Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Beat the Heat with a Cool Crafty Class!

Our classroom has been so busy with classes and we are having a blast! Join us in our wonderfully air-conditioned workroom (affectionately coined "Santa's Workshop") for a crafty class or two. Run workshop style, all classes are project based so you sign up for the classes you want, when you want.

We still have a few openings this week. The younger set can try their hand at making tiara's and wands in the Big Person & Me class (ages 3-5). The Big Kids (ages 6-10) can join us making these nifty needle cases and pincushions. Tweens & Teens (11-16) can create awesome cloth banners, stitched and appliqued and embroidered with their own designs. And, last but certainly not least, adults (ages 16 & up) can learn to use wire in their jewelry designs, sew a cool summer apron or carve their own stamps!

Crafty classes are loads of fun and a sure way to put a smile back on your face in this heat! Call us at the store (973.337.6759) for more info on classes. Hurry as many classes are filling up fast!!
Stay cool ... and crafty!

Monday, July 5, 2010

July 4th Parade News

The float we decorated for Baristanet came in second place in the local Montclair, NJ parade!!! Yay for all those creative talents at Rock Paper Scissors ... and all of those hours we spent making fabulous flowers and tomatoes and corn and pea pods! The "float" looked fantastic, the kids were adorable in their flower and farmer hats, and we had so much fun with the Baristanet gang putting it all together.

Thanks to Debbie and all the folks at Baristanet for having confidence in us to pull it all off! And thanks for feeding us, too!

Do these kids look adorable or what! I heard rumor that they helped get the garden "watered" by the squirt gun gang.

Special thanks to Khristina who sewed her little fingers off and then braved the 98 degree heat to help me decorate the truck! Special thanks, too, to all the gang at Rock Paper Scissors who put aside regular duties this week to make such lovely homegrown specialties for the float. You continue to be an amazing staff and I love working with you every day!

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th!


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Adult Classes at Rock Paper Scissors

Finally, the last installment of the class schedule for the summer! We have all sorts of cool classes for the adults and older teens, including an evening of basic sewing and the "Know Your Machine" workshop. Most of them are in the evening or on Saturday morning. Come join us and learn something new or oil the rust on some of those old skills. It's not your granmother's craft world anymore. Mix it up and have some fun and let your imagination run! All of these classes are loosely rated for the 16 and up set. Classes prices vary.

Sew Basics, July 6th 7-9pm

Just what you would think - the very basics of sewing. This is one of the few classes we have that does not make a project but instead is intended to teach you the basics about the machine, tools, fabrics and other facets of sewing. Helps build confidence and allows you to move on to some of our beginner sewing classes. Machines, tools and supplies provided.

Cost: $15

Level: Beginner

Summer Travels, July 7th 7-9pm

Using the envelope book from 7Gypsies, make a cool summer scrapbook that you can take on your travels. Stash your memorabilia from your summer in the envelopes!

Cost: $15, plus supplies

Level: Beginner and up

What's Your Sign, July 8th 7-9pm

Design, stamp, applique, embroider and sew your way to a very cool banner to string across for your next event! Or just hang one of these popular banners because they are so cool!

Cost: $20, plus supplies

Level: Confident Beginner or graduate of Sew Basics

Surfin', July 10th, 10am-12:30pm

Using Amy Butler's Sun Surf Halter pattern, learn to sew a simple top! Cool, light, beautiful and ready to wear!

Cost: $20, plus supplies

Level: Confident Beginner or Graduate of Sew Basics

Know Your Machine, July 13th 7-9pm

Break those machines out of the closet! Bring in your machine and we will show you the basics on how to use it! All you need is your machine, a bobbin, thread and the manual.

Cost: Free

Level: Anyone

Twists & Turns, July 22nd 7-9pm (******)

Twist and turn your way through this metal working class. The lovely Anne Sailer will teach us to make earwires, charms, jump rings and and cool swirls in this fabulous jewelry making class! Tools and wire included.

***** Please note: Date has changed since original calendar went out!

Cost: $25, plus a few beads

Level: Beginner and up

Book It, July 17th 10am-12:30pm

Create a gorgeous little book covered in delectable paper - and stitched and created by you! Most tools and some supplies included.

Cost: $25 plus a few supplies

Level: Beginner and up

S.O.S. Calls, July 21st 7-9pm

Like the vintage look in paper creations? Find out the magic of distress inks and all you can do with them. You will be amazed at the little creations you go home with!

Cost: $15 plus optional supplies

Level: Beginner and up

Cooking Class, July 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm

Well, we won't really be cooking as we do not even have a stove! Instead, we will be making lovely aprons that make cooking so much more fun!

Cost: $20 plus supplies

Level: Confident beginner or Graduate of Sew Basics

To Market, To Market, July 24th 10am-1pm

Go green and look great when you create this oh, so cool market tote from Heather Bailey!

Cost: $20 plus supplies

Level: Confident Beginner and up

Pillow Whisper, July 27th 7-9pm

The first in our pillow series, learn how to make a simple envelope style pillow cover. Great way to embark on your sewing career!

Cost: $20 plus supplies

Level: Beginner and up

Fabric Art Jewelry, July 29th 7-8:30pm

Incorporate fabric into your jewelry designs with these fabulous fabric pendants. We will design, stitch, stamp and, well, have loads of fun with these!

Cost: $15 plus optional supplies

Level: Beginner and up

Carvings, July 31st 10am-12:30pm

Being offered for the second time, come and take this amazing class and learn to make your own stamps! You will truly be amazed at what you are creating during this class! These stamps can be used on paper, fabric or anything that doesn't move!

Cost: $20 plus supplies

Level: Beginner and up (must be comfortable with a sharp blade)

App-App-Applique, Aug 4th 7-9pm

Learn this fun and easy way to personalize clothing! You bring in the clothing, we teach you the rest! We will even throw in a few embroidery techniques to add pizzazz!

Cost: $20 plus 2 items of old but clean clothes and optional supplies

Level: Beginner and up

Pillow Talk, Aug 5th 7-9pm

The second in our pillow series, learn to make a simple cover with a zipper. You will never be stuck with just what the stores have to offer again!

Cost: $20 plus supplies

Level: Confident beginner or graduate of Pillow Whisper

Loose Stitch, Aug 7th 10am-12pm

Grab some coffee and join us for a fun morning of embroidery basics! Learn basic stitches, a little about tools and the transfer process, and create a cute little sachet or tea towel. And have fun to boot!

Cost: $15 plus supplies

Level: Beginner

Know your Machine, Aug 10th 7-9pm

Our monthly basic workshop to get to know your own machine. See above for more info.

Cost: Free

Level: Beginner and up

Birthday Party Pack, Aug 11th 7-9

Make your next birthday party decorations yourself! Though we won't make the whole pack in one class, you can learn the basics by making one invite, one thank you, one pennant, and one part of a banner - and anything else we have time to finish. You can take these skills home and finish the pack yourself! And who said it had to be Hallmark?

Cost: $20 plus supplies

Level: Beginner

Pin the Tail, Aug 12th 7-9pm

Pincushions are not just tomatoes anymore! Using basic sewing, embroidery and applique techniques, we will make some pincushions out of fabric and felt and we will make them fabulous! These make great gifts!

Cost: $20 plus optional fabric

Level: Beginner

Twists & Turns, Aug 13th 7-9pm

Another date for Anne's fabulous metal working class!! This class is a repeat of the July 22nd metal working class. If you miss it in July, stop in for our August class! Tools and wire provided.

Cost: $25 plus bead supplies

Level: Beginner and up

This is such an amazing line up of classes for summer! I hope you can join me and the other instructors this summer ... and get your crafty on!

Be sure to sign up early!

Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July! Join Rock Paper Scissors at the Montclair parade where we have decorated the float for Baristanet! More on that later!!