr. Check to make sure it is dry before moving on to next step.o
Once your paint has dried you can then seal it with either a coat of Mod Podge or clear spray paint. You want to then let it set and dry completely before you move on to the next step
Final steps, we are going to add the flower band and the hanger. You can lay out the flowers as you would like as long as they are full and and go all the way around the back as well. I used all the flowers shown but 2 little ones, so it’s pretty full. Plus you will now add your hanger. I don’t like to waste anything so I used the flower wire I cut from the paper flowers put them together and wrapped them around the stem of the bulb and then hooked and glued it down. If you have banged or scrapped your bulb anywhere while doing any of this just go back in and touch up. You can also add more glitter to your flowers now as well if you would like too. I also went in and used a little light pink paint and gave her some cute little cheeks. This is totally optional.
And here she is on full display!! I wanted to show all angles as well. I just used a hanger I had around it you can display her how ever you would like. I really hope you enjoyed making her as much as I did.
I paint flowers so they will not die~ Frida Kahlo
Here it is! The first official post of the blog party from my Bee Creative Swaps partner, Lizette. Stay tuned for more great content to be eligible for the giveaways!
I made this Frida Kahlo paper puppet last year for my Viva La Frida swap partner. Coloring relaxes me so I really enjoyed making it. The puppet was the perfect little extra goodie to include in my swap partner’s package without going over budget.
Frida Kahlo paper doll coloring page link, created by email@example.com
White Paper or Card Stock
Small Hole Puncher
Optional: Laminating Machine
Step 1: Drag your Frida Kahlo paper doll image onto a word document program and make the image larger by dragging one of the corner squares out, to the size of the page. Print out image on regular printer paper or card stock. I used card stock.
Step 2: The Frida puppet looks like Frida on the cover of Vogue magazine. I colored the puppet to match the flowers and attire Frida wore for Vogue, with color pencils. Cut out the colored Frida puppet.
Step 3: Laminate the Frida doll. I got mine laminated at Staples. However, before you laminate it you can always make copies of your original and laminate the colored copies to send to your other Frida Kahlo loving friends. I plan to do that next time.
Step 4: Cut out your laminated Frida paper puppet.
Step 5: Punch holes through the little circles shown on the Frida puppet. Connect Frida’s arms and clothes with the mini brads. You’re done; enjoy your Frida paper puppet!
Not sure what to do with your Frida paper puppet now that it is complete? Add strings and make it movable. Use it as a bookmark. Add magnets and let Frida hold your refrigerator photos or notes. Add a string to the top and turn it into a Christmas ornament. Turn the puppet into a card by writing a note behind it before you laminate it. Be creative.
For more free and fun Frida printables, check out my CreativityLizette blog post, Friday Frida Favs: Free Frida Kahlo Printable & Patterns.
Hi friends!!! I am so pumped to host this event for Bee Creative Swaps on my blog! Today is Frida Kahlo's 111th birthday and to celebrate her life we're having a blog block party in her honor. What that means is every hour for the next 5 hours we'll be posting something new from different contributors. A few weeks ago, Bee Creative Swaps wrapped up the Viva La Frida Swap and participants all over the globe have been sharing their Frida inspired items. This party is the final conclusion of all that creative awesomeness! Uncertain as to what Bee Creative Swaps is? Check out all the links below:
Bee Creative Swaps Website
Bee Creative Swaps on Instagram
Bee Creative Swaps Facebook
Bee Creative Swaps Patreon
Guess what else?! At the end, we're doing Bee Creative Swaps' BIGGEST GIVEAWAY EVER! We've teamed up with Bravery Magazine to bring you something very special. They've sponsored an issue of their latest publication all about Frida Kahlo to be included with this giveaway bundle and we are so thrilled! To learn a little more about Bravery, check out the review Lizette did on this issue HERE.
What's included in the giveaway haul?
A copy of Bravery Mag's Frida Kahlo Issue
A Frida Kahlo zipper bag made by me!
A butterfly notebook made by Lizette
A needle minder made by Lizette
A print from Gill D illustration
A Frida quote enamel pin from The Found
A paper flower made by Lizette
A sticker from Mis Nopales Art
A Frida bookmark from Pinkie Bows
A cross stitch made by Lizette with a pattern from Cupcakecutie (more about this pattern to come later!)
There will be three steps to enter this giveaway, but you'll have to stay tuned until the end of the Blog Block Party to see all the steps! For now,
1. Follow @BeeCreativeSwaps on Instagram
2. Follow @Bravery_Mag on Instagram
3. Stay tuned until the end of the party to complete your entry into the giveaway!
We'll see you in an hour for the first guest posts, but, while your waiting, check out all the links!
In exactly one week, it will be Frida Kahlo's birthday! She was born on July 6th 1907, although, she sometimes said she was born 1910-- the year of the start of the Mexican Revolution. To celebrate Frida's birthday, we'll be hosting a blog block party right here on July 6th!
What's a Blog Block Party? Starting at 8am PST, we'll be posting something new every hour from different bloggers and makers celebrating Frida Kahlo's life and work. There will be giveaways, DIYs, artist features, and more! You'll have to check out all the action right here next week.
We're hosting this party as part the Viva La Frida Swap that I host with Bee Creative Swaps. Never heard of it? Check out more about the swaps at all the fun links here:
Bee Creative Swaps Website
Bee Creative Swaps on Instagram
Bee Creative Swaps Facebook
Bee Creative Swaps Patreon
See ya next week!
Just a San Francisco gal sharing creative pursuits, inspiration, and other things that interest me.