Sunday, May 12, 2013

May Newsletter!

It's May! And it seems to be slipping by so fast! Confession: I haven't even had a chance to mow my lawn yet :-o. But we're so excited for everything that is going on at the shop! So here's the schedule:
May 28th6-10 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)
May 30th: 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)
During June we will have classes for 6-10 year olds each week on Tuesday and no classes for 4-5 year olds. During July we will have classes for 4-5 year olds each week on Thursday, except no class on the 4th. Instead we will have a class on Tuesday, July 30th. No classes for 6-10 year olds during July. Classes will resume as normal in August. 

May 16th: Washi Tape Party! $20.00. 6:00-9:00pm. Although the sign up for this class has already passed, I did order in a few extra sets of washi tape, so contact me ASAP if you are interested in coming!

Our DIY this month is something I've been putting off trying for a long time.I love all the cute yarn poms I've seen decorating pillows as yellow dandelions, put together as a tiny garland from two wood skewers over a cake, decorating papercraft projects, or intermixed with larger ones to make a garland. They just seemed a little too time consuming to try to make. I finally decided to make some and I'm so glad I did! The little ones actually only take a few minutes to make. Of course, I may have went a little overboard with the wreath. It did end up using a lot of yarn and being pretty time consuming all together, but it was very fun to make!
So, to start: Pick out your colors of yarn and start making yarn poms in various sizes. Here is how to make a yarn pom:
Start by wrapping yarn around something. I used a fork, two of my fingers, and various sizes of stiff pieces of cardboard I cut out. They all worked fine, but you will need various sizes to make your poms various sizes. If you are using your fingers be careful not to pull too tightly and cut your circulation off! Wrap the yarn around the object a gazillion times. I'm pretty sure that is the most accurate way to describe it :). It needs to be nice and thick on there so that it will make a full looking pom.
Cut off the tail and slide it off of whatever object you used.
Take another piece of yarn and tie it tightly around the middle of your loops.
If you are doing the wreath project make sure you leave a tail from your knot. Then cut down the center of one side of loops. If you have wrapped your yarn a gazillion times, this will take some muscles.
Cut through the middle of the other side of loops.
If your poms are anything like mine, they will look a little like a muppet with a very bad hair day at this point. Simply give him a hair cut, trimming off the longer strings sticking out.
Now for the wreath: Take a wire hanger and bend it into a heart shape. It doesn't have to be perfect but as even on each side as you can get it. Then simply tie your poms on tightly and push them close together to hold them in place. It took about 29 poms to make my wreath. Then cut off their tails and you're done!

P.S. Happy Mother's Day, and congratulations to all grads! Moms, you're the best! (Mine in particular may be the best of all time! :)) Grads, the world awaits you!

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