Monday, November 8, 2010

Free workshop & wine this Thursday, 11/11!

As the holidays approach, my first thought is always, "What is tinsel doing in Bartell's already?" My second thought is, "Aw, nuts." While I love, love, love the traditions and gatherings and waves of love that sweep through the holiday season, I seem to be behind the 8-ball when it comes to gathering up appropriate, meaningful gifts.

Sound familiar?

So last year, I seriously switched on my DIY light and made candles, caramels, magnets, pajama bottoms, baby blankets, and assorted other goodies for friends and family. I only spent a couple hundred dollars, leaving me with a generous budget for booze when it came time for my holiday open house.

While I was in Chicago and Michigan this summer, I showed a few friends and family members how to make nifty magnets out of old maps and greeting cards. And they were off! My stepmom hustled me over to Michael's so we could pick out materials so she could whip these up after I skipped town. I think I know what's in my stocking this year...

So, take a deep breath. You can make a lot of gifts this year AND have fun in the process. On Thursday, Nov. 11, I'll be showing you the secrets of these easy-peasy magnets while also signing copies of Simple Gifts. And did I mention there's wine? Come to the free event at Ballard's Secret Garden Books and I promise that you'll have several people crossed off your list within the week. And you know, a signed copy of Simple Gifts makes a grand gift for any crafter in your life.

What: Simple Gifts booksigning and free make 'n' take workshop
Where: Secret Garden Books, 2214 NW Market St., Seattle
When: Thursday, November 11, 6:30pm

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