Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.   ~Anonymous

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN:

How Alison finds inspiration: “I am most inspired when apparent simplicity can become something more complex by the detail, the proportion or the materials I choose to use. In the same way that Japanese origami is intrinsically simple and complex at the same time, it is these paradoxes I try to find in my own work.  What looks simple can often be complex, and vice versa.  I have learned a lot from the Japanese way of doing things – the ritual of tea ceremonies mirroring the ritual of laying out and piecing together sewn patterns.  The structuring of Japanese gardens echoing the proportions of material against material.”

A NOTE FROM EMILY –

I am going live on fb on friday at 11!

I will be going “LIVE” on Facebook this Friday at 11 am on my Facebook page (Emily’s Papercrafts) to show you how to do an easy quilled Fall card.  Don’t forget to tell your friends, like my page and even share it.  I will see you at 11 on Friday, the 20th!

CLASSES FOR OCTOBER:

(See November and December classes on my website at Classes.)

  • Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Some of the classes offered below (all “Evening Out” classes) qualify for a loyalty program. You take 4 classes at full price ($30), get the 5th class half-off, or for $15

EVENING NIGHT OUT AT VINTAGE:

  • Autumn Wall Hangings Oct. 17, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso. In this class, you get to make a custom 4″x6″ wall hanging from several autumn (or not) design options ranging from scarecrows to mice to sunflowers. At the end of the evening, you’ll take home a matted and framed finished wall hanging. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.
  • Sweet Tooth Greeting Cards: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso (next the Maple Valley WA Fred Meyer). Come create 3 greeting cards involving sweets–and while enjoying some sweets too! Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

(See all of my classes HERE.)

  • Indulge Your Sweet Tooth Greeting Cards: Oct, 21 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come enjoy some sweets while making “sweet” cards that are perfect for Halloween or for any time of the year when something sweet is needed. You’ll make at least 3 cards using quilling and sweets! Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors and a slight appetite. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.
  • Autumn Animals: Oct. 21 1:30-3:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Learn how to make some spooky autumn animals, a bat, spider, and cat using quilling and embossing techniques. Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Stay Calm & Eat Candy Corn!
~Emily

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Craft Fairs, Classes and Cold!

Autumn, the years’ last, loveliest smile!  ~William Cullen Bryant

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN:

Stay tuned next week for some video of me making some holiday cards!

A NOTE FROM EMILY: 

I have a Craft Fair this weekend at Calvary Chapel Eastside in Bellevue.  The address is 5130 164th Ave. SE, Bellevue.  It’s up in Lakemont.  My things will be there all day for sale and I will be there after 1 P.M.  Stop by and shop!  This is a great Craft Fair and I know you will enjoy all of the great crafts everyone has worked so hard at. Buy something to eat and drink and take a walk around the fair.  If I am there, please stop by and say hello.

The other thing I have noticed lately is that even though the sun is shining on some days, the air is getting a chill to it.   It’s kind of fun putting my sweaters and scarfs on again.  Fall, so lovely & cold!

CLASSES FOR OCTOBER:

(See November and December classes on my website at Classes.)

  • Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Some of the classes offered below (all “Evening Out” classes) qualify for a loyalty program. You take 4 classes at full price ($30), get the 5th class half-off, or for $15

EVENING NIGHT OUT AT VINTAGE:

  • Autumn Wall Hangings Oct. 17, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso. In this class, you get to make a custom 4″x6″ wall hanging from several autumn (or not) design options ranging from scarecrows to mice to sunflowers. At the end of the evening, you’ll take home a matted and framed finished wall hanging. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.
  • Sweet Tooth Greeting Cards: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso (next the Maple Valley WA Fred Meyer). Come create 3 greeting cards involving sweets–and while enjoying some sweets too! Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

(See all of my classes HERE.)

  • Indulge Your Sweet Tooth Greeting Cards: Oct. 6 5:30-7:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Come enjoy some sweets while making “sweet” cards that are perfect for Halloween or for any time of the year when something sweet is needed. You’ll make at least 3 cards using quilling and sweets! Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors and a slight appetite. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.
  • Indulge Your Sweet Tooth Greeting Cards: Oct, 21 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come enjoy some sweets while making “sweet” cards that are perfect for Halloween or for any time of the year when something sweet is needed. You’ll make at least 3 cards using quilling and sweets! Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors and a slight appetite. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.
  • Autumn Animals: Oct. 15 2:30-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Learn how to make some spooky autumn animals, a bat, spider, and cat using quilling and embossing techniques. Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.
  • Autumn Animals: Oct. 21 1:30-3:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Learn how to make some spooky autumn animals, a bat, spider, and cat using quilling and embossing techniques. Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Stay Warm!
~Emily

     Paper Crafts, Pumpkins and Candy Corn

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~ Edgar Degas

 

Emily’s Bites of Fun:

THE HISTORY OF PAPER AND PAPER CRAFTS

By the end of seventeenth century German and Swiss Scherenschnitte, which literally translates as “scissor cuts” in German, had become the popular folk art in these countries.  At that time they were using white or black paper for crafting according to the needs of the projects.  Scherenschnitte continues today and is considered one of the finest paper crafts in the world.

Today, paper crafting provides a simple, enjoyable hobby that can help bring charm in to your life. It can take your attention away from difficulties for a short time, give you a sense of productivity and achievement and is an excellent way to stimulate creativity. Recycling materials as craft products is not only environmental friendly but also a good idea to save money too by using materials that are available and converting them into attractive items such as gifts for friends or family members. (Taken from  Paper Save on WordPress – See their site HERE.

A Note From Emily: 

I have been doing a lot of cards and getting  more and more ideas for Harvest, Halloween & Autumn. Check out my website and my Facebook page for even more inspiration and instructions.  Here is my new pumpkin card that I added a recipe for pumpkin cookies to.

There are so many things to choose from and experiment with, my mind explodes!  Add a recipe,  poem,  favorite family tradition for others to start, etc.

 

Get crafting this Autumn and let me know what you come up with.  And, take a class!

CLASSES FOR OCTOBER:

(See November and December classes on my website at Classes.)

  • Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Some of the classes offered below (all “Evening Out” classes) qualify for a loyalty program. You take 4 classes at full price ($30), get the 5th class half-off, or for $15

EVENING NIGHT OUT AT VINTAGE:

  • Autumn Wall Hangings Oct. 17, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso. In this class, you get to make a custom 4″x6″ wall hanging from several autumn (or not) design options ranging from scarecrows to mice to sunflowers. At the end of the evening, you’ll take home a matted and framed finished wall hanging. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.
  • Sweet Tooth Greeting Cards: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso (next the Maple Valley WA Fred Meyer). Come create 3 greeting cards involving sweets–and while enjoying some sweets too! Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

  • Indulge Your Sweet Tooth Greeting Cards: Oct. 6 5:30-7:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Come enjoy some sweets while making “sweet” cards that are perfect for Halloween or for any time of the year when something sweet is needed. You’ll make at least 3 cards using quilling and sweets! Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors and a slight appetite. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.
  • Indulge Your Sweet Tooth Greeting Cards: Oct, 21 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come enjoy some sweets while making “sweet” cards that are perfect for Halloween or for any time of the year when something sweet is needed. You’ll make at least 3 cards using quilling and sweets! Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors and a slight appetite. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.
  • Autumn Animals: Oct. 15 2:30-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Learn how to make some spooky autumn animals, a bat, spider, and cat using quilling and embossing techniques. Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.
  • Autumn Animals: Oct. 21 1:30-3:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Learn how to make some spooky autumn animals, a bat, spider, and cat using quilling and embossing techniques. Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Happy Fall,
~Emily

Pumpkins and all things orange

“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.” 
–  Nathaniel Hawthorne

Emily’s Bites of Fun:

Fall
The sun cools
Clouds come out
Know that summer’s just a doubt
Leaves changing
And falling down
Flip-flops stored, sweaters abound
Step outside and FREEZE
at that biting breeze
Jack o’lanterns light the streets
Children’s laughter from piles of leaves
You already know that fall is here
Could it be that winter is near?

~Anonymous

A Note From Emily: 

It’s time for fall! .  Fall brings orange, red and brown colors, it also brings pumpkins, candy corn and spiders too!  There are so many fun things to experience.  Here is a cool website that has everything you can imagine to do here in Washington for the fall.  Check out the pumpkin patches, festivals and farms from Thrifty NW Mom’s site.

CLASSES FOR OCTOBER:

  • Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Some of the classes offered below (all “Evening Out” classes) qualify for a loyalty program. You take 4 classes at full price ($30), get the 5th class half-off, or for $15

Evening Night Out at Vintage:

  • TBD: Oct. 17, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso. Want to see a particular class offered this evening?? Email Emily at emily@emilyspapercrafts.com and we’ll make it happen!
    • Sweet Tooth Greeting CardsOct. 18, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso (next the Maple Valley WA Fred Meyer). Come create 3 greeting cards involving sweets–and while enjoying some sweets too! Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

  • Indulge Your Sweet Tooth Greeting Cards: Oct. 6 5:30-7:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Come enjoy some sweets while making “sweet” cards that are perfect for Halloween or for any time of the year when something sweet is needed. You’ll make at least 3 cards using quilling and sweets! Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors and a slight appetite. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.
  • Indulge Your Sweet Tooth Greeting Cards: Oct, 21 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come enjoy some sweets while making “sweet” cards that are perfect for Halloween or for any time of the year when something sweet is needed. You’ll make at least 3 cards using quilling and sweets! Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors and a slight appetite. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.
  • Autumn Animals: Oct. 15 2:30-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Learn how to make some spooky autumn animals, a bat, spider, and cat using quilling and embossing techniques. Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.
  • Autumn Animals: Oct. 21 1:30-3:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Learn how to make some spooky autumn animals, a bat, spider, and cat using quilling and embossing techniques. Please bring to the class: roller tape and detail scissors. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Have a great week!
~Emily

crafting is therapy

“Remember, a house becomes a home when you can write ” I love you ” on the furniture..”  Anonymous

Emily’s Bites of Fun:

  • Neuroscientist Kelly Lambert, in her book “Lifting Depression” explains, “No matter how enriching or pleasurable we find surfing the Web, emailing, listening to our iPods, reading a novel, or watching American Idol, our brains still crave the feelings associated with survival-based outcomes that are so important. We’re programmed to experience satisfaction and a sense of well-being after we exert meaningful effort and use our hands…” Or, in other words, we were born with opposable thumbs for a reason, and it’s not so that we can text faster! She goes on to explain that, in modern society, we rarely engage the brain areas that control creativity using the hands and that can lead to malaise and even mild to medium depression.  Perhaps we’ve reached a point in modern society where, for most us, making things by hand is – from a practical standpoint – almost entirely unnecessary, and yet it’s also simultaneously critical for our physical and emotional health. (Taken from Scrapbook.com)

A Note From Emily: 

The weather is delightful!  It is so nice to take the kids for a walk and it’s not to hot outside.  I always look forward to this moderate time of year.  Here in Washington the smoke is now gone and once in a while it will smell like smoke but it’s all good.  We are pretty lucky on this side of everything, we don’t have a lot to be concerned about except fires mostly in the Eastern part of where we live and earthquakes which don’t happen too often.  My heart goes out to all of those affected by the last few week’s devastating weather and catastrophes that have been going on. I can only imagine the hearts that are broken today because of it.  Keep your thoughts and prayers with those who have been affected.  Thank you.

Classes: 

  • Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Some of the classes offered below (all “Evening Out” classes) qualify for a loyalty program. You take 4 classes at full price ($30), get the 5th class half-off, or for $15.

MAPLE VALLEY EVENING-OUT CLASSES:

  • Autumn Animals Greeting Cards Sept. 19, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso (next to the Maple Valley WA Fred Meyer). Come learn how to create your own set of 3 papercrafted greeting cards incorporating autumn animals, such as spiders, Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. At the bottom of the page: Reserve your seat here.
  • Autumn Leaves Paper Wreath Sept. 20, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso (next to the Maple Valley WA Fred Meyer). Come learn how to fold paper to create a unique and beautiful paper wreath perfect for an indoor door. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. At the bottom of the page:  Reserve your seat here.

I have my other classes listed for October (Lots of October classes!) through December on my page under “about” and “classes.” Check the schedule out HERE.

Happy Crafting,
~Emily

Autumn Dancing in the breeze

“I can smell Autumn dancing in the breeze.  The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves.”  Anonymous

Emily’s Bites of Fun:

Here’s a paragraph taken from, “The Book of Paper Quilling” by Malinda Johnston:

  • “In the Colonial Williamsburg collection, in Williamsburg, Virginia, there are two cribbage boards, made sometime between 1790-1810, a late eighteeth century tea caddy, and an English three-dimensional picture of a castle. A document discovered inside the castle states: “To the person who destroys this paper-fillagree castle built at Notthingham.  This castle built in the year of our Lord 1789 by Susanna the wife of Will III Streetton during the imprisonment of the Royal Family of France in the Thuilleries, and in the memorable year in which the Bastile was destroyed.”

A Note From Emily: 

School started today!  Me, like many of you are entering into a whole new part of life with little ones just starting school.  Some of you are even watching the grand kids start school this year.  Wherever you are at, it’s a good place to be.

I am so ready for the fall to come.  I am ready for long pants and sweaters, fall colors and hot drinks.  Halloween, Thanksgiving and all the decorations that join us this season are some of my favorites.  As I get ready for a very crazy fall with classes, fairs and special orders, I am looking forward to it.

I have many classes starting up and my newsletter will be going out this month.  If you have not signed up for my newsletter, please email me and I will put you on the list to receive that email that comes quarterly.

Classes: 

Saturday, September 2nd, from 11 am to 1 pm “Love Seattle Greeting Cards”,  at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come learn how to create papercrafted greeting cards showcasing highlights of Seattle using die cuts, stamping, sliders, and quilling. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

I have my other classes listed on my page under “about” so please check it out HERE.

Thanks for Reading,
~Emily

September, School and seattle greeting cards

“Being creative is NOT a hobby, it’s a way of life.”
Anonymous

Emily’s Bites of Fun:

School starts this week for some and for some it has already started.  It’s amazing how fast August really went and as I consider that my little girl will be going to pre-school next week, I realize that life goes fast.  She was just a baby and now she’s out the door. I know, it’s only a few days a week, but so it begins.  I am excited for her.  Excited for her to meet new friends, learn new things,  learn to work as a team and be a part of a cool class of kids and teachers. Yes, she will learn hard things, like not everyone wanting to do what she wants to do at the time that she wants to do it but she will get good friends and companions, learn to listen and obey her teacher and all that “fun” stuff.  I really am smiling, I promise!

 

Here’s a paragraph taken from, “The Book of Paper Quilling” by Malinda Johnston:

  • “Quilling spread from England to the American colonies, where it found a home in the New England area.  So popular did this craft become that newspaper advertisements for some boarding schools listed “Quill-Work” among the subjects taught.  Most of the American pieces still in existence are sconces (wall brackets for candles) that were made during the period between 1825 and 1850.  The quillwork on these was often embellished with shells, was flowers, twisted wire, and mica or ground glass.  The fine particles of rock and glass must have looked wonderful by candlelight.”

A Note From Emily: 
The last week I have been spending time quilling examples for cards and wall hangings for vendors that buy my work. It’s fun coming up with new ideas and helps my brain relax as I am doing things with my hands.  My dad is good with his hands, I think that may be where I get it from.  How about you?  What do you do to relax?  Ever considered a hobby?  It might be just what you need.  You don’t know if you don’t try one out.  Papercrafting is an amazing and rewarding hobby.  Sign up for one of my classes at Vintage in September and try it out!  (Classes to be posted soon – you can also email my from my site for more info in the meantime).

Classes: 

Saturday, September 2nd, from 11 am to 1 pm “Love Seattle Greeting Cards”,  at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come learn how to create papercrafted greeting cards showcasing highlights of Seattle using die cuts, stamping, sliders, and quilling. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.
(More classes to come, check back soon)

Keep calm and craft on,
~Emily