Do you have a little leprechaun sitting on your shoulder? Is it whispering in your ear; urging you to give into your urge to get creative – and maybe discover your own, personal pot of golden satisfaction?
If so, then March is the month for you – it’s National Craft Month. I don’t know who thinks these things up and makes the “official” designation, but it is a great excuse to write about one of my favorite topics and put others like me onto the opportunities to get creative.
For instance, it’s almost time for the DPS Quilt Angels annual Quilt-a-Thon. This year’s event will be held at the First Baptist Church in Pine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 24, 25, and 26. Whether you quilt, just sew or don’t sew at all, you are welcome to come out and help.
The purpose of the quilt-a-thon is to construct approximately 300 lap-sized quilts, so plenty of help is needed in a variety of jobs.
The quilts donated to the Department of Public Safety and are kept in each patrol car. The officers use them to comfort accident victims and those in distress.
The quilt-a-thon may sound like a lot of work, but the fact is the fellowship and satisfaction of knowing you are part of such a worthwhile cause really makes the time quite enjoyable.
Plus, participants get to enjoy a wonderful potluck spread the Angels each afternoon.
There are plenty of other opportunities this month to learn about a new craft, or gain some new knowledge about a craft you already enjoy.
One of my favorite places, Paper and Metal Scrappers is making some big changes. The shop is moving from the Swiss Village (where I could walk down to it from my office when I needed an inspirational break) to Sawmill Crossing. The move means more space, so more inventory and elbowroom for the great classes offered. It will be in the suite on the southeast corner of the shopping center, next door to the Payson Apothecary Pharmacy.
The move is planned for next week, according to the calendar on the shop’s Web site. But before then, you can check out the recently added Coffee Klatch at 9 a.m., Thursday, March 11. Every Thursday (except the week of March 15) Brenda and Barbara and their staff have friends in for coffee. This is a fun casual get together, with fresh baked goodies, chatting, socializing and some sharing of knowledge. Each week is different – sometimes they share a new technique or product or sometimes participants do the sharing. There is no charge for this fun morning and everyone that comes enjoys the camaraderie.
This weekend the shop is having one of its annual retreats and then they make the big move.
If all goes according to schedule, Paper and Metal Scrappers will reopen for business at the new location Monday, March 22 and resume its many classes and gatherings. It will then have a grand opening celebration April 1, 2 and 3.
To learn more, visit the Web site, paperandmetalscrappers.com.
Not too long ago another spot for crafters opened in Ponderosa Village (where Safeway is located) in part of the suite once occupied by Planet Video. Owner Leanne Pocalun calls the shop Black And Tan Tales Craft Supply Store. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday.
She has a little bit of a whole lot of different crafting supplies in the shop and offers numerous classes. Some are one-shot opportunities, others are held over the course of a few weeks.
This week, the fifth installment of her Porcelain Doll Class is taking place, it is the last one in this series. Starting Friday, March 12, the first of a series of stained glasses will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., with follow-up classes held on the following two Fridays; and on Saturday, March 13, there will be a presentation on air brushing techniques from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. That day, if you go to the Women’s Wellness Forum at Payson High School you can learn more about the shop, as it will have a booth in the vendors’ hall. The shop will also have a booth at the 2010 Business Showcase Saturday and Sunday, March 20 and 21.
Other classes starting this month include Learn to Knit, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, March 15; Learn to Crochet, from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 16; two sessions of Beginning Beading, one from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 17 and another from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 18. A beginning wood burning class is planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 17. A tole painting class starts Thursday, March 18, to be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each week.
A class on cake decorating is planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, March 22 and 29. Then on Wednesday, March 24, there is a program called “Your Story Photo Album” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
To end the month Pocalun is having a Lunch & Learn program on one of her favorite crafts, she will be demonstrating Tatouage from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For just $5 you can come, have lunch and learn about a craft. Tatouage is an easy way to do decorative murals on surfaces in your home such as walls, doors, door frames, mirrors, etc. or on things like recipe boxes. The images are printed on adhesive backing and you just put them where you want them and then press them into place using a special tool.
Poculun said the subjects, times and dates of the classes planned for the balance of March are still tentative at this point. Give her a call at (928) 474-9711 to confirm the class (or classes) in which you are interested.