Crafternoon Hits San Francisco

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Boy do I love San Francisco. I’m not the first one who left another little piece of my heart there, and there’s no way I’m the last.

The first Crafternoon at the San Francisco Public Library was a tremendous success. On Saturday, August 27th at Presidio Branch I kicked off the Crafternoon series, West Coast library style, showing folks how to create collages and decoupage.

An incredible amount of gorgeous craft supplies were generously donated by EK Success Brands. Here are just some of the lovely things they donated to the series, which will be used at all of the future events. EK Success set the library up so that the Crafternoon at the SFPL series is sure to achieve handmade greatness!

The space at the library is perfect for this series – bright, sunny and brand spanking new! And we had a fantastic turnout of family and friends, ready to craft and chat.

People dove right into the decoupaging, creating all kinds of beautiful pieces.

I was absolutely thrilled with every aspect of the event. It took a lot of coordinating and brainstorming, and all of the effort really paid off. I’d like to thank all of the good people at the San Francisco Public Library who made it happen: Christy Estrovitz, Rosie Merlin, and especially Megan Anderson, the Presidio Branch manager pictured below.

Megan brought a diverse selection of craft books to the event, and had a laptop with her so that any attendee with a library card could check books out directly from her. And for those folks who didn’t have a library card, she was able to sign them up on the spot!

The next SFPL Crafternoon event will take place in October. Please check the Presidio Branch site for details closer to the date.

As for me, I’m back in NYC, ready for this Saturday’s Handmade Crafternoon at the NYPL. We’ll be celebrating the release of Design*Sponge at Home, the first book by design*sponge, which is out today! Hope to get crafty with you soon.

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Crafternoon at the San Francisco Public Library

Friday, August 12th, 2011

I can’t believe it’s almost time for my first Crafternoon at the San Francisco Pulic Library! On Saturday, August 27th, from 2-4pm, the whole family is invited to come to our kickoff Crafternoon event at the library’s Presidio Branch. I will be leading the event, and will show crafters how to create collages and how to decoupage. We’ll cut and paste our way to some gorgeous crafty goods.

I’m so happy to say that this event is FREE, just like our Handmade Crafternoon events at the NYPL. Supplies are generously donated by EK Success Brands. If you would like to practice decoupage, please bring a box of any size to decorate.

There will also be a selection of inspiring craft books on hand from the library’s collection. I hope I’ll see you there!

Presidio Branch Library, Meeting Room (3150 Sacramento St., SF) | Saturday, August 27 | 2-4p | FREE

*This event is all ages, but children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

**If you have magazines lying around your house that you’d be happy to cut up and craft with, please bring them!

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November/December Crafternooniness

Monday, November 9th, 2009

November and December are gearing up to be the Crafternoon-iest months of the year. I’ve got two ‘noons each month in NYC, each with a completely different theme, and all of the delightful details are below.

Saturday, November 14th – Handmade : Crafternoon at the New York Public Library
Time:  2:00 to 4:00pm
November’s Handmade: Crafternoon will be all about basic book making (both sewn bindings and not). Along with my co-host, Jessica Pigza,  our special guest will be the amazing, prolific artist Mike Perry. He will share his book arts expertise, and we’ll have lots of supplies on hand to share so that you can make your own handmade book!
Location: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building , 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (Room #227, located in the northeast corner of the second floor)
Admission: FREE
Links:  http://handmadelibrarian.com/
Sunday, November 22nd: Second Annual Charitable Crafternoon at WORD
Time: 2-4pm
Join me for an afternoon of crafting for a good cause. Crafters of all ages are welcome to help us make Thanksgiving cards and decorations for the food pantry at the Greenpoint Reformed Church.
Want to do some crafty homework? Donate a handknit or crocheted hat, scarf, or pair of mittens. And we’ll have some yarn and knitting needles on hand if you need to add a few rows to a scarf or a pompom to a hat.
Location: Word, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY
Admission: Please bring two cans of food or a handmade winter accessory to the event. And feel free to bring other snacks and beverages to share with your fellow crafters.
Links:  http://greenpointchurch.org/ministries/emergency-needs
Saturday, December 5th: Holiday Ornament Extravaganza at SpaceCraft in Brooklyn
Time: 1:30 to 3:30
Join me for an afternoon making ornaments for all the things in your life that need festive decorations. We’ll be crafting up some clothespin ornaments and adorable Christmas bagels, too, in the warm and cozy Spacecraft space.
Location: Spacecraft, 355 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Admission: $5
Link: http://spacecraftbrooklyn.com/
Saturday, December 12th – Handmade: Crafternoon at the New York Public Library
Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Join us as we welcome Heather Ross, author of Weekend Sewing and two other textile mavens: Denyse Schmidt, author of Denyse Schmidt Quilts; and Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S, will all be on hand to talk about their creative work. And as usual, we’ll have lots of Library books to look at, as well as a spread of materials on hand so you can get started stitching if you wish.
2:00 to 4:00pm
Location:Stephen A. Schwarzman Building , 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (Room #227, located in the northeast corner of the second floor)
Admission: Free
Links: http://www.nypl.org/blogs/2009/09/18/december-12ths-handmade-crafternoon

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Oh, I’m a Travelin’ Crafter

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

I love a craft-filled week! From the Crafternoon in Providence to the Mother’s Day Crafterhours in Brooklyn, last week was stuffed with crafting. And I must say, craft is my favorite sort of stuffing.

I arrived in Providence in the afternoon of the 25th and my friend picked me up and took me out for a tasty iced cappucino at The Coffee Exchange, which was just what I needed after napping off and on during the three and a half hour bus ride north. After the caffeine fuel-up, I met up with some other friends at La Laiterie for a delight-filled dinner. From the cheese plate to the sustainable catch-of-the-day, all of the dishes were fresh and flavorful. (I love a nice piece of fish, especially if it can sustain itself). And it was great to catch up with far-away friendlies.

Sunday we got to Kreatelier with plenty of time to set up all the supplies for our recyclobots. The store is so bright and cheery – it’s the perfect place for a Crafternoon.

The owners, Line and Pernilla, were gracious hosts. And my friend Greer, who suggested I do the event in the first place and gave me a place to sleep, was an amazing co-pilot for the event. They had all been collecting tons of amazing recycling bin supplies for the day. We had a fantastic turnout, and the kids made such creative robots out of all of the recyclables. Here are just two of them:

Then on Thursday, I was back at Spacecraft, my favorite craft store in Brooklyn, for another fun Crafterhours. I’m hoping that’s going to turn into a regular event – the first two have been a blast. I was a bad photog there, but I did manage to get a nice shot of me and my mom, who journeyed out to Williamsburg to join the good times:

And it turns out that my mom and I are lucky enough to be featured in a sweet article on Craftzine by Rachel Hobson, so click on that link to read some more of our mother-daughter crafting history!

And if you haven’t done it already, craft something nice for your momma for Mother’s Day. You know she’ll treasure it if you made it with your very own hands!

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Crafternoon: The Book Trailer

Monday, October 13th, 2008

I decided to make a book trailer to get people interested in Crafternoon: A Guide to Getting Artsy and Crafty with Your Friends All Year Long. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a book trailer before, but they’re very DRAMATIC! And someone is always hiding a SECRET! And believe me, Crafternoon has a secret or two to share…

Special thanks to director/editor/all-around-talent James Parvin for making the video so awesome!

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Greetings, Crafternooners!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Welcome to Crafternoon.com. I hope this site will become your resource for simple, low-budget ideas for group and solo crafting experiences. I will be posting my crafty concepts, linking you to other great craft sites, and just generally trying to keep you all laughing and crafting.

The month of October is going to be the Crafternoon-iest ever! As most of you know, Crafternoon: A Guide to Getting Artsy and Crafty with Your Friends All Year Long by yours truly hit bookstores and other places today!

I am delighted with how it turned out, and I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone who ever attended a Crafternoon or spread the crafty word about them. You truly rock!

I hope the book will inspire more and more people to get crafty and creative with their friends and family. In these difficult times, it’s so important to refocus our energy on the good things in life — making things, sharing things, and gathering with the people we love. Those things don’t cost money, but they pay us back in major ways. I’m not trying to be all hokey, people, but love and creativity are free!

I’ll be celebrating the book release with a fun New York event next week. I will be doing a reading and “crafterhours” crafting session on Thursday, October 16th at 7:30 pm at Word, a fantastic bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

I will read some fun stuff from the book. We will craft some celebration skulls and ghoulish greeting cards, and there will be bonus handmade goodies for those folks who purchase a copy of the book. The reading will be followed by drinks at a nearby bar. It will be awesome all around.

And if you don’t get your fill of crafting (or of me) on the 16th, there will be more crafty events all around this Crafternation in the next few months. Keep checking in right here for more dates in more places.

So mark your calendars, gentle crafters! I cannot wait to craft with you.

In Craft I Trust,

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