Friday, December 18, 2009

Thank You!

I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone that came out last night for our Pickle+Etsy Event! I was just thrilled with all the new and familiar faces I saw. The store was hopping and full of Christmas cheer. Luckily it was quiet for the last hour and I was able to shop at all the amazing Etsy booths. I have to admit that I took care of three people on my list PLUS me!

Now for the moment you have all been waiting for...the winner of the $80 set of copic markers is Mari-Lynn Dupuis!!!! The draw was a part of last night's festivities plus those of you who completed our copic survey. If you missed last night's event, don't worry....there will be another one at some point in the new year!

New Product is Here!

The new Basic Grey lines and Stampingbella stamps are sitting on my counter as I type this. Did you know that Basic Grey now has scrapbook layout kits? Like the card kits, they are so fun to make and don't require much thinking (which is always a good thing after a long day). =)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Late Night Shopping TONIGHT!

Dont forget that we will be open from 7 to 10pm TONIGHT for your shopping convenience! We have just received some new orders including copic marker sets....yes, we are finally going to be carrying copics in the store AND have Linda teach classes here at The pickle. I have only brought in 12 packs at this point but we will be selling individual colours in the new year.

FYI...Basic Grey is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. The order will include items from their two new lines...Origins and Sugar Rush!

The CK Etsy team will be setting up shop and selling some fantastic product tonight too! You are sure to find some amazing items for people on your list! Stop in and say hello and share some Christmas cheer with your fellow paper crafter!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pickle+Etsy = Late Night Shopping Fun!

Mark your calendars for NEXT Thursday, December 17th. The Pickle will be open late for your shopping convenience (from 7-10pm)! Stop in for some last minute paper needs or drop a subtle hint to your family or friends that you have a wish list just waiting to be viewed! There will also be specials draws throughout the night.
Not only are we open late, but we will have some very talented Crafters and Artisans from across CK at the store presenting their handmade jewellery and accessories, artwork, wearables, ornaments, knitted and crocheted gifts, hair accessories, Christmas cards, pinback, buttons, children's gifts, recycled and upcycled crafts and more. These girls are seriously amazing! Stop in and take care of those last minute gifts on your list! This is guaranteed to be one very fun AND productive nights!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Shop Tax FREE - December 8-12

How do a follow such a touching and absolutely beautiful post like Kell's?!? That little guy doesn't know how luck he is!

I will keep my post short and sweet because I know how busy this time of the year is. You will want to make time to stop in this week and take advantage of our TAX FREE EVENT. Don't forget to fill out your wish list early and then send in your ♥loved ones♥ b4 Saturday to make the most out of those hard earned dollars!

Store Hours.... Tuesday-Friday 10am-5:30pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.

PS....I am working on some very secretive things at the store. Let's just say I need to educate myself on some "products" over the next couple of's like a whole new language! I will fill you in once I talk to the EXPERTS.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

So Thankful...

It is so hard to believe that just one week ago today I became a mom, yet I cannot image life without Will. I had no idea my heart could feel this way...
I have had a lot of time to think about how thankful I am. Not only for Will, but my amazing husband (who is absolutely adorable with our son), my family, and all of you. I have been overwhelmed with your thoughtfulness. I couldn't believe all of the happy messages that were posted and emailed, and Kim is constantly passing along all of your thoughtful messages. I have received so many beautiful cards and have been shocked by the gifts and goodies... even handmade sweaters and hats (They are absolutely gorgeous Karen and Lin)!
I get tears in my eyes every time I think about how lucky I am.
This morning as I was running out the door, I received a call from Cynthia, letting me know that she emailed me a photo from Will's photo shoot on Tuesday. He was only 5 days old when we took the trip to get his photos done. It was our first time out of the house since getting home on Saturday, and he was a perfect angel! Not a peep the entire way to London, he slept through the entire 3 hour photo shoot (I guess having the room about 90 degrees will make anyone sleepy!), and then he took everything in the whole way home without a sound.
I couldn't wait to share this photo with all of you! My mind is racing thinking of all of the projects I want to make with these pic's... thanks Cynthia, you are amazing!

Friday, November 27, 2009

It's a ...

Allow me to introduce....

William Douglas Deline

Born on Thursday, November 26th
at 6:03PM

Weighing in at 8 pounds 8 ounces
and 20.5 inches!

I finally got to meet this little guy this afternoon (and I didn't want to post without a picture!). He is SO adorable and has that amazing new baby smell. Kell looks great and is such a proud mamma!! Her husband, Matt is just beaming too. It was SO nice to see the little family together after such a long wait. I know Kell is SO excited for you all to meet him!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Shop Local - Etsy Event

Hi everyone! One quick post before you will be seeing picture of Kell's sweet babe! That's is the day (I think). I am saying I think because they planned to break her water this morning at 8am but there were no birthing rooms available so she is on hold until this afternoon! (FYI...Kell is standing beside me at this exact moment and she said they are calling her at 3PM to tell her more!) Honestly, that baby is TOO comfortable in there for sure!

So I have been wanting to post something about shopping locally for some time now and now I have the perfect reason to. Have a look at the poster for all the details. Basically, tomorrow night there will be handmade show at Eve Chocolatier from 7-10pm. Now these Chatham-Kent Etsy girls are amazing and we all know that Pauline's chocolate is the best so don't miss this great chance to shop locally AND handmade (and I know we all appreciate handmade products!)

So I don't want to abuse this blog and preach about shopping locally but I think some of you may be unaware of some of the cute, hip and just plain amazing stores we have in this town. Many of the stores carry items that are featured in magazines as their top picks too! Here are some of my favourites (this list is not inclusive but those that I am thinking about at this very moment):
  • Ella Minnow Pea (King Street)- OK...if you are looking for GREAT toys, this is THE store for you. She carries toys made of recycled products, wooden toys, vintage toys and even some adorable clothing.
  • Barrypatch Collectables (King Street)- If you have a pottery lover on your Christmas list, Barb has probably the best collection of local potters. There are also great dips to go along with your pottery pieces.
  • Eve Chocolatier (King Street) - As mentioned, Pauline specializes in handmade chocolate truffles and other unique designs including white chocolate dipped marshmallow snowmen!
  • Sonya Roe Jewellers (King Street) - I just drool every time I walk by Sonya's window....she always has the best windows. She carries a range of jewellery from $20 sterling silver earrings up to diamond rings worth $1000. Hopefully you have been good this year and you can get something from her!
  • Boys N Herd (King Street)- Let Eddie help find the perfect gift for that special guy in your life. Maybe you will even be lucky enough to get a little advice about life from this very knowledgeable man.
  • Smith's Cycle and More (Thames Street) - Looking to buy a bicycle for your child or family member? Todd will not only sell you a great quality product but he will also let you trade in that same bicycle once it has been outgrown.

Well, that gives you a good start anyways. Like I said, this is not a complete list of great stores (I could go on and on but I am suppose to be working on invites here and not blogging!). I dare you to look around and see what hidden gems you can find!

PS...The Kaiser Craft desk calendars have arrived! They are $16.50 and a great gift idea!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Another project done!

As promised, here's a pic of my most recent project. No, that is not a picture of my baby yet, we are still waiting. That is sweet Jules days after she was born.

This is a Kaiser Craft desk calendar. Don't you think this would be a great gift idea?!? I already know a couple of people I will be making this for! It has a little storage compartment back behind it where you can store all of the extra months and days... too cute!

I just found this paper this week, and fell in love! It's funny that I am still finding new things that Kim ordered this summer and fall... what a nice surprise! It is from the g.c.d. Cosette Collection called "Black on White", and I also used "Fiesta", a paisley pattern from that same collection on the back. The adorable numbers are one of the new Unity sets we just got in called "Number Bouquet", and I used the Heidi Swapp month stamps... fun font eh? Everything was stamped in Brilliance "Graphite Black".

You will notice that I mounted the back black layer with a circle shaped clip below so you can easily change the photo. Overall this was a very simple project that would look great with any paper, masculine or feminine! Kim just put an order in late last week for more of these (I wanted to make a sample to see if it was cute project before ordering a bunch), so we should have them in late next week if you are interested.

Also, THANK YOU for the nice thoughts, wishes and suggestions! I think I'll just keep on creating until the babe comes... I'm in the mood!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Baby Update...

Hello Ladies!

This is Kell posting today, so as you've guessed, STILL NO BABY!!! I am anxiously waiting for some sort of feeling to let me know today is the day, but nothin'. Tomorrow I will be one week over due, which I know is nothing compared to some of you! I've heard some pretty wild stories in the past few weeks!

So I wanted to share a few things that I have been doing the past few weeks...

The first thing I wanted to share is my belly photo session! Matt and I went to get pregnancy pic's done, and I am SO thrilled! We went to London, to a very talented photographer Cynthia, and here is my absolute favourite picture! I just LOVE the shape of the babe... kinda like a pear in there. You can check out her work at, hopefully we'll see some of my pic's on her site someday! I just booked a newborn session for December 1st... I can't wait!!!

Ok, so now I need some advice of what to do to get this baby moving. I thought I'd tell you what I have tried in the past week, and then you can tell me what I am missing?

Here we go, I have...
- been drinking Raspberry leaf tea every day
- been walking 30- 45 minutes most days
- ate pineapple many days (I just learned of this last weekend?)
- cleaned EVERY room in my entire house (do I ever have a happy husband!)
- organized all my kitchen cupboards, including my Tupperware cupboard! (I know I said to some of you at the open house, that is probably what I would have to do to have the baby... well that didn't work, I did that last Saturday night!)
- washed the kitchen cupboards inside and out!
- scrubbed the kitchen and bathroom floors on my hands and knees
- made plans and went to the craft show on Sunday with Kim and the kiddies
- made more plans, and had and amazing dinner at Chef's Table to celebrate or 3rd anniversary.
- been creating... you'll see the advent calendar I made below, which I have been wanting to make for weeks!
- put up all of my Christmas decorations yesterday
- packed and re-packed my hospital waaaaay too many times!
- bounced on my exercise ball
- had naps some days
- didn't naps some days
- worked at the store some days
- worked at home most days
- got all of my thank you cards out from my baby shower
- made a playlist of music for the hospital
- went shopping out of town (well, it was only 15 minutes away to Blenheim, but still, out of Chatham)
- (I think) we finally finalized a girls name... boy has been set for a long time.

So my list of things to do before the baby comes has grown and grown as I wait. All I have left on my list is this (to post a baby update) and put batteries in all of the babe's things. Any suggestions of anything I haven't thought of?

But good news, if I don't go in this weekend, I will be induced on Tuesday, so hopefully by Wednesday there will definitely be a baby!!!

With a clean, organized craft room, I am so inspired to create right now!

Like I said above, I made an advent calendar this week. The basic box itself is from Karen Foster, it just comes plain white, and then you get to decorate it however you want! How fun would this be for kids for a Birthday, or Easter, or end of the school year countdown? It's endless all of the things you can countdown! Or why not even a little reward box rather than a countdown?

I had a whole bunch of Halloween candy left, so I put little treats in each box. I have the sample in

the store if you want to check it out!
I've used mainly Making Memories "Mistletoe" Christmas paper and embellishments, I love every bit of it! The other three papers I used were Jillibean Soup's "can tomato soup", g.c.d. "snowflake" and My Mind's Eye "under the tree", they all work so great together!

To give it some dimension, and to help me open some of the drawers (these swollen fingers weren't fitting in the holes very easily!) I used some Karen Foster sparkle brads and made some ribbon tabs. The numbers seen on here are actually stickers that come with the box.

Hopefully tomorrow I will post my project I am currently working on... it is a desk calendar by Kaiser Craft! I am trying to work on projects that will make great Christmas gifts... did you realize it is only 36 days away! Yey, I can't wait!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Still Room - Class Update

Hello everyone!

There are still spots available in our upcoming classes. Please see the post below for details and give me a call at the store if you are interested (519.351.5220). Don't miss out! Each class is filled with LOTS of technique.

Cards by Linda - Thursday, November 26
Cards by Pauline - Tuesday, December 1
Cards by Debbie - Thursday, December 3
2 Page Scrapbooking by Kim - Monday, December 14


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank You...PLUS our NEW Class Schedule

Our Truly Lovely Open House

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Our Christmas Open House was above and beyond our wildest dreams. You all came out enjoyed our goodies....enjoyed each others picked up some great techniques from Kell and Linda....AND all of this was on one of those beautiful fall days that come around so rarely in November. It was almost TOO perfect in my mind. Thank you again for making it so memorable!

Free $25 Gift Cards

I have received a couple of questions about our promotion that we have going on this month. From November 8th to November 28th, we will be giving you a FREE $25 gift card with EVERY $100 spent on product before taxes. Please note that the cost of classes cannot be used in this promotion. This gift card is to be used at a future date BUT does not expire. Stop in and take advantage of this limited time offer!

The Classes

As usual, advanced payment is required to reserve a spot in our classes. You can stop in to pay or call with a credit card number. This MUST be done within 48 hours of reserving your spot or it will be released to the first person on the waiting list. If you cannot make the class after paying, it is your responsibility to find a replacement. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL OR COMMENT ON THE BLOG TO RESERVE A SPOT.

Cards by Debbie....

Debbie's cards are going to make you ask, "How'd she do that?" Once again these cards are filled with tons of techniques from embossing, using decorative punches, working with specialty papers and pens, glitter and more. Have a look. These cards speak for themselves.

Dates: Tuesday, November 24th OR Thursday, December 3rd
Time: 6PM
Cost: $15
Required Supplies: fine scissors, adhesive
Suggested Supplies: Crop-o-dile, ruler

Cards by Pauline....

If you haven't designed your cards for this year, you may want to grab one of these ideas! Pauline has created two elegant cards for Christmas. You will work with ribbon, Spellbinders dies, decorative punches, pencils, glitter glossy accents and more.

Dates: Wednesday, November 25th OR Tuesday, December 1st
Time: 6PM
Cost: $15
Required Supplies: scissors, adhesive
Suggested Supplies: Coloured pencils (to colour bird card)

Cards by Linda....

These are two whimsical and cheery Christmas cards sure to make anyone smile. Learn shading techniques using pencils and gamsol, use liquid pearls, ribbon, decorative papers, punches, etc. Great class for a beginner or anyone looking to make adorable cards!

Dates: Thursday, November 26th OR Wednesday, December 2nd

Time: 6PM

Cost: $15

Required Supplies: scissors, adhesive

Suggested Supplies: coloured pencils

Two Page Scrapbook Layout by Kim...

FINALLY, a two 12x12 page layout class that is sure to appeal to both scrapbookers AND stampers. There will be a lot of ink and stamps used in this class but don't be afraid, I will help you every step of the way! The coolest thing that we will be using are Heidi Swapps' masks to create our background...there is no chipboard or stickers here! We will also work with decorative papers, stardust pens, jewels, glitter, embossing, various embellishments and more!

Date: Monday, December 14th
Time: 6PM
Cost: $25
Required Supplies: 1-5x7 photo, 1-4x6 photo, scissors, adhesive, pencil
Suggested Supplies: paper trimmer

Friday, November 6, 2009

We are Ready. Are you?

Don't forget. This Sunday, November 8th is our Christmas Open House! We will be open from 12 to 4pm.

  • Well the ribbon jars are filled to the brim.
  • NEW Unity Stamps are in the house! are going to l0vE these!
  • Our ink order has arrived (Yes....even the Versamark Dazzles and Black Staz On!)
  • Our Stampingbella Christmas stamps are here. (Did we mention Linda will be doing demos using Stampingbella stamps, copics and pencils between 1 and 3pm?)
  • The store is filled with tons of great cardstock and paper.
  • What else have I forgotten? Stop in and see!
Oh yes....the goodies update. Well, I think Kell is the peak of her nesting right now (dues date check please....8 days!) We got together to bake but she just keeps baking!!! You are definitely in for a treat!! And if that isn't temptation enough.....we are offering a FREE $25 gift card for every $100 spent before taxes.

Hope to see you all on Sunday!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Our Lovely Christmas Open House

Mark your calendars for NEXT Sunday, November 8th! As it says above, there will be make&takes, demos, goodies and special offers! It truly is a lovely day to visit with fellow paper crafters.
Now I know that for some of you Sundays are not the best day for Open Houses, so we have decided to extend the $25 Gift Card offer. So from Sunday, November 8 to Saturday, November 28, we will be giving $25 gift cards for every $100 spent before taxes. That should give you all lots of time to stop in and take advantage of this special offer!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Still Room in Classes


There are still spots available for the following classes:

Cards by Debbie - TONIGHT at 6PM (October 21)

Canvas Class - Saturday October 31 @ 10:30AM. Please note that if you are interested in this class but are unable to attend, we are selling kits for $35. Just give me a shout at the store if you would like one.

Cards by Pauline - ONE spot left on Wednesday November 4th @ 6PM

NEW Product

There are MORE new items in store. All of the items I listed in the last post have arrived.
  • Basic Grey's Nook & Pantry is here!
  • Unity Stamps are here!
  • EK border punches are here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

October/November Classes

Hello Ladies!

Without further ado, here are the classes for the month. But I should say that if you are looking to pick up some new techniques, then anyone of these classes are for you! Each class is jam packed with tips and tricks on how to use some new product or just how to use some of the old classics in different ways to get the most out of them.

How to Sign up?

  1. Call the store as soon as you can! NOT email
  2. Reserve your spot by paying over the phone with a credit card or stop in within 48 hours of calling and pay in person.

  3. Notes...any spots not paid for within 48 hours will be released and offered to the first person on the waiting list. You are responsible for finding a replacement should you not be able to attend after paying.

Be Who you Want to Bee - by Kim





Recognize these two cuties? Attention scrapbookers (or anyone) looking for a super cute gift this Christmas! This canvas wall hanging is full of life and colour! The moment I took these photos I knew they had to be featured in a project and they had to be in colour not my usual sepia tones. Sometimes you just need a little colour to make you smile...

This project has three 6x6 canvases that connect using metal brackets. You will work with beautiful decorative papers, wire, glitter, glossy accents, peel offs, chipboard, Heidi Swapp's invisibles and so much more. Great for paper crafters of all levels!

Date: Saturday October 31st
Time: 10:30AM
Cost: $40
Required Supplies: 2-4x6 photos, scissors, adhesive, pencil
Suggested Supplies: Personal trimmer,


Cards by Linda
Christmas is here!! The first card features Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses paper line along with some paper you make your self using Adirondack inks. Other techniques include working with Tombow markers, Nestabilities, twine, bling, distressing and more. The second card also incorporates a spritzing technique while working with Cut & Dry Foam, Tombows, pearl ex powders and more. You will also work with liquid pearls, Versamark Shimmers pads, embossing powders, etc. Elegant cards sure to knock the socks off your family and friends!

Dates: Wednesday, October 28th OR Thursday November 5th
Time: 6:00PM
Cost: $15
Required Supplies: scissors, adhesive


Cards by Pauline

Hey, I didn't know you could do that with that product! This is what you will all be saying after Pauline's class.

The thank you card teaches you how to work with nestabilties in a whole different way. This card features a gorgeous Penny Black stamp coloured with Mementos and accented with Peel Offs, krylon pens and gorgeous cardstock. The second card also shows you how to use Sakura's Gellyroll pens in a way you are not use to. Techniques include watercolouring, shading with inks, working with Glitter sprays, nestabilities and ribbon.

Dates: Tuesday, October 20th OR Wednesday, November 4th
Time: 6:00PM
Cost: $15
Required Supplies: scissors, adhesive

Cards by Debbie

You asked for it, you got it! Some seasonal cards that are full of technique. Debbie's autumn card uses my favourite Indian Summer paper, peel off's, nestabilities, bling, ribbon, eyelets, acetate....and the list could go on and on.

The Crystalized wreath card also boasts of using many techniques and products. You will work with MANY Distress embossing powders, ribbon, bling, the stamp positioner and pop dots.

Dates: Wednesday, October 21st OR Tuesday, October 27th
Time: 6:00PM
Cost: $15
Required Supplies: scissor, adhesive
Suggested Supplies: piercing tool, self healing mat, Glaze pens (for autumn card)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Life is Good

It has been a while so I though I should touch base. So much has happened over the last couple of weeks! The BEST and most exciting news is that Kell IS BACK! I know, I know. Not for long (her due date is November 14th) but I will take what I can get! As you know, she was running The Pickle Station with our brother, Jeff. She returned last week and I was SO happy to have her back. She looks amazing. You will have to come in and check out the glow....

Time to Feather Her Nest - Peacock Theme Shower

On September 27th, we had Kell's baby shower at the store. I worked with our sister-in-law, Taera and Kell's best friend, Petra to host a very chic baby shower. Here is a picture of the hostesses and the mommy-to-be. Goodies and sweet treats replaced our ribbon jars, at least for one fine day. Notice the chocolate fountain? White chocolate from Eve Chocolatier was divine.....mmmmmmmmmmm...............................
As I mentioned, the party was at the store....yes, "the pickle". Who knew it could transform into the hottest party spot in town. The paper lanterns in the squash, robin's egg and latte were even cooler than I could have ever imagined. A bunch of the lanterns are still up...honestly, what a cool way to decorate your next event. I tried to buy local or at least Canadian but I could not find these lanterns anywhere. I was forced to order from a company in California.
The invites were imprintables from Urban Bark. They were so quick and easy...all you do is set up your information and run it through your ink jet or laser printer. The hardest part was deciding on which font to choose! I am such a font freak. You can see a picture of it in the window (here)or stop by the store to see it in person. I did embellish them with three little clear pearls from Hero Arts just to jazz it up a bit.

I made little booties for everyone that attended with our decorative papers and filled them with gourmet jelly beans. They were a huge hit! I first found this template when I attended a retailers event and just KNEW I had to use this for Kell's shower.

Keith Urban - The Concert of ALL Concerts
So on October 1st, I attended my very first Keith Urban concert with my partner in crime, Kell (I swear it was all her idea!). We has 5th row tickets but managed to move up to front row. Remember that pickle onesie that Kell posted a picture of to announce her new arrival? Well, we decided to pin it to a bright pink piece of bristol board with the words "Your youngest Fan. Rockin' in Mama's tummy for 8 months. Can Lil' Pickle have your autograph?" And yup, that's right....we got KEITH'S autograph as well at 3 of the 5 band mates. I don't think Lil' Pickle will EVER touch that onesie now!
I know a few of you were there and have some of your own amazing stories (Sheri *wink*). All I have to say, is that if you ever get the opportunity to see him.....YOU HAVE TO (even if you aren't a country fan). Worth every penny. I think all of this was a part of Kell's ultimate plan...convert me to a country fan so we can listen to CFCO at the store!
Lots of New Product....Yes, it is STILL Arriving!
For those of you who have not been in the store for a while, you may not recognize it. The paper nook is now sporting the latest and greatest that our companies have to offer. Looking for Christmas paper? Well you better get it soon because I think half of the city of Chatham is working on their Christmas cards already!
New arrivals include:
  • Crate Paper (Cottage, North Pole and Bliss)
  • My Mind's Eye (Abbey Road, Colourful Christmas, etc.)
  • GCD (too many to list....♥ this company!)
  • Art Glitter - Our glitter is FINALLY restocked and waiting to settle on the tip of your nose when you are least expecting it to.... (=
  • Penny Black - her Christmas line is the best I have see in years.
  • Many of our tried and true stamps are back in stock from companies like Verses, Hero Arts and many more.

Items arriving THIS week (Don't worry...I will post when they arrive):

  • Basic Grey's new Nook and Pantry (yey!)
  • EK Success' boarder punches
  • Unity Stamp Company!
  • And more...

Class Update

We are in the process of finalizing our line up of projects. We will be posting the schedule Wednesday morning (October 14th). Sorry for the delay ladies!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Last Chance!

This is an entire post about last chances. On what you say? Well everything! I don't know why I have so many "last chance" things to tell you about but I do. Here is a brief posting of everything.


  • The Zonta's Christmas Card Making Extravaganza! There are only a few tickets left for this Saturday's event. It is at the college and it is from 10AM-4PM. Tickets are $40 which includes lunch, a $15 tax receipt and you will walk away with 6-10 projects and a ton of tips and tricks from the pros! Please call the store if you are interested in tickets (more details below). I caught a sneak peek at Kell's card for the event and it is GORGEOUS!
  • Helping at the Zonta's Christmas Card Extravaganza. The amazing Mary H. of Stampin' Up is looking for a helper for the day. If you are interest, you will receive $50 in Stampin' Up product of your choice. Please call the store if you are willing and able! 519.351.5220
  • Our Clearance Sale! If you haven't heard, we are having an amazing sale on all our clearance items...Take an additional 50% off all clearance, including bling cardstock (now 13 cents!), decorative paper (4 for $1.00) and many other things. I have just received a close out order I have been waiting for from Crate Paper. This order was suppose to be here at the beginning of the week but you know what this means?! New clearance items for Friday and Saturday! Stop in and check out the discounted paper and chipboard! PS...the new lines from Crate are here too!
  • Tickets! This last chance item I am posting for a friend. She has two Eighth row tickets for the Keith Urban concert at The John Labatt Centre for Thursday, October 1st! She is selling the pair for $250!!! That is a great price (I would hate to tell you what I paid for my 5th row ticket for that same concert!) Kell and I are going to the concert to test and see if her lil' pickle is a country fan! Again, call me at the store if you are interested.
  • More Tickets! Again, I have tickets to an event this Saturday in Toronto. It is the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. the Detroit Red Wings. They are in Section 109 and they 25 rows from the ice. Four tickets available. Regular $196 each and now half price. Give me a call 351.5220

Sorry for all the information but I would hate for these great opportunities to pass you by!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Time to clean house...

Do you like sales? Me too! With all the new product arriving lately, I am having a hard time finding space on the shelves so you know what? It is time for a little fall sale.

All previously reduced product has been reduced by ANOTHER 50%!

  • We have great scrapbooking papers - 4sheets for $1!

  • All bling card stock is now only 13 cents!

  • All guest books, thank you cards and imprintables are 50% off!

  • Tons of random scrapbooking and stamping products at up to 75% off!

Lots of great product! Stop in and check it out! Sale end this Saturday, September 26th.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Oh no....

Um...I hate to report this but we have LOTS of new product at the store! Basic Grey arrived just before lunch today and the new lines are even more fabulous in person. The three new lines are 'Indian Summer' (Autumn), 'Eerie' (Halloween) and 'Eskimo Kisses' (Christmas).

I have never done this before (due to limited shelf space) but I ordered each and EVERY paper from the
Indian Summer line because I d it SO. I also brought in the card kits, and complete collection kits. Have a look at this paper....doesn't it just make you smile and think of those warm autumn days that we all treasure?

I received a nice sampling of papers from the
Eerie line as well as some great clear stamps, card kits, glazed brads and rub-ons. This halloween paper from Basic Grey has just the right amount of 'creep' and 'class'.

Eskimo Kisses collection is just adorable. It has a nice mix of tradition and funk. The gorgeous magenta, teals and greens are very nice. A quick call to Kell this morning, to share my news about the order, had her rushing to the store to grab some papers to possibly use for her card for the Zonta Card Extravaganza. PS...there are still tickets available but they are moving fast. Stop in and pick yours up today! I ordered in the brads, card kits, stamps, mini pads, etc.

What an exciting day! And this wasn't all...there are still TWO boxes from various companies waiting for me to dig into them!! Can you guess what else may be in store?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Classes are back!!

Now this is the post you have all been waiting for! Our fall classes are about to resume at The Pickle!

As always, advanced payment is required in order to secure your seat. You can register for the classes by calling the store 519.351.5220 or stopping in. DO NOT EMAIL.

Here are our classes... Debbie

Two great cards and a bonus gift card holder (not shown)...what more could you want? Work with the cuttlebug and embossing folders and nestabilities to create one very elegant card. You will also be paper piercing, working with decorative paper and embossing to reveal a professional looking greeting card that will be amazing for any occasion. The second card shows how easily a card can come together by using the right papers, ribbons and embossing folders. The bonus project (gift card holder) will show you how to make the most out of all those scrap pieces of paper that you are holding on to!
Dates: Tuesday September 15th OR Wednesday September 30th
Time: 6PM
Cost: $15
Required Supplies: Fine Scissors or exacto knife, adhesive
Suggested Supplies: Scor-pal, paper piercing tool and piercing ruler, pencil, paper trimmer Pauline
Want to learn how to transform plain white cardstock into works of art? On the first card, you will work with Memento inks to create a gorgeous sunset-type background. On the second card, you will work with Adirondack inks and glossy cardstock to create beautiful backdrop for your focal stamp. Don't let these techniques scare you....a great class for students of all levels.

Dates: Wednesday September 16th OR Tuesday September 29th
Time: 6PM
Cost: $15
Required Supplies: Scissors, adhesive
Suggested Supplies: Memento inks of various colours, Tim Holtz craft mat, paper trimmer Linda

Looking to learn how to shade and colour like Linda? Well this is the class for you. Linda will show you how to master the Prismacolor pencils. You will also work with Nestabilities, and learn how by adding the perfect embellishments, you will enhance your cards and take them to the next level.

Dates: Tuesday September 22 OR Thursday October 8th
Time: 6PM
Cost: $15
Required Supplies: Scissors, adhesive
Suggested Supplies: Prismacolor pencils of various shades, gamsol and stomps

Attention Scrapbookers:
For all you scrapbookers wondering why we don't have any classes planned for you, I would ask you to be patient as we are looking for a new teacher that will provide regular two page layout classes once per month. AND guaranteed next month we will have some great classes planned that will be great gift ideas for Christmas. I think I would really like to do a triple canvas (I have the idea in my head but I just haven't got it assembled yet!). Thank you for your understanding!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Cosmo Cricket is HERE!!!!!!!!

I am SO thrilled to tell you that Cosmo Cricket is here. The order arrived about one hour ago and I couldn't wait to rip into that box! It's like Christmas here today! The Jolly by Golly and Earth Love lines are even MORE beautiful in person! All of the paper is double sided and honestly I am not sure which side of the paper I prefer! (Am I using too many exclamation marks or what??!!...yes, I am just a little excited and Kell not here to share my excitement so I am sharing it with you in type!!!!)

The coolest product for you card makers has to be the new mini decks they designed. They are 6x6 and have 36 sheets of the paper line. I brought in the Earth Love, The Boyfriend and Jolly by Golly collections. These are going to be HOT and quantities are limited. Have I tempted you yet???

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Christmas Card Making Extravaganza

I just wanted to let you guys know about an amazing event that is coming up on Saturday, September 26th. It is the Zonta Club's Card Making Extravaganza...Christmas Style! Check out the poster to the side for details.

Basically you will move in small groups from project to project throughout the day learning techniques, socializing and having fun. By the end of the day, you will have 6-10 completed projects and it only costs $40 with lunch included! We have participated in the past and we have had so much fun. I know you will too.

Tickets are available at the store. Come and see me with cash in hand and I will get you registered. This is certainly one event you will not want to miss!

New Product watch....nothing arrived today but I am hoping to see Cosmo Cricket tomorrow...cross your fingers! I will post news the moment something arrives.

Friday, August 28, 2009

It's all happening...

So my absolute favourite movie of all time is Almost Famous. A story about a band just trying to make it and a "kid" just trying to discover life. This was Kate Hudson's breakthrough role. A must see on a quiet Friday night. Anyways, one of my favourite lines was the subject of this's all happening....

Well it's all happening at The Paper Pickle and some of the customers that were in yesterday can attest to that! Honestly, the counter was completely FULL of new product. I had an order of Stampingbella come in. I have to say that the sweetest stamp had to be the Ketto dolly! There were also a few very cute Christmas trees.

I also received an order from Maya Road. Oh how we have missed you! Some of their classic chipboard albums are now back in stock...albums like the square and rectangular albums as well as a few new things like the dino coaster album and these to die for bottle caps that would make the perfect embellishment to any canvas or album or very, very cool magnets for that matter.

A huge order of Spellbinders has arrived. I have some of the new pendants in as well as the classics. You will have to check out my new display too. Looks much better to tell you the truth.

We also have some staples back in including liquid applique (I don't know who did something with that out there in blogland but we had a huge run on that stuff!), glossy accents, all the Ranger Distress Inks, etc.

Just as an FYI, Cosmo Cricket has hit my credit card. That means new products will be arriving ANY DAY....maybe even Tuesday!

Sorry I haven't been too vocal on the blog lately. I know some of you have wondered where I have been. Well I have had my head down...working. As you know, Kell has been working at the"Pickle Station" for the summer and I have been on my own at the store (are any of you having one of those 'ah ha' moments...yes, that is where our name came from). So needless to say, life has been a little busy for me.

I have also been busy ordering from companies like Crate Paper, Basic Grey, Pink Paislee, Inkadinkado, Penny Black and more! I WILL keep you posted as these companies arrive!

Just a quick not on classes. I am working with our amazing teachers right now to get classes organized for September. They are busy creating gorgeous projects for you to learn and enjoy. Classes will most likely resume the week of September 14. I will post details as they are ironed out.

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Tell me what you want, what you really, really want...

Ok ladies. Time to speak up. I am about to do some MAJOR ordering but I want to know what products you are looking for. As you know, CHA Winter begins tomorrow in Orlando, Florida. This is where the wholesale companies release all their latest and greatest. So now is the perfect time to ask you, "What are you looking for?" We are all about making The Paper Pickle a store you want to keep coming to....because we have the products....because you like our service....because you love watching our kids grow up. (= Did you know it is Coulter's first birthday in two weeks?!?

Here are some of the products that are in my radar. Don't let this sway your votes or decisions. This is just a little preview of what you will definitely be seeing in the store in the next month or so.
  • I was surfing a little tonight and know that Cosmo Cricket's new line called 'Jolly by Golly' is a MUST! I also like some of their papers from the 'Earth Love' collection. Have I missed anything?

  • I have to say that My Mind's Eye is BACK! Their new lines called 'Abbey Road', 'Colourful Christmas', 'The Merry Days of Christmas', 'The Spider's Web', etc. are all amazing. I think we need one of each! What do you think?

  • Basic Grey is always a must. Check out Eskimo Kisses. I actually forgot my login so I was not able to get in and see all the new stuff. Darn 1000's of passwords in my life!

These are just a few of the companies I checked out. Let me know what you are thinking. Sorry if I got that Spice Girl's song stuck in your head now!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

THREE Days left to SAVE!

Thank you to all of you who have braved the construction and made it down to our semi-annual sale! The road is now repaved and there shouldn't be any more road blocks! Sorry...I had no clue this was even happening.

I just wanted to tell you that since Tuesday, we have added many new items to the discount table. As you know the entire store is 25% OFF (Nestabilities are the only items at 15% off) but we also have many items at 40% OFF including:

  • ALL Acrylic Albums

  • 100's of rubber and polymer stamps

  • Select Maya Road Albums

  • And the list could go on and on...

We have also opened Bride&Joy for one week only and all remaining items are 75% OFF! There are still gift bags and wrap, great napkins, party supplies, greeting cards, and of course wedding accessories all at 75% OFF. Stop in and say hi and more importantly, SAVE!!

Store Hours....Tues to Fri 10am-5pm AND Sat 10am-3pm

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Semi Annual Sale on July 7 to 11!

Hurray! Are you guys ready to save big? As you know, we have two HUGE sales per in the winter and one in the summer.

Stop in between July 7 and July 11 and enjoy amazing savings.

  • Entire store is 25% OFF *Nestabilities are the only item that are excluded from this as we offer very competitive prices year round...BUT they are 15% off this week
  • Hundreds of stamps 40% OFF including companies like Stampingbella (yeah!), Technique Tuesday, Impression Obsession, Amuse, Hero Arts, Stampington, American Art, Autumn Leaves, Fred Mullett, Inkadinkado, etc...
  • Select paper and cardstock 50% OFF
  • Sales tables with AT LEAST 50% OFF

As those of you know, we are quite sneaky at The pickle. We like to add items to our sales tables as the week moves along so make sure you stop in early and often!!!

Hope to see you soon!

Friday, June 12, 2009

We have made it in Print!

So about a week ago, I was told by our good friend and customer, Sheri, that we were in the new Canadian Scrapbooker magazine. She said there was a photo and little blurb mentioning our store by name. I did not believe her....but why would she lie? I HAD to get my hands on a copy to see for myself. After many attempts of trying to find our national magazine, I found the Real Canadian Superstore of all places! And sure enough, on page 38, there was a beautiful picture of our booth at Scrapfest. The article was about Scrapfest and how amazing this Canadian grown event is! And that it is! We had a blast at this years event.
Our picture focused on our jars of candy, I mean ribbon, that seems to be one of our hottest sellers. I admit we have a little bit of an obsession with ribbon. If you are ever looking for a specific colour of non-wired ribbon, I will bet money that we have may not be out in the jars, but we will more than likely have it in our back storage room! Just ask and we would be glad to "hunt" for it!

I wanted to include THE picture of our jars from the magazine, but was worried about the whole copyright/reproduction thing! So if you are out and about, pick up the Summer 2009 issue of Canadian Scrapbooker and enjoy!
PS...We were not the only Chathamites to get a photo in the magazine...our customers, Tara and Karen are shown on Page 39 showing their spirit and love of the hobby! Nice picture girls!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Summer Hours!

Can you believe I am saying the word summer? It felt like it would NEVER get here! So as we do each summer, we will shorten our hours. Starting on Thursday, June 4th, our new SUMMER hours are as follows:

Tuesday to Friday.....10AM - 5:00PM

Saturday......10AM - 3:00PM

The only change is that we will be closing half an hour earlier Tuesday through Friday (we are normally open until 5:30). This is typically a slower time of the year for us so I hope you understand our eagerness to get home and be with our families and maybe get a little gardening done before the sun goes down! Here is a picture of what I hope my backyard looks like by the end of August (wink!)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Lil' Pickle...

Could this little onesie be any more perfect for a Paper Pickle Baby?!?! I found this a couple of weeks ago when I was out west visiting my sisters, for MY little Pickle!
Yes, for once in my life I can finally be happy about packin' on the pounds! (But please don't tell me you can tell already!)
I know many of you have come in this week to find out about the "secret", but if not, Matt and I (Kelly) are expecting our first child around November 14th!
A third baby to grow up at the Pickle! I can't imagine a better environment for the child's first year!
Thanks to everyone for all the kind words and encouragement! And... I apologize for any moodiness the past two months! I finally feel like me again!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Retrofest...Worth the Drive!

So this is our absolute FAVOURITE weekend in Chatham. It is Retrofest and the city is hopping. The weekend begins Friday night with a cruise. Thousands of vintage and classic cars come from all over to show their stuff! You may even see a car like the one to the left. This is a car owned by Miss Florence Pickles (love the name!) All of her cars were made especially for her with British Racing Green exteriors and green leather interiors. What a woman!
Then there is a movie in Tecumseh Park. This years feature is Dirty all time classic. My favourite line of the entire movie is when Baby first meets Johnny and says "I carried the watermelon". Lame I know, but that is what makes it so funny. Gets me every time!

Saturday night King Street and various sides streets will be closed and hundreds of cars race to get prime spots to park for the day. Thousands of people come out to see the cars and take advantage of the amazing shopping. Many of the stores are offering TAX FREE shopping. And we are no exception. Stop in any day this week and enjoy tax free savings. We also have a ton of amazing in store specials including 50% off the lowest price of items in our sales bin. I think I saw some items in there are 85% off!

Sunday you can visit the reason why Chatham is called Canada's Car Capital....RM Classic Car Exhibit is opening its door to the public. And for those of you who love "the hogs", stop in next door at Dukes Harley Davidson store. I have to admit I have never been to RM and I hope to venture in this weekend.

So for those of you that have never been to Chatham before, why not come and see the city at its best? Grab the keys to your dads MG, put the top down and enjoy the sunshine! Ans hey, why not stop by The Pickle to say hi....oh yeah...did you hear we had a secret? Just ask Kell what that's all about!