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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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50 Shades of Suncatchers • February 18th, 2015

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TONIGHT! February 18th, 2015 at Akbar from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Suncatchers!
$3 Processing Fee
$4 Drink specials *** If you’re gonna knock yer socks off, knock ’em off with Akbar’s signature style cocktails!***
Coming up next week: Bet Yer Bottom Bingo! Tuesday February 24th [TREATS, GIRLS, HOOTCH, BOYS, BALLS, PRIZES, FANFARE, FUN!!!!]

Are you a:

  • Frosted Mini Spooner
  • Tootie Fruity
  • Marshmallow Matey
  • Honey Nut Scooter
  • Boyardee Ravo Spinner
  • Angel Soft Toilie Papel
  • Spam Anvil
  • Helicopter Pie

No matter! Whatever your personal preferences and peccadillos may be, we’ve got suncatchers for you. There are many different types. I’ve got chickies, kitties, puppies, monkeys, elephants, fishies, lions, bugs, flowers, kites, cars and one frog.
They’re made of plastic, they are clear, and the special suncatcher paint you pool within their rigid borders will be the colors and shades that you choose. Many of them come with googly eyes, and the intention with the finished product is that you’ll hang yours in a window. The sun will shine through it, and it will be CAUGHT by the suncatcher and brighten your day.
Anyone else who spies it will also have their day brightened.
This craft is so easy it’s practically fail-safe, which as you know, I do not endorse. If you have any friends who are afraid of failure, bring them to CraftNight at Akbar, because even the most unloved suncatcher is a beautiful suncatcher.

See you at the Craft Table,
JP Craft Captain

 

Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Painting Craft

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