Festive crafting with Urban Repurpose

Last weekend I went to Urban Repurpose's inaugural upcycling workshop and it was awesome! Usually I'm facilitating workshops but I also love getting inspired by attending Crafternoons so this event was perfect! The event was super fun and the best part was I got to support Urban Repurpose and connect with new and kewl crafty peeps.

The workshop used materials found in the store and was facilitated by Taren and Gabriele from the West Vancouver Library. It was 2 hours of crafty awesomeness! First Tom introduced Urban Repurpose.

Then Taren introduced the craft and showed us how to upcycle tiles into Xmas ornaments.

Here are her sample projects... I love the silver leaf and all things glitter!

Our batch of basic supplies included tiles, paper, glitter and Mod Podge. We were set!

Here I am with Gabriele and Taren. I am definitely crafting with them again!

Sparkly and funky Xmas ornaments made from 'junk'!

Meanwhile they have quite the display in their window. Upcycled 'stuff' turned into a sleigh for Santa being led by Rudolph. Urban Repurpose really practices what they preach... Tom is always on the road collecting donations, their volunteers are amazing and they have a space in the back where creativity and ingenuity take upcycling to a whole new level.

A bit about the Xmas display...

Stay tuned for more upcycling workshops at Urban Repurpose... It was $10 well spent!


More DIYs with the Salvation Army Thrift Store

Here's some FAB news... I'll be sharing more tips and tricks when it comes to thrifting, upcycling and DIY-ing with the Salvation Army Thrift Store. My gig as one of their Creative Experts has been extended from December 2017 to March 2018.

My first stint has been so much fun and the Salvation Army Thrift Store has been awesome to work with. Looking forward to sharing more easy peasy projects repurposing thrift store finds.

Stay tuned for another giveaway, more refashioning projects and my feature video!


Xmas Crafternoons are coming!

Christmas and festive Crafternoons are on the way! Yahoo! I have four Xmas upcycling workshops lined up for December with three awesome partners-in-craft:

Hope to see you at one of my TBD Xmas Crafternoons for some festive crafting with crap!


Loving my Creative Expert gig with SA Thrift Stores

I'm halfway through my stint as a Creative Expert for the Salvation Army Thrift Stores Canada. It's been a blast! Next up - I'm filming a mini video about me, thrifting and my crafting with crap adventures. Kewl!

Here are the 8 handy dandy DIYs they've posted to their blog so far. You can find them at:
Stay tuned for my next round of crafty goodness! And here's their intro blog post about TBD:

Introducing our new Creative Expert: Thrifty by Design

Big thanks to the Salvation Army Thrift Stores Canada for partnering up and sharing some of my kookie upcycling, thrifting, DIY-ing projects. Sharing IS caring.


Crafting with cardboard is my latest love

Turns out that upcycling cardboard boxes is awesome! Especially when it comes to Halloween crafting. You'll be finding me in the big recycle bin at work more often!

My samples for last weekend's Halloween Crafternoon at North Vancouver City Library included magic wands, wristbands, crowns and home decor.

Here's the start of my pumpkin for display... I first drew out the shape.

Then cut it out and coloured it in. I then created the eyes, nose and mouth separately.

Next I used pipe cleaners to adhere the eyes, nose and mouth to the face.

Here's my spooky pumpkin good to go!

Next up was my uber sparkly crown... Wow! Super glittery and magical.

Here are some matching wristbands to go with the crown.

And a magic wand to complete the set.

Cardboard is so fun to work with! And it's free! Here's to more crafting with cardboard and other 'crap'.


One spooky and super awesome Halloween Crafternoon

Last weekend's Halloween Crafternoon at the North Vancouver City Library was amazing! We hit an attendance record - we had 80+ participants showing up to repurpose cardboard boxes. Thank goodness we had enough supplies!

My samples for the Crafternoon included magic wands, crowns, wristbands and home decor. This guy made my magic wand sample look super lame. He was officially the King of the Crafternoon.

We had some spooky drawings in the works... Cardboard, felts and gems make for an awesome triptych.

Pretty rad drawing of a skeleton warrior with a gold prosthetist‎ and super duper underwear.

There were some costumes using upcycled cardboard...

Peace out for uber creative participants...

Same box, different participant.

We had all sorts of variations on the magic wand DIY.

There was tons of crafty love in the room.

Love this mask with gems and feathers.

The Princesses of the Crafternoon with kick butt crowns and multiple wands...

Peekaboo crown...

Paper bag puppets and a swanky pumpkin...

I got to see a bunch of my regulars like David with his one-of-a-kind project.

More Halloween awesomeness...

My new buddy David and his granddaughters... Magic wands, treat bags and a haunted house.

These guys brought tons of sparkly, fun energy to the workshop... I love seeing people so excited about crafting with crap!

And here's Delaney - one of my regulars who is so darn fabulous! She's part of the clean up crew as well.

Next NVCL Crafternoon is Saturday, December 16th from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. So much gratitude and thanks to Vancouver Foundation, the Neighbourhood Small Grants program and to my Crafternoon BFF North Vancouver City Library. You guys rock! And thanks to all my crafters. I am one lucky gal cause I get to craft with you. xo


Refashioning a boring magazine holder in a jiffy

Here's one of my sample projects from last weekend's Back to School Crafternoon with the North Vancouver City Library. I lucked out with two awesome donations: cardboard document carrier tubes and plastic magazine holders.

Here's an easy peasy way to jazz up a boring magazine holder...

I bought a butterfly stencil from Dollarama then used gold and silver Sharpies to add butterflies, stars and circles. Then I glued on some gems to make it a bit sparkly.

I then glued funky paper to the front and back with a green glittery tape accent.

It took me 15 minutes to dress up this magazine holder and was super cheap to refashion.

This weekend I'll be prepping for 3 upcycling workshops as part of next weekend's Culture Days. Join me for one or all - they're free events in partnership with North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission.


Back to School Crafternoon at NVCL

Last weekend was another awesome upcycling workshop at the North Vancouver City Libraryhttps://www.vancouverfoundation.ca! It was our annual Back to School Crafternoon and we rocked it. We had 30+ participants upcycling document carrier tubes, refashioning magazine holders, dressing up tin cans and turning bottle caps into swanky fridge magnets.

Here's my coworker Tanya showing off my handy dandy school bag sample.

Here are some completed projects...

And a couple more funky DIYs...

This father-daughter team kicked it outta the park. DIY pipe cleaner glasses, dressed up gift bags and the kewlest fridge magnets ever.

Check it out - love this alien fridge magnet!

We also made spider fridge magnets. So cute!

This is Mikale - she helps makes my upcycling workshops happen at NVCL.

Thanks everyone who came out and crafted! And big thanks to NVCL for hosting and Vancouver Foundation along with their Neighbourhood Small Grants program for supporting our crafting with 'crap' adventures!


One super duper Urban Repurpose Open House

Did you make it to the Urban Repurpose Open House? Hope so cause it was a blast! We had awesome crafty peeps showing their wares or offering fun upcycling projects. I was lucky enough to be included with a group of pretty awesome makers, repairers and upcyclers.

Here's Shula from Nifty Scissors...

Simon from MakerMobile and Irina from Frameworq...

Sarah from Saule Connection...

An Urban Repurpose volunteer with swanky steampunk hats...

Simon in the MakerMobile travelling classroom...

More Urban Repurpose volunteers showcasing what you can do with 'junk'...

Rob from Raw Creations...

Felix from ChopValue...

And Selina and Rebecca from Merakos Fieldhouse...

My day was filled with upcycling and repurposing finds from Urban Repurpose... We upcycled tiles into funky coasters and fridge magnets.

All you need is a stencil, some Sharpies and glitter tape to make a swanky tile coaster.

This is Nick and he made me my very own piece of DIY art. So kewl!

These two girls have their own business and popped in to repair old clothes, embroider and then they came to my table to craft. They're both super duper dynamos.

What a magical afternoon of community connecting, inspiring upcyclers and making new BFFs.

Thanks to Tom for setting up this kick butt event, thanks to all my co-participants who made awesome happen and thanks to everyone who dropped by and crafted with me. Stay tuned! They'll be another open house coming soon!