7.01.2016

Summer Solstice Crafternoon with NVRC

A couple of weeks ago, I crafted with North Vancouver Recreation and Culture and Lynn Valley Village at their Summer Solstice Block Party. We celebrated the longest day of the year with live music, dancing, balloons, face-painting and crafts made out of 'junk'. Here are my helpers - Barb from NVRC and Welsey. We were definitely a dynamic trio.



This is what we ended up creating... A Dad's Day banner aka bunting. We upcycled wallpaper samples and decorated them with letters, stickers, drawings, etc.



The event started off with some awesome dancers.



And then the crafting began! We made bunting out of upcycled burlap, cereal boxes and wallpaper samples then added some puffy letters.



A couple of happy crafters...



This piece was epic! 2 hours of colouring, drawing and crafting...



This girl was all about unicorns...



She even made this for me. I was definitely feeling the crafty love!



We even upcycled a banner for our popcorn peeps. Burlap, Sharpies and a stencil... Perfect!



Loved this trio... The music was lively and definitely got our crafty mojo in high gear.



Big thanks to North Vancouver Recreation and Culture, Lynn Valley Village and all my crafters... We kicked craft butt together!



Don't miss my next craft date with North Vancouver Recreation and Culture and Lynn Valley Village. I'll be at the Summer Culture Kick Off on Wednesday, July 6th from 6pm to 8pm. Be sure to drop by and craft with 'crap'.

6.26.2016

Kewl peeps doing kewl things: Our Social Fabric

Welcome to a new feature I'm adding to my blog, Kewl peeps doing kewl things. In my crafting and upcycling travels, I've met some pretty darn awesome makers. Whether it's making nifty stuff out of 'junk' or being part of making community happen, these are a few of the peeps that have inspired me. And I hope they'll inspire you!



Next up is the kewl and awesome non-profit Vancouver group Our Social Fabric. OSF helps recycle excess fabric from manufacturers, the movie industry and more. Through monthly sales, they put the fabric into the hands of creators in our community while helping divert still-functional textiles from landfills. Here's an eye opening stat...

Textiles are one the most common household items and represent a staggering proportion of the solid wastestream: approximately 16kg per person, or a total of 33,600 tonnes in Metro Vancouver in 2006.

Recently OSF moved into a new store space at 340 - 1275 Venables Street and it is filled with fabulous fabrics rescued from the landfill. I just had to check it out!



Thankfully they have signs directing you to the new space once you get into 1275 Venables Street.



It's a bright space filled with awesomeness...



You can find just about anything at OSF...



Loads of spools of thread. Sometimes you luck out with vintage finds... Thread on wooden spools. Perfect for upcycling once you've finished with the thread!



Tons of old gently used patterns to try out.



There's even upcycled fabric art on the walls. This one used lace, zippers and fabric. It's stunning!



The walls are filled with FAB upcycling inspiration like these burlap canvases with button letters.



And who knows! You may just run into a crafty, upcycling peep like my new BFF Denise from Hello Beautiful Textile and Ceramic Creations. Denise volunteers with OSF, crafts with 'junk' and works with Common Thread. She's kicking craft butt.



If you're a sewer, maker and/or upcycler ya gotta drop by Our Social Fabric. Their sales are a win-win - great prices, one-of-a-kind finds and they do good.

6.25.2016

Celebrate Earth Charter Day on June 29th

There's a pretty awesome event coming up and yay - I get to participate plus craft with 'crap' with attendees. Life is good! Celebrate Earth Charter Day is a night of inspiration with art, music and connecting. It's also a chance for people to share information about projects they are working on that support environmental, social and economic justice as envisioned in the Earth Charter.

Join us on June 29th from 5pm to 9pm at Dudoc Vancouver, 100 - 1445 West Georgia Street. Get your tickets for this free event at www.eventbrite.ca.



Big thanks to Dudoc Vancouver for including me! I'll be there with my crafty peep Irina from Frameworq who will be hosting a clothing fix-it corner. See you there!

6.24.2016

Home & DIY Superstar on Cut Out + Keep

Yahoo! Last week I was asked by Cat Morley to be a Home & DIY Superstar on Cut Out + Keep, an online community for making and sharing step-by-step craft tutorials based in Edinburgh, UK. Currently the site hosts over 50,000 amazing projects for every type of craft from over 100,000 crafters all around the world. My kookie crafting with 'crap' DIYs will be shared with a huge community of makers. Pretty darn kewl!



I'm in the process of gathering, prepping and writing 7 DIYs - one DIY will be posted each day. I feel like I haven't been too crafty these days but maybe this is just the inspiration I need to get me back into the swing of repurposing 'junk'!



Stay tuned for details! I hope to get my final DIYs to Cat this weekend then I'll let you know when they'll be featured. Before then definitely check out Cut Out + Keep!

6.16.2016

Kewl peeps doing kewl things: Rick from Homestead Junction

Welcome to a new feature I'm adding to my blog, Kewl peeps doing kewl things. In my crafting and upcycling travels, I've met some pretty darn awesome makers. Whether it's making nifty stuff out of 'junk' or being part of making community happen, these are a few of the peeps that have inspired me. And I hope they'll inspire you!



My latest victim for Kewl peeps doing kewl things is Rick from Homestead Junction. I met Rick a few years ago and well he's pretty kick butt. Super genuine. passionate about what he does, into building community and making a difference. Find Homestead Junction at 649 East Hastings Street.



And here's Rick... He got all spiffy for meeting up. 



And he's wearing the jeans he fixed up for the DIY he guest wrote for TBD, Practical Pants Patching Project. Be sure to try his easy peasy repair project!



The people who work at Homestead Junction are awesome... Lovely people who know their stuff. Whether you want to know about canning, bee keeping or composting - they can help get you started.



And they have reasonably priced workshops! I gave an upcycled garden planters Crafternoon last year and loved it. Find their upcoming workshops at www.homesteadjunction.ca.



The store is filled with awesome stuff...



If you're a writer, you can always share your favourite DIY, recipe, etc in the Homestead Junction The Zine - Skills, Rants and Musings.



And here's my upcycled burlap hanging planter that I made for a DIY for the Homestead Junction blog. Loved the blog exchange and working with Rick. Even better - we found a happy home for the herb planter. Sharing is caring!



Be sure to drop by, say hi to Rick, take a workshop or pick up some supplies for a project. These guys are pretty rockin' and rollin'.