Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2nd annual South Florida Swap-a-Rama-Rama

A couple of us are going to be volunteering at the 2nd Annual South Florida Swap-a-rama-rama and they are looking for more volunteers, you can check out their facebook page for more information.  Or, you can read the blog post I put up last year about the event to see what kind of awesome-ness it really is.

Cheers - Shelley

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Indie Craft Bazaar Winter Wonderland: Saturday December 18th

A market full of creative talents will be open to the public on Saturday, December 18th from 1:00p to 6:00p. A Winter Wonderland of independent artists and crafters will be providing handmade, re-purposed, vintage, recycled, and vegan goods. The Hollywood Craft Mafia are excited to take part in this holiday Indie Craft Bazaar and hopes to see you on Saturday at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale. For directions, please visit http://www.fliff.com/location.asp

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

If you are in the south Florida area this weekend, please come by the mini Odd Duck Retro & Geek show.  Even though we called it a "mini" show... it won't be!  Rather than have only 10 vendors, we cut the table space in half and doubled the artitsts/crafters/makers.  This way we can have everyone showcase their best retro-est or geek-y-est merchandise just for you.  The holiday shopping season is here, haven't you seen all the commercials from the big-box stores?  Skip all that, come out on Saturday and get some good old-fashioned handmade gifts.  Supporting local arts and crafts is a noble thing to do and it is always fun to meet the artist in person.
Wanna know what you'll find at the show?  Who you'll find at the show?  go here
it will take you to our facebook events page, go ahead and click that you'll be attending.  And, for those of you who don't like to use facebook, you can go here to find the info too.

3-9PM Saturday, November 13, 2010 at Gateway plaza (1900 Block of E. Sunrise Blvd) Fort Lauderdale

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day of the Dead celebration in Hollywood Saturday night

Come join the Hollywood Craft Mafia Saturday night for a Day of the Dead live Art and Crafting party!  We will have artists creating live for you to watch and for pretty cheap, you can jump in and learn some crafts.  You can learn the traditional paper cuts for only $3.00 or decorate your own plush sugar skull for only $6.
There is plenty of free stuff too.  Firstly, and most importantly, you can soak up as much art as your eyes can handle (of course, taking the art home isn't free), Mexican munchies and virgin margaritas will be dished out free of charge for your pleasure.
A good time is bound to be had by all, so please, come on out Saturday night.
For Art Sake is located at 2000 Harrison Street, Hollywood (1 block south of Hollywood Blvd, just west of 20th)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Stitch Rock 2010

There is so much to share about how much fun the Hollywood Craft Mafia had at Stitch Rock this past Saturday but given that most of us haven't gotten caught back up with our lives just yet.. for now, check out the New Times Slideshow
(check out slides #s 14, 15  & 22)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Stitch Rock 2010 this Saturday!

The Hollywood Craft Mafia is gonna be at Stitch Rock on Saturday.... are you?
Here is where you'll find details about the show.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

mini Odd Duck Retro and Geek Show - fliers are out!

Update on the mini Odd Duck Retro and Geek show....
If you haven't already heard, the Hollywood Craft Mafia is mixing up the craft show style by hosting a mini show on November 13th.  What is a mini show, you ask?  We have carved out a little bit of space in two businesses in the same plaza and are bringing in local (and some not-so-local) artists & crafters to show & sell some great handmades.  We didn't want to limit your selection, so we limited the size of the table.  Each vendor has a small area to show off their geeky-est or retro-est merchandise from their inventory.  Whether you are coming out for the retro crafts or the geek, you'll want to check them both out. Retro is housed inside Jezebel and you'll find the Geek stuff inside Radio-Active records.  And, convient for you... they are in the same shopping plaza on E. Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale.
Why not go ahead and head over to one (or both) of these great locations and pick up one of our fliers?!?!
Check out our facebook page, click that you are attending and invite your friends :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mini Odd Duck Retro and Geek Show

I'm sure you are familiar with the Odd Duck Bazaar that we host in the spring, but one show a year just wasn't enough for the Hollywood Craft Mafia, so we are adding another to our calendar, November 13th.  We wanted to break out of the craft show mold (well, a little bit at least) by doing a specialized, mini show.  This show will be held in 2 locations that are in the same plaza on Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale, Jezebel Vintage and Radio-Active Records.
Inside Jezebel you will find our mini Retro show, and our mini Geek show will be at Radio-Active. 
We'll be talking more about this in the future, so check back or friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep up with the action.

Apply to Vend at the show HERE application deadline Sept. 10, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Join the Hollywood Craft Mafia girls at Artwalk this Saturday

If you haven't been to downtown Hollywood in awhile, you are in for a pleasant surprise.  Downtown Hollywood is becoming a hub for arts, culture and some fabulous food!  Every 3rd Saturday, downtown Hollywood's art galleries host Artwalk.   Artwalk runs from 7-10pm and there is free food and wine at the participating businesses.  The cost of the Artwalk is Free and if you park in one of the municipal garages, the 1st 2 hours of your parking is free too!  You can't beat that right?
Also, if you come early, you can check out the Saturday Market that is hosted every Saturday in the palm court area of  the Arts Park. And it is free too!
So, if you are wondering why I'm going on and on about how much fun there is to be had in downtown Hollywood, it is because we'd like you to join us there this Saturday August 21st.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hollywood Craft Mafia new member drive

Crafty to the extreme?
Looking to build your business
and the indie craft scene?
the HCM wants YOU!

If you live in the South Florida area and feel like you've got what it takes, email info@hollywoodcraftmafia.com and we'll send you an application

Friday, July 9, 2010

Join the Hollywood Craft Mafia for a Movie Night in Fort Lauderdale

Awhile back, the Hollywood Craft Mafia girls got together for a movie night in one of our member's living room.  We had snacks and relaxed on her big comfy couch to watch this fantastic documentary about the Indie Craft 'Scene' called "Handmade Nation".  We had such a great time.  No work, no planning for future events.  Just enjoyed a night together.
BUT... being the planners and big thinkers that we are, we couldn't resist but to plan a night to do it again, but this time... invite everyone.  The whole idea of being a part of the Craft Mafia is to spread the craft love, so that is exactly what we did.  We teamed up with a great little independent local coffee shop for a free movie night.  Just show up, enjoy the movie and some free popcorn. 
Brew Cafe is, of course, open for business and the Craft Mafia girls and I will have some of our handcrafts on display for sale as well so if you are just dying to spend some money, there will be ways to do that.

So, we'll see you there tomorrow night at 8...

Brew Urban Cafe - Victoria Park
638 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33304

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hollywood Craft Mafia hosting the local Etsy Party

As soon as we heard that Etsy is throwing a world-wide crafting party, we jumped at the chance to host it.  We teamed up with the fabulous folks at Pearl Arts & Crafts and invited everyone we know.  Please join us for some crafting and socializing on Friday June 18, 2010 from 8 to 10PM at Pearl 1033 E. Oakland Park Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale 33334. (map)
$3.00 Admission (to cover the crafting supplies... you'll end up with goodies to take home!)
It would help with our planning and preparation if you go ahead and RSVP here

Monday, April 5, 2010

Indie Craft Bazaar - Spring Fling

Shelley and Tina will be vending at the Indie Craft Bazaar Spring Fling at the Cinema Paradiso Sunday April 25th from 1-6PM
Hope you'll come out to visit.

Friday, March 19, 2010


FunkyFinds is giving away 2 free tickets to Odd Duck. Today is the LAST day to enter! Go do it! NOW!NOW!NOW!

ReadyMade has a whole box of things to give away! Heres all you have to do:

What’s Your Area’s Best? Sweepstakes
Tell us what’s the best local made thing that your area has to offer. Whether it’s food or art tell us your town’s best offering in the message board below and you will be entered for a chance to win an Odd Duck VIP gift bag from the upcoming Odd Duck, Indie Craft Fair.

Don't miss out! Such great deals, you HAVE to check them out!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

House of Vintage - FEATURED VENDOR

Come see the House of Vintage at Odd Duck Handmade Bazaar! BUT until then get your fix at their retail shop in South Florida

House of Vintage
123 South Swinton Avenue
Delray Beach, Florida 33444

Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-5pm

"We are a retail boutique and an internet site located in a fully restored 1920's cottage in historical downtown Delray Beach, Florida. Delray Beach is a beautiful beach side community located in-between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach and has some of the best shopping in the United States.

The vision started with a small store front location, but after we located the cute cottage in need of restoration the project of House of Vintage came to life. For a year we worked on creating a unique boutique that women and men would enjoy shopping in. And in 2003 House of Vintage opened it doors to the public.

In additional to a retail boutique, we also have a bakery in the kitchen, House of Sweets (houseofsweetsbakery.com), featuring cupcakes and cookies.

Our website

Our vintage blog

our ebay shop

our myspace

Wanna be a pin-up like the girls in the pics?



Stylist Michelle Parparian brings glamour and a distinctive vintage flair to everything she does. Her background in fashion and her very successful vintage boutique continues to inspire her work as a wardrobe stylist, especially in pinup/period. Michelle's approach to her work is very hands on. One day she is adding a great prop to the shot or clipping on a pair of fabulous vintage earring at the last minute. She loves to create different looks with every client she meets.

Her work and products have been featured in such publications as Teen Vouge, Boca Raton Magazine, Ocean Drive Magazine, Country Living, Southern Living, Palm Beach Illustrated, Las Olas Magazine, New Times Magazine, Anti-Culture Magazine, City Link Magazine, Sun-Sentinel, WeMerge, Looking Good Now, Girls of Hard Rock Tampa -2008 Calendar, Palm Beach Post and Parent’s Magazine. Television coverage includes WSVN Channel 7 News Style Watch, Univision, Deco Drive and South Florida Today on PBS. She is also the exclusive wardrobe stylist for Atomic Bettie Productions.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Vulva Love Lovely - Featured Vendor

Featured Vendor - Vulva Love Lovely - says it best in her etsy profile:

"When I was in high school I was more than an outcast, I was an untouchable. I was never good enough for anyone. Those closest to me flip flopped between my being too fat, too thin, always worried about what I looked like, worried why I didn’t look like the other girls…. From what I could tell, sex made you popular. It seemed that being accepted was more important than anything else. I sought out sex and found it in all of the wrong places. I was taken advantage of by older men and was used by the boys in school, it was horrible. In keeping the company I did, I found myself in abusive relationships and humiliating, dehumanizing sexual encounters. I went to a Catholic school where we were taught abstinence only sex ed, so I had no idea how truly easy it was to get STD’s, to become pregnant, and all of the other extra’s that go along with irresponsible sex. All of it hurt and many of the scars from those consequences will follow me for the rest of my life. All of that and in the end it didn’t matter. I was still an outcast.

For a long time I didn't think about my Vagina, to avoid feeling all of the things that you feel after all of that. Whenever I thought of my Vagina in any context, I got this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I felt dirty, I felt useless, I felt ashamed and I felt used, thrown away, I felt like a piece of garbage. Death, sadness and humiliation all lingered there.

Last year a friend of mine asked me to see the Vagina Monologues. I thought it was going to be funny, like a big Vagina joke, so I agreed. Then I saw all of these women who were proud enough of their Vaginas to get up in front of a room of people and say it. I was horribly jealous. I wanted what they had. Soon, I realized what they had was a Vagina. I have one of those too. There was nothing wrong with my Vagina and it didn’t need anyone's approval! I started making these things to help get out my frustration, then to celebrate my Vagina, now to take it back. Its mine now.

I hope that my work will inspire all of you to look at women differently, and to heal your own soul, because I know that we are all wounded in one way or another."

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Obie Handmade - FEATURED VENDOR!!!!

Obie Handmade, the featured vendor, creats unique fiber and collage accessories including crocheted and woven scarves, fiber collage rings, pendants and earrings. Her work is all about color and texture with pattern. Very unique and very Odd Duck!

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Cute-N-Sweet Cafe - FEATURED VENDOR!!!!

Nikki Buchicchio, creator of Cute-N-Sweet Cafe, has been tinkering with polymer clay since Sept '07. Come see her mini dessert jewelry at Odd Duck. It looks so YUMMY!
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Peace Owls and Other Lovely Things - FEATURED VENDOR

Peace Owls and Other Lovely Things is the featured vendor for this beautiful Tuesday in February.

"my name is rachel and i love peace. i am a dreamer, a flower child, an unknown artist, a friend and lover of all things wonderful. i hope to spread peace, love and smiles with the things i create. i often paint a friendly Peace Owl. i hope he makes you smile.

my paintings are typically done with bright colors using acrylic paint and either on scrap wood or canvas or vinyl sleeve or carboard or whatever drifts my way. i try to do my best to reuse materials and turn them into art. i hope my art puts a smile on your face."

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

BipedalHumm - Featured Vendor

BipedalHumm is the Featured Vendor for this beautiful Saturday! Carolyn Friedlander is the engine behind the humm. She creates modern quilted and sewn pieces for daily life such as quilts, table runners, place-mats, quilted wall "pictures" and other custom items. Her palette consists of high quality fabrics with rich colors, oftern featuring bold prints with clean lines, birds, or polka dots.

Beautiful usable art, I say! Come check out BipedalHumm's booth at Odd Duck on MArch 27th in DAVIE!!!!

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Dragonfly - Featured Vendor

Dragonfly is the featured vendor! Oh, wait, that ME!!! HEHE.

Come visit me March 27th with the rest of the Hollywood Craft Mafia, the organizers of the Odd Duck Bazaar. I will have tons of handmade/bound books, sketchbooks, journals, notepads, photobooks and more. I use recycled paper, hemp paper and found paper. Lots and lots to choose from.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Beer Soap Company - FEATURED VENDOR

After so many years of making soap with plain ole' H2O, The Beer Soap Company decided to switch it up a bit. All of their soaps are made with 100% beer as the liquid portion. They also use a cold processed soap using their own special recipe of Olive Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Sunflower Oil, Castor Oil, Unrefined Shea Butter, Unrefined Cocoa Butter.

Check out these great soaps at Odd Duck on March 27th!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Will W has been a professional artist since 1972. Starting in visual merchandizing management with a major midwest retail chain, he learned at an early age to turn anything into something else. An interior design degree was next at Harrington Institute in Chicago

1980 was the beginning of a successful mural painting business, creating wonderful walls for prestigious residences and major corporations in cities across the country.

In 1993 he opened a very experimental storefront on Miami Beach where he twisted all manner of found materials into new usable objects and fine art. A couple of years later the concept expanded to The Miami Design District. That larger workshop and gallery showcased over a dozen artist's work in reclamation art. Furnishings of all types, home accessories and fine art were displayed. Everything in the gallery was made of at least 80% recycled materials.

Those two stores are long gone but not the passion for reclamation art. Now living on the Gulf Coast of Florida, he feels like he might just be getting started. Etsy has opened a new world of possibilities for this well seasoned artist.

Mickey G is Will's mother. She is a retired hairstylist and a very active senior. It appears that Mickey can sew anything. A few years ago she started to make teddy bears out of recycled fur coats. These very coveted bears and her other fashion and home accessories will be showcased here whenever they become available. As I said... she is a busy bee, we will beg her for more pieces.
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Monday, February 1, 2010

With Sugar On Top - Featured Vendor

WithSugarOnTop was created by a little sweet Panda named, Amanda who lives inside of a bright pink cupcake with tons and tons of sugar on top. All day and all night she thinks about making the world just a bit sweeter! After baking batches and batches of cupcakes, she puts down her spatula just long enough to fire up her sewing machine, hot glue gun and sometimes computer to throw together an idea she has been dreaming about all day. Sometimes her creations need a bit more time in the oven but often she creates something just right, with just the amount of sugar that she has to offer it up for the whole world to buy! In addition to creating stuff and running this site she also.... decorates cookies and cupcakes regularly, has a collection of vintage rhinestone jewelry, ice skates on Thursdays, collects vintage holiday items, has lots of girly tattoos, likes soft serve ice cream with sprinkles and anything that sparkles!

Amanda is also the creator and head rocker of the Indie Craft Show, Stitch Rock!

***STITCH ROCK 2010***
Stitch Rock is an annual indie craft fair and bazaar bringing back old school crafting techniques with new school flare! Full of Handmade crafts and unique products like D.I.Y fashion, funky home deco items, natural bath and body goodies, vintage finds, hot rod paintings, pin up photography, and much more!

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Check out the most amazing list of vendors! Mark your calenders for March 27th to see all of these amazingly talented people sell their handmade clothing, accessories, jewelry, art, photographs, snacks, books, cards, soaps, dolls, toys, robots, and more and more and more!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dreads and Curls - TODAYS FEATURED VENDOR!!!!

Todays featured vendor,Dreads and Curls, is home of the One-of-a-Kind "Twisting Vines" Cabled Hat. In a crayon box of colors, highlighted by vintage pins or a crocheted flower if you prefer. Each knit or crocheted piece is created from new or recycled materials using original designs. They have put unique details into each accessory, but try to maintain high "wearability."

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Lorna Ruth - Odd Duck Handmade Bazaar Featured Vendor

Lorna Ruth, photographer, is our featured vendor today. Original photographs processes with many different techniques, including polaroid tranfers, her favorite subject matter is vintage hotel signs. Check out her etsy shop, below, and see more at the Odd Duck in MARCH!

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Odd Duck Handmade Bazaar Featured Vendor - The Butterbean Tent

Todays feature vendor, The Butterbean Tent, makes the most adorable fabric based hair accessories and jewelry for women and children. Using brightly colored cotton fabrics, they make fun and detailed floral designs to be worn by women not afraid to show their original style and attitude! Check out what will be at the March Odd Duck Bazaar below!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hollywood Craft Mafia at the Dania Beach Folk Art & Antique Festival

Come out to Grace Cafe & Gallery 49 N. Federal Highway, Dania, FL from 11 to 6 on Saturday, January 30, 2010 and again from 11 to 6 on Sunday, January 31, 2010
The Hollywood Craft Mafia will have a tent at the back of the Gallery where we will be showcasing the Art, Crafts and all around good stuff that we've been working on lately.
Bring your wallet, because you won't be able to resist!
See you Saturday (or Sunday)
You can read more about the event in the New Times

Odd Duck Handmade Bazaar Featured Vendor - 4 Hounds Press

Todays feature vendor, 4 Hounds Press, creates beautiful and fun cards, coasters, gift tags and more using one of the oldest forms of mass printingmaking techniques, letterpress. Based in West Palm Beach, the printmaking duo, surrounds themselves with their 4 adopted greyhounds for inspiration, as well as their namesake. Check out the etsy shop, below, for a preview of what is to come at the Odd Duck Handmade Bazaar, on March 27th at the Old Davie Schoolhouse, in Davie, FL

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Odd Duck Handmade Bazaar NEWS!!!!

So, only 2 weeks after doubling the size of Odd Duck, there are officially no more open spots. We are filled to the brim!

We would love to have some yum yums to help vendors and shoppers through the day! If you or anyone you know would like to be a food vendor at the show, please fill out an application or email us at info at hollywoodcraftmafia dot com. You will have a prime spot right by the front door with kitchen access!

Interested in supporting the local crafty scene? Check out the Sponsors page for details on sponsorship levels.

Join the blog mailing list to stay up to date with all the developments of the show.

Tomorrow marks 2 months before the show! We will feature a vendor each day as the count down continues to the big day!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Odd Duck Handmade Bazaar NEWS!!!!

Well, we just doubled the size of the Odd Duck Handmade Bazaar.

Originally only 30 vendors, the show has expanded into a second room and is now 60 vendors! The day of the big show, March 27th, will hold lots and lots of vendors with their original crafty items, DIY tables, 100 free goodie bags to the early birds, Coffee house treats, raffles, giveaways and more!

For more info check out www.oddduckbazaar.com!