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The Alt Summit Design Camp That I Rocked…Like a Baby?

I’m running out of “rocking” expressions, so this is going to have to be my final Alt Summit post. I just want to tell you guys how my Design Camp (the whole reason I was able to attend Alt in the first place!) went and share a few pictures!

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I was a little bit nervous, but I came well prepared. I also had a chance to attend Rachel Faucett‘s Design Camp just prior to mine, so I had a good feel for the classroom before starting my session. I also got to sew on my first Bernina and oh, my, oh my! It was like butter. We have sworn off big purchases until all credit card debt is paid off, but a Bernina is now at the top of my list!

After lunch, it was time for my session!

photo by whimseybox

It was a fairly intimate group of about a dozen women, and they gave me a really sweet, warm welcome. Here is a picture of me pointing and speaking with great authority.

And here are the pretty fabric squares all laid out and ready to become yo-yos.

The class hard at work!

photo by caroleatsagain

And the final projects! I loved all of the color combos, and I really love that several of the women took the idea and ran with it. We had yo-yos in the hair, on bags, on super long chains! I share a lot of ideas on the blog, but I don’t often get to see what happens with those ideas once I throw them out into the world. It’s really cool when I do get that chance!
Thanks so much to everyone who attended the Design Camp and big, big thanks to Kollabora and Bernina for the amazing opportunity!

By the way, if you wish you could have taken this class, you can download the the full PDF instructions on Kollabora.
And if you live in the Orange County, SoCal area, and you’d like to actually attend a yo-yo necklace workshop with me, I’ll be doing this again at The Makery on March 13th! You can get full details and sign up here.

Workshop: Packaging

This weekend I will be hosting a 2-hour packaging and gift wrapping workshop at The Makery in Anaheim, California. In this class, we will learn techniques from start to finish for creative and professional packaging and gift wrapping. If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, you know that I am crazy for packaging. I even wrote a 3-part tutorial on how to perfectly and professionally wrap a gift.

In the workshop, I’ll show you how to do that. I’ll also show you how to tie the perfect bow, make tissue paper flowers and toppers, gift tags, itty-bitty envelopes and more! There will be demonstrations on easy ways to do beautiful hand lettering, material and color choices, and embellishments galore! I’ll do some demos and we’ll do some craft-alongs together. Plus, there will be a gift topper station, card and tag making station and you’ll get to try out different materials and techniques. Washi tape! Pom poms! Doilies! Oh my!

The fee includes all of your supplies, and you’ll go home with the various gift toppers and tags made during the workshop, as well as hand-outs with step by step instructions detailing what we learned, and new techniques to try out at home!

Sunday, November 18 from 2pm-4pm
Sunday, December 9 from 2pm-4pm

And, remember, I have a Baby Booties class coming up on Sunday, too!

I have more workshops coming up! Sign up to receive email alerts for upcoming craft and sewing workshops.


I am so excited to announce that I will be leading some super fun craft and sewing workshops beginning in October at The Makery, an amazing new craft store and studio space located in Anaheim, Southern California. My class schedule will be finalized in the next week or two, but you can sign up now to receive email alerts with the details of what and when I’ll be teaching.

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I'm Marigold and I like to make stuff. Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! is a place where I share my love of DIY and working with my hands. You'll find projects for kids and adults that are quirky, fun, artful and functional.You can email me at