Saturday, September 16, 2017

3rd SATURDAY Make & Take

Join us today (10-2) for a free make & take. These happen the THIRD SATURDAY of each month!  Today we are creating this beautiful gift card holder. It is also the perfect size to hold an instax instant photo!

Well last night's Downtown in the City was a huge success. Thank you to those who stopped in. Your support means everything to me. Let's keep the party going!  Spend $25 before tax and receive one of these Stampers Anonymous stamp sets or Sizzix die sets absolutely FREE!  Yes!  This is a $25-30 value!


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Friday, September 15, 2017

It's Here! Downtown in the City!

We are gearing up for an incredible night. Join us for 5-9 TONIGHT in downtown Chatham for Downtown in the City!  We've got some great promotions happening, new product reveals and this beautiful make & take. You will not want to miss this fabulous evening celebrating our downtown!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Downtown in the City - FRIDAY, September 15

An incredible event is happening in downtown Chatham THIS Friday from 5-9pm!  It is the 2nd Annual Downtown in the City.  All of the fabulous participating merchants have planned some pretty cool things.  This is OUR chance to show you what we've got!  Here is a link to the Historic Downtown Chatham event's page for ALL the details.  There is also a passport card that you will want for the event as you have a chance to win a $100 gift card at the store of your choice.  Now how fun is that?!?  A printable version can be found at the link above.

Of course, 44 Fourth Street is stepping up BIG TIME.  We hope to charm you with our Parisian themed evening.  All of the items below are happening from 5-9PM on Friday, September 15th:
  • Live music by Dan Davidson & friends
  • Cute little artisan booths (RosieLee's Jewelry, Costume's by Heather, Sugar Puff's Slime and more)
  • FREE Parisian inspired Make & Take (I've got a beautiful gift card holder created by for you!) from 5-8pm.  EVERYONE is welcome!
  • Absolutely incredible NEW product reveals (the store is PACKED with gorgeous items from Spellbinds, Crate Paper, Flora & Fauna, MME, Memory Box, Ranger and more!)
  • Dill-ightful pickle sampling by The Pickle Station (our local pickle brand!)
  • Spend $25 before tax and receive a FREE GIFT (valued at $20-40!)...YES, you are reading this correctly!
  • Enter your name to WIN a sweet prize pack
  • The first 50 people to complete the make & take will receive a fun little paper grab bag including an exclusive Paper Pickle Mason jar to store your crafting goodies!
  • Artisan sweets and refreshments by Homebaked Kitchen Co.

So yes....we are pretty excited to celebrate the downtown AND our stores with you!  Grab a friend and make a night out of it!  The weather is suppose to be incredible.


Store Hours
Wed-Thurs - 10am-5pm
Friday - 10am-9pm (SPECIAL EVENT HOURS!)
Sat - 10am-3pm

Friday, September 8, 2017

It's all happening

I call this photo "It's all happening".

September 15, 2017. Where will you be?


Store Hours 
Wednesday - Friday - 10am-5pm
Saturday - 10am-3pm

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tim Holtz - Stamping Platform

The Tim Holtz Stamp Platform has arrived and it is very nice.  For those of you who do not already own a stamping tool, this one's for you.  

These stamping tools allow you to stamp with both cling rubber and polymer stamps perfectly....because isn't that a pet peeve of all stampers?  When you stamp does not stamp fully?

Honestly, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one because you have to change the top clear plate depending on the type of stamp you are using (cling vs. polymer).  And to tell you the truth, the plate glides out easy and it really isn't a big deal at all.

This stamping platform has a magnetic base which is really nice.  We also carry the We R Memory Keepers Precision Press as well.  It does not have a magnetic base but you just use a little washi tape and it works very well.

It is a heavy duty stamping tool and great value.  Stop in today to try it for yourself.  We have one open and you can see just how useful it is.


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Oxide Ink LOVE

Saturday's make & take was a blast!  We created mini journals using oxide inks, stencils and stamps. Everyone was able to play and work with stencils and stamps of their choice. The journals turned out awesome!  

I have been playing with these oxide inks for some time and I am so impressed with them. The chalk finish is so very matte and beautiful. I am also impressed at how well they stamp. The coverage on the rubber is excellent with no beading. The image seems to stamp beautifully every time. I've never really liked the way Distress Inks stamp but these I LOVE. 

Thank you to all those who came out SATURDAY for our monthly make & take. The turnout was awesome!  We had people from Sarnia, London, Toronto and Michigan. Over 40 journals were made!  Great job ladies. This was our best turnout yet. We hope you had fun!


PS...the store is filling with incredible new product (photo play, MME,Crate Paper and more). Plus sidewalk work is now complete in front of the store. Come for a visit. We'd love to see you!

Store hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

FREE Make & Take THIS Saturday

Woot.  Woot.  The 3rd Saturday of the month means a FREE Make & Take at The Paper Pickle Co!  Join Julia as she shows you how to work with oxide inks.  You will create an adorable little spiral bound album.  All ages and levels welcome.  Stop in between 10am-3pm.  Work with those beautiful hands. ♥


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SALE continues - August 2-5

Great sales continue at The Paper Pickle. Take 25% off ALL regular priced stamps, dies and paper!  There is also an incredible clearance table with up to 90% off!  Check out these Spellbinder 75% off!  

Hot Diggity Dog!  Don't miss out.

Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10-5
Sat - 10-3 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dog Days Summer Sale - Starts TODAY

Two weeks of hot savings for you lucky dogs with 25% off all regular priced stamps, dies and paper. 

Plus have a look at this clearance table.....many new mark downs and many new items added to this table.

Journal Drive - Last Week
We have received over 2 dozen journals which will be donated to the Chatham-Kent Women's Centre.  Thank you so much for this support!  We will be collecting journals for one more week.  Please stop in and donate a journal or two.  Small acts of kindness never go unnoticed.  YOU can make a difference in someone's life.

Journal Class - Tonight @ 6:30pm
Thank you to everyone who signed up for my journal class sight unseen!  The class has sold out and I have a waiting list.  Awesome.  For those of you who have rock!  For those of you who have not yet paid...don't worry.  Please call the store today to confirm that you are coming.  I had so many people send comments on facebook, etc. and I want to make sure I got everyone in who thinks they signed up.  I am so proud of this design and I cannot wait to show you tonight!  The best part is that we will be adding another dozen journals to the journal drive.  My heart is happy. ♥


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Friday, July 14, 2017

Free Make & Take THIS SATURDAY

Join us this Saturday from 10-3 for a free make & take. We are working with a brand new paper from Alexandra Renke - a new line to The Paper Pickle. Her designs are incredible. I love how this sheet can be chopped up to create a pile of cards to have on hand.  She shoots. She scores!  Stop in and make one of these pretty cards!  We'd love to see you. 


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Miss JULY is ready to GIVE back

Last year, I had the privilege of being a part of a beautiful idea.  My friend and fellow downtown merchant, Vickie of Lady Blackbird Boutique and Tattoos by Vickie, asked if I would like to be a model in a vintage inspired calendar she was pulling together as a fundraiser for the Chatham-Kent Women's Centre.  Of course I said yes....what an honour.  It was an incredible cause and such a beautiful idea.  Vickie is a woman who constantly amazes me with her talents, ideas and generosity.  I know this calendar was a huge undertaking but Vickie gave of herself for a cause she is passionate about.  That impacted me and inspired me.

For a few hours on a Sunday, I was pampered.  My hair was done by Nathalie Miller of Iron Willow and my make up done by Candace McEachran.  All clothing and accessories were from Lady Blackbird Boutique. These women gave of their time and talent to make me feel like a queen.

The photo shoot took place in the Presidential suite at The Retro Suites Hotel, only THE most beautiful boutique hotel.  Aimee Raspburg took all these shots.  Aimee is a true talent.  Check out her facebook page, Aimee Lynn Photography.  Again, these businesses gave of their time so women and children will have a safe place to go.  I made note.  I wanted to do more.

So you guessed it....I am Miss July!  As I flipped the calendar on Saturday, I was reminded of an idea I had and wanted to see come to life ever since I became a part of this fundraiser.  I met with Angela of the Chatham-Kent Women's Centre a couple of years ago and she told me how journals are always in need at the shelter.  Each woman and each child is given a journal where they can write their thoughts and feelings.  I have kept a diary/journal since I was in grade 6 and I know how powerful they can be.  It is where I have written my most intimate thoughts....things I have never shared with anyone.  It is my kind of therapy and I know many share this same idea.

Journal Donations Welcomed ALL Month Long
This is where you can help.......Now I know you guys are paper lovers like me.  I'm sure you have a few journals in your stash that you have accumulated over the years.  I will confess that I pick up journals where ever I go.  And I also know that many of these journals may never get touched.....and isn't that a shame?  These beautiful journals would be greatly accepted and welcomed at the Centre.

All month long we will be collecting journals of all shapes, sizes and colours.  Bring them.  Show that we as a paper crafting community care and want to share our love of paper and pretty things with others.  And hey, don't be afraid to craft your own and donate YOUR work of art.  Your art could bring a smile to someone in need of just that....a smile.  What a beautiful thought.  That leads me to my next idea.....
Journal Crafting Night - Wednesday July 26
Sign up for a spiral journal making night!  We will make TWO identical journals - one for you to take home and one to be donated to The Chatham-Kent Women's Centre. Note:  I am not quite done my design but believe me you will not be disappointed....a lot of love and care is going into this design. These chipboard albums will measure 6x8" and will be decorated with designer papers and embellishments.  Photos to be shared soon!
Date:  Wednesday, July 26th
Time:  6:30-8:30pm
Cost:  $20+hst
All supplies included!

I am proud to put these ideas forward and I hope you will consider joining me in making a difference.

Kim ♥

Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Canada Day - CLOSED

I wanted to let everyone know that we will be closed this Saturday for Canada's big 150 birthday!  If you are looking to get your craft on this LONG weekend, make sure to pop in between now and Friday.  We do have a class TONIGHT so if you want to stop in between 6-8pm, I will be there.  

I wish you all THE best Canada Day.  Let's celebrate this incredible country we live in!


Store Hours
Wednesday - 10am-5pm + 6-8pm
Thursday - Friday - 10am-5pm
Saturday - CLOSED for Canada Day

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Daddy Daughter Dance + Make & Takes

Oh.  It's on.  That's right.  This Saturday is the 3rd Saturday of the month and that means a FREE make & take for you!  This Saturday's card is all about the dads and lots and lots of EMOJI LOVE 😍😜(the on trend line from Simple Stories...we've got lots of new items from that line including 12x12 sheets, kits, washi tape and more!).  Stop in anytime between 10am-2:30pm for a fun card for dad or anyone you have ♥ eyes for.  All ages welcome.

Daddy Daughter Dance - This Friday
Ok.  This is only THE cutest event ever.  Trevor and Julia have been going for years now....and I have been wanted to get a sneak peak at this exclusive event.  Well, I've finally got my in (yesssss!!!) The Paper Pickle will be running a few make and take tables.  The girls can make a special card for their dad and write a sweet message inside.  I believe tickets are still available but act quickly.  Tickets can be purchased at  or call 519-354-8338.  The event should be a sell out.  All proceeds go to The Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village.

Third Friday - Downtown Chatham
This Friday the downtown will be hopping with music and entertainment on the streets, late night shopping and more.  The Historic BIA started this event last year and it was great.  There was a brief break due to the poor weather in winter and spring but now it is back.  Strolls the streets from 5-8pm.  We have participated in all past events but however because we will need a crew at The Daddy Daughter Dance, we will have to pass this Friday.  Look for being open late in upcoming months.  Sorry to disappoint.

Hope you are enjoying the weather.  Summer is here!


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Retrofest 2017 - An EVENT Like No Other

44 Fourth Street - A HUB of creativity
Retrofest 2017.  It was perfect.  The weather.  The people.  The cars.  The energy.  It was all there.  
Lemonade Theme you say?  How will this truck do?
When it comes to anything my sister's and I do, we have to have a theme.  Gifts are always curated with a theme in mind.  When we do scrapbooking or wedding shows, there is always a theme.  Retrofest had to have a COOL theme.  Somehow Jen and I decided the theme for Retrofest 2017 had to be "lemonade".  So you could imaging my glee when Julia and I cruised up to the store first thing in the morning and I saw THE sweetest vintage canary yellow truck parked in front of OUR store!  Trust me.  This was not planned.  It was like the party planning Gods were smiling down on 44 Fourth Street last Saturday!
Lemonade + Vintage = Sweet FUN
Big details like the lemonade truck and small details like these paper lanterns in various shades of yellow make a theme come together.  Oh and did you notice our vintage girl in the window?  Of course our bike had to make an appearance.  Oh how I have missed her!

A successful event is ALL about the details.
One's party must have food and drink to match the theme.  I found these adorable sparkling lemonades by 7Up at the grocery store.  The retro style packaging got me.  Man, do I love when plans come together!
Float-style cupcakes 
Leave it to my sister and baker extraordinaire to create THE most perfect sweet delights to go with our theme.  
Homebaked Kitchen - This is how you nail lemonade themed sweet treats
Beautiful sugar cookies that were beyond words and "float style" lemonade cupcakes graced her counter in three lovely flavours:  raspberry, blueberry and peach.  They were a wow.  From the candied topper to the adorable little straw.  Jen's talent and creativity amaze me daily.

The cotton candy treat was well deserved
Anyone who hosts an event knows that much of the success is due to the people filling their duties during the event.  They must fill their roles with grace, professionalism and of course FUN!  This is why we brought in only THE sweetest girl around to help with the make and take.  I think she had over 70 people stop in to make a sweet card.  Have a look.....She is all smiles because she found cotton candy at Vickie's shop next door!

I must also give a shout out to my nephews who did an incredible job sampling and selling pickles.  They are business men in the making (just like their dad!).  I wish I had a photo to share.

Well that's a wrap.  Another Retrofest is in the books and I couldn't be more proud.  The Paper Pickle has brought so much joy to my life.  I am so happy to have such incredible support from family AND customers like you.  All I can say is thank you.  This is what keeps me going.  When life gives you lemons, I say make lemonade. ♥


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Friday, May 26, 2017

Retrofest - A FULL Line Up of FUN!

Oh it's here!  My favourite weekend of the year....RETROFEST!  Hop in the car and cruise to the downtown core where you will see Chatham at it's BEST.

Enjoy tax free savings on all items at The Pickle PLUS Homebaked Kitchen will be offering tax free savings on all her beautiful wares (sorry but baked goods are excluded).  The store is STOCKED and waiting for you to explore.  You should see the extra special treats Jen has prepared especially for you.

FREE Make & Take
We've got the sweetest little make and take card for you Saturday.  Join us between 10-3 and make this adorable card.  We are using the stamp set from Concord & 9th.  Work with those beautiful hands and feel like a kid again.  Or if you are a kid, show us what you've got!

Sugar Puff's Slime Launch Party
Well my little entrepreneur wanted to try her hand at a little business venture.  Welcome Sugar Puff's Slime!  Julia will be officially launching her slime business Saturday.

She has 6 beautiful pastel shades to share with you.  A nice size container for little and big hands alike is only $2.  Get it while you can!  For those of you who do not know, slime is taking the internet by storm.  You've got to check it out.

The Pickle Station - Pickle Sampling
The Pickle Station will be showcasing all 4 family members on Saturday at The Paper Pickle.  Become acquainted with Grandad, Mama, Baby and Papa!  We have brought these to our paper crafting shows and the attendees cannot get enough.  We have people driving across Ontario to get their hands on just one more jar!  Most of the time, they cannot even wait to get to their cars before they dig in.  Yes.  They are THAT good!

Phew!  We've got an incredible Retrofest planned for you.  Make 44 Fourth Street one of your go to stops!  Happy Retrofest everyone.  I don't think you will see me on roller skates this year, but who knows what fun I could get myself into. ♥


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-4pm (or later...just call to make sure we are still around 519-351-5220)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Retrofest - THIS Weekend. Be there!

Retrofest 2016 - Roller Skating Mama
Oh.  You know.  It's all happening.  It's all happening THIS weekend in my favourite town.  Chatham.  Retrofest weekend is upon us and I can't wait.  I had a little walk down memory lane before I wrote this post.  Have a little click on the left hand side of the blog under "labels" and then click "retrofest" if you want to go down that lane too.

You know I love to gush about how cool our downtown is and oh how Retrofest brings out the best in us!  If you have yet to visit Retrofest, this is THE year.  We are now in our 17th year so we must be doing something right.

It all begins with a cruise on Friday night and then hundreds and hundreds of vintage cars line the downtown streets Saturday from very early morning 'til dinner time.  It is a sight to be seen.

 Here is the cruise route Friday night.

As you can see there is a sweet line up of live music both Friday and Saturday.

Here's a little video I found telling you more about this incredible event.

You know we like to have a little fun at the store in celebration of Retrofest.  This Friday and Saturday, enjoy TAX FREE on the entire store.  Homebaked Kitchen is also offering TAX FREE on all beautiful items (excluding baked goods).

FREE Make & Take
We will also be having a FREE make and take all day.  Join us!  Julia is so excited to share her card with you.

The Pickle Station Samplings
We will have family from The Pickle Station sampling pickles.  I have heard from many pickle connoisseurs who say that The Pickle Station brand is the BEST they have EVER tried.  I may be a little biased, but I think so too!

Paper Pickle Fact #87 - Did you know that the Grandad character above is a cartoon drawing of my Grandfather, Norm who started the cucumber grading operations over 50 years ago.  It is so nice to know his spirit lives on through my families line of pickles!

Well  if this isn't enough to get you downtown Chatham this weekend, I don't know what else I can tell you.  Retrofest Chatham 2017.  Be there or be square.


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Make & Take THIS Saturday

Woot.  Woot.  The third Saturday of the month already?  Kick off the long weekend with us.  I promise you will have fun!  The free make and take runs from 10-2 and all ages and levels of crafter is welcome.  Hope to see you Saturday.


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Perfect day to be....

Oh my!  Look how little she looks here.
I found this photo of one of our smashing sessions from years ago.
Must have been when washi was just becoming all the rage....oh my!
Thank goodness each roll has something like 15m!  

CRAFTING of course!  I mean what else could you do?  Now don't tell me you're going to spend the day tackling a closet or junk drawer organization.  Spend some time for YOU.  Yes, you!  Being creative and working with your hands calms the soul and allows you to recharge for the week ahead.  

One of the pages from my first smash book where I included
products I love, beautiful stationery and more.
Did you know our neighbour (Lady Blackbird) carries
this gorgeous line of bath product.....oh how life can be so sweet.

My plan (once I am done at the store 10-3 just in case  you were wondering♥), is to work away on my SMASH Books (yes, plural).  I have a pretty box full of pretty clippings from my Real Simple magazine, concert stubs, stickers and more that are calling my name.  As much as I love gardening, I am thrilled to have this weekend for a little play time.  I think know I deserve it and you do too!


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Thursday, May 4, 2017

More Classes!

Oh wow!  I think you guys are excited for our classes.  I love it!  

There are still a few spots left in Debbie's Card Class and Hilary's card class....but not many.  Please call or stop in to reserve your spots. Details can be found on the post below (May 3).

Christy's watercolour classes have completely filled but never fear.  We have added a third date.  Please see below for details.

As promised, here are the details for Laura's 12x12 Scrapbooking Class:

Foil Scrapbooking Layout with Laura
Date:  Thursday, June 1
Time:  6-8pm
Cost:  $22+HST (includes a sweet gourmet treat from Homebaked Kitchen)
Required Supplies:  scissors, adhesive, 4x6 photo, paper trimmer

Here are the details in the artist's own words:

I know that foils and rub ons can be intimidating but they are so much fun to work with and create such a fabulous effect for your project! There are different title available - hope, family, dream, just to name a few! You get to choose your own!
Don't be intimidated by pattern on pattern - its fun!

And the set of foil lines finish it off!

Hope to see you there!

Watercolor Workshop with Christy
Date:  May 25 1-2pm  SOLD OUT
Date:  May 31 6-7pm  SOLD OUT

Well it is obvious that you like Christy just as much as I do!

You are in luck.  Christy has agreed to run a third class.  Join us!

NEW DATE:  June 7 from 6-7pm
Cost:  $18+HST (includes a sweet gourmet treat from Homebaked Kitchen)
Suggested Supplies:  a good water pen (Prima, koi, etc.)

This class will not last long.  Please call the store to register or stop in during store hours.


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm