3.20.2016

We rocked the Easter Crafternoon

Yesterday's Easter Crafternoon at the North Vancouver City Library was super sparkly and awesome! We had about 40 people show up to craft and well we rocked it.



We made baskets out of egg cartons, cereal boxes and paper towel rolls.



And we also had our resident craft renegade show up to make some origami magic happen.



Lots of happy crafters in the room...



And we had a wide variety of projects on the go.



Yup - this was the vibe of the afternoon... Sam was pretty stoked about crafting and making an Easter basket with his mom.



I had some adhesive letters that he used to add his name to his basket.



He was all about the basket, chocolates and getting crafty.



And Max also kicked some craft butt at the Crafternoon. He then was one of my most industrious helpers when we were cleaning up.



A couple of Easter baskets with a bunny and a chick.



This was a super powered basket with help from the renegade crafter.



Loads of bunnies were made, baskets, etc. We even tested our baskets by adding chocolate eggs to them.



It was a very industrious, harmonious bunch in the room.



A new crafter who made a quick DIY bunny plus took my paper towel roll basket filled with chocolate eggs home with her.



One of my regular crafters with his DIY Easter necklace....



And then one of his sons hamming it up.



Cereal boxes, sparkly duck tape and pipe cleaner handles were the look of the day.



Here's the final Easter themed origami project by Jose.



And another happy crafter who left with 4+ completed projects.



And my super awesome threesome who made some cutie patootie projects together.



Big thanks to everyone who dropped by for a craft date. Love my NVCL crafty peeps!



Next up is the book launch... I'm prepping some burlap bunting for the event this aft. Plus cutting out burlap for the crafty demo. We're making burlap bunting as the craft demo. Fun!

3.19.2016

Easy upcycled cereal box Easter crafts

I've done all of my crafty prep for this aft's Easter Crafternoon at the North Vancouver City Library. We're upcycling egg cartons, paper towel rolls and cereal boxes.

Project one is a cutie patootie bunny. First was drawing my bunny pattern.



Next step is tracing the bunny onto the cereal box cardboard, cutting it out then gluing scrap paper to the cardboard.



I used paper for the ears, cheeks and tummy then added googly eyes.



I also created a simple mouth and glued a popsicle stick to the back.



And my bunny was done!



Next was a super easy Easter egg decoration using cereal box cardboard, scrap paper, buttons and ribbon. I glued one side with one design.



Then the other side with a different design. I then stitched ribbon through the cardboard and added buttons. My Easter egg is now good to go and ready to be hung.



Next up was a cereal box stained glass egg decoration. This is my egg pattern...



Next I cut up two eggs - a front and back. I then used an X-Acto knife to cut shapes out of the cardboard. I made sure each side was the same.



Next I glued tissue paper to the inside of one of the eggs. The tissue will be sandwiched in the middle of the two pieces of cardboard.



I glued the front and back together then added some swanky twine as a hanger.



This is the stained glass ornament - ideally this would be great for hanging in your window on a sunny day.



Here it is - an easy peasy DIY for adding colour to your Easter.



I have a few more projects prepped for today's Crafternoon. We're gonna have tons of fun!



Now to start packing up my crafty stuff and picking up some chocolates. Happy Saturday everyone!

3.15.2016

Oh CBC how I love you!

Yup I adore the CBC... What a week it's been! I met with Sheryl MacKay, host of CBC Radio's North by Northwest, last week - we talked about crafting with 'crap', Crafternoons and the crafty book, 'Raw Crafts'. This Saturday the interview aired. It was 13+ minutes of crafty, BFF, goofy awesomeness. If you haven't heard it yet I uploaded it to my TBD YouTube channel. Or find it below.



Then my buddy Gavin Fisher, who lined up my last interview with CBC Radio, wrote an accompanying web article, North Vancouver woman pens book about making crafts from 'raw' materials, highlighting 6 DIYs from the crafty book. He made me sound like a pro!



And then the social media posts... Wow! My web and social media traffic went way up. Been feeling the love the past few days. Thanks CBC!



Sometimes Twitter is a good thing!



Such exciting times right now... I have a Crafternoon this Saturday, the book launch is in a week and the author presentation is in 2 weeks. And soon I'll be adventuring to Havana to see my husband, Roly. Life is pretty darn sweet!

3.13.2016

9 days til the 'Raw Crafts' book launch!

Just 9 days til the book launch for 'Raw Crafts' at Book Warehouse on Main Street - it's up on their events page and we've got posters! Hard to believe it's time to get some awesomeness happening for the crafty book. First was the interview with CBC Radio's North by Northwest and next up is the book launch. Wow!



RotoVision Books designed posters for the upcoming events for the crafty book. First is the launch...



Then the author presentation...



Stay tuned for more crazy, crafty goodness. I also have Crafternoons coming up with this month!

3.11.2016

My interview with CBC Radio's Sheryl MacKay

After a bunch of emails back and forth over the past few months with Sheryl MacKay from CBC Radio's North by Northwest, we finally connected in person this week to talk about crafting with 'crap', Crafternoons and authoring a crafty book.



It's so darn kewl to be interviewed by the CBC and well Sheryl MacKay is my Saturday/Sunday morning wake up show. We go way back! It was definitely a FAB morning popping into the studio to tape the interview and meet with Sheryl. How often can you say that?!



The interview was AWESOME! Sheryl MacKay is such a lovely, genuine and fun lady. We chatted a bit before the interview then it was game time. After the interview, I signed a copy of 'Raw Crafts' for Sheryl to giveaway then she took this shot of me looking super pro and grown up. I actually look like I know what I'm doing! Imagine that.



Yup - Sheryl's my new BFF. I've definitely adopted her. Sometimes you meet people and feel like you've been friends for years. And that you could talk about anything and everything with them. She's one of those kind of peeps. The interview was a blast AND I made a new friend. It's a pretty darn awesome win-win.



So much thanks to Sheryl for the interview and helping me get the word out about crafting with 'crap', the awesomeness of Crafternoons and the craziness of being asked to author a book. Stay tuned for details on when the interview will be aired. They're also writing a web article to coincide with the interview. I love CBC!