Sunday, November 1, 2015

First Snow for November! ...I mean Show!

Ha Ha Ha! It's really beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! We have a bunch of Holiday crafts for this first November show...

Jenny Floro is back with a trio of snowmen holiday décor! They are super fast to make and can be used for different things.
Then, we welcome to the show Pua Cockett from Mapunapuna BFC. Pua shows us her wreath making technique to make a festive design!

Lastly, we have Erika Pascual from Pearl City show us how to make some really cute snowman ornaments that look like snow globes!

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you got more treats than tricks last night!  Here's wishing you a very fun and crafty November!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Second show for CRAFTober!

Fall is just going by so fast! CRAFTober is halfway through and it's time for a new show!

Our first guest is Jenny Floro who shows us how to make some festive wreaths really quickly! Here's a Fall version using some fun burlap ribbon.

Then, she showed us an idea for a Christmas wreath using some traditional colors and the ever popular Chalkboard ribbon!

What? You still haven't made your Halloween costume yet? No worries, Erika from Pearl City BFC has a great idea for you! Be a Trendy Pineapple!
Then, we welcomed back Kelli Acopan to the show! Kelli is now teaching card making classes at the Mapunapuna BFC and she showed us how to put together a cute Halloween Shaker card!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you having a Crafty month!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Some Deer Friends

So how did we spend this CRAFTober morning? We visited our Deer friends at Country Club Seniors at Ala Puumalu Community Park.

We look forward to this crafting time with this energetic group.
For some of them, it's their first time really crafting, isn't that great?!

Everyone had a cute reindeer pin to take home. When I first explain the project, I like to share with them how I take things apart for the supplies. Like the red shiny noses all came from one Christmas berry stem, over 30 noses! And I cut apart the Holly Berry pick so here's enough for 7 reindeer! Knowing this, they can make more for fundraising or other projects.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! And Thanks Country Club Seniors for the delicious food after the class! Yum!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

CRAFTober's First Joy of Crafting Show

I can't believe it's already CRAFTober! Seems like we were just celebrating Aloha Festivals! But here in Hawaii, there is always a reason to make a lei to wear or give away. So, our first guest shares the beauty of lei made from fresh flora and fauna.

Kuana Torres Kahele is well known for his musical talent and now he is sharing his lei making skills with  his "Make Lei" DVD.
Here, he shows us a basic lei made from coconut fronds while giving us some lei making tips! Kuana visited some of our stores in September and will be at the following stores in October:
Oct. 15th Kona Ace Hardware & Crafts from 10am - 12 noon
Oct. 16th Kamuela Ace Hardware & Crafts from 11am - 1pm 
Oct. 17th at Hilo Ben Franklin Crafts from 11 am - 1 pm.

The Holidays will soon be here, starting with Halloween! Do you have your costume yet? Well, here's a fun and easy idea that Alix from Market City shared with us. You can adapt it for adults and children. Do you know what it is? That's right, she's a piñata!

And then we have our TeamHMSA on the show to share with us their new website and blog for Well Being. You should check it out, it's full of great information on how to take better care of your self in all different aspects of life, from food, exercise, mentally with CRAFTS and more! So awesome, we crafters always knew crafting was good for us! Learn more at

Lynelle, one of the crafties at HMSA made a photo collage letter for team member Moani. Great idea for a keepsake or gift!

So, I hope you can join us for this fun filled episode! Have a great week and Happy CRAFTober!

Friday, October 2, 2015

New Crafts from Japan!

CRAFTober has just started and there's already so much exciting crafting going on! L Bell, a Japanese Craft boutique located inside Mapunapuna Ben Franklin Crafts, has been teaching lots of crafters new crafting techniques using resin and a special deco film. Beautiful jewelry pieces and more can be made with a special one part resin.

These parfaits are so easy and so much fun to make!

If you haven't checked out L Bell yet, you really should try and get there this Friday and Saturday! Today and tomorrow from 10am - 6 pm, L Bell has a special holiday event with special guest teachers from Japan to help you with your make and takes! There's even some door prize giveaways!

They even have some fun Holiday designs for Halloween and Christmas!
So, hope you can stop by and join us for our World Card Making day event as well as L Bell's Holiday event at Mapunapuna Ben Franklin Crafts!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Woo Hoo! CRAFTober is finally here!

Growing up, I always referred to October as ROCKtober since I love almost all forms of music but especially Rock! Then, about 13 years ago, it really sunk in to me that October is also CRAFTober! 13 years ago on October 20th, the Joy of Crafting premiered on OC16. I remember that day because 1) it was the one year anniversary of my first date with my Hunny. 2) I was sick with a bad head cold and all stuffed up hugging my Kleenex box. So, I barely could keep my eyes open as I watched the show that night.

I still get very excited when the 10th month rolls around. So, my fellow Crafties, it's time to get yourself all gussied up and ready for a FUN month! Be sure to "carve out" some time to stop by our stores to see all the Crafty Holiday Happenings!

And what more fun way to start CRAFTober than with this Saturday's World Card Making event at all of our HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts Stores from 10 am - 12 noon.

In the first hour, we'll be demoing the Sizzix Big Shot and show you how to die cut, emboss and use the new ink sheets! We also have a Shaker Card Make and Love using the WeR Fuse for just $3!

Then, from 11am - 12 noon , we'll be doing two Make and Loves! A cute Noteworthy Card that includes a pocket for a little notepad for $4. This one is great for adding bags of M&M's or other treats, too!

The second project is a Foldover Gift Card Holder for $3. The great thing about these cards is you can use the designs for different occasions all year long!

Hope you can stop by and join us this Saturday! Have a great CRAFTober!

Monday, September 21, 2015

The second Joy of Crafting Show for September

The current show is the second one for September and it is full of fun crafts! The show opens with Takashi from L Bell.

The last time Takashi was on the show, he showed us how to use the Super UV Crystal resin. This time, Takashi introduces us to a new product called Deco Film.

Using printed napkins and Deco Film, he shows us how to decorate a plain canvas bag into
something fabulous!

Then we have some special segments we did earlier in the year while in Hilo! First, we introduce you to the Hilo's Craft Coordinator, Joy Tassilio (love her name, LOL!)

Joy shows us how to use the WeR Flower Punch Board!

Then, Pat Nakayama, shows us how to make some cute gifts with mason jars!

Hope you can join us! Have a great week!