Craftcation 2022 Social Activities

wednesday

OPENING CELEBRATION and happy hour

Join us at the Craftcation Opening Celebration and Happy Hour for DIY crafting, meeting and mingling with fellow attendees, author book signings and so much more! Let’s celebrate being back together amongst our community. 

DIY Activities Include…

award ribbon make and take

You totally deserve an award.  We’ll be celebrating our victories and each other by making award ribbons out of second hand items.  A rainbow of ribbons, trims, buttons, wool felt, screen printed badges, and goodies will be at your fingertips to play with.  Examples and templates will be provided to springboard your creativity, but you’ll be free to craft to your hearts content! 

DESSERT POM POM KEYCHAINS

Combine your love for sweets and cuteness in this fun pom pom class! You’ll learn tips and tricks to help get your pom poms super fluffy and round. Go home with two delightful pom pom keychains inspired by your favorite desserts.

Stitch a Secret Talisman

Learn how to embroider a small symbolic talisman that you can use to remember your experience at Craftcation, to set an intention for your life or business, or simply as a source of grounding or strength.

Kumihimo Friendship Bracelets

Grab a beverage and join us upstairs for a relaxing friendship bracelet party! You’ll learn a simple technique to weave a kumihimo cord friendship bracelet, using a cardboard loom you’ll DIY yourself. Learning the technique takes only a few minutes then we’ll spend the rest of the time relaxing and chatting while we finish our new bracelets!

meet and greet for first-time attendees & introverts

Join the other introverts & first-timers for a low key gathering with drinks and community building. The first time I came to Craftcation I didn’t know a single person. Throughout the weekend I was able to warm up and meet some other first-timers like me and we’re still friends to this day. Come hang out, make new friends and talk about all things crafting. Let’s get to know each other! Feel free to grab a beverage at the bar and bring it along. 

thursday

Towards Together: Embrace Your Weird & Meet New Friends

Have you ever felt left out? Like you didn’t belong? Have you ever felt… weird? While some people use the label “weird” as a way to judge people who are different than them, weird should NOT be a dirty word. Our weird is our strength! At this interactive workshop, you’ll meet fellow weirdos and make new friends. Get to know each other while you explore Mallory’s 4-part framework of Curiosity, Compassion, Authenticity & Action.

Iron Craft 2022

A pandemic couldn’t keep this competition down…Iron Craft Ventura is back for its third year! Craftcation attendees will compete against other makers to vie for the title (AND prizes!) of Master Crafter. The defending champion will be there to hold her title of Master Crafter- will she win again or will someone new claim the title? Competitors will be given a basic set of craft supplies and will need to create a super rad creation, within minutes. But–there’s a catch: competitors will need to include the Secret Supply Item, which will be revealed just as the timer starts! Come watch or better yet, participate in this fast-paced, creative, yet fun event at Happy Hour!

Drag Karaoke

hosted by GLAMDROMEDA STRANGE (MALLORY WHITFIELD)

Sing your heart out at this judgment-free karaoke party.

Embellishment & Customization Party

Nothing’s better than a little personalization, so we’re going to take your basic wardrobe staples – sweatshirts, baby onesies, or even cotton pouches and give them a little personality! Join crafter Marisa Lynch and embellish and personalize some of your favorite pieces with all kinds of crafty supplies. Want to add iron-on lettering to your favorite denim jacket? Let’s do it! Want to splatter paint your yoga pants? Let’s do it! The ultimate DIY is one that shows your personality, so let’s spend a few hours and get in (crafty) formation!

friday

Makers Trunk Show

hosted by DEAR HANDMADE LIFE

Join is for our first ever Craftcation Maker’s Trunk Show. Craftcation attendees can register for a table space to showcase and sell your goods. Everyone is invited to stroll and shop as we celebrate all the creative talent at Craftcation. Maker’s spaces are limited and assigned on a first come, first serve basis. To sign up or for more info, head to the Attendee News Page.

saturday

Embrace Your Weird Judgment Free ROLLER DISCO Dance Party

Shake your groove thang at this judgment-free, body-positive, booze-optional, sequins-always-encouraged dance party. This year’s theme is Roller Disco. Let’s celebrate finally being together again by embracing the free-wheelin’ style of the 70s. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Think bell bottoms, denim, sequins, glitter, lamé, rainbows, leg warmers and more. Find your costume inspiration here.

Coffee and Crafting: Felt ball Garland

Join us as we visit a local coffee shop, create a felt ball garland, and network!  Bring your business cards or phones to follow others on social media.  Let’s chat and create a simple project.  

sunday

Closing Ceremony

hosted by DEAR HANDMADE LIFE

Let’s get together for one last time and close out what is sure to be a remarkable weekend together. Here we’ll be giving away prizes, recognizing outstanding Ambassadors and Attendees, sharing stories, mingling and of course taking our now famous group photo!