Thursday, November 6, 2014

November's First Show!

Yes, there are some states that are already experiencing their first snow, unbelievable! But here, it is our first Joy of Crafting show for November and we are getting ready for the Holidays!

First, we are lucky to have Diane Morinaka from our Mapunapuna Ben Franklin Crafts store. She is a master at floral arranging and has created something very special in our Frosty Pastels theme. It's not a wreath but a Swag Wreath! Great idea and so beautiful!

Next, we welcome Esme Infante back to the show! Esme tells us all about the history behind her Mom's Islandwide Craft fairs and that cute little clown mascot. We also do a little crafting and make some Countdown Your Goal Frames, perfect for gifts!

I wrap up the show with an "old school" project, Pom Pom Bear Ornaments. It's back to basic crafting!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you get a chance to see the show! Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The main thing, stay safe!

As we prepare for Iselle and Julio to hit our Hawaiian Islands, we are thankful for all of the prayers and good thoughts being sent out from our mainland friends and fellow crafters.

For the safety of our customers and employees, our Hilo Ben Franklin Crafts store has already closed and our Kahului store will be closing at 3pm in preparation for Iselle. Our Big Island Ace stores should all be closed by 2pm today as well.

Here's hoping that we all get through this okay. Stay safe everyone!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Forty and Fabulous!

A famous Kitty from Japan is turning 40 this year! Isn't that awesome? I tell you, she looks so good, she just doesn't seem to age at all!

Well, to help  her celebrate "The Joy of Crafting Show" would like to find a Hawaii crafter that LOVES making crafts that have this famous Kitty as part of the design to come on our November show.

Do you know someone who fits this description? Is it your office co-worker? Is it your best friend? Is it YOU?

Here's a few things to consider while you are helping me find that kitty crafter. The crafts need to be made by hand and not using pre-made kitty items. But using official  rubber stamps or die cuts is okay because they still have to be put together by the crafter. In other words, we're not looking for pre-made kitty charms just glued to something or hung on earrings.

Help me find that special crafter by August 25, 2014 at 5pm HST. If you help me find someone, there's a finder's prize for you, too! We'll be taping the show in September. Send your nominee info to, put "Kitty Contest" on the subject line.

Thanks for stopping by today and start thinking about your kitty friends!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

It's August Already!

Summer is going by so fast! The kids have already headed back to school and we have a new Joy of Crafting show to share!

Our first guest is not about crafting, it's about caring! My good friend John Cummings III shares with all of us tips on how to be prepared for hurricanes and other disasters. We want everyone, especially our crafters, to be safe!
Then, Gloria from Pearl City BFC, gives us a sneak peek of a project they will be doing for their "Endless Summer" Craft Party on Saturday, August 23. It's a beautiful shell macramé bracelet!

And for the show finale, we have Joel from Celebrations with an adorable Panda Gift Box!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you've been enjoying your Summer! Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Second Joy of Crafting for July!

Here's what's on the second Joy of Crafting show for July! We had fun with our guests and their crafts!

Joel from Celebrations is back with a really creative and useful project, washi decorated notebooks! BTW, Celebrations will be having a "Washi Bombing" event the weekend of Aug 9 and 10. A fun day of washi madness, come and help "bomb" their wall with washi! Check Celebrations for more details.

Then, we have Jamie from Pearl City BFC teach us how to get ready for Back to School with one of the hottest trends, Rah Rah Ribbon Bows! It's not just for cheerleaders!

Lastly, I do some re-purposing by making origami baskets from old magazine pages! These are great for snacks or using at parties to put boiled peanut shells. We even have a project sheet, too!

Summer seems to be going by so fast! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to see this episode! Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What's going on in there?!

Have you checked out our Paper Arts aisles recently? We've been moving a lot of things around, out and in! I'm mostly excited about the IN part! Yes, I'm talking about NEW Products!

Here's a peek at just a couple of new items! Spellbinders flower making dies! Can't wait to try these out, I love making paper flowers!

And these fun dies from Little B's. I got to see our friend Shane, formerly of EK Success, show me how cool these are at CHA. With these die sets, you get a lot of value because each set is jam packed with dies AND they come already on a magnetic sheet for storage. Now, how smart is that?!

So, as they say "please pardon our dust" as we re-do and up-do, but come and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by today and maybe I'll see you wandering the aisles, too!

Monday, July 14, 2014

MYO Aloha

Yes, Make Your Own Aloha! We have the RTD wood and paper mache alphabets that are perfect for painting on and embellishing.

Look at this beautiful ALOHA sample at the Mapunapuna Ben Franklin Crafts!

It reminds me to walk through different aisles in the stores because you never know what treasure you'll find!

Thank you for stopping by today and Happy ALOHA Monday!