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Wintry Market 2016

Two Teacups - Jessica Torres Photography

Can I just say how much I love Boise?  So many people stopped by my booth at Wintry Market last weekend and shared stories about their grandmother’s teacup collection, or their memories of working on old typewriters, or their Idaho mountain adventures.  The other Wintry vendors were all the most creative, eclectic, friendly people.  I had just the best time with you, Boise.

One little girl chatted with me while looking through my Idaho stickers. She had bought a new toy deer and was specifically looking for stickers with plants on them. Her deer loves to eat plants, she informed me. She was just the cutest.

Typewriter - Jessica Torres Photography

Another lovely lady told me about a friend of hers who, in the early days of computers, loved his typewriter so much he wrote his entire book on his typewriter for the experience – but then decided to do the next book on the computer.

The Mountains are Calling and I must Go - Jessica Torres Photography

Many people enjoyed guessing where different lake and mountain photographs were taken.  I lost count of how many kids asked “What’s that?!?!” to the large typewriter photograph that was the centerpiece of my display.  You have to be of a certain age to appreciate some of my photos, that’s for sure!

Wintry Market Boise - Jessica Torres Photography Booth

Quite a few people came to look more closely at the giant photograph of an old Shriners band that was hanging on the wall behind my booth.  We had fun speculating about the year it was taken and I loved hearing anecdotes about relatives and friends who were Shriners in years past.

Once again, the weekend reminded me of how great this town is that I live in and how amazing the community of makers is in this valley.  Thanks for a great Wintry Market, my friends, and I look forward to next year!


Crochet Coasters

Crochet Coasters Photo by Jessica TorresI needed something fun to hold my drinks on my desk – something prettier than the paper towel that I’ve been using – so I whipped up these fun crochet coasters last week.  They are quick and easy to make, just a solid granny square, which I edged in a border of single crochet.  You can find patterns for solid granny squares all over the internets … here’s one, here’s another, and one more.  I picked some fun, springy colors for my coasters, and stitched them up while watching TV the other night.  The yarn on these is 100% cotton, to absorb those cold drips running down the side of my glass on warm spring days.  I love quickie projects like this – very simple and quick, but adds a bit of color and cheer to my desk.

Here they are in action:

Crochet Coaster Stock Photo

And a side note, you all know how I take pictures of all the things – so these pictures are available to license on Creative Market – here and here.

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark

Looking for a fun, easy Valentine’s project to whip up in the next few weeks?  Here’s a super simple heart origami bookmark to make for your sweetie.  Tuck a few in a valentine for your book-loving significant other.  There are lots of tutorials online for these (and they are a pretty darn easy origami project), but I took some step-by-step photos to help you see how I made these.

Cut a piece of origami or scrapbook paper in half to make a rectangle.  I used a piece of origami paper for the ones here that was about 5 x 5 – so cut in half it was about 5 x 2.5 inches.

Fold it in half lengthwise.

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 1

Fold it in half width-wise, then unfold, leaving a crease to mark the center.

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 2

Turn the folded paper so the crease is at the bottom.  Fold one side up so that the edge of the paper lines up with the center crease.  Repeat on the other half.  You’ll have a little folded arrow shaped thingy.  (“thingy” – very professional, technical crafting terminology) I used my crochet hook to roll over and really flatten all the folds.  I’m pretty sure there are fancy official origami folding tools for this kind of stuff, but I just used what was handy in my craft room.

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 3

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 4

Turn the folded arrow thingy over, so you can see a little triangle pocket on the bottom of the arrow.  Fold the top edges down about a third of the way.

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 5

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 6

Last, fold the top corners down to make the heart shape.

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 7

When you turn it over, you see a cute little heart.  Slip it over the corner of a book to mark your place.

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 8

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 9

You can make these in more masculine colors if you’re sweetheart is not a lover of pink and purple.

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - Black Stars

Or you can string them together to make a cute little Valentine’s Day banner.

Simple Heart Origami Banner

ps:  I added some of these origami stock photos to my Arts & Crafts collection on creative market, in case you are interested in licensing these images.

Simple 4th of July Decor Idea

Simple 4th of July Decor with Washi Tape

Here is a fun idea for 4th of July decor for your party or barbecue … washi tape cookie cutter star ornaments!  I found this idea for Christmas ornaments on Pinterest, which led me here … (Sidebar:  Have I mentioned lately how much I adore Pinterest?  Seriously, how did I live without it?  I love it with all the heart and kissey face emoji in the world.) Anyways, I saw these star ornaments at my local party store on sale and thought they’d be perfect to decorate for a festive Independence Day buffet table or cocktail station.

You simply take washi tape and wrap the ornament as neatly as you can, and then hang with fun baker’s twine!  I chose red, white, and blue washi tape to keep to the 4th of July theme, and it took about five minutes!  Super cute and super simple 4th of July decor.

You can also see the washi tape bunting I made in the top photo.  I love washi tape almost as much as I love Pinterest.  In fact, I follow the washi tape topic on Pinterest.

If you make any of these cute ornaments, be sure and share your project!  I love seeing other’s craftiness.

Have a cool and fun holiday weekend, friends!

Shameless plug:  You can purchase these 4th of July decor photos to use on your own blog, website, or creative project here on Creative Market.


My First Book Cover Photograph

Book Cover Photograph - Jessica Torres Photography













Guess what?!? My butterfly photograph is on the cover of a book in Holland!  So exciting!  That’s a picture of it on the iTunes store.

There have been a few exciting milestones in this fledgling photography career of mine -my first sale of a photograph to someone other than my mom or my sister; my first international print order; my first large, custom print order … And now my first book cover photograph!

I still always get a little thrill of surprise and happiness when someone buys one of my photographs for any reason, but a book cover is a big project!

The photo was licensed through Arcangel Images, you can see all of my images available for licensing on their website here.

You can also buy prints of the same butterfly image in the shop or on Etsy.

Thanks for stopping by to share in my excitement!