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Craft Group 2024 Valentine’s Tea Party Chez Alena. February 14, 2024



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Scenes from Today

Wednesday, February 14, 2024.

Our Craft Group spent Valentine’s Day this morning in each other’s company, being pampered by Alena in her beautiful home.

Gaby is here!

Gaby taught Craft Group to make velvet pumpkins in 2023 (Click to see our velvet pumpkin crafting process here). Contact Gaby (714) 514-2023 to sign up for her summer 2024 dream tending workshops: OC Soul Expression

Shirley embroidered little felt hearts as gifts for each of us!

Shirley made this special felt heart for Anna. Gorgeous!!!

Shirley is one of the most creative and prolific crafters! Check out some of her beautiful felt hearts in our February “Embroidered Hearts” Craft Group led by Cathy and Nina.

Jzin’s 100% wool finger-warmer gnomes.

Julia brought her mom to Craft Group!

Dione treated her friend Vania to a gnome-making session with me.

Those tasty cucumber sandwiches! Nom nom nom! My favorite!

delicious salmon sandwiches!


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Julia led Craft Group to make Valentine’s Candles

Freshly made Valentine’s pressed beeswax candles! They smell so good!

Above 4 Photos courtesy of Julia Baker

Craft Group was charmed by a bowl of fresh, raw garbanzo beans from the garden. Alena was planning to fry them for a previous cooking class. They could be eaten raw! Oh, all the new things we learn when we experience Alena’s world!


Per request, I taught Dionne and Vania to needle-felt finger-warmer gnomes.

Look at the beautiful 100% wool finger-warmer gnome couple made by my felting student Dionne! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Come join me at craft group to needle-felt pumpkins and mice on April 11, 2024!

Behold! Julia’s mom with a treasure …

A large, warm goose egg freshly picked from the garden.

Ah the endless wonders and surprises at Chez Alena!

Everyday, I am secretly impressed with my friend Alena.

The tip jar for our host. Or, the tip “kettle” to be accurate.

Cheers to all, thank you for your camaraderie and have a very special Valentine’s day! Thank you Alena for your special hospitality! love, Jzin

Save the date: Alena is teaching craft group on:

    • Tue 4/30/24 9am – 12pm Alena Audenis. Homesteading Craft: Incorporating traditionally fermented foods in children’s daily diet. $35 fee.
    • Location: the lovely Chez Alena @Chez_Alena cottage, 7″ drive from WSOC. 22162 Laguna Circle, Huntington Beach, CA 92646.
    • RSVP is appreciated. This will help instructor plan the class better:  Alena (949) 929-2925

Alena can also caters your dinner parties, soirées, tea parties, breakfast, teacher’s appreciation parties, et cetera.

Alena also teaches Adults and children’s cooking and gardening classes. Interested? Please enquire Alena directly (949) 929-2925.