Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Get Yo' Craft On!

Don't miss the Oceanside Craft Mafia's CraftTopia this Saturday, May 16th from 3-7 pm. It is a great way to support handmade and your local economy. Shop for yourself or pick up some gifts for those birthdays that just keep coming! Either way, you'll walk away with one-of-a-kind doo-dads you won't find anywhere else. See you at Jitter's on Saturday! 510 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Monday, March 16, 2009

Book Fiend with a Craft Habit

Why is it, when you go to the local book super-store, they have books on craft, but it's crappy craft? I've always known there are great books on craft out there, but they always seem to elude me. Jennifer Perkins, of our sister chapter the Austin Craft Mafia, has been highlighting great books of craft on her blog. Most importantly, these books are of an entrepreneurial spirit and help the artist in us craft our business skills. You already know how a blow torch and jewelers' saw works, and now you will know how to market the products you make with those handy skills.

To get a quick overview of the books check out Jennifer's blog:


Thanks for keeping us inspired Jennifer!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Classes Making Craft a Cinch!

A little stilted in your craft knowledge? Not to worry. We have the cure. The Craft Kitchen. No longer will you have to beg friends' mothers and grandmothers to show you how to sew or make candy, nor will you have to hit up college students as they exit art class for tips on screen printing. The classes start at $30 and depending upon how complicated the skill is, go up from there. The class sizes are limited to 8 so you won't be left holding your scissors with no idea how to use them. So, is your inner crafter dying to be set loose? Sign up for classes now and have plenty of time to practice your new skills in time for all those hand-made holiday gifts you'll be cranking out!

Some of our Mafioso gals are signed up for Terrarium Class!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Twirl Your Mind Around This!

Oceanside Craft Mafia Member Sarah Davis is donating one of her adorable tutu's for auction to "Royal Slumber Crop." This event is hosted by Scrapbook Royalty, a non-profit organization that does scrapbooking events to raise money for local charities. Visit their website at www.scrapbookroyalty.com. Twirlin' in Tutus is also donating a percentage of their sales that come through the event!

Scrapbook Royalty is selling raffle tickets for a georgous hand carved wooden surfboard amongst other raffle prizes. The tickets are $10 a piece and of course are a donation, you can see the board and all the great donated raffle items at www.sbrauctions.blogspot.com. Please spread the word about the raffle you don't have to be present to win.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Will you be caught dead?

You may already be planning to hit up Oceanside's fifth annual street fair in celebration of Dia de los Muertos. While you are down there, take some shelter from the sun and head down Artist's Alley, between Pierview and Mission Ave, where the Oceanside Craft Mafia will be hosting it's first annual craft fair and trunk show in conjunction with the holiday. Plan on being wow'd by members' handmade products. Find original items including jewelry, pottery, hand made cards, baby goods, and much, much more. And, though it may seem early, time does fly and this is a great way to kick off your holiday shopping and support your local economy.

The Oceanside Craft Mafia's Trunk Show is Saturday, November 1st from 7 to 9:30 pm. The Trunk Show booth space is by reservation only and will feature drinks, appetizers, and of course fabulous hand made goods. For information contact info@oceansidecraftmafia.com. Not down for the late night shopping? Find the same great vendors on Sunday, Nov 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm. Follow the chalk art and live music or just map it. Artist's Alley is located at 212 N. Coast Hwy, Unit D, enter through the alley, in Oceanside, CA.

The Oceanside Craft Mafia is a culmination of jewelers, paper crafters, potters and stitchers.  The group embraces the morals and creative achievements of the members of the Austin Craft Mafia (www.craftmafia.com), who began the now national crafters organization.
In addition to offering moral support to one another, the OCM works together to creatively market their individual companies and products.  By pooling resources they are able to help one another become more successful in an inundated indie craft market.  It's as much about being a family as it is building business. They rely on one another to inspire, assist and care for one another, and always adhering to strict personal and business ethics.  
The real glue that brings this group together is the hope to personalize the consumer market.  We literally have the world’s market to shop from thanks to the World Wide Web.  But so many of our options are impersonal and mass produced.  The OCM supports hand-made and artisan products and believes strongly that they are better made and life enriching.

For more information about the Oceanside Craft Mafia and it's members please visit: www.oceansidecraftmafia.com

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Oceanside Craft Mafia | Trunk Show

The Oceanside Craft Mafia is a group I started locally to help find other like minded artist|business owners. We are having our first group event November 1 & 2 in downtown Oceanside. First a trunk show, on Saturday November 1st from 7pm - 9:30 pm we will be serving wine, appetizers and hopefully have some acoustic tunes. On Sunday Mainstreet Oceanside put on the Dia de los Muertos Festival or Day of the Dead on Pier View Way in Oceanside this is a free event from 10 am - 4pm. We will have a studio space in the Artist's Alley.
Come down and join us for the exciting events.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Oceanside Craft Mafia Member, Sandee Manuel is at upcoming show

Brings Reinventing the Wheel to San Diego!
Saturday, September 27: 7-11 pm
1660 Logan Avenue
S143 will build a temporary sanctuary for Reinventing the Wheel amongst the concrete surfaces, high ceilings, and open beams of The Logan. This renovated warehouse adjoins graphic design and marketing firm Miriello Grafico, providing a perfect backdrop for the exhibition.
Artists and bikesmiths will evaluate the role of the wheel through painting, restored vintage and hand-built bicycles, sculpture, photography, and video installation. Artisans include Acamonchi, Thatcher, Josh Higgins, Jorge Tellaeche, Gabriel Salcedo, Keikichi Honna, Sandee Manuel, Sean Ward, Mark Klammer, Eneri Abillar, Anthony Bareno, Amy Burkhart, Jeff Faeth, Stacy Kelley, Tocayo, Sean Kelley, Ron Miriello, Tony Greene, and Aki Kaneko.
A group ride from Velo Culture bicycle shop’s new location in South Park will bring scores of riders to the show. Contact Velo Culture to join in on the fun. Sounds will be provided by Gabe Vega, Mr. Biggs, and Will Redd.
Sanctuary143 welcomes all ages to this free event.
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