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Telephone Flower Illustration by Madeline Trait

2345 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States



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This week at CreativeLive: 

I was able attend one of the live classes as a student.  The class is paper crafts with Robert Mahar. By taking Robert's class I realized that learning new making skills is such a great creative outlet. Learning new techniques, meeting new people and learning how someone else approaches these projects just makes me wants to do this over and over again. Robert is so knowledgeable about all the techniques he presented. Not only does he present each project in clear way but knows the history of each technique which in turn motivates me dig deeper and learn more of the history of all the projects that I tackle. I also find it fascinating that Robert scours over vintage craft books which I had not thought about before but is such a smart way to approach DIY as all of these techniques have been around much longer than I have, we are just looking at them with fresh eyes. See this great class for yourself and you can also see my interview on Day 2 Pre-Show where I talk about the progress of my project at CreativeLive. 

Below are all the images I took throughout the two days in Robert's class showing some of the projects we tackled. 

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DIY - Flower Cake Toppers

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If you haven't checked out the blog Best Friends For should. One very important reason is that I am a contributor and post a fab DIY once a month. This months' DIY is fun flower cake toppers.  

BFFF is a great blog to check out for fun tips, ideas and articles about baking and parties, what's not to love. 

Until next time... 


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Halloween Dinner

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Forgoing the typical Halloween festivities? Maybe hosting a devilishly good dinner or cocktail party instead?  If it is the latter, I have an elegant and holiday appropriate arrangement perfect for the occasion.



Chocolate Cosmos

Dark Red Dahlias

Red Scabiosa

Purple Queen Anne's Lace

Black Vase


This arrangement will set the mood with it's dark red colors and black vase. To create it start with the purple queen anne's lace and then add in the dahlias. Once you have a good shape add the scabiosa and cosmos grouping them in two or threes and keeping some a little taller so that it doesn't become one solid ball. 

Place on your table or bar and let the festivities begin!

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