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Earth Day Workshops April 22nd

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This Saturday, April 22nd, is Earth Day and I hope that you will be participating in your own communities as I am sure there are loads of events planned. Volunteer and lend a hand to get people motivated to participate. Leave the car at home and starting to make walking, cycling, roller blading, skateboarding, whatever, your commitment - not for just this day but every day. It's not only good for the environment but good for you too. Shop at your local stores to encourage the opening (or reopening) of small businesses that would provide you with stuff you typically buy online. There used to be so many little shops in my area and they gradually disappeared. But now I am happy to see many coming back. We owe it to this amazing planet and to future generations to clean up our act before it's too late. That's my eco-friendly rant!


What am I doing on Earth Day, you ask? Well, I have two workshops (and sold out!!) scheduled for the day and, as in all my workshops, I feature a recycling component in each one. 


Beginners Book Folding Workshop - DIY Woodland Critters




In the morning's Beginners Book Folding workshop, we will be recycling old tattered and torn paperback and/or hardcover books, transforming these in cute little woodland critters: hedgehog, mole, and badger. I'll leave it to you to figure out which is which. 


Kid's Urban Garden Workshop - Recycling Plastic Milk/Juice Containers



The afternoon workshop is all about recycling plastic milk/juice containers for my Kid's Urban Gardening workshop. Everything needed will be supplied except for the containers which I am asking the participants to bring. I've posted information about this type of gardening here. It's really a fun way to get kids recycling and gardening - and what kid doesn't like to get all mucky and muddy?


Both workshops have sold out but I will be holding these again in May and June.

Happy Easter

Posted on April 13, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)



I found a copy of Douglas Gayeton's book, Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town, at a local church charity shop and just love it - the photographs and the story behind them. I think the cover (I removed the dust jacket) is an appropriate image for Easter. As symbols, eggs have many meanings: for Christians, eggs symbolize the resurrection of Christ; for kids, goodie treats; and for the rest of us, spring and new beginnings.


I also think eggs are the perfect food: you can prepare them in an infinite number of ways (where would I be without my morning soft-boiled egg and toasty soldiers) in baking and cooking. Eggs are also used cosmetically, for examples, in facials and for healthy hair growth. And THEN, you can repurpose the shells in hundreds of ways in crafts (crafters can use crushed eggshells as tiny mosiacs for decorations), the kitchen, garden, etc., as well. Perfect, indeed.


Gayeton is a filmmaker who began recording foodway traditions in the Tuscan town of Pistoia, Italy for a project he was doing with PBS. While most Pistorians had never heard of the slow food movement, Gayeton realized that they were in fact exemplars of the movement's basic principles. So he focused his camera on his friends and neighbors, discovering many stories along the way and this book was the result.


To find out more about Gayeton and his work, go here and here


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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


Christmas Holiday Workshop News & More ...

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)



My first Christmas Holiday workshop - Folded Book Christmas Trees - was a success and we had loads of fun transforming old books and magazines into festive trees. That problem of how to decorate the trees was solved by my friend, the awesome Sean, who made decorating suggestions for a large sample tree I had prepared for the workshop. I had originally had just draped a wide red ribbon over the tree and topped it with a cardboard star. After studying the tree for a bit, Sean took a black feather wreath I usually put up for Hallowe'en and draped it over the tree. This gives the impression of the tree floating on a feathery cloud. Very nice, I have to admit. He also made suggestions for a tree topper which I embellished a bit more, as you can see here.


Almost everything I used for my Folded Book Christmas Tree workshop were items upcycled from my recycling bin. In the sample tree, the feather boa is at least 10 years old and I can still reuse it for Hallowe'en for years to come; the tree itself is an old book topped with a rosette made from a paperback page and a star made from a bit of cardboard. The only new items I used were battery-powered LED string lights and a bit of glitter (I know, I know, but it looks good). I'm hoping the lights last a long time.



As for the sample tree, black may see like an odd colour to use for Christmas but I'm enamoured with the Scandinavian style of Christmas decorating: a lot of white and black with touches of natural embellishments such as tree twigs and branches, evergreen boughs, tree cones and occasionally a spot of red. They also seem to use a lot of discarded reindeer antlers but I doubt that Rudolph and his pals can be found lurking about and discarding their antlers in our back woods (i.e., the Gatineau hills). We once spent a couple of nights in a lodge in Scotland where all the rooms and hallways were decorated with huge antlers still attached to Rudolph et al. Spooky, or what!


I'm still learning how to style photos and think I managed okay with this one of my book tree (maybe should have ironed the backdrop linen sheet first???). But, anyway, the workshop attendees loved the sample so much I had a hard time insisting that it wasn't for sale. Hmm ... something to think about.


This week brought sad news when I learned that my daughter's former mother-in-law passed away suddenly. She was a good woman and a huge support for my girl and her little guy as well as for her own family. She will be greatly missed. So, of course, I'm finding it hard to focus on planning more workshops.  However, it will keep me busy and I can honour Pam with Christmas workshops she would have enjoyed. Look for Christmas Workshop postings later this week.


Recycling Folded Book Workshop - Christmas Trees

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

 September was been an exciting month after getting lots of feedback from you, thank you. Folded book art seems to strike a cord with a lot of people. Its popularity is in part, no doubt, that it is easy, even theraputic, and all you need is a book and a pair of hands.

 


I am very happy to introduce two workshops to my range of folded book classes. This Folded Book Christmas Tree workshop is a hands-on approach to creating tabletop holiday trees to decorate your home for the festive season. A second workshop (still in the works) will focus, not on folding books, but on using cutting methods to create snowmen, Christmas tree ornaments, and holiday trees. You definitely don’t want to miss this one.




If you would like to learn how to create your own Christmas holiday book trees and decorations, you can't miss these events. Keep reading for more details!


Workshop News

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)



I'm really chuffed that two more of my workshops have been sold out. The Halloween Harquelin-inspired Mask workshop sold out almost immediately. To go with the mask, participants will make matching hair barrettes. Besides being a wearable craft, the mask can also be used as wall art on Halloween.



My introductory Book Art Folding workshop has also sold out. Book folding is now a major trend among decorators and some sellers make and sell these for hundreds of dollars! In this introductory workshop, I'll be demonstrating how to choose the right book, how to prepare it and basic folding techniques which can be used in many different ways to create a one-of-a-kind book sculpture.


At my last book-folding workshop, someone said that she found book folding very soothing and very addictive - she can't pass by a book without the urge to fold the pages it. No wonder it's also call folding therapy! It's the only craft I know that only requires two elements - a book and a pair of hands!


More workshops are on the way including a series of Christmas workshops for both kids and adults.