Sunday, March 29, 2015

custom coloring techniques: (beyond the egg)

We recently added a lovely collection of
hand dyed vintage seam binding ribbon to our shop offerings.

They have been a HUGE hit!
(thank you!!)
Want this for my scrapbooks...Beautiful Vintage Hand Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon  by moldsrus, $2.49

To custom dye our seam binding
we use a combination of natural dying/coloring mediums. 
Our current favorites include:
walnut crystals
red wine
alcohol inks &
food coloring
How to Crinkle Seam Binding For Your Crafts
left: undyed seam binding
right: tea dyed seam binding

We dye in large batches, 
so along with the vintage seam binding 
we toss in- lace, twill, muslin, paper tags, 
doilies, yarn, string, buttons, fabric scraps, etc. 

You've all loved our custom dyed seam binding so much we are temporarily 
out of the blue and green shades...but we have more brewing, so no worries, 
we'll be back in stock in no time!!
But...if you just simply can't wait- try the process for yourself!!!
DIY's can be found below- 


(both these tutorials feature alcohol inks as the main dying medium,
many more options (listed above) are so fun to work with
 (and you probably have them in your pantry right now!)
Don't be afraid to experiment and play!!

So much fun huh!!??
BONUS- all the dying mediums listed can be used to dye your eggs too! 

(if you don't have the time or desire to try it yourself
we will have all colors back in stock for April!!)


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

what is a Tussie Mussie??

an old-fashioned, festive 
Tussie Mussie... 
perfect for Spring decor, 
May Day flower gifting or just for fun!!

you may be asking....
just what is a Tussie Mussie??

tussie-mussie is a quaint and endearing term used for a small, arranged and encased flower bouquet, typically given as a gift. They have existed in some form since at least medieval times, when they were carried or worn around the head or bodice. Doilies, wrapped in a cone shape, are traditionally used to bind the stems in these arrangements. Alternatively, "posy holders," available in a variety of shapes and materials (although often silver), enable the wearing of these arrangements "at the waist, in the hair, or secured with a brooch."
The term tussie-mussie comes from the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901), when the small bouquets became a popular fashion accessory. Typically, tussie-mussies include small inclusions of the season and floral symbolism from the language of flowers, and therefore may be used to send a message to the recipient.
Exceedingly rare solid silver tussie mussie, probably German, 19th century
a beautiful, traditional, Victorian silver Tussie Mussie holder. 

Fun, Victorian imagery Tussie Mussies. 

Sweet and simple winter Tussie Mussies.
and a lovely Spring inspired, mini Tussie Mussie.

The Language of Flowers
  • DAFFODIL - Regard; Unrequited Love; You're the Only One; The Sun is Always Shining When I'm with You
  • DAISY - Innocence; Loyal Love; I'll Never Tell; Purity
  • DANDELION - Faithfulness; Happiness
  • DEAD LEAVES - Sadness
  • FERN - Magic; Fascination; Confidence and Shelter
  • FERN Maidenhair - Secret Bond of Love
  • FIR - Time
  • FLAX - Domestic Symbol
  • FORGET-ME-NOT- True Love; Memories
  • FORSYTHIA - Anticipation
  • GARDENIA - You're Lovely: Secret Love
  • GARLIC - Courage; Strength
  • GERANIUM -"Stupidity; Folly
  • GLADIOLUS - Give Me a Break . . . I'm Really Sincere; Flower of the Gladiators
  • GLOXINIA - Love at First Sight
  • GRASS - Submission
  • HEATHER   Lavender - Admiration; Solitude
  • HEATHER   White - Protection; Wishes will Come True
  • HOLLY - Defense; Domestic Happiness
  • HYACINTH  General - Games and Sports; Rashness: Flower Dedicated to Apollo
  • HYACINTH  Blue - Constancy
  • HYACINTH  Purple - I Am Sorry; Please Forgive Me: Sorrow
  • HYACINTH  Red or Pink - Play
  • HYACINTH  White- Loveliness; I'll Pray for You
  • HYACINTH  Yellow - Jealousy
  • HYDRANGEA - Thank You for Understanding; Frigidity; Heartlessness
  • IRIS - Fleur-de-Lis, Emblem of France: Your Friendship Means So Much to Me; Faith; Hope; Wisdom and Valour; My Compliments
  • IVY - Wedded Love; Fidelity; Friendship; Affection
  • IVY SPRIG OF WHITE TENDRILS -Anxious to Please; Affection
  • JONQUIL - Love Me; Affection Returned; Desire; Sympathy; Desire for Affection Returned
  • LARKSPUR  Pink - Fickleness
for the full alphabetical language of flowers list click 

Our Tussie Mussie workshop includes:
your choice of a sweet little bird to dwell atop your lovely creation
a moss & twig built nest
a banner with your choice of greeting
variety floral sprigs
hand made medallion
a wire or twig handle
a vintage thread cone base
ribbons and lace
and a rusty spring to display your creation! 
and remember...just like most of our workshops, 
colors, florals and paper patterns are your choice. 
Coordinate with your decor or intended recipient and truly make it your own!! 

Spring Time Tussie Mussie
A sweet Springtime addition for your decor, 
table settings or makes a wonderful, 
whimsical hostess gift!

date: April 11th 11:30 to 1:30
cost: $25.00

To join us for this super fun and Springy workshop

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring workshops @ el&em

Spring workshops are in full swing at el&em studios!
We started out the season with a fun & festive old-fashioned egg decorating party!!
Our egg creations included;
 stamped and decoupaged, 
shabby chic- vintage ticking, muslin and burlap quilted eggs, 
lace doily eggs and even beautiful golden eggs! 

Studio all set up and ready for some creative Springtime bliss!!

The gang's all here!!

We even had a special birthday girl celebrating her day with family, friends and crafty fun.

We kicked up the creativity a notch with our Spring Curio Collage class.
A challenging project, but so worh the effort!!
The ladies really put their artistic muscles to work for this one! 

Lovely and customized per fun to see everyone's different take
on this Spring collage piece.

These were our basic starting pieces...
-1 Graphic 45 Staples Book Box
-1 large matchbox
1- Verissmo box

We cut and folded the upcycled pieces to create drawers 
and a curio cupboard for inside our book boxes..

We painted the edges and corners of our book box... 
...added beautiful Spring themed papers (we used Graphic 45's Botanical Tea collection)
then the fun stuff, we played and embellished! 
Adding eggs, moss, flowers, collaged ephemera layers, hardware and more!!

Looks like fun huh!!??
If you'd like to join us please check out our upcoming workshops...
you can use our convenient Pay Pal button to 
reserve a seat and make a deposit or you can call or drop by the shop to sign up. 

Here's what we have in store for April/May....

April 11th
11:30 to 1:30
Spring Time Tussie Mussie
A sweet Springtime addition for your decor, 
table settings or makes a wonderful, whimsical hostess gift!

3:00 to 6:00
52 Altered Art Journaling Techniques (#2) 
This is part 2 of a 2 part workshop. 
We will cover the remaining 20+ altered art journaling techniques, DIY's and tips, 
completing our compendium of ideas, recipes and more!

April 18th
Special Guest Instructor
Maria Cole
"Once Upon a Springtime"
mini album

Join us for this very special all day event. 
We will craft a beautiful mini album designed and presented by 
Maria Cole, share a lovely potluck lunch, 
enjoy prizes, tea, snacks and more! 

April 25th
11:30 to 1:30
DIY/Upcycled Birds & Cloches
We'll be crafting upcycled/DIY cloches and cute little birds to dwell inside! 
Eggs and nests and birds and cloches....Oh my! DIY Spring decor goodness!!

3:00 to 6:00
2015 Calendar/Smash Journal (#4)
Our continuing series featuring 
Graphic 45's Time to Flourish and new mixed Media Albums. 
In this installment we will finish up our beautiful creations!
Our remaining pockets and journal cards will be crafted 
along with some super fun extra add-ons, prizes and more!!

Wednesday May 6th
Matchbox Collage
5:30 to 7:30
One of our all-time favorite, most requested workshops!
These intriguing creations become all your own as you 
choose your favorite colors, textures and embellishments. 
Add unique items at home to 
really personalize your collage. (photos, collected trinkets, etc). 
cost: $35.00
**(Frame not included)

Please visit our 
to reserve a seat and to stay up to date with what creative
fun we're offering next!!

Wishing you a Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

April 18th workshop details....

Once Upon a Springtime... 
a Graphic 45 workshop designed & presented 
by special guest instructor Maria Cole.

When: Saturday April 18th, 11:30 to 5:00
Where: el&em studio- 510 East Main St. Battle Ground, WA. 
Cost: $45.00

This is a 2 part workshop. 
We will start at 11:30, break for a potluck lunch, 
then get back to crafting to finish our project. 
You will learn some wonderful new tips & tricks from the uber talented Maria...
....and a little birdie told me there will be G45 PRIZES too!! 

Please bring a potluck dish to share. 
A light and lovely lentil soup will be provided, 
anything to accompany will be great!
 (side salads, veggies, breads, muffins, etc). 
Water, soda, coffee and tea are provided. 

Please bring the following tool/supply kit...

Paper trimmer
Detail scissors
Wet & dry adhesive
Foam dots
Craft knife & mat
Pencil for tracing
Stamp- and scallop-edge scissors (no worries if you don't have these, 
we have a few to share)
Scoring tool (ScorPal or scoring blade)
Stickles in Platinum and Fruit Punch (these will be 
available to purchase if you don't have them)
Paper distresser (you can use the edge of your scissors if you don't have one)
Distress ink & tool

**most tools listed we have available to loan/share. 
**consumables; (adhesives, inks, stickles, etc.) are available for purchase. 

We are so excited to welcome Maria and to get to spend 
an afternoon crafting and creating with her and the 
gorgeous Springtime Graphic 45 collection!! 

Please let me know if you have any, text or email anytime!!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

new workshops added to the mix....

Hello lovelies!!
     we've updated our March and April schedule to include a special guest instructor 
workshop, a card making class 

and more!
 check out the updated schedule here:

To reserve a seat for 
any of our upcoming workshops
you can:
-use our convenient paypal link to make a deposit
-call or text the shop (503.523.6073)
-drop by the shop to sign up in person!

Happy Spring forward all!
Here's to more daylight & blooms!!


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Special Guest coming this April....

SO excited to make this announcement!!

My lovely and talented fellow Graphic 45 Design Team Member...
Maria Cole
will be visiting el&em this Spring!!

Maria is offering a very special, 
just for el&em, Graphic 45 
"Once Upon a Springtime"
 mini album workshop!!
Be sure to SAVE THE DATE!!

To join us for Maria's workshop, 
please reserve a seat 
by making a deposit here: 
(seating is limited, and offered on a first come, first served basis)

A visit to the G45 PDX loft... Charee, Diane, Maria, Denise and Aimee.
Layout by Maria Cole. 

Read all about Maria and see her 
beautiful and creative works...

I'll be sharing project photos and details soon!!