More DIYs with the Salvation Army

Not only am I writing DIYs plus sharing thrifting tips and tricks for the Salvation Army Thrift Store blog - I am now writing for the Salvation Army's publication Faith and Friends. Faith and Friends is a monthly outreach magazine focused on 'inspiration for living'. You can find copies of it in your local Salvation Army Thrift Store.

The Faith and Friends publication features a DIY in each issue like this one - an easy DIY shamrock shirt. TBD will be contributing DIYs once every couple of months. I've already submitted my first feature!

Stay tuned - I'll let you know once it's out. Thanks to Salvation Army for both of these awesome opportunities! It's been so great working with you!

A couple of crafty dates with NVRC

Last week I had a couple of awesome crafty dates with North Vancouver Recreation and Culture (NVRC). I love working with NVRC!

First I crafted at Lynn Valley Village and then crafted in Civic Plaza. Each project was about making some sort of musical instrument out of repurposed materials. Each night was pretty busy and the kids were super stoked about getting crafty. Just like this cutie patootie who really got into it and made 3 paper plate shakers.

Sample 1 was an upcycled cardboard rainbow cymbal... I added bells as the noise maker. We offered this craft as well as the option to make paper plate shakers using dried beans.

Sample 2 was restyling wooden dowels into magical noise makers. I used a screw-in eyelet for the bells then wrapped the dowels in pipe cleaners and added some ribbon.

Thankfully I had some wire hanging around to tie up the bells.

I'll be crafting with NVRC again later this month. Hope to see you there! Join me Wednesday, July 25th from 6pm to 8pm in Lynn Valley Village.


Urban Repurpose has moved and is open

Yahoo! The lovely peeps at Urban Repurpose are back up and running. They reopened on Wednesday in their new location at 440 Brooksbank Avenue in North Vancouver.

The space is very different and seems even bigger than their original location.

Tom definitely got creative with how to display items like these chairs hanging from the walls...

And all of the paintings and mirrors.

I'm so happy they've reopened and bonus - it's on my route home from work. I can pop in and buy a chair like this or a table like the one I have on hold. I scooped up this chair since good finds don't stick around long at Urban Repurpose!

Be sure to drop by the new space, browse, buy and/or donate at 440 Brooksbank Avenue.


Join the North Vancouver Thingery!

North Vancouver is getting their very own Thingery! Sign up to be a member of this awesome initiative. I'm signing up! I'm also part of the working group helping bring this lending library of things to the heart of lower Lonsdale.

What is a Thingery?

    A Thingery is a community owned lending library of things in a modified shipping container. The containers are self-service, so members can check things in and out at their convenience. A Thingery's inventory is community sourced; meaning that what goes into the container depends on what neighbours donate to it and what they collectively purchase. Potential inventory types include: recreation equipment, kids toys, woodworking tools, event and entertainment equipment, household appliances and musical instruments.

The mission of The Thingery is to support the development and ongoing operations of neighbourhood Thingeries.

Their vision is that every community, no matter its size, has access to a Thingery that provides its members with the equipment they need to pursue their passions.

Why Become a Member?
  1. Access to great equipment
    When you join a Thingery you will get access to hundreds of pieces of equipment including recreation equipment, power tools, event and entertainment equipment and more. No need to worry about maintaining them either, we take care of that too.
  2. Save money
    By joining a Thingery you get access to the all the equipment you need for a fraction of the cost of what it would be to purchase or rent.
  3. Lower your ecological footprint
    A large percentage of each Thingery's inventory will be donated by local community members. By using a Thingery you lower your ecological footprint through extending the life of existing materials and also preventing the manufacturing of new equipment.
  4. It's a co-op
    Each Thingery is a non-profit co-operative. That means as a member, you're also an owner. You have a say in how it's run and the equipment it carries.
Join today! A Thingery membership is only $64.50 (regular $79) and includes a co-operative membership (for life!) at $50 and the annual maintenance fee of $14.50/year (regularly $29/year). What a steal of a deal!


DIY Canada Day party trays

My latest blog post for the Salvation Army Thrift Store went up last week. It was a Canada Day themed project using secondhand finds. One was jazzing up this plastic tray with a touch of red and white...

The other DIY repurposed a wood frame into a party tray...

Here they are together - each was super simple and super cheap!

Find the full DIYs on the Salvation Army Thrift Store blog. Happy Canada Day - hope you enjoyed celebrating with family and friends!


Live and Local crafting with NVRC

July is all about Thrifty by Design and North Vancouver Recreation and Culture (NVRC). We're gearing up for NVRC's Live and Local Culture Series. So stoked - I've missed my NVRC peeps!!

Join me for one of the upcoming events in Lynn Valley Village and Civic Plaza:
Here's to making upcycling awesomeness happen with a few of my FAV crafty peeps!