Wednesday, March 25, 2009

growing old together

What a fantastic invite idea!

Taken from M/A/S/H/ - The concept was to use the concept of ‘growing old together’. Face shots were then takenof the bride and groom which Dom then used as a basis to create a chronological representation of their aging faces into the future. 10, 20, 30 and 40 years into the future, growing old together.

via SeeSaw Designs and originally by Mash Designs

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

vinyl + sharpie love

After shopping our crafty hearts away at the Buy the Yard sale last Sunday, Becka and Richard came over to help make the Swap-O-Rama-Rama banner.

3 meters of Vinyl at $2 a meter plus the largest sharpie marker you can find = an amazing looking banner!!

Update:  I should have also mentioned that we borrowed a projector from the lovely olives to trace the image.

Monday, March 23, 2009

all about cleo

Busy Sunday afternoon with her cat nip gyoza.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

more etsy news!

Indie I Do was mentioned on Etsy's Storque last week! Read more about the article by clicking here.

The word and concept is definitely spreading... check out Kelly's (Paper Studios) show, Indie Wed in Chicago!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

etsy spring fling

The first craft fair of the year took place today at the Cambrian Hall. Nicole from It's Your Life and I shared a table. The sun was out shining and we saw so many familiar faces (thanks for stopping by and saying hi!) including some new ones. Can you believe it? I didn't buy a single thing at the fair. My crafting funds are going straight into 'Andrea's birthday celebrations in Europe' piggy bank. :D

Friday, March 20, 2009

let's play!

I love playing games on my phone. I especially love playing time management games. I know, I'm such a geek! Not only that, but I have to get expert status, not just normal, in order for me to move on. So there i was one night looking for something to play and look at what I found!

Help Quinn make wedding bells ring! Assist couples in selecting all the details - from tasty cakes to gorgeous flowers - but once they've tied the knot, look out for obstacles preventing the perfect party, such as tipsy guests, falling cakes, and catty bridesmaids. Can you keep the bride and groom happy and Quinn's business afloat?

2 modes: Career, Endless Reception
50 levels of gameplay
10 different guest types
9 wedding mishaps to overcome

Plan a wedding, choose flowers, cakes and menu items then serve the guests and keep them happy while trying to avoid wedding disasters! As a coordinator, I had to try this! Click here to download the free trial!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

how do they do that?

Awesome things I found while spending TOO much time on the internet!

You to can make your very own gummy bear chandelier by following the tutorial listed here. I think the real question is... how many bears were eaten during this project!?

For those DIY brides thinking of making their own invites, you may want to check out this little tutorial to help guide you along the way.

How cool would this be as wedding favours? With a different image of course (or not?) :D Learn how to paint on chocolate here.

photos courtesy of

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

truly Vantastic!

Awesome view of downtown Vancouver.

image courtesy of Vantastic and Beyond Robson.

Monday, March 16, 2009

A garden party

Robert here.....what better to do on a rainy day then start the garden! With a little help from my friends Gnorman on the right and Mr. Travelocity Gnome on the left, we fired up the mini greenhouse today. So far, we just used the leftover seeds from last year -lettuce, carrots, radishes, beets ...

If you are not familiar with the intersection of Oak and 16th, here is a picture of the space as it has looked for the past 12 years.

There used to be an apartment building with the Windjammer restaurant and Popovers bakery. Sadly, it burned and the spot was left vacant. Last summer, a group formed and they worked together to plant and transform the area into a community garden.

A few snapshots from last year:

Thursday, March 12, 2009

pink toes

Cleo + Sun = True Love

Monday, March 9, 2009

head pieces

For those that are looking for the perfect head piece for your upcoming wedding, you should definitely check out Melanie's work from A Farmers Daughter.

Everything is hand designed locally and custom orders are welcome.


Sunday, March 8, 2009

making + creating

A weekend of catching up and preparing for the upcoming craft fair season ...

I even made my first batch of bagels! Recipe can be found here.



Saturday, March 7, 2009


You are invited!

On March 15th, 2009 a small group of select wedding vendors will be hosting an informal wine and canapé party at a private gallery for couples like you who are currently planning their weddings. Join us to ask questions, seek advice from seasoned wedding pros without the crowds and sales pitch environment of the traditional wedding shows.

lotus events will be there and we hope to see you there as well!

Please RSVP to: weddings(at)marlissproductions(dot)com

(click the invite to enlarge - free entry with invite)

Thursday, March 5, 2009


A month or so ago, I received an email from Lisa at Maked Crafts letting me know that Swap-O-Rama-Rama was looking for a new leader.

Of course, I said yes, because not only do I need to add to our "to do" list, but I also had to hold an event the same day that Rob is working on the Accolaids Gala. Nice! :P

Thank goodness I have a rockin team behind me!! After some careful planning, this years' SORR event will be a joint production between Got Craft? and the Vancouver Craft Mafia. So what is SORR? Visit our blogspot for full details.

Date: Sunday, April 19th, 2009
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Heritage Hall - 3102 Main Street

Cost: $6.00 plus a bag of clean clothes or crafty supplies

Workshops starting at noon featuring Blim, Urban Source, Mustache Press and Fibre Manipulator. Learn how to silk screen, make your own buttons, needle felt and craft with recycled materials!

Interested in volunteering? Contact VanSwapORamaRama(at)gmail(dot)com.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

* squeal *

We literally signed the contract and confirmed the flight before the first email came in asking...

"Is it true?"
Andrea: "What? How do you know already?"

Yes, it is true. Lotus Events and Got Craft? is proud to present the Vancouver premier of Handmade Nation.

insert (squeal / screaming / excited noise) here. Woot!

Faythe Levine will be live and in person on July 9th to introduce the film and do a Q & A session after the screening. Want to attend? Stay tuned for more details!

What is Handmade Nation?
Handmade Nation documents a movement of artists, crafters and designers that recognize a marriage between historical techniques, punk and DIY (do it yourself) ethos while being influenced by traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, politics, feminism and art. Fueled by the common thread of creating, Handmade Nation explores a burgeoning art community that is based on creativity, determination and networking.

In 2006, first time director Faythe Levine traveled to 15 cities, interviewing 80 individuals. Levine captured the virtually tight-knit community that exists through websites, blogs and online stores and connects to the greater public through independent boutiques, galleries and craft fairs.
(taken from

For more information about Faythe and Handmade Nation, visit her blog here
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