Color Me Mine puts paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young. Budding Toyozo Arakawas will follow six easy steps to craft beautifully painted ceramics, first choosing a ceramic piece (most cost between $8 and $14) from Color Me Mine's selection of hundreds of seasonally changing items. After charting out the desired design from individual imagination or Color Me Mine's technique sheets, painters will select an underglaze from Color Me Mine's cast of more than 60 colors, then apply paint with the focus of a peregrine falcon occupied by a Rockwellian spirit. Color Me Mine handles all kiln-firing work, allowing clients to take home their final products within three to five days. A studio fee of $5 for children under 12 and $8 for adults and children over 12 covers all paints, supplies, glazing, and firing.
Provo Craft fuels creative endeavors with its versatile Cricut Expression die cutter. Bedecked in candy-cane colors, the machine slices large, crisp letters, shapes, and mystical runes using a 12"x24" or 12"x12" mat. Four best-selling font and shape cartridges, including Cricut Classic Font, Cricut Essentials, Jasmine, and adorable Doodlecharms, tag along in a comprehensive bundle of crafty creativity. Classrooms, scrapbooks, and get-togethers perk up and take on extra charm from the personalized, professional look of Cricut Expression–generated images.
As she grew up in the Salt Lake Valley, Kamille Bauer gradually honed her skills with a needle and yarn. Working diligently throughout the years, she eventually started to teach her craft to other interested people, but something was missing—without a local yarn store, her options were limited. That’s where the idea for Kamille’s was born, and in 2007, she flung open the doors to her shop, knitting needles clutched proudly in hand. Today, she stocks the store with a variety of fine alpaca wools and organic-cotton yarns, as well as books and accessories and leads classes for all skill levels in both knitting and crocheting.
Since 1964, Guitar Center has paired musicians with guitars, keyboards, drums, Pro Audio gear, and necessary accessories, including DJ and recording equipment to capture newly made melodies. An iPad music-stand adaptor ($39.99) connects an iPad to a music stand, allowing musicians to access online programs and music apps on-stage, or to publicly dedicate a song to their online Scrabble partner. A clip-on tuner ($29.99) keeps notes pitch-perfect, and Guitar Center’s array of sheet music produces a wider variety of sounds than singing from a thesaurus, with options that include the C-surfing The Real Blues Book ($31.49). Stitch tighter harmonies by threading notes onto Slinky guitar strings ($3.79), or use the value of today's Groupon toward a larger purchase, such as the Epiphone Les Paul Special II guitar ($169–$179.99). Guitar Center rounds out its collection of gear with Pro Audio and DJ equipment, keyboards, and drums, allowing every band member or solo cymbal player to stock up on their chosen form of expression.