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Workshops 2017

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm in the process of designing my 2017 workshops and am very excited about some of them (okay, I get excited easily). But I'm having a ball coming up with new ideas and making my samples which I will post as soon as I am done. Among some of my ideas are a packing tape transfer decal workshop, a bath salt workshop and an amazing book folding workshop creating critters from old paperbacks.



 

My first workshop is a Basic Paper Bead WorkshopThis is a basic workshop where participants will be shown the various techniques used for making paper beads and then create their very own. Almost any kind of paper can be used from pages from old books, bits of gift wrap, junk mail, magazines, even newspapers. All you really need for making paper beads is any one of these paper materials and you can make necklaces, earrings, brooches, and bracelets. Let your imagination go wild.

 

It also occurred to me that all those drawings that my little friends made for me could be repurposed as beads. I love this idea as it's a great way of preserving their work in an incredibly creative way. So, if you've got a pile of drawings that you don't want to toss out, why not consider upcycling these into beads. 


 

Beads can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes from large intricate beads to more sophisticated ones. I always look for ways to make a recycling craft easy (and fast) so I was inspired by a neighbour who has arthritis in her hands to come up with an very simple way for her and for kids to create spectacular beads. The above necklaces were made by a group of 7- and 8-year olds. Took less than 20 minutes!

 

 

More adventuresome crafters can create itty-bitty ones such as the one above. If you are in the Ottawa area, why not come along for a great time to create something wonderful and spend some time with other creatives. Making paper beads is actually simple with my methods - any kids who come along will enjoy this workshop as well. And, bonus, you'll have gifts already on hand when a birthday or other festive occasion pops up.


For more info on the paper bead workshop, click here.


Book Ornament Workshop!

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)



My workshop hosted by Westboro Brainery at the Dovercourt Recreation Centere here in Ottawa was a smashing success. Transformed many old books into holiday ornaments including Christmas trees, snowmen, and stars.




What a great way to spend an evening with a group of lovely, lively ladies. And, pssst, they actually pay me for doing this!! Check out more photos here.


Picture sources: Westboro Brainery

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Christmas Workshop - Starry, Starry Night

Posted on October 28, 2016 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)



At this Christmas Star Making Workshop, participants will learn two methods to create 3D stars from recycled material and the shown how they can turn their creations into wreaths, garlands, tree decorations, card, and hangings. As always, participants will be shopping their (and my) recycling bins and cupboards for materials rather than hitting the mall shops.


Should be fun. 


Christmas Workshop - Used Book Ornaments

Posted on October 16, 2016 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)



This November I will be holding a Christmas Workshop at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre. Using old paperbacks and hardcover books, we will be making cute little snowmen, tiny Christma trees, star tree toppers as well one or two ornaments. These can be embellished with a little paint or even some glitter (bad, bad, bad, I know!! but it's Christmas).


For info and to register, click here


Upcycling Workshop

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm holding a Halloween workshop at an after-four program at a local community centre and had to really put my thinking cap on to figure out what kind of projects that kids aged 6 to 8 years would enjoy. Of course, I wanted to ensure that recycling was part of the theme and when I looked through my bits and pieces I found I had a lot of stuff that could be reused.




For example, the witch hats were just made from cardboard shaped into a cone and glued to a paper plate. Then I painted the hat black.  Of course my Stephen King street find will be used to create my macabre skull garlands. Instead of pumpkins, I'm reusing my folded (in this case, rolled) books into perches for ravens and other Halloween cutouts such as witches, bats, etc.


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Halloween Workshop News

Posted on August 18, 2016 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)



Is it really time to start thinking about Halloween? Yes, it sure is and when you come to our Halloween Decorating Workshop, you’re in for a ghoulish and ghastly time. There's not a pumpkin in sight. Instead, think Edgar Allen Poe meets Alfred Hitchcock, then you'll have an idea of what I've planned for my three Halloween workshops. Deliciously wicked but with a touch of elegance. The good news is that almost everything I'm planning (whether it's a wreath, bunting, or scary images for your tableware), can be recreated from what's hiding in your recycling bin and cupboards.  


Are you ready to be frightened (but only in a good way)? For more information and to register, click here.


UPDATE: All Halloween workshops are sold out. Keep watching for our last minute Halloween decorating workshop. Our Christmas workshops are coming up soon. 


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