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Shrinky Dinks: THE SEQUEL • Sept. 23rd, 2015

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TONIGHT! Wednesday, Sept 23rd, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Shrinky Dinks THE SEQUEL 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials: Fall in love with cocktails all over again. 
NEXT TUESDAY SEPT 29th: BET YER BOTTOM BINGO at Akbar 8pm to 10pm • Take a chance on big bottles o’ booze, boys, girls, balls and so much more!  

The Autumnal Equinox IS HERE!!! We are officially IN the Fall season!
This means you will get less flack for wearing a winter scarf and boots even though it’s in the 90s this week. And speaking of this week, LAST week had all of you staying at home, watching the debates and seeking higher ground in case of tidal waves from the earthquake in Chile.

At least, that’s what I think everyone was doing, because it was so quiet, so weirdly and unnervingly quiet on Sunset Blvd. last week that we’re just going to hit the reset button and repeat last week’s craft. I NEVER DO THIS. But I feel that Shrinky Dinks is simply not to be missed. You can’t miss them. It’s criminal to keep yourself from this project. It’s so insanely cool that the three people who made Shrinky Dinks at CraftNIght last week TOTALLY FREAKED OUT. They screamed, they marveled, they were full of joy, they were elated.
I want that for you too, girl.
Seriously, I’ve got jewelry findings so you can make EARRINGS and BRACELETS.
I have templates for you to use if you need to trace.
Here is last week’s post so you can read about how cool this craft is, and believe me, I NEVER repeat Crafts two times in a row, but as a Craft Captain, I believe that this is the most responsible thing to do. Come in and make a pumpkin pendant, a charm bracelet, a choker, a pair of earrings. Make as many as you want, it’s incredible, for $3 the world is your oyster!!!!

Also: we will be serving Brach’s “Carmel Macchiato” flavored candy corn, and “Pumpkin Spice Latte” M&M’s in our quest to help you decide what best way there is to rot your teeth this fall. Join us!

JP Craft Captain

NEXT WEEK’S CRAFT: Your Autumn Leaf Craft! 

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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Coloring Craft, Heat-based Craft, Wearable Craft

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Shrinky Dink Jewelry • Sept. 16th, 2015

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This Wednesday, Sept 16th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Shrinky Dink Jewelry
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials: Unleash the Beast 

The Autumnal Equinox will arrive. Once that happens,we will launch a bountiful harvest of artsy-fartsy projects from our cornucopia of crafts! For now, however, in our last week of non-autumn, there is one glaring omission from 2015’s craft roster.

We haven’t made shrinky drinks ALL YEAR!!!
Such a thing must be remedied immediately, and this is the perfect time.
Shrinky Dinks are the ultimate test of a crafter’s faith. They really take you through an emotional journey, one that involves hard work, anticipation, abject horror, and then jubilant celebration. If you don’t know what a Shrinky Dink is, then I think you’d better get in here and make one, because these plastic miracles are game changers for your life.
Not only is it an easy project, but it’s lots of fun, looks dangerous but isn’t, and creates a fine keepsake that will last for years.
I’m going to bring jewelry parts so that you can make a pair of shrink dink earrings.
And I’ll make it possible for you to also make a matching necklace pendant or charm bracelet.
Also: Like Mod Podge, Shrinky Dinks are a “right-on-woman” craft, invented in 1973 by Betty Morris and Kate Bloomberg of Wisconsin. These two home makers and best friends were seeking to make a cool project to do with their sons who were in Cub Scouts. This highly unusual plastic styrene craft trend exploded in the 70s, and then tapered off to a nice mild existence that is kind of unbelievable. Generations of people have grown up without them, but whenever I introduce crafters to shrink dinks for the first time, they freak out yelling “How did I not grow up with this?!?”
I always try to give an understanding nod when this happens.
I’m not kidding about the therapeutic value of shrinky dinks either.
Got problems? SHRINK ‘EM!!!
I mean, you take thin plastic, draw on it, cut around it, put it in the toaster oven, and watch it transform into a durable object… it is the perfect metaphor for shrinking a problem to a size that is manageable. I mean, you can even make shrinky dinks of things you want to work on, a bracelet of “health” charms, for example, a drop of water to remind you to hydrate, a salad leaf to remember to eat your greens. You can make small totems that will act as motivators, reminders of goals, evidence of achievements.
You can really delve with shrinky dinks, they can be as meaningful or as frivolous as you need them to be, so please come in and make yourself or someone you dig a few unique pieces of hand hewn wearable art.
See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

COMING UP SEPT 29th: BET YER BOTTOM BINGO!!!! FIFTY CENTS A CARD!!!
AKBAR >> 8pm to 10pm >> Booze, Boys, Balls, Girls, Prizes, Gambling!!! WOOOOOO!!!!

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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in Coloring Craft, Wearable Craft

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Cozy Coloring: Black Velvet Style! • April 2nd, 2014

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This Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Black Velvet Posters
$2 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Special: “The Lyla” You’re in a Beauty Contest Every Day of Your Life

April showers indeed, it’s a fine time to come visit our lovely neighborhood oasis, get yourself a glass of warmth, sit down, get cozy, and color a captivating black velvet poster of a LOT of butterflies, or some sea life, an armada of happy faces exploding toward you in apparent benevolence…

I have four sizes of posters and an abundance of themes. I’ve spent some time with them, and they’re all a little bit weird. But they won’t ask much of you at all, it’s virtually impossible for you to color outside the lines with black velvet posters. In fact, to make things more interesting, you might want to try coloring one blind-folded. You see, I’m not sure if it’s going to rain or not, but it’s cold and cloudy, so it’s an opportunity to do an activity that feels like a rainy day. Curl up with your coloring poster and have some “you time.”

While you’re coloring, you may overhear an interesting conversation and end up learning something futuristic, or you’ll hear something unbearable or banal that possibly fortifies your impression of the deplorable, vapid musings of the human race. But then the smell of the wet ground outside will drift in for a moment, or someone will burst into the room shaking raindrops off their coat. Flowers are drinking water, things are being made brighter and clearer for tomorrow. Your city is being made new!

You can walk in between all those raindrops that can’t fall anywhere but down, or you can get drenched. However you want to do it, we’ll be here to welcome you, black velvet style.

See you at the Craft Table,
JP Craft Captain

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Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Keychain Coloring Crrrazy! • August 7th, 2013

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This Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 from 9pm – midnight or later, at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!
Project: Keychain Coloring Crrrrazy, and Black Velvet Options! 
$2 Processing fee
$4 Cosmopolitans! The Akbar Cosmo: Everything you love about Booze. 
Also: Special Summertime Extracurricular CraftNights @Echo Park Rising Aug. 18th, then @The Skirball August 31st!
The 2013 Gothtober Call to Artists is NOW! Apply by August 9th!

On the tail end of “National Clown Week, we’re going to get right into August by taking pen in hand and coloring our little hearts out! Sometimes it’s just so peaceful to sit with colors and fill in the lines, there’s nothing to worry about, no complicated thoughts, no anxiety about where to go or what to do. The lovely black-velvet mini posters I have for coloring should fit just about any mood, and if you need more of a freeform feeling, I have keychain coloring kits. The keychain kit is basically a plastic round shape with removable customizable inserts that you can draw on, or write some errant quip, and then clip to your belt buckle or bag strap.

Slogans like

  • “Anything before 9am can just Wait”  E.Walker
  • “There’s nothing I’m not over” S. Gallagher
  • “Focus and clarify through dripping cheese.” A. Kenefick

I love August. It’s when summer is just SUMMER, the year is happy to just be itself, sure, there are some holidays here and there, but none of them are “in your face” it’s casual, you can feel relaxed about everything in August.

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And don’t forget to apply for Gothtober!!!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

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www.akbarsilverlake.com

 

 

 

Posted by on August 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

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