Saturday, March 31, 2012

Happenings at A Place in Time on March 29th, 2012

Good Evening Everyone,

The month of March is all but over. Considering that we survived a tornado, hail, and exploding transformers, I would say that it was a very good. month. When you run a retail store there isn't much time to just sit back and reflect on what happened. You are always moving forward and that brings us to April.

First up, as I promised, The Memory Box Dies just arrived this afternoon. Tonight I will tag them and see that they are on the shelves for you tomorrow (Saturday). Priscilla brought in nine new designs to complement some of your favorites from previous orders. Yes, the butterflies are a part of that order. The dies that I like are the Decorative Frames and a Border that is truly architectural. The liquid pearls would be a perfect compliment to the dies.

Priscilla also brought some new ribbon into the store. Seventeen different rolls to be exact. I think you will love the colors - they are perfect for the Easter and Spring seasons. One young lady came in and bought some ribbon to use in her hair. I haven't seen that in a long time and it really looks nice.


Saturday, April 7th - ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT - This is a fun time for the adults to come into the store and hunt for Easter eggs. Now these aren't your ordinary hard boiled eggs. Our eggs will have prizes and surprises inside them. Only one egg per adult and the game lasts as long as the eggs remain hidden. It will be a lot of fun for everyone. I will hide the eggs and I promise you will have to search for them.

Saturday, Apr 14th - (2:00 - 5:00pm)  Make and Take It by Priscilla. Typically, the 2nd Sunday of the month is scheduled for this event. However, Easter falls on the 2nd Sunday this year so we are moving it to Saturday. The Make and Take It is "FREE" and I'll post a photo as soon as one is available.

Sunday, Apr 8th - Easter Sunday -  The store will be closed.

Wednesday, Apr 11th - Fran's first class in April. The class is a third full and I don't know what Fran is planning. Ha! Fran's reputation as an instructor is that good. Give me a call if you would like to sign up. The class is from 6:30pm - 8:30pm and the cost will be $20.00. I will post the photo as soon as possible.

Sunday, Apr 15th - "Whispering Bamboo" by Priscilla. The class (1:00 - 3:00pm) is for intermediate crafters. The cost is $30.00 and it will include a free stencil. This is the class that everyone has been anticipating. The prototype is in the store - an anniversary card Priscilla gave me last year - but there may be a few minor "tweeks" to it. Priscilla had it on display at the recent Scrapper's Jam and apparently it was the "hit of the show". The supplies you will need to bring will be a paper trimmer, double sided tape, pencil, 2 3/4" and 3" circle dies from "Nestabilities" or Sizziz "Framabilities", black glossy embossing paste, a small spatula, and removable tape. Call me for further details.

Wednesday, Apr 25th - "A Year in Cards" by Fran. The class is from 6:30 - 8:30pm and the cost is $20.00. Fran is working on the samples and I will Blog them as soon as possible.

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

A Place in Time
48 Maluniu Ave
Kailua, Hi  96734

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Happenings at A Place in Time on March 25th, 2012

Good Evening All,

It was a marvelous Sunday. The weather system didn't materialize and I see blue sky stretching off into the distance. I should be outside "catching some rays " but I wanted to get another edition of the Blog written. Just a few things for you today and most of them are photos.

First up is a photo of Art's "Grandpa Munster's Dragula". Many of you know Art - he's the master behind the laser engraving we do in the store. Stamps or stencils? He's the man. What you may not know, Art has a talent for making miniature models. The photos show his latest creation: Grandpa Munster's Dragula and it took about two months to build. Art wasn't satisfied with the basic kit so he made a few modifications. He made the exhaust pipes from aluminum tubing and then polished it to a high finish. The interior was lined with embossed paper and trimmed with gold rope. The canopy lining was done with purple fabric (Priscilla found it in her sewing material box) and also lined with gold rope.  As a finishing touch, Art custom fabricated a new instrument panel and engine distributor. You have to see it in person - it's pretty amazing.

Grandpa Munster's Dragula

Grandpa Munster's Dragula

The last thing I have for you are several photos taken of Debbie and Pam's recent class - "Altered Art Adventure 3". Everyone had a lot fun and the time seemed to fly by. Our thanks to Debbie and Pam for sharing their talent and tricks of the trade.

Debbie's Happy Crafters

Beautiful Papers

Here, a leaf was used to create a patterned paper

Colorful choices is creating you own paper

Successful Book Binding taught by Pam Yee

Oh! One more thing.... Priscilla just mentioned that we will be having our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 7th. , There will be more details to follow in the next Blog.

See you tomorrow......

A Place in Time
48 Maluniu Avenue
Kailua, HI 96734

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Happenings at A Place in Time on March 22nd, 2012

Good Evening Everyone,

Tonight's message is going to be short and contain some good news. "The Pearls are Here", "The Pearls are Here"! As everyone in Fran's class last  (A Year in Cards - "Celebrations") found out, the Liquid Pearls arrived late yesterday afternoon. I quickly did the inventory, entered them into the system, and had them on the shelves before the class was over. Priscilla brought in a full range of colors and you have 31 "Pearls" to choose from. There are the metallic pearls (very dynamic colors), as well as the spring and Easter colors. You will find two new colors also, just in case you think you have them all. So, the shelves are full, except for the "holes" Fran's students created last night. It will be interesting to see how long they last.

The last thing I have for you is a photo of Fran's class last night. They had a blast with the assortment of cards Fran had created. Her next class will be on Wednesday - 11th of April (6:30 - 8:30pm). Fran isn't sure what the subject matter will be, but I'm not sure it matters. The class is already 1/3 full. Ha! Everyone of Fran's classes this year has sold out. Great going Fran - if you've taken one of Fran's classes you know why. If you haven't, sign up for the next one. You won't be disappointed. It's the best value on the island. Plus you get that extra discount on your purchases the night of the class.

A Year in Cards - "Celebrations"

That's all for now. Remember to vote for A Place in Time in the Star Advertiser's "Hawaii's Best" contest. We would appreciate it. If you have any questions please give me a call ....... See you tomorrow.....

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happenings at A Place in Time on February 19, 2012

Good Evening Everyone,

Many of you have been asking, "when are the Memory Box dies are going to arrive". All I can say is that I may see them tomorrow. The truth is that Memory Box is backlogged in manufacturing the dies. The dies are so popular that they didn't anticipate the high demand. I promise -  I will let you know as soon as they arrive. If the response to this order is the same as previous ones, it will not last a week in the store.

I have some additional information re: upcoming classes. First up is Debbie and Pam's Altered Art Adventure 3 on Saturday, March 24th. It starts at 9:00am and ends at 5:00pm. Debbie and Pam recently conducted this class last Saturday at Rubber Stamp Plantation. Everybody had so much fun that they are asking for more classes in the future. There are seats available and you can call me at the store to reserve a spot.

"Altered Art Adventure 3"
Debbie West (local artist) and Pam Yee (book artist from Michigan) will lead you though two inspiring projects. You'll start the morning with a short "warm up" to get the creative juices flowing! If Altered Art and handmade books attract your attention, you'll Love this day! $80.00 covers materials for ALL projects.
Project #1: Experimenting with a multitude of techniques, you will create unique gelatin monotype prints, Then learn how to incorporate them into other artistic projects. Project 2: You will learn a single-needle Coptic binding stitch as you create a handmade, five-signature book. Bottled water will be provided throughout the day. At the lunch break, there are many great eateries within walking distance. Materials for all of the projects will be provided. You will have the fun of experiencing with some new items. What you need to bring: a basic tool kit (glue, awl, scissors, ruler, pencil/pen, craft knife and cutting mat, bone folder). Optional, but helpful: Scor-pal, brayer. You are welcome to bring personal Ephemera, decorative papers, stamps, ink pads, favorite images, and other "faves" you wish to use in your projects. For the print-making, feel free to bring items to create texture and patterns: feathers, leaves, bubble wrap, bold stamps, plastic comb, etc.

You all know about Priscilla's "Stenciling Techniques" class on Wednesday, March 28th (6:30 - 8:30pm). If you want to learn how easy stencils are to use be sure and sign up. A lot of the "samples" in the store employ the use of this versatile tool. You can see the class samples in the store or visit one of my previous Blogs.

The last class of the month belongs to Pam Yee. "Pocket Full of Dream" will have you making a cool "retro" looking book that is filled with multiple pockets to contain many surprises for someone special. The class is on  Thursday, March 29th (6:30 - 8:30pm). The cost of the class is $20.00. The tools that you will need to bring is: Scor-pal, glue stick, double sided adhesive 12" ruler, pencil, straight cutter, and 7/8" round punch. Wow! Just think of learning a technique that lets you start making books. I think that sounds exciting. Something new for you try.
"Pocket Full of Dreams"

Inside View of  Pocket Full of dreams

As I'm writing this Blog, Priscilla is working on a new class. It's the Anniversary Card she gave me last year and was it ever popular at this past Scrapper's Jam. As soon as the "sample" is complete I'll post it, but you can always come in look at the original. Speaking of anniversaries, this Wednesday Priscilla and I will be celebrating our wedding anniversary. Priscilla is the best and I am very blessed to be walking through life with her at my side.

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

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

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happenings at A Place in Time on March 15th, 2012

Good Evening Everyone,

I have just a few things to share with you tonight. The month of March is at it's midway point and the mainland has reverted to it's daylight savings time. It's a real "pain" for us because it means the east coast is now 6 hours away. If we need to speak with someone, we had better do it before the noon hour here. Luckily for me, most of my vendors for the manufacturing side of our business have outlets in California. One of our next orders will involve engraving a logo onto the lens of sunglasses. The Scapper's Jam was held last weekend and it was a big success for us. The venue changed this year to the Ohana Hotel located by the airport. It was a smaller space, less room for vendors, but we made up for it by showing off the variety of stencils that we offer in our store and a new way you can use them. Apparently, the "hit" of the show was an anniversary card that Priscilla made for me last year. It made the rounds of the room and people were asking when Priscilla was going to do a class. Stay tuned and I'll let you know once Priscilla informs me. It wouldn't surprise me if there was enough demand for two classes. It's a beautiful card and I have it on display in the store.

Classes:  Three classes remain this month. First up is Fran's "A Year in Cards - Celebrations" on Wednesday, March 21st. There are 2 seats left. Please give me a call and I can include you with the others that have already sign up. The samples are on display, so come by the store and take a look.  Second, on Saturday, March 24th - Debbie and Pam are holding their "Altered Art Adventure #3" class. The class is 50% full so there is still room for more. You can check my previous Blogs for the photos that I have posted. The samples are on display and I will answer any questions you might have. The 3nd class is Priscilla's "Stenciling Techniques" on Wednesday, March 28th. I think there are just 2 seats left. Once again, you can refer to my previous Blog for details and photos.

Yesterday, Priscilla pointed out to me that the Star Advertiser is running it's "Peoples Choice Awards" Contest this month. If you have the time and agree that we have a pretty good store right here in Kailua, please vote for us as the Best Craft Supply store. We have stiff competition in a "chain" store on this island and, with your help, we would like to give them a little competition for the title. Ballots have to be submitted by March 28, 2012. You can only vote once and you have to drop off or mail the ballot to:  Hawaii's Best - 500 Ala Moana Blvd, 7-500 Honolulu, HI 96813. You can go on line to print out a ballot, but you can't vote online. Thank you for your support.

The last thing that I have for you is a photo of Pam Yee's class that was held last night - "The Power of Ten". Pam did a great job showing how, with just a few pieces of paper, you can make 10 different and stylish greeting cards. Melanie, Cathy, Mark, and Byron had a fun time. At one point I wandered over to see how they were doing and was surprised to find out that they weren't following the guidelines. That's fantastic - both Pam and I like to see the crafters getting creative and thinking "outside the box". Byron was making dragonflies in lieu of the butterflies shown on the samples, Mark made flowers out of left over material (the samples didn't show flowers), and Melanie thought a tree would look nice on one of her cards (yep, no tree on any of the samples - where did she get the tree? - I'm not going to tell). Also, Cathy and Pam discovered that they originated from the same area in Michigan. Small world as we all know. It was a fun time and they are looking forward to the next class.

"The Power of Ten"

I know there is probably more that I should be talking about, but it's getting late. We did get a small order from Memory box in the store. They have the 2 best dies for an Easter egg you will ever see. The rest of the Memory Box order should be in shortly. The problem is that you have made their product so popular that they are back-logged with orders. They didn't anticipate the demand. We also received a few items from Sizzix. The embossing folder that looks like black coral is now available again. Also, the popular "Card Fronts" and "Critters" cartridges for the Eclips machine is back on the floor. The last time I looked we still have a couple of "Easter" cartridges that are still available also. Make the time to come in and see what Art has been doing with the Easter eggs. Oh! We have been resupplied with more Big-Shots.

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

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

Friday, March 9, 2012

Happenings at A Place in Time on March 9th, 2012

Good Evening Everyone,

What a wild ride it's been during the current weather system. I haven't seen rain like this since the 40 days of rain back in 2007. We were in the dark at home this morning due to a transformer blowing "it's top". I was lucky to have left for the store at 6:30am. I typically park under that transformer. Priscilla said that several cars parked on the street were damaged, trees were blown down, and one individual had their jealousy windows break. When Art came in to the store he told me about the golf ball sized hail that was bouncing off his roof. Tropical Hawaii???

This will probably be my shortest blog ever. I wanted to send out a photo of what you will be making at our 2nd Sunday Make and Take It this weekend. Priscilla has used our Telescopic Box template to create a fun project. If you haven't made one of these boxes you will find that they make a great party favor or seasonal ornament. St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day - decorate them to fit the occasion. As always the Make and Take It is free and will start at 2:00pm. No tools or materials are required for the project. All you need to bring is a smile and a desire to have a good time.                                                                                          

Priscliia's 2n Sunday Make and Take It

I was expecting the new shipment of Memory Box dies today  Alas,that didn't happen. If it arrives tomorrow I will be sure to have it available for those that attend the Make and Take It.

Priscilla will be attending the Scrapper's Jam tomorrow at the Airport Ohana Hotel. If you are going to the event, be sure and stop by and say hi. Priscilla will be demonstrating the air brush system that uses the Copic pens. The results are fantastic. Art has created several samples for you to look at in the store and you can always ask for a demo. It's really fun and people are surprised by how easy it is to use.

The classes are rapidly filling up. Please check my previous blog for all of the details. If you have any questions please give me a call.

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

A Place in Time
48 Maluniu Avenue
Kailua, HI  96734

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Happenings at A Place in Time on March 4, 2012

Good Morning Everyone,

Today, I have class updates and project photos to share with you. Some of you may know that Pam Yee and her husband are back visiting our island. Pam has "volunteered" to add herself to our "instructor corps" for the next several weeks. Her first class is "The Power of Ten" on Wednesday, March 14th (6:30 - 8:30pm). In this class you will see how you can make 10 cards with a minimum use of paper (I think one sheet - not counting the card body). As embellishments, Pam uses the dies from Memory Box. The cost of the class is $20.00 and you will need to bring your Scor-pal, APIT envelope template, ruler, pencil, scissors, paper trimmer, and double sided adhesive.

The Power of Ten

If you like classes there is no shortage of them this month:

Wednesday, March 7th (6:30 - 8:30pm) - Tropical Flair II by Fran. The cost is $20.00 and I believe there are 2 seats still available. Please check my previous blogs for details and supplies to bring with you.

Tropical Flair II

Sunday, March 11th (2:00 - 5:00pm) - 2nd Sunday Make and Take It by Priscilla. It's free for all who want to have a bit fun on a Sunday afternoon. This also offers you the opportunity to ask Priscilla any questions you might have about different techniques, what's new, offer suggestions on what you would like to see in the store, etc.

Wednesday, March 14th (6:30 - 8:30pm) - The Power of Ten by Pam Yee. See above for details.

Wednesday, March 21st (6:30 - 8:30pm) - A Year in Cards - Celebrations by Fran Kawakami. The cost is $20.00 and there is one seat available. I will post the samples and a list of supplies to bring as soon as they are available.

Saturday, March 24th (9:00am - 5:00pm) - Altered Art Adventure 3 by Debbie West and Pam Yee. This will be an all day fun adventure into Altered Art and Handmade Books. You will start the day out with a short "warm up" project to get your creative juices flowing. Have you ever experimented with making your own designer paper? Using a multitude of techniques, you will create unique gelatin mono-type prints and then learn how to incorporate them into other artistic projects. The 2nd major project will have you learning a single-needle Coptic binding stitch to create a handmade signature book. Pam tells me that this stitching technique allows the book to lay open flat. I have a flier in the store for you to take and the cost of the class is $80.00. This includes the materials for all of the projects. They will supply bottled water throughout the day. You may bring your lunch or there are several places to eat within a short walking distance. You will need to bring the following items: Basic tool kit (scissors, ruler, pencil, pen, craft knife, cutting mat, bone folder, awl, and glue). Optional, but helpful: a Scor-pal. Word has it that Priscilla will be signing up for this class.

Gelatin Mono-type Prints

Coptic Binding Stitch

Handmade Signature Book

Wednesday, March 28th (6:30 - 8:30pm) - "Pineapple Express" Stenciling Techniques by Priscilla. The cost is $20.00 and includes a free stencil. This will be a great class for those that are new to stenciling or to those that would like a "refresher"class. You will learn how easy it is to use a stencil in a variety of applications. Try your hand at "Dry Embossing", "Pasting", "Gold Leafing", "Mica Coloring", and "Ink Pad Coloring". Many of these applications you have seen on the samples we have on display in the store. They look beautiful and people think they must be difficult to do. They are wrong. You will discover for yourself  just how easy it is by taking this class. The supplies you will need to bring are double sided adhesive tape or tape runner, and a 4" flat blade spatula for applying the paste.
Priscilla's Pineapple Express

Lastly, I have a couple of samples for your review. Art has been using the Eclips to create different embellishments for St. Patrick's Day and Easter. He welded the the letters in Happy Easter with the egg shape and a cute little bunny to create an embellishment that can have multiple uses. As shown in the photo, you can layer the egg on any paper to create an interesting color to your egg. Add dimension to the bunny by using liquid pearls or glitter glue to the ears, tail, and eye. Last week we created three new stencils that you can use in conjunction with St. Patrick's Day. The one we show here is called "Field of Shamrocks". I think it makes a great background for any card and the four leaf shamrock is thrown in for fun. The Ecal software for the Eclips was used by Art to create both embellishments.

Art's Easter Egg

Field of Shamrocks

That's all for now.... I started writing the Blog this morning before we opened and now I'm finishing it after closing time. It was a busy day. Today we had people from Arizona, Florida, and New Jersey. We are getting more calls from visitors asking "How do I get to Kailua". I getting to know the bus routes with thanks to Art. Ha! Anyway, I really enjoy the variety of people that find us in "little" Kailua. .... See you tomorrow.

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