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Greetings! :

Hello friends & family of Cornerstone! It's July, it's HOT and we are open (& have air conditioning!) We have graduated form our limited opening to a more regular experience. Because of physical distancing, there are a limited number of people in the store at a time, however, we have LOADS of new product coming in to make the trip worthwhile! We want to let you know that we have taken every precaution right from the beginning to have a safe environment for our staff & customers. It was ALWAYS mandatory that you wear a mask or face covering upon entering our store. We ask you to sanitize your hands and refrain from touching your mask and items that you are really not interested in purchasing. We will gladly help with your gift search whether or not the gift is for someone else or for you! (The best kind of gifts I think... personally speaking of course!) Please also note that from 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Thursday - Saturday, our store will be closed for our staff to have a dedicated lunch break. Closing a little earlier than normal will allow for a deeper cleaning at the end of each day in our continued efforts to shake the Covid! We are asking that if you can possibly pay for your items with either debit or credit that would be awesome! We have even added "TAP" to help keep touching to a minimum. If you must pay with cash we understand and will not make a fuss.

Can you even remotely believe that it's JULY????? OMG! We hope that everyone had a safe & happy Canada Day! As you know, we love everything Canadian here. We also understand that while some of us celebrate the birth of Canada in 1867, our Indigenous peoples do not and Canada Day does not have the same meaning at all for them. At all. I am about moving forward with life but their are times we need to look back to see the damage that was done so we can move forward together, make amends and understand the rich culture and meaning that our Indigenous people bring to our lives. If you disagree I am sorry, but we are not Canadian without our Indigenous people.

Our featured artist for July is a personal favourite of mine. When I think Canada, my thoughts often drift to cottages & campsites, fire pits and roasted marshmallows, and canoeing or kayaking...you can do neither of the latter two without a paddle or you'd know where you would be... We hare absolutely OVER THE MOON, that our featured artist for July is none other than Veronica Lloyd from Sable Dog Paddles! Her gorgeous paddles are functional & decorative. My cottage is still under renovation yet I purchased one of her paddles a couple of years ago because I envision it (ok and maybe I need one more...) hanging over the fireplace... sigh. I cannot wait!

When we started placing summer orders in January and February, we had no -idea that Covid - 19 was going to have the impact that it has had. Who knew that all travel would pretty much cease, or that we would not be able to visit with family and friends? We began ordering like summer would be normal! So I am happy to say that we have loads of new product starting to show up on our doorstep! Susan Robertson has sent sent her lovely pottery that has Canadian imagery and comes in mugs, small platters and little serving dishes. Kiln art has sent lovely fused glass pieces and some of their amazing cats! (You know how much I love cats... says the crazy cat lady...)
Our new hats from Mod Atout Express have arrived and we love ALL of them! We have works coming from Indigenous artist, Mark Nadjiwaan and Three Trees Art. He has a new piece called, "Emmisary" that I LOVE! (Turtles have a special place in my heart... I know not why...)We are waiting to receive our order from My Wristy Business! They even have one called , "Penny"!! (You know I ordered that one in RED! Euroaccents and their Canadian inspired etched glasses and rumour has it we have leather bags from Matteo Mio on thier way!

And.........
I am proud to announce we have a new cutting board/serving board artist. Although no one could replace Gary Kennell (he will always be in our thoughts & in our heart), we have Muskoka Woodworking who has agreed to play with us! They have lovely cutting & serving boards that I firmly believe that you will LOVE!

Other favourites soon to be coming are Perth Soap Company lotions & soaps, dreamcatchers, incense and other goodies from our Indigenous friends at Monague, silver jewellery from GAM, our beautiful coasters & cards form OLA Designs and our amazing card & calendar selections from CAP... Whew! So excited to bring all of these new things into the store. Being in lockdown has not been fun and we deserve beautiful, Canadian things!

Marissa Sweet has generously re-scheduled her 1-day class for Sunday October 4, 2020. Call the store at 613-546-7967 to reserve your spot. When we know for sure that the class will run (that we are allowed to be open from the Covid-lockdown), we will then process payment. I would ask that you are committed to coming when you reserve your spot as there are only 8 openings and 2 have already been spoken for.

Our window change happened in time for PRIDE. At Cornerstone we "PRIDE" our selves as being an all inclusive store! We love everyone. So we don't care what your race is, what your sexual preference is, what colour hair you have. As long as you are a "Be Kind" person you are welcome here! PS... Our window has changed again but you’ll have to drop around to see it!!!!

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From our heart to yours,
Penny & the staff at Cornerstone
Cornerstone Canadian Art & Craft...
Featured Local Artist - Veronica Lloyd Sable Dog Paddles
Veronica is not new to Cornerstone but her paddles are so lovely we wanted to feature them again!
Zentangle Classes
Zentangle is a meditative art form that uses a series of repetitive patterns to create unique pieces of art that may be completed within 20 -30 minutes. Zentangle can be taught to children (7 & up), adults and the elderly to help create focus, relaxation and the sheer joy of creating even if you "can't draw!"

I am a certified Zentangle teacher and I will be happy to teach you this art form. While we won't be scheduling classes at the moment, we will most certainly be doing that again in the future!

(BTW... Those coloring books that you see? A lot of those are based on Zentangle! Wouldn't it be great to create your own pages to colour?)

If you want to join our FB group please click the link below . We welcome beginners too!
Every Tuesday is Tangle Tuesday where I post a new tangle I have done or new ideas for tangling. Group members are encouraged to post their tangles too but this is not required. This month we are doing a tangle a day challenge. The list is posted in the group so join up and try it out!!!


We have just started the group so that we can get together. People who like Zentangle here in Kingston please Join, Post & Share. We are working with coming up with a schedule where we can meet monthly at a the store to tangle and share ideas. We are open to ideas and just looking for a fun, relaxing way to hang out and do some Zentangle. It's a great stress reliever for times like this and time passes by quickly!
A Moment of Inspiration & Positivity.....
I have decided that we needed a new "newsletter feature" to help inject positivity into the world. If you have seen something or done something that you want to share just pop us an email! it could be an inspiring quote, a photo, poem, a recipe, song etc. (Please attach applicable credits to acknowledge if the work does not belong to you)

Jack Canfield is one of my mentors. See if his words ring true for you. Our minds will build up all kinds of horrible stories to prevent us from moving forward. More often than not, none of what we thought ever occurs.
On-line shopping & The New Website
Sky, Land & Water - Class with Marissa Sweet

Marissa has graciously offered a new date!!!!
(We love you Marissa!)
Sunday October 4, from 10 AM -5 PM.

Here is the very talented, award-winning and lovely, Marissa Sweet. Now we can add television star to her growing list of accolades! We are excited that she is coming to our "Little Shop On The Corner" to teach another class with a new piece. This step-by-step class will have Marissa revealing some of her amazing painting techniques. I love the new piece (see below). It reminds me of spending time with my BFF Laurie at her parents home on Lake McKellar in Parry Sound...... ahhhhh those were the days! Spaces are limited to just 8 and 2 are already taken... Yes - one of them is me! Join us for this fun day. Call the store at 613-546-7967 to reserve. Registration fee is $155.00 and includes lunch from a local restaurant. (Soon you will be able to register on line too)

Here is the class description & materials list!

Sky, land and Water
By: Marissa Sweet SCA
Description: Learn to portray sky, land and water by using bold colours and loose impressionist strokes. Students will learn by following step-by-step on how to create a captivating landscape. Instructions will be based on Marissa’s techniques of painting, but with freedom to move and develop your own style.
Supply list:
1 - canvas or gesso’d wooden board 16” x 20” or 16” x 16”
Paint Supplies :
Colours: Acrylic paint in heavy body
- Red : Alizarin Crimson
- Ultramarine Blue
- Yellow: Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Naples Yellow
- Titanium White
- Burnt Sienna
 
1 – jar Golden Regular Gel, small bottle - retarder
1- Palette Knife – Medium and small sizes
Brushes, ½” 1” in flat or filbert,
Important supplies: Palette paper, paper towel, Water container
Notebook for notes
• Option: easel
 
Option: Students can use (below) for a small charge of $35 to be paid directly to the instructor:
1) paint colours
2) brushes
3) acrylic Gel and Retarder  
New To Us!
Cutting boards, butcher blocks and cheese boards are beautifully made by our new artists at Muskoka Woodworking. These boards are gaining in popularity all over the world! We are happy that they have decided to to have their art in Cornerstone! They make awesom anniversary & wedding gifts
A Taste of What's In Store.....
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