Saturday, March 31, 2012

Cafe Libertalia Closing Sale

Hillcrest is about to lose our micro mall! Cafe Libertalia will close its doors for the last time Sunday April 1st. They will be open today until 11 pm. This final garage sale offers steampunk parts, vintage galore including new old stock of buttons, handmade pottery, leather goods and hand selected vintage accessories. Please stop by and help say goodbye to this one of a kind establishment.

3834 5th ave San Diego 92103
Cross street Robinson.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Whispers of the Forest

The beautiful song of a bird. The tantalizing hiss of a snake. Playful screeches from a troupe
of monkeys. The sounds of rain. All combined with larger than life puppets Whispers of the Forest comes to life. Come see the Great Gamoola, the 9 ft. tall talking tree, at the Marie HitchcockAdd Image Puppet Theater in Balboa Park from March 28th to April 1st, as he tells the story of how he was once in danger of the woodcutters axe. Will his animal friends be able to save him?

A show for all ages, young and old, the larger than life puppets will capture the imagination of the audience as each puppet comes to life. Puppetry is a form of theater that has been around for hundreds of years. It is a way to bring visualization to a story being told. Performed at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, the longest continuously running puppet theater in the United States, Whispers of the Forest is a full stage puppet show consisting of both marionettes and other styles of puppetry. This show is both educational and entertaining combined into one experience. So come see Whispers of the Forest in action and help save the Great Gamoola from the woodcutters axe.
Hear the beautiful song of the pheonix.
See the praying of the mantis.
Or hear the grubbing chant of the warthog.
Come See
"Whispers of the Forest"
By Julie's Puppet Creations
Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater
Balboa Park
March 28 - April 1st
Wed. - Fri. 10:00 am, 11:30 am
Sat. - Sun.
11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 2:30 pm
Adults: $5.00
Children: $3.00
Seniors / Military: $4.00
Under 2 are free

Marie Hitchcock
Puppet Theater
Box Office:
(619)544-9203 open on show days
Facebook: Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

Monday, March 19, 2012

Vendor Opportunites at NPCM Spring Line Up!

This year the San Diego North Park Craft Mafia is excited to bring you the 5th Annual Spring Line Up event! We are once again joining forces with North Park Main Street for this year's 16th Annual North Park Festival of Arts. The event will take place on Sunday, May 20th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This free event combines arts, culture, and entertainment in the neighborhood of North Park along University Ave. between 30th and 32nd Streets.


The Craft Mafia will have a Spring Line Up section with room for lots of vendors! Besides having your own booth, you can also participate in our scavenger hunt, do a craft demo in the Craft Mafia Lounge, and have your creations featured in our human and dog fashion show! Interested vendors must sign up for the NPCM Monthly Newsletter to get access to the vendor application. We will also be updating this site to include links to all the fabulous vendors who will be located in our Spring Line Up section!

   Please visit the North Park Main Street's site to get detailed information about the festival, including band timetables and stage locations.  Don't miss this opportunity to sell your crafts with us at this awesome event!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Some Awesome Crafty Conspiracy and Balboa Rendezvous

Crafty Conspiracy at Dancing Bear Indian Trader

This month will be special, March 27 from 7-9pm! We will have a bunch of cd cases that we will be
re-purposing into cool photo cubes that can be used to organize pens and tools etc..
Please rsvp we will have limited amount of cd cases, so we need to know if you are going to do the free project. If you are doing the project, bring some photos to put into the cubes.
Bring something to share, food wise, and we would love to see you there!

Dancing Bear Indian Trader is located at: 1016 West Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025


My husband and I met swing dancing, and our favorite dance is Balboa! It's such a fun dance to learn, and it's a lot easier to do than most swing dances. I'm sharing this event with you, because I have gone for many years and I have learned a lot and had the most amazing dances at the Balboa Rendezvous. You don't need a partner and they have beginner level Balboa workshops. I hope you can make the event. -Svea, Belle Pepper Couture

Here's info about the event:

At the end of this month there will be a fantastic world known swing dance festival here in San Diego, Balboa Rendezvous. March 29-April 1 will be the 9th time that people from all over the world, like Germany, England, Australia & New Zealand just to name a few, will be travelling here to do some Balboa swing dance. Balboa is a dance from the 1930s that originated in Southern California, Balboa Island to be exact, at the Rendezvous Ballroom. There will be live music every night, beginning to advanced workshops during the days, competitions, and a Balboa Rendezvous Cup Trophy that will have a new home for this year. This is the website for the event:

Here's the press release about the event:

San Diego, CA, March 1, 2012 -2 Ply Swing Productions presents the 9th annual Balboa Rendezvous, March 30-April 1, 2012. The Balboa Rendezvous is a celebration of the original 1930s Swing dance created in California. ‘Jitterbugs’ would gather at the amazing Rendezvous Ballroom on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach to cut a rug. The dance floors were so crowded that couples had to move closely connected and thus the balboa was born. The ballroom no longer exists, but the dance continues to flourish all over the world. The Balboa Rendezvous is one of the largest and most popular events and is held right here in San Diego.
We honor the history of the dance by going up to the Balboa Peninsula on Sunday to dance at the historic Balboa Pavilion. The Pavilion is the last of the historic ballrooms used during the heyday of the swing era. Original dancers from the 1930s are invited to share their memories and of course dance with the younger generation of Balboa fans.
The Balboa Rendezvous was started in 2004 and has become one of the most respected balboa weekends in the world. The event includes:
* 4 nights of live music
* 2 days of dance workshops in San Diego (Portuguese Hall in Point Loma2818 Avenida De Portugal, San Diego, CA 92106-2705 & The Dance Center in Liberty Station, Building 175, 2650 Truxton Rd, San Diego, CA 92106),
* Dancing where it all began – The Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach, 400 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661-1330,
* Learning from the masters of balboa – the original dancers from the 30s’
* Top Balboa couples compete for the coveted traveling Rendezvous Cup.
There will also be additional competitions including: amateur Jack & Jill, open Jack & Jill, amateur couples, and charleston challenge.

Monday, March 5, 2012


Hey friends, Artista Muerta here with my very last blog post for the San Diego North Park Craft Mafia. I'm am resigning from the group as life is so busy I'm not able to perform my duties to the best of my ability. It's been a real fun couple of years and I want to thank my Mafiosas for a great time and tons of support! And I'll still be around coming to craft nights and going to shows, I will see you around for sure!

And even though Easter isn't for a few weeks, I wanted to write about one of my favorite Easter treats! Peeps!!! I love me some peeps (and now they're not just for Easter which is pretty much the best thing ever). Here are some great ideas. I cannot WAIT to try out some Peeps smores, right? Right.

Peeps smores!

Peeps in hot chocolate!

Chocolate dipped Peeps!
(great for gifts, yo)

Peeps sushi!

Where no Peep has gone before...

Have you done anything awesome with Peeps? Do share!