Meet, Mingle & Make – A Crafty Affair


There are so many reasons why you should attend but here are just a few:

1. If you know us at Bead Cafe, we like offering you new products and we will be launching some at the event. You can be the first to see our new line of inks, embossing powders, stamps and other card-making and scrapbooking supplies. You will receive 10% off on any new product you purchase or reserve. You can reserve a product for 7 days.

2. We are helping build the local craft community with unique events.  Bring a friend, tell a friend  and come meet and mingle. Enjoy an evening with fellow artisans.

3. Feeling crafty! We will be having four craft booths: Jewelry Making, Origami,  Decoupage and Stamping. Come test something new. Yes! 4 demo booths and it is free to try.

4. So many craft products in the store, have you ever wondered how to use them? We will show you how in our display of 100DIY Wedding ideas.

5. Freebies! Yes we have a mini craft bag filled with little surprises just for you.

6.Are you getting married, planning a wedding, attending a friend’s wedding and need ideas. We have some simple ideas that will grab your attention. Come see our Origami Wedding Cake, invitations, tokens, treats, centerpieces and more. Do you like a black & white themed wedding? We will put chalkboard paint to the test.

7. We are not doing this alone, we are happy to have Renee B Photography, Romany’s Rentals and Owen’s Oven included in our showcase. You can book their services for your next event.

We look forward to seeing you at Weddings Made Easy on Thursday the 13th June at Bead Café Craft & Hobby, Ana Street, Woodbrook. Tickets cost $99.00 and are available at any Bead Café outlet. Call us at 622-8215.


Saturday Spot – Craft Shopping

Looking for fresh produce, crafty finds and handmade products?

Enjoy local shopping with the family from Santa Cruz to Chaguaramas. We recommend that you first visit the San Antonia Green Market, a weekly Saturday market located on Saddle Road, near Cutucupano Road in Upper Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz. The market opens from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and offers fresh produce, specialty foods and crafts.

Then head to Chaguaramas and enjoy the sea, sites and some more local shopping. The Bits & Bites Craft Market will be held at the Chaguaramas Hotel & Convention Centre from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Bits & Bites Craft Market will feature gourmet foods, exotic accessories, perfumes, portraits and other locally crafted items.

Hope you have a wonderful Saturday and remember eat, craft, play and support local. Please share your pictures of your crafty purchases on Eat Craft Play  fan page or use the hashtag #eatcraftplay on Instagram

Event news from Crafty T




Kevon Foderingham

Jewel Box
March 5- 18, 2013
Y Art and Framing Gallery, Taylor Street, Woodbrook


Set in the white walled and glass windowed exhibition space, the glass encased baubles and their siblings hung from the stark walls could easily pass for exquisite ornaments strategically placed all around the gallery. On Sunday May 5 the Y Art and Framing Gallery hosted an exhibition entitled JewelBox which featured the work of local contemporary artist Ashraph and traditional jewellery designers Jasmine Thomas-Girvan, Rachel Ross, Jade Drakes, Sarah May Marshall Knight and Janice Derrick. With such a potent line up of creative dynamite it was no wonder the turnout was exceptional with a combination of art enthusiasts and artistic powerhouses like Peter Minshall, Meiling and Fitzroy Hoyte to name a few. Tameika Fletcher-Birmingham, the Creative Director of Eat Craft Play and an accomplished jewellery designer in her right was my companion for the afternoon. By the time we arrived the show room was already buzzing and quite a few red dots had made their way to displays, indicating purchase.

As we strutted in the door, a detailed necklace of small silver pipes caught Tameika’s attention. We did a double take and were not surprised that the delicate workmanship was that of Jamaican, Jasmine Thomas-Girvan who attended the Parsons School of Design in New York, where she received a BFA in Jewellery and Textile Design. Whilst at Parson’s Jasmine was awarded the Tiffany Honour Award for Excellence. Later she received a Prime Minister’s Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Jamaica, and in 1996 she was the recipient of a Commonwealth Foundation Arts award. Jasmine has also made a number of public commissions, one of which was presented to the Queen of England. Jasmine’s handiwork work could also be seen adorning the walls as decorative show pieces. These decorative sculptures were classic Jasmine and constructed out of a combination of items found in nature and precious metals.

Janice Derrick’s prowess in bending and shaping metal also made her pieces quite distinct as they were crafted and moulded into beautifully delicate shapes of silver and gold chains and earrings. Ashraph’s collection of statement rings could not be ignored. White calabashes with wooden statue heads that were made by Ashraph to act as props for his display could easily hold their own in any sculpture exhibition. These quirky sculptures are signature Ashraph and they became a talking point to compliment his huge hammered aluminium rings reminiscent of steel pans. The large flat metal show stoppers sat sleekly on bases of ebony wood and silver. Another piece by the artist featured miniature blue horns that sprouted out of the base of the ring and instantly brought back memories of Jouvert with its ode to Jab Jab mas.

Without a shadow of a doubt, the work of Jade Drakes is just as quirky and intriguing as its maker. Jade was dressed in a crisp shirt with patterned bowtie, tucked into a resplendent gold skirt and topped off with a tailored blazer adorned with a large, roughly crafted gold brooch in the shape of a dog’s head. As an admirer of her personal style I attended the exhibition upon her invitation knowing that she would impress and impress she did. Her ability to tell a story through her work is unique as reflected in her exhibition largely made up of chunky crudely made silver rings accented with detailed miniature people on top, some with wings. The juxtaposition of rough and refined oddly works and is truly eye-catching. The collection is entitled ‘My People’ and the inspiration came while the artist was abroad in Germany. “I found myself struggling to find a way back home. Feeling trapped, and lacking all the comforts and tools I was accustomed to, I was looking around for any handle to artistically grab. I used the surroundings and predominate resources that were readily available to me and began to make this body of work. There was something romantic about wings, something that spoke to freedom and eventually reminded me of home,” says Jade.


Jade Drakes at
Y Art and Framing Gallery

Jade Drakes has a fondness for all things craft and animal, especially the dog and this is sometime reflected in her pieces. She was born in Venezuela of Trinidadian and Italian parentage and moved to Trinidad at a very young age. In her early 20’s, she set off to America to study Metalsmithing and  Theatre at Slippery Rock University, where she learned to work with animal horn and bone under Professor Robert J. Bruya – ‘The Road Kill King’. She went on to study Bench Jewellery and Stone Setting at North Benet Street School.  She then went off to her father’s homeland to improve on her stone setting skills but instead found herself charmed by Alchimia, a contemporary jewellery school in Florence. Jade draws her inspiration from nature, old shops that sell old things, old ladies, old men, museums, books – especially children books, female contemporary artists, insects and conversation.  She has a shop in Port-of-Spain called Duck Girl, where she sells her works and continues to create labours of love.

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‘My people’ by Jade Drakes,  Photos courtesy www.jadedrakes.com


Sweet Treats, Crafty Finds, Fashion and Wine

Saturday Spot is about what’s happening, what is coming and our recommendations for places to visit.                                          

Last Saturday, 4th May 2013, I had the pleasure to attend four events. It was enjoyable event hopping and supporting these initiatives.

My dear friend Saleen, a new entrepreneur is the owner of  Romany’s, an event rental business, she hosted a unique event called ‘Taste Table’. Guests had the opportunity to sample an array of cupcakes and place orders as well as see the crockery available for rental.  It was innovative and inviting. An excellent start for Romany’s, I wish them continued success. I must mention the peanut butter topping was delicious and the cupcakes were nice and moist.

Taste Table at Romany's

Taste Table at Romany’s

After leaving Romany’s in Arouca, I headed west to Woodbrook Youth Facility, to attend Up Market.  I am a fanatic for locally made and locally inspired products. It is fulfilling to see the exquisite work of some of my customers who are regular exhibitors and the plethora of local creativity. Up Market is a monthly food and finds market, it had approximately 100 booths that were filled with mostly locally made delicacies, food, soaps, accessories, branded tees and more. I could not resist the urge to shop so I indulged; Perfect Peppers, dark chocolate made in France from homegrown cocoa, tees from ESP Jr and Totally Trini and a handmade leather necklace from Rachel Rochford.

Up Market finds and foods

Up Market finds and foods

After Up Market, I attended the opening of 212 Location, West Mall. I grew up in fashion and had the opportunity to learn and grow in the business, understanding from manufacturing to retailing. Although I chose a different path and ventured into the craft business, I am still involved in the industry.  My youngest brother has been an entrepreneur since graduating from University and has his own chain of stores.  I have always admired his perseverance and passion for fashion. He is an excellent stylist and fashion connoisseur.

212 Location, West Mall

212 Location, West Mall

After a day filled with sweet treats, crafty goodness and fashion it was time for an evening with friends to sip and learn about wine. We attended Bottle Stop Co. ltd. Wine Tasting and Education.  I think I loved the presentation from Mr. Jeremy Matouk more than the wine.  Mr. Matouk spoke with such finesse and passion about wine as he drifted, taking us down memory lane about his travels to vineyards. I pictured myself one day being able to visit  bead factories around the world.  He was truly inspirational and I enjoyed his personal chat with our table after the event.  Although I was lost in my own thoughts I did learn more about wine and even had a chew. Wine chewing is a way of tasting the wine to determine the body of the wine. The best wine for me was the Delas Feres Hermitage ‘Marquis de la Tourette’ 2006.

Bottle Stop Co. Ltd. Wine Tasting & Education

Bottle Stop Co. Ltd.
Wine Tasting & Education

What a delightful day! Till next time.

Crafty T