Crafty Superstar

Alyssa & Carla

Craft along with Alyssa & Carla

Alyssa & Carla
Tokyo/San Francisco
Freelance writer/Retail analyst and photographer

What are your hobbies?

Alyssa: I love exploring the amazing food and sights of Tokyo (in that order). I’m learning photography, studying Japanese and trying to travel as much around Asia as possible!
Carla:  Photography and reading and cheese -eating always, running and Super Mario-playing sometimes.

What are your favorite crafts and what's your craft space like?

Alyssa: I love entertaining DIYs and making party décor for cocktail or dinner parties.
Carla: Crafts for decorating your home!

What do you craft along to?

Alyssa: I listen to This American Life and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me podcasts while I craft. And I try to put on Grey’s Anatomy sometimes, but I usually get too distracted and forget what I was trying to do.
?Carla: Any kind of music (but probably 90's tunes or George Strait-style country) or a TV hodgepodge of Friends/Chopped/House Hunters.

What was the first project you ever made?

Alyssa: They were Christmas ornaments meant to look like a tree. It was a painted wooden triangle with colored pom poms glued on.
Carla: I’m not sure if it’s the VERY first craft I ever made, but as a kid I made my mom drawer sachets out of dryer sheets and potpourri for Christmas!

What are your favorite items to make?

Alyssa: I love to do festive and fun swizzle sticks. We start all of our dinner parties with a signature cocktail, and our friends really love unique swizzle sticks. It makes the party memorable.
Carla: Wall accents, gardening pots (even though I’m where plants to go die) and pretty paper items.

Which other craft blogs do you love to read?

Alyssa: Julep is always inspirational (Minted’s blog). And Papernstitch just generally makes me happy!
Carla: I have a very full reader, but love perusing Pinterest to make sure I don't miss any unique ideas!

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

We also have a really fun etsy shop where we sell hand painted and hand glittered kitchen utensils, party supplies, and other things we’d want for ourselves. And we wanted to thank you for including us as a crafty superstar! We are so excited to be part of the community now.

Alyssa & Carla
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What's your favorite...

TV Show
?Alyssa: Frasier. It never gets old for me. It’s funny AND smart. Carla: Friends
?Alyssa: I don’t really have a favorite, but I love old jazz. Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, etc. Carla: Buena Vista Social Club
San Francisco (for both of us!)
Alyssa: I am really into all things ancient Rome, so Gladiator might be my favorite movie. Carla: Beauty and the Beast
?Alyssa: I’ve read it about a dozen times, so I suppose that Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite. Carla: Crime & Punishment
Alyssa: Purple? Carla: Blue
Alyssa: Sushi. Both the real Japanese experience and the Americanized version with fried tempura and avocado and all that random but delicious stuff. Carla: Steak
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