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Sleeping Mask Madness • May 22nd, 2013


This Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 from 9pm to midnight (or later!) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Sleeping Masks
$2 donation situation
$4 Cosmopolitan Drink Special >>> The Akbar Cosmo: Discover a cocktail that defines a new dimension of sassy (or trashy, depends on how many you decide to drink…)

CraftNight Lieutenant, Elaine Walker, has procured for us an entire BAG of awesome sleeping masks, you know, the ones they give out in airplanes, the lacy pink ones you see in technicolor movies in the froofy boudoir of a female protagonist? This is your opportunity to get one of these masks and make it YOURS through the adornment style of your choice. And then it’s time to nap.
I’m not only a romance activist, I am also a staunch nap activist. I BELIEVE IN NAPS. And before you get all “I can’t take naps, blah blah blah” here is what we know so far from years of studying napping people with electrodes stuck to their heads:

  • THE 2-5 MINUTE MICRO NAP = Effective at shedding sleepiness
  • THE 5-20 MINUTE MINI NAP = Improvement in motor performance, alertness and stamina
  • THE 26 MINUTE “NASA” NAP = A 1995 NASA study that found a “26-minute nap improved performance 34% and alertness 54%.
  • THE 60 MINUTE NAP = Improves alertness for up to 10 hours

Nothing zaps stress more than a nap, your heart rate and overall health is improved by napping, and every non-human mammal in the world naps, we humans just adjusted those naps to fit into one full night, which isn’t actually all that natural or workable for some of us. When you catch yourself feeling super sleeping between 1-4pm, that’s because you’re actually programmed to feel that way at that time.

The protestant work ethic (largely the Calvinistic variety and tied heavily to American capitalism) is outdated, folks, just like how ye olde having one 9 – 5 job for 40 years (unless it’s a county job, woop woop!) is NOT THE NORM, some of us work 10 – 14 hour days to make deadlines! It’s time to stop seeing a nap as “lazy” and look at a naps as “opportunity.” For some, napping just isn’t available, or easy, but if at some point, those variables change, give it a whirl, the benefits are vast. No matter what hours you’re working, or vacationing, getting a bit of snooze time is overall good for you and the rest of the world.

If you want to know more, check out the Boston Globe’s guide to napping!

And yeah, even whales nap, here’s some video… 

See You at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

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January 23rd, 2013• Crafting on the High Seas on National Pie Day

This week's CraftNight flyer brought to you by Sarah Williams

This week’s CraftNight flyer brought to you by Sarah Williams

This Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 from 9pm until 12 (sometimes later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!!
Project: Seafaring Crafts on National Pie Day 
$2 Suggested Donation 
$4 Cosmopolitan Drink Special: The Akbar Cosmo is the one Cosmo to have when you are having more than one.
NATIONAL PIE DAY: There will be pie!

According to The National Pie Council, this Wednesday is National Pie Day. Take a moment and just let that sink in. The gift of pie will be present at CraftNight for anyone lucky enough to get here and have a slice. Support your local pie makers!

Gray whales are heading down south in large numbers, the sea is rich with a highway of super mammals, all heading for their calving grounds in Baja. You can drive 60  miles north, get on a boat and possibly see WHALES near the Channel Islands. Now if you’re not in the mood for that, you can drive 60 miles east, get yourself up to Mt. Baldy and go tubing or skiing in the SNOW.

If anyone is giving you crap about Los Angeles this week, tell them that in January you can see WHALES AND SNOW ON NATIONAL PIE DAY and then see what they say. Because that’s just crazy, isn’t it? I mean, nothing’s crazier than that. The only thing that could possibly be crazier would be a gray whale in skis, doing a slalom down Mt. Baldy while also eating a piece of delicious pie. We live in an amazing arena of incredible opportunities!!! Along with whales and snow, you get crafts, pie and cocktails, there’s so much stuff to do around here I’m not sure how anyone can even THINK of being bored.

This craft will involve eye patches, sailing ships and some other sea-themed knickknacks for you to assemble and decorate! I also have a few sea-themed appliqués, available this Wednesday ONLY!!! And don’t forget: there is still a wee chance you could show up at CraftNight and get the coveted January “Golden Pinecone Pin” one in a series of 12 pins, a different pin each month. Very few are left, I hope you get one!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain




Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

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