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Shibori and Natural Dye Workshops Spring

Today, I am thrilled to announce my upcoming workshop series for the Spring. As many of you know, I created a new blog last year, A Day in the Life, where I currently share DIY and handmade projects. I have recently launched the Creative Sundays workshop series designed for artists, DIY lovers and entrepreneurs like you. These workshops are designed to spark creativity and connect people, while offering an opportunity to relax and work with your hands. Without further ado, here is what I am currently offering this Spring!


Class description: Are you curious about how to work with natural indigo dye? Would you like to learn more about the intricacies of ancient Japanese Shibori? Through private lessons, you will explore the art of Shibori in a studio setting. I teach you how to work with natural indigo. Then, we practice the basic folding techniques of Itajime, Arashi, and Kumo Shibori. This class is suitable for beginners and intermediate Shibori artists. Those who have attended workshops and wish to customize their designs. You can sign-up here or contact me with any questions!Shibori Indigo scarf designs


Class Description: Are you curious about how to use botanical materials, such as flowers, plants and fruits to create stunning original textiles? Do you want to learn more about essential oils and their unique properties? This workshop combines a love for natural dyeing with aromatherapy. In this half-day retreat, you will discover how to infuse your wardrobe with botanical plants which influence mood and well-being. You will gain knowledge and skills required to make your own bundle-dyed items at home, using simple ingredients which may be found in your kitchen or backyard. You will also be guided to create two custom essential oil roller ball blends, while learning about unique properties of essential oils, oil infusions and the mind/body health benefits of using aromatherapy in your daily life with Flin Grant of the Art of Essentials. You will have the opportunity to create both a scarf and 2 aromatherapy fragrance blends. The workshop space is limited to 20 participants. Don’t miss out, you can sign-up here
Bundle Dyeing with Rose Petals


Class Description: You will create a beautiful marbled textile print on silk just in time for Mother’s Day. In this workshop, we explore the art of Ebru marbling on silk to create the perfect Summer accessory to gift. Participants will also experiment with marbled prints on paper which result in beautiful fine art prints. Space is limited to 12 guests, and you can register here.

Marbling on Silk workshopI look forward to meeting you at one of these events this Spring! My summer schedule is in the works and it will be announced shortly. There is an east L.A. indigo Shibori workshop in the works, yay! Please let me know, if you have any questions about upcoming workshops or private lessons this Spring. I hope you will follow my natural dye and DIY adventures as they unfold over on A Day in the Life.

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Shibori Workshop Event

Last Sunday, I hosted our first Summer Workshop in a series and it was a great success! Our small group of participants created a collection of beautiful and original textiles for their homes. I provided 2 tea towels and guests brought in additional items to dye.

The 3 hour workshop began with a short lesson on Shibori folding techniques and culminated in a creative burst of energy!

(left) photo by Amelia Tabullo photography, (right) photo by Hilary L Hahn via Instagram

Lucky for us, the creative Sunday afternoon was memorable and inspiring.  Read more on A Day in the Life to see the event pics, learn more about the process and everyone’s stunning results!
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Summer Shibori Workshop Update

I am hosting my first ever Shibori Textile Workshop July, 9th via my current blog, A Day in the Life.

You can learn the ancient Art of Shibori and create 2 modern and bohemian tea towels for your home.

This textile workshop will teach and explore ancient art of Japanese Shibori. You will be able to experiment with various folds, tie and dye techniques to create unique fabrics colored a deep blue Indigo hue.

*Workshop size is limited to 8 individuals to allow ample time to create.

Here are the details on how to enroll now~

  • Indigo Shibori Workshop
  • West Los Angeles Studio
  • July 9th, 2-5 p.m.
  • All materials included.

Tell a friend!
Questions? email

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DIY Summer Tote Printmaking Tutorial

Over the weekend, I spent a little creative time in my studio! Although, I am constantly designing…it has been a while since the last tutorial and I am excited to share the process.

I plan to showcase my home decor products at the Renegade Handmade Market in downtown Los Angeles July 26 and 27th. Every week this month, I will be preparing my product line and shop!

I thought it would be fun to create tote bags for shoppers. I have been visualizing the design on a large cotton canvas tote bag for quite some time now.

I wanted to do skinny stripes with a bright dip dyed twist!

First, I ironed the bag until it was pretty flat. Then, I sectioned off the stripes in 1″ segments. For this, I simply started at the top edge of the tote and measured 1″ down on either side, placed a mark…then drew a straight line using painter’s tape.

You will need:

  • A ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painter’s Tape
  • 1″ foam brush
  • Container for dye bath
  • Black Textile paint
  • Jacquard Acid Dye (any color of your choice)


I decided to do five 1″ stripes in black. I smoothed on black paint with a 1″ foam brush. I experimented a bit first with only four stripes…

I couldn’t choose which one I liked the best four stripes or five…

Then, I hung them all up to dry. I even removed some tape while they were wet…some lines were a bit wiggly, but I think I like the hand printed quality goes well with the dip dye bottom.

I prepared the dye bath by following the directions on the jar. I added boiling hot water and a bit of white vinegar to the powder dye and stirred up the bath.

I was to scared to dip a bag in straight away…so I practiced on some white tea towels to get the hang of the dipping. I hung everything up to dry over some cardboard which drained to the kitchen sink…our kitchen was looking pretty in hot pink!

The next day, I hand washed the excess pigment from the fabrics which lightened them up a bit.

I think this will make a perfect tote to pack to and from design meetings, art classes and fof course trips to the beach!

I will have these totes for sale at Renegade…or you can purchase one in my shop. I would love to see what you make using this printed stripe and dip-dye technique.

Please share your projects and photos with me!






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Special surprise: It’s a boy!

Today we are so happy to finally share our news with you!

Although, I have kept the baby bump photos and pregnancy posts to a minimum, I can truly say that the path to Motherhood for me has been mostly smooth.

I have really enjoyed pregnancy and the support of family, friends, and neighbors has been astonishing to me. It seems everywhere I go, I meet other parents and we share a common bond that I hadn’t felt before.

From the laid back baby shower which was hosted by good friends…

Catered by local restaurants Joan’s on Third with yummy tarts from Amandine, a French bakery on the westside…

To the beautiful view from the delivery room the day that I gave birth.

It is even more appropriate that I introduce you to Neel Sky Vaid. Neel means blue in Hindi…Could the view of the sky from the window have been any more perfect?

Neel was born on May 7 and every day since that day the world seems brighter and more joyful to me.

Here are a few photos of him at 1 week old.

I find myself humming these Stevie Wonder lyrics to him as he wakes up:
“You are the sunshine of my life, that’s why I’ll always stay around,
You are the apple of my eye, forever you’ll stay in my heart…”

I find him changing day by day and I was inspired by the words found in Joanna’s tips on Motherhood to savor these moments.

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.”

~poem by Mary Jean Irion.

These small moments are making each day special.

I have found these writers resonate even more now that I too have a little one. If you are a Mom like me, you may also enjoy:

Jen’s creative projects and admire how she’s making it all happen with 2 kiddos.

The cute pictures and anecdotes that Joy shares about her daughter

I hope you have enjoyed the long, sweet, weekend! We took the opportunity to get outside and soak in the nice weather.

Tomorrow, I am looking forward to showing you how I updated a Master Closet on a simple budget.




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Pink Pianos Booth Design

I have been toying around with the idea of doing handmade booth of my PinkPianos products in the near future. I will offer Fine Art prints, screen printed tea towels, and original designs.

Over the weekend, I took the time to style and select items from my home decor line for a booth!

Holiday Cards. Ornaments, and Tea Towels.

I will let you know all the details as soon as I am sure it’s a go!

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Wedding: Floral Design

As the date approaches, we are…

and prepared.

Although there is still so much to do, we are focusing on the floral design this week!

I have tons of ideas and I came across this cute firm, The Little Branch, with whom I am really hoping to collaborate. This table with all of the little succulents designed by them is similar to what I had in mind.

We collected a few cool snapshots today in Malibu at the Flower Market as well.

I love the jumbo seashell stuffed with little succulents.

I am considering doing something similar with small shells and giving them as favors. I look forward to my meeting tomorrow with the floral designers!

They asked me to bring a few photos and ideas….which is partly why I came up with this post. Here are some other vessels that I am considering.

Since our colors are greens and light salmons, with deep pops of color. I think there are lots of options for us and plenty of tables to decorate.

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