Holiday Wreaths with Fortunate Orchard & Field Trip Society

Last Sunday I attended this wreath making class with Field Trip Society and Fortunate Orchard. It was a perfect opportunity to start off the holiday season, as well as catch up with some friends that I haven’t seen in awhile. Field Trip Society offers awesome classes, and this one was as great as the ones I’ve taken in the past. A few of the folks in the class have taken this one before and it’s become a holiday tradition for them. I think I agree with this sentiment, and will probably do it again next year!

 

THE LOCATION

The class was held at the Seward Park Audubon Center. It was a drizzly and cold day in Seattle, but this location was so awesome. We warmed up by the fire with cookies and hot cider.

 

THE MATERIALS

So many gorgeous swags of greenery and additions like branches, pine cones and dried berries.

 

THE PROCESS

The instructions weren’t complicated, but it just took some good old elbow grease (and some gardening gloves) to tie all the boughs onto the grapevine wreath.

 

THE FINISHED PRODUCT

Here is my first ever created wreath! It’s not super clean, but I kind of like it’s natural look. :)

 

Flowers

Oahu, Hawaii

I apologize for not posting much lately. I have found myself very busy because this summer has brought a few exciting new things!

  • New job – I mentioned this awhile back, but right now it’s taking some precedence in my life. I have much to learn in my new role.
  • New blog format – Just like my wardrobe…my blog is changing with the seasons. :) I have been slowly updating all of the previous posts, so please be patient with some of the brokenness until I get to them all.
  • Vacation – I took a lovely vacation with my friend to the Big Island of Hawaii recently, so I have been preoccupied with snorkeling and laying by the pool. I did however bring back a few Hawaiian crafts that I’ll hopefully post soon!

Even on vacation…you can’t take the Krafty out of the Kath. :) I signed up for a lei making class in Hawaii and learned all about the art of making leis. It was a fun, and relaxing process. We had a great instructor named Meagan who grew up making leis since she was a little girl. She said she stopped counting how many leis she had made after 4,000. Whoa.

In making a lei, the tradition is to pick all of your flowers. Lucky for us we had a florist who supplied them. We started by counting out 80 flowers. We used orchids, which she said are very common for the island. Once we had our flowers we pinched off the stem on the backside.

Counting

Using a long steel lei needle attached to a long string, we began threading our flowers through the front…out the back directly through where the stem was attached. It’s the strongest part of the flower, so this ensures your lei will stay together.

Threading

After all of the flowers are on the thread, you simply tie a knot to make it a loop.

Threading

Once you have finished your lei, always hold it using two hands. This is a symbol of the love and care you put into your lei. Our instructor says the tradition is that when you make a lei, you shouldn’t really keep it for yourself. It is a sign of love, friendship and celebration, so you are supposed to give it away…of course with a hug and a kiss.

Aloha!

 

Concrete planter

Concrete casting class | Makerhaus

concrete planter

Recently I took a concrete casting class from Makerhaus in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Makerhaus is this great studio of “maker” equipment such as laser cutters, 3D printers and a complete wood shop. They offer monthly memberships as well as classes. I decided that I wanted to try a class, so I signed up for Concrete Casting!

First you create your mold. Then you mix and pour the cement. Fast forward to a week later and the removal of the mold. I went for a more basic piece, however some of the people in the class got much more creative with their materials.

Here is a few photos of my experience.

Concrete planter

I enjoy my planter so much, I may bring it to work to sit on my desk. But for now they found a nice little home in my family room. :)

Concrete planter

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