Workshop: Frosty Watermark Tissue Wreath, Nov. 13


White watermark tissue wreath There are a few more spots in my Frosty Wreath workshop tomorrow. If you're in the Toronto area, sign up — I promise you a fun night of crafting!

The wreath we'll be making in class is simple, but the process can be addictive and the end result is stunning. It's a great way to decorate your home for the holidays, or the wreath also makes a thoughtful homemade gift.

For full details and info on how to register, visit The Paper Place website. Hope to see you there!

Holiday Workshops at The Paper Place


Time to get your holiday craft on! I'll be presenting two workshops at The Paper Place in Toronto this season. White watermark tissue wreath

The first, on Tues., Nov. 13, is my popular Watermark Tissue Wreath class. This is a super easy project that can be a little addictive. At least half the students who attended last year's session went home to make more wreaths — one student made a whole batch of them for wedding decorations.

Cookie Exchange and Packaging Workshop

The second workshop on Tues., Nov. 27, is a cookie exchange (yum!). Inspired by Cookie Week here on the blog, this class is a cookie exchange and packaging workshop in one. Bring a batch or two of your favourite cookies and learn how to package them in lots of fun ways for holiday gifts. Exchange with other people in the class, or take home to share with family and friends.

Both workshops will be held at The Paper Place in Toronto. Visit the store's website for more information. Register in person at The Paper Place (887 Queen St. W.), or call 416-703-0089.

This Week on Pinterest


Pinterest Logo + DIY paper-roll organizer. By Caroline Armelle on Armelle. Wooden dowels + metal hooks = a smart storage solution for wrapping paper rolls. Caroline has hung hers on the inside of a closet door, making good use of usually unused space. + DIY fabric feathers. By Ez of Creature Comforts on 100 Layer Cake. Would make for cool gift toppers.

+ Thyme mini wreath around a bottle of wine. From Traditional Home, as seen on Haus Design. The scent would be wonderful.

+ Paper pouf bow. By Jeffery Ruddell, as seen on All Things Paper. Made from lots of thin strips and very flowerlike, like a spider mum.

Visit my Gift Wrap and Packaging Pinterest board for more ideas.

5 Reasons to Come to My Wreath Workshop

Spring Watermark-Tissue Wreath UPDATE: Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled. Please consider signing up for my Paper + Petals flower-wrapping workshop on May 12th.


Only a week and a half until my next workshop! On Saturday, April 21st, I'll be teaching my popular watermark-tissue wreath project at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

I love this wreath project because (a) it's really easy to make and looks fabulous, and (b) it uses two of my favourite papers, Japanese watermark tissue (a durable, lacy, fabric-like paper) and chiyogami (a silkscreened paper available in hundreds of stunning patterns). The bonus for me this time is that the workshop is presented by the Harbourfront Centre, where I spent many, many hours as a child, skating on their pond, watching live music and generally just hanging about. Many fond memories.

But enough about me. Here are 5 reasons why you should come to the Spring Wreath Workshop:

  1.  It's a fun day of crafting!
  2. The wreath is very, very easy to make — suitable for beginner and advanced crafters alike.
  3. You'll get to play with gorgeous papers (really, really gorgeous papers).
  4. The wreath makes a great handmade Mother's Day gift.
  5. You'll want to make more: Once you learn how to make this tissue wreath, you'll want to make lots of them, as gifts, to try different colours and to decorate your own home. (You'll be sent home with instructions for easy referral.) One of the students from my last wreath workshop is making a whole bunch of them in white as decorations for her wedding.
For full details, visit my website, or register online at harbourfrontcentre.com. Hope to see you there!

Spring Wreath Workshop


Spring Watermark-Tissue Wreath UPDATE: Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled. Please consider signing up for my Paper + Petals flower-wrapping workshop on May 12th.


Pretty wreath, eh? You can make your own if you come to my Spring Watermark-Tissue Wreath workshop on the 21st. The wreath, made from Japanese watermark tissue, makes a wonderful gift, say, for Mother's Day coming up. Or, if you're a bride, it would be a beautiful decoration for your wedding. Or, a simply lovely way to decorate your home for spring. And you want to know a secret? It's really, really easy to make!

For full details, visit my website, or register online at harbourfrontcentre.com.

Spring Workshops at Harbourfront Centre

Centrepiece with table number floral pick

If you're in the Toronto area and ready for spring (and I mean real spring, not this fake spring we've been having all winter), sign up for one of my upcoming workshops at Harbourfront Centre. Give yourself something to look forward to.

On April 21, I'm doing a full-day workshop on how to make an ethereal paper wreath from Japanese watermark tissue. It's a really simple project that looks stunning hung in a window. And it makes a nice gift as well.

And on May 12, I'll be teaching my Paper & Petals workshop, in which I'll show you tons of ways you can combine decorative papers with flowers to create beautiful gifts as well as centrepieces for your home or for events (attention brides!). You'll learn how to wrap bouquets from the corner store so they look as if they came from a high-end florist (a great budget-conious gift for Mother's Day), plus you'll get to make your own paper medallion floral pick like the one shown in the photo above.

To sign up, visit the Harbourfront Centre website.

Frosty Watermark Tissue Wreath Workshop


White watermark tissue wreath Looking for a unique gift idea? Or perhaps a new way to decorate your home for the holidays?

Come to my Frosty Watermark Tissue Wreath workshop next Wednesday and you'll get to make this wintry, ethereal wreath — made from paper! The workshop is $65 and includes all materials (which are worth about $30). Call The Paper Place at  416-703-0089 to register (do it soon before the class fills up!).