Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happenings from A Place in Time on Dec. 31, 2011

Happy New Year! Everyone is asking "where has the year gone"? All I know is that I've got to take the Christmas decorations down and prepare for our annual inventory on monday. Fortunately, we are blessed to have several "volunteers" to help us. As you might guess, we will be closed on Monday, January 2nd to conduct the inventory.

As I look back on the past year, I thank God for the opportunity to live in beautiful Kailua and to have Priscilla at my side. We have the opportunity to meet so many wonderful and talented people from all over the world. Each day contains it's own blessings and the opportunity to help people. In a little over a month we will be celebrating our 7th anniversary. Wow! We have gone through a very difficult economic time, but with the Lord's help we are still here to assist you. I am very thankful to each and everyone of you for your business and the friendship you've extend to Priscilla and I. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Stay tuned for new classes, new ideas, and a whole lot of fun. It's the Year of the Dragon. I have to be careful...Priscilla was born in the Year of the Dragon. Me? I'm just an old rooster.

See you tomorrow....

A Place in Time
48 Maluniu Avenue
Kailua, HI 96734

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on December 19, 2011

Good Morning Everyone,

Well, Christmas is almost upon us. It seems to arrive faster each year. I guess that's a sign that I'm getting older. The store is decorated, the Christmas carols are providing a soft background, I'm feeling nostalgic for for a chill in the air. It almost doesn't "feel" like Christmas yet. Perhaps it's because we run a retail business and the days are just too full of taking care of business. I think I need a vacation. Ha!

First up today are a couple of photos that I want to share with you. People come into our store, some visit periodically, while others may drop in to say hi a couple times a week. I see them as friends and am always pleasantly surprised at how truly talented they really are. There are days when customers come into the store and show me a sample of what they have created. At that point I am truly "blown away" by their creativity. Recently, Maude brought in her latest project and I just had to to share it with you. It's an example of what I call simple elegance. It's also something that I believe each and everyone of you is capable of doing. Thank you Maude for sharing.

The next example I have to share with you is an experiment using the new air brush tool and the application of translucent embossing paste. I have to laugh at myself for the thoughts I had as I first gazed upon the fish just after the paste had been applied to the stencil. I thought the fish looked like it had died and was decomposing. Ha! What little I know. Priscilla said " just wait and let the paste dry - the color will show through the paste." As usual she was right. I came into the store the next morning and the image had transformed into something really beautiful. The combination of the embossing paste and the alcohol ink in the Copic Pens gives the fish a depth of dramatic colors. You will have to compare it to other images we have done. Try it yourself and you will be amazed - I promise. As easy as using the "Big Shot". Everyone trying the air brush for the first time has been pleased with the outcome.

We had an arrival last Friday from Graphic 45. At your request, Priscilla brought this line of paper into the store a couple of months ago. It was an instant favorite of both the card maker and scrapbooker. This time, Priscilla chose their Tropical Travelogue Collection. You are going to love it. The paper is two sided and the colors are fantastic. It looks like Graphic 45 took images of Hawaii and placed it on their paper. Some of the paper even has a vintage appearance of "Old Hawaii". Visitors are always asking for paper that reflects the beauty of our islands. This will more than satisfy them. In addition to the 12x12 paper there is an 8x8 pad of paper. If you are a stamper you will enjoy the images offered in the two travelogue stamp sets. Rounding out the product line are chipboard stickers, chipboard flowers, and bronzed metal flowers. Any of these accessories would provide the perfect accent to any card or scrapbook page.

Soon to arrive in the store will be a shipment from Sizzix. Your response to our current sale has been well received. We have the best packaged prices on the island for the Eclips and Big Shot and the sale will run through the end of December. Be sure and take advantage of the fantastic sale price on the eCAL software for the Eclips machine. Right now you can get it for $29.99. As of January 1st the price will go up to $79.99.

We are starting to make plans for the new year with new classes that you can look forward to taking. Jan Kruger came into the store on Thursday and will be staying in the islands for several months. Many of you took classes from he earlier this year. I'm sure Priscilla and Jan will be planning something for the near future. Also, Fran Kawakami will be starting her bi-monthly classes beginning in January. Stay tuned and I'll keep you informed.

That's all for now. If we don't see you, Priscilla and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. See you tomorrow....

A Place in Time
48 Maluniu Ave
Kailua, HI 96734

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on December 11, 2011

Good Morning Everyone,

It's December 11th and the days are moving all too quickly. Before I get into the details of the blog, I wanted to thank you, our valued customers, who have supported us with your time and talent this past year. It's been almost 7 years since we opened our store. Your friendship and trust are the foundation that this store is built upon. Without your continued patronage we wouldn't be here to assist you. We are very blessed indeed.

Shopping during the holiday season can be a stressful time. What do I get for that special friend or family member who is a crafter? One solution we offer is A Place in Time Gift Certificates. It's a great gift and to help you save some money we have a special offer for you. Buy a Gift Certificate for $20.00 or more and receive a 10% discount on the purchase price of the Gift Certificate. You will save money and the receiver of the gift will be delighted.

You will find other Store Specials for this Holiday Season at the end of this blog.

Special Event: Get Acquainted with your Eclipse Machine: Saturday, December 17th (2-4pm). Priscilla will lead you on a tour of your Eclips Machine. This is a Free hands-on session that will familiarize you with the best electric cutting machine on the market. Tools to bring with you: Your Eclips machine, Eclips cartridges, Ec;ips tools, paper, and a basic tool kit. Priscilla has offered this before and it's always been a fun time to share your knowledge. The session is limited to 6 people. If your interested, please give me a call so I can sign you up.

As I promised in my previous blog, I've included the results of using the new tool we have in the store. It combines the use of Copic Pens, Dreamweaver Stencils, and the Airbrush Compressor System. The "Merry Christmas" and the "Humuhumunukunukuapua'a (fish) we're done by Carol and Bill. It was the first time for both of us. Art says "it's easy to do". Come into the store for a quick demo and you will prove it to yourself. We have new arrivals in the store to use as potential "stocking stuffer". Fiskar's top of the line paper trimmer is back on the shelves. What makes it unique is a fine wire that guides you in making straight cuts. A variety of adhesives are now available also. New in the store is the quick dry liquid glue from "Scotch". It has a very fine tip for detail work. Also you will find an abundant supply of Glue Dots in the 1/8", 3/16", and 1/2" sizes. For you stampers, Priscilla brought back Fiskar's "Stamp Press". This will allow you to stamp multiple images at the same time.

As I've said before, I never know what each day will bring when we open the doors. Last Friday, Yoko Imai and her daughter visited our store. Yoko is visiting from Tokyo and heard about our store from friends living in Japan. We had a great time discussing techniques and demonstrating some of the items that she had not seen before. It is our store policy that customers can take pictures of any of our samples. I try to exclude myself from from any photos, but Yoko would not take no for an answer. She is excited to include us in her blog. Imagine that, our store will be blogged to crafters in Japan. I visited Yoko's blog and it's very nicely done. There's a feature that will convert Japanese into English. If you would like to visit her blog, go to I think you will enjoy it. I am including a photo of Yoko and her daughter - may she have a safe trip home to Japan and we look forward to her next visit to our islands.

On Saturday I decided to create several easy to make Christmas cards. I call them my "10 minute cards", it shouldn't take you any longer than that to make them. I showed them to Grace and she said "well I don't know.......". Now if your watching TV, talking on the phone, or otherwise distracted they may take a little longer. The major ingredients in the cards are the Dazzles Peel & Stick sheets from Hot Off The Press. I chose papers from Grafix, Little Yellow Bicycle, Memory Box, Bazzil, and Basic Grey. People in the store today enjoyed their simplicity. Many of them were going to try it for themselves.

Today was our 2nd Sunday Make & Take Day. Priscilla had a full house and they all had fun making "Frosty's Diorama. I think part of it's charm was that people remember making diorama's as a project in grade school. I wish I had thought to take a picture or two. Individuals also had the opportunity to try out our newest tool - an airbrush compressor with the Copic Pens. This is not the big, noisy, tool that you might find in your garage. It's extremely quiet and doesn't take up any more room than a toaster. And the results? It's fantastic and it gives you another technique to use for your stencil collection. The fact that we have it as a special sale item makes it even more enticing.

Now for the store specials I promised you:

1. We have the Eclips Machine on sale: Purchase the Eclips and we'll give you your choice of a free cartridge. I think you will find this to be the best value on the island. (excludes the eCAL software cartridge).
2. Purchase the eCAL software before Dec. 31st for $29.99. As of Jan. 1st the price will go up to $79.99. This software offers the Eclips owner a wide variety of options that are too numerous to list in the blog. I have made copies of its enhanced features and they are available to you in the store.
3. Purchase the best selling tool in the store: The "Big Shot" from Sizzix for $69.95. As a bonus you can choose any A Place in Time custom stencils as a free gift.
4. All Ellison or Sizzix diecuts for the Big Shot are 30% off. (excludes Tim Holtz).
5. All Disney and Sesame Street embellishments are 30% off.

All sale items are limited to stock on hand and is not valid with any other offers. The Eclips machine and the eCAL software is available to you at the special pricing as pre-orders through Dec 31st.

That's all for now. See you tomorrow.


A Place in Time
48 Maluniu Ave
Kailua, HI 96734

Monday, December 5, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on December 5, 2011

Good Evening Everyone,

I love this time of the year. Decorating the store is like revisiting old friends that you haven't seen for a whole year. I'm sitting here with Christmas carols echoing a time that is both new and old. It is easy to become nostalgic as I think to Christmas's past. It was a magical time for my brother and I. Now I am old, but the magic is still there. Memories will do that for you.

The ladies that took Priscilla's Stenciling Techniques class yesterday had so much fun that the class ended up being a 4 hour class in lieu of the scheduled 2 hours. It was a first time for several of them on some of the stencil applications. I would wander from my desk and look over their shoulders to see how they were doing. I have to say that they all did great. I know they will continue to practice and maybe they will bring a sample or two that I can use in the blog. I could kick myself for not taking a couple of pictures

Next up for Priscilla is the 2nd Sunday Make and Take on Dec. 11th (2-5pm). I've had "Frosty's Diorama on display for a week now. Hopefully, people will be able to break away from their holiday schedule to have fun with this project. For those of you that may be new to the store, the Make and Take is free and you don't have to bring anything except a smile. We do ask, if you can, donate a dollar to the basket for the Food Bank. If you have any questions please give me a call. I'll repeat the photo of Frosty's Diorama so you don't have to search for it in a previous blog.

One of the elements in Frosty's Diorama is the use of Copic Pens to provide the color for the Sister's Stamp. Here is where I get to tell you about a new tool we have in the store. It's an Airbrush Compressor that you can use with the Copic Pens. And it makes blending colors very easy. Wow! I haven't been this excited about a tool in a long time. Art Hiu, our engraving master, has volunteered on several occasions to show how it works. Ladies who have never used a compressor before are amazed at what they are doing on the very first try. Art says "it's almost impossible to make a mistake". The Copic Pens "snap" into a pen holder and all you do is push a button that sprays the ink from the pen to the stencil of your choice. The result is a dramatic blending of colors. I've included a sample of the "Rooster" for your review. Until further notice, we are offering the spray gun as a free gift to anyone purchasing the airbrush compressor. The free spray gun, along with the use of your discount card, results in a $90 plus savings. We are taking pre-orders now. The first airbrush compressor lasted almost a full day in the store before it was purchased. Can you guess who bought it? It was a guy!!!! To my knowledge he had never held a Copic Pen before and his "rooster" was elegantly regal. The question is "will he share it with Melanie"? Ha! Come into the store for your own free demo.

Another Ellison ordered arrived today and the shelves have been restocked with the Eclips machine, cartridges, and various tools. The popular Card Fronts cartridge is once again available. Don't forget to take advantage of the special pricing on the new eCAL software for the Eclips Machine. The response has been very good and please let me know if you want to be included. Right now the price is $29.99 on pre-orders. After the first of the year the price goes up to $79.99.

Priscilla has more product on the way and I'll let you know when it arrives. That's all for now - I hear the dinner bell ringing.

I'll see you tomorrow.

A Place in Time
48 Maluniu Ave.
Kailua, HI 96734

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on November 27, 2011

Good Evening All,

Priscilla finished the samples for her Stenciling Techniques Class yesterday and I've posted them on the Class Board in the store. There are four "tags" that you make. They demonstrate with a single stencil you can achieve four different distinct "looks". Mica powders, glitter, gold leafing, and embossing powders are the ingredients for a really fun time. If you haven't used these materials or just need a refresher course, this is the class for you. The class is scheduled for next Sunday - December 4th - 2:00 to 4:00pm. The cost of the class is $25.00 and includes the stencil you will be using. Supplies to bring includes: Double Sided Tape, a Red and Green ink pad, 2-3 Stencil Brushes, and your favorite Red, Green, and Gold Glitter. If you have any questions please give me a call at the store.

That's it for now. Thank you for a busy weekend. Those of you that took advantage of the sale items will be enjoying your new tools. Give me a call if you have any questions. If you haven't read our previous blog, please take the time to check it out. You'll find the information regarding Priscilla's Frosty's Diorama Make and Take and the new product from Sizzix - the eCal software for the Eclips die cutting machine.

That's all for now......... See you tomorrow,

A Place in Time
48 Maluniu Ave.
Kailua, Hawaii 96734

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on November 25, 2011

Good Evening Everyone,

Wow!!! What a great Thanksgiving. This year we were invited to share the meal and a fun evening with some very good friends. For the first time in my memory, Priscilla wasn't up until past midnight "prepping" for the following day. We enjoyed a very delicious feast prepared with loving hands and we will be enjoying the left overs for a couple of days. I really like my turkey sandwiches. But most of all I am really thankful for good friends and the many blessing that are sent my way. My major blessing is to have Priscilla as a wife and best friend. Life is good.

Now...... New arrivals found their way to our store on Wednesday and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. Boxes from Sizzix were opened and the shelves have been restocked with the popular Eclips and Big Shot Machines. Those of you that pre-ordered the machines can come in and pick them up. Priscilla has anticipated that their demand will continue and has already placed another order.

Since we are on the subject of the Eclips, I can't wait to tell you Sizzix has launched it's highly anticipated eCAL software. You may be familiar with the consumer friendly Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) software that has been so popular with electronic cutting users. The eCAL software empowers the Eclips users to plug in their Eclips Machine to their PC or Mac. I am amazed at what the Eclips will be able to accomplish. Among other things, you will be able to create and modify your own designs, use any True Type or Open Type font, weld multiple shapes and letters into one, cut-score-draw unique shapes, and so much more. And the best thing to me is you will be using an electronic tool that cuts cleanly and is user friendly. The learning curve should be easy.

Now for the best news, for a limited time you can purchase the eCAL software at a special introductory price of $29.99. We are taking pre-orders now and will continue to do so until Dec. 24th. This will allow us the time to place last minute orders. As of January 1st, the eCAL's introductory price ends and the price will become $79.99. Also available to you will be the ability to pre-order the Eclips with the eCAL software already loaded onto the machine.

Lastly for tonight, you will be happy to know that we received more of the super popular embossing folders from Sizzix. Many of our customers requested that we re-order two of the designs that are perfect for the Christmas season. The "Snowflakes and Branches Set" and the "Winter Botanical's Set" are now available. Joining them are new embossing folders (1) "Peacocks & Leaves Set", (2) Blossom, Circles, Leaves, & Diamonds Set", (3) Daisy & Paisley Set", and (4) Birds & Blooms Set". All of the above sets are designed for an A2 card size. The "Winter Botanicals Set" includes three small embossing folders that would be perfect for tags or smaller scaled cards. You will have fun combining the embossed images with the liquid pearls.

That is all for tonight. The dinner bell is calling me. Don't forget - we have our annual sale this weekend. Check out the previous blog for the special discounts and savings.

Priscilla is working on her Stencil Techniques Class and I am itching to snap some photos of her class samples. We will see how it goes this weekend.....

See you tomorrow.....

A Place in Time
48 Maluniu Avenue
Kailua, HI 96734

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on November 20, 2011

Good Evening Everyone,

It's only been two days since my last blog but I can't wait to make this post. Our past weekend was busy and a lot of fun. What makes for a fun day? I believe Priscilla and I would both agree - it's the people who come in for a visit. Each day is a surprise. Some of you drive a long distance and that's a special complement to us. As an example, on Saturday Melanie and Byron stopped by the store. People who have them as friends have something special in their lives. I enjoy their personalities, even if Melanie tries to harass me a little bit. And Byron is a guy who can "hold his own" in the crafting department.

On Sunday Priscilla and I met Jenny and Jeff. They were new to the store and Jenny was amazed at the size of the store and all that it had to offer. After an hour or more of demos and browsing they left with Jenny's parting words "I'll be back". Jeff said "you know she will ". Ha! I forgot to say my parting line "I'll see you tomorrow".

Also on Sunday, Debbie popped by with a special gift. Have you all ever seen a "Pineapple Turkey? I've enclosed a photo and Priscilla and I are at loss for words. What a special treat. If you are handy with a needle and thread you could create your own center piece for your Thanksgiving dinner. The new wood platters that we are now carrying in the store makes a perfect base to display this "special flavored" turkey. Thank you Debbie, you made our day.

Priscilla has been working on her next (2nd Sunday) Make & Take It. Plan on being at the store on Sunday December 11th 2:00pm - 5:00pm. She has entitled it "Frosty's Diorama. The major players in the diorama are a Sister's Stamp (Frosty), a Tree Branch punch from McGill, paper from Bazzill and Spicer, and several of the pens from Copic. I wish I was a better photographer - you will have to come by the store and see the actual sample. This Make It & Take It project is going to be a lot of fun.

Thanksgiving Day Sale: Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, A Place in Time will have it's annual post Thanksgiving Day Sale. The sale will extend from Friday, November 25th through Sunday, November 27th. The following items will be included in the sale:

1. 50% off Halloween items (excludes paper)
2. 30% off all Sizzix Frameabilities (Dies)
3. 30% off all Ellison/Sizzix Diecuts (excludes Tim Holtz)
4. 50% off all EK Success Punch and Stamp Tools.
5. Buy the A Place in Time Gift Certificate and receive a 10% discount.

Please note that sale items are limited to supplies on hand and are not valid with other offers.

That's all for tonight. I'm thinking that we'll play a special game on the weekend also. I'll let you know about that on Tuesday. Stay tuned and I'll see you tomorrow.

A Place In Time
48 Maluniu Ave.
Kailua, HI 96734

Store Hours:
Monday - 10am-6pm
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - 10am-7pm
Thursday & Friday - 10am-6pm
Saturday - 9am-6pm
Sunday - 11am-4pm

Friday, November 18, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on November 18, 2011

Good Morning to you all,

It's been almost two weeks since my last posting to the blog. It's not because I've been that busy or that lazy. Doesn't it seem like the older you get the time just seems to slip by all to easily? When I was growing up the hours seemed to hang suspended. I'm sure mom got tired of hearing my brother and I lament "but mom, were bored -there's nothing to do". Boy, do I wish for those days to return. I always thought that as I got older I would have more time to do those things that I enjoy. It's a good thing I enjoy this job. The truth is it's not the job - it's being able to help those of you that come into the store and the things I learn from you. So, I have to kick myself into a higher gear and be more active in publishing the blog.

Veteran's Day weekend slipped by and several of you took advantage of Priscilla's Copic Pen Demos, Make and Take It's, and Stenciling Demos held each day. The store was filled with
laughter and good fun. By the end of the 3 day holiday Priscilla was ready for a deserved rest. I believe Priscilla is planning on having a Copic Pen class in the near future. I truly appreciate what these pens are capable of doing. They are a great tool for both the novice (me) and the expert (definitely not me). No wonder they are a favorite tool of the stamping enthusiasts. Their blending capability is awesome.

Next up is Thanksgiving. We will be closed for Thanksgiving. A day off!!!!!! What will I do with myself? There will be no 4 day weekend of for us though. It will be back to work on Friday. I've already started doing a little early decorating. Priscilla showed me how to make fortune cookies out of paper. Check out the die cut from Tim Holtz that offers a scalloped edge to your fortune cookie. I think they make great ornaments that can have a surprise gift inside. You could attach mistletoe to the bottom of the fortune cookie and hang them around the house. Hmm - imagine the fun that could be? Come by the store and I'll show you how easily you can make one.

What's new in the store? We had a shipment arrive yesterday from SRM. Do you remember the wonderful acrylic tubes we had in the store earlier this year? They were extremely popular as everyone became very creative in decorating them. Use them to make great party favors or small gifts to be handed out at your holiday get-together. What's even better? They are available in 3 different sizes. To accessorize them, SRM also sent us several clear stickers for you to use. As you will see from the photos, the options for their use in a scrapbook or on a card is unlimited. See what your own imagination can come up with.

The last thing I have for you is a photo of a card and tag that Debbie bought into the store a couple of days ago. I really enjoy these bits of joy that surprise me and offer inspiration for future design ideas. Debbie's card designs have a simple elegance that I admire. I would never have thought to use gauze as a design element. And the use of a single button is very effective as it balances the use of Liquid Pearls in both scale and color. Great job Debbie.

If any of you are so inclined to share your designs with us - please bring them into the store and I'll Blog them. I think it be a lot of fun and provide inspiration for all of us.

Have a super day...... I'll see you tomorrow.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on November 8, 2011

Good Evening All,

Well, Halloween was a lot of fun this year. We even had some of you come to the store "in costume" to pick up a few things before the big party. I think people who live in this island paradise have more fun with Halloween than anywhere else. My memories of Halloween relate to those of my childhood. I remember dad dressing up as Davy Crockett for a dinner at church. I even remember him wearing a pair of glasses with a big rubber nose each Halloween to greet the trick or treat kids when they rang the front door chime. We probably all have similar memories. It's one of the things I appreciate about taking the time to scrapbook those events. Kylie came dressed in style and I just had to share the photo with you all.

October is gone and it was a great month for us. I want to thank all of you who come to our store from near and far. Priscilla and I appreciate your frequent trips more than you know. Now November is here and lets see if we can build on the momentum that has been generated.

The first holiday to arrive is Veteran's Day - Friday, November 11th. Anybody interested in a Veteran's Day Sale? We have a good one for you Vets out there. All veteran's, active or retired, (this includes spouses) with a valid Military ID will get 10% off your total purchase. This sale is limited to items that are in stock and not already on sale. If you have our discount card you will get an additional 10% off.

As a part of the 3 day Veteran's Day Weekend, we will be having variety of happenings each day:

Copic Pen Demo - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 Noon

Make and Take It - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Stenciling Demo - Friday, Saturday, Sunday 4:00 - 6:00pm

This past weekend Priscilla and I took classes to become certified in the use of the Copic Pens and Products. I took the Beginner Class on Friday and Priscilla completed the Intermediate certification on Sunday. The Copic Pens are a fantastic product and I feel that I've only scratched the surface of the product line's capabilities. You will also see we have added to our display case 42 additional colors for you to chose from. Mariane, the instructor for both Copic certification classes, showed us some amazing things. We hope to relay what we learned to you as best we can.

The last thing that I have for you tonight is more new product has arrived in the store.

We now have two new designs of paper from Basic Grey: "Picadilly" and " Little Black Dress". Of the two, "Picadilly" is more colorful and playful. "Little Black Dress" is subdued formal with the air of simple elegance that I enjoy. They both are two sided cardstock and the difficulty is in deciding which side to use. There are 18 different papers in each design to choose from accompanied with a choice of Brads, Rub-ons, 6x6 Paper Pads, Tithe Stickers, Buttons, and Flower Accents. With each arrival we have moved items around in the store to best display the products for you.

We have two new cartridges for the Eclips Machine. "Albums, Bags, and Boxes #2" and "Card Fronts" are now on the shelves. Priscilla has been having a lot of fun with "Card Fronts". The card makers are going to enjoy the choices held within the cartridge. We have numerous samples for you to see and I guarantee you will be amazed at what can be done.

In time for the coming holidays, we have resupplied the variegated metal leaf product. It adds so much life to your project and I never get tired using it. I find it to be simple and easy, if you haven't done it before, ask and I'll show you how. Even a Marine can do it.

Speaking of Marines - a very important day will be observed this Thursday, November 10th. It's the Marine Corps Birthday. We will be 236 days old - Happy Birthday Devil Dogs. "Here's health to you and to the Corps we serve....." That's the beginning of the 3rd verse in the Marine Corps Hymn. How many of you can tell me how it ends? Come in on Thursday and find out.

That's all for now.... I'll see you tomorrow.



Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on October 29

Good Evening All,

Whew! What a day - what a week. We have been very busy - I wanted to get the Blog out three days ago, but product arrival, classes, and the day to day activities of helping people and demoing techniques prevented it. It's what I call a good kind of busy and the time flies by.

First up is a photo of Debbie West's upcoming class (The Asian Sakura Journal) on Saturday, November 5th (5:00-7:00pm). The sample speaks for itself. It's a truly beautiful journal using paper from Best Creations. Check out my previous blog or give me a call for the details on what tools you will need to bring. The word is out and the class is beginning to fill. Give me a call if you are interested and I'll reserve you a seat. The cost of the class is $25.00. The Asian Sakura Journal would make a perfect give for someone special.

We had several deliveries this week. First to arrive was three boxes from Ranger. I had to scramble to get the product logged into the system, tagged, and placed on the shelves. It's a great reflection on product when I barely get it out of the boxes and people in the stores want it. One way or another we accommodated them. The next time you are in the store you will find Liquid Pearls decorating the shelves once again.

Also to arrive from Ranger was more of the popular Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Pads. You will find all new colors to choose from. I love the names - "Barn Door", "Black Soot", "Brushed Corduroy", "Bundled Sage", "Chipped Sapphire", "Dried Marigold", "Dusty Concord", "Frayed Burlap", "Peeled Paint", "Pine Needles", "Pumice Stone", "Rusty Hinge", "Milled Lavender", "Tattered Rose", "Tumbled Glass", "Vintage Photo", "Walnut Stain", and "Weathered Wood". I just walked over to see if I had missed any and their popularity speaks for itself.

The last of the Ranger product was a resupply of the Ink Applicators, Applicator Felt, Sanding Grips, and the popular Hanger Clips. People who make jewelry like to use the hanger clips to display their jewelry.

A partial delivery of the Sizzix product line arrived yesterday (Friday). We are are now restocked with the Eclips Machine. Our sale continues on the machine and the cartridges. Our prices are better than what you can find on line and you don't have to deal with shipping.

Right on the heels of Sizzix was a delivery from Dreamweaver. We now have all of the popular Pastes and Mica Powders available for your holiday card making activities. Something your going to have to try is mixing the pastes to get "new" colors. I've included a couple of photos of Priscilla's recent cards. I think she has created a "new look" for you all to experiment with. Sprinkling the mica powders on the wet paste with a Q-tip gives the card a really elegant feel.

Next, I need to remind all of you that the Sister Stamps that reflect the coming New Year will be on the shelves and available for you on November 1st. You have 2 days left if you want to pre-order it. Pre-orders get a 10% discount and Discount Card Members get 10% + 10%. Give me a call if you are interested. I think you will enjoy adding them to your collection.

We have been very busy in Manufacturing. Something new we will be carrying in the store are engraved Rosewood Boxes. The sizes will be 7" x 5" x 2" and 9" x 9" x 3". The engraving will be done on brushed gold or brushed silver and adhered to the box. It will be a very elegant look that you can personalize for the perfect gift. I will have a couple of samples for you to look at by the middle of next week.

The last thing that I have are "Fortune Cookies". Most of you probably already know about this, but I still consider myself a "newbie". Last Saturday Priscilla and the two girlfriends that she grew up with in Kailua went out for dinner. Priscilla and Pam returned to the store and played for a couple of hours. When I arrived in the store Sunday morning I found fortune cookies made from cardstock. It piqued my interest so I had to find out how they made them. Out comes the craft knife and I dissected the cookie. Ha! It's a simple circle with a "pinch" and "fold" to make the cookie. It's fun to make and would make a perfect companion to the engraved chopsticks. There is a Chinese Take Out Box for the Accucut Machine that would work well with the cookie also. Ask and I'll show you how.

That's it for now..... I'm going to turn off the lights and make my way home. I'll see you tomorrow.......


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on October 23rd

Good evening all,

As promised, I have the samples for Fran Kawakami's next class to share with you. The class is on Thursday October 27th - 6:30-8:30 pm. I also believe this will be Fran's last class for this year. Fran typically takes a break in November and December to share the holidays with family. If you have the time, the samples are displayed on the Class Board. Fran has designed a set of 6 Christmas tags that you will totally enjoy making. It will be interesting to see if you are willing to give them away or keep them for yourself. Give me a call if your interested in taking the class. The cost of the class is $20.00. The supplies you will need are adhesive tape and/or tacky glue, scissors, white pen, fine black pen, ruler, black ink and applicator tool or (sponge/dauber), and 3/8" glue dots. The optional items (if you have them) are a Crop-a-dile, tweezers, Xyron 150 sticker maker, Scor-pal, Liquid pearls (white opal and rouge), and the Coin Envelope Template.

One last thing that I have for you tonight is a class scheduled for November 5th ( 5:00-7:00 pm). Debbie West is the instructor and the theme of the class is an Asian Album. As soon as I have the sample I will post it on the blog. Debbie taught this technique in a previous class and it was fun for all who participated. You will learn how to take simple construction materials (chipboard and paper) and make it into a very special album. If you have the time, come into the store and I'll show you the sample from the previous class. I don't think you will want to miss this class. The Asian Album would make a very nice gift for someone special in your life.

That's all for now..... I'll see you tomorrow. It should be a busy week with new arrivals.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on October 20th

Good evening all,

The past two weeks have been very busy. I apologize for my tardiness in updating the blog. It all began with the Scrapper's Jam on October 8th , the 2nd Sunday Make and Take on the 9th, Priscilla's all day stencil demo on the 10th, and Fran's "Coin Envelope Album" class on the 13th. During all this time, our Manufacturing department has been equally busy. Art has done his typical fantastic job. He just completed a job for an army unit who requested that we engrave 300 glasses with a logo and the title Oktoberfest.

In the midst of all this activity we have had a couple of deliveries.

First to arrive was a paper order from Magenta. It's a beautiful double sided paper from their "Color Me Softly" collection. True to the title, this paper has soft hues that blend and swirl across the face of the page. Magenta has incorporated elements of wistful flowers, leaves, dragonflies, and a hummingbird. What I find interesting is that the reverse side of the paper is as attractive as the front. Those of you that have been in the store have made it a favorite choice with your purchases.

Priscilla was quietly relieved to see that her order from Quick Quotes finally arrived yesterday (Wednesday). I spent the day entering the items into the computer, making labels, and tagging the product. Then the question arises - where do I display it? It took me half of the day to rearrange several of the product lines. The next time that you are in the store you will notice the difference. Ha! The question is - will I remember where I put everything. Part of the reason it took me so long is that the people visiting the store today wanted the paper and embellishments before they left the store. With their patience, we were able to accommodate them. I think it's always a sign of the acceptance of a product - it moves quickly. The Liquid Pearls are a prime example.

Quick Quotes has done an outstanding job in the design of this product line. The paper is double sided and it definitely speaks to you. The colors, tones, and blending hues is simply beautiful. I think a design is successful when it accommodates more than one type of user. Both the Card Maker and the Scrapbooking enthusiast will equally find this paper to their liking. There are several sheets that reflect a patriotic flavor. Those ladies who are scrapbooking their adventures in the military will find these selections very useful. Also available is a Double Page Layout Kit entitled "For The Love Of A Country". It includes chipboard laser diecuts, (9) different cardstock papers, ribbon, and embellishments. Completing the order, you will find an array of quotes on a velum overlay for instant journaling. Even my old Marine heart likes some these phrases. "Some people dream of Angels - I've held one in my Arms" - "All I need is the Air that I Breathe and to Love you" - "Nothing prepared me for you Smile". That's just a sampling. And the pricing is extremely reasonable. The next time you are in the store be sure and take a look.

We are expecting several other deliveries very soon. I will sign of this edition of the blog with a couple of photos. First are a couple pictures taken of Fran's last class. It was a full class of 6 and the "students" had a lot of fun with Tim Holtz's line of Distressed Ink Pads and the various tools for their application.

Recently, Priscilla has enjoyed designing and making a very colorful mask. I'm not sure where she got the idea, she had a lot of fun in the process. I think that you will agree with me that she did a great job.

That's all for now. I'll send this to spell check and see if I did a better job than I did in my last posting. My apologies to Tim Holtz and anyone else that I may have offended. See you tomorrow.

Don't forget.....Fran has a class on Thursday the 27th - "Christmas Tags". Give me a call and I'll sign you up.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on October 6

Good Evening Friends,

It's been only a couple of days since my last blog entry, but there are a couple items that I wanted to pass along to you. Fran brought in the sample of her next class "The Coin Envelope Album". Fran has designed some really great projects in the past. This current project is really fantastic. Using beautiful tones and colors, Fran has created a class project that anybody - new to crafting or experienced - would be proud of. If you have the time, please come in and see the sample for yourself.

Don't miss this class. The class is on Thursday October 13th (6:30 - 8:30pm). The cost is $20.00. The supplies you will need are a paper trimmer, adhesive (Tacky Glue), Scissors, Brown Ink - Time Holtz Walnut Stain recommended, Corner rounder, Scor-Pal or Bone Folder, Sanding Block - Tim Hotlz Sanding Block recommended, Corp-a-dile, and a Piercing Tool.

The next item I want to share with you is a tag Marsha brought into the store. As on most days, the conversation in store drifts towards the sharing of techniques. Yesterday, Marsha was telling me about the possibilities using Tim Holtz's Distressed Ink Pads. The photo reflects the combination of Sizzix's new Stamp and Die-cut product (Bamboo Framelits) with the distressed ink pads. Marsha has done a really beautiful job and I am very grateful. This is something I look forward to experimenting with in a variety of ways.

It's been very busy the last couple of days and there's a busy weekend ahead. The Scrapper's Jam is on Saturday, the free Make and Take on Sunday, and Discoverer's Day on Monday.

We will see you tomorrow,


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on October 4

Good Evening Friends,

I thought I was going to take a break from the blog, but yesterday the order from Sizzix arrived. We are restocked with Big Shots and the Eclips die cutting machine, but the big news is that the new Embossing Folders are now on the shelves. You are going to really enjoy these new tools and their ability to easily and quickly make your Holiday cards. The true test of any product line isn't how much I like it. It's how much the people who frequent our store like them. I made a couple of samples and put them out for people see and touch. 20% of the Embossing Folders are now sold and that was in just 2 hours. I guess you can say they have been well received. There are Snowflakes, Branches, Swirls, Ribbons, Dots, and Flowers.

Included in the delivery were the Ink-Its Letterpress Plates that allow you to ink the Embossing Folder with the color of your choice and then emboss it on the Big Shot. The Letter Press plates we received are Festive Swirls and Spirals. They would be a great border for your scrapbook page or the card your working on.

We also received something new from Sizzix - a packaged kit that includes a self adhering red rubber stamp and the corresponding design in an embossing folder. The great part about this product is that you can use the stamp and the embossing folder together or individually. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

The last part of the order are "Framelits". This is a stamp and die-cut combination. Once again you can use them together or as individual pieces. There are Ferns, Dragonflies, Birds, Flowers, Deco Frames, and Branches to choose from.

Given the time, I'll be making more samples tomorrow. Come in and join me. We're open until 7pm.

The last thing that I have for you is - Did you know that next Monday is a holiday? It's Discoverer's Day. Priscilla has decided that she will be doing a free demo on stenciling techniques. The Demo is open to anyone and will last all day. It's going to be a busy weekend for Priscilla. There is the Scrapper's Jam on Saturday, the free Make and Take on Sunday, and the All Day Stenciling Demo on Monday. I told her she could take Tuesday off. Ha!

That's all for now... See you tomorrow.



Sunday, October 2, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on October 2

Good Morning all,

The rain woke me up in the wee morning hours, as it often does in this island paradise. I turned over and went back to sleep with the music of the falling rain as a backdrop. I got up about 5:30 this morning and it was like the land had been renew with a fresh clean scent. The power of nature's elements leaves me with awe, a sense of humbleness, and the knowledge that there is a power greater than we are.

It's only been a couple of days, but I just had to tell you about what's new. First of all we decorated the store with a flavor of the season. Priscilla's comment was: "It looks very festive". Hopefully you will like the decorations. I like the look - even if I had to get up and down the ladder "973" times. What you don't see in the photo are the bats and pumpkins hanging from the ceiling. I guarantee you will be protected from any spirits.

And just when I thought I could take a break from checking new product into the system and finding a spot to put it all, FedEx showed up with a delivery from Ranger. For those of you that are Tim Holtz fans, you will be so happy with the wide range of selections. There are 18 different colors of distressed ink pads to choose from. This is the first time I have tried this product and I think it's fantastic. You have so much control over the intensity or tone within a single color. Priscilla demonstrated and I was amazed. I just had to create a project to try it out for myself. I made a Halloween Treat Box using our new Spider Web stamps, Tim Holtz's Candlelight Fright diecut (there's a great spider image in it), the Antique Linen distressed ink pad, and our template for the Telescopic Box. The paper I was a Basic Grey in the Hello Luscious line

The inks have interesting names: Aged Mahogany, Black Soot, Broken China, Crushed Olive, Fade Jeans, Fired Brick, Forest Moss, Mustard Seed, Old Paper, Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters, Spiced Marmalade, Stormy Sky, Tea Dye, Victorian Velvet, Walnut Stain, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, and Vintage Photo.

The order from Ranger also included Idea-ology 3-D embellishments from Tim Holtz. These items would be perfect for both the scrapbook page or on a greeting card. I like the Sprockets and it would work perfectly with Dreamweaver's "Gears" stencil. There are also Charm Packs, Corners, Charm Clips, Game Spinners, Clothes Hanger Clips, Jump Rings, Key Holes, Locket Keys, Long Fasteners (brads), Mini Paper Clips, and Swivel Clasps. There is a new tool to use with the ink pads also. It's simply called an Ink Applicator and is used when wanting to apply ink to distressed paper.

We have also been resupplied with the very popular Liquid Pearls - White Pearl anyone? The clear and holographic embossing powders are back on the shelves also.

As promised I'm including a photo of Priscilla's Make and Take next Sunday October 9th - 2:00-5:00pm. She is calling it a Halloween Bag Topper. I think it's very creative and anyone making it will have a lot of fun. Hope you have the time to come and make one.

I'll mention the Scrapper's Jam again in case you missed my previous blog. It's on Saturday October 8th (8:00am to 3:00pm). There will be numerous Make and Takes and Demonstrations offered by various vendors. People who attend have a lot of fun and walk away with some excellent buys. Priscilla will have something special for you to take advantage of. She will also be demonstrating many of the new products lines. The cost is $48.00 for a full day of creativity and you'll have a Continental Breakfast and a Wonderful Lunch to keep your battery charged. We have the forms in the store for you to fill out and send to Sally Pestana. There's air conditioning, free parking, a beautiful view, and a Massage Therapist on hand to relax the muscles.

As promised, Release #3 of the Sister Stamps went out on the floor yesterday (Oct 1st). They have a Christmas flavor that is just perfect for your personal use or perhaps as gift for friends on the mainland. The "Sisters" have been very busy because Release #4 is now being advertised. It has a definite New Years theme and will be issued on November 1st, 2011. I've included a photo for your review and give me a call if you would like to pre-order and take advantage of a special discount.

That's all for now. See you tomorrow.

Bill 808-261-2882

Ps. Don't forget Fran's class , "The Coin Envelope Album" on Thursday October 13th (6:30-8:30 pm). I'll include photos in the next blog.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Happenings at A Place in Time on Sept 29th

Good Evening All,

Priscilla's back!!! And just in time also. For those of you that don't know yet, the Happy Scrappers Jam is just around the corner. It's on Saturday October 8th ( 8:00am - 3:00pm) at the Koolau Golf Club. If you haven't been to this event before , mark your calendar because it's a ton of fun. We will be there, as will several other vendors. There will be classes, make & takes, and demos. Plus there are some really good buys to be taken advantage of. The parking is free, the view is awsome, and you get both a continental breakfast and a super lunch. Priscilla will be there with her team to show you how and to answer any questions. I know Priscilla will have special pricing and a coupon to use at the store. The cost is $48.00 and there will be a Massage Therapist Services for you to relax after all that crafting.

The Scrappers Jam is just the start to the fast approaching holiday season. Sunday October 9th is Priscilla's free monthly Make & Take. It is from 2-5pm. No sample yet, but
I will keep you informed.

The following Thursday, October 13th (6:30 - 8:30pm) is Fran Kawakami's "Coin Envelope Album" class. She will be using the new coin envelope template that she designed. I'm expecting the sample this weekend and I will send it out via the blog ASAP. The cost of the class is $20.00. Anybody who has taken one of Fran's classes knows that it's a great value. Give me a call and I'll sign you up. Seating is limited to six.

I'm beginning to think that we are a "universal" store. This past week we had people from Texas, Alabama, Japan, New Hampshire, France, Mexico and that far away spot "The North Shore". I really enjoy the diversity.

Fran's ongoing "A Year in Cards" class will be on Thursday October 27th (6:30 - 8:30pm) and the theme will be Christmas Tags. Fran will be using some of the new paper that has just arrived. The cost of the class will be $20.00 and the Basic Tool Kit will be all you need to bring with you.

Priscilla is also working on a class sample using one of Lynell Harlow's (Dreamweaver) Hawaiian Quilt pattern stencils. I've seen the sample and it's superb. I'll give you more details as I become aware of them. Or better yet, come into the store and I'll show you Priscilla's project.

NEW IN THE STORE!!!! For those of you that have been in the store and thought you saw all the new paper - you haven't. Priscilla was busy while visiting her aunt in Washington state. She found a new line of paper from Memory Box. If you've been waiting for seasonal paper, this line is worth your consideration. It reflects Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The colors and tones are very elegant without being overdone. I like the "Cherry Branches" and "Dusk". Not to be outdone, the new Basic Grey line of paper is here also. It's their "Out of Print" line and is very compelling for either the card maker or for scrapbooking. This line also comes with a greeting card kit, rub-ons, buttons, and 6x6 pads of card stock.

Then there is Hot Off the Press. Remember their "peel and stick" Dazzles that were so popular? They are back on the shelves with a variety of holiday themes. They make card making super easy. For those of you that like Paper Packs, there are several for you to choose from. Buying the paper as a pack takes the guess work out of which papers work well with each other. Lastly, there are the "Color Me" papers. You can color the background with your choice of inks and the pattern on the papers remains it's original color. I like the snowflake pattern. Perfect for Christmas. There is more to see - "STEAMPUNK" anyone? There are paper packs. You've got to come and see for yourself.

The last thing I have for you before I sign off is a couple of cards that were made using Dreamweaver's "Gears" stencil. It shows how you can get two very different looks from the use of a single stencil. I'm not the best photographer, so if you have time come in and see for yourself. Many of you already have.

That's all for now. See you tomorrow.

Bill 808-261-2882