Sunday, April 29, 2012

Happenings at A Place in Time on April 28th, 2012

Good Evening Everyone,

Today was a good day. People were arriving at a fairly regular pace and it really makes my day when I'm able to help them. I've learned so much in the past 7+ years. One young couple came in and wanted to make their own wedding invitations. Priscilla and I showed them several examples and their excitement was truly contagious. They were especially pleased to learn that we could help them personalize wedding gifts and glassware with our laser engraving. I noticed that when the "bride and groom" left the store they were holding hands. Your never to old to do that. It brought a smile to my face.

Chris came by the store today. She wanted to share a couple of cards she made using one of our Sizzix dies. What was even better was that she brought a friend. New faces - new friends. Chris lives near the stadium ( I guess that would be called the Aiea area?). She also enjoys the recent opening of  "Whole Foods" in Kailua. It's only about a block away from our store. Anyway, I wanted to share the photos I took of Chris's cards. They are really cute. Monkeys, butterflies, and flowers are always popular themes in Hawaii. Chris has 2 of the 3. Great job Chris...

A beautiful flower - but the secret is in what's behind the flower when the card "flips"
A really cute monkey

By now you've probably read my previous Blog and discovered a glaring error. Boy's Day is not in June.... it's in May - specifically, May 5th (Saturday). I also mention this because Priscilla's "Craft Snacks and Tidbits" tomorrow will have you making a very cute Boy's Day gift card. Sister stamps, Copic pens, Flower die cuts, and a bunch of fun. Don't miss it. It's from 1:00 - 4:00pm.

Priscilla's class today was enjoyed by all involved. Where Wednesday's class was "loud" with laughter, the "Lei of Stars" was studious and filled with smiles of satisfaction. I offer the following photos for your enjoyment.
Debbie, Maude, Priscilla, Sue, and Mae - if you look closely they're all smiling

Not sure what Priscilla is saying here :)

Many pieces of paper, stamped, distressed, and captioned - all go together and make a  very beautiful  "Forever Card"

See you tomorrow....... Happy Sunday

A Place in Time
48 Maluniu Avenue
Kailua, HI  96734

Friday, April 27, 2012

Happenings at A Place in Time on April 27th, 2012

Good morning Everyone,

It's Aloha Friday! For most of you that don't have to work weekends, this is a day to look forward to. There's a weekend to just "lay back", relax, and unwind. For Priscilla and I, it's just another day of work. Am I complaining - no way! I live in Hawaii, I get to wear shorts and an aloha shirt every day, and we have the best customers.... as long as you are here we have a reason to exist. Speaking of  "Aloha Friday", how many of you know it's origin - how it came to be? Well, way back in 1962 a group called the Hawaiian Fashion Guild wanted to promote the use of aloha shirts and clothing for use in the business workplace. So, what did they do? They started a campaign called "Operation Liberation". Sorry, girls - this has nothing to with Women's Lib. The Guild had the brilliant idea of giving (as in free) two aloha shirts to every member of the Hawaii House of Representatives and the Hawaii Senate. Subsequently, a resolution was passed in the Senate recommending that "aloha attire" be worn throughout the summer months, beginning on Lei Day. In 1965 the Hawaiian Fashion Guild started another campaign lobbying for a "Aloha Friday". They wanted businesses to allow men to wear aloha shirts on the last business day of the week (Friday) for a few months of the year. This has evolved into what we know it today, where aloha wear is acceptable on any day of the week. "Aloha Friday" has kept it's title and meaning - you are saying goodbye to the work week - "It's Aloha Friday, No Work 'til Monday".

For those of you that missed Fran's "Floral and Masculine" class last Wednesday (25th), it was a blast. Some classes are very studious. This one was - to put it simply - "loud". Everyone had so much fun and it was contagious. As promised, I've included photos of the class "samples" and a few "candid" shots. Also, the samples are on display in the store - take your own photos if you want to.

The brads and a strip of wire provide the accents to this card design

very cute - this would make a great "Mother's Day" card
I would wear this shirt
I think the words came from one of Fran's personal stamps
Fran, Melanie, and Byron - here everyone looks serious - pictures lie sometimes

Trini, Fran, Mark, and Cathy

Maude is being very careful with a delicate cut

The next class at our store is Priscilla's "Lei of Stars" - a "forever card". It's on Saturday, April 28th (3:00 - 5:00pm). And the cost is $20.00.

"Lei of Stars"

Don't forget - Sundays in the store are "Craft Snacks and Tidbit" days. The fun starts at 1:00pm and goes until 4:00pm. Each Sunday, Priscilla will have something fun for you to do. And the best part - It's FREE. No need to bring any tools - just bring a smile. We ask, if you are able, to donate a dollar to the basket for the Food Bank.

Don't look now!!!!! It's May - time for some of you to start thinking about your Christmas cards.Ha! You think I'm Kidding? I've already been asked about Christmas stamps and paper that may be arriving.

First up in May is a "Craft Snack and Tidbits" on Sunday May 5th (1:00 - 4:00pm).

On Wednesday, May 9th (6:30 - 8:30pm) Fran is repeating her card class that features "Japanese Dolls". Her class in April sold out very quickly and many of you asked if she could teach it again. Here's your opportunity. As of this writing the class is half full - so there are still seats available. The supplies you will need to bring include: glue pen, double stick tape (no larger than .5" wide), scissors, Japanese hole punch (if you have), corner rounder,  dark brown or black pen, and liquid pearls - rouge or buttercup. The cost remains at $20.00.

"Japanese Dolls"  - I really like the little boy and I think "Boys Day" is in June

Sunday, May 12th, (1:00 - 4:00pm) "Craft Snacks and Tidbits" by Priscilla - FREE

On Wednesday, May 16th Priscilla is repeating her "Lei of Stars" class. This class is Sold Out. I have the sample on display if you would to take photos.

On Saturday, May 19th Priscilla is repeating her Whispering Bamboo class (3:00 - 5:00pm). This is for those of you that have some experience in using embossing paste. Everyone that took the previous class enjoyed learning a new way of using your stencils. The cost is $30.00 and you get a Free stencil. There is space available, so give me a call if your interested. The supplies you will need to bring include: Black glossy embossing paste, small spatula, double sided adhesive (1/8" wide), paper trimmer, Scor-pal, pencil, ruler, stencil brushes, and a rounded tip stylus.

"Whispering Bamboo"

Sunday, May 19th, (1:00 - 4:00pm) "Craft Snacks and Tidbits" by Priscilla - FREE

The last class for the month will be Fran's "A Year in Cards" on Wednesday, May 23rd. (6:30 - 8:30pm) The theme will be "Gift Card Holders". The cost is $20.00 and there is 1 seat that is available. I will let you know the supplies you need to bring in a future blog. I'll also post the samples as soon as they become available.

Sunday, May 26th, (1:00 - 4:00pm) "Craft Snacks and Tidbits" by Priscilla - FREE

You may be getting the idea that Fran's classes are filling up very quickly. As an example, her June 13th class is already 1/2 full and the June 27th class has but one seat remaining. The subject for the June 13th class is unknown at the time of this writing. The June 27th class will be her "A Year in Cards" class and the theme will be"Gratitude".

If any of you have an idea for a class that you would like to see us schedule or want to get a group together to take a class, please let us know. This your store.....take advantage of the opportunity and the tables. We often have new people in the store and they ask "can we use the tables"? The answer is yes and it's free during store hours as long as something else hasn't been scheduled.

I mentioned in my last Blog about the arrival of new paper. Those of you that have been in the store have complimented us on the beautiful colors and the varied selection. Priscilla deserves all of the credit. Please come in and take advantage of the selections while the supplies last.

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

A Place in Time
48 Maluniu Avenue
Kailua, HI  96734

Friday, April 20, 2012

Happenings at A Place in Time on April 19, 2012

Good Evening Everyone,

April is past the midway point and you can tell that spring is just around the corner. I really like this time of year. Winter's heavy rains are gone and the sun rises earlier and sets later. My work day is just as long, but the chances of arriving and leaving the store while the sun is still shining is greater.

Did you know that the Kailua Town Party is this Sunday (22nd)? One store that is participating in the event is Global Village. Part of their activity is offering free "tattooing" using an airbrush and featuring some stencils made by "A Place in Time". So, if you want something fun to do on Sunday, take in the Kailua festivities. You can also visit the new Whole Foods store that just opened yesterday. While your in the area, please stop by and visit with us for a moment or two. You can do Priscilla's new "Craft Snacks and Tidbits". It wont take long and you can see the new paper. Read on for more details

The heart and soul of any craft store is the paper that is on display. Everything else is really an accessory to the paper. Even my passion for the tools. Priscilla does a great job in selecting paper and yesterday a new shipment arrived. There are 26 designs that are new to the store and are sure to satisfy your crafting taste buds. Priscilla says "it has a classic Asian flair". Tomorrow, another delivery of paper is scheduled to arrive to add to our wide selection of solid colors. Now, all I have to do is find a place on the shelves to display it. I like the way we display our paper. A customer can easily browse the racks to select the design they're looking for.

New to the store also, is a fresh supply of Copic Pens in all new colors. You may even find a set of 12 still available- this is the new set that Copic just came out with.


Priscilla and I are constantly looking for new ways to create interest for our customers and to add to their crafting knowledge. We are going to try something new on future Sunday afternoons. "Craft Snacks and Tidbits" is the title we will use to identify a craft project that we hope you all will enjoy. Beginning this Sunday, April 22nd (1:00 - 4:00pm) you will be invited to come into the store and do whatever project Priscilla has designed. It wont take a lot of time and it may involve elements that you will find around your home. If you miss one Sunday, it may be repeated later in the month. This coming Sunday, (22nd), Priscilla will be offering the "Pop Up Butterfly Card" that you may have missed two weeks ago. Did I mention the cost? It's FREE. Donate $1.00 to the basket for the Foodbank if you you wish to.

Char and Cora are enjoying the "Pop-up Butterfly" card

A Year in Cards "Floral and Masculine" by Fran Kawakami on Wednesday, 25 April (6:30 - 8:30pm)
Cost is $20.00. This class is SOLD OUT, but I will post photos of the samples as soon as they are done. If there is enough interest, Fran will repeat the class.

"Craft Snacks and Tidbits" by Priscilla on Sunday, 29 April (1:00 - 4:00pm) It's FREE

"Lei of Stars" - a "Forever Card" by Priscilla on Saturday, 28 April (3:00 - 5:00pm) Cost is $20.00. Many of you have seen the samples from previous classes. Everyone is amazed at the way the card design keeps unfolding and finally ends up at the beginning. It is truly amazing. There are still seats available. Priscilla is offering that class again in May, but it is already sold out. If you are interested, please give me a call. Tools that you will need to bring include: Basic tool kit, paper trimmer, 2 sided adhesive, sharp scissors, crafter's liquid adhesive, ruler, pencil, brown ink pad for distressing, tweezers or grab-it stick, and a Tim Holtz distress ink pad applicator. I have sample on display on the class board.

"Lei of Stars"

You will be amazed at the way this card keeps revealing it's magic

"Craft Snacks and Tidbits" by Priscilla on Sunday, May 6th  (1:00 - 4:00pm) It's FREE

Japanese Paper Dolls by Fran Kawakami on Wednesday, 9 May (6:30 - 8:30pm) Cost id $20.00. This is a repeat of Fran's popular card making class that sold out on 11 April. The good news is that there are still seats available, but 1/3 of the seats have been spoken for. The supplies you will need to bring include: Glue pen, double stick tape (no larger than .5" wide), scissors, Japanese hole punch (if you have), corner rounder, dark brown or black pen, and liquid pearls - rouge or buttercup. The paper used in this class may vary from that shown in the samples due to availability.

Beautiful Japanese Dolls

"Craft Snacks and Tidbits" by Priscilla on Sunday, May 13th (1:00 - 4:00pm) It's FREE

"Lei of Stars" - "A Forever Card" by Priscilla on Wednesday, May 16th (6:30 - 8:30pm) Cost is $20.00
Sorry - This class is Sold Out. Please above entry for details and photos.

"Whispering Bamboo" by Priscilla on Saturday, May 19th  (3:00 - 5:00pm) Cost is $30.00 and includes a free stencil. This class is for crafters that have experience in using embossing paste. I offer the following photos for your review, but I encourage you to come into the store and be amazed at the beauty of the sample. The people that took the previous class were extremely happy with the results. Please review my Blog entry on April 11th for further information. The tools you will need to bring include: Black glossy embossing paste, small spatula, double sided adhesive (1/8" wide), paper trimmer, Scor-pal, pencil, ruler, stencil brushes, and a rounded tip stylus. Please give me a call if your interested.

"Whispering Bamboo"  A truly beautiful card for someone special

Craft Snacks and Tidbits" by Priscilla on Sunday, May 20th  (1:00 - 4:00pm) It's FREE

"A Year in Cards" by Fran Kawakami on Wednesday, May 23rd (6:30 - 8:30pm) Cost is $20.00  Details of this class will be forth coming. I just checked and one person has already signed up for this class.

Priscilla just "popped in" to my space - she was testing out a new product and does it ever have a "WOW" factor. More to come on that.

That's all for now... my fingers are tired... I'll see you tomorrow.

Ps.  I just had to show you this photo: Jenny came into the store on Monday and was wearing new earrings that she had made using paper from our store. How "cool" is that!!! They looked fantastic. Great job Jenny.....

A Place in Time
48 Maluniu Avenue
Kailua, HI 96734

Friday, April 13, 2012

Happenings at A Place in Time on April 12th, 2012

Good Evening Everyone,

The first thing I want to do is remind everyone that Priscilla has a "Make and Take It" this Saturday, April 14th (2:00 - 5:00pm). The rumor has it that she will be doing a pop-up butterfly Mother's Day card. For those of you that haven't attended a "Make and Take It" in our store, it's free and you don't need to bring anything with you except a smile and the yearning for a fun time. I hope to see you all there.

Priscilla's "Whispering Bamboo" class on Sunday, April 15th (1:00 - 3:00pm) has two seats that are available. This class is for crafters that have experience in using embossing paste. It's difficult to show the true ingenuity and beauty that defines this card. Each embossing will layer on top of the previous one. You see the various layers through "windows".  It gives the card depth and a hint of what is to follow as you unfold the pages. I offer the following photos, but the sample card in the store should be seen to be truly appreciated.

Whispering Bamboo

Fran's class last night, "Japanese Paper Dolls", was a lot of fun for all involved. After the class she told everyone that her next class on Wednesday, April 25th (6:30 - 8:30pm) would have a theme of "Floral and Masculine". That's an interesting combination and I'm looking forward to the samples. I believe there are two seats that are still available. That cost remains at $20.00. As I learn more details I'll enter them in a coming Blog.

Isn't she cute?

Contemplating some modification to the doll

Beautiful Japanese Dolls

Fran explains the "how" in making the folds

Something new has been happening at A Place in Time lately. We are receiving calls from ladies that want to schedule a class for their group, club, etc. I mention this because there may be more of you that would like to make use our tables and have a fun night out. Give us a call and we will help you with your activity.

Priscilla is putting the finishing touches on her "Forever Card" and it should be available for you to see in the store. If you haven't seen the samples from previous classes, your in for a surprise. The wonder of how it works will amaze you. I'll let you know the date and time - don't be late to sign up for this class.

I have to mention that Art, in our manufacturing department, has been extremely busy. There isn't a project that is too small or too big for him. Art just finished engraving 384 sun-glass lens, 75 name tags for the Four Seasons Hualalai, a koa business card holder, champagne glasses for a wedding, and a restocking of our shelves with stencils and stamps. Next up will be 100 name tags for Teddy's Bigger Burger, acrylic awards for the Audubon Society, and approximately 300 stencils for a local supplier. From day to day we never know what request will come through the door. We aren't the kind of store that does engraving as a 24 hour service. We enjoy our reputation for quality. If you have something we can help you with, please give me a call.

We are currently working on a new stencil of the "Mokes". I think you will like it. With Mother's Day just around the corner, you may want to look at our stencils with that theme. I'm always available to show you how easy they are to use or just "brainstorm" ideas for a card.

New product in the store? Yep! Priscilla tells me that a significant order of new paper will be arriving in the store next week. Priscilla is so good at choosing paper to stock our shelves. I can't wait to see it all. Next week should also bring the arrival or the Copic air brush system into the store. Several of you already have been "playing" with them. If you have been thinking of acquiring this easy to use tool, please give me a call.

That's all for now. My brain is tired and I need to be fed. Ha!  I'll see you tomorrow....

I almost forgot... apparently, Priscilla and "A Place in Time" will be on television again. A new show is to be aired on OC16 in the near future:. It will be called the "2 Busy Moms" Show. We received a call last week from Delia and Bella (the 2 moms). They wanted to feature "A Place in Time" on their new show. How cool is that? So, last Saturday, the cameras, lighting, audio, and a variety of equipment arrived at the store and Priscilla proceeded to show Delia how to make one of our "Telescopic Boxes". Delia's son, Sonny, was recruited to do the air brushing on the flower. He did a great job. Thanks to Kandice and Davey of "The Place to be Productions" everything went extremely well. I asked Davey, as they were putting the equipment back in the cases, -"So, how did Priscilla do"? Davey said "she's a natural". But then we all know that. Ha! I'll let you know the day and time.

Priscilla and Delia getting some last minute instructions

Kandice and Davey adjusting the cameras

Sonny, Priscilla, and Delia

A Place in Time
48 Maluniu Avenue
Kailua, HI  96734

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Happenings at a Place in Time on April 3th, 2012

Good Day Everyone,

April is underway and, if the past couple of days are any indication, it will be a fantastic month. The month begins with an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7th. (10:00am - 6:00pm). In years past this has been a lot of fun for everyone. I'll hide the eggs on Friday night and I ensure you that it will be a egg hunt for adults (one egg per adult). I also guarantee you that it will be worth your time to find an egg. They will contain surprises, prizes, discounts, and whatever else I can conjure up.

Easter seems to be arriving early this year. The store will be closed Sunday, April 8th, in honor of the holiday.

As many of you have discovered, the dies from Memory Box are back in the store. The sales have been brisk as this item is retaining it's popularity in creating very elegant cards. Be sure and see how Mae used one of them in a card she made. You will see it toward the end of the Blog.

Fran Kawakami was in the store yesterday to drop off the samples for her class on Wednesday, April 11th (6:30-8:30pm). Wait until you see what Fran has planned for the class. The embellishments are so cute..... The class is called Ningyogami (Japanese Paper Dolls). The cost of the class is $20.00 and I believe there are only two seats available. The supplies you will need to bring are: Scotch craft glue / glue pen, double sided tape, scissors, Japanese hole punch (if you have) corner rounder, dark brown or black pen. Give me a call if you wish to sign up for the class.
Fran's Ningyogami Class

Since the 2nd Sunday this month falls on Easter, Priscilla has moved the 2nd Sunday Make and Take It to Saturday, April 14th (2:00 - 5:00pm). The Make and Take It is always "Free" and will be a guaranteed fun time. We do ask, if you are able, to donate a dollar to the basket for the Food Bank. I will Blog a photo of the project when Priscilla gets the opportunity to make it.

Priscilla will hardly be able to catch her breath from the Make and Take It. On the following day, Sunday - April 15th (1:00 - 3:00pm), she will be conducting her "Whispering Bamboo" class. As I mentioned in the previous Blog, the anniversary card she made for me last year was a "hit" at the recent Scrapper's Jam. It's uniqueness is in the layering and the way it unfolds. If you want to try something new - take this class. It is for intermediate crafters. The Cost is $30.00 and includes a free stencil. The supplies you will need to bring are glossy black embossing paste, small spatula, 1/8" wide double sided adhesive, paper trimmer, Scor-pal or equal, pencil with white eraser, 12" ruler, 1-3 stencil brushes, and a rounded tip stylus (if you have one). The photos I have posted below are to give you an idea of what you will be doing in the class. The actual card that you will be making will be subtly different. The theme of the card will be "To Love You". Please give me a call if you have any questions.
"Whispering Bamboo" front - the surprises are about to revealed  as you unfold it

"Whispering Bamboo" starts to unfold - the layering is amazing
"Whispering Bamboo" continues to unfold
"Whispering Bamboo" Unfolded

The last class for the month will be Fran's "A Year in Cards" class on Wednesday, April 25th (6:30 - 8:30pm). It's early in the month, so I will posting the photos in a later Blog. All of Fran's classes this year have sold out, so I would advise signing up at your earliest convenience.

I saved the best for last, as I have photos of two cards that friends of A Place in Time brought into the store to share. Sue was getting a head start on the Easter season by using a Dreamweaver stencil, embossing paste, mica powders, and a very appropriate ribbon. It's a beautiful card and the best part it's handmade. Sue had recently taken Priscilla's "Stenciling Techniques" class and couldn't wait to get home and try out what she had learned. Great job Sue.
Sue's Easter Eggs

Mae came in the store yesterday and (with Art's guidance) experimented with the Copic pens and the Airbush tool. Mae chose Dreamweaver's Koi stencil and several pens to "play" with. The result was a beautiful blending of colors. As you look at the card, remember that this is Mae's first attempt with the airbrush system. You would never know that this is a first time effort. Mae took the results home and, to my surprise, returned a little later with a finished card. She used one of the new dies from Memory Box to provide a bordered window in the card face to frame the Koi. I think the result is a very elegant card. Mae left the card with me, so you will have the opportunity to see it the next time your in the store. I think Mae would agree with me when I say "this is something that all of you are capable of doing and it won't take a great deal of your time".
Mae's Beautiful Koi

Art has been busy designing a new stencil for you to use in making a Mother's Day card. The sample I have for your review uses a base of matte black embossing paste. A combination of mica powders and variegated foil was then applied on top of the paste. For fun,  "Glossy Accents" was added as a layer over the foil. It gives the foil a very dynamic look.

Art's Mother's Day Stencil

Thanks to Fran, I "borrowed" one of her "Paper Dolls" and combined it with our "Hibiscus Circle" stencil to create a cute card. Liquid Pearls add a nice accent also.


That's all for today...... see you at the store tomorrow

A Place in Time
48 Maluniu Ave
Kailua, HI 96734