Birmingham Craft Night – Fabric Flower Pins

I am so excited to be back with the next installment of Birmingham Craft Night! I am in awe of how much interest there was in last month’s event, and so grateful to those who attended or gave me some encouragement along the way.

This Craft Night is also supporting something VERY EXCITING in our near future. Unfortunately, I have to keep it a little quite for now (no, I’m not pregnant), but trust me when I say, it’s very awesome, and a worthy cause to say the least ;)

Anyway! This month, to brighten the cold gray winter days we’ve had lately, we will be making these pretty fabric flowers pins:

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I made these a few years ago for a Christmas Craft Bazaar at my old company, and sold out within a couple hours. I think they’re so great to accessorize an outfit or tote bag, but also make cute gift toppers and double as a gift themselves! Kind of Frenchy too, don’t you think? I heard the chorus of “this time doesn’t work for my schedule but I want to participate!” so this month I’m going to offer two nights in hopes of being conducive to the busy lives I know we all lead!

When: Friday, February 20 at 6:15 AND Sunday, February 22 at 5:30.
Where: Malinda’s house in Helena, Alabama (address provided upon registration)
Cost: $15
What’s Included: All supplies and step-by-step instruction to make your own fabric flower pin, a craft box with tissue paper for gift-giving (or for keeping!), a hand-crafted name tag waiting for you at your work station, cupcakes, and light appetizers. As a bonus and time permitting, I’ll also show how to make mini fabric flower poms as well! (I also have plenty of wine left over from the last craft night ;)
How to Register: Each class is open to 10 participants, simply email me, malindakay {at} ymail dot com (yes, Ymail, not gmail!) and let me know you’ll be there! Also please let me know if you would like to make a pink, red, or white flower. (For simplicity’s sake I’m trying to limit it to these 3 colors, but if these choices are so terrible to your own personal taste that you’re participation hangs in the balance, then I’m sure we can work something out!)

Looking forward to another fun night of crafts and conversation!

Birmingham Craft Night Wrap-Up

Last Friday night, 10 awesome women were in my dining room, sipping wine, stamping, stenciling, and Sculpey-ing. We had such a great time, and thank you so much to everyone who took this first step with me to see this dream become a reality! I enjoyed meeting those of you who I had never met, reconnecting with people I haven’t seen in years, and seeing so many familiar faces too! Additionally, I was able to make my next payment for our Costa Rica mission trip! I’m a Christian, and one things Christians love to say is, “I am blessed.” It rings very true here. Thank you all, sincerely, so very VERY much.

If you are interested in upcoming Birmingham Craft Nights, please send me an email at malindakay {at} ymail dot com and I’ll add you to the email list, or just follow me on Instagram because I’ll definitely be sharing info on upcoming Craft Nights over there!

Here are a few photos from the night: the wonderful people, the things we created, and the cupcakes we ate. Check out this post for the crafts that we made at this Craft Night, featuring beautiful photos by Spark & Arrow Creative! (And thank you sweet girls for the blog post you did on BCN!)

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Crafts for Costa Rica! // Hello Birmingham Craft Night

This June, Zack and I will be leading our youth group to Costa Rica to work with Costa Rica Mission Projects. It’s our 2nd time to get to work with Wil Bailey, his lovely wife Yolanda, and the rest of the amazing CRMP team. They are doing incredible things in this country, and we are so excited to be part of it once again. As to be expected, there is a pretty significant cost associated with doing such a thing.

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I thought that hosting a craft night in my home would be a really, really fun way to help raise some of these funds. Of course I have no idea if this idea will work, but here are the details in hopes that is will! Ultimately, the hope of me and my pal Tiffany of StudioFlower is to establish what we’ve been calling Birmingham Craft Night…but that’s later, this is now!

When: Friday, January 23, 2015 at 6:15pm (FYI: a Parent’s Night Out fundraiser, hosted by my teammates at our church, will be going on at this time! )
Where: Malinda’s house in Helena, Alabama (address provided upon registration)
Cost: $25
What’s Included: A custom stenciled tote bag, a coordinating fob with a tassel and a stamped clay keychain, plus the knowledge of how to make something new and fun! Apps and cupcakes will also be provided. BYOWine!
How to Register: Simply email me, malindakay {at} ymail dot com and let me know you’ll be there! I have room for 14 people, but if for some incredible reason there are more people who are interested, then I will happily open another session!

With it being so close to Valentine’s Day, I worked up this example of what we’ll be making, although I’ll have a variety of other stencils and paint/tassel/keychain colors so you can create just what you want! And of course 1 million thanks to Sarah of Spark & Arrow for taking such lovely photos!

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Hope to see you there!

Handmade Holiday: Teacher Gifts & the Goody Goody Gift Swap

This year I made two handmade little gifts for Evie’s preschool teachers and our day school director; they are all so amazing and Evie loves them so much! They take the time each day to let the kids do a finger painting or drawing, and I wanted to make something for these sweet ladies that showed them how much I appreciate what they do for my highly, highly extroverted toddler! I made the same gifts for my Goody Goody Gift Swap swap mate, an aspiring flower farmer in New York.

Check out this post for a complete step-by-step on the ring dishes. I also made each of them a bracelet out of silk cording and metal beads; my swap made had a flower charm, and the day school teachers had little sparrow charms on theirs. I got all of my supplies for the bracelets from one of my favorite local small businesses, The Bead Biz here in Helena, AL.

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I used all manner of my favorite wrapping supplies: vintage stamps, tissue paper, glassine bags, washi tape, and a fleece star leftover from my Advent calendar DIY.

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I also added a personal note to each as well as one of our Christmas cards. We got our address stamp from Empress Stationery; Spark & Arrow took our Christmas photo in historical downtown Helena.

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Because festive wrapping is necessary!

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Merry Christmas to Ms. Lori, Ms. Stacey, Ms. Maggie, and Jenny Rae! I hope you each enjoy your little gifts from Evie and me!

Ring Dish DIY

A couple weeks ago I was at Anthropologie and saw the cutest little ring dishes. They reminded me so much of the pretty hand-painted tiny bowls I saw while we were shopping the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Rather than spending $10 a pop, I thought I could bust out some oven-bake clay (my favorite craft medium) and make my own version. They were the perfect little gift for Evie’s teachers, and for my Goody Goody Gift Swap swapmate! See my post on the bracelet and how I packaged their gifts here.

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Supplies You’ll Need:
Oven-bake polymer clay (like Sculpey or Fimo)
Rolling pin
Craft paint
Small paint brushes
3D fabric paint
Parchment paper
Small bowl for shaping the clay (I ended up using a baby food jar lid)
Stamps and other small objects for imprinting
Round cookie cutter or a glass (not pictured); or you could just cut it out with an X-acto knife
Clear high-gloss coating (I used a Krylon aerosol spray, but Mod Podge would work just as well)

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Step 1: Roll out the clay to about 1/8″ or so; thick enough that it won’t be too fragile, but thin enough to maintain a “delicate” feel. Using your cookie cutter or the rim of a glass (mine is 3″ in diameter).

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Step 2: Imprint your design into the clay.

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Step 3: Place a parchment square between the dish you use for shaping the bowl and the clay itself. Form the dish to have to have the “bowl” shape. Bake according the package directions; the general guideline is 265°F, and I baked these dishes for about 30 minutes. They will still feel soft when you take them out of the oven, but as the cool they will harden.

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Step 4: Using your 3D fabric paint, add additional texture to the dish, so that it has low areas and high areas. Let it dry completely.

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Step 5: Using a small brush, paint your designs. Pull your design together by taking a toothpick or teeny tiny brush and outlining the colors and painting the letter black. Paint a gold rim for the final touch.


Step 6: Spray or paint a couple of coats of the clear gloss topcoat onto the front and back of the dish, allowing it to dry and cure completely between coats.

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Homemade Gourmet Chocolate Bars

I once again teamed up with the creative girls at Spark & Arrow for another holiday DIY. This time we made gourmet chocolate bars in 3 fun flavors. Empress Stationery joined us for the fun and has provided free downloadable labels, which make these perfect for gift-giving! Head over to S&A’s blog for the full story, including step-by-step instructions, recipes, and the free download!

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A Little Bundle: Gifts for Baby + Mom

Have you heard of A Little Bundle? It’s a monthly subscription box tailored for you and “your little love.” Founder Annie Lin is a graduate of Parsons Design School, and curates each bundle to the design- and socially-conscious mother. Of course it changes each month, but here are a few constants:

  • Socially-conscious products that are either hand-made, produced in small quantities, and/or support small business-owners, makers, and creators
  • On-trend products and designs
  • A little something special for the mommy in addition to products for the baby
  • A blank notecard, almost always letter-pressed and/or from independent stationery designers, sent with the intent of being your child’s first pen pal.

Here are a few of my favorite bundles:

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June 2014 Bundle

Our June 2014 bundle featured a Hen & Co. Lover Not a Fighter tank, a handmade French wooden shaker, this amazing full-length bib, and a little canvas bin for me!

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November 2014 Bundle

Our November 2014 bundle was a co-collaboration between ALB and Kid & Coe, which is a great resource if you’re looking for a super kid-friendly place to stay while traveling!

The magnet board is favorite around here, and not just with Evie! I love how all of these little “busy” items fit perfectly right into that little lion backpack for her! The double-decker snack cups made from recycled material is pretty fantastic too!

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January 2014 Bundle

I loved our January 2014 bundle! The Finn + Emma organic cotton romper is so soft and sweet and Evie wore it till she was practically busting out of it! The bracelets are made by a leather-maker Alexis Drake; there was one for me and one for her. And how smart is the tiny diaper bag-sized first aid kit?


A few more of our favorite surprises:

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(All of which were exclusive collaborations with ALB!)

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Right photo is Evie’s nursery. There are 9 A Little Bundle Products just on this one wall of her room, and that’s not including just a cute ALB promo card that I liked so much that I taped it up! The items are, from left to right and top to bottom: 1.) Maileg Peas in a Pod rattle, 2.) colorful number blocks, 3.) wooden wheeled T-Rex, 4.) “I love you babe” art block, 5.) “You are my sun, my moon, and my stars” print, 6.) twig pencil and recycled paper notebook [lying flat on top of the middle shelf, so hard to see!)  7.)Catalina Mouse from Hazel Village, 8.) Alexis Drake Bond Bracelets, and 9.) heart nightlight.


I can’t wait to continue my subscription when we grow our family :)

Thank you Annie and the team at A Little Bundle for customer service and a customer-connection that goes beyond anything I’ve ever dealt with, and for providing a sweet little surprise each month for me and Evie! I would literally stalk our mailman on Bundle days like a kid on Christmas Eve! Head over to A Little Bundle for subscription information, and also to shop some of these exclusives and more in A Little Shop!


I also just want to add that this post is in no way connected to our sponsored by A Little Bundle. I just a happy customer!