Tuesday, January 31, 2012

These are some Gourd-gous Characters!

It was a good return to workshops this past Sunday.

There was lots of serious concentration and some good laughs in the studio. 

These happy characters ..... ( the Gourds, that is )
will be ready for the next holiday season! 

Everyone completed their Gourd-gous Santa in a nice relaxed pace. 

This Gourd-gous Santa will be flying off to his new home in Southern Ontario. 

We even produced a Garden Gourd Gnome version..... 

Besides the workshop, there has been lots going on at Vintage Pixie Studio.
My "old" working studio in my basement has been gutted!

I would love to share some pics of the "work in progress" so check back to see what's happening....
And....at the end of the day today, I will be drawing for the GIVEAWAY!!!
You still can get your entry in if you hurry.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


...can you believe that January is almost over?!

I've been busy in the studio, enjoying the company dropping in to visit and look around, to check out the many new creations and collectibles continuously being added to the shop.

In our new location, people are finding it quick and convenient to drop by on a lunch or coffee break! I'm always happy to see visitors coming up the stairs.

These favourite garbage bins are a special order we just completed for some of my customers who love the uniqueness and practicality they add to a home.

If you are looking for a special piece for a certain spot in your home, or a one of a kind gift, we welcome the challenge!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Chef Faerie

For a lady who loves to cook!

I just completed this Chef Faerie for a customer and wanted you all to see her.

If you are interested in sculpting figures of your own,
check out the upcoming Workshop - Sculpting a Character Doll
Saturday February 25, Sunday February 26

Remember that signing up for any workshop gives 1 entry into the draw for the Giveaway!

Still spaces in most classes.

....and....Gourd-gous Santa is happening this Sunday January 29th,
for those that find you just never have time in December to do the things you want to do!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


- only one thing more interesting - a Collection of Collections....
Display like items together,

start a collection today with something you find in your grampa's garage, in
your grandmother's kitchen, an old farm, or a garage sale find! 

here at Vintage Pixie, we're always keeping an eye out for items to collect. 
In my home, our vintage tin collection is a time capsule of memories. 

Why don't you share with our followers, the items you are collecting? 

Don't forget to enter the Giveaway posted in the previous post!
you have 3 (or more!) ways to earn an entry in the draw to be held January 31, 2012

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Here it is...first giveaway of 2012!

Someone will win this Vintage Pixie Party in a Basket!
Check out the goodies we have collected in one cool vintage wire basket....

embellishments, beads, buttons, antique glitter in cute little containers to decorate your shelves...

mossy garland for decor or creating....

trims for jounalling, costuming or decor....

& a lavender sachet for your closet or yoga bag!

Choose one or all 3 ways to enter:
  1. Register for one of the new workshops, posted yesterday!
  2. Become a Vintage Pixie blog "Follower" (its pretty simple....just click the "Join this site" on the right

Winner to be drawn and announced on January 31, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Winter Workshops

After much delay the winter workshops are finally scheduled. There is a wide variety. I am sure you will find something to feed your creative spirit. Samples can be seen at the shop. Don't delay as classes fill up fast. To register call or come in to the studio. You aren't considered registered until you have paid in full. Workshops are non-refundable. Workshops are for 16 years and up. Without further delay here is the lineup.

Gourd-gous Santa

Sunday January 29th

Although the Christmas season has passed for another year, many of you requested this workshop. So, get a head start on next years decor. A fun day spent sculpting a lovable Santa on a dried gourd. He is then brought to life with embellishments and paint. All skill levels are welcome. All materials supplied including a light lunch.

Glass Mosaic Vase

Sunday February 5, 11am-5pm
Monday Feb. 6, 6pm-7:30pm

This stylish vase is a great vessel for flowers, candles or fruits. You will learn the basics of creating a mosaic on the Sunday and then on Monday evening the piece will be grouted. All materials are supplied, including a light lunch. Students are required to have wheeled glass nippers (available for purchase at the studio) and safety glasses

Spread your wings and fly

Sunday February 12,

In this full day workshop we will explore various mediums to create 4 or more pairs of beautiful fairy or angel wings. These are applicable on all sorts of figures whether you create soft sculpture, polymer sculptures or other crafts. All materials are supplied including a light lunch. Students are required to bring a sewing machine and know how to use it. (we do not teach sewing)

Sculpting a Character Doll

Saturday February 25, Sunday February 26
10am -4pm
kit required-(kit fee $40.00)  which includes sculpting tools, a full brick of clay,eyes,
armature wire, fabric, batting, any other materials needed

This 2 day workshop is designed to give newcomers all the basics required to sculpt a figure or art doll. It is also a great refresher course for intermediate students. Foolproof steps will be taught to sculpt a head, hands and feet to scale, as well as creating a wire armature  and build a body in which to attach the sculpted head and limbs. A light lunch is included both days.

Mosaic window
Sunday March  4, 10am-4pm
Tuesday March 6 6pm-7:30
By far our most popular workshop. All skill levels welcome. Create a stunning picture to hang in a window and have the light shine through. You choose the design, we show you how to create it. You will be provided a frame allowing for a 10"x10" picture. All materials supplied including a light lunch. Students are required to have wheeled glass nippers (available at the studio for purchase) and safety glasses.

Costuming the Figure

Saturday March 10, Sunday March 11

This is meant to be part two of the beginner sculpting class however taking the 1st class is not a prerequisite. In this 2 day workshop we will cover in depth how to create all sorts of clothing for your figures, as well as how to create the illusion of movement. On day 2 we will learn to create a mohair wig to custom fit your head. Students will need to bring an unclothed figure to dress and wig. A sewing machine and basic sewing kit is also required. We will supply fabrics and mohair and any other supplies needed.

A Full Figured Fae

Saturday March 24, Sunday March 25
$190 +$50.00 kit fee

In these 2 days you will create your own bodacious fairy with attitude. You will receive my pattern as well as step by step instructions to create a soft sculpted face. Students will require a sewing machine (must know how to operate-we do not teach sewing), have basic sewing skills and basic sewing kit. Materials will be supplied in your kit. A choice of colours will be given. A light lunch will be provided both days

That's it for now folks. I hope you were able to find something to your liking. If you have any questions you can email me at vintagepixiestudio@gmail.com or call me at the studio

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Vintage finds - use them in your decor!

There is something so warm and interesting about using things from the past in the homes of today.
Here are a couple of vignettes that combine vintage technology, wonderful old books, rustic wooden barrels with a fabulous industrial shelving unit.
Be bold! If a piece invokes emotion in you, or memories of simpler times, it can add charm to any style, including contemporary.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Graphics for creative play

Whether you are a scrapbooker, journaler or altered art enthusiast, it is a great idea to keep a file of go-to graphic art to choose from when you are looking for it, or just to start a theme.

Here are a few vintage photos that could inspire some interesting and fun collages. These are some of my favorites. They are from http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/. Check them out, they have hundreds of great graphics for your creative endeavors.

As mentioned in my previous post, I have been busy creating Workshop Samples and working on scheduling class dates so the new line-up will be ready to reveal with photos this week!

At the same time, there will be new offers for give aways & some other surprises to look forward to....
I hope you are enjoying your weekend and finding some time to do something for yourself.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Back to work!

Wishing you all a wonderful and creative 2012!

My holiday consisted of good food, great company and just the joy of spending some time with my family.
One of my favourite Christmas surprises was an e-reader, so I actually had a reading day!

After some much needed and thoroughly enjoyed "down-time", it is time to get busy in the Studio!
I am up to my elbows in fun stuff, my imagination is revitalized and my winter workshops will be revealed in the coming week, so keep checking back.

Today, I want to share a treat with you all that is simple to prepare and very satisfying to those of us who enjoy a bit of a salty-sweet treat. If these are against any of your resolutions, good luck with that!...besides these are fat-free, or good fat, or high protein, or vegetarian, or something good....

Keep the ingredients in the cupboard (maybe bury the Rolo's in the back or bottom of your freezer....) and in 7 minutes you are serving up these Turtle-like goodies.
  • Simply unwrap your Rolo's (the ones in the rolls in candy bar section aren't individually wrapped, so one less step!)
  • Place pretzels in single layer on baking sheet (parchment paper makes for easy clean-up, if you don't have a kitchen pixie)
  • Top each pretzel with a Rolo, bake at 350deg for 3-5 minutes until chocolate is soft, but not completely melted.
  • Remove from oven, squish down the Rolo with a nut!
Let cool...be careful if you lift before they are firm because they can be a little top heavy & roll over on the Rolo. You may want to refrigerate to make sure they are firm.

Make your own variations with your favourite ingredients (or whatever you have on hand)
This is the M&M & Hershey Kiss version. Pick the candy and colours for your theme.

Through the month of January, I'm going to reveal lots of cool and free things to inspire some ideas for you to try in the warmth & comfort of your home ....