Thursday, April 26, 2012

FUN and unique shopping day TODAY

Join us today for a really fun day of shopping, crafting and sampling!!

Special guest include:
• Scentsy
• Uppercase Living
• Jen's cupcakes
• Stella & Dot (at 4:30-8pm tonight)

Many of you have asked if I was going to have any specials going on and though I didn't plan to, I thought why not!! For today only, shop tax free!! What a perfect time to pick up some of the NEW product!
Uppercase Living - You can see some of Kell's amazing designs on the wall and in the store today!
A rainbow of Scentsy goodness
Yummy cupcake sample today!

Check out the detail on these cupcakes.....don't miss out!

My make & take station.  Why not come and make a Mother's Day card?  Fun and productive...that's you girl!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Studio Calico, Crate Paper & Dear Lizzy

Yes, I have done it again!  More new product.  Here is a look at my counter yesterday afternoon.  Wow, I cannot believe the camera caught the lovely paper haze I was experiencing!  Whoa, dude.....paper.

So there is a nice selection of 6x6 pads, collections, individual papers and embellishments from Crate Paper (LOVE!), Studio Calico (brand spankin' new to The Pickle), Dear Lizzy's Neapolitan (a cute new line from American Craft!) and Amy Tangerine (so fun and eclectic).  As I have often said, some stories are best told in photos....

Crate Paper
I often gush over this company and you will see why.  Introducing......

 Pretty Party (now in store!)
I love the soft girlie colours in this line paired with the wood.

Fun stickers to pair with the papers.....too easy!

And here is Story Teller....

SO excited for these BINGO chips!  

So fun!  I love the vintage embellishments.

Studio Calico
I fell in love with this company the moment my American Crafts rep showed me their product offering.  Very simplistic but OH the possibilities!

Fun wood veneers in 4 styles - birdies, cameras, hearts & arrows and stars

FabRips - You must see for yourself.  Available in 5 patterns.

Fun NEW masks for Mixed Media projects!

Dear Lizzy's Neapolitan 

Is this not THE cutest paper?  

Fun rub-ons and stickers are in!

Check out the buttons in the middle....epoxy paired with wood = love!!

Amy Tangerine by American Crafts

If you like Smash Books (and you know how I feel about them!) you will LOVE these little albums of goodness by Amy Tangerine. What a nice eclectic mix of odd shaped pages and envelopes, etc.  AND the price is right at $6.99 and $8.99.  There are also some fun accessories and embellishments to go along with them....too fun!

FUN Shopping Day is TOMORROW.  
Don't forget to stop in tomorrow for a fun shopping experience.  We will have make & takes/demos, Scentsy and Uppercase Living, cupcake samples and Stella&Dot!  It will be so fun!!  We will be open from 10am-8pm for your shopping convenience.  See you then!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

FUN Open House Shopping Event - April 26th!

Hope you guys had a wonderful weekend!  It was great to see many of you at Linda's mixed media class on Saturday.  I have to say that everyone's projects turned out SO good!  And there is good news too....there is a second  date added for this class!  Join us Saturday May 5 at 1pm.  Just give me a call if you are interested.

So at the end of my Scrapfest post, I mentioned that we have a little something planned for this Thursday, April 26.  This is going to be a full day, open house kind of event with lots and lots of fun and excitement.

Join us:

When:  Thursday April 26th from 10am-8pm 
Where:  The Paper Pickle Company
Why:  For a little pre-mother's day shopping or for a little fun!
Who will be there:
  • The Paper Pickle Company
    • with make and takes and demos throughout the day
    • introduction of new product including JustRite stamps & Hero Arts/Sizzix Framelits
    • how about some draws for new product?!?

Two of the JustRite sets we have in store now!

  • Kelly Delline for Uppercase Living & Scentsy
    • Anyone interested in beautiful vinyl wall art needs to check out Kell's latest venture, Uppercase Living  Their product design and product options is just amazing.  Have a look at her website.  Kell will also show you how this product can be used in conjunction with scrapbooking papers, on canvases and more.  I have had the opportunity to see some of her creations in person and they are gorgeous!
    • You will also be able to check out what Scentsy is all about 
I ordered this saying for the kids room in turquoise and orange!

New Scentsy nice!|

  • Cupcakes by Jen
    • Jen will be taking Mother's Day pre-orders for her amazingly yummy cupcakes
    • She will also have samples!  Yum!!  We've got you covered for lunch and dinner!  HA!

  • Laura Comiskey for Stella & Dot
    • Laura will have a display of Stella & Dot jewelry from 4:30-8pm.  Check out this gorgeous product or even book a party!  Even Katy wears it!  Actually ALL the stars are wearing it!!
Hope to see you out Thursday for a little fun, girly kind of day!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Big Yard Sale Tomorrow!

Just wanted to send a quick post out about a yard sale/fundraiser that is happening tomorrow at the Old School House on Bloomfield Road in Chatham (just passed the 6th Concession).  Nicole Leger was talking to me about the event while in the store this past week and I thought I should pass on the details for this very important fundraising effort!  All money raised will go towards buying a Smartboard for The Autism Transitional Classroom!

The Details
The Autism Transitional Classroom is a specialized treatment classroom operated by the St. Clair Catholic District School Board in partnership with Chatham Kent Children’s Services. Our classroom provides a specialized, short-term placement for students with very severe developmental disabilities – Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.

On Saturday, April 21st, from 7am - ???, they are having a yard sale, bake sale, BBQ, and raffle to raise funds towards the purchase of a Smartboard for our classroom. The use of this technology will make a difference in the lives of our students by allowing them to participate more fully in learning activities. The Smartboard grasps all students’ attention and makes whole class instruction easier and more meaningful for the students. 

Remember, every little thing we do for others helps more than you realize!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Whoa! What a rush!!

Wow!  Scrapfest.  Kitchener 2012.  What a whirlwind of an adventure!  I know it is Thursday, and the show was LAST Friday and Saturday, but I only JUST feel like I am getting caught up!  

For those of you who have never been, I think you should mark April 12 and 13th, 2013 on your calendar right now!!  Seriously, go do it!  Scrapfest is Ontario's premier paper crafting event.  There is a huge shopping area as well as a crop area and special classes.  Many of the vendors also do make and takes throughout the weekend.  In my opinion, Lisa Sales Furtney and her team pull together one of the best and amazingly well run shows I have ever attended!
So have you ever wondered how we pull shows like this together.  Have a look at the process...

The Preparation
Each year I spend hours days weeks thinking and thinking about our theme.  What products will be featured?  How will I decorate our booth?  Who will help me?  What samples will we create?  Have a look at one of the members of my team.....Jules!  She is just one of the girls who helped prepare amazing samples for the booth.  Here she is one morning "smashing" with her mom on the Sunday before the show!  I just love what she did with these pages!  You can see my eco-smashbook on the table as well.  I decided to add ribbon, a spellbinder blossom die and some distressing to the front of my album.  Jules told me I did a nice job so that is all that matters...ahhhh!
Here is a look at another Smashbook I created for the event!  I ripped apart all of my Real.Simple. magazines.  I saved all the most amazing decorating and product ideas and created a book I just love!  No more flipping through those piles of old magazines for that cool-idea-I-know-its-somewhere-just hold-on-was-it-December 2010-no-maybe-11.  Now a dozen old magazines are out of my house (yay me!) and patiently waiting to be recycled.  And just wait for the best part.... all I have to do is pull out my Retro Smashbook for that "cool must-have planter idea".  Fun.  Efficient.  Smashing!
The Product Offering
From the above comments, you may have an inkling of what we featured.  Yes, Smashbooks were a big part of our booth.  I absolutely love how quick and easy scrapbooking can be with this product!  It is SOOO me!  Hey have I done this sales pitch already on this blog!  Ha!  Have a look at some of the product we brought in specifically for the show!  Yikes!  All I kept thinking is "Will it sell?!?  Is there room in the two vans for everything?, double yikes!"

More Products
Here is a look at a fun embellishment I created with the Spellbinder Blossom dies (another featured product).  Again I love how quick and easy these dies can make designing and having fun!  These dies were featured during my demos and make and takes!  I used cork sheets (sold in store) for this flower and wrapped it around a gorgeous Prima wooden button.  A little bakers twine complete my embellishment nicely.

The Booth In Action
Have I told you how much I love Scrapfest?!?  The rush and stress of it all.  The fun ladies from all over Ontario that we see each year.  The amazing energy and love of the hobby felt over the two day event....ahhh.  There is nothing else like it!  Here is a look at our booth from the front left corner.  You can see me leading the make and take.  You can see the very popular Smash products.  You can see the ladies at the back rooting through our always consistent and loved ribbon jars.  You can see the style of our booth....very Pickle!  Burlap EVERYWHERE! Antiques a constant.  The theme....Quick & Dirty.  
Now here is a look at our booth from the front right corner.  There is Kell....hi!

The Secret Ingredients 
In my opinion, I could plan and plan and plan but without out the help of my family/friends (I know I am blessed that they are both!) the show would not have been a success!  We each had our role and we did it well!  Kell helped me with the ordering and running the cashout area efficiently and smoothly.  Krystle pulled together THE most amazing Smashbook and helped promote the product.  And Jen was such an asset the week of the event preparing and packing and kitting.  She also, brought in some Bailey's cupcakes on Saturday at THE most perfect time of the day!  Seriously....I am so LUCKY to have these girls on my side!

Our Next Event
So what's next?  Well, it is funny you ask!  We have a little event in the works for next Thursday (April 26th) at the store!  Hey, why not keep the fun going?!?  

It will be a little pre-Mother's Day shopping and crafting event running from 10am until 8pm.  All I have to say is that it will pull together all of these fun things that we (the girls above) do and then some!  More details tomorrow....

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Classes!

Hey Guys.

Have a look at the classes we have coming up!

Cards by Pauline
Ok.  Now wouldn't either of these cards make the perfect Mother's Day card?!?  Or birthday card?  Or....hey, even better yet, why don't you bring your mom along to the class and have a little fun together?

Once again Pauline is bringing you two cards loaded with technique.  You will be working with various distress inks, heat embossing, coloured pencils, paper piercing, using decorative papers, liquid pearls, dies and more....

Dates:  Tuesday April 17th OR Wednesday May 2
Time:  6-8pm
Cost:  $17
Required Supplies:  adhesive, scissors
Suggested Supplies:  Prismacolor Pencils (please bring if you have them) - French grey 10%, 20%, 30%, 50%, lime peel, apple green, yellowish orange, spanish orange, pink, carmine red, salmon pink, light cerulean blue, mediterranean blue

Mixed Media Class by Linda

Well you asked for it!  Here is a second offering of Linda's Triple Heart Mixed Media Class!

Date:  Saturday, May 5th
Time:  1-3pm
Required Supplies:  nothing!
Cost:  $20

Linda has a very nice write up on her blog so have a look

Here was my write up from the last post.....Anyone hungry for some more mixed media classes? Linda has a fabulous class planned. Check out this 4x6 design. It will be created on a heavy cold press paper. It has a such amazing dimension and MUST be seen in person to be truly appreciated. You will walk out of this two hour class learning how to use acrylic paints, light moulding paste, templates and more to create results just like this.....really! YOU can do this!  You DO NOT want to miss this class!!

Give me a call at the store if you are interested in these beauties!!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Scrapfest - Kitchener April 13&14

Well Happy Easter! I hope you had a nice relaxing long weekend. Ours was filled with tons of chocolate and lots of family time!

A Few Plugs and a Family Update
I have to admit that Friday was the highlight of my weekend. Trev and I took the kids for a little ride to get out and enjoy the day. We made a quick stop at Dekoko's for snacks and caffeine. Have I mentioned lately how I adore her lattes? I savour each and every sip and even get a little disappointed when I get down to the last drop....if you ever catch me taking off the lid to get a last lick, please remind me to do this in the privacy of my own home ONLY!  Ha!

Then we drove out to #3 HWY to this amazing fresh fish store called "Fresh from the Net".  It is located at 8905 Talbot Trail at the corner of Erieau Road and Talbot Trail.  The fish is seriously so fresh and amazing....well worth the drive!   We picked up 2 lbs of the most incredible perch which I later cooked up along with some fresh cut fries....pure heaven!

We stopped at Sweden Freeze in Charing Cross for a little lunch (which was a first for us....and what a pleasant surprise) and then it was back home to play outside. Julia was determined that today would be the day she would learn to ride her bike without training wheels. We tried before church and I have to admit the pot holes in the drive were making it just a little challenging. Then after church we headed to the parking lot across the road and she picked it up just like that! Was she ever proud of herself! Just that look on her face made the day one of my ever!

Scrapfest - Kitchener
So we are off to Kitchener this Friday and Saturday and I couldn't be more excited! I have my favorite girls helping me too.... Yay sisters! So since we are all going, the store will be closed. Here are the hours this week:
Tuesday 10-5:30
Wednesday 10-5:30
Thursday 10-5:30
Saturday CLOSED

Sorry for the inconvenience. We will resume regular store hours the following week.  Hey, if you miss us that badly, why not take a drive to Kitchener? Honestly it is so fun! I have a great make & take planned and some fun promotions!