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Swag Bag - Sneak Peek

I promised you some pictures, so here they are. After looking at these pictures, you may want to set your alarm nice and early to make sure that you score one of these bags!

Pile o'swag that has been building up in my apartment

A closer look at the left hand side ...

the right hand side ...

and the middle.


last weekend at Blim

Here's my table display at the Blim show last Sunday. Supposedly, it wasn't as busy as April, but it still brought quite a few people out. Amy from Down Home Amy was my table mate. Her items are so cute! Go check out her etsy shop!

Got Craft is this Sunday and I am hoping to post some swag pictures tomorrow! Praying for sunshine and blue sky for Sunday and hoping for the post office to bring me the Moneris machine that is supposedly in the mail. Have to make a trip to Staples tomorrow to pick up the cool vendor passes we made up this year and will spend the afternoon assembling those. Other than that, things are coming along nicely. We had a nice post on Scout Magazine as well as Style Finds plus a little something something in the Westender that is coming out this Thursday.

Did I mention that Got Craft is turning 3 this May? To celebrate, I just ordered a few dozen mini cupcakes from Coco Cake Cupcakes for the show. W00t!


workshop #1

The Vancouver Craft Mafia is proud to present the first workshop from our monthly series ....

Learn how to needle felt with Stephanie from Fibre Manipulator!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
Vancouver Public Library - Firehall Branch - 1455 W. 10th Avenue
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Register early! Space is very limited.
$25 in advance and $35 at the door.
Supplies included
Ages 10+, all levels welcome.

Register by emailing vancouvercraftmafia(at)gmail(dot)com your contact information.



Lots of crafty things to do this Sunday. Check this out!

Blim Monthly Community Market
Sunday, April 26, 2009
11:00am - 5:00pm
Cambrian Hall - 215 e. 17th ave

I will be at this show, so come by and say hi! For more information, please visit

Little Miss Vintage Spring Cleaning Sale!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Grandview Legion
2205 Commercial Drive

For more information, please call 604-255-3554

Portobello West Fashion and Art Market
Sunday, April 26, 2009
12:00pm - 6:00pm
Rocky Mountaineer Station
1755 Cottrell St

For more information, please visit

... and don't forget that GOT CRAFT is next Sunday, May 3rd at the Legion on Commercial Drive from 11 am to 5 pm!!!



Just a friendly reminder that swag items are due today for the Got Craft event on May 3rd.

Some sneak peeks of swag items from little red caboose.

Make sure you get there early. First 30 people through the doors receive a free handmade swag bag full of goodies such as this. People have been known to line up 2 hours in advance for one of these bags!

Yay!! Cupcakes!!

Yummy cupcakes baked by the wonderful Lyndsay of Coco Cake Cupcakes. If you have never tried one of these little tasty morsels (what's wrong with you?), Lyndsay will be at the Blim Market this Sunday at the Cambrian Hall from 11 to 5pm.

a BIG thank you to J & C!!!!


Minature Knitter




Swap-O-Rama-Rama took place yesterday and it was so much fun!

Follow the chalk!

QMFM Street Team was broadcasting live at "the" event in town.

Workshops throughout the day!

Still recovering from all of the festivities, so I am keeping this short with lots of images!

Before the doors were opened.

... and then it starts ....

DIY sewing stations where experienced sewers can teach and guide you to transform your new finds. Some examples included napkins made out of pants and a pair of jeans were transformed into a skirt!

If sewing wasn't your thing.. then bring your finds to Blim and have them silk screened!

Check out Julie, Lia, Becka and Richard at the front desk! Ready to take your $$, stamp your hand and sort your clothes!

Me with my 'new to me' scarf. SCORE!


Earth Day

Saturday was spent at Metropolis at Metrotown for Reuse. Recycle. Reinvent!, the Earth Day event in partnership with the Vancouver Craft Mafia. The blurb says "Join a new wave of DIY designers that are taking recycling to the next level. From contemporary cardboard furniture to vintage fashion creations, they'll show you how to give your old items a second life." Designers included:

Rita from Smeeta
Astrid from Fire Ice Creations

Rebekah from Bliss in a teacup
Stephanie from Fibre Manipulator

Nicole from It's Your Life
Lia from Goodmorning, Morning!
... and me as Roxypop

...and Robert as Paper Boy.

After the Earth Day event, we headed over to check out Foux De Fu-Fu over at the Cambrian and somehow ended up on Main and 20th for free hot dogs and pop? W00t! Thanks to Vancouver Special for the tasty treats!


Crafty Happenings This Weekend!

Ok, get out your calendar and mark this down!

Sunday, April 19th, 2009
11:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street
Admission: $6.00 plus one bag of clean clothing or craft supplies
More information:

Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a community clothing and craft swap event. Workshops starting at noon by Blim, the Mustache Press, Urban Source and Fibre Manipulator. Learn how to silk screen, make your own buttons, needle felt and craft with recycled materials. Including DIY craft and sewing stations.

Second Annual "Nifty for Fifty" Sale
Art and Soul Gallery at the Pacific Palasades Hotel
1277 Robson Street
Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th from Noon to 7pm

For more information, contact Adhesif at

Foux De Fu-Fu
The Cambrian Hall - 17th and Main Street
Saturday, April 18th

This event is a 2 part event.

The Daytime: 12pm-6pm
A retail opportunity for artists

Local artists will be showcasing their work, giving the community an opportunity to meet new up and comers as well as purchase their work. This will be a lively day with music pumping, a bar open as well as many other random seeming activities to take place.

12:00 Doors Open- Yeah!
1:00 Pinata Painting
2:00 Intro to Knitting
3:00 Juggling with JMac
4:00 High Kick Academy
5:00 How to Give the Perfect High Five
6:00 Day Event Complete, Get Ready for the
***Most Classes Provided FREE by Team RAD

The Evening: 8:30pm-12:30am
The After Party/Concert

Live music including DJ El Garzita, The Green Hour and Pretty Vanilla; a full bar serving cheap drinks and a chance to rock out with your friends and soon to be, fans. Tickets are $8 and available at The Wallflower at 2420 Main Street.

button snapshot

I heart buttons! If you haven't been to it yet, go check out Button Button in their new location right around the corner from Dressew. A little piece of heaven! Also, a great chance to top off that button collection!

Did you see those cute chipmunk and lemur buttons that I picked up on my last trip to Portland? So cute!

Lots of crafty things to do this weekend! Stay tuned for full details.


the Express

Here's the clip that we prepped and taped last month featuring Wendy Russell from the Vancouver Craft Mafia on Shaw TV with 4 easy DIY projects!

Stay tuned for more Shaw TV appearances with me (eek!!) and Stephanie from Fibre Manipulator!

** video courtesy of Erin Shaw from Shaw TV


Show and tell

Update: The post and full tutorial can be found on Granville Magazine!

I was asked to write a tutorial for fusing plastic shopping bags together to make a bag, so of course, without ever doing this before, I said "Sure!!". So, viola, my first zipper pouch made completely with a zipper and fused shopping bags. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it is waterproof too!

After some trial and error, it was third time lucky.

A) Don't have the iron on too hot like I did
B) Don't use wax / freezer paper or regular paper like they say you can

Once the tutorial is published, I will post another copy over here for you to follow along. I am pretty happy about how it turned out - both the pouch and the tutorial. Maybe this will be the start of Tutorial Thursday's on here ?? :D


Craftgasm - Day Three

Flutter in Mississippi

I forgot to show you this link of us on the Museum of Contemporary Craft's flickr page. DIY accessories courtesy of Blim and Track and Field Designs.

Today's post includes a few snapshots of my favourite places in Portland.

Bolt on Alberta Street.

Porch Light in Mississippi. Just a hop, jump and a skip away from Flutter

That pretty much wraps up our whirlwind trip. Back to our normal scheduling ....


Craftgasm - Day Two

Check out West Coast Crafty for more images of the flag making process.

(amazing crochet installation by Mandy Greer

Back to the Museum of Contemporary Craft for the CraftPerspectives Conversation: Handmade Nation with Susan Beal (West Coast Crafty, Susanstars), Jill Bliss (Blissen), Kate Bingaman-Burt (Obsessive Consumption), Betsy Greer (Craftivism) Garth Johnson (Extreme Craft) and Faythe Levine (Handmade Nation). Moderated by Namita Gupta Wiggers, curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Some topics included feminism and crafting, participant backgrounds and where they came from, challenges of being judged when they don't buy handmade, permission giving, crafting - a fad or will it last.

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