Quilted Pillows - A Great Small Project

 I just finished up two samples of quilted pillows that participants will be able to make at our upcoming quilting retreat!!  I love the boldness of colour on white.  But I wasn't even done one of the pillows when I unleashed a cup of coffee onto it!  *sigh*




Prepping for Pampering

8 ladies joined BeetleBarrow for the afternoon to test out recipes for the upcoming Pamper Yourself Retreat.  We made bath bombs, salt scrubs, oatmeal teas.  The house still smells wonderful!  There are definitely things we'll change for the retreat, but lots of great results.  







Expanding our Horizons


We are excited to launch our line-up of retreats for 2016!  This year, we're expanding beyond the bookbinding and quilting retreats we've traditionally offered.  We've added workshops on fibre arts and a retreat dedicated to pampering ourselves!  We look forward to these new adventures with you!

Literacy Day in Grimsby

Yesterday BeetleBarrow got to spend an afternoon in the best place to spend an afternoon when it's cold outside...the Library! It was Family Literacy Day at the Grimsby Public Library and it was full of things to do and learn about, proving once more, what an outstanding resource a library can be to a community. Love a library.

We had all the fixing ready for kids to make a saddle-stitch notebook. They got to root around in our tickle-trunk of smaller pieces of decorative paper, trim it up with fancy scissors - thanks Creative Bug for lending them! - add some ribbon well placed glue and:
VOILA!
All ready for the awesomesauce of a kid's imagination.




...love a library.

Happy New Year!

We've always felt that the winter is the perfect time to hunker down and make. It's absolutely freezing outside and the best place will be together in the warmth of friends, surrounded by paper, thread and sharp pointy things. Right? Am I right?

If you visit our 2014 Winter Workshops page, you'll see our upcoming workshops to carry us through to the spring.  

Tuesday evening workshops are starting regularly again, and we've got some exciting new additions, like origami jewellery! (Thought we just did books eh?) Better check it out!

Email to register and remember, you can register for 5 workshop for the price of 4!

Beamsville will also be the new location for three Tuesday evening workshops, in partnership with our friend Creative Bug on King Street, which, if you've never had the pleasure, is a cozy crafty studio in the heart of Beamsville.

Space is limited!
Japanese Stab - Jan 14, Beamsville

Upcycled Coptic, Jan 14 Hamilton

Hamilton Craftstock 2013

I can honestly say, we have met some of the best people in Hamilton this weekend! Thanks for coming out to CraftStock and having a chat with us!
I'd love to say "now look at these pictures to see how groovy it was!" But I can't because my camera somehow had a perception filter around it and no pictures got taken. But you can visit the CraftStock Facebook page to see a few.

We had a ton of our new books out for sale and you can find some of them in our Etsy Shop. Let us know if you're local to the Hamilton/Niagara area, and we can arrange a quick pickup for you so you have it in time for Christmas. We'll have more posted soon, so come back and check it out! The quickest way to get there is to click that link there or visit our Shop page, which is a direct Etsy link. If you saw something on our booth at Craftstock that you just have to have, but isn't listed online, send us an email and if we still have it, it's yours!

Tomorrow we'll be announcing our free book winner from those that joined our mailing list!!

Good Times on Tuesday Evenings


There is a wonderful freedom in a small class - we've had the opportunity to really address individual learning styles, adapt techniques to the interests of our participants, and the conversation!! What a wonderful evening we had. I loved getting out my own tea cups to share a cuppa!