Big love to Vancouver Foundation and their NSG program

And the love affair continues... This week I picked up my 2018 Neighbourhood Small Grants check. Yup! More Crafternoons with North Vancouver City Library thanks to Vancouver Foundation's Neighbourhood Small Grants program. You guys are da bomb.

Stay tuned for more upcycling, community building awesomeness thanks to Vancouver Foundation. Let's get crafty!


Mother's Day with Lupii Cafe

Last weekend was my second Crafting with Crap event. I partnered with Lupii Cafe for a Mother's Day Crafternoon. It was a small group where we kicked upcycling butt!

Here are a few of the participants. They even used the boxes we had to package up their Mom's Day gifts.

One very happy crafter with her gift all wrapped up so Mom didn't see it.

Such a cutie! Here he is with his restyled glass container filled with DIY bath salts.

A few of our completed projects...

Here's another swanky wrapping job using a cardboard box and some pink mesh.

Big thanks to the workshop participants and to Lupii Cafe for hosting. Here's to more Crafting with Crap awesomeness!


Earth Day Crafternoon awesomeness with Urban Repurpose

A couple of weeks ago was my inaugural Crafting with Crap event. Yay! And it was with my awesome peeps at Urban Repurpose. Love those guys! Here we are getting set up with my super duper helper Susan.

Mark from Urban Repurpose helped gather kewl stuff to use as decoration for our reclaimed wood planters. Look at the spread!

So many nifty things to choose from!

We even had some flowers and succulents available. I brought a couple of new succulents and a few from my own stash to share. We were set!

Here's one of the planters in progress... What a great face!

Another project in progress...

I loved seeing how different the projects were!

We had a bunch of happy upcyclers and reusers.

My friend Heather - I used to craft with Heather and her daughter a few years back.

Here are Heather's projects. She made a reclaimed wood planter and an upcycled metal bed spring planter.

Works in progress...

Here's Susan's planter...

A couple of our participants sharing their projects.

This trio was so much fun!

This guy turned his planter into a birdhouse. Pretty darn awesome!

Big thanks to everyone who joined us for our Crafting with Crap / Urban Repurpose Earth Day Crafternoon. So much gratitude to Mark, Tom and the other peeps from Urban Repurpose. You guys are da bomb!


Earth Day Crafternoon with NVCL

A couple of weeks ago I hosted my first Earth Day Crafternoon. We had 60+ participants for our upcycling event at the North Vancouver City Library. We painted rocks and tile samples using Sharpies and paints.

Here are some sample projects using upcycled tiles that were kindly donated by Tom at Urban Repurpose.

I brought a whole box of tiles thinking I would have too many but they were a hit and quickly my stash was gone.

Here's the dude of the Crafternoon. So many swanky crafty projects so he had to make his very own man purse out of bits of cardboard.

A couple of my crafty peeps.

This girl was more excited about helping me clean up than crafting!

One of my favourite partners-in-craft...

He upcycled a couple of tiles but mainly focused on this project using empty paint containers, duct tape and an egg carton.

Even the tile box was used... We had tons of upcycling awesomeness happen!

Rocks painted with letters to spell 'happy'.

This is how everyone should feel about getting crafty and making stuff!

Mother-daughter craft dates are da bomb.

This kewl dude was super chill about getting his photo taken with his projects.

Another super keen helper - this little guy helped put all of the chairs away.

And another great upcycling workshop with North Vancouver City Library has come to an end. Thanks everyone for joining me for a very fabulous event! Here's to next time!


Macrame with NV Arts Council

Second up in my week of Crafternoons was the Volunteer Appreciation Event with North Vancouver Community Arts Council. I was asked to share an easy DIY macrame planter project. I made one sample then created another simpler version. Both were a hit!

North Vancouver Community Arts Council supplied the plants and I supplied the macrame mojo. A perfect combo!

Here's one of my lovely students with her final planter...

And another student whose husband 'supervised' her work.

Here are a couple of photos supplied by North Vancouver Community Arts Council. We rocked the volunteer appreciation event and macrame!

Here we all are... What a fun time!

Thanks North Vancouver Community Arts Council for including me in your celebrations. Yay for awesome partners-in-craft!


Painting glass with NVRC

Last week was filled with Crafternoon awesomeness! I had four crafty events with four awesome partners-in-craft. Lucky me!

First up was sharing an easy craft for North Vancouver Recreation & Culture's Volunteer Appreciation Event. We decided to restyle thrift store glass vases. It's a super fun way to add your own style to a basic vase. I picked up some Sharpie paint felts and adhesive gems then got crafty!

I used a butterfly stencil and used the purple paint felt then added a silver border. Next up was adding some bling. It took all of 15 minutes.

Ain't it pretty? So simple yet looks so good!

The project was a hit at the Volunteer Appreciation Event!

So many intense crafters...

This glass jar is for cat food... And guess what the cat's name is? Buttons!

We rocked the glass vase craft...

Big thanks to NVRC for including me in the event!


Earth Day with Crafting with Crap and Urban Repurpose

Yay! Look what's coming up! I have a partner-in-craft upcycling workshop next weekend for Earth Day. It's a collaboration between Crafting with Crap and Urban Repurpose. Total win win event!

Tickets are $15 and they include 2 hours of awesome crafting, a planter made from reclaimed wood and soil/seeds. What a dealorama! Get your tickets at Eventbrite. See you there!


Easter in the Village with NVRC

Nothing says awesome like Easter in the Village with North Vancouver Recreation & Culture! Last year was insane with over 600 people attending the event. But this year definitely surpassed that! I figure we hit 1000 visitors. Wow!

We had a few hundred people waiting outside before the event started. Once the doors opened the next 2 hours were a blur of crafting, stamping, giving out chocolate, etc. Thank goodness I had an awesome helper!

Here are some very happy crafters... The only photo I was able to take during the event.

And this is what we crafted - paper cup bunny and chick baskets.

Big thanks to Amanda, Mitch and my helper from NVRC. I love being included in your community events! xo


An easy peasy Easter display stand

Happy Easter! Here's a simple DIY I wrote for the Sally Ann blog. Find out how to make an Easter display stand out of secondhand finds.

With Easter just around the corner and plans for having family and friends over, here’s an easy way to upcycle a couple of thrift store finds into a display stand. This DIY is super easy and very low budget!

  • plate
  • candle holder
  • LePage construction glue or E6000 permanent craft adhesive
When visiting your local Salvation Army Thrift Store you’ll be sourcing two items for your DIY display stand. First find an appropriate plate.

Then find a candle holder. Ideally you’ll want something with a flat top and a sturdy base. This will help support the plate.

Next up you need the right tools for this project and that is super strong glue. Either LePage construction glue or E6000 permanent craft adhesive should do the trick.

Add glue to one of your surfaces. I glued the top rim of the candle holder.

Now place the glued part of your candle holder in the middle of the bottom of the plate.
Note: as long as the candle holder opening is flat then you can leave the two alone and wait for the glue to dry. If the candle holder isn’t flat then you may need to adjust the two items or find a way to ensure your plate lays flat.

Allow to dry. Follow the instructions on the packaging for how long the drying will take.

Once the glue is dry, you’re ready to use your fancy dancy display stand. Add home decor items or maybe some desserts.

Along with your Easter display stand you can then find other Easter decor to feature along with your stand like this chick planter filled with chocolates. This is perfect for your dining room table or coffee table!

Happy Easter to you and your family!