Dearest Friends of the Crafting Cottage,

I feel as though I have written this Musings several times - kind of like the movie 'Groundhog Day' happening over and over. Yesterday, each time I would get a couple of paragraphs written - the internet would kick me out of the program and erase what I had just typed!!! Very frustrating.

But now - I hope the Techie Gods are in a better mood today and let me continue...At least I wasn't the only one having major computer issues - just look what happened at the Iowa Caucuses!!! (Yikes)!

There is lots happening at the Crafting Cottage in February. The Craft 'n Chat that was scheduled for this upcoming Saturday is NOT happening as there weren't enough sign-ups for it.

The first "Try It Tuesday" happened last week and was great fun. Eva, Cherie, Karen and Teresa discovered different ways to use stencils. This was a technique-driven workshop and the ladies created pages for a journal to keep track of the various techniques they learned using stencils, inks, embossing paste and embossing powders. Here are some pictures from the creative day.
Karen stenciling away.
Embossed Glitter Paint.
Teresa stenciling away.
The crafters worked with metal dies to use as 'stencils'. They used the wonderful blending brushes from Taylored Expressions.
The inks were from Catherine Pooler Designs - so vibrant and bold.
Upcoming Classes & Events
Friday, February 21st
1 PM OR 6 PM
Carousel of Interactive Cards
$25 per person

For those crafters looking to put a little ZING into their card-making - here is a fun class for you. You will create two interactive cards using Lawn Fawn's special dies.
One of the cards becomes a 'Reveal Wheel' card where your recipient gets to move the wheel on the card to reveal special sentiments.
The second card you will create is a wonderful 'Picture Changing' card. The recipient lifts the tab to reveal a new image magically from behind your front image.
There are two sessions being offered. The first workshop is at 1 PM. The second workshop will be at 6 PM for those who can't make the 1 PM.
For more information and to register for this class - click HERE.
The picture below gives you just an idea of what the Reveal Card does.
Saturday, February 22nd
11 AM - 3 PM
Scrappin' Saturday
$25 per person

This special workshop for Scrapbookers will cover several areas to help inform and inspire.
If you are looking for some needed ideas and inspiration for your scrapbooking - this Saturday is devoted to YOU!
Bring any papers with you that you have fallen out of love with.  
Bring any questions.
Throughout the day we will explore the many dies located in the Tool Room that will help you create uniquely shaped papers, borders, embellishments and more. We will play with scraps of paper and turn them into stunning add-ons for your scrapbooking projects.
We will explore various dies that can help you create a themed-shaped albums, various sized regular albums and much more.

When you leave at the end of this four hour workshop - you will be bringing home a ton of created embellishments, shaped 12 x 12 papers, pre-cut albums and best of all - new inspiration for getting back to your passion of scrapbooking!!!

To Register for this workshop - CLICK HERE!
Using several commercial grade dies - in this workshop, scrapbookers will create a plethora of borders and embellishments to use for scrapbooking projects.
Participants are encouraged to bring any and all papers from their stashes from home that they have lost interest in and discover how to fall in love all over again with them!

The picture to the left shows just one of the many ways you will be able to cut one of your 12 x 12 papers to have a beautiful decorative edge on all sides!

There are several other 12 x 12 dies to cut your papers into imaginative shapes.
Saturday, February 22nd
3:30 PM - 10 PM
Creative Crafting Goddess Event
$15 per person

This event is for those crafters out there that simply want to work on personal crafting projects without the distractions and interruptions found at home. You have your own table, ample lighting, comfy chair and access to all the tools in the Tool Room plus access to the onsite retail shop for any supplies or goodies you may need.

For more info and to register - click on GODDESS.
Tuesday, February 25th
2 PM OR 6 PM
Try It Tuesdays
$25 per person

This month's Try It Tuesday will focus specifically on techniques using various inks to discover what is the difference between dye ink, pigment ink and the new hybrid inks. Using stamps, dies and inks from Catherine Pooler Designs, participants will create at least three different cards and take home lots of information.
The picture below shows you the stamps, dies and some of the inks you will be working with.

To Register for this workshop - CLICK HERE!
Syracuse/Auburn Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Show Info
This is such a fun show my friends. There are so many vendors offering products, ideas, samples, classes, Make 'n Takes and an opportunity to socialize with fellow crafters - perhaps even make a new friend or two.

Classes will be offered throughout the weekend with many on Friday. Friday night is the very popular "Make 'n Take" Party. You need to purchase your tickets for that well in advance as they do sell out quickly for this event. The $40 ticket gets you in to the Friday night three hour event PLUS entrance into the show both Saturday and Sunday.

I will be teaching a couple of classes AND we are going to have awesome projects at the Crafting Cottage's booth.

For more information and details -  CLICK HERE!!!
Updated Retail Shop Hours
The Shoppes At Oldies But Goodies
The Shoppes at Oldies But Goodies have changed their hours for Thursdays. They now close at 6 PM instead of 8 PM.

The schedule is now:
Thursdays: 10 AM - 6 PM
Friday, Saturday and Sundays: 10 AM - 5 PM

The Crafting Cottage has a booth at Oldies and I will continue to stock it with papers, kits, etc..
Crafting Cottage Onsite Retail Shop Musings...
For the last couple of weeks I have literally been living at the Crafting Cottage so that I can finish up getting things cleaned up, organized and spiffy!

Now that Tony has almost fully recovered from his knee surgery, he has been able to repair the damaged ceiling in the Blue Room when the original roofers did not properly seal it when the new roof was done. As always - Tony does incredible work and even though he is almost worse than us crafters when we spread our crafting tools all around...
...At least he does clean it all up.

Below are some pictures of the wonderful PROGRESS going on at the Cottage.
I've opened up the entire middle of the shop's room by simply moving the very tall white display fixture over and the table over to the side. What a difference it made!
I'm making lots of room for all the brand new goodies that are on their way from Graphic 45, Photo Play, Altenew and Picket Fence Studios.
I'm also happy to share that I made enough room to bring in a 2nd rotating ribbon display rack so there are now even MORE ribbons to choose from!
Dare2BArtzy has absolutely stunning papers and wonderful stamp and die sets. I have dedicated an entire section just for this wonderful company.
The Tranquility Suite (best known as the 'Blue Room') getting its ceiling spiffed up. Who knew a small issue on the ceiling would require such a production???
Thank you to Tony Ferrito for taking care and coming to the rescue of this project that was left undone for so long.
FLASH Sale News
Savings Galore!
Saturday, February 22nd is the next online FLASH SALE hosted by myself and several other small independently owned paper crafting shops. You will find great steals and deals as the shops clear out extra inventory to make room for new goodies.

If you haven't already joined this "By Invitation Only" group on Facebook - here are the details:
You need to answer some questions and the Moderator, Staci, will approve you as long as you answer the questions. Click on the words "Flash Sale" below to be sent to the Facebook page link to get yourself registered for this fun event.
It starts 8 PM Eastern Time.

Personal Musings...
What a fun weekend I had!
Between the Super Bowl and attending the 2020 Ice Festival at the Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen - it was a wonderful weekend.

During the Super Bowl I was texting back and forth with my son who was watching the game on Base with his fellow sailors and a couple of my friends. It was an exciting game. I was happy that it was not a blow-out - it was a sit on the edge of your chair type of game. Awesome.

On Friday night - my hubby and I attended, for the first time, the Ice Festival up in Watkins Glen at the Harbor Hotel which has become an annual event. One of the coolest (literally) things was when I ordered a martini - they told me to hold my glass under an ice block and they poured the vodka through a tube that was inside the ice block. How fun!!!!

Here are some pictures from the event:
Martini in hand!
Great Ice Sculptures.
Some participants really got into the 'Frozen' theme!
Ice Hockey!!!
There were plenty of areas to keep warm - by fires and heat towers.
There was even an ICE Hockey game to play and Corn Husks game all made out of ice.
Now I must get back to work at the Crafting Cottage. I will be staying there all week. I have made great headway in the Warehouse and I want to continue getting that space organized plus I need to get all the guest rooms refreshed and ready for my new group arriving February 14th.

My hubby and I will visit Brianna this weekend which I'm looking very forward to.

Tara is loving, loving, loving her life in Durham, England. Despite the Professors going on their second strike within three months - Tara has chatted with us each Sunday with happy reports of her team winning First Place in the weekly Trivia Contests as well as sharing meals, study sessions and rock climbing adventures.

Patrick is also doing well and my hubby and I enjoyed the back and forth texting with him during the Super Bowl - almost as good as having him in the same room......Almost.

I will be working on my classes for the Syracuse/Auburn Show. My original idea was already posted by another vendor as a class they are going to teach so I go back to the drawing board with my new idea.

Wishing you all a wonderful week of creativity.

As always - Stay Crafty My Friends!!!!!