Saturday, December 8, 2012

Winter Workshops

What better way to spend the cold winter than being creative. We are busy in the studio planning great creative workshops that will offer something for everyone. Three of the most popular workshops have been scheduled.  Those of you that want to give the gift of an experience can come by the shop for a gift certificate. Check back often as we will be adding more classes in the near future.
Mosaic Window Workshop
Saturday January 19,2013 10am-4pm

Monday January 21,2013 6:30pm-8:00pm

There is nothing more stunning than sunlight streaming through stain glass. In this workshop you will learn to create and mosaic a basic design to hang in a window. We supply your frame, glass and adhesive. Students are required to bring glass nippers and safety glasses. ( we do sell wheeled glass nippers at the studio) Sunday will be spent designing and mosaic-ing your piece. A light lunch will be provided on the Sunday. You will return Tuesday evening to grout and polish your design.


Fibre Canvas Workshop
Saturday, February 16,2013   10am-4pm

In this workshop you will be working with fibres to create a gorgeous work of art. You will learn basic felting, simple free motion embroidery and bead work. This is for all skill levels. We provide all supplies and a light lunch. Students are required to bring felting needles (available for sale at the studio) and a sewing machine that is able to drop feed dog. Please know how to operate your sewing machine-we don't teach sewing.








Beginner Sculpting

Saturday February 9, 2013 10am-5pm
Sunday February 10, 2013 10am-5pm
$225.00  (tool kit $25.00)
In this workshop you will learn step by step techniques to sculpt a character in polymer clay. We will sculpt the head, hands and feet. and apply them to a wire armature. Polymer clay will be provided. Students are required to have a basic tool kit for sculpting. (kit is available for purchase) This workshop is for all skill levels. A follow up workshop will be offered at a later date which will cover painting, costuming and wings. A light lunch will be provided both days


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Well it was a long trip and a lot of hard work, but the One Of A Kind show in Toronto came to a successful conclusion. Thanks to all my Thunder Bay friends who stopped in at my booth and said a hello, and gave me welcome breaks.. It was great to see so many familiar faces.  The show was a success, however it is great to be home, sleeping in my own bed.


So I return to work, nestled in the warmth of the studio, decked out with holiday cheer. Now that I have returned there will be new creations appearing, so be sure to stop in and say hello and browse awhile.                                                                                                                    
Don't forget we have extended hours for the holiday Season.            
 Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Holiday Season began here at the studio with great fervor. Our open house was a huge success even with the crazy weather we experienced on the Saturday. Congratulations to Larysa Turko who won the Santa in a chimney.
We continue with regular holiday hours Tuesdays thru Saturdays 11am-5pm from now until December 22nd, bringing you great holiday decor and gifts. Be sure to stop in...

Many thanks to all my friends and customers who have wished me well as I head off to the One of A Kind show this weekend. Your good wishes are well appreciated. Be sure to stop in and visit Suzie as she runs the studio while I am away. Those of you in Toronto between November 22-December 2, you won't want to miss this show. Pop over to my booth and say hello. I will tell you about my adventures there a it unfolds...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

We are having a Christmas Open House
and you are invited as our special guest
Friday November 9 11am-7pm
and Saturday November 10 11am-5pm

We will have hot apple cider, door prizes and a chance to win a Santa in a chimney

as of Friday November 9th 2012
regular Christmas Hours are;
Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., 11am-5pm
132 Cumming Street
Thunder Bay, ON

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Upcycled Vintage Jewellery

Typewriter Keys become trendy & unique pieces.

Wear the bracelet alone,
 or add them to a grouping of modern beaded or friendship bracelets.

If you are looking for a custom look, we may have the letters on hand to make the perfect word or name you need for a truly different gift.

You can't go wrong with an Initial on a chain.
Who wouldn't love a personalized necklace?!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hallowe'en Cheese Ball Pumpkins

This idea from a Thanksgiving dinner was just so cute, I wanted to share.

Take your favourite Cheese Ball Recipe (perferably one that uses orange cheddar)
Shape the mixture into small pumpkins.
Use the stem from a green pepper for pumpkin stem - It looks so realistic!

Serve with crackers.

Thanks Amory for your great creation!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

As the leaves have fallen from the trees, the studio has seen much activity this season. Many have come to enjoy some creativity in one of the many workshops we have offered, while preperations are well under way for the holiday season here at Vintage Pixie. But lets now rush that yet. Here are some of the creative results we have seen here...



Friday, September 28, 2012

Hydrangeas - Vintage Pixie preserving secret revealed.....

The time is NOW !!

It has been a great year for Hydrangeas in Thunder Bay and it is perfect weather for preserving these fresh flowers before the big freeze.

Following a challenging garden season which started with numerous millimeters of rain drenching our city, 
a hot dry spell that parched the area,
as well as hungry varmints that ravaged the foliage
of many of our favourite flowers,

I think the beauty of these flowers may be overlooked!

So bring these beautiful and hardy big blooms inside to enjoy.

Green ones are all the rage in vintage decor magazines,
But check out these lovely pink that's Shabby Chic!

Simply snip the stems with sharp scissors or pruners.

After cutting the stems, gather all your flowers to bring inside.

 Bring out all of your beautiful vintage containers of any height or size....

And here is the secret to preserving.......

......Do nothing!


Just cut the stems to the size you need for your container & arrange them the way you would like.


Enjoy for the upcoming winter months.

The beauty is, when they get dusty, just toss them in the composter and cut more next fall.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Pixie Pickers ROAD TRIP!!!!!

Just back from our annual fall trip to pick the hidden, dustiest treasure spots for "new" old stuff!
As usual, it was extremely successful & exciting - we were vibrating with enthusiasm as we departed on a warm September morning.

First stop.....good thing we have a bigger truck with more enclosed space. 

Next.....another haul to the truck!

Then.....some creative re-packing always makes room for more..... 

Finally.....of course,
there is always room for..... one.....more.....thing.....! 

Inspired by trending vintage collectibles, we have begun to display some of our new "picks" in the shop.
I'm always amazed to see which finds are snapped up almost as soon as we carry them up to the studio!

Check out what inspired the Pixie Pickers this year!

Better yet, come by the studio to see for yourselves.