Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Goddess or Renaissance Maiden?

A few Fridays back, Lindsay and I appeared on San Diego Living dressed as goddesses in togas. We explained how to easily make a toga costume and how to make some accessories to wear with it. It was such a quick segment that I thought I should share some pictures on how to make the floral head-wreath I showed.

Click here to watch out segment.

What you will need:

6 Pipe cleaners / chenille stems

1 Roll green floral tape

3 Bunches of silk flowers (15-20 individual flowers)

1 Pair craft wire cutters (very helpful, not 100% necessary)

1. Bend over one inch at the end of two chenille stems, then hook them together and twist them closed.

2. Then center an additional pipe cleaner over the joint formed by the last two and twist them together to double it up and give it some strength.

Test the size, you may need to add another stem to make it fit around your head, just add it by repeating steps 1 & 2. Make sure you have doubled up the stems all the way around the circle to keep it from being too floppy. Mine took 3 to go around and another 3 to reinforce.

3. Cut flowers off of bunch with 2 inches of stem using wire cutters

(Watch the video clip above for a tip on how to remove the flowers with out wire cutters.)

4. Wrap the craft tape in a tight over-lapping spiral around the stems of the flowers and the pipe cleaner, adding a new flower about every inch and a half to two inches (this may vary depending upon size of flowers).

5. Finish with some ribbon streamers just for fun and you too can be a goddess or a Renaissance maiden.

Depending upon what flowers you choose it can be an accessory to many different costumes, and they are quite popular to wear at Renaissance fairs. Lindsay (Rae Wolf Designs) and I (Robin of R Priest Ellgy Co) will be at the Escondido Renaissance Faire along with Julie at her booth the Jewels of Friendship. Drop by and say hi!!

The Escondido Renaissance Faire is held in

Felicita Park, Escondido, CA


October 29th & 30th

November 5th & 6th


10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday, Crafty Sunday Dia de los Muertos

Over 200 people attended Sunday, Crafty Sunday Dia de los Muertos edition at the Centro in Balboa Park 10/16.  

Stay tune for our next crafty event, the Holiday Hit List December 4 at Liberty Station. 

Craft Mafia Member at Village Venture

Claremont Chamber Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire Sat Oct 22 2011

Come see Rae Wolf Designs and Janie's Creations in Claremont for the Village Venture Arts and Crafts Faire. This event offers international foods, arts and crafts, and a children's halloween costume parade. Located in Claremont Village this annual events has attracted over 20,000 visitors and this year will will offer over 450 arts and crafts booths including photography, pottery, jewelry, and garden accessories. Rae Wolf Designs will be the monthly featured artist of the Diamond Center, located in the Village.

The Village Claremont 
250 Yale Street 
Claremont CA 91711 

Open 9-5 Free Admission
Parade starts at 930

Shuttle Service

You can eliminate the parking hassles at Village Venture by taking advantage of the free shuttle service offered by the Pomona Valley Transit Authority (PVTA). Shuttle service is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking for the shuttle pick up will be located at:
• Claremont University Facilities on First and Mills
• Claremont Youth Activity Center on Scripps and Indian Hill
• St. Ambrose Episcopal Church on Bonita

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

'Sunday, Crafty Sunday' - Dia de los Muertos - Don't forget!!!

The feeling of wet beach sand, the memory of molding wet sand castles as a child, rememberance of the dead, celebration of life the sweetness of sugar and the hard work of the hands . . . The sugar skull factory began Monday night to get ready for our 'Sunday Crafty, Sunday' Dia de los Muertos event to be held in Balboa Park. With the use of sugar given the texture of wet beach sand, one hundred skulls were molded with the intent to be given away at this event. Similar to life, each skull is fragile during creation, ready to crumble if a wrong move is made. As they cure the skull hardens to become more durable; however, if dropped a shattering effect can occur with the cumbling of the the sweet sugar in which they were created. A waiting prcess begins as each skull must dry and then the celebration of the decoration of these skull will begin. The process can take several days to create as each skull becomes their own. Be one of the first one hundred individuals to attend and recieve one of these hand-made sugar skulls and a marigold.
When you attend be ready to use your own hands to create a fun craft to take home at our DIY crafting table. Enjoy the music of a DJ and fill your stomach with food. COme and see our own ofrenda (or altar). This is a celebration so remember to bring your money we've got alot of crafty vendors that put the hard work of their hands into the wonderful creations they have to sell. Come to our 'Sunday, Crafty Sunday' Dia de los Muertos event located at the Centro de las Raza in Balboa Park, right off Park Blvd. It's alot of fun and a time for celebration. Don't miss it!!!

Sunday, Crafty Sunday
Dia de los Muertos
Sunday, October 16th
Centro de las Raza in Balboa Park
2004 Park Blvd. 92101
Noon to 6pm

Monday, October 3, 2011

Friday Night Liberty - Our Last One for 2011!

The Craft Mafia has been very pleased to be a part of the Friday Night Liberty (FNL) events for the summer. We've brought together some very crafty vendors this year which have made for great Friday night shopping! Sadly, as the summer weather comes to an end, so must our vendor shopping area for it will soon be colder outside in the evening. Don't worry, we'll be back next year once it warms up again! If you are a vendor who is interested in having a booth, please email us and we will make sure to let you know when the shopping events are starting up again. Just because our vendors won't be there, doesn't mean that the FNL events are ending. They continue all year long with participating galleries, studios, and special presentations scheduled.

Don't miss the next Friday Night Liberty on October 7th!
the NTC Promenade at Liberty Station
2690 Historic Decatur Rd. - 92106
across from Con Pane Cafe)

5pm - 8pm

*Interested vendors should contact us for more info. about how to participate: