Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lisa Congdon Pop Up Shop at collage on Alberta

We are thrilled to be hosting a Pop Up Shop with local artist and author Lisa Congdon at our collage on Alberta store this Saturday! We love Lisa's work. She's a fantastic illustrator, whose bright paintings burst with color and joy.

We thought we would devote a blog post to some of Lisa Congdon's work, and give you a preview of the pop-up shop this weekend, which is this Saturday, December 2nd, from 12-2pm at our Alberta St supply store! Lisa will be signing books, selling original drawings, paintings, prints, calendars, and more.

Portrait of Lisa Congdon

Lisa's story is a unique and inspiring one; she began taking art classes in her 30s, when she realized she wanted to change career paths and pursue a career in art. Since then, Lisa has worked with Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, Random House Publishing, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and many more. She has authored seven books, including an encouraging book for budding artists, illustrated books, and a series of coloring books for adults, called Just Add Color. Congdon was raised in both upstate New York and Northern California, before moving to Portland. You can read a great profile on her by clicking here!

The author's most recent book, just released this October.
Click the jump below to see more photos of Lisa's work! All images in this blog post are courtesy of Lisa Congdon.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

DIY Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! If you're still contemplating table settings and decorations, we've gathered together a few quick ideas, which could work well for a family gathering, and for future holiday celebrations as well! These include quick DIY table settings, DIY placecards, printable Thanksgiving color pages for the little ones, and more. Click the jump below to see more!

On left, origami table decorations by My Bohemian Summer. Macy's Day Parade Table by The House that Lars Built–a great idea for a kids table!

Monday, November 13, 2017

New Products Roundup: Thanksgiving at the annex

Beautiful books on baking!
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and if you haven't stopped by the annex lately, it's a great place to visit! We have a lot of beautiful books on baking and cooking, plus recipe cards, autumn decorations, and many more delights to make your Turkey Day extra special.

We love these beautifully designed recipe cards and these cute autumn ornaments. 
Leatherbound Italian journals, for giving all the thanks.

Cute party crackers, Thanksgiving edition.

Gift tag, stamp, and twine set. 
Click the jump below to see more beauteous goods to enhance your cooking and decorating during the holidays. All merchandise maybe be found at the annex!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

DIY: Soy Wax Candles

Candles are a great craft for Autumn. They're an awesome option for a handmade holiday gift. They're also fun to burn during winter months, and they look lovely as table decorations during Thanksgiving dinner! Soy wax candles are relatively quick to make, and inexpensive.

collage has everything you need to get started making candles. We carry a variety of glassware that is suitable for soy wax candles. We also carry a variety of wick sizes. And, in addition to soy wax, collage also carries beeswax for your candle making needs. We often get questions about candlemaking at collage: how to add scents, what's the difference between different waxes, and more. We thought we would devote a post to help with all of these great questions! 

Click the jump below to read more!