'Play with Words' Culture Days Crafternoon

Yay! Another super fun Crafternoon this weekend! Back in the hood at the North Vancouver City Library for the Culture Days upcycling workshop 'Play with Words'. We had about 20 participants at the workshop - a few newbies and a bunch of the usual suspects. Was the perfect mix!

Once the intros were done and we reviewed the sample projects, it was time to get crafting! Burlap was cut, paint was chosen... Most participants created burlap garlands.

Loved seeing everyone's chosen word - 'inspired', 'hope' and 'tacos'...

Here's a project in process...

My crafty peep Christie from Creative Expressions Art Nights showed up to make new friends and to craft!

And one of my crafty regulars is this cutie patootie, 'JoJo'...

He made a crown for his grandson. Yup - we have fun in our Crafternoons!

Our most favourite craft renegade, Jose... JoJo and Jose have promised to be there for next month's Crafternoon on October 25th!

Sampson, Tahi and Dave showing off their projects... These guys are Crafternoon devotees. Love it!

Surprise, surprise! I haven't seen Heather and Madeleine in ages. They brought some serious craft mojo with them yesterday.

This is going in Madeleine's room...

She brought her friend Becky who made this for her Mom...

Here's Christie with her completed garland. Be sure to check out Christie's Creative Expressions Art Nights. I'll be presenting an upcycling project on October 8th.

Thanks everyone for joining me yesterday for an awesome Crafternoon... Big thanks to the North Vancouver City Library for providing the space, Culture Days for promoting free, fun creative happenings throughout Canada and lastly Vancouver Foundation for the Neighbourhood Small Grant.


Workshop prep for Culture Days Crafternoon

Today was my latest and greatest Crafternoon at the North Vancouver City Library. It was part of Culture Days as well as part of my workshop series paid for by my Neighbourhood Small Grant via Vancouver Foundation.

The theme for the workshop was 'Play with Words' where participants created words, banners and garlands using repurposed materials like burlap, scrap fabric, cardboard and paint. I already prepped one sample project and wanted to create three more options for participants.

First sample project was upcycling cereal box cardboard and scrap yarn into words... I decided to use the word 'joy'...

I drew out the word then cut out the letters...

I added double-sided tape to the cardboard and then wrapped the letter with scrap yarn.

Here's letter 'j' done!

All letters are wrapped and ready to go. I then used clear fishing line for hanging the word.

Here's my mini how to collage...

Next was creating a couple of garlands using cereal box cardboard, burlap, fabric samples and craft paint. For my first garland I glued burlap to the cereal box cardboard.

I then trimmed the cardboard and glued my fabric sample letter to the burlap.

I glued twine along the top of each letter to finish off the garland.

Here's the finished garland... Easy peasy!

And yup another quick how to collage on this one...

And my final sample project started with gluing two pieces of burlap together with a bit of water, white paint and Mod Podge. Once dry I cut out a triangle for each letter.

I then used pink paint to stencil letters onto each triangle...

Once the paint was dry, I added a bright blue buttonhole stitch along the top of the triangles plus used the embroidery floss to stitch each letter together.

Here's the completed garland. Aww love!

A mini how to collage for this upcycling project as well...

And I'm done... Four sample projects done in a jiffy! Feels great to get crafty again after being away on my adventures. Can't wait for more Crafternoons!


Adventures in Cuba

And I'm back from adventure #2! Both of my trips were absolutely perfect! I feel inspired, re-invigorated and ready to kick some craft butt. My first day started with having breakfast on the patio of our casa particular. This is the same 'penthouse' we stayed at for my last trek to Havana. It's a stunning spot!

Here's my travel and adventure partner, Roly.

On my first day I found a great coffee spot then checked out the market on Las Ramblas. I bought a bunch of rings from this couple. They were lovely and had exactly what I was looking for - rings out of upcycled cutlery for friends.

Here's my favourite ring that I bought from their stand. It was 5 CUCs which is around $5 or $6.

After that Roly and I hit Old Havana... Such a FAB spot for exploring by foot.

You can easily get lost in the architecture, graffiti, people, etc in Cuba.

Breakfast on day two with the owner of the casa particular we stayed at. She made me awesome coffee every morning. Yay!

Roly after getting his hair trimmed for our week together. He's also rockin' a t-shirt by my crafty peeps The Hive Printing. Total cutie patootie!

Later that day we went into Havana to book accommodation in Varadero as well as a day trip. There's so much colour and brightness everywhere despite some of the less than perfect scenery.

This girl approached me with her live baby turtle... For 1 CUC she let me take a photo of her.

And this guy started to serenade me as I took photos... Love happening upon music throughout Havana!

Also love finding amazing architecture especially in the Art Deco style like this building...

Laundry day across from our casa particular...

There were quite a few storms while we were in Havana and Varadero - torrential rain, thunder and lightening. Nothing like home that's fer sure!

Early morning outside of our casa particular. Loved the morning light and how quiet the streets were.

We turned the corner and this happened. Beautiful!

From a day trip we took outside of Havana. This is Lago Curujey. I took a couple of other shots that are on my TBD Instagram account. Such a gorgeous setting!

Found this boy fishing. He caught this little fish then threw it back in the water.

So much to do and see in this small community...

This is why you end up taking tons of scenic shots... So lush and green... And stunning! This is Plaza Comunitaria.

For about $10 we zip lined into Plaza Comunitaria. Total fun and included 7 zip lines from top to bottom. Our guides were awesome!

I got this certificate for something... Thumbs up!

After we had lunch then spent the afternoon chilling here... In the sun, in the water...

And then we went to Varadero for a few days. I'm not a beach person but wow! Nothing beats this view!

I didn't buy anything but rings for friends. Here's my collection of upcycled jewelry rings and one wooden ring.

And my prize possession and one gift for myself is this 5 CUC coffee maker... Best souvenir ever! Makes the most awesome coffee. I'm trading in my $750 Gaggia for this $5 coffee maker.

And now I'm prepping for tomorrow's Culture Days Crafternoon. Can't wait to hang out with my crafty peeps! Plus plan my next adventure.