Last September, my trip to New York to see my agent and go to Maker Faire and chill with my cousins ended up being all of those things, and also the trip marking my meeting-in-person of Haley from The Zen of Making. We were faster than fast friends; we were, like, immediate friends. And last weekend she came to visit. The visit coincided with Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, resulting in a weekend of superb craftiness and funtimes. Here’s a recap in Instagrammy photos, sans VMMF, which I’ll round-up in a separate post.

Haley brought Owen a fingerprint monster kit, and they had FUN.

Haley brought Owen a fingerprint monster kit, and they had FUN.

We spotted this awesome fabric at Dressew. Instagrammed – yes. Bought – no.

We spotted this awesome fabric at Dressew. Instagrammed – yes. Purchased – no.

Also this gem. In a massive aisle of ZIPPERS.

Also this gem. In a massive aisle of ZIPPERS.

We explored rocks at the beach.

We explored rocks at the beach.

 

And we stopped for a wee gander at the view from UBC over the Fraser River.

And we stopped for a wee gander at the view from UBC over the Fraser River.

When we weren't looking, Owen figured out how he can use chopsticks to shovel seaweed salad into his face. It was breathtaking, really.

When we weren’t looking, Owen figured out how he can use chopsticks to shovel seaweed salad into his face. It was breathtaking, really.

Such lovely chill time all together in the living room.

Such lovely chill time all together in the living room.

Not only did spending time with Haley seriously fuel my sewing bug, she actually left me with this skirt she made that was too big for her but fit me to a T. I'm going to pick up Brett Bara's book, which contains the pattern. I'm going to sew clothes!

Not only did spending time with Haley seriously fuel my sewing bug, she actually left me with this skirt she made that was too big for her but fit me to a T. I’m going to pick up Brett Bara’s book, which contains the pattern. I’m going to sew clothes!

Sadly, this is not a lamp; the cord is from something else. We spent nearly THREE HOURS at Value Village and had all the fun. This made us think of Diane at Craftypod.

Sadly, this is not a lamp; the cord is from something else. We spent nearly THREE HOURS at Value Village and had all the fun. This made us think of Diane at Craftypod.

A mystery!

A mystery!

Haley left this note and finger puppet for Owen when she left. We were all so happy to find it when we woke up! Thank you, Haley.

Haley left this note and finger puppet for Owen when she left. We were all so happy to find it when we woke up! Thank you, Haley.