Hello, I'm Twinkie Chan! I blog about crocheting, crafting, snacking, & life's hilarious adventures. By day, I work full-time at an arts & crafts education website as an artist coach & content editor. I don't blog as much as I used to, but you'll still find announcements here about new crochet patterns & projects.
July 16-18, 2021 – Camp DHL (Dear Handmade Life) Summit – I’ll be teaching FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME my bacon & egg scarf in a 90 minute workshop. Click here for info & to sign up!
August 2021: I’ll be the featured Artist at Jenny Lemons. SF locals should definitely visit and check out the magical shop window I’ll be decorating for the month!
Summer 2020-present: I’m an artist in Intangible – a colorful group fiber arts show in collaboration with Craft Yarn Council at Sweet Tooth Hotel in Dallas, TX. The show is open now! Please go see it if you can!
Our new Christmas tree this year is SILVER, and I’m so excited! This post is sponsored by my favorite faux Christmas tree company, Treetopia, and they sent us a 7 foot Silver Bells Christmas Tree. You can use code TWINKIE15OFF for $15 off your purchase before November 25, 2021. I picked this tree amongst the other silver trees because it has a slim silhouette, and I wanted to try something a little less bushy and voluminous in our tree corner.
Treetopia suggested a Glamazing Christmas theme, and at first I didn’t really know how I wanted to translate that, but using metallics really helped. Yes, we mixed silver and gold, and I think it turned out ok!
I always like trying to DIY my ornaments if possible, and Manda helped me select and cut out a bunch of paper flowers on the Cricut. Then we spent 2-3 days assembling them. I haven’t crafted with paper very much, and I really enjoyed it as a fun break from crocheting.
To make the most of our paper, Manda dropped individual petals on any blank parts of the design canvas, and then we used these petals to scatter at the base of the tree.
I LOVE a pastel Christmas, and I quickly realized that the palette we chose coordinated well with the prints we already had on the wall, so our tree fits really naturally into our home.
In August, I was the featured artist at Jenny Lemons, which is an amazing art supply store, gift shop, and DIY teaching space in San Francisco. I hosted a craft party via Zoom where we made beaded mushroom pins to go with the neon mushroom theme that I created in the shop window. All of the mushroom and froggy friends were for sale, and they all sold out! Before you ask, you can definitely purchase patterns for them in my Etsy shop: frog crochet pattern and mushrooms and frogs crochet pattern bundle.
Taking photos of a window display is tough because of the reflections on the glass, but here are a few snaps from installation day.
I recently crocheted a bunch of treats for a crocheted tea party (more on that soon!) and I needed strawberry halves to top my mini cupcakes. Now you can make strawberry halves, too! The neat thing about this pattern is that you can also use it to make perfect matching whole strawberries. How cute is that?
It’s fairly small at 6 inches wide and 3 inches tall, so there’s not a lot of room for lots of text, but even with that small space, I can’t stop thinking about funny or sweet words to add.
You can also skip lettering all together and just cover the top of your cake with lots of luscious frosting. The pattern in clouds a bunch of different kinds of piped frosting and frosting blobs to customize your cake. I include links to all my favorite materials, including these magical cherries everyone always asks me about.