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Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

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(Kendall's monster pumpkin...pretty darn cool, don't you think?)


We'll be open on Halloween from 10 am to 4 pm.  At 10 am we have a card class
that still has a few spaces left...we'd love to have you!  Then
join us at the City of Flagstaff's Harvest Festival downtown from 4:30
to 8:30 pm!  We'll be making masks with the kids...and they'll be
showing Casper in Heritage Square.  It'll be a fun time for
all!  (And our project is FREE!)


Have a safe & happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Basic Grey Autumn Card Class...this Saturday!

Join Mindy this Saturday (10/31...yep, it's Halloween!) from 10
am to noon to make these great cards!  Cost is just $25 and you'll
make 8 cards in class & leave with instuctions & materials to
make 4 more...or if you'd rather, you can stay in the classroom until we
close at 4 finishing up your cards...the choice is yours!  No time
for a class?  We have kits available, too!  These Basic Grey
kits are AWESOME!


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Stop by the store to see the cards in person...they're so...vibrant!  
 

Wednesday Make-n-Take

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Make this sweet card Wednesday, October 27th from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
(or while supplies last).  It's just $1 per card you make...and we
provide the supplies.  While you're here, check out our fun
Halloween papers...make treat boxes using our die cut machine...or
fall leaves for your windows.   You'll love what we have for
fall!


See you soon!
 

Sweet Snow-Pixie

10/27/09 5:11 pm...edited to add:  There's just one spot left in this class!  Call now to reserve your spot!


Don't miss out on this GREAT class with Jenny Hernandez, aka The Polka Dot Pixie


Saturday, November 7th


noon-4:30


$50


Snow-PIxie 
Sculpt aSweet Snow-pixie  in Paper Clay
Class Outline, Syllabus and Supply list


Sculpting Level:
This class is designed for beginner to intermediate level students ages
15 and up and will be limited to 8 persons so that adequate instruction
attention is given to each student.

Objective: Students
will learn to sculpt a vintage style Snowman on paper mache box. The
basics of working with paper clay will be explained. If time allows,
students will paint and finish their creation in class, if not,
instructions will be given so that students can finish painting their
finished work on their own. Each student will also receive an
instructional booklet with photos that outlines the sculpting process.
This booklet will be the student's to keep for future reference.

Supplies: (The instructor will provide all sculpting tools brushes, armatures and finishes required for the class). Students should bring:


· a hairdryer or heat gun


· a package of Creative Paper Clay (at least 6 oz) (About Memories & More has this available for purchase)


· acrylic paints in the following colors: black,  red, pink and white. (About Memories & More has this available for purchase)


A
protective apron or other garment is optional (sometimes sculpting can
get messy). Please bring water to stay hydrated and dress comfortably.
Prepare to get your hands dirty and have tons of fun! :-)


 


About the instructor:


The
Polka Dot Pixie, a.k.a Jenny Hernandez is the mom of two awesome kids,
wife of a great man, and owner of a strange, but lovable Border
Collie/Aussie mix named Jake. Jenny and her family live in an old
Victorian house nestled in the lovely, pine blanketed mountains of
Northern Arizona, just a wee bit south of the Grand Canyon. Jenny has
been creating "little guys" out of clay since 1998, and working almost
exclusively in the folk art medium since 2004.  Jenny's work has been carried in art galleries across the U.S. , has been featured in Art Dolls Quarterly, Celebrate 365 and  Better Homes and  Gardens' Holiday Crafts. Her email is
thepolkadotpixie@gmail.com.


 

Monday, October 26, 2009

All Day Crops

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We
have All Day Crops once a month...typically the last Saturday of the
month, well except this month because it's Halloween...and then November
because of Thanksgiving...but you get the general idea.  Anyway,
one of the perks to All Day Crops is the make-n-take.  It's always
something new...always a single page layout...always cute!  This is
the page they made this past weekend.  Love the paint on it. 
It's still 'ol linear me, but I really like this one.  Hope you
enjoy it, too! 

Maybe you can join us for our next All Day
Crop?  Saturday, November 21st, 8 am to 5 pm...and this one is just
$5 and is a potluck.  Nice way to try us out :)

(for the
record, All Day Crops are usually 8 am to 8 pm & are $28 &
include more food than you can possibly hope to consume in a day...plus
the make-n-take...but the holiday months are a little...odd)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cards

Recently, I made these two cards for a customer.  She's normally
someone who would make them for herself, but the past 4 months have
been a bit of a trial.  In & out of the hospital...and now
finally on the mend.  They're for her doctor & her favorite
nurse.  I used October Afternoon papers because I'm a bit obsessed
with them. 

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Enjoy, Terri!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Kelly Rae Inspiration

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(Kelly Rae is to the left...that's Liz with her eyes shut...one of my favorite photos from the trip to Oregon)

I have a bit of an obsession with Kelly Rae Roberts. 
Truth be told, she's why I chose to go to Oregon.  Now don't get
me wrong, I had the most amazing time on my trip & had some life
changing experiences...but meeting Kelly Rae was so...amazing!  Not
only is she a gifted artist but she is a genuinely nice person. 
She taught a class that just took my breath away...I painted these:

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Aren't
they adorable?  And I made them!  First time ever! 
There are still some finishing touches to be done, but I love
them!  (The color is better in person...)  But the best part
was talking to Kelly Rae.  Can you imagine talking to someone you
admire...face to face?  She's so real...

So anyway, I got
this urge (thanks to Mindy's suggestion) to make a painting for the
bathroom at the store.  Here's what I came up with:

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Another Mindy
(a new friend from my Oregon trip) is my inspiration for the birdie...I
love her style!  Mindy's painting is amazing...hope you check out
her link!

My next creation I'm gong to figure out how to
incorporate photos into it.  Man, I am lovin' this form of creative
expression.  From the paint on my hands...to the paint in my
hair...I start working on these & just feel...free.

I've
already been asked if I'll teach how to make these.  The short
answer is...maybe.  When I learn to make the techniques uniquely
mine, then yes, I'll think about it.  But I still have a lot to
learn...so it might be a while.  But they'll still pop up from time
to time...because I'm lovin' it!

A letter to my dear friend Rachel...

Dear Rachel,

Hi
there!  How've you been?  Been thinking about you a lot
lately... Hope all is well in the Midwest...no tornados, I hope! 
And hey, that new dog of yours is a doll!  Lucky little girl she
is!

I see that you've opened up an etsy shop
I was surprised to see that it was full of all sorts of "old
stuff"...you know, the crap we've been purging out of our houses for,
like, forever.  (Trying to downsize). And I saw that you
had been hanging out at yard sales & thrift shops & I thought
"what the heck does she want that junk for?"  I hate those kind of
things.  But then I went to your shop & you had these amazing
"vintage" goodies...I was so excited, I bought this:

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(which, I adore, by the way!)  Oh, and hey, what color is that wall?  Wanting that paint color badly...

Oh, and Madam Butterfly is hanging in the kitchen, next to my prized Kelly Rae Roberts prints.  (Did I tell you we sell those in the store now?  SO cute!)

And then you kept adding stuff...Baby Ben clocks...so tempted!  And these cups...I may just need them..

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Why, I don't know.  But now that you sell this stuff it looks way cooler!  Why is that??

And these?  OMG!  Do they happen to be big enough to be dog dishes?

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Anyway,
apparently, the yard sales & thrift shops I had been to were not as
cool as yours.  So I thought to myself that it was time to check
out the shops here.  (Can't bring myself to go to yard sales yet...shudder).  Which was hard, because you know, I hate that sort of thing.  But the strangest thing happened...I found some seriously cool stuff in those shops! 
I bought a 1965 Royal typewriter for $10 this summer.  It lives in
my living room.  Kendall & her friends "text" each other on
it.  Best $10 I've ever spent!  And today I found some
seriously cool frames & old games at one shop.  Oh, and I
bought another typewriter...this one for the store...it's electric with a
12pt courier ball in it...for just $5...score!   And then I
found this...for $4.95.  I know, lucky, right?

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Seriously,
I am in love.  And I want to thank you for opening up my eyes to
all that junk around me so I could find a few gems.  And they are
all worth it.  Although, my husband thinks I've lost my mind...and
Kendall was having a conversation with me today & then looked in the
back seat & her conversation was stalled..."you bought another typewriter?"  Um, yeah.  It's cool.

Miss you bunches!  Come visit...please! 

Love,

Kirsten

PS I'm so inspired by my new pedestal bowl that I'm going to paint my craft room to match....shhhhh....don't tell Don....

NAU Merchandising Students

Every fall the NAU Visual Merchandising students come to our store
for 6 weeks.  (They go to several other stores as well).  Each
week a group of students creates a display.  This week's display
is fantastic & we just had to share!

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The
students made that stunning fall leaf.  Scrapbook paper & the
die cut machine...very cool!  Would look lovely hanging on my front
door!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Oregon

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Had the most amazing time in Oregon!  Thought I was going to
take very specific classes & instead I learned a whole lot about
myself (& took fabulous classes).  I made some new
friends...laughed a lot!  And I made some fantastic art.  I'll
share more with you over time, but right now, I'm just sorta mulling
the whole experience over in my mind.


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Look closely at this sign. I think I'm the only one who
noticed...not sure what that says about me...but it just cracks me
up!  Any idea what I'm talking about?


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Have a beautiful day!
 
 
 

It's a glittery day in the neighborhood...

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Glass glitter....opaque glitter...diamond dust...oh my!  Check out the new glitter that arrived in the store...it's yummy!
 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wednesday Make-n-Take

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Come in and make this cute little candy holder...just in time
for Halloween!  It can be adapted to hold full size candy
bars (which I'd like!) or whatever candy floats your boat. 
It's just $1 to make your treat holder & it even comes with a blow
pop.  Projects can be made between 10:30 am and 5:30 pm or while
supplies last.  See you Wednesday!
 

October Contest Entries

How can you possibly choose just one?  Make sure to stop by the
store before the end of the month to vote for your favorite!

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You MUST see these in person...so much detail...so clever!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tuesday Morning Coffee Club

Join us tomorrow to make this great Halloween bucket!  Class is
at 9 am & is just $5.  But you have to sign up...part of these
classes being 30-45 minutes is that everything is ready to go. 
Don't miss out on our little happy jack-o-lantern!

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Halloween Goodies

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I
love Halloween...I'm sure that's not really a secret to anyone who
knows me...so when my girlfriends did a fall exchange with our favorite
treats, of course I had to make a jack-o-lantern.  I like to call
him "Edward".  Because he's a vampire pumpkin...and he has cherry
cordials for his treat (hard on the outside...all gooshy inside...bad
joke...sorry!)

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Audra
made these delightful buckets (paint cans covered in pretty paper)
& filled them with sugar cookie ghosts (just one per pail...and they
were YUMMY!)

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Renae made these cute little bags (we have the die cut at the store for the bag shape) & filled them with mint Oreo's...yum!

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Kim made these whoopie pies & decorated them with an oak leaf die we have at the store...

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And Mindy made the most adorable backpacks out of paper & filled them with treats, too!

All
of these are fabulous ideas for treat holders for your family, friends,
teachers, neighbors...whoever you'd like to give a little somethin'
to.  I'm sure you can think of tons of thing to fill them with...I
know we can! 

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A few of my favorite things...

1.  Kaisercraft Advent Calendars...imagine the
possibilities!  Mindy is working on the store sample...it'll be oh
so cute!

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2. 
Art Institute Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive.  I could not
get through my day without this (& coffee!).  Best damn
adhesive...ever!

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3.  Cosmo Cricket.  The cutest...easiest...most fun lines around!  What's not to love?

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and their new line is on the way:

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4.  The Polka Dot Pixie....love,
love, love her work!  So glad she'll be teaching for us on
November 7th.  We'll be making this little guy...don't miss your
chance!

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5.  The Kelly Rae Roberts Collection by Demdaco (and Kelly Rae Roberts
herself!)  You'll see more of these in the store as they become
available.  Get yours quickly as they're hard to come by...

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Love
the magnetic bookmarks, the little word canvas & the 8x12
canvas.  I have two myself...and have my eye on a few more when
they're available.  Love 'em!

6.  Pink Paislee products. 
They are another one of those lines I've loved all of their recent
releases...Halloween...Fall...Christmas...so fun...and different.

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The Twilight Collection

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The Amber Road Collection

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Pink Paislee photos are from their blog.

7.  Jillibean Soup.  Their Soup Staples papers are easy to use & make me happy :)

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All Jillibean Soup images are from their blog.

I'll stop at 7 today.  I could go on & on...but I'm out of time.  Have a fun filled, creative day!

Fisher Point via Sandy's Canyon

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Monday
we decided to take a little hike to Fisher Point.  Seems we never
actually make it to Fisher Point.  Our usual way takes a long
time...which I don't mind...but we always seem to run out of time. 
This time we decided to go via Sandy's Canyon...it's a little
shorter.  It was so very pretty!  And if we had another hour
we would have have made it to Fisher Point.

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This is my friend MacKenzie...she's the sweetest kid around!

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My sweet husband...

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The girls...

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I love self portraits...

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And
lately my other favorite kind of photo...you hold the camera over your
head (or under your arm...wherever) & just snap random photos. 
Cracked MacKenzie up!