One spooky Crafternoon at NVCL

This Saturday I got to craft with my NVCL peeps. We had one darn spooky and awesome Crafternoon where we upcycled egg cartons, milk cartons, toilet paper rolls and more into masks, crowns and anything else that hit our fancy.

First off I tried a few sample projects... A mask out of an upcycled egg carton, another unsuccessful project out of upcycled toilet paper rolls that will remain unnamed and then this kick butt toilet paper roll crown. I am officially the Queen of the Crafternoon and unofficially I just like making stuff out of 'junk' and crafting with my peeps.

The upcycling workshops at the North Vancouver City Library are supported by a Neighbourhood Small Grant through Vancouver Foundation.

We had 40+ participants - regulars and a few new peeps.

The DIY crowns were a hat then people started making scary, googly-eyed cats out of the sponge brushes. Lots of crafty inspiration was happening.

I had left over fun fur from my piƱata making that came in handy for the crowns. Handy yet a bit messy as well. Fun fur ended up EVERYWHERE.

Here's the girl who took over my crown and title of Queen of the Crafternoon. She also was part cat with the mask her Dad helped her craft.

Sponge brush creatures...

A very fuzzy wuzzy egg carton mask.

Happy crafters...

And the renegade crafter popped in and put together this origami memorial for Remembrance Day.

We had loads of princesses...

I even got the gift of a crown. You can always be the Queen of the Crafternoon.

And some of us did our own crafty thang. That's how we roll... Make what you want with the materials that are available.

Spooky 9-legged egg carton spiders. Apparently they had to be 9-legged - not 8 or 10 but 9.

Awww love my cutie patootie crafters! Wallpaper samples, scrap vinyl and fun fur make one kewl Halloween basket.

New crafty peep with completed projects...

More crafty awesomeness... And we're ready for Xmas with a red and white pipe cleaner basket.

Big thanks to everyone who joined me for a fantastic afternoon of crafting! You guys ROCK!

Next upcycling workshop at the North Vancouver City Library is December 5th, 1:30pm to 3:30pm. See you there!


Crafting with 'Crap' at the 2015 THESA Conference

Friday was the 2015 THESA Conference and my Crafting with 'Crap' workshop. I prepped hand outs, brought samples and packed up my supplies then hit the road. I was stoked!

The conference was at R. C. Palmer Secondary School in Richmond.

I had 12 participants registered. I set up, welcomed them then we got started. I gave a quick intro about me and Thrifty By Design then talked about upcycling, showed sample projects then we got started on my FAV wine cork DIY.

Wine cork earrings and magnets were all the rage with my workshop participants.

Happy crafters!

Big thanks to the THESA Conference for asking me to be involved and to the participants who showed up, upcycled and kicked craft butt.

Next up? The Halloween Crafternoon at the North Vancouver City Library. Oh and then we have Xmas Crafternoons! Yay!


Feeling the crafty love!

What a week! I've had some craft fails lately - I had to cancel two Crafternoons due to low registration. One at Homesteader's Emporium and one at Bird on a Wire Creations. I was bummed but I knew crafty goodness was on its way. Or that sometimes these things happen to make you available for other possibilities. Who knows! Needless to say I am still feeling the glow of awesomeness around me.

This week I found out my FAV library bought my crafty book so if you don't want to buy Raw Crafts you can now borrow it from the North Vancouver City Library. My NVCL peeps are pretty darn fabulous!

And then Kate and her team at Bird on a Wire Creations wrote up a very sweet blog post about me, TBD and Raw Crafts. Feeling the love!

Next up I'm working on more book promo. Eh gad I am so outta my realm but I'll see what I can do. I'd love to write another crafty book so here's hoping I can make it happen. Meanwhile I'm back to writing up some DIYs for LowerLonsdale.ca. My latest is my FAV project - DIY wine cork jewelry.

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BTW I also sent out my latest TinyLetter. Find it at The lull before the storm.

Thanks to everyone who have been part of my TBD adventure! Despite the pitfalls, the craft fails, etc., I wouldn't trade this year and all the crafty goodness for anything!


Succulents & macrame planters

I'm lovin' my plethora of succulents these days. And they're lovin' me I think. These guys are blooming. So happy to report after 2 weeks away all my plants are still rockin' and rollin'.

Next up was finding more thrift store finds to turn into planters like these guys.

I planted some hens and chicks into these thrift store glasses. Love the colour of the glaze.

I hope my hens and chicks are happy... And get growing soon.

Succulents are awesome!

An easy peasy planter for your succulents.

So now it was time to make some samples for an upcoming macrame planter workshop with Bird on a Wire Creations. First stop was Dykhof Nurseries and Florist for more succulents.

These are the ones I picked up.

I also picked up supplies from the North Vancouver Habitat for Humanity ReStore - a glass light cover, old nuts and other miscellaneous hardware.

For $1 I got these rusty nuts, bolts and washers...

And this is what I came up with... Planter sample one is a macrame planter using the upcycled glass light cover and old hardware.

I used the hardware as bling.

Another shot of the bling... I think it works!

I planted the succulent and was done!

Next up was planter sample two using an upcycled Mason jar.

Jute, metal washers and a Mason jar... Total macrame magic!

I also added beads from a thrift store necklace then a bit of soil, a couple of succulent trimmings... Awesomeness!

The metal washers turned out to be great additions for this planter.

And planter sample three...

I used a shell I found on the beach in Tofino as my bling plus some thrift store finds - beads and the glass container.

I added my succulents and was done!

To register for the Macrame Plant Hanger Crafternoon visit www.birdonawirecreations.com. Hope to see you there!