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A Valentine Treat from CraftNight! February 2017

Yesterday’s CraftNight was a HUGE SUCCESS with everyone coming in and making Valentines for Politicians!

These are valentines of yesteryear that have been outfitted with messages from today’s current political climate in mind! Some of you were unable to make it to CraftNight, and I think it’s important to put these in the hands of as many people as possible so that we may send them to capitol hill and make our voices heard!

So hear you go, download and mail!

Cut these out, paste them and send them to politicians you love, or politicians who are on the fence about issues you care about, or politicians you can’t stand, these are four pages of sassy scraps that tell it like it is!

Share this link with everyone, and tell your friends about CraftNight, we are a Los Angeles-based non-profit arts organization powered by YOU!


NEW! 2-Page Downloadable PDF of where to send your valentines, CA politician info, National Politician info, and even more info after that! 




Posted by on February 10, 2017 in Scrapping/Coloring Craft, Uncategorized

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First CraftNight of the Year! January 4th, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: TBD
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: The way and the life and the truth!   

It’s a TBD craft tonight, because I’m going craft supply hunting after I finish writing this!

I’m not gonna lie, January 4th is a rough day for me, it’s the 10th anniversary of the murder/death of one of my best friends ever: Helen Hill. The day she died, in such an abrupt and brutal way, well it pretty much instantly removed my soul and my sanity for a year and a half, shattering all of my known regulatory abilities to maintain any sense of normalcy that I’d once understood. I have never been the same.

Helen loved CraftNight. Whenever she visited town, she’d try to come to it and take part in the crafting. She was generous, fearless, and a big fan of “together art.” This compelled me to not cancel CraftNight the week of her death, even though I could barely function. And I’m glad I did it, because even though I felt the most crushed and frail and vulnerable, people came to me. We were together, doing and making art… even in a perfunctory numb sense, even though no one had any words, we had crafts. This was community, and it is why CraftNight is very much still happening, and now in it’s 15th year.

Before, CraftNight had always been there for others, but now I needed it more than ever.

The power of CraftNight is it’s constancy, it’s a light in the dark, it’s art in a world where people think that art and connection is unimportant, eschewed, forgotten, and lost. I share myself with you every week, reaching out even on days when I want to retreat, because I am committed to my life’s work: Making art, and getting you to make art also. Just when I feel like I can’t do it, you are there to do it with me, and I am restored.

Over the years, CraftNight has lost more than one Crafter. Tonight, we will have a candle lit for those we love and miss who used to sit with us at the Craft Table. In December of 2016, we lost Mel Ba, who was so goddamn sweet and tiny and awesome and arty! She would come on in and sit down and craft like there was no tomorrow. The last time I saw her, she was ailing big time, and said so as much, but after she hugged me, she walked right past me and reached for the supplies, because gurrrl, she had crafting to do.

I don’t like to be on display when I am vulnerable and thinky. But I also don’t believe in keeping grief shrouded, I prefer to stay lucid, to confront the excruciating and uncomfortable feelings as best as I can. Making a commitment to share this with you is part of what has opened my eyes and further honed my beliefs in arts and letters and love: we need each other.

Helen’s films can be viewed here, May I recommend “Scratch and Crow” for today’s cloudy day, a meditation of sorts, poetry and animation, not shy, ever endearing, forever brave. I will always have the joy, laughter and lessons Helen and I  learned together, and the things she taught me. Speaking of which:

In 2017, prepare to make more trouble, it’s CraftNight’s new year’s resolution. We will be using our voices, our puffballs, paint and glitter and glue to take action. We shall be visible, we shall be outspoken, and ready to help California fight the coming administration on climate change, immigration, healthcare, LGBT issues and more.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Posted by on January 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Winter Break Continues…

Winter Break is Upon Us, Happy Holidays from CraftNight! 

Time to take some rest, sip hot cider slowly, not move around a whole lot, and build strength for 2017.

Our very first CraftNight of 2017 shall commence on January 4th at 9pm, come on in and get warm, have a beverage, have hugs and have fun with us!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Posted by on December 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Votive with FREE Electro-Candle! • July 22nd, 2015


This Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Votive Holder with FREE Electro-Candle! 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials: Let’s make excellent happen.


It only takes a spark,
to get a fire going,
And soon all those around
can warm up to it’s glowing…

We are not a church by any means, but the traditional purpose of lighting a votive candle is to send a good intention for yourself or someone in need. Back in the day, you’d saunter into the place, buy a candle for a buck, light it, say a prayer, set it and forget it. Your candle would illuminate the vestibule in lovely luminescence with all of the other prayer candles. It was like social media except nice, and pretty much anonymous.

You don’t have to be attending bible camp to light candles and send well wishes into the world.
You can be a regular person who wants to send the planet and its people some good vibes.
A radio signal coming from the heart might not have the most valiant veneer, but I believe that its intention contains a type of cosmic horsepower.
Introspection is also not a requirement of this week’s craft.
If you just like pretty candles and pretty colors, this is the night for you.

I have beautiful glass receptacles and tissue paper, you’ll plaster the glass using the tissue paper (and other crafting geegaws) with a design of your own. When you are finished, I will give you a FREE electro-candle for your votive holder, and the light will shine through the slightly translucent tissue paper and it will be SO PRETTY!
Why electro-candles and not real candles?
One of the things no one ever talks about when they talk about votive candles is their terrible history in burning shit down!!!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

PS- We will also have Resort badges for anyone who wants to earn them. You can get a campfire badge, a glowing brain badge, and who knows what else…


Posted by on July 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Halloween Frames • October 8th, 2014


This Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 from 9pm to midnight or later at Akbar it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Halloween Keepsake Frames
$2 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Special is The Lyla, a refreshing whiskey/ginger beer specialty, the toast of Silverlake!
•    Oct. 15th – 9pm Black Light CraftNight DANCE PARTY with DJ Kenefunkport and GLO-KRAFTS!
•    Oct. 22nd – 9pm Scary Sand art and a visit from the Ukelele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere!
•    Oct. 28th – 8 -10pm Bet Yer Bottom Bingo presents: DIA de LOS BINGO!!! Crazy Prizes, Crazy Night!
•    Oct. 29th – 9pm Pumpkin Carving Karaoke Carnival!
Visit Gothtober! Why? Special Blood Moon Craft Project Download by Billy Kheel for DAY 8, but also, in the words of Homo Jedi, Wendell Jones:

See super cool horror videos by local tree hugging, eco friendly, anti-authoritarian, often feminist or LGBTQ malcontents and some occasionally very cool kids, all who are intent on destroying normality! Go to the link and each day a new treat will be revealed!

It’s a FULL MOON and it’s the BLOOD HUNTER MOON on October 8th! What does it mean to have a Blood Moon? Lunar eclipse, nothing more, except it is the fourth and last of the year, and some believe that this has special significance, and maybe it does!

Some people (not us) will see the deep red eclipse covering the moon, but for the rest of us, we’re just going to gaze at that bright white globe and enjoy it’s brilliant ghostly light.

It’s early yet in the month, so this week, I’ve got Halloween frames for you to make for yourself or a loved one. I’ll have the polaroid to take a snapshot of you ($1 please, polaroid film is expensive!) and you can mail your keepsake far away or hand it over to someone who will be delighted to have it!

This moon is also called the Falling Leaf Moon or Shedding Moon, and indeed, have you noticed the extra dryness in the weather, the crackle, the sharp crisp blue of the sky? Winter is on the horizon, and though it is hot, it’s going to cool down, change is in the air. It is said that the veil between the spirit world and our world is at its thinnest in October.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Posted by on October 7, 2014 in Assembly Craft, Uncategorized

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