I had a chance to experience the Craft Happy Retreat in Anaheim recently. I already fell in love with what they’re trying to accomplish there at Community ever since the Craft of Blogging, so I was excited to visit once again.
Lisa Cherry, owner of The Makery, invited me back to participate in their Craft Happy event and I’m so glad I had the chance to go. There is nothing like sitting in a room with a bunch of focused crafters. We all have so much going on in our lives–jobs, marriages, kids, businesses, school, etc. A Sunday to do nothing but craft sounded pretty freaking amazing.
I like to think of it as healing time. If I’m grumpy, tired, down, stressed, angry or not feeling well, making stuff makes me feel better.
I have a feeling that many of people who attended Craft Happy felt the same way.
|Learning how to crochet.|
I walked into my Printmaking session a little late (traffic on the 91 freeway–even on a Sunday morning), but everyone had their craft game face on. What? There is too such a thing as a craft game face. When crafters have the opportunity to release some creative expression, we don’t mess around. That time is precious.
I slid into Morgan Culture‘s session and got down to business carving a design into a potato. Remember when I made those cool stamped scarves for Valentine’s Day with a potato? Fun! Yes, it smelled like we were making hash browns up in there, but really, potato stamping is a great way to make a unique stamp–and it’s cheap and easy.
Of course, I had to start carving a tiny little skull. I’ve been wanting to try it for a while now.
Find a potato shape that will compliment your design. You can draw your design with a pen or a sharp pencil and then start scraping away. We used #11 x-acto blades. I was a little overzealous with my cutting but all it did was give my skull some cool designs on it that showed up once I put ink on it.
Morgan gave me some good tips about cutting in the teeth. I appreciated her teaching style. She was informative, yet she stayed in the background and let people do their own thing.
|Putting some printing ink on my stamp.|
There were lots of cool stuff happening around me. Flowers, dogs, hearts, the solar system, a few choice words (more on that later).
|Make sure you don’t “over-ink”, but press down firmly for a good impression.|
We were given a canvas tote bag to stamp on. While I was stamping, I giggled to myself, thinking of how many canvas tote bags I’ve accumulated during my crafting career. Clearly, it’s a project favorite. I’ve witnessed ladies almost go at it in front of a Martha Stewart make-and-take booth once.
They really wanted that free tote. Dang.
My bag turned out so cute!
Side note: I cannot wait for Dia de los Muertos this year!
|So many cute things! I wanted all the cute things.|
|Loved this Year of the Rat Baby Block from Stacy Wong on Etsy.|
|Loving Chris Lam‘s vagina bag from our printmaking session. Word on the street is she also made penis cupcakes during the cupcake decorating session.|
|“Maker’s gonna make” temporary tattoo on Boifromipanema. Isn’t he handsome?|
|Lunch was provided by the yummy CravOn truck.|
|Holy moly, lunch was good. Steak, grilled veggies and other good stuff on CravOn’s baked fries. #nom city|
|My blogging adventure buddy.|
|My two hard-working blogging amigas Ruby and Xenia were the first two happy faces I encountered when I walked in and they were the last smiles I saw when I left.|
I really enjoyed myself at Craft Happy OC. I love when people have a dream, regardless of how unconventional it may seem, and they bring it to fruition. That’s the feeling I get whenever I’m at the Community.
Here’s to hoping I get to attend more Craft Happy’s in the future.
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