Sunday, October 22, 2017

DIY: Stitched Felt Sugar Skulls

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a fantastic autumn holiday. If you're not familiar with it, it's a lively celebration and a devotion to the dead, celebrated throughout Latin America and especially in Mexico. It lasts for two days, November 1st and 2nd, and it is full of bright colors, parties to honor deceased family members, and huge handmade ofrendas (altars). These altars are decorated with things like sugar skulls, candles, marigolds, food, drink, and clothing. To learn much more about Dia de los Muertos, click here.

For our most recent craft night at Atlas Pizza, we stitched felt sugar skulls (see below), in honor of this holiday. In the tradition of sugar skulls, the skull represents a departed soul, with a name written on the forehead, and placed on an ofrenda to honor and encourage the return of this deceased spirit. It is a vivid way of celebrating those who have passed on. 




We decided to devote a blog post to these felt sugar skulls, in case you missed craft night. You can find the template and instructions by clicking the jump below. All supplies can be found at collage.


Friday, October 13, 2017

New Products Roundup: Halloween and Day of the Dead Goodies

Two of our favorite holidays are upon us: Halloween and Day of the Dead. We love how creative people get with their costumes and decorations! We decided to dedicate a post to some of the great seasonal products we have in the store. Scroll down to see some of the delightful and unique supplies and decor available at collage.

Mini-Pumpkins to use for decorating 

Lots of fun seasonal washi tape available.  Styles may vary by location
Colorful papel picado

Hit the jump below to see more Halloween and Day of the Dead goodies available at collage!


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

DIY: Hand-painted Mugs

As the chill sets in, what better way to warm your hands than with a hand-painted mug full of hot cocoa!




Painting mugs is an easy project, and if you're already thinking about making handmade holiday gifts, this is a great start. The supplies are simple and affordable, and beginners and advanced painters will enjoy this project.

Click the jump below to see more photos, plus tips and tricks on how to paint and customize your very own mug. All supplies are available at collage!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Alberta has RE-OPENED and we're ready to PARTY!

We did it!
We put a TON of work into remodeling, rearranging and renovating our Alberta St store and we're ready to show it off to you and celebrate!
We hope you can join us October 7 & 8
Click HERE for all the details!



Friday, September 22, 2017

DIY: Needlefelted Cat Toys

This week marks the first official week of Autumn! We are excited to unwind and hole up at home with comfy fiber crafts this fall. We particularly love needle felting in the fall and winter months.

For this week's DIY, we've made some delightful felted cat toys. They are a great project, as you can either make them quickly or carefully, and your kitty will love you for it! These would also work well as ornaments, by stringing thread through them.

Click the link below for more pictures and a step-by-step on this cozy craft. Supplies available at collage!

Monday, September 11, 2017

DIY: Indigo Blue Dye Kit

There are still a few warm days left of summer, and we thought we’d share one of our favorite warm weather crafts: indigo dying. At collage, we sell a variety of products that can easily be dyed, including backpacks, muslin bags, aprons, kitchen towels, and more. For this DIY, we used Yellow Owl Workshop's Indigo Blue Textile Kit, which is very easy to use, and easy to clean up, and a simpler process than more traditional indigo dying kits. It's great for pre-teens, teens, and adults!

Click the jump below to see the steps for this delightful craft, and to see more finished results. All supplies available at collage!


Friday, September 1, 2017

DIY: Backpack Flair

It's back to school time! We have a ton of products in the store for making your own pins, keychains, and more, to start the school year off with some fun, expressive flair. Check out these cool and easy keychains we made, and continue reading to learn how to make your own.

We also thought we would dedicate this post to some of the awesome pins, patches, and backpack flair that we have at the store. We love to support local artists and small businesses, and many of them are making their own pins and patches for purchase!

Click the jump below to see the details on these DIY keychains, and to see some of our pins we have in the store.

Note, supplies vary by location. If you have a certain product in mind, be sure to call the store ahead of time to check on stock.