April’s crafternoon was hosted by Katie
at her home in West Virginia. Katie’s house is in the woods/mountain area and there is a lot to see. She has chickens, the forest, a neighbor with piglets, and come Monday she will even be an official bee keeper with bees!
Katie’s crafternoon was a seed swap/garden marker making party. She made all kinds of food like a really delicious blueberry tart, and had a never ending supply of her homemade iced mocha coffee
. I decided to paint rocks to look like the “rock fact” guy from Over The Garden Wall
made little figures out of clay to push into her indoor potted plants, and a lot of other people painted rocks or corks to look like bugs, mushroom, etc. I wish I had gotten photos of everything!
We did a white elephant gift swap with Easter baskets, so I used the tote I had made at the last crafternoon as my basket and filled it with candy and two handmade surprise balls. There are so many great tutorials out there for making your own surprise balls, but I think I might put together a blog post with ideas for what to put inside them, a mixture of handmade and things you can buy. They are so much fun to make that I am considering hosting a crafternoon at my house where we do just that. I think they are great to then save set aside for those last minute gifts, or a little something extra to add to a present.
Anyhow I really enjoyed taking another month off hosting, and just getting to attend! Its not only very relaxing, but fun to get to drive out and visit everyone’s houses.
This month we’ve started something new with crafternoon. Everyone is taking turns holding a crafternoon of their choice at their house, and first up was Jessee
with a fun sewing party. We all brought our machines and worked on projects, Jessee taught some people new techniques, and helped Katie
get her hexagon quilt all ready for quilting! It was such a fun time, so much good food, and I have to say super relaxing to pass off the hosting baton for a bit. I forgot my camera, so I only have some bad phone photos. Above you can see the divided tote
I made at crafternoon & the divided tote
I made to hold my crafternoon white elephant gift (it was filled with candy). Plush you can see the awesome basket I got, so many goodies! Next month I’ll remember to bring my camera and get some better photos. Katie
is hosting a seed swap and garden marker making crafternoon next, I can’t wait!
Yesterday’s Halloween crafternoon was lots of fun! Halloween and Christmas are always my most favorite crafternoons to plan out. I’ll have a few more post about yesterdays event so I can share a few DIY projects, and my Halloween mixed cd with you.
We made vintage style paper mache jack o’lanterns. I’ll have a DIY explaining how we did it posted tomorrow, so you can try and make some of your own. Everyone seemed to really enjoy making them, and I think its the first craft where every single person finished one! So I call that a success.
We had a costume contest as always where we each vote for three different winners. Page came dressed as a “lunch lady” and Molly dressed up as my #1 fan. She even wrote “I ♥ Heidi” on her knuckles. I didn’t get a photo of everyone’s costume because of course as people started arriving I just got sidetracked. I kept my costume simple because I knew I’d be running around. I wore all black and made a vintage inspired black swan headpiece (it was really easy and I’ll share my pattern soon). Crystal was dressed as her Emerald Witch doll.
For the costume contest prizes I cut some little black cat string winders (I’ll have a DIY for these too) out of wood, and got some $5 target gift cards. I made little drawstring bags out of Halloween fabric. And of course ballots for our secret voting. Page & Molly both won prizes and then there was a tie between a homemade Girr costume & sriracha. So we tossed a coin to break the tie.
The white elephant gift swap this time was Halloween themed. I used this free lined drawstring bag tutorial
for my bag. I highly recommend it! Very easy to follow and sew, and they turn out so great. She also sells a pattern for different sizes.
I made a big pot of soup and carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. It was a great crafternoon and has me already looking forward to planning Decembers.