Bouquets & Boutonnieres (Part I)

28 Jan

I had always assumed wedding bouquets were difficult to make, but I recently learned this is not so! In November, I had the honor and opportunity to make bridal bouquets for two weddings. After giving me a basic description of what they had in mind, each bride set me loose in New York City’s Flower District and were willing to accept whatever I would create… for better or worse.

The first bride wanted something with a simple color scheme, delicate and timeless- think BHLDN, the wedding wing of Anthropologie. Nervous about working with (real) flowers for the first time and intimidated by the overwhelming options in the flower district, a test run was in order. I scoured the DIY blogosphere for hours, trying to figure out which flowers to buy, what supplies I needed and how I should put everything together.  Then I went for it. I was super happy with the results and sent this photo over to the bride for feedback.

the trial run

the trial run

The verdict was that the overall look and feel was spot on, but the dahlias were a little too dark– she wanted softer colors.  Keeping that in mind, I returned to the flower district the day before the wedding and came back with these stunning flowers.


flowers in the tub

Which turned into this bouquet…

diy bridal bouquet (Photo credit: Robert Caplin)

(Photo credit: Robert Caplin)


and this boutonniere!

Paul boutenierre closeup (Photo credit: Robert Caplin)

(Photo credit: Robert Caplin)


me attaching Paul's boutonniere in Central Park (Photo credit: Robert Caplin)

me attaching Paul’s boutonniere in Central Park (Photo credit: Robert Caplin)

Here is the lovely couple together. Nicole and Paul, you guys are the best!


Nicole & Paul (Photo credit: Robert Caplin)


I’ll show you the other bouquet in my next post.  Stay tuned!


2nd needle felting class @ Brooklyn Brainery

20 Aug

It seems like this blog is being overrun by needle felting posts. I’ve been obsessed with this craft… Bear with me, I have a few different projects in the works that I’ll be sharing. These photos are from my second needle felting class at the Brooklyn Brainery.

Needle Felting at Brooklyn Brainery

Summer Craft Clearance at Brooklyn Craft Co.

22 Jul

Attention NYC crafters! Join me this Thursday at the amazing Brooklyn Craft Company in Greenpoint, BK for an evening of summer crafting. There will be eight other DIY stations. And of course, I’ll be at the needle felting table.

Brooklyn Craft Company

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Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time: 7:00-10:00pm
Cost: $45  <<Includes crafts & materials>>


UPDATE: Photos from the event!

Brooklyn Company Craft Night

Photos courtesy of Brooklyn Craft Co.

Felting at the Brooklyn Brainery

29 May

Yup, more needle felting! This past Tuesday, I taught a three hour needle-felting class at the Brooklyn Brainery. The students came up with these adorable creations.

needle felted panda

dog hamster

cute creature

needle felted creatures

needle felted manatee & ladybug

needle felted penguin & mouse

needle felted hamster


needle felting party!

19 Mar

Thanks to everyone who came out to the needle felting craft bash on March 2nd! Check out some of the amazing little creatures that came into being.

needle felted rabbit

by nicole

needle felted creature

by paul

needle felted dog and chick

by lauren (left) & sean (right)

needle felted cheeseburger

by frannie

needle felted chick

by sean

needle felted creatures

group photo

crocheted basket

2 Feb

crochet basket

I made this basket a few months ago at an open crafts night at the Kollabora headquarters in Soho, but I just got around to placing it in my apartment.  It’s the perfect holder for the roving wool that I’ve been working with lately.

crochet bowl1

To make: use thick yarn and single crochet a never-ending spiral.



needle felted creatures

21 Jan

Lately I’ve been on a new kick– needle felting.  It’s so much fun.  These creatures were time intensive, but well worth the effort.

needle felted animals

corgi with ball

needle felted corgi

needle felted fox

needle felted maneki neko lucky cat

needle felted misfits skull

Misfits logo

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