We recently did a custom baby shower with a moustache and bow tie theme. From the invitations, to the garland, props and party favors, the fun baby boy theme was used throughout. We can design a package for you, show you how to DIY with our kits and custom designed parties.
Expressive Collage and Mother's Day/Spring Card Classes were so fun. We learned hints and mixed-media techniques, tried something new and shared some firsts. We were lucky enough to craft with two sets of mother and daughters at our card making class. It couldn't have been more perfect. Best of all, we made with our hands and gave from the heart. Come join us soon.
To celebrate National Poetry, Card & Letter Writing Month, we had a writing and typing open house. We held a creative writing class, screened The Making Mail documentary, made some fun mail art, and typed on machines from the 1920's - 1960's. A postal maven, a Letter Writing Alliance member, and a Postcrossing member came to the meet up. (I realize I am not alone in my mail geekness)...A typewriter aficionado and our new friend Jack brought a machine with a deco font, dreamy! We had several people send mail art and they got their free lettering writing kit. We are already dreaming up ideas for next year. Until then, snail mail forever.
I have been super fortunate for the 4th year in a row to attend The Makerie, a creative retreat. For the past two years, it has been The Sweet Paul Makerie (last year in NY and this year in PA) as in the Sweet Paul Magazine. Ali DeJohn is the creative genius behind these retreats. You get to take two half classes a day for two days. Delicious breakfasts, lunches and a dinner refuel you along the way. Stunning settings, amazing teachers and very crafty creative women all get to spend a weekend in the Spring together.
This year was in Philly at Terrain and the headquarters of Anthropologie/Urban Outfitters. Here are the classes I took this year:
Terrariums and Foraged Wreathsat Terrain with Megan - She is an artist who paints with flowers and plants.
Inspired Tableswith Matthew Robbins - He is the most talented down to earth famous person I have ever met. (Ok, I haven't met many but he is still one of the kindest and nicest.)
Stitched Organic Botanicalswith Ann Wood- She is a fiber artist who had us make delicate seed pods from silks and a vintage wedding dress! To die for lusciousness.
Watercolor Correspondence with calligrapher Meredith Langer of Merely Mere and Ann DeMarco-Mills of new old fashioned - I discovered calligraphy and lettering while using watercolor as a most beautiful backdrop.
I am recharged and inspired. I got to play with my daughter, Hannah who is in most of these photos, and my dear friend Kate, who has been my partner in crafting crimes for over 7 years now. Thanks to everyone I met this year who in some way, big or small, helped fuel me on my journey towards spreading creative goodness. Cheers to you!
WRITING EXPO DAY will be on Saturday April 25th from 9am - 6pm. It is a special day filled with classes and a free community event!
9– 11a Creative Writing Class- Learn about poetry and creative writing techniques as well as the craft of finding your voice as a writer.
12– 1p Typewriter 101 Class -Interactive and hands-on: how to use a typewriter, maintaining one and tips for what to look for when buying one.
1– 3p Introduction to Mail Art Class- Let's make snail mail! Learn history, explore different kinds, use vintage ephemera as well as modern materials to create your own letters and postcards. All material included.
3– 6p Type In & Letter Writing Community Social (Free & open to the public):
• Watch a screening of the documentary “Making Mail”
• Try your hand at lettering
• Get crafty with a mail art make & take
• Receive letter and card writing tip•Special guest Tampa Type will be on hand with their typing bar: here’s your chance to type on typewriters from the 20s to the 60s
• Bring your own typewriters and share the joy with others (your writers will be happy to be taken for a walk!)
• Enjoy inspiration, refreshments and meet like-minded creative
People say the nicest things! Big thanks to Creative Loafing for the article. Christina Lembo of Franny and Franky Designs is also teaching several amazing class this spring at The Paper Seahorse. Congrats Christina for being in West Elm!
The Spring (April - June) Class Schedule is up and we have added several new fun ones! There are over 50 class day/times to choose from. Click here to read full descriptions, teacher bios and view monthly schedules.
Paper Seahorse classes are modern and fun. These classes are also perfect for girls' night out, date night, parties and special events. All materials and refreshments are included. Bring an open heart and mind. Learn something new, make with your hands and give from the heart.
Most classes are 1 -3 hours (workshops are half and full days) and range from $12 - $75. Held on nights and weekends, these classes are for the maker and curious creative looking for new artistic expressions.
We were lucky to share a love of paper and packaging with the Tampa Creative Collective on February 26th. It was our largest group so far with 20 members and new friends. We geeked out on paper, learned how to incorporate paper into branding more, made envelopes and paper hearts. Thanks to Oh Hello Events for coordinating this fun evening!
This second edition includes lots of new goodies: mini-envelopes, posters, a letter garland, stationery, craft paper, coloring pages, gift wrapping, labels, a flip-up house, stickers, paper dolls, gift bags and more. For the artwork we collaborated with famous illustrators from across the world, such as Ruby Taylor, Suzy Ultman, Geertje Aalders and Silvia Dekker.
FLOW - a magazine for paper lovers. So excited to carry my favorite magazine ever! Issue 8 is in now. If you have never heard of FLOW it is from the Netherlands and will inspire you in many ways. Enjoy!
The Makers Market on Valentine's day exceed our expectations. Beautiful weather, amazing artisans and a steady stream of enthusiastic supporters made the day filled with love and joy. Alex and I wish to share our heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out to support this inaugural event. To see the full album of photos, please visit: www.makersmarkettampa.com.
Make your Valentine a heart card or garland with these easy and cute paper hearts. All you need is some pretty paper (origami paper is precut, easy to fold and comes in many beautiful patterns) and some even folds ( a bone folder can help). Watch the video here: Paper Heart Tutorial. Remember you can say I LOVE YOU all year round. Happy Valentine's Day!
You can also learn to make these at the Makers Market Tampa tomorrow from 10 - 6, join us as we celebrate LOVE on the 14th. And remember to pick up a 50% your first class coupon.