Crazy Pom-Pom Lady Alert!

One of my goals for 2015 was to open an Etsy Store. I did it at the last possible second, practically. But I did it.

Yes, I am the Crazy Pom Pom Lady. Not to be confused with the fabulous PINBALL LADY in this skit from The Donny and Marie Show, 1976. Fun times.

Pinball Lady!!

Check me out! I have tons of cute gift items for your friends who are just the right brand of crazy, like me!

Pom-Pom Flower Pins, $6.00

Pom-Pom Dangly Earrings, $12.00

Neon Pom-Pom Statement Necklace, $22.00

Pom-Pom Friday Headband, $14.00

And I also have non-Pom Pom related items like these:

Animal Print Duct Tape Statement Necklace, $22.00

Pink Zebra Duct Tape Earrings, $14.00

This shop is just another way that I am trying to diversify myself as a working artist. I'll report back to you at the end of 2016.

I was inspired to open my shop because of my positive experience with my craft booth at the Holiday Arts Festival hosted by the Richmond Art Center.

Photo by David Bernard and John Wehrle

Photo by David Bernard and John Wehrle

I’m so proud to have been one of the many artists and faculty that helped raise $30,000 to support the many programs RAC offers to people of all ages.  How great is that? I love art and my community. What better way to contribute. Thank you to all who came out and supported us.

And if you missed out on the color explosion that was the Pom-Pom Lady's booth, you can visit me at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DawnGonzalesDesign or attend my Mother's Day Pom-Pom Making workshop at the Richmond Art Center on Sunday, May 8, 12 - 4pm. Mark your calendars! More details to come soon.

Pom-Pom on, my friends! Pom-Pom on!

 

 

 

MAKERS GONNA MAKE! My sisterpalooza mini “crafti-cation”

I have always loved to make things. When we were children, my sister and I would get an idea and just go for it with any materials we had around the house. A large stack of printed inventory cardboard from my dad’s work kept us busy for years as we transformed it into such things as:

  • Paper dolls
  • Christmas tree ornaments
  • A pair of open toed high heeled shoes!

Sometimes our ideas worked. Sometimes they didn’t. But the process was always fun and we never felt bad about our craft “fails.” Children embrace creativity so much easier than adults because they are not afraid to experiment, and there is no judging. They have not yet been exposed to the cruel jive of this world: (“We’ve always done it THIS way.” “That will never work!” “Did you use an approved vendor?”) Ha-Ha. Can you relate?

This week, when my sister, Dionne, came to visit, we were busy from sun up to sun down making stuff and recapturing our creative spirits. We had a blast!

Here are some of the things we created:

  • Pom-Poms Headbands and earrings (inspired by The Richmond Art Center’s Skeletonfest workshop where we helped children make hundreds of fluffy pom-poms just for the fun of it)
  • Duct tape wallets, earrings and ID cases
  • Coloring sheets
  • Cheap and cheerful party decor
  • Spidery deviled eggs
  • Halloween costumes

We called my downstairs studio the CRAFTHOLE and documented our pursuits on social media. Our week included three diy costume changes too!

  • Dia de los muertos faces
  • Corsets and sequins for Rocky Horror Picture show
  • Freakshow outfits* (Tomorrow I will post a tutorial on how i made my parasitic twin costume.)

It was all so much fun and therapeutic!  Making art is such a wonderful release that I try to do it every day. Here are a few of my favorite quotes about creating art as therapy. I find truth in all of these:

“It’s time to make art, my soul is hungry.” - Anonymous

“If your heart is broken, make art from the pieces.” - Shane Koyczan

“Art was made to overcome chaos.” -Don Jones

I would love for you to share any of your favorite quotes along the same theme. Leave them in the comments section! 

Have a great week everybody! Go forth and make!

Tutorial: DIY up-cycled pom-pom remnant “confetti” coasters!

We have two sayings in this house: 

1. WE DON'T WASTE IN THIS HOUSE! 

and

2. MORE COFFEE PLEASE.

Here is a little up-cylced project I made on the fly this weekend inspired by our household matras: DIY up-cycled pom-pom remnant "confetti" coasters!

Simple sewn edge version

No Sew Duct tape version

Last week, I suddenly found myself the proud owner of a bag of teeny tiny yarn scraps collected from an afternoon of pom-pom making at the Makeshift Society SF with Brooklyn artist Dana Haim. I just thought they were way to pretty to throw away. But what to do with them? 

These are the beauties I made at Dana Haim's worksop

And these are the yarn bit remnants filling an entire shopping bag in my studio

While running errands, I found a bolt of thin clear vinyl at Stonemountain & Daughter fabric store on Shattuck in Berkeley. For$2.00 I was able to purchase 1/2 a yard! Perfect to try out a small project like coasters. Do you ever suddenly get that "jazzed for crafts" feeling, wanting to make something in an afternoon and have something awesome to show for it by end of day? I do. And I did!  Here's how I up-cycled the yarn bits from my weekend pom pom frenzy in five easy steps for this incredibly satisfying and fun coaster project:

MATERIALS NEEDED - Clear or transparent vinyl, yarn scraps - you could also use glitter, magazine images for collage, scrap book paper pieces, sequins, (really anything that is relatively flat), scissors, embroidery floss, large eye sewing needle, xacto knife (optional). ** for the no sew version use duct tape in bright color or patterns in place of the needle and floss.

* and a bit of masking tape (optional!)

* and a bit of masking tape (optional!)

Duct tape in fun colors for the "new sew" version.

1. Measure and cut 8 identical 4” vinyl squares. Lightly tape together two sides of the squares with 1/4" piece of tape for stability while sewing together (optional).

2. Using a needle and about a yard of embroidery floss, stitch around 3.5 sides of the clear square sandwich as shown. You could do a running stitch, but ever since I learned the blanket stitch in girl scouts, it has been my personal opinion that this method makes anything look better. Plus, it's fun. Yeah, I love a good blanket stitch.

Step 1 and 2

3.  Leaving a 2” opening on the last side of your vinyl square sandwich, insert a few pinches of yarn scraps into the center and evenly distribute by smashing around. Don’t fill the pouch too much. It should be sort of flat so that your drink is balanced and stable.

Step 3

4. Finish sewing pouch closed. I tied a bow at the corner of the square where my threads ends  met, but you could simply knot it, or even add pom-pom tassels!

5. Do this four times and you have a colorful stack of wipe-able vinyl coasters. Why not bring them as a hostess gift to you next friendly crafternoon?

Bundled DIY coaster set for the crafter noon hostess with the mostess!

If you don't feel like sewing, here is a "no sew" version that is just as fun!

1. Measure and cut eight identical 4” vinyl squares. Lightly tape together two sides of the squares with 1/4" piece of masking tape for stability while attaching pieces together (optional).

2. Cut four 5” strips of duct tape in the color of your choice. Anyone who has ever met me knows that I will ALWAYS choose neon. ALWAYS. 

Vinyl Squares, duct tape and cutting implements

3. Cut each strip in half lengthwise as shown. I used an xacto knife and ruled mat for accuracy, but you can eyeball it and use scissors, specially if working with small children.

Step 3 and 4

4. With each 2”wide (half strip) fold evenly over edge of two vinyl pieces sandwiched together. Repeat on two more sides. 

Two sides with taped edges

5. Insert a few pinches of yarn scraps into the center and evenly distribute by smashing around. Don’t fill the pouch too much. It should be sort of flat so that your drink is balanced and stable.

6. Add your last strip of tape to seal, making sure that you squeeze out any extra air in your pouch. While it looks cool, you don't want a plastic pillow under your glass unless you want coffee all over your workspace. Do this three more times for a set of 4. Since these taped versions were so easy, I made six total and the project took only 1 hour. Instant art!

Yay Neon!

Now may I have some more coffee please?

This project would be a great summer camp or birthday party project for kids. It's very inexpensive and can be done in 1.5 hours or less. It's also a great way to use up old craft supply scraps.