Join Us at DC Craft Mafia’s Monster Craft Mash on 10/29!

[October 29, 2011, 12:55pm – the organizers of the Monster Craft Mash have announced that the show is being cancelled due to predicted snow in DC tomorrow. They will be organizing another Spring Fling in a couple of months, and I will be participating, so please stay tuned for more info!]

I hope you can join us at DC Craft Mafia‘s Monster Craft Mash! It will be held on Saturday, October 29th, from 11:00am – 5:00pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of 15th St. and P St., NW, Washington, DC.

There is an amazing list of vendors, offering a wide array of crafty goodness from gorgeous jewelry, to beautifully designed accessories, unique home goods, exquisite paper goods, delicious bath and body products, and so much more.

For more information, visit the Monster Craft Mash Facebook page, or DC Craft Mafia’s website.


Join Us at DC Craft Mafia’s Spring Thing May 21st!

Herban Lifestyle is thrilled to be vending at the DC Craft Mafia’s Spring Thing on May 21, from 11am-5pm. The show will be held in the parking lot of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at the corner of P Street & 15th Street, NW in Washington, DC.

Over 40 amazing artisans will be exhibiting, including several of my crafty faves, including: Craftgasm, Namoo, Lil’ Fishy, This Little Piggy, Bette’s Bags, EHL Creations and Blugrn Design!

There will also be music, food, and Lucky Dog Animal Rescue will be there from 11am-4pm with information and dogs available for adoption. There will also be an artist raffle with all proceeds going Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. It should be a great show. So please stop by and say hi! We’ll be at Booth #7.

For more info on the DC Craft Mafia and the Spring Thing, check out this great Washingtonian article!

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Join Us at the DC Craft Mafia Holiday Heist 11/21!

Two years ago, I was a vendor at my first craft show. It was held by the DC Craft Mafia. My company has come a long way since then, and I have learned a lot about how to display my products and how to best utilize my time and space at a craft show. So I am thrilled to be part of this year’s Holiday Heist, a juried arts and crafts show produced by the new guard of the DC Craft Mafia, an amazing group of crafters who really know how to put on a show. The Holiday Heist will be held on November 21 in Vienna, VA at the Soundry, a converted auto hobby shop. The Soundry has an art gallery, coffee shop and studio space for artists and musicians.

This year’s Heist features 27 selected local crafters. You can see a list of the vendors and a brief description of their offerings on the DC Craft Mafia’s website. Even if you aren’t one of the vendors, you can still get crafty – there will also be a “make-and-take” table run by ScrapDC, and gingerbread cookies to decorate!

The Holiday Heist details:

Sunday, November 21, 2010
10:00am to 5:00pm
The Soundry
316 Dominion Road NE
Vienna, VA

I hope you can join us!

Join Use on 8/8 for the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market

BallstonPlease join us, once again, at the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market on August 8th. The market is held outdoors on the second Saturday of the month, from May through October. It is conveniently located across from the Ballston Metro station, a short walk from many restaurants and shops, and the mall with “lots of stuff, but nothing good.”

Local artists will be selling their bath and body products, jewelry, crochet, puppets, paper arts, handbags, children’s fashions, screenprinted tees, photography, decoupage, funky jewelry, adorable plushes and toys, creative paintings, rustic and modern ceramics, colorful bags and more! There is live music every month. This month we will be serenaded with Celtic American music by Darcy Nair.

I will be in Booth #2, with a clear view of the band, right next door to my fellow DC Craft Mafia craftinista, Ninnycat Crochet.

For more details, and great pictures of the artisans’ wares, visit the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market blog or the Ballston-Virginia Square Partnership website.

Applications being accepted for DC Craft Mafia Holiday Heist

holiday_heistThe DC Craft Mafia will be hosting on a holiday craft show at the The Soundry in Vienna, VA on November 21st. Applications are being accepted until July 31, 2009.  The members of DC Craft Mafia will be reviewing all applications and selecting vendors who offer fun and unique items that would make great gifts. There will be space for about 30 vendors. 

The Soundry is a wonderful artist work space and performing arts venue in Vienna, VA, just 5 minutes from Tyson’s Corner Center Mall. For more information on the event and how to apply, visit the DC Craft Mafia website.

DC Craft Mafia Meet & Greet 3/21

dccmCome on out to the DC Craft Mafia’s first Meet & Greet of 2009! We’ll be hanging out at Tryst Coffeehouse (2459 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009) on Saturday, March 21, starting at 4 p.m. Meet fellow crafters and greet your local mafiosa. Bring a crafty project in the works or one you’re proud to have completed – we’d love to check it out! Hope to see you there!

A Flickr of Green

mosaic3948781The inspiration for this mosaic came from Erica Burns, a fellow member of the DC Craft Mafia familia. Here’s how it works: Type your answer to each of the following questions into Flickr Search. Using only the first page, choose an image.  Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Big Huge Labs mosaic maker.

It’s very cool to see what types of images pop up. Have fun with it!

The Questions:

1. What is your favorite shade of green? Sour apple

2. What is your favorite green food? Avocado

3. What steps have you taken to go green? Compact fluorescent light bulbs

4. What is your favorite item of green clothing? Green dress

5. Who do you think does the most for the “green” movement (famous person)? Al Gore

6. Favorite drink that comes in a green bottle? San Benedetto Iced Green Tea

7. Favorite thing about St. Patrick’s Day? Wearing of the Green

8. What do you usually do on St. Patrick’s Day? Eat Irish Soda Bread

9. What is your favorite lucky charm? Lucky penny

10. What is the best thing you have ever done to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Seven Nations concert

11. What shade of green is your least favorite? Olive green

12. Your flickr name? herbanlifestyle

If you make your own mosaic, please leave a link to your version of this little game in my comments section!

1. Sour Apple, 2. On the beach, 3. Google Yabusame, 4. just chillin’, 5. Al Gore is my hero, 6. drinks, 7. A Monk’s Life, 8. Irish Soda Bread, 9. lucky penny brain surgery, 10. Hadrians Wall, Cumbria, England – May 2007, 11. Green, Green, Green…, 12. Dolce de Limone Lip Balm

I’ve Been Made

dccm_banner1Recently, I was recruited to the DC Craft Mafia, along with two other local crafters. We officially became members at the end of February. The DC Craft Mafia a chapter of the Craft Mafia, an organization of independent business owners who represent multiple creative disciplines in fashion, jewelry, handmade goods, fine art, writing and craft design. 

There’s a lot of energy in the DC Craft Mafia, and I’m looking forward to being part of this dynamic group of talented artisans. Plans are underway for craft shows and community events. Stay tuned!

UNusual Suspects Arts & Crafts Festival, 11/1 in Bethesda

This Saturday, I will be participating in DC Craft Mafia’s UNusual Suspects Arts & Crafts Festival (immediately following my bath product workshop), which will feature over 50 vendors representing a wide array of crafts including accessories, bath and body, ceramic, children’s goods, clothing, home decor, jewelry, toys, and more. The show will be held in The Anastasi Room at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814. The show will run from 12pm to 6pm.