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!