Do It Yourself: Halloween Wreath

by tatiana on October 15, 2012

DIY Halloween Wreath | by Tatiana Jimenez |

Over the last year or so, I started the loose tradition of creating a seasonal wreath to hang on my front door. I say “loose” tradition because up until yesterday, the wreath I made for Fall of 2011 was still up. But, who cares! Now a cute Halloween wreath hangs in its place. Here’s how I made it.

Hot Glue
Elmer’s Glue (or a Glue Stick)
Foam Wreath
Chunky Black Yarn
3 Kinds of Fabric
Tulle (I used black and white)

Step 1: Tightly wrap your chunky black yarn around the foam wreath. If you have thinner yarn (like a worsted weight) that’ll work just fine, but it will take longer. Every three inches or so I would place some hot glue on the foam (in the back — I’d advise against glue or strings visible in the front) to secure the placement of the yarn. The foam can be slippery — we don’t want to leave any gaps.

DIY Halloween Wreath | by Tatiana Jimenez |

Step 2: Locate some cardboard. I made frozen pizza for dinner that night and decided that the circular cardboard that lives under the pizza would be perfect. Proceed with drawing an easy bat shape on a piece of paper. Cut it out and trace that onto your cardboard. Make three.

DIY Halloween Wreath | by Tatiana Jimenez |

Step 3:  Grab your three different fabrics and using very little Elmer’s Glue or a Glue Stick, place the fabric onto your cardboard bats. Let the glue dry. Then make cuts around the fabric to make folding over and hot gluing your fabric a little easier… we want to make sure we’re able to see the shape of the bat.

Step 4: Make bows out of your tulle (sorry I forgot to take photos of this step!). I did this by folding my yard or so of tulle twice, then cutting a strip about 6 inches wide, cutting the folds on the ends and then tying the middle once.

Step 5: Hot glue the bows to the back of the bats. I have two solid color bats and one in a bone print fabric. I used white for the two solid colored bats and black for the print.

Step 6: Hot glue the bats to your wreath. You can place them anywhere you’d like, but I liked the way they looked at the bottom of the wreath.

Step 7: Tie a small piece of yarn in a knot and hot glue it to the back of your wreath at the top.

DIY Halloween Wreath | by Tatiana Jimenez |

Step 8: Hang your wreath and wait for compliments from your neighbors!


What’s in my Reader: April 2012

by tatiana on April 15, 2012

Because I have a blog, or am constantly sending/tweeting or posting blog links to Facebook & Twitter, people tend to ask me for blog recommendations — I guess I’ve become a blog-reading expert, if that’s even a thing. I’m a graphic designer & communications person at a credit union, so at the end of the day when I’ve had my fill of jpegs and have seen the words “Traditional IRA” one too many times, the blogs I tend to enjoy the most are food, craft and fashion blogs. However, because I’m kind of a nerd and genuinely do love what I do, I enjoy reading about money, design and marketing, especially when it’s done in a way that’s fun and relate-able.

So without further adieu, here are my favorite blogs RIGHT NOW (and most recent additions to my Google Reader, categories included). I hope you like them as much as I do!

Cherry Heart: A mummy who loves to knit, sew, crochet and bake
Category: Crafts
Favorite Post: Sunday’s Child

This Martha Stewart-esque blog simultaneously makes me happy and pisses me off (in a good way?). It makes me happy because Sandra does a wonderful job documenting her process with whatever project she’s currently working on with beautiful photos and has a writing voice that keeps me reading — and being a person who loves just simply looking at pictures of yarn, this blog is total craft porn. This blog pisses me off because I’m totally jealous of how much crocheting she gets done. I’m sure she’s working on multiple projects at a time, but in the world of the internet and blogs, this woman is on fire. She is super talented and I’m a big fan of her work.

The Billfold: Everything about money you were too polite to ask
Category: Finance
Favorite Post: Middle Class Snack Kids

This fabulous blog was launched 2 weeks ago and it has easily become a ‘must read’ in my Reader. Mike Dang (a good friend and fellow UCI Alumnus) and Logan Sachon have created a safe space to talk about money… and how bad some of us are at it. From sharing where their last $100 was spent to helping the rest of us figure out how to start saving for retirement (in a fun way!), this is a great place for any money n00b (or non-n00b like me, sort of) to learn something new, or just realize that other people our age are still trying to figure this “stuff” out too.

Lists of Note
Category: People
Favorite Post: The Anti-Flirt Club

This blog is pretty easy to explain: they post lists. All kinds of lists made by all kinds of people, organizations or businesses. Most of them are old, which makes them even more fun to read. It’s a pretty fantastic site.

The KISSmetrics Marketing Blog
Category: Marketing
Favorite Post: What Startups Can Learn From Pinterest

This is a blog I stumbled upon in one of those LinkedIn spammy-but-not-so-spammy emails. KISSmetrics is in the web analytics business and have built some software that you can buy — but if you don’t want to buy anything and just enjoy reading/learning about metrics (like I do), check out their blog. KISSmetrics is a great example of a company who is an expert in their field and has no qualms about ‘giving away’ their knowledge for free. I appreciate that.

The Road Forks
Category: Travel
Favorite Post: Budget Japanese Cuisine

My relationship with this blog was quite serendipitous. I’m traveling to Japan at the end of this month (more on that in a future post) and while doing research, I did a Google search for “do I really need a Japan Rail pass?” (yes, I actually use search terms like that), and it directed me to this blog. Luckily this site, unlike a lot of other sites about Americans in Japan, was not ugly. It was also super informative and fun to read. This couple has embarked on a world tour full of food, adventure and really great photos (so the rest of us could live vicariously through them). What more could you want from a travel blog?

What are some of your favorite blogs? Please do share!


The Not-So-Scrappy Scrap Yarn Blanket

by tatiana on April 14, 2012

This past year I did A LOT of crocheting for Babushka Designs. When prototyping new products, one tends to accumulate a lot of yarn… as I did. I finally got tired of looking at the two massive mountains o’ yarn in my apartment (a yarn Twin Peaks, if you will) and decided to turn it into a nice, warm, and crazy colorful blanket.

While I was working on it, I kept thinking that it was going to be super ugly because the colors that I had so much of were not colors I’d typically use in a blanket… and it was a little difficult when I ran out of certain colors and had to substitute with similar hues. This blanket took about 3 months to complete– I worked on it mostly while watching Dance Moms and The Bachelor. Good things come out of watching bad television, right?


All done! – Valentine's Sweetie Pie and Art Fest

by tatiana on February 13, 2011

Last night was my first craft show in San Francisco, and my first craft show in like 3 years, so needless to say, I was pretty nervous. But luckily, my lovely roommate had the brilliant idea of hitting up Chipotle first and then decided to lend me a hand with set up, which was awesome.

Babushka Designs at 111 Minna

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Happy Thursday, everyone! As we get closer and closer to the upcoming (and much needed) 3-day weekend, I wanted to post about this art/craft fest that I’ll be a part of in February.

It’s an arts and crafts festival which will be hosted by the San Francisco Pie Extremist Group. I know you’re probably thinking: What is that? Who are those people? Answers lie within this link.

Anyway, come out on Saturday, February 12th from 5-9pm for some great pie, art and handmade goodies. I’ll be selling special Valentine’s themed slippers and hats! For more info about the event and how to get yo’self to arguably one of the coolest galleries in San Francisco (in my opinion) click here.


"Does Pandora have a Hanukkah station?"

by tatiana on December 2, 2010

Happy Thursday, and happy Hanukkah, everyone! Last night I was invited to a hanukkah dinner (my first!) and it was great. We had beet & carrot latkes (or, beet-kes, as someone aptly dubbed them), challah, potato soup, and fun Hanukkah-themed cookies. The highlight was hearing the origins of the holiday.

I couldn’t help but take a picture of the pretty decorations Kate made. They’re really easy to make. I think black, gold and white would be an awesome combo for my room.


Babushka Designs to the Front!

by tatiana on November 28, 2010

OMG, you guys. Babushka Designs was featured on the front page of Etsy today! Totally made my morning.


Babushka Designs at Reinvintage

by tatiana on November 20, 2010

HUGE announcement today! You can now purchase handmade goodies from my little labor of love, Babushka Designs, at Reinvintage located in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco! Really exciting. Tracy (the shop owner) has a great collection of vintage clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as handmade items by local crafters, including…

Late to the Revolution! (Visit their Etsy shop HERE) Aren’t those earrings awesome? For more info about Reinvintage, visit el website:


Fun with Hang Tags

by tatiana on November 13, 2010

Getting “real” hang tags printed has been in the back of my mind for a week or so now but I’ve been too busy to design and get them printed. So instead, I just took some business cards I made a while back to promote my shop, crocheted a flower, sewed a vintage button on (I got a box of them from the Long Beach Antique Market for $6! Bargain) and, voila! Not only is it a hang tag, but it’s also a key chain. (Raise the roof).

Ok, I should probably get out of my pajamas now. :P


It's Only Tuesday?

by tatiana on November 9, 2010

So, a few things on this crisp, cold, but oddly sunny Tuesday morning:

1.) Remember that movie with Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt where they have too many kids and it’s like an hour and a half of pandemonium? That’s what my bus was like this morning.
2.) In more positive kid news, an adorable little boy in the coffee shop just started exclaiming to me in a really excited way about how his big sister had to stay home from school today because she’s sick and has to go to the doctor. I know he’s just totally stoked that he has sibling company for the day. So cute.

3.) Ever since I watched Louis C.K. the other day, I’ve been on a stand-up kick. Last night I watched Anjelah Johnson do her thang. I’m totally lovin this chick. Hee-larious.
4.) Lastly, I have really big news comin at ya this weekend! “Hold on to your butts.” – Jurassic Park