christmas is 50 days away!

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN:

Just one word: The reality of living a creative life is that some days the well runs dry.  The good news is that sometimes it only takes a single word or phrase to jump-start the process again.

You can also play with words, change the spelling to something fun like girlfriends to gyrlfriends and other play on words. 

During this season there are a lot of great words to play with and use for inspiration: Joy, Reflect, Create, Just Breathe, Believe, Let Your Light Shine, Beauty, Peace, Thanks, Grateful,  and many more.  Take time to write what you see, what you are thinking about, look through a dictionary and use those words that come to mind that may bring a spark of magic into someone else’s life today.  Then, make a card, a wall hanging, a magnet, or something else to reflect that/those words.

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LOTS OF CLASSES FOR NOVEMBER and december!

Check out all my classes and let’s get ready for winter with some fun techniques you may have not tried before!

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, get the 5th class half-off, or for $15.

MAPLE VALLEY EVENING-OUT CLASSES:

Iris Snowflakes Class Nov. 13 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee in Maple Valley (across from Walgreens and next to Mod Pizza). Learn a new papercrafting technique in this class as we make stunning snowflakes with strips of paper. Cost is $35, which covers all supplies and a 12oz drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Reserve your seat here.

Upcycled Holiday Class Dec. 11 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee in Maple Valley (across from Walgreens and next to Mod Pizza). In this class we’ll make all sorts of fun things by upcycling them, ranging from gift bags, gift bows, snowflakes, and greeting cards. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies and a 12oz drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Reserve your seat here.

BEN FRANKLIN in BONNEY LAKE CLASSES:

Quilled Animals 102 Nov. 12 6-7:30pm. Come learn how to create and use the most basic quilling shapes to create adorable paper animals using quilling techniques. We’ll make 3 or more cards. Please register through the store at (253) 862-6822 and to obtain a list of supplies you need to bring. Cost is $20.

Quilling Snowflakes Dec. 10 6-7:30pm. We’ll spend the evening creating amazingly elegant yet incredibly easy quilled snowflakes. Once finished, the snowflakes make the perfect Christmas gift, tree ornament, or a little something extra for a package. Please register through the store at (253) 862-6822 and to obtain a list of supplies you need to bring. Cost is $20.

COVINGTON CLASSES:

After School Origami Classes: this class is designed for children ages 5-13. Each program is held at Jenkins Creek Elementary School in the Multipurpose Room. Registration is required and is available at http://www.covingtonwa.gov/parks/ . More information and details are available in the Parks and Recreation Guide on page 5. Cost for each program is $11.

Nov. 14 1:45-2:45pm. We’ll make two traditional origami projects.

Dec. 12 1:45-2:45pm. In this program we’ll make two origami projects that move and are packed with action.

Preschool Stories and Papercrafts: this class is designed for children ages 2-6. Each program is held at the Community Room at Covington City Hall. Registration is required and is available at http://www.covingtonwa.gov/parks/ .More information and details are available in the Parks and Recreation Guide on page 6. Cost for each program is $10.

Nov. 12 10-10:45am. Today we’ll get a dose of Yoda and other aliens through our stories and everyone will get to make a Yoda to take home.

Nov. 26 10-10:45am. In this program we’ll read several stories about cardinals and seasons and make a cardinal to take home.

Dec. 10 10-10:45am. In our final program for 2018, we’ll make lots of noise and you’ll go home with a noisemaker!

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

Quilling Magnets Nov. 4 2-4pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). Learn the basics of quilling while making cute and easy magnets; the perfect gift any time of the year! You’ll make several magnets–it’s up to you how many you make! Please bring to the class: your imagination, tweezers (optional). Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Quilling Magnets Nov. 10 10-12pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. Learn the basics of quilling while making cute and easy magnets; the perfect gift any time of the year! You’ll make several magnets–it’s up to you how many you make! Please bring to the class: your imagination, tweezers (optional). Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilled Snowflakes Nov. 10 1-3pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. Come learn quilling techniques to create elegant and dainty snowflakes ideal for hanging on a Christmas tree or on a greeting card. You’ll make at least 2 snowflakes. All supplies are provided. Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilled Snowflakes Nov. 25 11:30-1:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). Come learn quilling techniques to create elegant and dainty snowflakes ideal for hanging on a Christmas tree or on a greeting card. You’ll make at least 2 snowflakes. All supplies are provided. Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Bags and Bows, Oh My! Nov. 7 5:30-7:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). Come learn how to make up-cycled bags, bows, greeting cards, and maybe even a snowflake! Please bring to the class: roller tape/double sided tape, scissors, a few paper scraps (optional). Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Bags and Bows, Oh My! Nov. 24 1-3:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village.  Come learn how to make up-cycled bags, bows, greeting cards, and maybe even a snowflake! Please bring to the class: roller tape/double sided tape, scissors, a few paper scraps (optional). Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilling Basics: Snowmen Nov. 24 10-12pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. Come make some adorable and easy quilled greeting cards and tree ornaments. You’ll leave with a handsome and cute mass of elegant little “men.” Please bring to the class: roller tape/double sided tape, foam dimensionals, detail scissors, tweezers (optional). Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilling Basics: Snowmen Dec. 5 5:30-7:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). Come make some adorable and easy quilled greeting cards and tree ornaments. You’ll leave with a handsome and cute mass of elegant little “men.” Please bring to the class: roller tape/double sided tape, foam dimensionals, detail scissors, tweezers (optional). Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

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New 5-Week preschooler class

get those preschoolers signed up –  starts this wednesday!

Emily’s Bites of Fun (for Preschoolers):

  • Nourish creative minds at a young age.
  • Be understanding, encouraging and supportive of what your children enjoy.
  • Provide some fun manipulatives (like coming to the new preschool class below).
  •  Look at art and listen to music.
  • Notice the Details and record them with your children.  What do they notice?

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON – PRESCHOOL PAPER ENGINEERING CLASS

This 5 week program is targeted for young children (ages 3-5) and their parents. Each week, we’ll explore different shapes and geometry to help your child’s brain begin to develop important math and engineering skills critical for academic success while integrating a unique focus on art. Come listen to several age-appropriate stories, sing a couple of songs, and best of all, make your own fun paper engineered origami project. Please register here

This class is a 5-week pilot program to develop additional programs for Fall 2018.

MAPLE VALLEY EVENING-OUT CLASSES:

Everlasting Spring Bouquet, May 16, 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Back by popular demand! Come learn how to create a beautiful and lasting origami flower bouquet. You’ll make at least 3 flowers and you’ll leave knowing how to make many more at home. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies. If you wish to bring your own comb, that’s great. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program.  Reserve your seat here.

Beautiful Boxes, June 13,  6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens).  Come learn how to create beautiful origami boxes perfect for giving a special gift to functional boxes. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies. If you wish to bring your own comb, that’s great. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program.  Reserve your seat here.

Wine Charmed, June 29, 6-9pm location in Maple Valley to be determined. Come enjoy a glass of wine and create your own papercrafted wine charms. These wine charms are a perfect gift for any party! Cost is $40 which covers one glass of wine and all supplies for the charms. Ages 12 and older are welcome to register. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program.  Reserve your seat here.

BONNEY LAKE EVENING-OUT CLASSES

New classes at the Ben Franklin!

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

Circles and Squares Cards, May 11, 5:30-7:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. Come and find out if a round peg can fit in a square hole…. We’ll make 4-6 cards using the most basic of die cuts (circles and squares) and fill them with cute quilled creations and greetings perfect when you want to send a special note to someone. Please bring: detail scissors, roller tape, and foam dimensionals. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Circles and Squares Cards, May 15, 3-5pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). Come and find out if a round peg can fit in a square hole…. We’ll make 4-6 cards using the most basic of die cuts (circles and squares) and fill them with cute quilled creations and greetings perfect when you want to send a special note to someone. Please bring: detail scissors, roller tape, and foam dimensionals. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Quilling 102, May 20, 3-5pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). Ever wanted to learn something different about quilling or try a different quilling technique? This is the class for you! We’ll learn how to quill on a comb and create 3-4 greeting cards. Please bring: quilling comb and roller tape. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Quilling 102, June 3, 3-5pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. Ever wanted to learn something different about quilling or try a different quilling technique? This is the class for you! We’ll learn how to quill on a comb and create 3-4 greeting cards. Please bring: quilling comb and roller tape. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Everlasting Spring Bouquet, June 10, 3-5pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). Learn how to create an everlasting paper bouquet using simple origami folds. You’ll leave with at least 3 beautiful flowers and the knowledge of how to create many more at home. Please bring your favorite light-weight card stock or origami paper. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Everlasting Spring Bouquet, June 22, 5:30-7:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. Learn how to create an everlasting paper bouquet using simple origami folds. You’ll leave with at least 3 beautiful flowers and the knowledge of how to create many more at home. Please bring your favorite light-weight card stock or origami paper. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilling Meets Punches and Cuts Cards, June 24, 3-5pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). In this class we’ll give quilling a punch. This is the perfect class for trying quilling for the first time or if you want to mass produce quilled cards. You’ll make 8-10 of spring cards. Please bring detail scissors, roller tape, a bag of paper scraps you don’t know what do with (optional). Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Quilling Meets Punches and Cuts Cards, June 30, 10am-12pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. In this class we’ll give quilling a punch. This is the perfect class for trying quilling for the first time or if you want to mass produce quilled cards. You’ll make 8-10 of spring cards. Please bring detail scissors, roller tape, a bag of paper scraps you don’t know what do with (optional). Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Always Thinking, 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