Spring, Are you there, it's me...

Oh I know, we are all just waiting and waiting for Spring. Yet I wonder why we are so surprised it's cold, I think this happens every March. NOT that knowing that makes it any better!

Well we are all ready for Spring here in the studio! We have so many new products and artisans and it is really exciting!

There really is so much new! To be updated on what is new and featured, it's best to follow us on Instagram .

Beginning in April we will have even more new product!

March and some April Workshops are on the calendar as well! We have some kids workshops scheduled for Spring Break, so book those soon to reserve your spot! Here are some of the workshops being offered...

March 11 Intuitive Painting Workshop

March 11 Intuitive Painting Workshop

March 15 BYOP Pre designed scrapbook page layouts  

March 15 BYOP Pre designed scrapbook page layouts

 

March 19 Self Love and Appreciation day retreat

March 19 Self Love and Appreciation day retreat

March 21 Art Journal Workshop

March 21 Art Journal Workshop

March 30 Spring Break I Am workshop

March 30 Spring Break I Am workshop

Please check out the link here to be taken to the workshop page and see what we have scheduled. Don't forget to check back often as workshops are added all the time. You can also follow us on Facebook to get updates.

I wanted to take a moment and acknowledge all of the amazing people I have met this past year and a bit in the studio. From the customers shopping, to the workshop attendees. I have had so many great conversations and I am grateful for you all. Thank you.

I get asked a lot, "oh do you teach art classes here?" to which I reply no, I host creative workshops. I say that because so many people believe that they are not creative, and I know that is absolutely not true. The word "art" can be scary and associated with a degree of expectation.

Often we forget that we just don't make the time to be creative, or we forget what it's like to get into a flow and just play for the sake of feeling good! Here, we play, we learn, we connect and we have fun! So if this calls to you, then I hope you will book a workshop and give it a try. I am offering a discount on bookings made in the next 2 weeks for all workshops on the calendar, with a value of $25 or more in March and April. But you will have to book soon, as the discount expires March 22. Use code Spring20 to receive 20% off your March or April bookings.

Spring will be just around the corner, a good time to get out, do some shopping and get your creative on! I hope to see you soon!

Celebrating One Year

Wow, in a few days it will be one year since I held my friends and family event and opened my doors! This year flew by!

As I reflect on the past year open, I am so grateful for all of the support I have received from people who believe in me, the customers who shopped, and shopped and shopped! Because of you, we had a very successful first Christmas season! I am so grateful for every person who attended my workshops so that I could share creativity with you, maybe teach you something new, but mostly the opportunity to make pretty things and connect with one another.

I have learned so much this past year, and have had both good and bad experiences, but I am grateful for them all, because if I am not growing and learning, I am just enduring, stagnant. I have had a steady flow of artisans in the boutique, some leaving, new ones joining us and some who have been with me from the beginning. I appreciate them all. 

I have spent some time this month creating and dreaming up new workshops and day retreats and I look forward to sharing them with you as they come up! I have no shortage of wants and dreams and workshop and retreat ideas!

If you have not been to the boutique in a while, please drop in and take a look at what is new and different, as it to is always changing.

I am still scheduling February workshops, but please take a look here at what is coming up . Please check back and keep an eye on the Facebook page, as new workshops are added!

Earlier in the month we did a Find Your Guiding Word Workshop that I absolutely love! It is not about making resolutions for the new year that you will possibly fail, but choosing a word that will serve you throughout the year to help shape what you want from this one crazy life, one year at a time! The next workshop is January 27th. 

 http://www.apinchofcreativity.com/workshops/find-your-2017-guiding-word-january-27

I would love for you to come and partake in an Intuitive Painting workshop. I have been told many times that you want something different, not the same old instructed painting where you all go home with the same thing. And so for those of you, this is perfect! It is so freeing, so creative, so fun! We work with many different mediums and you all work at your own pace, taking a beautiful creation of your own home! January 28th.

http://www.apinchofcreativity.com/workshops/mixed-media-intuitive-painting-january-28

For a perfect Valentines Day gift, you can come and paint your own love birds on stained wood that you will then distress and paint, making it your own! February 11th.

February 3rd is the next First Friday event in the exchange district. We will be hosing Project Valentine that night and so please come and join us in making valentines for people undergoing cancer treatments on Valentine's Day. All the homemade cards we make will be given to patients at CancerCare Manitoba.

I have enjoyed my first year in my studio for so many reasons. I think meeting all the customers has been a huge highlight for me. I have a lot of regular customers who come in every week, sometimes multiple times. I love that you like to be here, looking at all the amazing talent, sometimes sitting with me, chatting with me, telling me your stories, sharing your memories of this special building from years past! Thank you for being a part of it all!

I hope to see you soon!

 

December 2nd Open Late for Meet the Maker Event

Hello everyone!

I hope you have enjoyed the mild weather so far! I know that all this mild weather had me a bit fooled that Christmas really was still a while away but I am here to tell you it's not! 

December 2 Meet the Maker event, Hot Chocolate Bar and Mulled Cider!

We want to help you with all your Christmas shopping needs, and this Friday December 2nd, we will be open late, until 9 pm, and have some of our talented makers on hand to help you out! Come and meet them, ask them questions and see their amazing products!

We will also have mulled cider, a hot chocolate bar, and snacks for your enjoyment. Come and make and take a craft if you like too.

Take a look at our events page here to see what all the fuss is about, and be sure to invite your friends and share on your pages! 

If you have loved ones that need to do their shopping still, you can fill out a wish list and we will keep it on file. All you have to do is send them in to shop, we will do the rest!

December Workshops

There are some December workshops posted online, you can check them out here.

We have one last card making workshop on December 3, and these are not your regular cards, these are painted!

We have a handmade bow making workshop December 6

We have a kitty cat fundraiser that you are encouraged to support for Ksen's Kittens

Our Christmas Joy painting

And lastly our book pages wreath December 13

If there is a workshop you see, but the date does not work, please inquire about a private event if you have 6 or more people to join us. All workshops have a suggested age of 10-12 and up! Don't forget we also do birthday parties, private events, works gatherings, girls night out, whatever it is you need to get your creative on!

New Food Items

Did you know we have some delicious food items in the studio boutique? Back again is candy sushi by Sweet C Bakery, we have the fabulous John Russell Honey in a variety of flavors and honey sticks! Decadence Chocolates has also joined us with a selection of delicious treats and chocolate bars, and we also now have Gourmet Inspirations with a selection of their sauces, including my personal favorite, the Salted Caramel Whiskey Sauce. All of these great items make wonderful Christmas gifts, teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, or just a treat for yourself for all the hard work you do! 

Sampling will take place on December 2nd between 5-9 so you can taste the deliciousness of it all!

In the Community

We still have our book exchange happening, it will be set up all the time, so anytime you are coming, please bring a book you have read and want to pass on, and take a book from our stack of amazing books here! If you see a book or two or three that you would like, a donation of $1 per book can be given. The money is then used at the Princess Street Goodwill to purchase more books!

Be the Reason is a non  profit organization that believes in creating positive change by supplying our city's most vulnerable and those in need with Care Packs filled with essential items. Be The Reason is collecting donations in the boutique, and you are welcome to be giving and bring what you can to donate to the cause. Urgent items needed are toothbrushes, toothpaste, bottled water, feminine hygiene products, socks, mittens, granola bars. kleenex and wet wipes.

I also want to just say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported A Pinch of Creativity, and our local artisans by purchasing our products. No matter how small, every purchase helps. Thank you to everyone who has attended a workshop with me, as I try to live my dream of bringing more creativity, peace of mind by creating a warm and inviting environment where we can put all our fears, anxieties, depression and world troubles on the table and let it all drift away as we become creative together! It really is all I want to do, bringing us together in a busy life to connect and create!

I hope to see you soon!

Connections, Fall Pumpkin Floral and First Friday in the Exchange!

There is so much going on at A Pinch of Creativity and I hope you all are as excited as I am about all the news! 

Firstly, I am excited to announce that I have partnered with Inspire Outreach Community.  Their mission to support the mental health of youth, children and their families is something I want to be a part of. I know that I can provide so much to them not only with the use of my beautiful studio space, but what I have to offer with my talents and gifts. I look forward to collaborating with an amazing group of people to better our community, create connection and bring creativity to youth, children, families!

Our first creative fundraiser together on October 22, is creating a terrarium! Theres a choice of two workshops to choose from. It's going to be so much fun! Its a great parent/child activity so please consider it! If you would like to join us, get the information here https://www.facebook.com/events/1786217811667968/?ti=icl

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 Please take a look at what Inspire Community Outreach is all about here at this link.

Mental Health is something we need to de stigmatize and it it starts with one person! I believe creativity is a great way to embrace who we are as individuals, and the connection we make with each other while creating pretty things is one of the most beautiful things I have been witness to! It's amazing what we can share with each other when we feel safe and comfortable enough to talk about not only our blessings, but our struggles. It's one of the reasons I opened A Pinch of Creativity, I have seen first had how creativity heels us!  

First Friday's in the Winnipeg Exchange District is October 8th and there is so much going on! Here in the studio, we have a Fall Pumpkin Floral Workshop, 6-8 pm. It is hosted by Freshcut Downtown, you can call Melanie at 204-943-6514  to reserve your spot, there are still just a few spaces left! 

Dianne Hammerling, photographer with Beautiful Beginnings Photography will also be in the studio 7-9 pm as part of the FLASH Photographic Festival! She will have her northern lights exhibit set up for the month of October. Come Friday night to meet her!

 

Christmas comes the same time every year and so you are not caught without Christmas cards, I have scheduled early card making workshops. There are a few to choose from, based on styles and quantity of cards you need! Come spend a Saturday creating 21 cards, lunch is provided, or choose a 6-8 card option, you can see those here, but please book early! 

There will be more exciting news coming after the October 15th weekend too!  

I hope you all are enjoying our beautiful fall, and I hope to see you soon! 

Photo by Diane Hammerling of Beautiful Beginnings Photography

Photo by Diane Hammerling of Beautiful Beginnings Photography

Fall brings new workshops and new artisans!

Oh September how I love thee. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy summer, and this summer was a nice hot one! There's something about sweater weather, rustling leaves and the in-between of warm and cool that I love. It's also that time of year for back to school, and fresh starts!

There's been changes in the studio, a switch around of the workshop space, new decorations, new artisans, and new workshops.

We had a book swap in September that will continue on. So if you are visiting the studio, bring in a book that you have read, and swap it out for a new to you book! We have a large amount of books to choose from! If by chance you don't have one to bring or you forget, we also have a donation jar that you can drop a loonie in and take a book of your choice!

I have been busy planning new workshops, we will start up with Scrapbooking in October and of course Christmas cards!

Our Urban Retreat was very well received and there will definitely be another one similar coming up again!

There are a few upcoming workshops that you may be interested in.

September 15 - Watercolour Tags $22 per person

September 29 - Distress ink tags $25 per person

Workshops require a minimum of 6 participants, so please book early! If the minimum is not met 24 hours in advance, the workshop may be cancelled.

Private events, birthday parties, ladies nights, bachelorette parties, corporate bookings, and team building events can be booked through A Pinch of Creativity and can be customized to suit your needs. Don't forget Christmas! Christmas parties can also be booked!

If you have a friend that you think may enjoy a workshop, please feel free to share this with your friends!

I hope to see you in the studio soon!

Urban Retreat - Yoga, Meditation, Creativity and Connection

You guys, I am so excited for this collaboration with amazing women and I hope you will be as well! Come and attend the Urban Retreat and refresh your soul, bring mindfulness to your life, and dream your big dreams with some creative visioning! It's a full day dedicated just to you, from 8:30-4:30 and the cost is only $115. Space is limited so please don't wait too long to book this!

 

The Ultimate Urban Retreat incorporating yoga, meditation, creativity and connection.

Retreat Offerings:

Mindful Morning Check In - A meet and great meant to create a comfortable environment for all to participate in a day full of self care and exploration.

Good Morning, Good Vibrations - Start your day saluting the sun with a fluid and fiery vinyasa flow practice. We will gently awaken the body and spirit, creating heat in a nature-inspired flow. Through organic, graceful movements and transitions, this flow will be a playful, joyful celebration of life and will awaken your creative spirit. Come with an open mind and let’s groove! Led by Mackenzie Dancho

Bring on the Coffee - A light breakfast and fresh coffee to lead you into your next workshop.

Compassion and You - Learn how you can take mindfulness off the mat and into your life while cultivating compassion for yourself and others along the way. An interactive speak easy followed with a guided meditation that will incorporate the healing vibrations of tibetan singing bowls. Led by Bonnie Schroeder

Lunch, Shop, Mingle - Enjoy a vegetarian lunch, infused water, pop up shops, local artisan goods and visits with new friends. Or spend some quiet time reflecting on your morning with a journal entry or a stroll around the block.

Vision Book Workshop - Vi·sion·ing: the development of a plan, goal, or vision for the future. We will work in a notebook, rather than on a board, and from books and magazines, we will cut out images, words, and photos to put together a series of vision pages. Your vision is your destination! With my gentle guidance, we will work towards mapping out your dreams and desires. All supplies are included, however if you have a book you would prefer to use, please bring it with you."When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" Paulo Coelho. Led by Tannis Ross

 

Tea and Treats - A refreshing summer tea blend and light nourishing snack.

Om Your Senses - End your day with a restorative yoga, live music and aromatherapy experience. Enjoy a healing restorative yoga sequence designed to align the spiritual and physical bodies, leading you into an aromatherapy meditation. Be treated with a blend of essential oils and cleansing palo santo. Led by Amanda Burkowsky

Aligning Afternoon Check Out - A final grounding practice that will leave you ready to step off your mat and into your week ahead.

Meet Your Teachers:

Amanda Burkowsky - Amanda is a yoga and meditation teacher based in Winnipeg Manitoba. She has completed training in yin, hatha, flow, power yoga and mindfulness based stress reduction. With a background in social work and individual human development, Amanda designs her classes from a holistic perspective so that her students can enjoy a more mindful and meaningful experience on and off the mat. She runs a small business called Shift Yoga which takes yoga and meditation outside of the studio providing unique and intimate classes where students can shift their perspective of connection and develop a greater understanding of self care. Amanda believes that yoga and meditation should be accessible to all and shared in a way that uplifts the spirit. She is a Siamese cat moma, a nature lover, avid concert goer and crystal healing newbie who believes in life long learning and exploration.

Tannis Ross - I am a creative entrepreneur and workshop facilitator. For as long as I can remember I have been a creative person in some form or another. From writing my first poem to now, I have always loved to work with my imagination, my hands, and whatever may inspire me, be it the stillness of a lake, the wonder of a mountain rage, music, or color. I have worked with mixed media, paper crafting, acrylic painting on canvas, art journaling, the re-purposing of old frames and wood. When I learn something new, I like to take my knowledge and teach and inspire others. I love to see the look on people’s faces when they have created something they never knew was possible for them to do. In 2011, after leaving my job to advocate for the learning and teaching of my daughter, I began A Pinch of Creativity where I share all of my work online, through Farmers Markets, artisan and craft sales and Trade shows. Coming soon will be A Pinch of Creativity Studio where others can come to take workshops I have created, and shop in a retail space that is home to not just my creations, but those of other local artisans as well. I believe that everyone has the ability to be creative in their own way; they just need to explore what their medium is and take chances to find it. My enjoyment comes from helping people to find their creative outlet, guide them through their own individual creative process and live a more inspired life.

Mackenzie Dancho - Mackenzie is a certified 200-hour yoga instructor through the Blissology School of Yoga with Eoin Finn, specializing in an alignment-based Vinyasa practice. She envisions yoga as a tool that can be used to improve public health, empower women and girls, build community and ultimately create a more peaceful and loving world. Though she has been practicing yoga for over six years, Mackenzie truly began to understand the mental and physical benefits of yoga and meditation when overcoming a period of anxiety and illness in 2013. Her goal as a yoga instructor is to create an open, accepting and loving space in which students feel empowered to grow within their practices, both physically and emotionally. She also is interested in examining yogic philosophy, history and practice through lenses of culture, social justice, gender and globalization with the goal of cultivating a more holistic, ethical, sustainable and respectful yoga practice and culture in Canada. Mackenzie holds a BA Honours in Human Rights and History from Carleton University, and is passionate about maternal health and rights, gender and international development and Canadian federal health policy and history. She grew up moving all over Canada, but calls the Prairies home. She is a lover of travel, learning, art, and of course Beyoncé.

Bonnie Schroeder - Bonnie has spent over 30 years in the health and wellness domain. For 15 years she worked in the medical system as a clinician, researcher and in medical management which helped her cultivate a deep curiosity of the healing process including why some people heal and others don't. Following this curiosity and a deep inner calling she walked away from the life she knew to travel the globe and learn from many cultures and perspectives on healing, wellbeing, compassion and the true nature of happiness. Her first deep dive was at a silent retreat over 20 years ago in northern India where she began realizing that happiness and wellbeing are indeed an inside job. After three decades training with numerous world-class teachers in the areas of healing, stress reduction, personal and spiritual development, Bonnie continues to share her integral approach through private subtle-energy healing sessions, workshops, retreats, health and wellness consults and teaching the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program that continues to trend around the world. With a brain for science and a heart for healing, Bonnie offers a compassionate bridge between the perceived polarities of our lives; science and spirit, our inner and outer worlds, the medical and metaphysical models, our head and our heart.

To purchase your tickets, please follow the link here

I hope you will join us for what is sure to be an amazing day!!

Tannis

My Mother's Day gift to you!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! I hope that you have a lovely day, enjoy the beautiful sunshine and time with loved ones!

I wanted to extend a Mother's Day gift to you all, to treat yourselves, a mom you know, maybe a mother daughter date! If you book a workshop next week that I have scheduled during the week, buy one and get one half price!

There are two to choose from, and each has it's own code.

You can book a card making class on May 10th 7-9 pm to make 8 kids birthday cards, using coupon code Mom25, and you can book it here .

Or you can book a painting evening, creativity on canvas to paint Free Spirit, May 12 7-9 pm, using coupon code Mom30, and you can book it here.

Please share and extend this offer to anyone you think may be interested. Bookings at a minimum of 1 day in advance of the event are appreciated, as they can be cancelled if there is not a minimum of 6 participants.

Thank you, and I hope to see you in the studio soon!

Tannis

You are Invited!

It's a big weekend in the Exchange District and I sure hope it's in your plans to walk around and experience all there is to offer! The weather is going to be amazing, so it's a great opportunity.

First, I wanted to invite you to our event, Mothers Come First on First Fridays in the Exchange. You can view the event on my Facebook page here. We will be offering sales, free gift with purchase to the first 20 customers of the night, refreshments, free Mother's Day card make and takes for adults and kids, and Freshcut Downtown will be popping up with $20 cut bouquets to purchase! Bring mom, come shop for mom, bring the kids or send the husbands, we can help them find the perfect gift! Here are just some of the many beautiful choices there are...

Second, I wanted to invite you to come out and enjoy a promotion that the Exchange District Biz has going on with participating retailers, A Pinch of Creativity of course being one of them! We will have extended hours Thursday May 5 - Friday May 7, as follows:

Thursday May 5 open until 8 pm

Friday May 6 open until 9 pm

Saturday May 7 open until 5 pm

Please check out the details here for prizes and promotions offered in the Shop the Exchange Promotion.

If you are not familiar with First Fridays in the Exchange, please take a look at the Facebook page here to see what it's all about. You can print off a map to see all of the participating shops and art galleries staying open late! It really is a great way to see some amazing hidden gems in the city!

I hope to see you at the studio!

Tannis

 

Oh to Breathe the air of new places...

Spring break...oh how I wish I was flying away on a vacation. I don't necessarily feel like I need a vacation because I am tired or overworked, but I really am craving some time away in a beautiful place, to recharge and be inspired, to write in my journal, read the many magazines and books I have piled up and never seem to get to.

The truth is, I feel this more often than is likely normal. It's always been a struggle for me, the need to go.

This spring break though, is different from many before. Instead of carefree plans with my daughter, of sleeping in and breakfasts and visiting with Granny and friends, we will be together at the studio. It will be a first for us. She comes to the studio with me now most Saturdays, but it's been several Spring Breaks of freedom that will take a new form, a new kind of freedom!

There is a lot planned at the studio though, and I really hope that you will plan to be a part of it! Please note that if there is not a minimum of 6 participants booked for each workshop the day prior, it will be cancelled and your money will be refunded.

 Here is what we have for the upcoming week...

More workshops will be added, so please be sure to keep an eye out here on the web site and on the Facebook page, if you have not "liked" the Facebook page yet, please do so here http://www.facebook.com/apinchofcreativity.

If you know someone who may be interested in any of these workshops, please share the blog post with them, or the Facebook post! I appreciate the support so very much.

Whatever you happen to have planned for Spring Break, I hope it will be fun, and I hope we get some great weather and of course sunshine!!

I feel that I have to add a huge thank you here at the end of this post. I have been feeling so much gratitude to the customers I have seen in my short time open. I am so thankful that you appreciate the hard work and creativity of my wonderful artisans. They really do have some great products, and I know that they all work very hard at their craft and they appreciate every purchase you have made, no matter how small.

I feel the same to those who have come to my workshops, and those who have booked private gatherings, work get togethers,  birthday parties and other celebrations. The one thing I really want to do, is share with you all, to learn new ways of being creative and to teach others. To help you bring a little more creativity in your lives, puts a smile on my face and gives my heart some light. It really is a feeling like no other to be gathered with a group of people, doing something creative where we can just zone out, forget our anxieties, and build ourselves up. I love it, and it really is the reason I opened the studio, so I hope with your continued support of the workshops, I can keep on doing what I love for a very long time.

To say thank you, I want you to use this booking code SPRING25 for any future workshops from now until the end of May to receive 25% off your workshop

I hope to see you very soon!

Happy Spring!

Tannis

Spring is here, and I have been dreaming!

It's officially Spring and I am dreaming of what is to come! I cannot wait for the Exchange District Festivals!

It's been two months since I opened the doors to the studio and so many emotions have flooded me on a daily basis. I have met so many fascinating people; other business owners, artists who work out of obscure studios all over the area, people who live and work in the area, and visitors to the city. The stories I have heard about the exchange district, what businesses were in the building, or across the street, down the way, have all brought a smile to my face. I love this old building I am in so much, that sometimes, I sneak upstairs to the 4 empty floors above me, just to look in wonder and imagine what was and what could be. The elevator no longer works, and businesses have long ago closed, but the history is fascinating to me! The temperature control of the place, not so fascinating, but I am learning to live with it!

I admit, some days I am so worried about being able to pay the rent long term, run a successful gift boutique and workshop space, that I forget, that I am full swing into creating the dream workspace and career that I have wanted. I sometimes forget that I am no longer creating pretty things in the dungeon of my basement, hosting workshops in a space that isn't always well lit, sometimes stinky if the humidity is bad, and that I have a gorgeously large, well lit, created by me studio space that I get to spend every day at.

The other night at one of my workshops, a friend who always came to my dingy, dark, sometimes stinky basement to attend workshops came to my studio for the first time. I asked her, "isn't this better than coming to a workshop in my basement?" to which she replied, "but I miss those".

I didn't ask, but I think what she misses, is the connection we made, the group of us, the fun, the laughs, the consistency in which they happened. After all, women coming together on a regular basis, laughing, being creative, sharing...it's pretty damn fantastic! It's what I hope I am creating now in the studio.

I have been busy planning the next two months workshops, taking private party bookings, and dreaming of new and fun workshops I will offer in the summer. Did you know that we can book birthday parties? Private get-togethers? Corporate events? I even have a bachelorette party booked! If there is a workshop you see and like but the date doesn't work for you, gather a group of 6 or more friends and we can make it happen, just choose a date and see if it works!

Yoga started March 1st and that has been going well and growing. We have fantastic instructors who adjust the class to the level of the attendees. We have had sometimes 1 person attend, and sometimes 10. It is donation based, and on a drop in basis, so that makes it a great opportunity to try, as there is no commitment from you other than to show up and give it a chance!

This week there are two painting events scheduled. I hope to have you out for a fun 2 hour painting event! We have card making, a macramé workshop and dryer ball workshop scheduled too!

I also have some Spring Break painting opportunities, both for adults and kids, so I hope that you will look into those and possibly give something a try!

Please check out the workshops that are available this month and next here on the web site.

If you have any questions, comment here on the blog, or send me an e mail! Have a lovely first week of Spring!

Tannis

Yoga comes to the Studio begining March 1st, 2016

Donation Based yoga, really what could be better? Suggested donation is $5-$20 per class, no set fee, pay what you can. Really, pay what you can! No monthly or yearly membership fees, just drop in!

We want to make yoga affordable for everyone, while offering teachers a place to enhance their knowledge and do what they love to do, teach yoga!

Classes will be held Monday to Friday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm and Saturday mornings, 8:30-9:30 am. The exception to this will be the first Friday of every month, when A Pinch of Creativity stays open late!

Donation can be made at the start of each class by cash or credit card. If you forget your mat, one can be rented for $2, please just let the instructor know.

Please "like" and keep an eye out on our page for updates here . For more detailed information, or any specific questions, please contact One 6 Yoga, you can find them here.

We hope you will give yoga a try, and please share this post, your support is appreciated! Help us get the word out!

Tannis

Weekly Workshops Scheduled

The boutique has been open for a few weeks now, and I think the consensus is that customers are loving the selection and the quality of artisans. Great news, in the coming weeks, we will have a few more new artisans added to the boutique!

Weekly workshops have been scheduled, please take a look at the workshops available here . There is a card workshop, some scrap booking crops, creativity on canvas painting events, and art journaling.

If you don't see a workshop scheduled on a date that you are available, grab some friends and we can book your own private event.

Did you know we also do birthday parties? Contact me directly to enquire about available dates!

I hope to see you at a workshop soon!

Tannis

Join me, choose a word and live intentionally.

Today is blowing snow, and like every February, I have already had enough of the snow and the cold. Yes I know, it's actually been a good winter, but I am not a winter girl. I am a spring, summer, and fall girl, and believe we should only have those three seasons.

I have a question for you though. How are your New Years Resolutions coming along. I mean really? No white lies needed in this space.

I stopped making New Years resolutions a while ago. I failed miserably every single year, and that left me feeling guilty, or like I had no staying power. Sometimes I didn't have a New Years resolution and yet I felt the pressure to have one, even if I didn't see a need for it. And let's face it, we are so goal minded sometimes that the added pressure just isn't worth it.

A few years ago, in a writing course, the group of ladies were discussing their word for the year, and so I enquired. Turns out it was a whole movement! OneWord365, it even has it's own hash tag! Check out the web site  here and see what it's about.

For the past few years, I have chosen a word for the year, a word that I let guide me.  I keep it inside my head, I may write a mantra as a reminder, I may post my word in a photo on my Facebook, paint it in my art journal, write about it. But I choose the word and then I let it work its magic for the year. It's not about making a New Years resolution, it's about setting an intention and looking for signs and seeing where your one word will take you! It's exciting!

I want to help you find your guiding word for the year. I have a workshop Friday February 12th, and you can find details about it here.  Join me for a few hours in the studio, as we work through a process to help pull that word out from within you. You will leave with a painted canvas with your One Word, and you will have had a great time. So go ask that friend if they would like to join you. As an added incentive, I am offering a coupon that you and your friend can use. When you book the workshop, just enter the coupon code BLOG1 and you will receive 25% off!

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I hope to see you there. Stay warm!

Tannis

Don't forget to use your $10 off coupon!

Wow! The Open House this past weekend was great. I am feeling big gratitude, huge in fact. I am so thankful to all of those who came out, those who stayed and chatted, sat in the comfy chairs of my workshop studio space, to those of you who made purchases in the artisan boutique!

I am just thankful for each of you!

I had artisans who came to hang out and some of you got to meet them. I am also grateful for the donations made by the artisans for the nearly 70 gift bags that were given out! I hope you were one of the lucky one's who got a gift bag! They were handed out to the first 20 or so customers each day!

One of the items you would have received in your gift bag, was A Pinch of Creativity coupon for $10 off the online booking of a workshop! Please use it, I don't want to see it go to waste, and please note that it is good for February workshops, as it expires February 29, 2016.

Head over to the workshop page of the web site and choose a workshop! You can make Valentine's Day/Wedding cards, learn to Art Journal, or book Find Your Guiding Word.

I hope to see you in the studio soon!

Tannis
 

Don't Miss the Open House

Come down to the Open House and Friends and Family Event.

Have some snacks, shop, check out what workshops are available and see the bright beautiful studio.

Oh and come meet my studio cat Jake! He's a people cat, loves tummy rubs and loves to have his face rubbed!

Dates and times:

Thursday January 21st 1-7 pm

Friday January 22nd 1-7 pm

Saturday January 23rd 1-4

The first 20 customers each day will receive a small gift bags of goodies, generously donated by some of our artisans. There is also a large door prize that you can enter, as well as a yoga gift prize! Did you know we will be offering Yoga? Yes, beginning in March, stay tuned for more information!

I really hope to see you at the studio! Three days to choose from, pick the one that works best for you, and bring a friend or two!

See you soon,

Tannis

A Pinch of Creativity Open House Friends and Family

It's finally happening!

It all seems to be coming together, and soon, the doors to A Pinch of Creativity Studio will open!

You are invited to join us all at our Open House Friends and Family event to have some snacks, shop in the local artisan boutique, and see the amazing studio space!


There will be gifts for the first 20 customers each of the three days of the open house event, coupons for future workshops, and a grand prize draw.

When:

  • Thursday January 21 between 1:00 and 7:00 pm
  • Friday January 22 between 1:00 and 7:00 pm
  • Saturday January 23 between 1:00 and 4:00 pm

Where:

296 McDermot Avenue at the corner of Princess

I hope to see you all there! You can also head over to Facebook and the event page to let me know you will be attending. 

Take a browse of the artisan page to see all of the phenomenal talent that is a part of this beautiful studio, at the Artisan Page.

To book a workshop, visit the Workshop Page.

I look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Have a great day!

Tannis

 

All Progress Takes Place Outside the Comfort Zone

"All Progress takes place outside the comfort zone", this quote resonates with me. My journey to open my Creative Workshop Studio and Artisan Boutique has definitely taken me out of my comfort zone! I have learned an enormous amount of knowledge and gained insight, both through being an entrepreneur, starting up a small business and about human nature.

Progress though is being made and it is damn exciting! 

It seems to be taking forever and yet is all happening so quickly. It is possible to have both! I am at the stage of planning workshops, scheduling artisan set up, and planning an open house! I have 3 weeks to go, and I have faith it will all come together! 

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The feelings came to me in small bouts at first, unpacking my craft supplies, walking into the studio to the sunshine through the huge windows, and the beauty of this big old beautiful building! The walks in the neighborhood, the "hello's" and strangers opening my own door for me.

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A few days ago though, the feels came to me all at once, starting while I was driving, turning off of Main Street. It was a feeling of warmth, and as I parked it got stronger, when I walked into the door of my studio, it enveloped me like a warm fleece blanket. Is this how people feel when they come home? That feeling has always escaped me, but this feeling, although new to me, it could just be what that is!

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Set up has started, small additions that make me feel comfortable have been completed, like my Starbucks coffee, one of my favorite mugs, and my paints displayed.  Oh and of course I got myself a studio cat. He keeps me great company but he has no concept of getting work done! He is not like my other cats at home who sleep all day. He just wants to look at me all day and be as close to me as possible. Even if that means sprawling out over my keyboard. His name is Jake, and I am sure I will have many Jake stories in the future! Oh and he doesn't think he belongs on the floor, he always has to be on my desk. I even have to keep a glass of water on the desk for him, because he doesn't drink out of a dish like other cats!

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Artisans have begun there set up, giving me a visual to focus on of their hard work, passion and beauty.

JB Designs  

JB Designs

 

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Monkey Business Card Company  
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The Open House is scheduled, come and join us, click here  to let me know you are attending! 

Visit the workshop page here to see what workshops are scheduled, come back often as I add more.

Check out the Artisan page to see who will be in the boutique selling their beautifully made wares.

If you like what you see, please consider sharing, please consider supporting local artisans, and please consider attending a workshop

Thank you for visiting, have a great day!

Tannis