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Big Brooklyn Weekend: Saturday Crafternoon/Sunday Book Signing

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Hope you’ll pay a visitation to Spacecraft’s ornamentation decoration station or WORD’s writer-bookstore collaboration in the beautiful Brooklyn nation!

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Saturday, December 5th: Holiday Ornament Extravaganza at SpaceCraft in Brooklyn
Time: 1:30 to 3:00
 
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/
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Sunday, December 6th: WORD Holiday Open House

3-5 pm:
Lev Grossman (The Magicians)
Maura Madden (Crafternoon)
Michelle Knudsen (Dragon of Trelian and Library Lion)

The word on the event, according to WORD:

“Some of our favorite authors will hang out with us at the store,helping with gift-wrapping, recommending their favorite titles and personalizing signed copies of their books for your gift-giving needs! Get a head start on holiday shopping – join us for this festive two-day open house. Refreshments will be served.

Facebook RSVP here.

Location: Word, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY
 
Link:     http://wordbrooklyn.indiebound.com/event/holiday-open-house-0

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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.

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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/
http://www.mikeperrystudio.com/info
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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
            http://wordbrooklyn.wordpress.com/
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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/
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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
 http://heatherross.squarespace.com/weekend-sewing-gallery/weekend-sewing-photos-by-john-gruen/
 http://www.dsquilts.com/
 http://oliverands.com/

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Exciting Crafternews & Crafternoon in Brooklyn on Sunday!

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Exciting newsflash: this fall I will be hosting Crafternoons at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library! These are going to be really exciting Crafternoons, free as always and open to everyone, but this time they’ll be in that big, beautiful building with the lions on the steps! I adore libraries and I’ve got chills just thinking about how exciting it will be to get crafty in those hallowed halls this fall.

Join me and crafty librarian Jessica Pigza (aka The Handmade Librarian) for a series of DIY days at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (aka The Ghostbusters Library at 42nd and Fifth Avenue).

Busting Makes Me Feel Good!

Though I cannot promise you Venkman and the rest of the Ghostbusters crew, I can promise that each Crafternoon will include a hands-on project, an inspiring spread of vintage books and magazines from the Library’s collections, and appearances by special guest makers and DIY authors.

I will post details on the craft projects and special guests for each date right here and Jessica will post them on the Handmade at NYPL Blog this fall, so check back for more information. But in the meantime, put these dates on hold. You won’t want to miss these crafty times!

Crafternoons at the NYPL
Saturday, September 12, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Saturday, October 10, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Saturday, November 14, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Saturday, December 12, 2:00 – 4:00pm

But summer’s not over yet, and thank goodness for that. Summer is kind of the best, don’t you think? And with all the fun that summer provides, don’t you want to say thank you? Join me on Sunday in Brooklyn for a papercraft Crafternoon focused on creating handmade thank you notes. We’ll cut, stamp and collage our way to making unique expressions of gratitude.

Some materials and snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring some of your own to share. Hope to get crafty with you soon!

Papercraft Crafternoon at Word
When: Sunday, 8/2, from 3-6pm
Where: Word, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY

http://wordbrooklyn.wordpress.com/

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Plenty To Be Thankful For

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Well, yesterday’s Thankful Giving Crafternoon was a great success. We collected lots of donations for the food pantry at the Greenpoint Reform Church, from handknit scarves to holiday cards and lots of healthy food for those in need. It was a great gathering of very young friends and older ones; total newcomers and Crafternoon superfans.

We had a delicious spread, including tasty casseroles from Rufus’s mom, Susan, and from the lovely Emily Farris, author of Casserole Crazy

Some of the amazing items that were crafted included knit squares for the scarves we donated…

(Please note the use of name tags. I love name tags for Crafternoon! I had forgotten to bring name tags to the last few Crafternoons, but trust me, it is sooo much easier to memorize names when folks are wearing a name tag. And that makes for a friendly Craftercrew.)

We made lots of really cool cards for the food pantry to include in their holiday grocery bags…

It was a lovely turnout, and I’m so thankful for Christine and Vinnie at Word Bookstore for hosting us in their lovely space. And I’m so thankful for all the generous crafters who came out to give something back to the community.

Yes, it is a time to be thankful for all of the good things, and I am in awe of all I have to be thankful for.

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