It's the first official Friday of 2019 as part of the Viva la Frida Swap with Bee Creative Swaps! Every year during this swap, I post inspiring Frida Kahlo related content for the swappers or anyone who loves Frida. I'm kicking off this year with a recap of some of the amazing ideas and guest posts from last year! Stay tuned for next Friday's special post for new ideas for 2019.
Want even more Frida inspiration and ideas? Check out last year's recap of Frida inspired items!
I've been thinking about posting something about sustainability within The Morose Bee for a while, but now that today is Earth Day it seems like the perfect time. Climate Change is real and happening faster than we can provide a solution and, as a maker, it's something I struggle with everyday. I love to make new with things which involves hoping someone else will want to acquire more stuff to have my products. Consumerism is one of the struggles we're up against to help slow our waste stream. I know a lot of people argue that one person doesn't make a difference, but I don't think apathy is going to get anyone anywhere. So I'm here to be one person trying to do something better.
I have always enjoyed upcycling as part of The Morose Bee products. Even in my earliest jewelry designs I sourced charms from flea markets and thrift stores, reused old jewelry and turned it into new items, and sold vintage items. But I know I can do better! Now that I'm making items with textiles, I have other ways of making sustainably. So far in 2019 I have not purchased any new fabric and I plan to keep it that way. We all know how alluring fabric shopping can be and there are so many beautiful designs out there! But the textile waste is a real problem. The EPA website estimates that in 2015, landfills received 10.5 million tons of textiles source. My plan to reduce textile waste in my products is to:
1. Use the materials that I already have to create new products
2. When I need to new fabric, purchase it second hand
I made a quilt for a friend earlier this year and bought a bed sheet from the thrift store for the backside. It was honestly better and softer than quilting cotton. Oh, and cheaper too.
You can also get second-hand fabric from people getting rid of their stash. Sometimes people are just sick of their own fabric, sometimes they abandon the hobby, or sometimes family members are trying to purge. I've received a lot of fabric from people second-hand and honestly it's more exciting to work with. It feels like you're continuing a tradition or an idea started by someone else. When I'm finished with my fabric or end up acquiring some that I'm just not sure I'm going to use, I sell it in my destash shop The Hive Destash. Plus Etsy recently announced that they are purchasing carbon offsets for every sale! It's a not perfect solution to the impact of shipping, but I still think it's a great step in the right direction.
Sometimes finding everything you need can be difficult, but I've found a little preplanning can go along way. For example, I wanted to find a way to stop buying plastic zippers for my bags so now whenever I find zippers second-hand I buy every single one available. It means I always have more zippers than I need which can become a storage problem, but it's nice to know I have them when I need them. If you want to do something similar for your own projects, this blog post has a huge and awesome list of various Creative Reuse Centers click here. Shopping at reuse centers means sometimes you have to think outside the box because you find bits and pieces, but they're an incredible resource.
I'm not sure if this post should be reassuring for you as a potential customer or for me as a maker, but I hope to continue to stay transparent about my process and materials. If at any point there are questions about the integrity or sustainability of one of my products, please don't hesitate to contact me. It's Earth Day so get out there and do something kind for the planet today.
I don't know about most makers, but I find myself ordering a lot of stationary and paper goods. Owning a business, even a small Etsy shop, means business cards, stickers, promotional materials, etc, etc, etc need to be ordered. Because I don't have a huge budget, it's really important for me to find exactly what I want which is why I was really excited when Basic Invite contacted me!
Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order. No more looking at photos online and hoping it's what you need before you're stuck with 100 duplicates of the same thing!
I'm also at the age where everyone I know is starting to have kids and, even though I don't have kids, I have needed to order baby shower invitations to throw a friend or family member's shower. If you're creative, crafty, and moderately organized, you get asked to help plan a lot of events. Check out these unique invitations that go beyond the traditional themes like these bumble bee baby shower invites. One of my favorite features of ordering invites from Basic Invite is their almost unlimited range of colors with instant previews of your design. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. They even offer 3 foil colors! Even though they have several classic "It's a Boy!" or "It's a Girl!" options, there's so much more on the website.
The range of colors also includes the envelopes. There are over 40 different envelope colors! As someone who needed red and silver options for a non traditional baby shower for a friend, the envelope options might be my favorite find! Plus all the envelopes have a peel and seal feature to keep you from having that awful glue taste in your mouth for several hours.
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Have you set any resolutions or goals for 2019? I love having specific goals and writing them down to help with making it a reality. This year I decided to pick a word of the year. If you’re unfamiliar, a word of the year is when you pick a single word to set an intention to ground yourself in as opposed to making a list of a bunch of things to check off. When you’re trying to make decisions or plans, you can refer back to your word of the year as a guide for how to move forward. I have chosen the word LESS as recovering workaholic I need to the remind to take on fewer projects and get myself involved in less unnecessary stress or obligation. I’ve realized my favorite days are the ones with no plans so the word LESS is a reminder to make that happen for myself more often.
In honor of our words of the year, I made banners for as a visual reminder of our intentions for 2019 and a DIY is now available over at the Bee Creative Swaps Patreon page! Patreon is a paid website, but this specific DIY is FREE! It's a simple one but I love how it turned out. You might have enough materials for in your stash without buying anything new and you could probably get away without a sewing machine and using fabric glue instead.
Go check it out on the Bee Creative Swap Patreon and have a great New Year!
I used to share food and recipes all the time on my old blog and I felt inspired to take another crack at sharing some delicious vegan goodies I made recently. My birthday was a few days ago and I made myself some Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites! I can't say I made this up because it's very similar to a recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz for Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes. I liked the idea of the original recipe when I made it, buuuuuttttttt I don't like berries and chocolate so I wanted to switch it up. I was hoping this recipe could be transformed into something I was stoked about. I hope I inspire someone to try to make them too!
Step One: Preheat your oven to 350 and prep your muffin tin with your liners.
Step Two: Begin to make the crust by blending the cookies, flower, and sugar in a food processor until nice and crumbly. Drizzle in the melted coconut oil and non diary milk until well incorporated. Sometimes things in my food processor gets stuck in the corners and doesn't mix in so I give a quick mix with a spatula afterwards as well.
Step Three: Evenly distribute the cookie mixture into your muffin tin. The mixture will be pressed firm down into the bottom of each liner to make a nice firm crust. When I made these last time, the original recipe called for so much crust mixture that my cheesecakes were half crust and I did not like it! With the amount of ingredients listed, your cheesecakes should be about 1/4 crust in proportion when finished.
Step Four: Bake the crusts for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, set to the side to cool, but leave the oven on. While crusts are cooling, begin your filling.
Step Five: Rinse out your food processor unless you decide to blend your filling another way. Add all the filling ingredients to the food processor and blend until smooth. It should more or less look like your standard pumpkin pie filling when blended.
Step Six: Spoon the filling over your now cooled crusts leaving about 1/4 inch to the top of the liner. I will admit this recipe makes more filling than you need and I've even scaled it back from the original! I really dislike food waste so one of these days I'll get it just right.
Step Seven: Place back into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Check them after about 20 minutes and bake longer if needed. Surface should look firm and almost bread-like but the filling should still have some wiggle and bounce.
Step Eight: Set the cheesecakes to the side to cool. Once cheesecakes are cool enough to touch, begin prepping chocolate drizzle by melting the chocolate and coconut oil together. You could get very fancy with a double boiler, but I'm a lazy chef and used the microwave.
Step Nine: Use a spoon or other utensil to drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the pan. It doesn't have to be beautiful because it's going to taste delicious no matter what!
Step Ten: Place in the fridge for 2-3 to completely cool and set before serving. And that's it!
I think these dudes are pretty dang delicious. I love making these mini because it's easy to just have one and not suddenly realized I've eaten a whole pie. I also love the chewiness of the ginger snap crunch with the silkiness of the pumpkin filling. I've never quite found a pumpkin pie recipe that I liked, but this one might be it! If you make them, I would love to hear how they turned out!
I’m excited to share something I've been thinking about doing for the last two years and it's finally time to take the leap! Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference is an annual life-changing four-day event featuring industry professionals leading attendees in over 100+ hands-on DIY workshops and creative business classes.
I've run different types of businesses, been a teacher, and now I'm back in school and I'm not really sure what comes next. I'm not saying Craftcation will have all the answers, but it's certainly going to be a great place to start. At Craftcation you can take a vacation while making things with awesome people, get help with new businesses or take existing ones to the next level, and network with people in similar experiences.
If you’re a maker, blogger or creative business owner then join me for four inspiring days that you’ll never forget. Craftcation has over 100 hands-on workshops and business classes, so whether you’re coming to craft, grow your business or a little bit of both, there’s lots of making, meeting and learning in store for you.
Craftcation takes place April 3-7, 2019, in the beach town of Ventura, CA – about an hour north of Los Angeles. Craftcation utilizes Ventura’s historic downtown buildings and businesses as well as the beach for special events like networking meet & greets, cocktail socials, a pop-up shop, opening celebration, yoga, as well as food and art tours.
Registration opens 10.5.18 and the first 50 people to register get $50 off!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
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.
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