Upcycling t-shirts with the City of Richmond

This Saturday was my 'Repurpose Old T-Shirts or Skirts' workshop with the City of Richmond. We had a new locale - South Arm Community Centre. It's a gorgeous spot!

We had 8 participants ready and raring to go. We first created t-shirt yarn then used it to make macrame planters. This was a last minute project to help me get rid of all my random glass containers.

We also created headbands and scarves with the t-shirt yarn. With the extra t-shirts, we made super simple reusable bags. Everyone left with 3-5 completed projects and a ton of craft mojo.

A DIY headband using t-shirt yarn...

My helper Vivian with her Mom... Vivan's Mom totally got into the upcycling. She was beyond industrious leaving with 5 completed DIYs. Awesome!

We even ended the workshop with a bit of braiding.

It was so lovely to see my City of Richmond peeps! And I may be taking on more workshops... I might be teaching paper making. We'll see!

Big thanks to Emy from the City of Richmond... I've been working with her for a few years and she's a dynamo! Next City of Richmond 'Repurpose Old T-Shirts or Skirts' workshop is June 5th.


It's all about community

I'm getting into my groove with opportunities to get involved in community initiatives... I'm now on two committees - the Adult Advisory Committee for the North Vancouver City Library and the Resident Advisory Committee for the Neighbourhood Small Grants program.

This month I'll be working with the NSG Resident Advisory Committee reviewing grant applications for the North Shore. Looking forward to reading all the submitted proposals and seeing all the local opportunities for connecting community.

The Adult Advisory Committee for the North Vancouver City Library will be meeting every 6-8 weeks. We'll be working together to generate ideas for increasing engagement with local adults and the Library. Plus helping promote events and being kick butt NVCL champions.

Another opportunity that came my way through NVCL is to help my new friend Sanam and her micro grant co-applicant Aria with their project, a friendship postcards workshop. Sanam is super sweet - very sparkly and giggly. I'm looking forward to helping her and Aria get their project off the ground.

Stay tuned for details! It'll be a free event hosted at the North Vancouver City Library promoting new friendships and community. It's right up my alley!


'Raw Crafts' author presentation

After the book launch, there was the author presentation on March 29th at my FAV place for Crafternoons, North Vancouver City Library. I planned to give a presentation, show some of the crafts from the book, sell some books and then craft.

I prepped a PowerPoint starting with how I got into upcycling, my crafty adventures and how the book came about.

We had a minor hiccup with the sound but I got into my groove after the first couple of slides. Love this action shot by my buddy Simon Hughes.

The event was so much fun and my parents dropped in. They were definitely a hit! More so than me! It was a lovely evening with new friends, crafty peeps, coworkers and a few awesome BFFs.

Thanks to everyone who joined me. And big thanks to Margarete at the North Vancouver City Library for organizing!


'Raw Crafts' book launch

A couple of weeks ago, I partnered with Book Warehouse on Main Street for a book launch for 'Raw Crafts'. It was a blast! And the peeps at Book Warehouse were AWESOME! I showed up at 6pm, got set up and was ready to go for 7pm.

James introduced me to the 20+ people who showed up for the event.

It was a nice mix of crafty peeps, BFFs and new friends. Such a FAB time!

Here I am giving my mini talk.

I talked about crafting with 'crap', Crafternoons and the book authoring.

And after my mini talk, it was time to get down to the easy peasy upcycling project, DIY burlap bunting.

I made a sample for the launch... My 'Raw Crafts' burlap bunting with repurposed thrift store fabric.

We had crafting, mingling AND munchies! Yum! My lovely Mom even made my favourite cookies.

I prepped burlap triangles for the bunting in various sizes and different threading of burlap.

Everyone really got into the crafting!

The craft table was quite the hot spot... And my Mom's cookies went really fast!

So much intense crafting was happening.

Cutie patootie DIY burlap bunting in the works.

I made a few new awesome BFFs.

Crafty peeps showed up like Rebekah and Norbert from The Hive Printing. Love those two! And my super fun BFF Erica.

Jute, Sharpies, stencils, cookie cutters, scissors... The tools of the trade.

A whole lotta LOVE was in the room.

Fun action shot of the crafting.

Nice shot of the set up at Book Warehouse.

James set up a comfy chair for me for the book signing. We sold 18 books in no time!

And I signed and signed AND signed... Thanks everyone for supporting my crafty book.

My Capilano University coworker Lise with her LOVE bunting.

My lovely friend Meghan from Surrey Libraries showed up, bought a book and kicked craft butt.

Meghan with her XOXOX bunting.

A new friend with her Xmas bunting.

Another new friend with her SPRING bunting.

SPRING bunting ready to go!

More crafting was in the works.

My BFF Erica with her bunting for her daughter. Erica is one awesome peep!

My fabulous crafty peep Carol with her bunting.

Another shot of my new friend with her Xmas bunting.

Talia from Book Warehouse crafting and selling books. She's quite the dynamo!

Couples and crafting is a win-win combo. Aren't Vanessa and Brian cutie patooties!

One of my coworkers from my days at the City of North Vancouver showed up. Chandra and her son popped in for a bit and she won my burlap flowers. Sharing is caring!

And Cheryl, one of my Capilano University coworkers, is a writer and came up with this one of a kind burlap garland.

So that was the book launch. It was a hit! Thanks to my BFF Diana for documenting my very first book launch. And thanks to Book Warehouse for hosting the event.