2/10/15

A Class Recap and More to Come!

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Oh what fun we had! I hosted a couple of really great groups over the past couple of weekends for my paper flower workshops. Everyone picked it up quickly, did a remarkable job crafting their flowers, and all left with a beautiful bouquet in hand. The flowers pictured above were created by two of the students, Holly and Matt. In just a couple of hours they learned to make those beauties!

After all this fun,  I'm feeling inspired, and I'm going to do it again. I'm still working out the dates, but we'll get something on the books for March and April. If you might be interested in taking a class in the future, feel free to email me, and once the dates are squared away, I'll send you the details.

Also, if anyone would be interested a putting a group together for a private class,  I'm more than happy to arrange that with you. The minimum number of participants is six, and I can accommodate up to 12. To set up a class, please send me an email, and we can hatch a plan!

Below are a few pictures from the classes and the students at work.  I really was impressed at how quickly they mastered it. Everyone seemed to enjoy the process, and were proud with the end results. Thanks to all who were a part of it!

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2/7/15

Tacoma Is For Lovers Artist Craft Fair THIS WEEKEND!

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Please come on by King's Books this weekend for the Tacoma Is For Lovers Artist Craft Sale. I'll be there with some of my favorite artists, crafters, and  makers from the Puget Sound.

I've got LOTS of new things to share with you, including these tiny Valentine boxes above. I'll also be bringing along my Itty Bitty Kitty Committee products too!

Hope to see you there!!

Tacoma Is For Lovers Artist Craft Sale
King's Books
218 Saint Helens
Tacoma, WA 98402

Saturday and Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

To find out more about the sale, and see a compete list of vendors, visit HERE and HERE.

12/29/14

Having a Ball

This past July, a photo stylist for Nordstrom found me on the interwebs, and asked if I might be available and interested in making some paper crafts/props for their holiday catalog. I love projects like this, so I happily said yes.

He requested a serious of several styles and colors of paper garlands. ornaments, and stars, and I went right to work creating samples. Once he approved the designs and paper selections, I tucked myself into my studio, and didn't leave until all the pieces were done, and ready to be packed and shipped.

Here are a few of the completed garlands.

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And here are a few of the single ornaments.

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Shipping paper crafts can be challenging, but these guys nested together nicely, and arrived safely at the photo studios in Seattle and NYC.

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Earlier in the month while doing some holiday  shopping at Nordstrom, I picked up a catalog. It was such a thrill to see my crafts sprinkled throughout the book!

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Shorty after the catalog was out, a writer from the Nordstrom blog contacted me to do a piece on the crafts included in the catalog.  You can find the story HERE,  along with instructions on how to make your own ball garland.

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Thanks so much for the support and exposure, my Nordstrom friends!  I had a "ball" working on this project!

Paper Flower Workshops!

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This winter, I'll be offering paper flower crafting workshops at my home studio in North Tacoma. 

During the two-hour session, you'll learn how to create several styles of crepe paper flowers and foliages using traditional crepe, duplex (double-sided)crepe, and  European crepe paper. You'll leave with some knowledge, and a lovely paper bouquet in hand! I'll also provide you with some templates and a list of resources for supplies.  

It's a fun and gratifying craft. From such simple materials - just paper, tape, and wire - you can create the most beautiful blooms! 

Here are the dates, I do hope you can join in on the fun!  

Saturday, January 24th 1 PM - 3 PM (THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL)

Sunday, February 1st 1 PM - 3 PM (SPACE STILL AVAILABLE) 


Class fee and materials - $40 
-or- 
Class fee, materials, and a copy of my paper flower book/kit - $55


If you're interested in registering for either session, please send me an email to THIS address. 

And feel free to contact me with any questions.  

Thanks! 

xo 
Laurie






12/17/14

One More Show!

The holiday season is winding down, but there's still one event on the books.  Moss + Mineral, the shop I created the window display for, is hosting a holiday open house. I'll be there all eve, and I'm bringing along a few new things, like these bird and ball ornaments.

Full details are below - I hope to see you all there!

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JOIN US at Moss + Mineral's Holiday Open House this Thursday, Dec. 18, 5-8pm! Start your Third Thursday Gallery Walk with a stop to say hello and refreshments - we'd love to see you!


Check out new work by local furniture maker, Steve Lawler, whose modern op-art designs in reclaimed wood are the bomb; paper artist, Laurie Cinotto, who created our quietly beautiful window display accompanied by tiny woodland artscapes; and jewelry artists, Regina Chang, Jennifer Lawrence Bennett, and myself - we've been working our little elves overtime to have just the right choices for you this evening!

We also have juicily colorful ceramic objects by well-known Seattle clay artist, Kristin Nelson; original art by Jeremiah Maddock and Ohm Cederburg; vintage barware, one-of-a-kind terrariums and select pieces of mid-century modern furniture.

 We're at 305 South 9th St., one block up from the Pantages Theater (and the downtown Christmas tree); 253.961.5220.

More information at www.mossandmineral.com.

OH, and while you're on the block, be sure to visit our friends at Mod Curio. They've got a holiday happening too, and will be featuring the work of local crafty gal, Ember Carroll.

12/16/14

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Each December, I have the extreme pleasure of creating florals and decor for the most amazing holiday party. It's hosted by Paul and Linda, who are two of the kindest people you'll ever meet. This event is their annual company holiday party,  and they put much thought and detail into creating a memorable time for their guests.

I remember Linda once told me that she thinks of parties as being one giant gift for those who attend. I think for her, it's not just about entertaining, it's about creating an experience, and a beautiful, uplifting, joy-filled moment that will linger in the guests' minds long after the party is over. It's also a way to show people she cares about them.  

I've worked with her on events for over a decade now, and this is the fourth year we've collaborated on their company holiday party. We work with some of the same elements each year, but build upon them to make it a little bigger, brighter, and more interesting for the guests each time. 

The party takes place in the Presidential Suite of the Seattle Westin, which offers the most spectacular view of Downtown Seattle. As shiny and sparkly as it is out there with the lights from the big city and the holiday season,  this little town created on one of the dining tables offers some big competition!

The townscape is packed with glittered houses, bottle brush trees, cypress trees, moss, and floral arrangements. It's populated by deer and other creatures. It's rich with details, and there are many surprises hidden within the display.

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Inside each house, there were flickering faux votives that added warmth and light to the display. I used polka-dot velum on the windows to create the illusion of falling snow.

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To add a little dimension and depth to the scene, I built the town on styrofoam risers and covered them with sheet moss. Once the city was built, and all was in place, the scene got a light dusting of artificial snow.

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We rented our linens and chargers from Choice Linens in Seattle. For this tabletop, we selected a linen with a really beautiful texture and weave - it was like a very polished burlap, with thread of silver running through. The chargers were an icy glass with a pewter edge.

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The second table had woodland theme. In the center of the table stood a tall acrylic tree, and it was surrounded by a dense forrest of cypress trees, birch trees, moss, many flowers and critters.

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Because this spot of the room was a little darker than the others, we used lots of artificial light and candlelight to illuminate the table. The pistachio and lime green flowers and metallic accents brightened the table, too.

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Tucked into the scene were bears, deer, birds, foxes and other animals. I positioned them to illustrate a story or show a dialog between the animals.  Foxes exchanges presents. Bears warmed their paws by the fire.

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The vases on the tables were packed with flowers. Included in the arrangements were lots of hydrangea, ranunculus, and roses.

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Glass bells with tiny bottle brush trees inside hung from the acrylic tree in the center of the table.

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Like the table with the townscape, there were many details for the guests to discover.

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At each place setting, there was a gift for the guest and a copy of The Christmas Story.

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On all the tables and surfaces of the room, many vignettes were created.  Linda and I collaborate on these vignettes - she finds these pieces, puts them in place, and I add the details.

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Flower arrangements and poinsettias filled the room. Candles were everywhere!

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It's a fair amount of work making all of this happen in the time that we have to do it, but it's all worth it when you see the reaction of not only the guests, but the hotel staff, too.  All of this holiday ambiance truly makes people happy.

Out of all the crafty things I do, this is always the highlight, and the most rewarding project of the year. I'm so grateful that Paul and Linda let me contribute to this event - it is always a thrill, and I love the creative challenge. I can hardly believe that it's even a "job" because it certainly does feel more like a dream.

I'm thankful for Sarah, who helped me set up and break down the event, and Harriette, Claudia, and all of the lovely people at the Westin who were so helpful and supportive.  You all made a hard weekend easier!

Thank you for taking the time to scroll through all these pictures! There are a lot, I know, but it's so hard to share this party in just a few.  Should you care to see more, I've got an album posted on Flickr!

Happy Holidays, friends.