New Orleans Craft Mafia

Spot Colors, on Oak Street!

Spot Colors, on Oak Street

Spot Colors, on Oak Street

Spot Colors, on Oak Street

Fellow local artist & crafter Nicole LaBranche recently opened up a new shop uptown, catering to crafters and lovers of fun handmade gifts!

Spot Colors is located at 8718 Oak Street. Nicole sells her handmade jewelry, notecards, and magnets there, along with gift items from Streamline, Mustard, and Dynomighty. Plus, she is stocking cross stitch supplies and says she hopes to grow that stock with more arts and craft supplies soon!

Spot Colors is open Friday 12-5, Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 12-5. Shop online at SpotYourColors.com, or follow Spot Colors on Facebook for new products and event details. You can give them a call at (504) 729-8745 with any questions.

7th Annual Last Stop Shop!

Somehow we’ve made it 7 years without any good photos of our annual event. We decided to change that this year and Miss Malaprop brought her camera and enlisted her bestie, Ash in Fashion, to help snap some pics.

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This year we also had a Stormtrooper to help spread some holiday fun. Here is David with a matching shaving kit case by Kendra of Bonga-Chop Designs.

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Emily of Sweet Olive Soap Works helps patrons make some last minute holiday gifts!

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Heather of Unique Products has the best security guard in town.

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These girls acted like they just saw Justin Bieber or the Beatles. But really, they saw a member of Vader’s Fist.

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Miss Malaprop mans her booth.

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Tressa of Flambeaux Design Company, with Krissy of Kristina Renee Jewelry in the background.

For more pictures from the event, check out our Flickr page.

The New Orleans Craft Mafia Invites You to Shop Local, Shop Handmade this Holiday Season!

The New Orleans Craft Mafia is once again teaming up to provide you with unique last-minute handmade holiday shopping, and this year we’re offering an extra chance to shop local!

On Thursday, December 20th from 5-9pm you can join us for our 7th Annual Last Stop Shop holiday marketplace at The Big Top (1638 Clio Street, between St. Charles Avenue and Carondelet Street).

We’re once again offering a chance to win a Christmas tree full of handmade holiday ornaments, with proceeds to benefit Craft Emergency Relief Fund, plus there will be additional giveaways to be won! This year we’re starting an hour earlier, to make it easy to stop by right after work. We’ll have free snacks on hand, plus a cash bar, to help you get your last-minute holiday gifts in order. Emily Manger Davis of Sweet Olive Soap Works will also be on hand to help you make your own holiday gift soaps!

One week prior, you can also find us in the heart of the St. Claude Arts District for a new Downtown Holiday Market. We’ll be at Byrdie’s (2422A Saint Claude Avenue) on Thursday, December 13 from 8-11pm, where we’ll be joined by some of Byrdie’s own resident clay and ceramics artists. We’ll also have free drinks, courtesy of Lost Love Lounge / Bon Castor, and free snacks for a very festive atmosphere!

DETAILS:

WHO: New Orleans Craft Mafia
WHAT: Downtown Holiday Market
WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 8-11pm
WHERE:
Byrdie’s
2422A Saint Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117
Facebook event invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/374785262607056/

WHO: New Orleans Craft Mafia
WHAT: 7th Annual Last Stop Shop
WHEN: Thursday, December 20, 5-9pm
WHERE:
The Big Top
1638 Clio Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Facebook event invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/376349582452942/

Bayou Salvage featured in New Orleans Tidbits

A big congratulations goes out to our very own Kerry of Bayou Salvage for her feature yesterday in the New Orleans Tidbits newsletter! We love Kerry’s rustic style, and we’re so glad to see her getting some much deserved recognition!

Voodoo Garden Art Market! Saturday, April 14 at House of Blues

We’re so pleased to announce a very special event we’re putting together this spring! The Voodoo Garden Art Market will be free and open to the public, and will feature live musical performances by The Sarah Quintana Trio featuring James Singleton and Simon Lott, as well as the ukelele stylings of Missy Meatlocker.

The Voodoo Garden Art Market will be held within the House of Blues (225 Decatur Street) on Saturday, April 14 from 11am – 6pm. This event will take place in the heart of the French Quarter during the busy French Quarter Fest weekend, and will feature handcrafted art, jewelry, clothing, accessories and much more, made by members of the New Orleans Craft Mafia along with a variety of specially selected guest artists:

participating NOCM members:
Bonga-Chop Designs
Flambeaux Design Company
Kristina Renee Jewelry
Lucky NOLA
Miss Malaprop

participating guest vendors:
Avante Garbe
Emily Thomas
Inexplicable Confetti
LillyPearll
Love, Marigold
Midnight Girl Designs
Shultzilla

We hope to see you there! Here’s our Facebook event page – please invite your friends and spread the word!

Peek-a-boo Pop-up Shop with Miss Malaprop & Bayou Salvage!

Above are some pictures from the first weekend of the Peek-a-boo Pop-up Shop, presented by NOCM members Miss Malaprop and Bayou Salvage.

We had a lot of fun transforming the space at Color Me NOLA into a pop-up boutique! WDSU Channel 6 news even came by on Saturday and featured us as the ENTIRE LOCAL STORY for Small Business Saturday! So THAT was pretty awesome!! We had a lot of fabulous press leading up to this weekend – we’re immensely grateful for all of the support we’ve received from folks like Susan Langenhennig at the Times-Pic & NOLA.com and Amy over at New Orleans Tidbits and all of the others.

If you’re local and sad you missed us during Thanksgiving weekend, don’t worry, because we’ll be doing it one more time, on Saturday & Sunday December 17-18!

Event details:

Peek-a-Boo Pop-Up
Saturday & Sunday, December 17-18, 9am – 6pm
Color Me NOLA, 4815 Magazine Street, Unit 2, New Orleans, LA
participating members: Bayou Salvage, Miss Malaprop

Save the Date! 6th Annual Last Stop Shop!

THE NEW ORLEANS CRAFT MAFIA PRESENTS:

THE 6TH ANNUAL LAST STOP SHOP AT THE BIG TOP!
HOLIDAY MARKET & PARTY
Thursday, December 15th, 2011
6pm-10pm
Big Top Art Gallery – 1638 Clio St. (between St. Charles and Carondelet)

For all you last-minute shoppers – and we know there are lots of you – the New Orleans Craft Mafia’s got you covered. We are once again offering our LAST STOP SHOP on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 from 6-10pm at 3 Ring Circus Arts Education Center’s The Big Top!

This now 6th annual holiday market and party will feature unique and funky handmade creations from all 13 of the current members of the New Orleans Craft Mafia, as well as snacks, a cash bar, live music and our annual Handmade Holiday Ornament + Tree Raffle, with proceeds benefiting KIDsmART, plus the first 25 people through the door will get a FREE gift bag filled with handmade treats! We hear Santa himself may even be in attendance!

Know Your Rights – An Intellectual Property Rights Primer for Artists & Creatives – Thursday, September 15

3 Ring Circus & New Orleans Craft Mafia present…
Know Your Rights – An Intellectual Property Rights Primer for Artists & Creatives

Thursday, September 15, 2011, 7-10pm
3 Ring Circus Arts Education Center’s The Big Top
1638 Clio Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
free & open to the public

This free educational event will feature guest speaker Benjamin C. Varadi from the Law Office of Varadi, Hair & Checki, LLC, New Orleans, LA. Topics will cover some of the unique needs of artists, crafters and other creatives, including a brief introduction to copyright basics, how to know your rights and their limits, how to keep from getting ripped off as an artist, and what to do if you think your work has been stolen.

The event is free and open to the public, and will feature networking opportunities for artists before and after.

Art & Craft Supply Swap – Thursday August 18th

I’ve cooked up a fun event with my friend Kristy of Color Me NOLA. I’ve got a whole bunch of art & craft supplies which I have no use for anymore, but which I’m sure SOMEONE could put to good use. I know that Kristy has this great space at Color Me NOLA – she teaches art classes for kids & adults there, so I thought it would be the perfect location to hold an art & craft supply swap!

The event takes place on Thursday, August 18th from 6-8pm. I’m making sangria and Kristy is bringing snacks – you supply your unwanted art or craft supplies to swap with others! Come and get some new supplies in exchange for the ones you don’t want anymore. Please spread the word, NOLA locals! The more people who come to swap, the more goodies there are to choose from! Check out & share the Facebook invite here.

Hopefully if this one goes well, we’ll do another again in the future!

~ Miss Malaprop

The Pink Slipper Project

One of our members, Rebekah of 504 Stitches, has teamed up with the local group Women Empowered and Loving Life (W.E.L.L) to contribute her time, sewing skills and resources to The Pink Slipper Project, which provides handmade slippers to women and children living in shelters.

NOCM member Miss Malaprop recently held a birthday party fundraiser to benefit The Pink Slipper Project, among other worthy charitable projects, but Rebekah and W.E.L.L. still have a long way to go before October in reaching their goals of 600 total pairs of handmade slippers donated! You can help by making slippers, or if you don’t sew or knit, you can also donate postage stamps, fabric and other supplies or money to the project.

Learn more about how to get involved by visiting W.E.L.L.’s event page or 504 Stitches.