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Crafts from the Vault • Sept. 9th, 2015


This Wednesday, Sept 9th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Pre-Fall Grab Bag 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials: Stronger than Dirt. 

Starbucks is rolling out its pumpkin spice latte ahead of time, Target is selling 45 different varieties of pumpkin candles at the store, Halloween stuff is creeping onto the shelves.
School might be back in session, the stores are stocking scarves and Ugg boots, but no semester of classes or fancy fall fashion can change the fact that Autumn is, like, a real thing, and it just hasn’t happened yet.
Don’t listen to those lazy people who say Los Angeles doesn’t have Autumn, it does.
Trust me, it just does.
Our little blue marble’s axial tilt has got to be perpendicular to the sun’s rays (not its usual 23º) for it to be TRUE Autumn. I mean come on, we’re still melting from the heat this week, keep the Earl Grey tea in the box and the cable knit sweater packed away for just a little bit longer!
Meanwhile, I’ve decided to have a grab bag night with a variety of projects that will keep you busy. If you missed some of our CraftNight Campfire Resort crafts, you can do one of those, or you can do a craft from the vault. CraftNight is in its 13th year, so when I say one from the vault, I really mean it. I have years of craft supplies, it’s ridiculous. I am making festive bundles for you to pick from, you’re gonna love it. In any case, pop in and tell us how you are, we like updates.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

AKBAR >> 8pm to 10pm >> Booze, Boys, Balls, Girls, Prizes, Gambling!!! WOOOOOO!!!!


Posted by on September 8, 2015 in Multi-Variety Craft

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TONIGHT! Yarn Puff Creatures with Lori! • Sept. 2nd, 2015


TONIGHT! Wednesday, Sept 2nd, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Yarn Puff Creatures with Camp Counselor, Lori Meeker! 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials: Save money. Live better. 


Learn to make yarn pom-poms from SCRATCH! And then make those pom-poms into creatures, monsters, a party string of poofs! Used to be if you wanted a pom-pom, you’d have to make it yourself. The process of making a yarn pom-pom may seem daunting, but not with visiting artist and camp counselor, Lori Meeker! She’ll show you how to make fun and colorful poofs!

CraftNight will supply you with the yarn, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, gems, and other bits to make your poof into whatever you want!

We’ll have music, drinks, treats, all the stuff you need for a relaxing evening of artsy-fartsy fulfillment. The world needs art more than you know, so get in here, turn off the phone, ignore your nighttime chores and give your brain some playtime.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Assembly Craft, Fabric Craft

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TONIGHT! Planes • August 26th, 2015


TONIGHT! Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Wooden Planes 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials: Something special in the air… 


You need to get away, you need to soar the friendly skies, fly among the clouds and marvel at all the tiny shadows on the earth. Paint the wooden fuselage on your winged dream, hang it from the ceiling and let it inspire your travel plans for the future.

We are just about to September, and I’m not sure how that happened, but we’ll be ready, with corks and paper and glue.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Posted by on August 26, 2015 in Assembly Craft, Painting Craft

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Celestial Sand Art • June 3rd, 2015


This Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Celestial Sand Art   
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials, because a closed mouth gathers no cocktails… 
[Extra Info about class with JP and CraftNight’s upcoming capers at the bottom of this transmission]

Like sand through the hourglass, these are the days of our crafts. I love sand art, I love love love it, and we have some remarkable mandala-type thingies for you to make this week in the shape of the sun or the moon. These self-adhesive boards merely require you to peel back paper to expose the sticky side where you then sprinkle colored sand. It’s like a very grainy paint-by-number. They’re round, which means they look especially new age.

Round art is inherently subversive because it just doesn’t fit into the uniformly accepted and practical square frame. We often make 3-D art, or dimensional strangely-shaped crafts at CraftNight, but not a lot of our crafts are unabashedly round. While these mandalas are offering an observably mellow and meditative theme centered around the cosmos, it cannot be denied that round art is sometimes just a glorious pain in the ass. Round art insists. Round art will not politely exist with all the other stuffy wonders on the wall in a neat and respectable tableau. That’s why you should come in and try your hand at sprinkling colored sand, it’s trouble-making at it’s most benign.

Speaking of trouble-making, i’s officially Gay Pride Month, which means it’ll be pretty festive around here. We’ll begin June with the sun and the moon sand art pieces, and next week we’ll have rainbow necklaces for everyone to assemble. Get ready!!!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


JUNE 11th: ARTIST BLOCK TALK WITH JP (that’s me) at Echo Park Film Center! I’m an artist and I know things and I have advice about artist blocks, and making stuff! Come get knowledge and treats! More info FB Event

COMING UP IN SUMMER>>>> CraftNight Campfire Resort at Akbar!!! All of the camping, none of the nature! Huzzah! As soon as the summer solstice hits, it’s campin’ time! Get ready…

Lesbians in scrubs! Jesus-worshipping meth heads! Racial segregation! Live singing and dancing! Wait, what? That’s right, take everything you love about Orange Is the New Black and put it to music, and you’ve got Orange Is the New Musical: The UnauthorizedParody! Extended for one night only—Saturday, June 13, in Downtown Los Angeles—this bawdy, hilarious tribute features a cast of 30 incredible performers, a live band, more than 15 original songs that you’ll be humming for days.



Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Sand Craft

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Mermaids -n- Seahorses! • September 3rd, 2014


TONIGHT! September 3rd, 2014 from 9pm until midnight or later at Akbar it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Processing Fee: $2 suggested donation please!
Craft: Clothespin Mermaids and Seahorse Crafts
Drink Special: $4 Lyla Never fear, it’s whiskey with ginger beer!
Note: September 5th is the LAST CHANCE to get your application in! What is gothtober? 31 days, 31 artists, check it out! and to read the latest news and info visit


Summer session continues as we march toward Autumn, those of you who were expecting it to cool down know better than that! September is for the hotness to get even crazier! Some of you are back in school, or getting ready to return to your academics, but the pool parties are still in full swing and you can still get that sunny gritty feeling at the local beaches, catch some waves the water’s perfect!

In honor of taking advantage of those last few beachy holidays, and the fact that September is “Sea Cadet Month” I’ve gathered for you some mermaids to talk to, as well as the ocean’s favorite steed, seahorses! It’s a fine time to gussy these up with all the underwater sparkles, the glitter glue will be out, as well as those odd-n-ends you want to use for ultimate oceanic decor.

Won’t you join us tonight? The time is right, the stars are out, and just so’s you know: September 1 – 6 is National Waffle Week. Have a waffle, or get one for a friend.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Posted by on September 3, 2014 in Assembly Craft

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