Christmas Pysanky Catalog 2008
April and May Changes!
So much has changed in the past two months that I'm
not even sure how to begin! But, it appears as though I have found my niche
in this neck of the woods and will focus my workshops on Ukrainian eggs.
I just didn't realize how many people would be interested and how few had
actually been exposed to this beautiful craft.
Like a pebble dropped in a pool of water, one
workshop has led to another and another -- very similar to the at-home
jewelry and cosmetic-type parties. My biggest hurdle is getting my act
together to make things easier for me! Rearranging supplies and
finding lighter ways of transporting materials is becoming second-nature as
more and more workshops are scheduled.
There will still be the end-of-month quilting week
at the Creative Handz shop and one-on-one lessons for anyone interested in
learning other crafts, but I'm definitely focusing on the Ukrainian eggs.
I'm too old and it's time to slow down.
Now that selling the eggs has become the norm and
they've extended the season beyond Easter, there's much to do and lots of
designs to create. Check out my Christmas Pysanky
catalog for or download the
.pdf version at left.
February and March Projects
Valentines, Shamrocks, Easter!
February is for Valentines.
March brings us St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter is right on its heels!
We need to get started much sooner on our egg work, as well! So, we’ll
create some more Memory Boxes (do we ever have enough?) and discover the
joys of Ukrainian (Pysanki) egg decorating!
Heart-Shaped Memory Boxes –
This is a variation of the Memory Boxes we made in January, but now you’ll
be working on curves and angles. Material can be from a favorite old
dress/shirt or some new Valentine textile. Fill with candies,
jewels, or keys to a new car! Or, just keep it to hold the old love letters!
It’s a great way to recycle those cardboard boxes – and, of course, it’s
fun! $10 per person, plus supplies.
Shamrock Boxes from Heart
Shapes - Ed Haun has created some very easy boxes to have around for
St. Patrick's Day. They're easy, use ordinary supplies found around the
house and can be done in an hour or two. Use commercial candy or make your
Don’t want to do it, just want to buy it? We
can create and personalize any craft item just for you and yours in time for
your special occasion. Feel free to call for more information.
(Pysanki) Eggs – If you’ve every seen these beautiful eggs and wanted to
learn how it’s done, this is the workshop for you! Using real eggs, hot wax,
and dyes, this traditional craft enchants everyone. Four-hour workshop is
broken up into two 2-hour sessions. $25 per person, plus supplies. With
Easter just around the corner, this craft will extend into the first two
weeks of March, as well!
Patricia Lanza's Lasagna Gardening
Preparing for a Bountiful Harvest!
I know. I know. You want to get into
making things, and we will. But, the first month of the new year is a
time for going through seed catalogs and deciding what will go where for the
best results. Think of all the wonderful gifts of foods you will be able to
share with family and friends when all your hard work comes to fruition!
Starting off in my new home means I
actually get to have full bed-sized gardens, along with those in containers.
Well, actually, mine are basically ALL container gardens, except some are
above the ground and some are, well, in containers, both large and small.
Having used the Postage Stamp method since the 70s,
it's easy to combine with Patricia Lanza's Lasagna
Gardening . It's the perfect fusion for gardening with the least amount
There's no point in wondering why this
hasn't been done for centuries. It's simply a matter of mankind's dislike
for change. If gardening were a brand new idea, we'd be doing things
So, our January project has two parts:
building our new beds, refreshing older ones, or setting up containers;
then, selecting our seeds to cover the full planting season for our area.
Start with the coolest weather crops and end with some more cool weather
crops! Enjoy the feast in between.
Part two is making our signs for the
rows and beds to help us find specific plants. If you've never gardened,
before, this is really necessary. If you're just getting back, then
it's a great help in refreshing your recollection about how live plants grow
and look in your garden. And, of course, if you're giving a plant as a
gift of love, then you're going to want to include a label. Right? Of
course, you are.
So, let's get started.
January Project - Garden Signs
Current Project for the Holidays!
Helping Handz Projects
are projects we can do anywhere and everywhere to help those in need. Use up
your crafting odds and ends to bring comfort to those who have nothing.
|Our first project is Decorating
for Christmas on a $15.00 Budget! It's based on talks I gave
before women's groups a long time ago (when the budget was only $5.00!) and,
after many requests to update, decided to put it all in a downloadable
e-book. And, of course, if you want to schedule any crafting workshop or
demonstration for your organization, please feel free to contact me.
You don't have to break the bank to make your
home festive during the holidays. The trick is to focus on a theme and add
only those items that you absolutely need to accomplish it. There are enough projects in the e-book, with plenty of how-to photos, to guide and get
The most fun is
when you not only make the included projects but use them to help create
your own decorator items for other holidays and special events. Sometimes, all we need is a little guidance
before we fly high on our own! Regardless of how you choose to use my e-book,
I'm sure you'll find enough activities to help you decorate your home for
the holidays and have enough left over to enjoy other holiday shopping, as
So, check out our
Shopping section, just in case we can help you with that special gift!