Save the Date!  Dec. 10th I’ll be set-up drawing portraits from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at theSouth Slope Holiday Craft Fair.

Save the Date!  Dec. 10th I’ll be set-up drawing portraits from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at theSouth Slope Holiday Craft Fair.

Save the Date!  Dec. 10th I’ll be set-up drawing portraits from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the South Slope Holiday Craft Fair.

Save the Date!  Dec. 10th I’ll be set-up drawing portraits from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the South Slope Holiday Craft Fair.


custom made rug

So who would have thought making your own rug would have been easy?  With some carpet squares, duct tape, scissors, and a little bit of imagination you can have your own custom made rug.  And, it doesn’t take too much time to make and is way cheaper that buying a rug or having a custom made rug.

You can find carpet squares online or at any carpet place.  I used carpet samples, so they were mostly the same size, and the ones that were too big I just cut down to the needed size with some scissors.  Before piecing them together, I figured out what size the rug was going to be based on where it was going (under my desk).  As far as the squares themselves, I picked random pieces that were different designs but had a similar color palette.  You can pick out anything you want.  You can get two samples and make a checkerboard pattern.  You can get a bunch of different colors and tile them together like I did.  

After picking out my samples, I pulled out a starting carpet square(any piece in the pile) and went from there, testing out different squares next to it to see how they looked color-wise, texture-wise, etc.  After putting a couple squares down, I kept rearranging till I was happy and then flipped over an end row and started taping them together with duct tape.*  Home Depot has carpet tape, which is a 2” sticky tape designed to tape carpet squares together.  It’s pretty expensive at $12 a roll.  You can buy a roll of duct tape at a 99 cent store for 99 cents (plus tax).  

When you pull pieces to tape together, you have to account for looking at the back side of the squares, so if the piece is supposed to be on the right of another piece right side up, you have to tape it to the left side of the piece when it is facing down and vice versa so it ends up looking the same as your original design when you flip it.

Depending on the carpet squares, you may have to be a little careful transporting the rug from where you put it together to where you want to place it.  Some of the pieces have funny backings or no backings so the tape doesn’t stick as well.  Once the rug is on the floor it is very functional and the tape holds everything together.

*Duct tape is super sticky and if you use tape to cut it may leave a sticky residue on your scissors.  If you use some Goo Gone, the sticky stuff comes right off.

Making a funky rug for my floor.


making finger puppets

To make the finger puppets, start out with a rectangle shape for the body (it has to be a rectangle, no squares), outer layer for the ears and an inner layer for the ears, and a tail.  Contrasting colors work best and look really cute.  The more comfortable you are working, the smaller you can make the puppet.  If this is your first one, and you aren’t really sure what you are doing,  make a larger puppet because it will be easier to work with.   

After the pieces are cut, sew the face on the middle of the rectangle piece using floss.  You can use 2-3 strands if  you want, instead of all 6, which also lets you use a smaller needle.  Add eyes, a nose, a mouth, eyebrows, anything you want.  Feel free to embellish with little details, like a little heart shape, a tummy, buttons, earrings, hair, etc. 

Fold the rectangle back so that the ends overlap a little and tuck the two layers of ears into the top.  Hand stitch the ears and the top layers using a straight stitch.  After the top is closed off, sew down the back using a straight stitch to connect the body.  At the bottom, sew the tail on with a couple of stitches and Voila! you have a very cute finger puppet.  

Be creative.  People at craft night made some really neat puppets.  A ninja cat, an owl, a puppet with a mohawk, a mushroom, an apple tree.

This little guy is my ultimate fave.  He came out so adorable.  And the little heart detail adds some charm (not that he needed it, he was super cute already).  The one pic above gives a pretty good sense of scale; you can see how tiny he is in comparison with my hand.  He fit pretty snuggly over my finger.

Little Finger Puppets.

I made these using some felt and floss at etsy craft night this past Monday.  They were fun and easy to make and came out super cute.  

All my little valentines together. :)

All my little valentines together. :)

These are my little Valentine ornaments made at etsy craft night.  I didn’t send in images ahead of time, so I used some of the extra images that were printed out.  They were pretty fun to make; it’s been awhile since I’ve crafted, but it started coming back during the night.  Plus, there were a bunch of great people, and everyone was really helpful.

etsy craft night…heatpress printing

Every Monday from 4pm-8pm, etsy has a craft night at their office in Dumbo.  Last night was heatpress printing.  Because Valentine’s Day is coming up, we made little heart shaped decorations.  We used heart patterns to trace onto the fabric to cut out two pieces that could then be sewn together.  To decorate, we used a commercial grade heatpress to transfer images to fabric.  The images were printed ahead of time on commercial grade heat transfer paper using an inkjet printer (really important, it has to be inkjet not laser printed).  You can also use heat transfer paper that you buy at an office supply store with an iron (for anyone who doesn’t have a heatpress lying around the house, like me); it’s pretty easy to use, but the downside is that it doesn’t last as long…the images fade through time and washing.  A lighter material works best so all the details in the image show.

The pieces were sewn together.  Add some stuffing.  To make a little ornament, add some ribbon so it can hang.  To finish it, hand sew the opening closed.  And voila! Heatpress Valentine Ornaments!


Sheena Hisiro has been drawing since she could hold a pencil. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where she is still drawing and loving every minute of it. Sheena is currently illustrating children's books, designing greeting cards, and drawing cupcakes.

BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute.