Saturday, September 29, 2012

Lazy Susan

Thought I'd share with you a project that I've been working on for quite a while that I just finished. The wood lazy susan was handmade by my brother for me to woodburn and paint. I love starting with a blank slate of wood that I can put whatever I want onto! I learned how to woodburn about ten years ago, and it definitely took a while to get the hang of. You would think that it would be similar to holding a pencil or brush, but you actually have to move your hand quite differently and it takes a while to learn how to get smooth lines, especially the ones that are curvy. For this lazy susan, I decided to draw flowers in the center that I remember seeing in my mother's garden. 
In this photo you can (barely) see the pencil lines of my drawing and I have a little of the woodburning done.
A little more woodburning done :)

All of the woodburning done.
Next I stained it with water-based oak and walnut stain, mixing a metallic gold glaze in with the oak. I wish I had took a picture of it like that because I considered leaving it that way. It really shows the detail of the woodburning more than when its painted. I'm kind of thinking that if I do another one this detailed I will just stain it and leave it. Anyway, I decided to paint this one because I kept envisioning all of mom's pretty flowers in color. Here is another photo of the finished product.

Friday, September 14, 2012

September Newsletter

I have three words for you: Hot. Apple. Cider. I can’t wait to make some! Aren’t you excited for all of the wonderful things fall brings? We are! Lots of new fall and Halloween craft supplies in; crocheted scarves, winter headbands, and fingerless gloves in with more on the way; and Halloween tutus! So excited for fall and all of our upcoming classes too!
September 15th: Make Your Own Stamp Class! 2:00-4:00pm.
September 25th: 6-10 year old Children’s Art Class! $7.50 per class per child, $6.00 per child if you have more than one child in your family taking classes, all materials provided. 4:30-5:30pm (last Tuesday of every month except on holidays)
September 27th: 4-5 year old Children’s Art Class! $7.50 per class per child, $6.00 per child if you have more than one child in your family taking classes, all materials provided. 4:30-5:30pm (last Thursday of every month except on holidays)

October 11th: Milk Resist Class! Learn techniques for using milk resist and spray inks to create beautiful images that can be used for artwork, cards, gift bags, tags, backgrounds for scrapbook pages, etc. Class includes a wood mounted stamp, 2 bottles of spray ink, and various papers and materials for creating different projects. $30.00. 7:00-9:00pm
October 20th: Art Board and Frame Class! Create one of a kind custom frames for special photos and/or unique pieces of artwork for your home. You may bring your own photos to use, otherwise all materials provided (wood, glass, nails, picture hangers, paint, paper, glue, and embellishments), $26.00. 2:00-4:00pm
Our DIY this month are the cute treat bags we have had for sale in the shop in the past. Great for a small gift to cheer up someone’s day! First step: Pick out cute paper for your bag (the inside will show, so it’s nice to use double-sided cardstock). Step 2: Lay down the paper with the back side up, a piece of carbon tracing paper next, and finally the pattern on top. Step 3: Trace around the lines on the pattern (you can tell we’ve used this pattern a lot J). Step 4: Cut the outside edges out and the inside of the handle. Step 5: The other lines are your fold lines. Fold in along those lines. Step 6: Glue the side together and the flaps on the bottom. Step 7: Fill with delicious chocolates!

P.S. We also custom make these for party events, Valentine’s Day, etc. Filled with Ghirardelli chocolates, they are $6.00 each.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Custom Fall Wedding Order

So, a large part of our extra time this summer was spent on a custom order. We put a lot of hard work into this and are very happy with the results. It involved a door installation, 8 cake table centerpieces, a paper flower bouquet, and of course tissue poms. The door installation consisted of half tissue poms and different sizes of fan-fold medallions with vintage button centers.

The cakes were covered with old book pages, embellished with vintage ribbon and fan-fold medallions, and topped with a half tissue pom. 
The flower bouquet was made up of paper roses, origami flowers, and fan-fold medallions with a light/natural colored burlap wrapped around it.
We loved the fiery fall colors our clients chose and were so happy to be able to do this for them. Thanks so much, Peg, for believing in us and giving us so much freedom in our design decisions. You're awesome!