11.28.2009 :: Black Friday - Cyber Monday sale in the Kelso Doesnt Dance etsy shop!

Black Friday - Cyber Monday sale in the Kelso Doesnt Dance etsy shop!

20% off orders of $30 or more
+FREE upcycled snowflake stickers!

enter code "BlackFriday" in the message to seller at checkout

and wait for a revised PayPal invoice before paying

valid 11/27/09-11/30/09

Come check the new Little Golden Book Notebooks, map & newspaper wallets, appliqued tees and roll up totes!



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11.20.2009 :: long beach craft mafia trunk show OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE!

(click for print quality flier)


Contact: Steph Calvert
Long Beach Craft Mafia & Hearts and Laserbeams
Phone: 714-655-5272
Email: heartsandlaserbeams@gmail.com

Store Contact: Jennifer Hill
Songbird – Location of Trunk Show
Phone: 562-439-4444 (store) 562-212-2256 (cell)
Email: thehillhut@verizon.net

Store Contact: Shea Gauer
Open – Location of Free Craft Workshops
Phone: 562-499-OPEN
Email: open@thestoryofopen.com

10 indie crafters come together to fill all your holiday shopping needs.

Long Beach, CA, USA – November 15, 2009 – Long Beach Craft Mafia will set up temporary shop at gift shops Songbird and Open for their first group trunk show on Saturday, December 12, 2009. The all-day affair will take place from 10:30am – 7pm, and will feature a raffle, free workshops, bake sale, and a truly unique assortment of handmade items by some of the best indie crafters Long Beach has to offer.

This location is the perfect fit for the group - “Songbird is a gift store that has something for everyone -- it is ‘cheep’ and cheerful, with bright colors and fun, quirky gifts for all,” Jennifer Hill (owner of Songbird) says, “I love the entire craft movement, and get inspired by being around other crafty and creative people.”

The holiday gift boutique will be set up at Songbird, at the corner of Junipero and 4th. You can pick up presents for everyone on your list, including hand-stitched felt dinosaurs and cacti by Lexi Lee of Little Bit, fashion items by Marc Anthony Coronado of Ain Soph Aur, upcycled and laminated map wallets by Kelso of Kelso Doesnt Dance, funky one of a kind jewelry by Jen of RadCo and Nicole Montoya, crayon sculptures and food-themed hats by Tamara Zielinski of CrayonFawn (as recently seen on Entertainment Tonight!) and much, much more. The emphasis is on handmade items you can’t find at the mall, presented by the artisans that created these original pieces.

“Retro Row is THE Long Beach destination for independent and innovative design,” shares Liz Abbot of Leatherette Heart (www.leatheretteheart.etsy.com),” a lot of us have merch in stores there. It’s totally fitting that the Long Beach Craft Mafia bust out their first trunk show in this area. I know when I get my shop on, it’s on 4th Street.”

When you’ve finished shopping the boutique at Songbird, picked up a delicious snack from new member Janice Sprenger at the bake sale there and entered to win the raffle prize (a free gift basket full of goodies from Long Beach Craft Mafia members), take a short walk down 4th Street to Open for some hands-on workshops. The free classes will be held from 12-4pm, and will include quickie fun crafts for all ages. New member Klai Brown’s paper fan workshop and founding member Steph Calvert of Hearts and Laserbeams’ papercrafted greeting cards are sure to be a hit with all experience levels, including eager kids and unsure adults looking to get their crafting feet wet.

“I’ve been a Long Beach Craft Mafia member since early 2007,” Steph Calvert of Hearts and Laserbeams (www.heartsandlaserbeams.com) says, “and I feel like our group has really grown by leaps and bounds in the past few months. We’re reaching out to the community through our monthly get-togethers, and folks have responded really positively. With our trunk show and crafty workshop extravaganza on December 12th, we’re all just really excited to help bring the indie craft scene into the spotlight and to encourage folks to buy handmade this (and every) holiday season.”

The first Craft Mafia (www.craftmafia.com) was founded in 2003 by nine crafty buisness women in Austin, Texas. The group originally came together through a shared love for craft, DIY ethics and mutual respect. As the Craft Mafia developed it became a forum for networking, promotion and shared ideas. Since it's development in Austin, other Mafias have popped up accross the globe. The Long Beach Craft Mafia is a southern California chapter of the world-wide Craft Mafia group. The local chapter exists as a marketing and networking tool for local independant arts and crafts businesses. Membership provides opportunities for growing members' individual businesses through participating in craft shows, hosting events for the community, and sharing information about arts and craft techniques as well as successfully running a do-it yourself style business.

The Long Beach Craft Mafia holiday trunk show takes place on Saturday, December 12, 2009. The bake sale, raffle and holiday shopping will take place from 10:30am to 7pm at Songbird, at 2240 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814, and the free craft workshops will take place from noon to 4pm at Open, at 2226 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814.


For more information on the Long Beach Craft Mafia and its members: www.longbeachcraftmafia.com
Contact: longbeachcraftmafia@gmail.com
Phone: 714-655-5272

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9.22.2009 :: long beach craft mafia dye party on oc weekly!


don't miss our post on oc weekly this week! long beach craft mafia got together to test out some dye products from tulip and have an awesome contest to enter!

check out the article and enter the giveaway here.

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9.06.2009 :: we're taking applications!

hey folks, if you missed our meet n greet last week don't fret - you still have a chance to put in an application for membership to the long beach craft mafia!

all the info you'll need is over on our join page and applications are only accepted through september 18 so get crackin!

also, stay tuned for our next crafty borrachas event! we'll be getting together all you crafty peeps to go bowling, date and time to be announced soon!


8.27.2009 :: kickin ass and takin names! (and new members!)

do you have a indie craft business? are you local to the long beach area? you should think about joining the long beach craft mafia! we'll be having a meet n greet wednesday, september 2 at 7pm and you should be there if you're interested in joining!

what's gonna go down? mainly, you'll get to meet us and decide if you like hanging out with us. you can ask us anything you like, especially if you've got questions on what to expect from your membership and things like that. and we're workin out the details, but you'll most likely receive a free tote bag screenprinted with our faboo logo!

what should you bring? just your merry selves, a couple of dollars if you'd like to have a beer or twelve with us, and maybe a show and tell item or two!

while we're definitely a the more the merrier type of group, there are some guidelines to new membership:

-you must have a indie craft business or be in the process of starting one.
-you must live in the long beach area, and if you don't you must be willing to drive to long beach for meetings and get-togethers.
-to become a member you must fill out our application and submit pics of your work, which will then be reviewed by our current members before deciding if you're mafia material. attendance at our meet n greet isn't mandatory, but it's a really good idea so see ya there!

long beach craft mafia meet n greet night
at que sera
1923 east 7th street
long beach, ca 90813
wednesday, september 2, 2009


8.22.2009 :: mini market on sunday!

hey folks!

hearts and laserbeams, leatherette heart and crayon fawn will be selling at sunday's mini market at urban outfitters' space 15 twenty. sunday, 10am - 4pm, it's free, and it's close to the hollywood farmers market! get your grocery shoppin AND your indie craft on all in one place!!!

more info can be found here

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6.05.2008 :: meet our newest members!!!

did you know long beach craft mafia has a bunch of new members? let's meet em together!


crayon fawn does all kinds of crafts, including these badass fawn sculptures made of real crayons!


handmade by me makes totally awesome plush animals, handmade books and more!


kelso doesn't dance creates fabulous bags of all shapes and colors, and they're supercute to boot!


kumkulove does all sorts of differnt crafts, too! check out some sweet plush critters she's made:


and last but not least, leatherette heart makes totally rockin apparel!

and there you have it! be sure to check out all the latest updates on our website,have a great night and stay crafty!

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