Friday, July 11, 2014

Shrines and trinkets galore!

One of our favorite products are the assorted goodies that come from Coffee Break Designs. They create the most excellent do-it-yourself shrines and charms. All you need is some glue and a little imagination!

 We love this project for easy mini decorative papel picado. Paint each flag with an oil based paint pen, once dry apply Dimensional Mod Podge. Allow to dry for 24 hours and it will give a perfectly coated glossy layer. String them together and you're done!

Create your own version of this vintage celestial moon stage.

The charms are perfect for necklaces, bracelets, or cute earrings.

The end result is really all up to you! We decorated this little votive house as a vine-covered cottage.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fiber Crafts: cotton & wool

No matter how hot it gets in the summertime, being able to retreat into the shade or by luck, an air conditioned space, has its perks. We wouldn't want you to be without a craft for every time of day! All of these fiber-focused products are available at both of our locations.

Handfuls of bright cotton loops can be made into potholders with these assorted kits. You might even find some other uses for the assorted rainbow of cotton colors.

Both of our shops now carry an assortment of yarn including things to do with it: crochet hooks, pom pom makers, and a beginner's weaving kit.

Some of our favorite cuties now have new friends! In addition to our best selling Woolbuddy pals: fox and owl, we now have a slew of new kits including zebra, dragon, and pug!

Last, but not least we've restocked our twine sections with bright new color combinations and classic favorites!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summertime Crafts: Sun Prints

One of our favorite outdoor, summertime crafts is sun printing. Its like a magic trick brought on by the sun! Even though the Pacific northwest allows for only a small window of time we're able to play with such a product, we sure do take advantage of it.

Its true name is cyanotype printing, which is a alternative photographic process. Originally, it was used as a low-cost printing alternative for engineers, who created blueprints with the iron-based processing. Today there are several different techniques to create the blue tinted images. Collecting found objects makes for super unique, one-of-a-kind prints. Negatives can also be created to reproduce a photograph or drawing.

We carry a few different products in our shops that will help you start sun printing right away!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Book Love

Each of our shops has shuffled things around and created cozy little book nooks for all of our favorite titles. There's everything from learning how to macrame to hand-lettering to crafts for kids. Stop by either store to browse and hopefully find your new favorite book.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Curious About Encaustic???

Encaustic Piece  by:  Bridget Benton

Been curious about Encaustic???
We have a wonderful all-day encaustic workshop scheduled in our Alberta St store's classroom this Saturday May 31st.

Encaustic Intensive -- All About Layers -- Saturday, May 31st
In this beginner-friendly workshop, we'll learn all about painting and collage with wax. We'll start at the bottom -- and learn a variety of ways to develop interest in your painting before you even apply the wax: paper, stenciled texture, and mark-making with wax-friendly media. We'll  build up layers, exploring different ways to create depth and make all the layers work together. Been running into challenges working at home? The instructor will be available to answer questions and help trouble-shoot.
Time: 11am - 5pm
Instructor: Bridget Benton
Cost: $90 + $20 supply fee

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mixed-Media Playground Workshop

 Bridget Benton

We've started  a wonderful monthly workshop in our Alberta St Store's classroom:  Mixed-Media Playground with local artist Bridget Benton.  
This month's focus is Shape And Stencil!
Call us at 503-249-2190 to register.
Check HERE for a list of all of our upcoming classes and workshops!

Mixed Media Playground: Shape + Stencil -- Sunday, May 25th
Join us once a month as we explore different mixed media art materials and techniques. This month's theme is: Shape and Stencil -- no drawing skills required. If you have favorite brushes, stencils, papers, punches, or acrylics, bring them to play with!
Time: 11am - 3pm
Instructor: Bridget Benton
Cost: $50, all supplies included