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Christmas Creativity Classes – two wonderful venues!

I don’t know why, but for some reason every year, Christmas tends to sneak up on me….

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It could be the enthusiastic flutter into spring or the crazy-buzz of end of school year, but I seem to feel it comes racing at me with ever-increasing speed each year.

And I long to choose to be mindful and put the brakes on to remember gratitude.

…For my family and our peaceful home.

…For my children’s future looking bright when so many don’t have that luxury.

In our home, we often gather around creativity in order to slow.

Making things with busy and intentional hands, allows room for hearts to be full of love + gratitude. A gift thoughtfully made gives so much more than just the object.

If you are like me and want to make the choice to slow and be mindful, can I invite you to join us at our Creativity Workshops – two locations this year!

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[ picture: from our Riverbend Wreath class! Just stunning!]

Riverbend Books and Cafe have been such an incredible supporter of local community and mindfulness – we just adore running classes in this beautiful store!

A new inner-west venue for WEAVE+WONDER is the gorgeous gift + design store OneGirlStudio in Graceville. We have recently completed term time Architecture + Design classes for children and students are eagerly awaiting more Christmas-creativity!

Again this year, we are offering classes over two weeks to accommodate private and state school finish times – please choose a class that suits you! These are Christmas-time favourites and even if you have joined us for a similar class in years gone by, these treasures make wonderful gifts and we will include new colours + materials.

DON’T FORGET TO BOOK NOW – THESE CLASSES FILL INCREDIBLY QUICKLY – CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW:

Create a stunning + unique leather wreath

Paint or Stitch – create gorgeously tactile leather + ply ornaments!

 

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We can’t wait to share creative time with your children this Christmas and help them to craft handmade gifts of love to treasure!

oh joy! 20% off everything in our shop

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Oh Christmas joy!

In the spirit of giving and sharing, we’re thrilled to offer our lovely WEAVE+WONDER community 20% off all our handmade goodness in the WEAVE+WONDER shop!  It’s our way of saying a beautiful thankyou for your amazing support and encouragement this year.

Would you like to take a peek at the lovely handmade goodness in our shop?

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You’ll find a quiet range of mindful items – gorgeous hand-stitched wall hangings, one-of-a-kind artwork, sumptuous leather pencil rolls, sweet Christmas ornaments, floaty handwoven scarves, and quotable fabric paper.  And our new fabric wrap is perfect for wrapping your gifts!

Each piece is handmade with heart and a deep resonance with the natural materials we work with.  We’d love to see these little pieces of us find new homes this Christmas!

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The 20% discount is available on all current shop stock [but the discount doesn’t apply to the postage cost], and make sure you leave us a comment if you’d like our complimentary gift wrap {brown paper or white tissue, tied with natural twine].

Use the coupon code CHRISTMASJOY14 at the checkout to receive your discount!

The discount is valid until this Sunday, 14 December.  All items are in stock and ready to post, so even though our Australia Post posties are busy at this time of year, items should be delivered in time for Christmas.  International customers we’ll post as soon as we receive your order but we can’t guarantee pre=Christmas delivery.

Christmas joy to you, our lovely friends!

Click here for WEAVE+WONDER’s handmade Christmas gifts!

class giveaway!

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One of the gifts of Christmas is sharing what you have with others.

And we have two free tickets to this Thursday’s Christmas Creativity class we’d like to share with our lovely WEAVE+WONDER community.

We are giving away two tickets to our Christmas Wire Stars class which is on this Thursday 11 December 2.30pm-3.30pm at Teenie and Tiny, Camp Hill (Brisbane).  These simple yet gorgeously tactile wire stars make a wonderful hanging garland for Christmas. Children will learn how to manipulate wire to create a series of stars in this class for 5-12 year olds.

To enter this starry and bright giveaway, simply leave a comment below before 12noon Wednesday 10 December.  Two winners will be chosen randomly from all the entries we receive and each winner will be given one free ticket.  

And if you’re on Instagram, you can head on over to @weaveandwonder for another chance to win!

Good luck friends!

UPDATE:  Thank you for your entries – our winners are Regina and Annie!  We look forward to seeing you and your budding creatives at this class on Thursday!

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Oh Advent!

There is much planning and preparation that happens at this time of year, and in the midst our family loves to slow and savour these days of anticipating Christmas.  Slowly and quietly each year we are weaving simple family traditions into our Christmas celebrations.  Some will drop away, some will be reworked, and some will define Christmas for us and become lifelong memories.

For today’s Friday Five I thought I’d share five of our family Advent traditions.

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December 1 and the tree is up.  Our tree is usually a potted plant or a foraged branch, and this year I loved putting on my gumboots, grabbing a saw and chopping a branch off one of the lovely pines standing over our dam.  Our tree is never big or glitzy.  It’s a holder of memories, for each decoration has its own story and quietly beckons rememberings.

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Maybe, just maybe, this sticky chocolate gingerbread will become the sweetness we add to the first day of Advent year after year.  A gorgeous new recipe tried by my daughter.  Maybe a sweet new tradition?

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Pinecones are some of our favourites and they loiter beautifully in buckets, gorgeous as they are or  waiting for some Christmas repurposing.  Painted and hung, clustered and decorated.  Even when we lived in a faraway land devoid of pine trees, we always had a few of these lovelies tucked away for Christmas.

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Our 25 Advent pockets hold strips of love-worn paper, each day unwrapping more of the Christmas story.   The pockets also hold treasures – little treats or small decorations to hang on the tree or mini craft projects.  And our Advent calendar is even more special, for it was hand made by the lovely Melissa and gifted when our first babes were small…

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And sitting in a jar next to our Advent pockets is a stack of starry gingerbreads.  Each evening we gather around and take it in turns to read the Advent story, and these are perfectly crisp ginger and spice to nibble as we linger over the unfolding of Christmas before us.

I do hope you too make time to slow and savour this Advent season with some of your own family traditions.

Happy Friday friends!

new Christmas creativity class – ply ornaments

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It was a summer evening filled with Christmas joy and community sharing, and we had loads of fun at the Martha Street Precinct street party last week.  We painted and chatted with beautiful children, all keen to put their own creative mark on our blank ply ornaments.

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These little ply lovelies were such a hit we have decided to add a ply ornament class to our Teenie and Tiny school holiday lineup for others who would like to paint our unique ornaments!

Join us and paint three of these lovely decorations to give as gifts or to decorate your tree.  In this class for 5-12 year olds, students will learn painting techniques including masking, and be able to experiment with combinations of bright and metallic colours.  And like all of our Teenie and Tiny classes this year, younger children are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult to give them a little bit of extra assistance.

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We do hope you will join us on Monday 15 December at Teenie and Tiny, Camp Hill for this afternoon class.  Booking information here.

Christmas creativity for adults!

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We love it when we hear from you, our beautiful readers and creative-hearts, and we especially love it when you give us feedback and ideas.

So in response to interest in adult workshops, we’ve set aside a Christmas workshop at Riverbend Books and Cafe just for adults!

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We love the Christmas projects we have created this year and we think you will too!  In this workshop you will work with beautiful, sumptuous leather – not something many of us get to do very often – and create either a set of three leather star decorations OR a wire and fabric wreath with leather leaves.  Both projects are a beautifully natural take on Christmas decorations, and part of their beauty is they transcend Christmas and would look stunning displayed all year.

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This workshop is on Friday 12 December from 6.30-8.00pm at Riverbend Books and Cafe in Bulimba.  Oh we know this is a super busy time of year, but we’re hoping that if you have that night free you can sneak out and join us in what will be a wonderfully relaxed evening of creating.  Gather some friends and make it a lovely night.  Riverbend’s Cafe will be open so you can grab something to eat, and maybe browse their gorgeous books and find a few Christmas presents!

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Find out more about this class here [ scroll down to the heading Riverbend Christmas (adult creativity class) ].

Oh we so look forward to some Christmas creativity with you!

A mindful Christmas!

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There are so many pressures and marketing ploys coming at us at Christmas time that I often feel overwhelmed with the amount of choice and am tempted to lose the ability to mindfully choose gifts!

We have enjoyed slowly selecting, designing and creating products with gift-giving in mind this year as it has given us opportunity to consider

the maker….

the budget….

.the sustainability…

of the items we offer for sale and gift ourselves!

We can’t wait to use our new ply ornaments in our upcoming market and gift proceeds to NEVERTHIRST in Cambodia.

We envisage our timeless leather stars adorning gifts + being stitched and created into gorgeous Christmas Ornaments in our Riverbend Classes.

Our fabric wrap is a well considered item as a ‘gift that keeps on giving’ and we imagine countless ongoing uses for the luscious layers of charcoal and stone.

Our fabric pages texturally convey a message of love that can be framed and enjoyed as a work of art on your wall.

And oh! The stunning floaty-scarf goodness is highest on my to-gift-list for all its textural loveliness and all the ways we imagine this totable fabric can be used.

If you are looking for soul-filled natural and textural gifts this Christmas, you might like to take a peek in our etsy store. We do so hope you find the perfect gift for a loved one or two in there…..

Martha Street Festival on 25th Nov!

Community gathering is our favourite flavour of the Christmas season.

We are excited to join the Martha Sreet (Camp Hill) Precinct street party this year!

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Invited by lovely children’s boutique Teenie and Tiny, we will be hosting a simple+elegant craft stall outside their store.

Create one of our gorgeous ply + metallic decorations for ONLY $2!

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This is a special offer for festival attendee’s only – we will have additional decoration pack’s available for sale on the night at their normal recommended retail price and also in our online store..

We custom designed these timeless baubles to adorn your tree or a special gift – join us as we add some seasonal colour. Purchase some additional decorations to custom paint in your own colours or purchase additional paint on the night – these make a wonderful gift!

$1 from every decoration created will be gifted toNEVERTHIRST‘s water projects in Cambodia.

BRISBANE LOCALS! Join us from 5.30-7.30pm on Tuesday 25th November.

Enjoy shopping, dining, entertainment and a little visit from Santa!

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Christmas classes at Teenie and Tiny

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There is nothing more exciting around Christmas time than getting lost in a whimsical gift store dreaming of handcrafted, natural toys + books and who might receive the loveliness!

While you browse and dream, shop and plan, we would love to create with your children!

We have two afternoon classes scheduled for Teenie and Tiny this year these are as follows:

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‘Alexander Calder inspired wire hanging stars’ workshop

Thursday 11 December, 2.30-3.30pm.

Cost: $20 per student

These simple yet gorgeously tactile wire stars make a wonderful hanging garland for Christmas. Children will learn how to manipulate wire to create their stars.

Alexander Calder was an American sculptor and artist most famous for inventing mobile sculptures. Inspired by his most famous works and using wire + wool, Children will create their own hanging stars.

PLEASE NOTE: This class is for 5-12 year olds, however younger children are more than welcome to attend this class under the supervision of an adult.

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Fabric and feather Christmas angels

Tuesday 16th December, 2.30-3.30pm.

Cost: $20 per student

Using the lovely texture of feathers, white + vintage fabrics, children will create ‘light + floaty’ hanging angels to decorate their home this Christmas! We will visit the stunning nativity story illustrated by Julie Vivas.

PLEASE NOTE:  This class is designed for 5-12 year olds.  Younger children are welcome to attend this class under the supervision of an adult.

 

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Riverbend Christmas Creativity returns!

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WE ARE SUPER-EXCITED ABOUT THIS YEAR’S CHRISTMAS CREATIVITY AT RIVERBEND BOOKS, BULIMBA!

With warm tactile leather + fabric alongside sustainable design processes, we are proud to present a fresh new take on Christmas decorating!

Of course, these are first and foremost children’s classes and so we are excited to jump into the wonderful world of artistic inspiration from the famous Alexander Calder on through other screen printing + fibre artists. From this inspiration we have developed skills-based classes that are fresh and contemporary!

For the first time this year, we are offering an ADULT CREATIVITY CLASS and also a PARENT+CHILD CLASS! In these classes, you are able to choose the project you would like to complete – please read the class description carefully and leave your selection in the comments section of your booking.

Take a wander through the classes we have on offer below and click on the title of the class to go to our events page and BOOK NOW – these classes fill very quickly! We hope you enjoy:

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WIRE + LEATHER WREATH

Alexander Calder was an American sculptor known as the originator of the mobile, a type of kinetic sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended components which move in response to motor power or air currents. Calder’s stationary sculptures are called stables. He also produced numerous wire figures.

Using inspiration from Calder’s work, we will experiment with the wire medium to form 3D shapes. We will use these twisting+bending techniques to create a unique Christmas-inspired wreath form. Calder also added solid forms to his mobiles for counterbalance. We will look at ways to weave gorgeous leather + fabric leaves into our wreath-sculpture for a truly stunning result! The perfect marriage of art + craft for Christmas!

Each student will create 1 wreath in this class.

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LEATHER STARS

Oh soft caramel leather you truly make us weak at the knees! Students will engage with the slow art of hand stitching to create these beautiful leather + fabric ornaments or gift tags.

These are a beautiful layered addition to your tree, a hanging garland or a unique handmade gift tag. Students will choose and cut fabric stars from our beautiful selection of handwoven + naturally dyed fabric and accented with vibrant felt in Christmas green to layer behind their leather stars! The sparkling bronze adds a festive touch as the students thread + stitch their fabric soft sculpture together!

Each student will create 3 stars within this class.

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PRINT YOUR OWN FABRIC + PAPER WRAP

This year we are excited to announce a class with a sustainable message!

WEAVE+WONDER are proudly offering the gorgeous naturally dyed and handwoven fabric sourced from traditional weaving families in rural Cambodia. As we introduce this gorgeous fabric into the Australian market, we are motived toward sustainable uses for it. We couldn’t think of a better beginning than using custom sized pieces as fabric wrapping for Christmas!

In our printing class, we will learn simple printing, stamping + stencilling techniques and work on pattern repeat in order to create unique designs for our fabric wrapping. We will use humble brown paper also as a ‘test run’ for our fabric pieces but also as useful wrapping in itself!

Students will print 1 large fabric wrapping sheet (can be used as two smaller sheets) as well as significant length of custom printed wrapping paper.

There will be additional fabric wrapping sheets available to purchase in all classes.