Oh Scrap! holsters an arsenal of tools for winning the war against the memory-stealing whims of Uncle Time. Bring in your most scrap-worthy moments, browse the shop for supplies and recently stocked items, and then feel free to cut and paste your way to handmade eternity on the marble-capped scrapping table. In the classes, novice scrappers can mine the knowledge of experienced instructors to archive precious keepsakes, such as love letters, wedding invitations, or teeth burglarized from beneath neighborhood pillows. Costs for classes vary, but previous courses have ranged from $40 to $65; keep up to date on the latest materials, classes, and meetings on their blog.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Cobalt blue, lavender, and turquoise hues pervade the lines of baubles and accents at Primitives, LTD, a jewelry outfit that has been curating a selection of handcrafted pieces since 1988. Created primarily by Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi artists, the shop’s displays are dominated by nature-influenced designs. Artist Alan Kiva handcrafts a line of Zuni opal prayer beads, carving a total of 365 cuts into each bead’s stones to represent hopes for good health, prosperity, and a surfeit of cat videos for each day of the year. The opal inlaid into the beads’ sterling-silver setting comes in colors from frosted pink to green fire and is cut through by a ribbon of clear gemstones, exemplifying the ethereal beauty of many of Primitives’ pieces.
On Fridays, Frank Sinatra songs drift amid skeins of yarn. On Saturday mornings, The Beatles harmonize over a community table spread with coffee, tea, and British breakfast treats. Located in Newport Beach, Knit Schtick is a meeting place for knitters of all experience levels to hone their skills in good company. In Knitting 101 classes, beginners learn basics such as how to purl and how to produce a full-body cocoon out of three feet of thread. In general classes, those who already possess a solid knowledge of knitting techniques work on individual projects, looping yarn into scarves, wraps, socks, or blankets.
As an independent press, Celebrity Publishing has produced professional books for wellness gurus, comedians, and football players. With its experience in printing, the press also produces 3D sports art, making fans feel as though their favorite athlete is throwing a ball or disapproving glare in their direction.
The storefront of Perfect Day Scrapbooking overflows with a well-organized sea of papers, pens, stickers and other scrapbooking supplies designed to accent happy memories. With an exceptional selection of nearly 160 Core'dinations Cardstock papers (starting at $0.65 a sheet), parchment suitors will be sure to find the perfect canvas for self expression, such as swirling green and gold Celtic–patterned stock or warm sandy beach backgrounds. Photo anthologists can further adorn their memory montages with stickers, decals, buttons, and glitter harvested from sleeping unicorns ($1.99–$2.99). Piece together photo flashbacks of your tax filing party in a variety of albums by Pink Paislee (starting at $9.99), and add a personal message or notes with specialty pens and imbedded audio premonitions. Voted third best scrapbooking shop in Orange County in 2010, this welcoming den of recollection preservation will inspire hopeful garnishers with its cream-colored walls, shelves of well-ordered tools, and knowledgeable staff.