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Accessorize with Toys Maker Faire 2012

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Ruby BadgeIt’s my 7th year doing Accessorize with Toys at Maker Faire at the San Mateo Event Center!  It’s been cool seeing the faire evolve, and yet still seeing so many familiar crafters and organizations come back, inspiring hundreds (and thousands) of families.

We’re in the Expo Hall (area 2 on map below) for the 3rd year and lovin’ it, being right in the middle of the action – between the Craft and techie sections. Look for the glowing Make globe above the Make Innovation Stage and we’re right in front of the stage area (also near the LEGO area). See our post on Facebook for a visual cue.

A gorgeous day in San Mateo, couldn’t wish for better weather and looking forward to Sunday’s crowd!
Sunday, May 20, our hours are 12-4pm.
Come make an Expressive Badge or Sign with recycled toy and game parts. And plan to come early, ’cause we just  might run out of letters and board bases before 4pm! Make sure to bring $5 to participate.

Below are some highlight photos from Saturday’s participants. See more photos on our flickr set or facebook album.

expressive badge with Accessorize with Toys

future jewelry model! these kids are born knowing how to pose!

Accessorize with Toys badges at Maker Faire 2012

couples crafting rules!

Clue Badges Accessorize with Toys

Clue Badges with Accessorize with Toys

And here is a quickie map. The San Mateo County Event Center is at 1346 Saratoga Dr, San Mateo CA 94403.
maker faire 2012 MAP

If you’re driving, better plan on arriving before the gates open at 10am to get a parking spot, or park in the offsite lot  at Franklin Templeton and shuttle or walk in. Public transit like Caltrain and Samtrans are also recommended.

Stop by and say hi, we’d love to see your shining crafty faces!

Accessorize with Toys badges at Maker Faire 2012

Amelia's in the ZONE!


Workshop at Western Addition Public Library

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

recycled badges

Accessorize With Toys is making a debut at the San Francisco Public Library Western Addition Branch this Saturday, April 14, 2012, 2-4pm. Join Shana and I in the Community Room for a FREE Workshop – Creating Fanciful Badges from Recycled Objects! Thanks to funding by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

All ages and skill levels are welcome.

WHAT: Creating Fanciful Badges Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 2-4pm

WHERE: Western Addition Branch Library
Community Room
1550 Scott St @ Geary
SF CA  94115

See me at Maker Faire!  Mark your calendars – we’re back at Maker Faire May 19-20 at the San Mateo Expo Center!!!

Stay up-to-date with our workshops on our  page.

Workshop & Featured Makers at Exploratorium’s OPEN MAKE: TOYS

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

exploratorium LOGO

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 10am-2pm
Accessorize with Toys Workshop at the Exploratorium
1-2pm Makers presentation with Dale Dougherty (Make Magazine)
The Tinkering Studio’s OPEN MAKE: Toys event

WATCH  the video of our presentation on YouTube

This Saturday, Shana and I will be featured as spotlighted Makers with our Accessorize with Toys workshop for the Exploratorium’s Open Make: Toys event! Other Makers that will be there: Nathan Sawaya (amazing LEGO® brick artist, super famous!), I-Wei Huang (Toys for Bob, Skylanders developer), and Marek Michalowski (BeatBots LLC). Crafting, robots, and LEGO®, oh my! Below is a screen shot of the webpage for the event:

Open Make TOYS webpage

From 10am-12:30pm we will lead our hands-on projects of Charm Bracelets (intermediate skill) and Expressive Name Badges (all levels). You can find us at the Tinkering Studio area (see map, green area). Then, from 1-2pm we’ll be in the McBean Theater (see map, red area) for presentations and interview with Dale Dougherty, founder and editor of MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire. Q&A with the audience to follow. It’s going to be sweeet! And it’s all included with general admission to the Exploratorium. A collaboration between the ExploratoriumMAKE Magazine, and Pixar Animation Studios, Open MAKE is a monthly program highlighting the tools, techniques, and ingenuity of local Makers.

Open MAKE map

Read up on all the Makers on the Tinkering Studio’s website; well done bios. Here’s a screen grab of part of ours, or you can check the full version online

our bios on Tinkering Studio website

And I never cease to be amazed by how far my photos go of my artwork. The museum decided to choose the image of my Blue Steel necklace, photographed by Aura O’Brien Photography!


emiko-o Holiday Trunk show @ Urban Interstice

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

mission Holiday block partyHO HO HO, it’s my only holiday sale event that I’m doing this month, so if you’re looking to get your hands on emiko-o reware LEGO® jewelry, you’d better come by Urban Interstice on Friday, Dec 9, 4-8pm. Lucky for me, it’s also the same night as the Mission Holiday Block Party, so an even better reason to make it out to the Mission! See updates on Urban Interstice on facebook; Shana Astrachan and Kelly Nedderman are running this holiday pop-up store, and have many events lined up for the month as well as super cool merch.

I’ve been busy making my NEW stillego pinwheel hoop earrings, which are so very rockstar and I can’t stop wearing them myself, they are so lightweight, fun, and has been getting lots of attention around town. And special for the holidays, I’ve whipped up some cutie LEGO® minifigure ornaments for the oh-so-affordable price of $15 ($20 for Star Wars); how could you possibly resist now? What’s that, you say; you can’t make it on Dec 9? No worries, the gallery has some of my work in the store for the whole month (ornaments are only available at the gallery), and of course you can buy gifts online on my etsy and my website 24/7.

stillego pinwheel hoop earring

stillego pinwheel hoop earring Smoke

have a hoop custom made like this "Smoke"

skater ornament

minifig ornaments!

On Saturday, Dec 10, from 12-4pm our Accessorize with Toys Workshop will be doing a drop-in Ornament Making afternoon for $15. Some of our primo reclaimed toy parts will be on hand to get crafty with! Extra fun with glue guns!

ballerina Ornament

make your own ornament like this person did last year @ Workshop

Here are the details:
Friday, Dec 9, 4-8pm:
emiko oye Holiday Trunk show

Saturday, Dec 10 12-4pm:
Drop-in Ornament Making Workshop

Urban Interstice Gallery
3443 26th St @ Mission St  SF 94110 

Accessorize with Toys at Renegade Craft Fair

Friday, July 8th, 2011

renegadeBanner2011This weekend,  July 9-10, Accessorize with Toys Workshop will be at Renegade Craft Fair SF at Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion. We’re bringing back the ever-popular Charm Bracelet project, and trying a new format with hourly seating for 10 participants. Make your own personalized charm bracelet from recycled toy and game parts – we provide all the parts, findings and tools, plus demos!

Sessions will be 45 minutes at the top of the hour, starting with a demo and should allow for more individual time with us. Fee is $10. Come a few minutes before the hour to get your spot! Find us up in the Mezzanine: sessions are Saturday 12-4pm, Sunday 1-5pm. Check out Renegade’s Website and Facebook page for more info on the fair.

Renegade SF

See us on Renegade's home page!

charm braceletcharm bracelet camou

Maker Faire this Weekend!

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

MakerFaire 2011 Accessorize with ToysAbout to head into the second day of the much anticipated, annual Maker Faire! Just when you think it can’t get any bigger or hold more people, it just blows you away! Our Accessorize with Toys workshop certainly has a following after 6 years of doing this event and we look forward to the creativity and enthusiasm for craft and reuse in our participants, from 3 yrs of age to 80.

Expressive Name Badge Maker Faire 2011

This time we’re focusing on Expressive Name Badges, our favorite project so far with people of all ages and skills. A very personal project, people invest in making the badge (even as signs for their bedroom doors at home, genius, Lucy!), and are very proud to spread the word about upcycling afterwards. And so many terrific badges today–there must have been close to 150 projects made in a mere 4 hours today. Can you believe we were out of glue sticks by 4pm, yikes!

Maker Faire 2011 - PamMaker Faire 2011 - MelGreat seeing our repeat AWT Fans – anyone coming back again today gets to make for free. We thank everyone who contributed funds towards our supplies costs, and who dontated toy/game parts.

Handmade upcycled toy figure Maker Faire 2011

Best Upcycled toy redo of the day. Sparkle Pants!

Find us in the EXPO HALL, #253 closer to the South Delaware St entrance. Right between LEGO (drool, drool) and the large, luminous CRAFT orb. Today from 12-4pm. Come early while the pickin’s best. Accessorize with Toys at Maker Faire 2011

For more info, go to our page on Maker Faire’s website.

emiko-o Holiday Happy Hour event at Interstice Gallery

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

lego santa pendantYou won’t want to miss my last holiday event of the year, happening today, Dec 3, from 4-7pm at Interstice Gallery in the Mission! If you haven’t been by the space yet for one of Shana’s previous events, make sure to come out this weekend and get in the holiday spirit with us. Today I’ll have TONS of LEGO jewelry for everyone on your gift list: NEW kids pendants and bracelets; long, swingy pendants on sterling chains; cufflinks, plus sophisticated new color combinations like Aura, Aegean, and Cashmere. I’ll have my full catalog handy to take Pre-Orders with FREE SHIPPING for items I don’t have on hand. My event is featured this week in THE LATEST AND GREATEST on

cashmere lego bracelet

Also, NEW LEGO Greeting Cards! So much fun to style and photograph, this is definitely going to be an annual, recurring product. Inspired by our Accessorize with Toys workshops and all those board game boards, I’ve made Upcycled Ornaments and Table Tops Trees, all which will be at the gallery this weekend. Not to mention the Hugging Dinosaurs ornament series (hard to resist the Golden Dinos, or anything spray painted gold, for that matter). If you’re on facebook, you can see the event posted there and also on Shana’s blog.

tabletop tree made from gameboardsSpeaking of ornaments, come by the gallery on Sat, Dec 4, from 1-4pm for our Ornament Making Party. Make your own ornaments from recycled game/toy parts and I’ll spray paint it gold to give it extra pizzazz. $20 gets you all the ornaments you can glue gun together, plus treats and mulled wine. It’s addictive, and you’re guaranteed to go home with successful projects, perhaps even gifts.  The SF Chronicle listed our Ornament Making Party as one of the Eight Great DIY Holiday Gift Workshops!

king kong christmas ornamenturban interstice gallery

Interstice Gallery
3443 26th St, between Mission and Valencia, SF

Ornament making Party at The Workshop

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

gold army ornamentAccessorize with Toys is rockin’ the holidays with Ornament making workshops this Thurs, Dec 2, from 6-10pm at The Workshop in SF. Robotix, Lincoln logs, LEGO, army men, and all sorts of toy parts, perfect for decking out the tree. Come ready to wield a glue gun and you’ll be hooked on the ornament-making train! The Workshop is making a party of it as well, providing brewskies and tunes by local djs. It will be a festive time; we’d love to see you there!

Our event is featured in SFStation’s Holiday Shopping Events:

WHERE: The Workshop
1798 McAllister @ Baker, SF
WHEN: Thurs, Dec 2, 6-10pm; 6-8pm kids welcome
HOW MUCH: $15 adults, $10 kids; It’s Open House, so you can wander in off the street and check it out before plunkin’ down cash

Ornament making at The Workshop

Workshop and Artist Reception at Green Zebra This Week

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

green zebraCelebrate the Fall Equinox with us this Thursday (Sept 23), 11:30am-1:30pm as we bring Accessorize with Toys to Green Zebra for their Power Hour lunchtime event! Green Zebra Environmental Action Center is a great community resource for many of your eco needs. You may know them best by the great coupon book they publish, highlighting eco companies in the Bay Area. Recycle your batteries, bulbs, and come get valuable info on how you can lessen your carbon footprint.

recycled charm_brooch

projects made at SCRAP workshop

Why spend your lunch hour in the office? Come down to the Crocker Galleria, lower level (enter on Sutter Street side) and make jewelry with us: charm bracelets, expressive badges, necklaces, keychains! Super easy to get to: take Muni/Bart to the Montgomery St station, and the Galleria is on 50 Post @  Montgomery. Class fee is $10.

recycled toy brooch

brooch made at SCRAP workshop

Metal Arts Critique Collective Then on Friday, Sept 24, 4-7pm join us for our Artist Reception Happy Hour at Green Zebra, celebrating our recycled jewelry art show, “From Geekery to Regality: Beauty in Reuse”. My Metal Arts Critique Collective (M.A.C.) has been showing a selection of our recycled jewelry work in the window of Green Zebra for their Eco Fashion Month. Open your minds to the creative possibilities in circuit boards and recycled & familiar plastics.

Meet the artists, have a bite and drink, and peruse the selection of smaller, ready-to-wear jewelry for sale (bling yourself out for your dinner date!). Party ends at 7 (gates close then), so come early!

See more from M.A.C. on the web:

Accessorize with Toys Workshop @ Green Zebra
Thurs, Sept 23, 11:30-1:30pm
$10 class fee

From Geekery to Regality: Beauty in Reuse
Recycled jewelry by the Metal Arts Critique Collective
Sept 1-30 with Artist Reception Friday, Sept 24, 4-7pm

BOTH EVENTS HELD AT: Green Zebra in the Crocker Galleria
50 Post Street @ Montgomery, SF

Workshop at SCRAP this Saturday

Friday, August 27th, 2010

SCRAP I’m super excited that we’ll be doing our Accessorize with Toys Workshop for the 2nd time at SCRAP! Happening this Saturday, Aug 28 from 1-4pm at SCRAP’s main location 801 Toland St @ Newcomb (off of Bayshore). We just went last week to SCRAP to scrounge around for precious toy parts and we scored BIG, so come to the workshop and partake in our trashures!

scrap workshop page onlineContinuing the fun of charm bracelets, key chains, expressive name badges, and necklaces — learn how to cold connect alternative materials, whether it be riveting, grometting or wire working. We’ll help you actualize your vision. Bring personal, special  pieces from home to incorporate into your wearable projects. Read more on SCRAP’s webpage (they recently redesigned their site and it’s mighty attractive!).

Next on the workshop front: Power Hour Lunch workshop at Green Zebra, Thurs, Sept 23 from 11:30am-1:30pm. $10 fee. Drop-ins welcome. Bring a friend and spread the crafting love!

green zebra