Big thanks to Vancouver Foundation, NSG and NVCL

Yesterday was my last Crafternoon of 2014 at the North Vancouver City Library. It's been a blast! Sending tons of thanks to Vancouver Foundation - their Neighbourhood Small Grant covered the costs for four upcycling workshops. Also thanking NVCL - they are the bestest crafty partners EVER. We had fun, we made kewl stuff out of 'junk' and we kicked craft butt.

4 workshops, 160+ crafters, definitely priceless!

The Neighbourhood Small Grant is awesome! Grants are given out in order to support community initiatives... Like you got it - CRAFTERNOONS. Crafting together is a great way to meet new peeps plus have fun and connect with your community. NSG is such a FAB program!

My grant allowed me to facilitate four upcycling workshops in partnership with the North Vancouver City Library. Our first workshop was the Easter Crafternoon on April 5th. We made baskets, bunnies and chicks out of toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes and egg cartons. We had approximately 40 to 50 participants.

Here are a couple of sample projects...

Workshop participants were all ages and skill levels.

Each workshop allowed participants to make one of the sample projects or find their artist within and make anything else that inspired them.

We adopted Jose... He's our resident craft renegade plus origami specialist. He's been to all four Crafternoons.

We craft, we connect, we have fun... We make friends. Here I am with Marisa and her grandson Esteban.

The next workshop, called 'Play with Words', was on September 27th. Participants created words, banners and garlands using repurposed materials like burlap, scrap fabric, cardboard and paint. The workshop had a smaller group than usual at about 20 participants.

Here's a project in the works...

We had participants from over town too. Christie lives in East Vancouver.

Another Crafternoon regular and workshop favourite, Jojo...

More Crafternoon devotees... Sampson, Tahi and Dave showing off their projects.

The workshops are a great way to meet lovely people... I feel blessed to have so many regulars pop in to craft with me and to make new friends. Like Heather and her daughter Madeleine.

Next was the Halloween Crafternoon on October 25th. We created Halloween hats, masks and more by upcycling cereal boxes, old jewelry, buttons and egg cartons. We had approximately 40 to 50 participants.

Amazing how people get super involved and focussed when crafting. Such a buzz in the room. So much fun!

Awww Bonnie! She's a Crafternoon devotee. She helps me set up and clean up. Not sure what I would do without her!

I've even gotten my coworkers coming to the workshops. They're so addictive - once you participate in a Crafternoon you'll definitely be back!

Like Esteban... He's one of my FAVs... Always fun, happy and super crafty!

The workshops are a good way for parents and kids to have quality time together.

Amazing what you can make with 'junk'!

Loads of happy peeps...

My helpers at the Halloween workshop. Yay!

Another crafter I've adopted...

My fourth and final workshop of 2014 - the Holiday Crafternoon on November 29th. We had approximately 40 to 50 partipants. This one may have had the most out of all of the workshops. We even had people crafting on the floor!

My new friends... They had a craft date with grandma.

Crafternoons aren't just for kids... We all had a FAB time!

One of my Crafternoon regulars... This is for her Dad... Love all the bling!

These two rocked it and created quite the trees with tons of bling! Gotta love the power of glue guns!

Grandmother, mother and daughter craft date... Awesome!

Here's to the Vancouver Foundation, Neighbourhood Small Grants and the North Vancouver City Library. You guys ROCK!

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