Saturday, November 15, 2014

Reset Button

Holiday  Round Box  with Christmas Tree
Small Holiday Gift Wrapping or Ornament

RELAX!   It's one of mornings, anything that can go wrong will go wrong and all you want to do is press the RESET BUTTON. This Saturday morning was one of those mornings. It was bad, I even missed a vending event. I'm not going to lie, I felt horrible, my heart ached.  

Once things settled down, I needed to find an outlet to turn my energy around. So I did a minor craft project as my RESET BUTTON. Nothing that a bottle of Modge Podge and a hot glue gun cannot fix. 

Do you want to do one? Here's what I used:
  • A small round box.
  • Recycled lace (from a shirt that Sew Loka gave me for the Etsy Craft Party).
  • Red ribbon
  • Small frosted holiday tree bush
  • Modge Podge
  • Hot glue gun
And here's what to do"
  •  Cut the lace to the desired length.
  • Apply Modge Podge to the area of the box you want covered with the lace.
  • Stick the lace to the box.
  • Same process for the ribbon on the box lid
  • Apply hot glue to the bottom of the tree and place on top of the lid.

This little project brought back a smile to my face. Go ahead, make one or two, or ten and use them as ornaments or as OOAK Holiday gift boxes. And yes, send pix my way please!

Wink, wink!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tag You're It!

Handmade Artisan Jewelry by Wink Artisans- Earring Cards
The Wink Earring Cards

TAG IT!  Yip, this tag is for you. It's nice to receive thoughtful mementos. So for this holiday season, I made these earring cards. This is a super simple DIY and you can add to your gift wrapping.  

Get your tags from the local craft store or cut them yourself with these templates found on Pinterest.  Get your sewing machine -if you don't have one, go to your mother, mother-in-law, your sister, your neighbor, whomever and borrow theirs.- and some ribbons or lace.  

You can also upcycle some lace from that old shirt, skirt or dress that is in the attic. I like the lace because earrings can hang from it plus is to Shabby Chic.  But you can sew in name initials or an appliqué and voilà, your tag is ready!
Lucha Libre Luchador Earrings by Wink Artisans Artisan Jewelry Handmade
Lucha Libre Luchador Earrings by Wink Artisans
 This is how my tags turned out.  Give it a world and make some tags. Make sure to send me some pix. I always love to see your creativity. Keep on rocking!

By Sol at Wink Artisans,
maker of stunning, Mexican-themed, artisan jewelry.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Make Your Wink: Crochet Your Sugar Skull

Make Your Wink Workshop Series Wink Artisans Crochet Sugar Skull with ChulaLita

CROCHET!  Yes, my dear Winkers, we are picking up some crochet hooks to kickstart the Make Your Wink workshop series. Yip, you are making your own Wink. Are you ready?

Since Day of the Dead is an everyday occurrence on my book, let's start with this fun and easy workshop. Long-time Winker and fellow crafter Linda Alfonso Ibarra-Arroyo also known as ChulaLita will be sharing her crochet talent with us.

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

1821 Fifth Avenue. San Diego 92101

$10 (includes supplies*)
Prepayment will be via PayPal or SquareUp.

Basic crochet technique 
(chain, double crochet, etc.)

Yarn, crochet hooks, embroidery thread,
needles, felt, etc.

Sew Loka Handmade Artisan Collective logo

I'm so stoked to partner up with my great buddy, Claudia of Sew Loka, who will graciously host the workshops. She rocks! 

Linda Alfonso Ibarra-Arroyo ChulaLita guest crafter at MakeYourWink Wink Artisans

About ChulaLita

Linda Alfoso Ibarra-Arroyo, know as ChulaLita, is a mother of six children and grandma to 15 grandchildren. She is very familiar with a needle and thread as well as a pair of knitting needle. She enjoys crafting and sharing simple crocheting patterns as well as making jewelry, sewing and quilting. She is patient and kind while teaching anyone eager to learn. She genuinely has a love for crafts and lots of experience.

By Sol at Wink Artisans,
maker of stunning, Mexican-themed, artisan jewelry.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Life Is Too Short To Wear Boring Jewelry

LIVE! And live to the fullest! That's what my late, baby sister, Gloria Irene, taught me. May she rest in peace.  So when it comes to bling, I live by that teaching. You all know I like my bling big, bold, and beautiful (+ colorful, weird, and stunning). 


Jewelry by Josette Redwolf

Chahtah Hehewuti runway chest piece by celebrity designer Josette Redwolf

No kidding! If not just see any of the Cake Boss episodes, Buddy Valastro keeps on saying "go big or go home." I mean, how are you going to stand out in this busy, image-saturated society, where everyone looks the same, right? 


Multilayer Wool & Cotton Statement Necklace by Kjoo

Literally! Have you noticed that life seems happier in color?  Go ahead, be your five-year-old self again and let color explosions take place here and there. Have you seen what that yellow or magenta does to your skin? I'll give you a hint: RADIENT!


Anna Siivonen

Serqet Scorpio Goddess Statement Necklace by Anna Siivonen

The WOW factor is a must. Nothing adds drama like something shocking. No kidding! Wear something totally unexpected, edgy, and chingón.  Instantly, you are IT.

In all reality, life is really short. In the blink of an eye, 20 years pass you by and you are left with the should've, could've, would've.  Instead, have fun, be happy and  
Keep on rocking your Wink.  'Til next time!

By Sol at Wink Artisans,
maker of stunning, Mexican-themed, artisan jewelry.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Morning Walk Finds

Bandera Mexicana Altar 

WALK! They say it helps you lose weight. It's true, I've lost some 25 lbs. but that's another story. Every morning my dogs, Rocky & Luna, take me on a fast-pace, get-out-of-breath, walk. 

Ofrenda de Maiz
It's amazing the things you can notice during a morning walk with these two fur babies. They sniff everything, not only trees, bushes and posts, but also street art, cars, and Day of the Dead altars. 

Limones & Apples
Yip, my hood is that festive, we got the colorful Dia de los Muertos Altars through out my community. That's thanks to the Muertos Festival put together by the Sherman Heights Community Center and the Historic Barrio District.  

Cafecito & Arroz
Neighbors are encouraged to set up their altars and ofrendas... and many do.  Thank you vecinos!

Native American Altar
If you wan to see some mega Altares, make sure to stop by the Festival this Saturday, November 1st.  I'll be vending too, so you can always stop by the Wink booth and say hello (and snatch your wink!).
The Teepee

In any case,  I hope the pics of the altars right around my block are enough to brighten your day. 

The Celestial Background
Perhaps, you get motivated to set up your own altar in your front lawn. If you do, make sure to send us pics. We would love to see them.

Rocky & Luna inspecting this Native American altar.

As always, rock your wink!

By Sol at Wink Artisans,
maker of stunning, Mexican-themed, artisan jewelry.