Merchant Kitty

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New Year, New Things to Show you!

New Ways to Keep in Touch

So many exciting things are going on at Merchant Kitty! First of all, we have a new app for Android! The app will allow you to see all the upcoming classes at a glance! It is in early development, so be kind and help us with the feedback. We will slowly get it to be amazing. It’s a bit of a learning curve. The good news is, it will feature a $5 off coupon so all you loyal customers can continue to take advantage of 2017 prices! I know you iphone people are sad.  We will hopefully find a way to get an app made for you too, but we have equipment issues (if you know someone who is selling a mac real cheap…) Until then, I will also give the $5 discount to those who subscribe to text alerts!  (Text CREATE to 56654 to get started)

New Friends

Another big change is I am getting a roomate! Just Kiln Me Now will be moving into the front of the studio and will have pottery to paint! She will also have a kiln to service you and an embroidery machine, so that will be a fantastic addition to our creative area!

New Ways to Get Creative

This year you will also see lots of new crafts in addition to weekly paint nights. You will definitely want to keep and eye on the schedule so you don’t miss something! So here is a quick video to show you what is coming up in the next few weeks. And you can also check out the schedule (don’t forget to download the app too) at merchantkitty.com/currentschedule.html

As always, if you would like to RSVP to any of the classes or get more information, you can call or text me at 575.366.3950

If you missed out on any classes, remember, you can always host a private party with your friends in your home or at my studio!

Looking forward to creating something new with you in 2018!

tablescape

Tablescapes! Getting Ready to Entertain in Style

It’s that time of year!  When the world falls in love….with fun foods and decorations and creative ways to spruce up holiday gatherings!  This month the craft emphasis is on ways to decorate your table and create beautiful tablescapes!

You may have had your Pinterest feed filled with lovely table settings, centerpieces and festive foods, but you know your limitations and don’t want to become the next famous Pinterest fail meme.  Don’t worry, I’ve committed a thousand Pinterest fails so I can guide you safely through all the pitfalls for a lovely, disaster-free, pinnable, didn’t-you-know-I’m-Martha-Stewart-Thanksgiving!

Candle Transfers

Not just for your table top, after the family comes to visit and sees your awesome personalized candles, they are going to want one for Christmas!  And you will be able to pop out a one-of-a-kind gift in no time and be able to have time and money for your holiday pedicure!

You can put literally ANYTHING on your candles!  Make an anniversary candle with numbers down the side to burn the candle down to each year (or birthday candles).  Photo candles to treat the grandmas. Monograms for those hard to shop for folks.  Or make one to match your tableware.

Learn how November 11, 1:30pm

personalized candles tablescapes

You will need to bring a light colored candle(s) And if you have any photos or graphics you would like to put on your candle, you should have access to that from your phone or mobile device. We will need to print that off during class. You will learn how to make your own custom candles from this class, but we will also go over how to use stamps for those who are technology challenged. The cost is $15 and you can bring more than one candle, all other supplies are provided. $15 / person (includes refreshments)

Click here for the Google Calendar event

Primitive Crates made from reclaimed wood

Build your own crate for your tabletop centerpieces.  We will also be personalizing them.  Make them for the holidays, or neutral so you can use them all year.  They make great gifts too, or fill them with goodies for a homemade giftbasket!  You might get addicted and want to crank these out for the holidays too!  They could hold your candles!

Learn how Thursday, November 16, 6:00pm
$20 / person all supplies included

Click here for the Google Calendar event

primitive crate from old fencing tablescapes

primitive crate

Tableware Workshop

This is a less specific craft because we are just going to work out all the kinks to your specific task.  We will be working on napkins, napkin rings, placecards, table runners, table cloths and placemats.  I found all kinds of pins about linen napkins.  Linen can run pretty high, so I found a creative workaround with duck cloth.  There are loads of print options and you get a similar feel and you can still make them fringed.  Of course if your heart is set on linen, you can bring that to.  I can get two napkins out of every 20 to 24 inches of fabric.  But if you get a little extra, you can make a matching table runner.  I used a drop cloth for my table cloth and I love the look.  So there are really so many different ways this thing can go.  If you need help purchasing your supplies, give me a call and I will help you decide what you need to get.

DIY tablescapes

The workshop is November 18th at 1:30 and is $10.

click here to see the google calendar event

Pumpkin Centerpiece

We are doing this centerpiece the day before Thanksgiving so those of you who love fresh arrangements can have it ready for the big day!  You can use real or fake pumpkins or flowers.

For fresh flowers, you will need

wet foam

crisp fresh flowers (not wilted in the least)

Fresh flowers pumpkin centerpiece tablescapes

Fresh Arrangement

 

For silk flowers you will need a dry foam disc (they are about 3 to 4 inches diameter)

pumpkin centerpiece wit silk flowers tablescapes

Silk Arrangement with Live pumpkin

Your flowers should have an assortment of 3 or more sizes and be complementary colors.  Keep in mind your pumpkin color and tableware colors.

fresh pumpkins if your arrangement sits on the top need to have short stems.

If you plan to cut your pumpkin open, be sure to feel all the sides for soft spots.  They will be starting to rot this time of year. Also, if you are cutting it open, be sure to bring a container that will fit inside your pumpkin as your pumpkin may not be waterproof (who knew?  Us Pinterest failures!  That’s who!  You’re welcome!)

Other fun things to add would be picks like a bird or scarecrow or glittered branches.

Pumpkin Centerpieces will be Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, at 1:00 and the cost is $10

Click here to see the Google Calendar Event

You can RSVP to any of these classes by phone or texting 575.366.3950

Happy Holidays!

 

 

Bullet Journal- Don’t Have One? Get One!

I don’t know why this phrase keeps going through my mind.  Maybe I just need to watch Toy Story!  But seriously, there are staples one needs in life that are just absolutely necessary, like  coffee and girl’s nights out!  And one of the can’t miss items that are very slowly catching on is bullet journals or “Bujos”.

Now, I know what your thinking as you roll your eyes.  Another planner to make you feel like a loser.  Another book for you to carry around and not use, and then when you need it, it is at home collecting dust, but I promise this is like every journal/planner you have ever kept, and unlike any journal/planner you have ever kept.

So lets talk about why journals and planners and diaries don’t work, because that is exactly why you need this.  Some days are just full of stuff.  You basically need to plan out your day in 15 min. increments because between 2:30 and 3:30 you are going to be at about 1000 places. And so you rush off to the store to buy one of those planners with the hourly day planning pages.  And for a week you are right there on top of it.  But then it settles down or you get the hang of it and it doesn’t seem so overwhelming and your day planner sits.  One day you pick it up, cuz life is crazy again and you really need to write that stuff down.  and you flip half way through an empty planner to the current calendar.  “You are a loser!” your empty calendar screams at you. “No wonder you’re unorganized!” You write down one or two engagements in your neglected planner and carry it around half heartedly.  And it really is a bother because its kind of bulky and makes your purse heavy. So after some time of not using it you leave it at home and enjoy the lightness of your purse.  And of course the very same day someone schedules something with you and you don’t have it, so you put the info in your phone or on your hand and develop a new system of remembering things. And the phone is great, till one day you drop it and it breaks beyond repair and you have lost anything not on a cloud. So half your life is gone.

Then you have those short lists.  The groceries, the supplies, the measurements of your windows for curtains.  The ones you shove in your purse, or make and leave on the kitchen counter and then get to the store hoping you can remember what was on them.

And you have those notes you took in church or at a business meeting that float around or get shoved in a desk which you don’t need until after you have lost them or thrown them away.

And finally the diaries (we are grown up now, so they are journals) which we go through spurts of writing fits and then not.

So how can one (to borrow from Blue’s Clues) handy dandy notebook solve ALL those problems?

Well, I am so glad you kept reading, because it is the best. thing. ever.

So a bullet journal starts off as a blank notebook. And you will put anything and everything in it, page by page. So lets back up.  That day, that horrible busy day that made you get the planner in the first place, that day, you wrote out a little schedule for yourself to help you keep up. Now thanks to Pinterest, we can see what that page might have looked like:hourly journalThe next page is a grocery list, which is great because you had your planner with you anyways.  The next page you wrote a list of your son’s lawns that he mowed, and the next page was a to do list for the day.  A monthly calendar would come in handy, so you draw up one of those.  You get the idea.  You use this book for EVERYTHING.

But how do you find what your looking for when you have pages and pages of stuff? I’m glad you asked.  This book starts with an index.  Every page gets numbered and the contents are listed on the index page.  Frequently viewed pages are marked with a tab or a book mark.  I have a book mark for this day, this week and this month.

Your table of contents or index might look like this:

bullet journal index

Or if you like your index a little more organized you can list your pages out by type like this:
subject index bullet journalYou just add the pages to the index as you go.  Journal entries, sermon notes, meeting notes, meaningful inspirational quotes, everything goes in here.  But the biggest benefit is your daily log.  This is basically your to do list but you also include thoughts and notes.

There is a very simple system to keep all this information neatly organized in your journal, maybe a little too much reading for this article, but we will go over all the basics in the fall into order free event.

I started out with a notebook I had laying around the house since I didn’t know if I was really going to like it.  So Just grab any ol’ spiral or composition notebook in a size you won’t mind carrying around.  I will show you how the system works, how to get nice pages made quickly, and fun ways you can decorate and play with your notebook when you have time. You can’t but not love it because you make it just the way you need it to be!

So this coming Friday morning from 10 to 1, bring a notebook and some fun pens (They have these awesome erasable pens called FriXon in ALL different colors that are a.maz.ing. just sayin!) And bring a finger food and well have a working lunch where we will think about some goals, talk about fun ways to organize and make a vision board to keep us inspired!

Here is a link to the event on Google calendar that you can add you your calendar!

 

Hope to see you there!

 

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