07.05.07

Canceling all Classes :(

Posted in business-a-go-go, Classes/Workshops, Main at 1:24 pm by carrie

I’m very sad to report that I must cancel all of our summer workshop classes.

There were many factors that went into this decision…

But, there was one major issue that came up. Really, it’s not that bad, but I have to make changes to the workshop room, involuntarily, and canceling the classes was necessary.

Thanks to everyone for their help, support and inspiration!

06.29.07

It’s been EONS!!

Posted in business-a-go-go, Classes/Workshops, Fun Stuff, Main, Mind Wanderings at 1:43 am by carrie

Lost… lost in a sea of “Summer Clearance” signs and over-indulging in a jewelry making supply purchase (shhhh…). I have about half-a-dozen posts started, but nothing up and finished… even my major epiphany entry… I love how that works.

I extended our Summer Clearance sale through this coming Saturday so come on up and take a look. I marked many things down to rock-bottom prices… Most things 10-30% off (All fashion jewelry is 30% off!!) but many random 40-50% off items and even some 75% off items. Making room for all the lovely Halloween items we just received!!

So… phew… I finally got the class schedule together…

Saturday, July 7th
1:00 pm – 4:00 PM – $50.00
Fast & Fun Picture Frame Workshop with Tyn Atol of Pookieville
Please click here for more information and to sign up!
Sunday, July 8th
1:00 pm – 4:00 PM – $55.00
Assemblage Shadow Art Box with Joe Carrion of Rufus & Paco
Please click here for more information and to sign up!
Saturday, July 14th
12:00 pm – 5:00 PM – $85.00
Assemblage and Stitch Pin/Pendant Workshop with Sandy Gordon of Art Tea Life
Please click here for more information and to sign up!
Saturday, July 21st
1:00 pm – 4:00 PM – $60.00
Tin Faire House Workshop with Tyn Atol of Pookieville
Please click here for more information and to sign up!
Saturday, July 28th
1:00 pm – 4:00 PM – $40.00
Basic Fresh Flower Design with Kristina Gyure
Please click here for more information and to sign up!
Saturday, August 4th
1:00 pm – 4:00 PM – $36.00
Collage Art Box, Purse & Tags Workshop with Maylene Au
Please click here for more information and to sign up!
Saturday, August 11th
1:00 pm – 4:00 PM – $55.00
Tiny Book Necklace Workshop with Rachael Doudrick
Please click here for more information and to sign up!
Saturday, August 18th
1:00 pm – 4:00 PM – $45.00
Memory Glass Pendant/Brooch Workshop with Rachael Doudrick
Please click here for more information and to sign up!
Saturday, August 25th
1:00 pm – 4:00 PM – $40.00
Glycerin Soap 101 with Carrie Hannegan of Violet Cottage & Violets are Blue
Please click here for more information and to sign up!

Coming soon… Halloween Sugar Skull (Day of the Dead) Workshop, Basic Jewelry Design, Assorted Scrapbooking Workshops, Bath Product 101’s, Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) and much more!

I’m going to put the schedule in flyer-form in a few local Starbucks… any other suggestions? I’m not a marketing guru and I hate going into such places and sheepishly asking to post my advertising. Better yet, you do it and I’ll give you something! hehehehehe…. shameless Tom Sawyer move.

It’s almost 2 am so I’m going to get to sleep, but I have been thinking of all of you in blog-city… I plan to take an afternoon and get acquainted with everyone again soon, and leave comments! ;)

To blog about (this is for “office use only” I suppose, because it’s not going to make sense):

  • The 48 Hour Film Project (Go Nancy and Friends!!)
  • Carrie’s Misadventures to pick up clasps and wire… I came home with a bead store
  • Have I mentioned that I dislike the heat?
  • We’re going to North Carolina in the middle of July! (what?!?! Whose idea was that?!?)
  • Looking through ancient Violets are Blue flyers from 1999… awww, look at my horrible layout design
  • My Mom may be getting her own park! Well, sort of
  • Happy Birthday Ms. Buswell
  • Who wants to come dispose of the 2 dozen deflated balloons I have hidden in the back room?
  • Birthday presents a-flyin’

Ummm… I knew there was more… but… whoa, it’s late!

Have a super duper Friday!!!!

05.31.07

Sometimes…

Posted in business-a-go-go, Classes/Workshops, Main, Mind Wanderings at 12:51 pm by carrie

I wish I had a camera strapped to my head, able to take pictures at a moment’s notice in any direction.

Why? you ask…

Because the oddest little man just poked his head in the door of the shop, was examining the bell tied to the door on a ribbon and tried to STEAL it. He looked up at me, I shook my head “no” like I would at our Golden Retreiver (who would GET it, too) and he carefully looked at the bell again, then slowly closed the door and slinked away. I want to name him Rumplestiltzkin… he looked like what I think he would look like… etcetera. Or, Magpie… since obviously he likes shiney things.

What I really came here to blog about is OUR CLASSES! YAY!!! As I type, our first class is in full swing! :) Yippee!

Here is our class schedule (You can also find the permanent link living on the top right of this page)

Whimsical Workshop Class Schedule as of May 17, 2007 – Please check back for updates!

Thursday, May 31st
12:00 noon – 2:00 PM – $45.00
Artist Trading Card Workshop with Susan Thornton
Please click here for more information and to sign up!
Saturday, June 2nd
2:00 pm – 4:00 PM – $45.00
Memory Glass Pendant/Brooch Workshop with Rachael Doudrick
Please click here for more information and to sign up!
Thursday, June 7th
1:00 pm – 3:00 PM – $45.00
Memory Glass Pendant/Brooch Workshop with Rachael Doudrick
Please click here for more information and to sign up!
Saturday, June 9th
1:00 pm – 4:00 PM – $45.00
Collage Art Box, Purse & Tags Workshop with Maylene Au
Please click here for more information and to sign up!
Saturday, June 16th
1:00 pm – 4:00 PM – $60.00
Tin Faire House Workshop with Tyn Atol
Please click here for more information and to sign up!
Saturday, June 23rd
2:00 pm – 5:00 PM – $55.00
Tiny Book Necklace Workshop with Rachael & Sharon
Please click here for more information and to sign up!
Saturday, July 7th
1:00 pm – 4:00 PM – $50.00
Fast & Fun Picture Frame Workshop with Tyn Atol
Please click here for more information and to sign up!

Coming soon… Artful Shadow Boxes, instructed by Joe Carrion and Soap making 101: the basics, instructed by Carrie Hannegan and much more! :)

So, what are you waiting for?!? :) Sign up and meet some awesome people… and have a vintage soda pop! :) We can only accomodate 4 crafters at a time, so space is limited!

So much more to blog about… after I get through paperwork central, I’m SO going to bombard everyone with more stuff! Happy Thursday to all!

05.17.07

On a very slow day…

Posted in business-a-go-go, Classes/Workshops, Main at 1:48 pm by carrie

I sit in my little crammed office and wonder what I’m going to do to busy myself today. Nathan brought in food from the Olive Branch and I’m sort of nibbling on it, glancing around and thanking gravity for not knocking over the bags and boxes of ebay items I have everywhere. My physics teacher would say I should thank friction and the texture of the bags and cardboard (He would say, your car isn’t pushing you along, the street is) not gravity. I was almost an engineering major, if you can imagine that.

I made it through Mother’s Day! It was so super busy every day leading up to and the morning of. We had many dads come in, all of whom made suggestions on how to improve my signage because they couldn’t find the place. I have so many comments on this floating around in my head, I wouldn’t know where to start! Things like, the city of Glendale and their policies on signage blah blah blah, your wife can find this place easily, “do you want to install it?” and other things like that. Next time, hot air balloon directly above the store… I really like that idea.

I’m going to confess something… my family mostly knows all about this, Nathan certainly knows, but many of you do not.

I have a balloon phobia. I’m terrified of them.

It’s the potential to pop thing that sends my stomach into knots and my ears and eyes on high alert. I cannot eat at a restaurant on “kids’ night”. There are too many potential dangers, including me choking if a balloon popped at the exact moment I were to take a bite and gasp.

Susan was so kind on Sunday… she ran to Albertson’s and got me a bunch of balloons. She was very understanding… and because of her, many of you got Mother’s day gifts because your husband found the place ;) Kristina watched the store in the morning and had lots of floral arrangements and plants… she did a gorgeous job!
A bucket of flowers and a birdie…
Kristina made little arrangements and put them in ice cream cups, flour sifters and other fun containers!

The “Whimsical Workshop” room is coming together. Susan has added some awesome touches and jars of fun goodies that you can glue onto your projects. Lots of little plastic and metal doo-dads and odds & Ends…



A “privacy map” screen… I love this!

And a few pictures of the front display with our new dress!!! It’s more Sandra Dee than Doris Day, but I absolutely adore it! If you need any vintage clothing (the most GORGEOUS dresses!) please check out Mj’s auctions on ebay in her ebay store, This is Wear it’s at now and then, you will NOT be disappointed!



Well, I have over 50 food servers to unpack, that’ll give me something to do! And I’m still working on organizing those classes. I’ve had a bit of interest and all I can say is “I’m still working out the kinks!” but we are getting there and almost ready to announce actual dates! Please check back!!!!

05.03.07

Our First Class!!! (Minus details)

Posted in Classes/Workshops, Fun Stuff, Main, Sharing the Handmade Love at 1:47 pm by carrie

We know the What and Where… the When & How much… well… that’s to be determined :)

You will be creating ATC’s or Artist Trading Cards. It’s like a calling card or business card, but better. Handmade using stamping, collaged images, vintage and new papers, rhinestones, glitter… you name it! Technically, you are supposed to trade them so you have many different ones from a variety of artists, but you can hoard your own, the decision is yours!

Here are some examples, courtesy of your instructor, Sue Thornton!









Details on the classes to come! Yay!! :)

To view our list of classes offered on our website (still needs updating, but it gives a general idea), please click here