Crafting Community Archive

A+R Toy Lab at Crafting Community

By: Rose Apodaca

From a food truck for toddlers to magnetic blocks to a tiny wood recreation of Paris, we’ve tried to create a world of magic and creativity for the more than 200 kids playing at the A+R Toy Lab this weekend at Crafting Community, the weekend escape at Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. And what joy […]

A Piñata Called Bingo?

By: Rose Apodaca

What do you get when you cross a bingo game with a piñata? If you’re one of the 300-plus guests attending this weekend’s Crafting Community camp at Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, it’s one of a dozen super-duper prizes. During the opening fiesta party tonight, what’s sure to be a rollicking session of bingo will […]

Crafting Community is on A+R

By: Rose Apodaca

As we pack up the robots and kites and magnetic blocks for this weekend’s roving A+R Toy Lab at the Technicolor camp for kids and parents in the desert that is Crafting Community, we’re also rolling out a designated Crafting Community page at our online shop. All the cool toys we’ve collected for Toy Lab […]

Crafting Community…and So Much More

By: Rose Apodaca

Neither one of us had been much for camp as kids. That eagerness among classmates who finally could spend one week in a communal binge of activities seemed a little weird given our own parents willingness throughout the seasons to engage in all sorts of creative projects and camping excursions. Even though I grew up […]

Bungee Up

By: Emily Chang

A bag of goodies recently arrived at A+R. When I opened it, I saw the colorful, utility-roped bag bolos from Karen Kimmel Studios, instantly fell in love, and now want to see the knotted paracord—reminiscent of its outdoorsy bungee brother—with its golden hardware everywhere: clipped on my key ring as I unlock the door to […]