Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Little Boxes is Coming--Are You Ready to Play???

We are so excited to be involved in Little Boxes again this year.
What is Little Boxes you ask??

Little boxes is a uniquely Portland event that celebrates the richness and variety of our town's independent retail scene. Join us the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving for this Portland-wide shopping event and raffle. It's *free* to enter, and the more shops you visit, the more chances you'll have to win prizes like a trip to Hawaii, an iPad, a $600 shopping spree, and TONS more goodies!

Full details and rules are available at the Little Boxes website, or stop by the shop to pick up your 2015 Passport with all the details you'll need to play along. If you're an iPhone user, download the Little Boxes app for your iPhone to play along digitally.

So, pop in during Little Boxes to enter the raffle and take a look around
Mark your calendars now! 
Friday, November 27th & Saturday November 28th, 10am-6pm.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Handmade Holidays

Seeking inspiration for your handmade holiday gifts this season? Here are some ideas!
Making your own jewelry is easier than you think! Check out this tutorial on metal stamping.
Supplies: metal stamps, hammer, steel block, metal tags, jump rings, and bracelet or necklace

Making your own cards is always more fun than buying! Learn how to carve and print your own stamp here: Lino Carved Holiday Cards.
Supplies: lino carving tools, brayer, lino block, ink, cards

Making candles is a great hobby year round, but they are especially lovely in winter! Learn how to make this cozy gift here: Candles
Supplies: wax, wick, wick tabs, glue dots (to hold wick tab down), pencil, double boiler

Compile your favorite photographs of your loved one! We have tons of scrap book and photo album options. 
Supplies: photo album, photos

We have supplies to make all these lovely projects in our stores. Stop in and start making gifts today! See you soon.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Loads of NEW Fresh, Fall-Themed Products Have Arrived!

All of our stores are stocked with fall-themed products!
Come on by and check out all the new goods.

Friday, October 23, 2015

DIY Roundup

There are so many inspiring DIY's out there this week! Here's a couple of our favorites:

Supplies we suggest: Wool Felt in a variety of fall colors + black, Cellophane Bags, 
Black and brown embroidery floss, Scissors, Sewing Needle, Straight Pins, Sewing machine (optional) with brown thread (all materials available at all stores)

 Supplies we suggest: 1/16" Holepunch, Decorative Paper, Twine, Googly Eye (or make your own out of paper!), PVA Glue
(all supplies available at all stores)

Supplies we suggest: Fabriano Cold Press Watercolor Paper, 8,  6, and 2/0 Round Brushes, Palette, and Cotman Watercolors in Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red, and Cadmium Yellow (individual tubes of water color available at Alberta and Division)

Friday, October 9, 2015

Pumpkin Decorating

Carving pumpkins is definitely fun, but very messy! Painting is just as fun, but there is no pumpkin goo to deal with.

We had to get in on the Donald Trumpkin trend, so our first pumpkin is in the likeness of Trump himself.
Supplies: Pencil, Acrylic Paint, Thin Round Brush, Raffia, Hot Glue

With a pencil, lightly sketch out a face. 

Start adding paint over your sketch lines. We just used black, but you could definitely add more color!

Gather your rafia and hot glue it to the top of the pumpkin, in comb over Trump style.

Enjoy your very own Trumpkin!

If free handing isn't your thing, stenciling pumpkins (or squash!) is also an option. You may remember we posted a DIY stencil treat bag a couple weeks back. Well here's another chance to use that Halloween stencil!

Supplies: tape, stencil, stencil brush and acrylic paint

Secure the stencil with tape. If you stencil is very detailed you may want to use repositionable spray mount for a more stable bond. 

Using a dabbing motion, apply the paint.

When you're finished painting, immediately remove the stencil (and wash it!). 

If you want to a more graphic option, you can use Permapaque Pens to outline your stencil.

If you want to decorate a pumpkin, but don't feel like carving or painting we have stick on rhinestones available!

Have fun decorating!

xoxo collage

DIY Roundup: Day of the Dead

It's no secret that we love Day of the Dead. Here are our favorite DIY's to incorporate flowers into your loved one's altar!

Supplies we suggest: Tissue or Crepe, Floral Wire, Scissors 

Supplies we suggest: Foam Skull, Flowers or make your own  Paper Flowers
Foam Skulls in currently in stock at all stores!

Enjoy making your altars!


Product Haul: Fall

We are so relieved that fall is here! Some of our favorite cozy products include:

*Autumn Scenes Stencil Book: full of reusable stencils!
*Gold Acorn Place Cards
*You are Invited Stamp
*Beeswax Candle
*Butter to Orange Ombre Ink Pad
*Knit Purl Stamp
*Golden Leaves Washi Tape
*Yellow Owl Workshop Fall Stamps
*Fox Folder
*Cork Instagram Album

Enjoy the cooler weather!

See you soon.

xoxo collage

Stock varies by store and is in constant flux. Please call before you come if you're looking for something specific!