Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2009 - Filed under Events, Holidays, How-to

4th july Happy 4th of July!

What a great way to add a little fun to your 4th of July. This crafty idea comes from the very creative Kathleen over at Twig & Thistle. Not only is this great for the 4th of July, but for any picnic that needs a little sparkle! Wedding showers… baby showers… or even just a fun day out.

Check out the full tutorial, and download the templates over on Kathleen’s blog.

Posted by: kelly

Happy Canada Day!

July 1, 2009 - Filed under Ceramics, Events, Holidays

canada day Happy Canada Day!

Hope you all have a wonderful Canada Day!

These cute little clay Canada Houses from The Little Red Door make a great addition to potted plants, terrariums or just anywhere you need a little bit of Canadiana!

Check em out, eh!

Posted by: kelly

Got Craft? goes bite-sized

June 30, 2009 - Filed under Events, Vancouver

got craft bitesized1 Got Craft? goes bite sized

Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair has gone bite sized the second Sunday of each month between June and November.

Sunday, July 12
Sunday, August 9
Sunday, September 13
Sunday, October 11
Sunday, November 8

Got Craft? bite sized features a bakers dozen of local and handmade vendors, with new vendors each month.

11:00am to 4:00pm
Little Mountain Gallery – 195 E. 26th Avenue (at Main Street)
Admission by donation to support the Vancouver Craft Mafia

Check out Got Craft? for more info

Posted by: kelly

Handmade Nation coming to Vancouver

June 29, 2009 - Filed under Events, Inspiration, Vancouver

handmade nation Handmade Nation coming to Vancouver

The folks over at Got Craft? are presenting the western Canada Premier of Handmade Nation. The indie film, follows director Faith Levine, as she travels 19,000 miles across the US documenting the rise of D.I.Y., Art, Craft, and Design.

The Screening takes place July 9th at The Rio Theater, and will be preceded by a craft showcase featuring 14 local handmade artists. Faith Levine will also be there to introduce the film and hold a Q&A session after the screening.

Tickets are $20.00 online at Got Craft? or you can purchase them at the door for $25.00.

When: Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Location: Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway @ Commercial Drive
Screening: 8:00pm
Craft Showcase: 7:00pm
Get Tickets >>

Check out the trailer:

Posted by: kelly

Bitty Bug Pincushion

June 19, 2009 - Filed under How-to, Sewing

bug pincusion Bitty Bug Pincushion

Looking for a cute and easy spring project? Check out the tutorial for this adorable little bug pincushion over at goody-goody.These would also make cute toys for a little kid, or even a cat or small dog.

Check out the tutorial here

Posted by: kelly

Summer Solstice Succulent Garden Party

June 18, 2009 - Filed under Events, Gardening, Vancouver

succulent party Summer Solstice Succulent Garden Party

The Vancouver Craft Mafia is hosting Succulent Garden Party this coming Sunday for the summer solstice. Share some soil and some yummy eats with these ladies in Victoria park, and make a beautiful succulent pot for your home.

Be sure to let them know you’re coming (so they know how much soil to purchase), and check out their site for all the details..

Who: The Vancouver Craft Mafia
What: Summer Solstice Succulent Party
Where: Meeting at Figaro’s Garden, 1896 Victoria Ave., then walking to Victoria Park, 4 blocks away
When: June 21st, 2009 from 4pm to 6pm

For more information click here.

Posted by: kelly

Studio Perak, Bali – Jewelry Making Class

June 17, 2009 - Filed under Classes & Courses, How-to, Jewelry, Travel

studio perak4 Studio Perak, Bali   Jewelry Making Class

As I mentioned in the last post, we’re currently traveling around South East Asia, and I’ve been looking for crafty experiences wherever I can find them. While in Bali, I was introduced to Studio Perak, a family run jewelry shop, in the artistic community of Ubud. In addition to selling bohemian inspired silver jewelry, they also offer half day silversmithing classes, where you can create you’re very own piece. Read More…

Posted by: kelly

The Big Knit Cafe, Bangkok

May 25, 2009 - Filed under Store, Travel, Yarn

(Sorry about the lack of posts this week. We’ve been transitioning from Thailand to Indonesian, so our time online has been a little limited.)

For the last 9 months we’ve been traveling around South East Asia. It’s been an amazing experience, but unfortunately our nomadic lifestyle doesn’t really lend it self to well to crafting. I mean it’s not exactly practical to lug around a sewing machine in my backpack just so I can get my craft fix.

As a result I’ve been searching for a new craft hobby, something that’s not too hard to learn and that’s not too material intensive. I settled on Amigurumi. I found some really great tutorials online, and figured that yarn was probably one of the easier craft materials to find in Asia. Last week we were in Bangkok for a few days before catching our flight to Bali, and I made it my mission to get set up with some supplies.

bigknit1 The Big Knit Cafe, Bangkok
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Posted by: kelly

hand carved stamps

May 12, 2009 - Filed under How-to

stamp1 hand carved stamps
Picture from CraftPudding

Martina turned me on to this cute little video of hand carving a stamp, so I thought I’d put together a post with some links and tips on carving your own. There are lots of great resources out there, but here just a few of my favs.

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Posted by: kelly

quilted potholder tutorial

May 7, 2009 - Filed under Fabric, How-to, Sewing

quilted potholder quilted potholder tutorial

Interested in quilting, but not sure where to start? Why not try this super simple tutorial from Craftzine for a quilted potholder. It’ll give you a taste of quilting without having to commit to making an entire quilt.

And if you’re looking for some kitchen inspired fabric be sure to check out the great Lizzy Dish collection.

lizzy dish quilted potholder tutorial

Posted by: kelly