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.
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.
We've done a lot of tutorials, reviews, and other Frida-related things, but I wanted to take today to reflect on Frida Kahlo's actual artwork. I love Frida and I absolutely loved getting swept up in the "Fridamania" surrounding her persona, but I've noticed that sometimes people who love Frida don't actually seem to be super familiar with her artwork. The first time I saw a piece of her artwork in person, I was so in awe and definitely cried in public. The thing that really stuck with me was how few people around me stopped to look at the painting. Frida's face is stuck on everything these days and sometimes it feels like the impact of artwork gets lost. So today, it's all about the paintings!
Google Arts & Culture
Last week Google announced their Arts & Culture site dedicated to Friday Kahlo and... Y'ALL! It is amazing! You could spend HOURS getting lost in this website. They have her artwork, interviews, videos, and so much more! You check out a preview of what the site is all about below or CLICK HERE to go straight to it!
I've brought up a few books about Frida before which you can check out HERE and HERE, however, there is a very famous biography written by Hayden Herrera which you can purchase HERE. This is probably the most notable book on Frida as it was the basis for the popular movie starring Selma Hayek. The reason I love this book is that Herrera also released a companion book specifically diving deeper into the artwork itself. Biographies about Frida Kahlo are tricky because they often feel so loaded with the author's personal opinions on Frida, but this companion book is really excellent.
See Her Artwork
To find out where to see her artwork in person for herself, HERE is a list of where all her artwork is currently hanging
What are your favorite ways to interact with the artwork of Frida Kahlo?
Frida Fridays are part of the Viva La Frida Swap hosted with Bee Creative Swaps. For info on the swaps, check out the links below!
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Every year for Frida Fridays, we've assembled a list of some of our favorite items from Etsy that honor Frida Kahlo. Incase you missed the other info, Frida Fridays are something CreativityLizette and I started doing in honor of our annual Viva La Frida Swap with Bee Creative Swaps. To learn more about the swap group, click here. This year I took it one step further and have only chosen Etsy shops located in California. While we host international swaps, Lizette and I both live in California so it seemed fitting to feature makers in our community. Here's what I'm into...
One of the best and most well known from Frida on a great pin by RosaGuayabaShop.
Love this shirt from GuestBookery. I see a lot of Frida t-shirts that alter her artwork in some, but this one is great!
Living in San Francisco, layers are essential! This scarf from Streetheart would do just the trick!
I love Funko Pop figures, but I've never seen a custom Frida one before! This awesome work was done by ATattooedLoserArt.
I'm a sucker for a cute pair of hand earrings inspired by the ones Frida used to wear. I've read Frida's were a gift made by Picasso, but I don't know if that's true. In any case, check out these beauties from MoonandLeaf!
And finally, something fun and different! Buy an awesome Frida inspired item and then wrap it in these awesome paper from Mexicons!
Another Frida Swap, another summer of Frida Fridays! Frida Fridays are something Lizette and I started doing a few years ago to give everyone some extra inspiration while working on the Viva La Frida Swaps we host every year. Even before that, we both have put out a bunch of Frida related content because she is our favorite artist. For this year's first of many Frida Fridays, I decided to do a little recap of some of favorite Frida posts from both Lizette and myself!
First up, two of my favs that Lizette and I made from previous year's swaps!
Looking for some fun extras to include in your swap package? Check out these free printables Lizette put together!
Working with your kiddos? Check out the most beautiful handprint tutorial from Lizette!
Need to get inspired? Check out these book reviews from Emily.
Bring more inspiration into your room with a Frida Kahlo "Celebration of Life" altar made by Lizette.
Having a Frida Kahlo party? Check out this DIY photo booth from Lizette.
The Frida mugs I made last year and still use everyday! If you don't do ceramics, but have a pottery painting place near you, they're most likely gonna have everything you need to replicate these mugs!
I've been wanting to talk about how inspiring my recent vacation was, but I've hesitated out of fear of coming off as super elitist or showy because I know not everyone is able to go on vacations. We recently went on a really incredible trip to Barcelona, London, and Paris, but it's one that took a lot of struggle and was more or less 8 years in the making. Ultimately, I think the inspiration that can be gained from travel doesn't require flying to another continent and, also, this my space to talk about my own creative life. So...I'm talking about my trip and creative inspiration I gained from it. Here goes..
Stepping Away to Evaluate
It's not really a revelation that taking a vacation can help get you inspired and recharged. Breaking away from your everyday life and out of your physical routine can really shake up your mental routine. For me, I've been in a weird place with where to go next. Do I want to go back to selling more on Etsy? Do I want to jump headfirst back into craft shows? Do I want to start a completely new business? How soon do I want to have a brick and mortar again? All of these questions have been rattling around in my brain for weeks! While on trips, I take a lot of time to read, listen to PodCasts, and reflect. Things I don't really do in my day to day life and things that can be done regardless of what your destination is. I listened to some really great episodes of Dear Handmade Life while on vacation including episode 34: Awesome Visual Design and episode 35: Perfection & Passion Projects. I can't remember which episode it was, but one of them talked about the concept of Past Lives. Essentially, the things you did in previous passions or hobbies still have value and impact your creativity today even if those passions are over. It was so critical for me to hear that at this point in my journey. Having previously owned other businesses and having moved a bunch, you can't help but feel like maybe you stepped away too soon or that those years were a "waste." Those thoughts can really eat away at me or negatively impact the things I choose to do going forward if I let it. I feel like all of these thoughts culminated during the course of my trip and gave me a better path with which to push forward. Surprisingly, what I ended up with was the decision to do less. I want to keep doing what's fun, enjoy the process of The Morose Bee, increase sales if I can but don't try and force it into a "quit my day job" situation, and just dig back into loving to MAKE. I feel like the shift in my goals is visible on my annual birthday post as far as the things I've decided to prioritize.
I hear a lot of chatter about the downsides of social media and, in general, I try not to be on my phone ALL the time. The truth is, I like social media. It keeps me in touch with my friends in other cities or countries, it's how Lizette and I are able to host such large swaps, and it's how I'm able to manage getting the resources I need for a lot of the crafts I've made. I no longer fall into the trap of needing to mimic other people or things I see on social media. My feed being full of happy people doing cool stuff doesn't make me jealous. It makes me feel excited for them and want to do better in my own life and in my own way. I know that not everyone is wired that way, but I like it. That doesn't mean that I don't get totally overwhelmed! I think the hardest part as a maker is wanting to come up with original work or even just original online content. What's left to make or do? Thirty seconds on Pinterest can send you down a rabbit hole of blog posts and ideas already done by other people. While on this trip, we had terrible cell service and I could only browse on my phone so often. Usually, whenever I want to make something new my first step is a Pinterest board of ideas and inspiration. During my down time on vacation, I doodled quite a few quilt ideas ALL WITHOUT CONSULTING THE INTERNET FIRST. Instead of worrying what's already been done or what tips I can use from other's to make my ideas better or how to avoid things that other people have done, I just came up with ideas. I didn't worry about it and I just sketched and jotted down notes and enjoyed myself. I had this realization that I don't really care if someone else has done something similar or had the same idea as me. I want to make things that feel authentic to my own process and if other awesome makers are making similarly awesome things than that's awesome too. I understand that there's a whole other legal side to this, but I'm not trying to find a niche market to fill. I'm just making things to have fun. When I first start The Morose Bee, my original idea was sculpting mustache necklaces. I didn't look to see if it was a "thing" yet. I just made them and posted it and they sold well. Turns out, at the time, there weren't many (if any) mustache necklaces on Etsy and it wasn't until a few years later than the mustache craze became huge. That was almost 10 years ago and I think I need to lean into those gut feelings a little more often.
So here's the thing, often times when I am feeling on fire, I leap head first into whatever my new amazing idea happens to be. Sometimes I make huge decisions impulsively because I like to be an ALL IN kind of person. I have a tendency to wayyyyy over analyze everything and not always in a way that is productive or constructive. Once a decision is made I am usually ready to go! At one point on my trip, I was having so many ideas I straight up wanted to dissolve my Etsy shops and start and entirely different kind of business. I had this idea in my head for about 3-5 days and I was going to do it when I got home. I'm so glad I didn't do it! The 180 degree spin of my thought process during this trip took me down a lot of different paths, but being away from the internet didn't allow me the ability to act on any of them. I just had to keep reflecting and enjoying the trip. The end result was a completely different plan by the time I got on the plane to come home and I'm so glad I didn't cut The Morose Bee out of my life!
Realizing What You're Excited To Come Home To
Ultimately, it all came down to that plane ride home and all the things I couldn't wait to get home and do. I read the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and was ready to start decluttering our apartment, I sketched 5 quilt ideas and I am really exciting about 2 of them, I evaluated all my goals and ideas, and came home ready to make! I think if I were to come home and think "Well crap. I have to finish this damn quilt" then I'd have a serious problem. My only issue now is I'm too excited! So I came home and started on 4 different projects at the same time. I realize this post is starting to sound like I spent a 2 week trip thinking about all of this. There were shows, museums, friends to visit, good food, and lots and lots and lots and lots of walking. But those are the times where ideas strike me. As a maker and someone who is entrepreneurially oriented, these thoughts are always just below the surface. For example, I suddenly had the most amazing idea for a quilt while in the middle of a tour of La Sagrada Familia! I just won't be able to make it until after Christmas gift making is over. I feel like much of these same ideas could've come from getting a hotel on the beach 2 towns over. The point is stepping away from your life for a short time when at a crossroads. When you come back, the decision that needs to be made will still be there and in clearer focus.
Are you enjoying the first few days of fall?! With the first official day of fall being only a few days ago, I thought something extra special was in order. I feel like it's been a while since I assembled a DIY, but I'm pumped for this one! I made a Halloween Wreath a few years ago, but it wasn't anything exciting so I knew I wanted to make something better for this year's Spooky Saturdays. I purchased very little for this wreath and, because it's made with scrap fabric, could be edited for any occasion or color palette! I saw something similar a while back on Pinterest and after a different project ended up having a lot of leftover orange fabric I knew I had the perfect use for it.
1. Wire Wreath Frame. I ordered this one.
2. Scrap fabric in your colors of choice. The total quantity is probably close to almost a full yard.
2. Fabric scissors
3. Exacto knife
4. Craft glue
5. Hot glue gun (not pictured)
7. Writing utensils
8. Googly eyes.
First cut your fabric scraps into strips that are about 1/2" wide and 4" long. The size and condition of the strips is super flexible. I just sort of eyeballed it and didn't worry if some were longer, frayed, whatever. You can always trim it up later.
Once everything is cut, you start tying them on! When you first start it will seem silly looking, but the more you add, it will start to look more and more like you're on the right track. I didn't really have a "method," I just kept tying! It honestly took almost 2 hours of tying. It wasn't difficult, just tedious.
Once the wreath was to a thickness I was happy with, I trimmed up some of the longer pieces and set the wreath to the size temporarily.
Using your writing utensil and your scrap of cardboard, Sketch out the letters of your choice. I went with "BOO," but "EEK!" or a family name would work too! I also colored in the letters with the orange Sharpie so it blended a little better with the color palette.
Cut out your letters with your Exacto knife. Because I was working on an old box, it was elevated off the table. If you're just using a flat piece of cardboard, don't forget to put down a cutting mat!
Using craft glue, spread some around the letters and fill it with Googly eyes! This was my favorite part. I want to put Googly eyes on everything. Wait until craft glue has completely dried before moving on.
Use a hot glue gun to attach the letters to the wreath. And that's it! Depending on how you need to hang the wreath, you may want to add another step to put a ribbon or hook on the wreath. I was able to hang mine with just a nail already in my wall, but you may need to do something different.
I can't decide if I want to glue plastic spiders to it or something to make it extra kitschy, but I won't be pulling out ALL my Halloween stuff until next week. I have time to decide! I hope you're first few days of fall are lovely! Stay inspired, friends.
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