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

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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

august means respected and impressive

“When summer gathers up her robes of glory, And, like a dream, glides away.”
Sarah Helen Whitman

Emily’s Bites of Fun:

As I looked up the word August, I found that it meant respected and impressive.  I then felt satisfied with the meaning.  Summer is not over by any means where I live.  The temperatures are still above 80.  But, I yearn a little for the coolness of fall and it will be here soon enough. Respected and Impressive must mean the eclipse and how amazing that was!  For this year, anyway.

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

  • “Paper filigree pictures were also popular; coats of arms and floral designs were favorite themes.  Many designs combined quilling with other paper-craft items: cut-paper flowers, folded paper, crimped paper (pressed into small ridges), and huskings (loops made by wrapping paper around upright pins). Furniture, too, was decorated with quillwork, which was set into recessed areas in cabinet doors and drawers.”

A Note From Emily: 
Respected and Impressive?  Yes!! My family and I traveled to see the eclipse this last weekend in totality.  It was an amazing memory that we will not forget anytime soon, if at all.  The traffic coming back was crazy but we all knew we were traveling for the same reason and everyone was in a pretty good mood.  I am so thankful that we got to experience this once in a lifetime event (hopefully there will be another one but probably not anytime soon) and that my older child might even remember it.  Time will tell.  Into the history books it goes – priceless!

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)

Still thinking about the eclipse and how cool it was,
~Emily

long, long ago, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century…

Emily’s Bites of Fun:

The more and more I read on the history of quilling and papercrafts, the more intriguing it is.  There were and are so many cultures affected by papercrafting, it’s fun to search it all out.

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

  • “By the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, paper was more widespread and much less costly.  Its use in decorative crafts burgeoned, especially in England.  There, quilling was considered to be an appropriate hobby for the fashionable ladies of the time.  As a result, may women of the upper and middle classes became expert quillers.  At least one women’s magazine described paper filigree (or “quilling”) in some detail, and others published patterns.  Princess Elizabeth herself gifted her physician with a quilled screen, one which is now at the Victoria & Albert Museum.  And even novelist, Jane Austen, in Sense and Sensibility (1811), refers to a “fillagree” basket.”

A Note From Emily: 
My August 13th class at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila was a success.  It was great fun  to meet new ladies.  Some of them were pretty excited for some other classes.  I am getting ready for now to book a lot of those classes, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 16th, from 6-8:30 pm “DIY Papercrafted Magnets” at Vintage Vino & Espresso in Maple Valley by Fred Meyer. Cost: $30 ($15 to reserve your seat) includes all supplies and a medium hot/cold drink. Ages 12 and older.  Sign up under my “store” tab on my website.

Thursday, August 17th & 24th from 10-11 am, at “Camp Westfield” at Southcenter  for ages 3 and up.  This is part of Westfield’s Summer Day Camp for kids.  There is no sign-up. The location is next to Seattle Team Sports on the 2nd floor up the escalator by the Disney Store.

Saturday, August 19th, from 10-Noon at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila.  This is their Annual Christmas Sale and it’s a big deal!  It’s also their annual Christmas Kick-Off sale with 10% off of everything.  I will be giving a quilling demonstration and shopping, so come and join me in the extravaganza!  I would love to see you there!  Nothing to do, just be there!

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.

Thankful for the cooler weather – Getting ready for fall!

~Emily

quilling basics: how to get started

Emily’s Bites of Fun:

Quilling can be fun but for most of us, we are not sure where to begin. For those of you who are new converts to quilling,  don’t be overwhelmed, here are some basics to get you started:

  • Use quilling paper:  You can buy packs of pre-cut quilling paper in most major art and crafts stores, but you can also cut your own strips of papers. The length and size of the paper will determine how the paper quilled project eventually looks. A paper quilling pattern will tell you the size you need.
  • Choose the right tools: A slotted tool is usually recommended to the paper quilling beginner because it is easier to roll paper with it. However, the slotted tool tends to crease the paper strips. Those who are more experienced in paper quilling may prefer the needle tool. Even though it is slightly more tricky to use, many crafters prefer the needle tool as it tends to result in a neater, crease-less paper roll. If you need a basic quilling kit to get started, I sell them, so contact me for one.
  • Learn basic shapes: The most basic shape of paper quilling is the rolled paper coil. By pinching and adjusting the tension of the paper coil, different quilled shapes are made. There are pdf instructions on my page to start the basic shapes.
  • Start with an easy project: Check out some of my quilling patterns on my website or sign up for one of my classes this month. Cards are a great project to work on when you are starting.  Because cards are small and take a shorter time to complete than wall hangings, they can be very rewarding when you see the completed project in a shorter amount of time.  Then, you can give the to others too.
  • Experiment: Experiment with quilling combined with other crafting techniques like water painting or stamping.  When you combine your techniques, it makes for a very unique and beautiful result.  You can also use your die cuts as a background to your card or wall hanging. See some of my cards on my site for ideas. See the Seattle card I made with watercolor, you can easily add a quilled cloud or raindrops to a card like this.  Get the idea?
  • Find great resources: You can find a lot of books at the library or garage sales on papercrafts.  Sometimes the kids’ books are the easiest to follow and you can use them for practicing your craft with basic language and instructions.
  • Practice, practice, practice:  You only get good at quilling by quilling!  Yes, it takes practice and you can get pretty good at it if you do the work to keep practicing.  It’s worth it, I promise!

A Note From Emily:
July was such a great month as I mentioned last week.  Let’s do it again! Here are my classes that are coming up this month:

August 13  from 2-4 pm – “Love Seattle Greeting Cards” class from 2-4 at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila. Learn to create papercrafted greeting cards showcasing Seattle.  Cost is $35.  To register, call the store at 206.901.9101.
August 16 from 6-8:30 pm “DIY Papercrafted Magnets” at Vintage Vino & Espresso in Maple Valley by Fred Meyer. Cost: $30 ($15 to reserve your seat) includes all supplies and a medium hot/cold drink. Ages 12 and older.  Sign up under my “store” tab on my website.

Hope you are having a great summer!

~Emily