We started way early on a Sunday morning and the first two bloggers I ran into were Ruby of Growing Up Blackxican and Xenia of Raised by Culture. My first workshop was making a terrarium. I was super excited because terrariums don’t require a lot of water, which means…. it will be hard for me to kill this plant!
This workshop was presented by Lisa Cherry, owner and founder of The Makery. The Makery is a creative shop and space/studio that is housed within Community. Imagine a block of storefronts of women-owned craft businesses that sit under an umbrella building. That is Community.
In addition to seeing Ruby and Xenia, I met Elizabeth who blogs at Being MVP. She brought her youngest child with her, and she carried him ALL DAY LONG. Props, man. Props. Do you know how much a baby weighs when you’re trying to do crafts and network and livetweet and eat and go to the bathroom? A lot.
Morgan Culture presented the printmaking workshop, and we were all going to print on canvas bags! You know me – I am the ultimate bag lady. While thinking up of a print, Morgan taught us the differences of paints, mediums, and how to get the right amount of paint on our potatoes. No day would be complete without my shouting ‘vagina’ or ‘penis’ in public.
Between workshops, we had short breaks where I chatted with a few other attendees and looked on as others were crafting. I also walked into the pop-up shop as well as tried to see who owned the record shop within Community. Whoever was playing music from Ceremony has my two thumbs up! Anyone who plays Alphabeat, Passion Pit, and Matt & Kim gets my stamp of approval. Then it was time for lunch.
I’ve seen tweets and Facebook posts about CravOn but was skeptical of trying them. As you know, I’m working on getting healthier and stronger (FLOTUS arms, remember?), so what could eating fries do for me? The spread was impressive, and I scooped myself a plate of pulled pork, grilled veggies and a serving of CravOn fries. Honestly, they’re getting my stamp of approval too. And that’s not just ‘cus they played Bon Jovi during lunch. I had the steak fries, and they were “meaty” and not greasy. They’re not fried and have half the fat of regular fries.
Tattly provided temporary tattoos, which I’d seen before too but never tried. Man, that was my lucky day. I got to try new food and consider my forearm as possible real estate for my next tattoo. They were very easy to put on. Place tat on surface, spray water, hold for a minute. DONE. My temporary tattoo lasted 5 days before I scratched it off. It should last a week, but the ends were scratching off by Day 5. (It lasted two weight lifting workouts and my violent keyboarding/typewriting skills.)
Chef Nika of the Sugar Studio was my last instructor in cupcake decorating. I decided to make penis decorations for my cupcakes to go with my bag. I think I could’ve done a better job. At one point, I was laughing at some indirect penis jokes we were cracking. Nika had to double-bag my pastry bag because I messed up on putting the tip in. HA!
I didn’t get to attend the fourth and final workshop (for me, it was letterpress) because I had to book it back to LA. If the folks at Craft Happy are teaching letterpress again, I’ll be signing up for it. That’s something I’d like to learn as a future business.
I want to thank Xenia for inviting me to Craft Happy. It was a lovely day and I learned a lot. And one week later, my terrarium air plant is STILL ALIVE!
If you’re interested in renting space, teaching a workshop, or shopping, check out CommunityÂ and its small businesses! Not sure where to start, contact Lisa at The Makery who organized Craft Happy.
Community is located at 423 S. Brookhurst Ave., Anaheim 92805.
Disclosure: I was invited to take part in Craft Happy OC as press/blogger.