Mother’s Day is around the corner, and we’ve got a wonderful project for you to make for Mom, Grandma, and just about everyone else you love.

We’ve teamed up with our friends at The Soap Dispensary for a soap making + packaging project.

Step 1. Come the shop + make your wrapping + card for your soap collection. We’ll give you a coupon for the Soap Dispensary where you can grab all your supplies to make soap at home. You’ll leave here with packaging for all your soap + some gift cards too.

Step 2. : Go to the Soap Dispensary and grab the supplies to make soap at home (it’s so easy! We’ve got the instructions for you here in this post!)

This is a great project to do with kids 5 yrs old and up. Make a series of soap bars (pictured below) all presented in pretty wrap +  a matching card. Grandma is going to LOVE this…

Our kit includes everything you need wrap each bar of soap and make a card to match.

Included in the kit is a coupon for The Soap Dispensary where you can pick up your blocks of soap, and essential oils to make at home. You can follow the instructions here.

Supplies needed:

block of hand pour soap

essential oil in your favourite scent

dried flowers (optional)

soap mold or empty milk carton

 

Cut your soap block into smaller pieces and place in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and check them, then microwave for another 30 seconds. Once the soap is melted add a few drops of the oils into the bowl and pour into your milk carton. The soap sets pretty quickly. Make sure it has completely cooled before you slice it up. You can get anywhere from 5 to 7 bars of soap.

Once to soap is cut you can use your paper and twine to wrap up the bars.  A perfect handmade gift.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Local author Bree Galbraith has released her second picture book, “Milo and Georgie” illustrated by fellow Canadian Josée Bisaillon and published by Owl Kids Books. You can pre-buy a copy of the book today + pick it up instore at our launch on April 22nd.

Milo and Georgie is a sweet story about two children adapting to change. Their single mother gets a new job in a different city; Milo the older brother, isn’t happy about this at all and decides to give up on having fun all together. Georgie his little sister, wants to get out and explore but Milo has confined himself indoors with the babysitter’s sour lemonade. The tale follows the siblings in their opposite reactions to change, with a happy resolution in the end.

 

Bisaillon’s water colour and collage illustrations cheerfully lead us through a beautiful city as the text helps us navigate through reluctant feelings and adapting to change. Did I mention that there is also gelato?

On April 22  from 12- 2 pm you can join us as we create a city of our own with Bree herself. Of course there will also be frozen treats!  Order your advanced copy and have it signed by Bree, click here for more your book + ticket.

 

 

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_0DD8519It’s just about March, which means its just about time to for Spring Break Art Camps! Our camps truly are a special experience for kids at the shop. Students 5-8 years old join us every day for a week from 1-4pm in the store. Using a picture book as our jumping off point, we build a series of projects together exploring all kinds of themes. Russell Leng (Artist and Instructor) and Erin Boniferro (Owner and Founder of Collage Collage)have prepared another series of projects that campers will truly enjoy. Paint, draw, sculpt, and make a few new crafty friends with us this March.

Crafternoon Art Camp Registration

Monday – Friday 1-4pm

Session One March 13-17th $240

Session Two March 20-24 $240

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Happy Family Day from Collage Collage.

Drop by the shop and join us for open studio by drawing some portraits of each other or pick up a set of family wooden doll kits and make something great together.

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This week are featuring A Family Is A Family Is A Family written by Sara O’leary and illustrated by Qin Leng. A book that reminds us that there are many family dynamics in homes today. Moms and Dads that had kids before they met each other, Moms and Moms, Dads and Dads, Grandmas to Foster Care – all the families are here tucked in the pages of this sweet book. A beautiful way to celebrate families.

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We will have this book and some wooden doll kits at the shop and you can join us this week for Drop In Classes where our project will be based on this book.

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” A book is a gift you can open again and again” and over at Collage Collage you can find some great ones.

A great book will encourage a life long love of reading. Adding a little gift or making a little piece of art can connect the reader even deeper to that book and will stay with the recipient for a long time. Drop in and find some last minute treasures for the young and young at heart. I put together a few beautiful things for those last minute shoppers.

 

 

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We Sang You Home and Little You written by Richard Van Camp and illustrated by a local, Julie Flett make a great gift for a new baby or a family welcoming a new little one. These adorable little moccasins are handmade right here in Vancouver by Becky Brisco of Little Edie, the sweetest way to keep those little feet warm.

 

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This set is one of my personal favourites: felt mask making kit with This Is Sadie written by Sara O’Leary and Illustrated by our beloved local favourite Julie Morstad. A gift and book that is sure to ignite the imagination.

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Bears Winter Party written by Deborah Hodge and illustrated by our very own Lisa Cinar of Draw Me A Lion, both these ladies reside right here in Vancouver. I gifted this beautiful winter tale to my son along with the sweetest little bear necklace from Cora + Cloud.

There is so much more to choose from so please drop in and take a look around, that Santa guy will totally approve.

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My Wild Family by Laurent Moreau

The Lost Gift by Kallie George

Mix It Up By Herve Tullet and Illustoria feat Herve Tullet

Sleep Tight Farm: A farm prepares for winter by Eugenie Doyle

Happiest Holidays!

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