New MV Evening-Out Classes, Farmer’s Markets and more!

Emily’s Small Bites of Fun: My first Farmer’s Market will be in Maple Valley at Rock Creek Elementary on Saturday, June 15th from 9-2.  Hope to see you there! Also, check out all my new classes and let’s get busy papercrafting!


Postage Puzzle Greeting Cards May 16 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to Walgreens) in Maple Valley. Come for a fun evening of assembling a puzzle !and then turning it into unique greeting cards. Bring along a friend or two for some extra laughter! Cost $15/person. Reserve your seat here. 

Let’s Go Big: 11×14 Wall Hanging June 18 6-9pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso (next to Fred Meyer) in Maple Valley. Come learn how to create a paper masterpiece and enjoy some wine at the same time! You’ll go home with a ready to hang 11×14 matted and framed stunning wall hanging. Cost is $89 (wine not included). Reserve your seat here.

Monogram Quilling Wall Hanging July 22 6-9pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso (next to Fred Meyer) in Maple Valley. Come learn a new style of quilling using loops and open space while crafting your own alphabet letter. You’ll go home with a framed wall hanging ready for your wall or a friend’s. Cost is $38 (wine not included). Reserve your seat here


Quilling 101: Greeting Cards May 6 6-7:30pm. We’ll spend the evening learning the basic shapes and techniques necessary for making easy quilling designs. Please register through the store at (253) 862-6822 and to obtain a list of supplies you need to bring. Cost is $20.

Tatting Lace 101 June 3 5:30-7:30pm. We’ll spend the evneing learning how to tat lace using a single shuttle. You’ll make a handful of unique greeting cards perfect for spring! Please register through the store at (253) 862-6822 and to obtain a list of supplies you need to bring. Cost is $30.

Quilling with Distress Inks July 8 6-7:30pm. In this class we’ll explore ways of incorporating distress inks with quilling techniques to create several greeting cards. Please register through the store at (253) 862-6822 and to obtain a list of supplies you need to bring. Cost is $20.


Summer Camp is forming! Registration is required and is available at .More information and details are available in the Parks and Recreation Guide.


I’m Puzzled! June 21 5-7pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). Love puzzles?? Combine your love of puzzles with greeting cards with these unusual greeting cards. This class will be much better with some friends! Chocolate provided! Please bring double-sided tape. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.


Please check with individual libraries if the program requires registration and age requirements.

Quilling Greeting Cards and Magnets at the Tillicum Library June 10 12:30-1:30pm.

Star Origami at the Maple Valley Library June 22 10am-12pm (drop-in format).

Summer Library Programs: (Remember all summer programs may require registration and have specific ages limitations, please check with the individual library branch hosting the program.)

Star Wars Origami: 

July 9 at Bonney Lake 2:30-4pm

July  11 at Gig Harbor 2-3:30pm

July 14 at Kirkland 1-2:30pm

July 24 at Des Moines 1-2:30pm

July  29 at University Place 5-6:30pm

July 30 at Woodinville 7-8:30pm

July 31 at Steilacoom 2-3:30pm

Aug. 3 at DuPont 3-4:30pm

Aug. 6 at Orting 6-7:30pm

Aug. 7 at University Place 3:30-5pm

Aug. 8 at Carnation 6:30-8pm

Aug. 13 at Mercer Island 1-2:30pm

Stellar Greeting Cards:

June 19 at Sumner Library 6:30-8pm

July 9 at Milton 6-7:30pm

July 16 at Key Center 3-4:30pm

July 23 at South Hill 7-8:30pm

Aug. 10 at Gig Harbor 10:30-12pm

Other Summer Programs:

July 10 at Seattle Library (off-site) Toy Box Origami 1:30-2:30pm

July 13 at Enumclaw Library Yoda Origami (kids) 11-12pm

July 24 at Kent Library Origami Flowers 3:30-5pm

Aug. 4 at Greenwood Library Toy Box Origami 2-3pm

Aug. 5 at Broadview Library Quilling Bug Windows 3:30-5pm

Aug. 8 at International District/Chinatown Library Quilling Bug Windows 2:30-4pm

Aug. 12 at Black Diamond Library Star Origami 2-3:30pm


More Library Classes will be posted as they are booked by YOUR librarians.


a brief history of paper


Emily’s Bites of Fun:
“It is amazing to me,” said Bingley, “how young ladies can have patience to be so very accomplished as they all are.”
“All young ladies accomplished! My dear Charles, what do you mean?”
“Yes all of them, I think. They all paint tables, cover skreens, and net purses. I scarcely know any one who cannot do all this, and I am sure I never heard a young lady spoken of for the first time, without being informed that she was very accomplished.”
From Pride and Prejudice

One genteel pastime for young ladies in the late 18th and the first part of the 19th century was decorating objects with rolled paper.

Undecorated wooden frames were often sold for this purpose. Ladies then decorated the object with pieces of paper rolled and cut into different patterns. After being rolled up, the papers were cut in short lengths and glued to the wooden frame in a filigree pattern. The project might be finished by painting and gilding. Sometimes a focal point was created using a watercolour or print. Objects decorated in this way might include mirror frames, jewel boxes, tea caddies, and even a screen.

Similar results to rolled paper crafting can be created by experimenting in Quilling, an ancient art form that has been practiced since ancient Egyptian and/or 4th Century Grecian times. Although they obviously would not have used paper in the 4th century, it is believed the Greeks used thin metal wires to decorate containers, especially boxes, and Egyptian tombs have been found containing similar wire shapes akin to modern quilling.

During the Renaissance, nuns and monks picked up the art to decorate book covers and religious items. They used gilded paper strips in order to imitate the original metal wires. The name quilling is said to be derived from the fact that the nuns and monks originally used feather quills as their tool to roll the paper. Later, the craft spread throughout Europe and to the Americas.
(Used with permission from – Posted on June 20, 2011website  HERE.) 

A Note From Emily:
New Classes: Some new classes at “Camp Westfield” at Southcenter started July 27th from 10-11 am for ages 3 and up.  The first class was free and this is part of Westfield’s Summer Day Camp for kids.  I will be there for 4 more weeks on Thursdays teaching and having fun from 10-11.  Please contact Michelle Giles at 206.802.6048 for details on classes and any pricing that will happen after the first class.  New Classes at Vintage: September through November are booked at Vintage Vino & Espresso every 3rd Tuesday and Wednesday – Check my “Class” schedule starting in mid-August to sign up for those classes. Farmer’s Markets: My last market for the season will be on Wednesday, August 9th in Wallingford.  HERE is the info on the WFM.

The month of July is over and I wanted to say thank you to those who helped make it a success! In July alone: I taught 15 classes, 4 Farmers’ Markets, one full-weekend event, 4 different art displays, and provided 7 custom orders totaling 149 greeting cards, 51 wall hangings, 1 pair of earrings, and 1 mobile! Thank you!! On with August!

Stay cool, talk soon!


kid’s classes, new adult classes and Seafair are all coming!


Emily’s Bits of Fun: Let’s talk about tension.  No, I don’t mean the kind you have when the kids are melting down, dinner needs to be made and it’s late, or life just isn’t going right.  I mean the type of tension you use when you are quilling a scroll or any kind of circle.  I have found that the smaller you want your circle or scroll to be, the tighter the tension should be.  Also, the larger you want your circle or scroll to be, the looser your tension should be, regardless of the actual size of the item.  I was usually using the same tension for everything and then adjusting or trying to fix it after the fact.   It took me awhile to figure this out and I have been doing this a while.  It’s always fun when the “light” comes on and you think, “Hey, this is much easier than what I was doing!”  So, adjust your tension and see how that makes a difference.  Just a little tip that I hope you can use during your projects.

Personal Note:
New Classes: Some new classes at “Camp Westfield” at Southcenter starting this Thursday, July 27th from 10-11 am for ages 3 and up.  The first class is free and this is part of Westfield’s Summer Day Camps for kids.  I will be there for 5 weeks on Thursdays teaching and having fun from 10-11.  Please contact Michelle Giles at 206.802.6048 for details on classes and any pricing that will happen after the first class.  New Classes at Vintage: September through November are booked at Vintage Vino & Espresso every 3rd Tuesday and Thursday – Check my “Class” schedule starting in mid-August to sign up for those classes. Farmer’s Markets: I have had so much fun at the Farmer’s Markets this summer.  I always meet a great bunch of creative and fun people.  My last market for the season will be on Wednesday, August 9th in Wallingford.  HERE is the info on the WFM.  Seafair: Seafair starts this weekend with the Torchlight parade on Saturday evening.  There is always something fun to do at Seafair – check out the schedule HERE. 

Stay cool, craft on and talk to you soon!


The Health Benefits of having a hobby

Hi Everyone!

Emily’s Bits of Fun: Pull out your knitting needles: Grandma was on to something with that ever-lengthening  scarf tucked in her handbag. Whether you’re into gardening, or even cross-stitch, new research has found that hobbies are just as important to good health as exercise is, thanks to their ability to relieve stress. That’s right and not one of them is better than another.

There have been studies over the years that followed over 100 adults as they went about their daily activities. Participants wore heart monitors and also completed surveys periodically to report their activities and how they were feeling. After three days, the researchers found that people who engaged in leisure activities like hobbies were 34 percent less stressed and 18 percent less sad during the activities. Not only did they report feeling happier, but their heart rates were lower—and the calming effect lasted for hours. All in all? Stress was reduced drastically.

Personal Note: I have had the pleasure of teaching a lot of classes so far this summer and as i look at my calendar I see that  it’s going to be just as crazy and fun in the next few months as it is now.  Don’t forget to sign up for a class and remember if you are the first one to do so, there will be a free quilling kit given out.

Talk soon and hope to see you at a class or at a market!




are you a creative person?


Hope you are all enjoying this fabulous summer and getting around to doing something creative with any extra time that you have.  Don’t forget to share your creativity with your kids and grandkids or even the neighbor’s kids.  It’s all worth it.

Emily’s Bites of Fun:  Creative people really do see the world differently.  Some of the things that come to light as we look at creative people can be quite interesting. Their willingness to be flexible and original can make for a very different personality from other people but it helps us understand them a little more.  At  “” they have put together some interesting information and some reflective exercises for you to see how creative you really are.  Check them out  HERE  and let me know if you found out something about yourself that you didn’t know before!  I see some traits that I didn’t know about myself but they really do ring true!  Have fun!

Here is a list of some of the attributes of creative people:

  • Independent, anti‑authoritarian
  • Divergent thinker
  • Generally considered intelligent
  • Open to new ideas
  • Little tolerance for boredom
  • Willing to undertake stimulating challenges, curious and inquisitive
  • Self‑actualizer
  • Aesthetically-inclined
  • Above average use of brain functions located in the right hemisphere
  • Strong imagery ability
  • Abilities of synthesis; tasting color, seeing sound, hearing smells
  • Generally unaffected by peer pressure
  • Versatile and adaptable
  • Score high on Torrance Tests of Creative Ability in the following areas:
  • fluency‑‑produce numerous ideas
  • flexibility‑‑produce variety of ideas and approaches
  • originality‑‑novel ideas
  • elaboration‑‑fill in details
  • redefinition‑‑define or perceive in way different from the average

Personal Note: Having your supplies handy when you start any kind of project is vital  If you have to constantly get up to get something you might lose interest or get distracted.  Make a list for the times you feel that you had everything you needed.  You may add to it but it will make the next project go much smoother.  Don’t lose heart, keep going and you will get your “groove.”  Most of all?  Have fun!

Talk Soon,

History Galore

Hi Everyone!

There is a lot of history being remembered today.  We remember that our independence cost something and that we are so thankful to be free in this country.  Because  we are free we can celebrate with friends and family making priceless memories.  Have fun doing that, it’s all history you will share one day with a loved one.

Emily’s Bites of Fun: (The History of Quilling) The ornate rolls and scrolls of quillwork were most likely inspired by metal filigree, the art of shaping fine silver and gold wires into delicate, open designs.  Handmade papers were far less costly that these precious metals but could be shaped in similar ways.  Quilling therefore proved to be an aesthetically pleasing and economical alternative to the elaborate metal art is resembled.  To emphasize this resemblance, some quillwork was even gilded.

Personal Note: I have had a couple more places ask to sell some of my cards.  One place is a children’s boutique called, “Little Spruce.” I have made some little girls and boys cards that can go along with a gift for a newborn or even a toddler.  It’s pretty exciting to take a craft that you do and tailor it to find a niche’ that someone can use in their place of business and add a creative flavor in the meantime.  Thank you to them and I look forward to working with them again in the future. I have also picked up some new class times and locations for July, so check out my webpage to see more. Hope to see you there and if you are the first to sign up for a class you get a free Quilling Kit!  Save your spot now!

Have a happy and safe 4th – Talk to you soon,


HI Everyone!  

I just want to send a shout-out to Janice S. who was the first to reserve her seat for my DIY Papercrafted Greeting Cards’ class on July 19th from 6-8:30 pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso in Maple Valley.  Because Janice was the first to sign up she gets a free Quilling Kit!  Way to go, Janice!

Emily’s Bites of Fun:
Unlike origami, papercraft involves cutting up paper or cardboard and gluing it back together, although some folding and bending may be involved. Very basic papercraft is often taught in schools, so that children can bring polygons to life in the form of polyhedra. Simple papercraft does not require extensive math skills, but it can be used to illustrate basic math, or to get people excited about mathematics. More advanced papercraft can call upon impressive math abilities, which is part of the fun for some crafters.

Personal Note: My friend, who is a teacher, has used paper polygons over the years to bring to life, in the form of polyhedra, ways of teaching math to his  kids.  They actually would build a town called Polyhedraville! The kids love doing it!

Sign up for my Next Class Now!  DIY Papercrafted Greeting Cards, July 19 6-8:30 at Vintage Vino and Espresso in Maple Valley (next to Fred Meyer). Come learn how to use a die cut machine and quilling to create simple but amazing designs for any occasion. Take home up to 3 cards at the end of the class. Cost $30 total, $15 to reserve and hold a seat. Cost includes all supplies including a medium size hot/cold drink. Ages 12 and older are welcome to reserve a seat here.