Now that you've finished celebrating New Year's in Paris, you'll need a way to preserve all that art you "borrowed" from the Louvre. Today's Groupon gets you $100 worth of custom framing at Fastframe for $40. Fastframe will frame pretty much anything, having once framed a 13-foot anaconda skin—use up to three Groupons per order if you need to frame larger items such as Soviet-era propaganda murals, conceptual art installations, and annoying little brothers.
What began in 1984 as a home business with a single phone has grown into a go-to source for women's apparel with retail stores across the country. Headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, Coldwater Creek curates a varied selection of elegant but comfortable clothing, ensuring closets stay stocked with more than just the relatives who only get pulled out around the holidays. You'll find everything from sweaters and jackets to jeans and dresses, as well as jewelry, handbags, and other extras for accessorizing new outfits. And if you can't make it to one of Coldwater Creek's physical locations, just head to the website to find the perfect cardigan, cashmere sweater, or pencil skirt.
Artworks seeks to strengthen creative children's artistic instincts and inspire self-expression through classes and events that focus on experimentation and imagination. Art classes ($100–$150/10 classes) introduce children ages 2–10 to past artists and techniques through open-ended exploratory projects. Instructors encourage budding apprentices to creatively craft with media and materials rather than demanding exact likenesses of older siblings in papier-mâché. Classes are offered throughout the school year and into the summer at both the Nacogdoches and Mainland locations.
Perfectly Wrapped stocks an extensive selection of fashionable invitations, custom stationery, specialized gifts, favor boxes, and accessories for weddings, bridal showers, birthdays, and more. Offering custom, semi-custom, and same-day-printed invitations ($1+), clients work with diligent designers to create exclusive and tasteful paper creations. Bedeck wine bottles with custom waterproof labels ($2.25–$6/printed page), wipe cake-stained mouths with custom-printed napkins ($18+ for 50), or wrap simmering hot dogs in personalized ribbon ($1+/yard). Perfectly Wrapped also stocks frames, balloons, stationery, and a wide variety of items ready to be custom-emblazoned with names, initials, and romantic Genghis Khan quotes.
The trained ice artists at Signature Ice Sculptures handcraft each frosty luge, allowing party hosts to send liquids careening down ice art never touched a by mold or machine. Watch hotheaded beverages cool down as they trickle through the custom-designed luge, fashioned from a majestic 3.5-foot-tall block of Olympic-medal-winning frozen water. Bring a cold conversation piece to a fire-throwing party, or have the frosty chiselers sculpt a luge with the name of your grandmother's favorite cat for its birthday gala. The details of each sculpture last around four to six hours at 70- to 75-degree temperatures, and eventually melt down into equally beautiful puddle art.
Armed with clay-crafting know-how, kilns for low- and high-fire finishing, and a team of notable, local ceramicists, Sunin Clay Studio founder Linda Pope oversees a pottery workshop designed with the layperson in mind. Anyone can drop in to pick up clay, rent studio time, or just bring their porcelain puppy in for a checkup. The core of the studio's services, however, lies in their beginner-friendly handbuilding and wheel-throwing classes. These four-week programs introduce progressively more advanced techniques, and the small class sizes allow students of vastly different skill levels to work alongside each other. Some special classes call on the specific schools of the potters-in-residence, such as Throwing Big and Tall—led by John Bogovich and aimed at assuaging a fear of attempting big projects—and the sculpting class, taught by talented 3-D portraitist Georgie Young. The fees for each of Sunin's classes cover all materials, including clays, glazes, and Stooge-insurance for the finished piece.