Mollie Makes Outtakes

In the last issue of Mollie Makes #37 I contributed a constellation banner project. When I got the contributors copy I was so happy to see that they also included and feature story about me too! The headline, "Small yet mighty" makes me so happy. The issue is full of creative projects, and features my friend Jessica Pigza's new book Bibliocraft, and it even comes with a full kit(!) to make a hot pink argyle mug cozy.

I thought it would nice to share some of the images that didn't make it into the the magazine. I always try to sneak in a picture of my cats. It's a not so secret goal to make them internet famous. That's Bullet up there with a kitty fu manchu.

This is my favorite image from the bunch. I love this little collection of art and books from our living room.

You can purchase the Mollie Makes #37 with the full project instructions, and pattern here.  

Hand Stitching for West Elm & Steven Alan

Funny story, recently I worked with West Elm for the launch of their collaboration with Steven Alan, Stripes.  I helped consult on totes that were made just for the collaboration, and helped organize a few stitchy cohorts to monogram these totes during the launch event. Super cool gig.

So here's the funny part, during the event there were so many people requesting monogramed totes that eventually we needed to turn people away. So one of these people I turned away was the president of West Elm, Jim Brett. I literally said no to the president of West Elm. Palm to the face moment! Of course I didn't know who he was, and he was incredibly nice. One of his people kindly let me know later that that was the president of the company and would I please stitch a tote for him? Coming right up! So in the end it was all good. I got to personally stitch a monogram for the big chief of West Elm. Pretty cool.

Julie of Your Secret Admiral and Nguyen of Knit Knit, stitching it up. Desira Pesta and Cheyne of Cut Out and Collect also helped. We estimated that over a hundred totes were stitched in a just a few short hours. Here are some...

All photos by BFA

Hall & Oates Embroidered Record

Sometimes I get a custom request I just can't refuse. It's just too thoughtful or too tempting an image to stitch up. This request was both. I loved the idea of a stitched record of a favorite song.  The Valentine's Day gift was inspired by a scene in 300 Days of Summer, where this Hall & Oates song plays as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character is so happy in love he dances in the streets, high-fives strangers and hits an imaginary home run. It's just that good! I couldn't be happier to help people contain that feeling through my work.

Here's the original images that were sent to me to work with and a detail. The lettering was damn tiny that I had change it up a bit, but I wanted it to look close to the real thing. The finished piece was mounted on a 6x6" wood canvas.

I was thinking about what song I might have chosen to memorialize like this. Hmmm? Maybe Smashing Pumpkins Today or Depeche Mode, Blue Dress.  What about you?

Message in a Bottle Class & Giveaway!

I'm wrapped in a blanket watching the snow rain down. All the trees and streets are blanketed in snow and I just can't believe it's already February! Where did January go?! This year is already going too fast.

With February here it's time to think about Valentine's Day. I'm excited to be teaching a very sweet class at Brooklyn Craft Co. (Feb. 10th 7-9 pm) where we will be making a Embroidered Message in a Bottle. Such a great DIY Valentine gift! It's a great deal too since all the materials are provided!

Brett, the founder of BCC, has generously offered to giveaway one seat in the class for you! If you're around the NY/Brooklyn area and would like to enter the giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment here. You can get an extra entry by sharing the class. Just tag us on FB (Brooklyn Craft Co./ Miniature Rhino), Instagram or Twitter (@bkcraftco / @miniaturerhino)

I'll announce the randomly picked winner on the 7th. Good luck & thanks so much!!

Let's Catch up

 Photo by Jeremy Dyer @birdsandbells

Let's catch up! I had a very chihuahua Christmas. My mom has three dogs and for my Christmas eve there were more tiny dogs in elf suits and santa outfits than there were people. 

My mom and I took a road trip to Tucson, AZ to spend time with my boo's family. I never really gave Tucson much thought, but man the desert was spectacular. Crazy beautiful sunsets, amazing hiking trails, cactus candy is delicious, and day trips to the old miners town of Bisbee made me really fall for Tucson. 

Very soon I'll be back in NY, but for now I'm taking advantage of time with my family, loving three silly chihuahuas, and drinking in the California sun. 

p.s don't forget to enter to win a free Craftsy embroidery class with me!

New Year, New Online Class with Craftsy

Happy, Happy New Year!! I hope you had an amazing holiday & New Years. I'm in California soaking in the sun and warmth of the west coast and spending all the time I can with my family and friends until I go back to the cold of NY.

I'm very excited to kick off the new year with a big project I've been working on behind the scenes for awhile now. Today I get to announce....drum roll please: I've filmed an online class with Craftsy called, Design it, Stitch it: Hand Embroidery!!

People have always asked me if I had online videos on how to do stitches, and now, I do! So happy that you can now take a very in-depth embroidery class with me anytime, anywhere, and in your pjs if you wanted!

In the class I teach you over 25 stitches, different transfer methods, how to stitch on tricky fabrics, and my favorite, designing your own patterns. We stitch a few projects together a sampler of all the stitches and a beautiful customizable shirt and you also get some bonus patterns.

To celebrate the launch I'm giving away one free class subscription. All you have to do is sign up for Craftsy here. If you already have a Craftsy account you can use the same link and just log in to your existing account to be entered. (If any trouble seeing the giveaway page try using Firefox.) I'll announce and email the winner Jan. 14th.

If you've ever wanted to learn to embroider, refresh your skills or pick up a new hobby for the new year this class would be perfect! I hope you'll check it out & don't forget to enter to win the class for free!

Halloween Freebie - Gimme All the Candy!!

The countdown to Halloween is on! Only four more days. So close and I haven't even decorated or  planned a costume. I've been in a work bubble toiling away at some big projects and the holidays coming up. I wish I was a kid again.

Speaking of kids, I made these card designs for a kids class I taught at the Mulberry Street Library, which is probably the closest thing to a Harry Potter library here in NYC. You'd never know there was a library there and it's built in a former chocolate factory. The kids called the bat "derpy" and got into stitching. I thought I'd share one of the templates here for you to do yourself or as a fun project with kids. It can be a card or enlarge it to stitch onto a tote bag for a most excellent trick or treat bag! Now, I must do this immediately.

Click here for the Gimme All The Candy template. I also included simple instructions for stitching a card.

Please, please share pics if you give it a go, and tag any projects on instagrams! #miniaturerhino

Enjoy! Happy early Halloween....

Pumpkins for Design*Sponge

Halloween is my favorite holiday, so when Design*Sponge asked me to contribute a design to their D*S Pumpkin Project I was all about it.  Carving pumpkins is such a fun way to spend a day and totally got me into the Halloween spirit. I made a simple design inspired by a vintage danish dish that was gifted to me. It's one of my favorite everyday objects.

I used this little city by the sea as inspiration, and added stars on top. For the full how-to and more pics please head over to Design*Sponge

What are you doing to get into Halloween?

Brooklyn Craft Camping!!

Had a blast teaching at Brooklyn Craft Camp this past Saturday. Everything was beautifully planned and decorated by Brett Bara. Her craft camp events are filled with colorful, fun loving details from the tinsel banners, photobooth decor, nummy lunches and all the rad projects to make!

My classes made embroidered sequin bracelets. Metal triangle sequins? Gold and neon? Yes please! They looked so good!

This was the photobooth backdrop! I might have goofed it up a bit in there....

The results of the glass etching class taught by Michelle Edgemont looked beautiful.

Everyone was talking about the terrarium class & the tiny drama filled figurines they put in them.

I loved seeing all the custom stamps and stationery that came out of Julie's class of  Your Secret Admiral.

The highlight of the event for me was hearing Jenni Radosevich of I Spy DIY  dish as the keynote speaker about how she started out, her book, I Spy DIY Style, photography, and what her craft space looks like–it's just her 350 sq ft apartment! Very inspiring. Very fun day.

p.s lots more craft camp goodness here #bkcraftcamp

Speaking of pom-poms & Book giveaway winner

Image from Beci Orpin's book Find & Keep (Such a great book!!) via The Design Files

There's some more pom-pom inspiration to help me announce last week's giveaway winner for Pom-Poms! 25 Awesomely Fluffy Projects by Sarah Goldschadt & Lexi Walters Wright. Thanks for all your comments! 

***The winner is Sandra of The Slow Catwalk! I hope some pom-pom making is in your future Sandra!!*** Please send me an email hello (at) miniaturerhino (dot) com with your mailing address.

Watermelon pom-pom! Genius! By Kitiya Palaskas. Love her colorful fun style.

Spell it out with pom-poms! A free alphabet pom-pom tutorial via Mr. Printables

Pom-Poms! Sneak peak of the new book & Giveaway

I never made pom-poms as a kid. Recently, though I got a bunch of my grandmother's notions and there were a set of mysterious circle thingys, which are actually pom-pom makers in various sizes. One afternoon I made a shit ton of pom-poms to make up for all the missing childhood poms that never were. I feel like I've missed out for too long on the crafty magic these puffy little balls of string can bring. For the love of all things pom Sarah Goldschadt Lexi Walters Wright have a new book coming out real soon (Oct. 1 2013) all about 'em, Pom-Poms! 25 Awesomely Fluffly Projects. It's such a bright, fun collection of projects for your home, events, and to wear. 

The ideas are clever. Things I wouldn't have thought about and fell in love with instantly like the pop-pom cowl above, tinsel poms, and pom-pom piƱata (below). I've now got more pressure building for that quilt I've been dying to make–there will be pom-poms!

Seriously love the "Wrapping Styles" section (above), which gives recipes for getting different effects like polka dots, speckles, and stripes. There are also instructions for how to make poms from cardboard, a fork, even your fingers, and other materials like tissue paper, t-shirts(!), felt, tulle, fabric, and even coffee filters are transformed into a dreamy, dramatic pom-pom.

Thanks to Quirk Books I have an advanced copy of Pom-Poms! to giveaway to one lovely reader (or handsome reader. Wait you can be lovely and handsome. Whatever. You, you.). Just leave a comment here &
I'll pick a random winner a week from today, next Thursday, Oct. 3. Comment ideas: creative descriptive words for pom-poms other than pom-pom (I don't think I've ever said pom-pom more than in this here post!), what you'd like to make, and/or your fave crafty story about pom-pom making...

p.s If you become a pom-pom master make me a sweater just like this. Please & thank you.

**10/3 The giveaway is now closed. Thanks for all the comments! The winner is Sandra of The Slow Catwalk! Please send me an email hello (at) miniaturerhino (dot) com with your mailing address.

Let's make something together - October events & classes

Whew it's gonna be so good!

Oct. 1 Embroidered Halloween Cards
Mulberry Street Library, 4-5 pm
This program is for Teens and Young Adults, 13-18 years.

Oct. 5 Brooklyn Craft Camp
A day of DIY heaven making four projects with all tools and materials supplied, getting your nails did, drinking fancy cocktails and food, playing in the photobooth, and mingling with lots of creatives. I'm so excited about it! Check out the amazing classes: terrariums, glass etching, felting, loom knitting, embroidered sequin bracelets (with me!), and more.
+ Aaaand, I SPY DIY  is giving away a ticket! Ends this Friday 9/27.
+ See pics from the last event here: Brooklyn Craft Camp

Oct. 3/ 10 Stitch Dictionary
Purl Soho, 6-8 pm

Oct. 7 Make Your Own Monogram
Make Workshop, 6:30-8:30 pm

Oct. 12 Tea and Embroidery Workshop
Knot & Bow Studios, Saturday, 1:30-4 pm
Knot & Bow is a line of modern stationery goods, and event supplies.  They're hosting a series of carefully curated inspiring workshops in their new studio space.  We'll be making three projects: embroidered photocorners as featured in Country Living Magazine, gift tags and stitching up your own zodiac sign while sipping tea on a crisp fall day. All workshop details here.

So, let's make something together!

Recent work

Hope you all had a great weekend! It was lovely and I as usual was mostly a hermit in my apartment baking and stitching away. I get a bee in my bonnet to make sweet things all the time. Saturday: Apple Crisp, for breakfast! Late, very late, silly late on Sunday: Chewy chocolate chip with vegan butterscotch chips!

Did you make anything this weekend?