We just love Kellie’s dolls around here, so it’s no surprise that we’re also a huge fan of hers personally. Enthusiastic maker, and inspired mom to four boys, it’s amazing what Kellie is capable of. I’ve been trying to get an evening together for Kellie to host an adult craft night – and it’s finally here.

Tuesday November 18th 7-9pm – Kellie will share her secrets and guide you through making a doll of your own. Kellie’s done most of the hard work for you, and you’ll be able to design, sew and fall in love with a handmade doll of your own. Imagine giving a gift like this! You’ll leave with the skills to make a doll, and customize it to your heart’s content. All materials provided.

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Hey everyone! We’re so thrilled to launch our brand new site and blog! We worked hard with our friends at Anthem Design Lab to bring you something new and fresh, and hopefully easier to navigate.

For our local families, you’ll find a beautiful calendar with all the daily information you’ll need from us about classes and special events. Best of all it looks great on your phone. Yahoo!

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Booking a birthday party is also going to be a lot easier with this page to tell you about parties, and this form to make booking easier. You’ll still pay for parties and register for classes through our online shop, which also has a makeover coming soon!

Holiday Classes and workshops are all posted in the online store here, and on the main site here. Check them out! We hope they’ll fill up soon.

As with all new things, there will be some hiccups, so I hope you’ll be patient with us as we get this site to it’s very best state, and I hope you’ll visit the blog for the most up to date information, inspiring ideas, wonderful books and online/in store arrivals. I’m so looking forward to all the sharing…there’s so much to tell you about.

 

Big huge thanks to Emily at Anthem Design Lab, Denis Leblanc, Lori Kiessling, and Cathy at State Creative  for helping me make something great out of my site. I couldn’t do it without you! Here we go guys!

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We’ve always carried Mrs. Grossman stickers around here, so you can imagine how delighted we were to find this cool post on one of our favourite sites. It reminded us of a show we saw at Eugene Choo several years ago when another BC based artist made elaborate mandalas out of dollar store stickers…we’re searching for some images on that one, stay tuned for more details…

In the meantime – we thought we’d try out some sticker mandalas with our Crafternoon Camp kids this week, and holy wow! Did they ever do a great job. Here’s our grown up version followed by the kid-friendly take.

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For the kiddos, we made templates to follow for an easier approach to sticker placement. You can do this by using a circle shaped or square shaped piece of paper and folding it as you would to cute out a snowflake. You can stop there and just start arranging your stickers along the fold lines and working outwards. OR you can trace your fold lines and work on top with mylar or clear plastic sheets, as we did. This let the kids rearrange stickers as they needed to with their template underneath guiding the way. Older kids can learn about mirror images and matching, while the younger ones just had fun “sticking stickers in a circle around and around and around”.

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I’m so excited about sharing this show with you – I’ve known Craig for a long time and we’ve finally got his work in the shop! Come by and celebrate this beautiful show next weekend. Read on for a little more about Craig and his poetic illustrations. Called “Wee Beasties” you’ll find children dressed up and almost morphing into animals and insects; a dress up and make believer’s dream come true.

“These wee beasties are simple creatures rendered in ink and watercolour. Playing dress up is all about imagination, and the minimalist facial features in these drawings are intended to allow the observer to imagine their own story based on the placement of an arm or the tilt of a head, rather than to be told a story through direct expression.”Dragonfly Bat Penguin

Craig Warkentin has previously shown work at the Richmond Art Gallery and the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina. He is thrilled to have his first solo show at Collage Collage!

 

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