DIY Paper Christmas Trees

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As part of our decorations for Winter Wonders, we created these so so fun, large paper Christmas trees! Several people were curious about them, so I am posting our method of making them here…just in case anyone wants to give it a try.

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The base for the trees was made of large pieces of cardboard. You’ll need big, thick pieces of cardboard, like these ones from a crib box. I cut the cardboard into tall triangles – I did not measure each one, but as long as they are thin on top and big on the bottom, you’ll end up with a cone shape when you place them together. We found that Tuck Tape works best for holding the cardboard.

The leaves were cut from cardstock – we bought a load of those color ombre packages from Micheals planning for a few different color ways (the colorful ones were made up of our extra pieces at the end, but we all ended up liking them the best!). For a tree this size we used a standard 8.5″ x 11″ piece cut in half, and then each piece shaped into a point. Each tree took about a package, or 50 sheets, of the cardstock. There are no pictures of us actually putting the leaves on (lots of helpers + small studio + loads of glue gun fumes…), but you start from the bottom, working your way around attaching the top (flat part) of the leaves with hot glue. Just be sure that each layer is low enough to cover the next and not leave any cardboard showing. With enough glue (*you can do anything*), you can fold the leaves around the corners, making fewer seams. The last tippity top part is a cone from a single piece of cardstock.

Cost: cardboard was free / scavenged recycling, each package of cardstock was $3-4, about $5 in glue per tree

Time: a few hours by yourself, a lot more was accomplished with willing friends (thank you!)

And that’s it! I loved the way these turned out, and it was fun getting to live with all 7 of them in my little studio for the last month. Have fun if you attempt it~

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Winter Wonders

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I’ve been missing from here – last week I was darting from place to place like a crazy person in preparation for our Flock and Gather Handmade Market, and this week I’ve been in recovery. Planning events, big or small, is I always feel like a proud mama when people flood into the show the minute we open the doors, and then like a limp noodle the moment it all ends. I wasn’t selling at this show, but I want to say a personal thank you to everyone that came out and purchased something from our vendors – everyone who shopped at the market instead of at the mall that day. You are supporting artists and makers, giving people confidence to keep doing what they love. It’s so much more than just buying things, and we are so glad you came.

Things should get back to normal here soon, thanks for checking in~


Teeny Tiny Trunk Show

The Teeny Tiny Trunk Show has been an idea brewing in the back of my mind for a while now (months? years?). Each of our vendors was asked to bring a suitcase to use as their display – the small amount of space was limiting compared to the large tables you normally deal with at a craft show, and it was a good challenge to make items that would fit with the idea of the sale. Everyone could make whatever they fancied, not just within the medium they normally work – and that’s where these little clay creatures came from for me (I had to include this last photo of my wee guy really getting ready to flick them!). We set up outside of my favorite tiny shop, Tamarack General Store, and had a lovely day. Oh making tiny things, I do love it so!


Flock and Gather Springtime Market

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Our Springtime Market definitely happened! It was almost two weeks ago now, but it always takes some time to recover from these sorts of things – I often compare it to planning a wedding…twice a year. As always, it was wonderful to meet new makers and reunite with old friends, and be reminded again that this show is so well received. We are really lucky. And did I mention the 6′ flowers and the free candy? Oh, I think the candy got a lot of us through…

You can see all the photos over at the Flock and Gather blog  (I feel like a proud mama)

Thanks to all of our talented makers and wonderful faces!


Flock and Gather Springtime Market!

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At certain times of the year, my mind is full to the brim with thoughts about our upcoming Handmade Market. And yes, right now is one of those times. As well as being a member of Flock and Gather (also known as, an organizer of this show), I also have a table there with dolls-a-plenty. It is double the crazy, but in a good, doing what I love kind of way. This show is, I think, unique in Saskatoon – we have a cozy venue that we pack with amazing talented makers, and then pack further with a couple thousand of the loveliest shoppers in this city. For anyone looking for a way to purchase goods directly from their makers, and to find one of a kind items that you wouldn’t see anywhere else, this is the perfect event. Plus, music, food, drinks, and free candy! For the rest of April we showcase all of our vendors on the Flock and Gather Blog, and our Facebook page – it’s fun to follow along and get excited about where you’ll spend your hard earned pennies. See you there!

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{Photos of our Winter Wonders 2013 Sale, thanks to Maki Fotos. Poster design by fellow Flock and Gather member Shauna Buck. And this lovely lady standing next to me above is Carole Epp of ceramic blog Musing about Mud}