Amazing isn’t it? 2023 has started, and we are 1/12th of the way through it.
Yvonne and I are sitting at the shop today (Australia Day) doing a bit more for our retreat in April at Bonville, near Coffs Harbour. Of course, we are also doing some playing to create exciting things for classes and kits for everyone.
The last week of December didn’t really feel like Christmas, that is until the local grandkids got going, that was AWESOME! Then we had the Darwin family for a week, so we felt so loved, as well as tired and lonely when they went back!
Creative kids vouchers, as well as Back to School vouchers are available from Service NSW for our NSW people who can get into the shop, if you have friends or family with school-age kids let them know we can provide art and craft classes and products.
How did November come so fast? Christmas is only 46 days away, how do i know this? My children are counting down till Santa comes! Are you ready for Christmas?
Yvonne has been working so hard on many Photo Album orders, they are absolutely stunning! She has also been working on end of year teacher gifts, Christmas cards you name it she has probably done it!
Gary has been working hard behind the scenes with his laser cutting. Personalised Christmas Baubles, and a beautiful display for Christmas for a loved one who is no longer with us earth side. I am positive while he is busy working away he is coming up with some new dad jokes that i know so many love!
There are so many things you could put together for the perfect Christmas gift!!!
On Saturday the 5th was Calendar Club, if you were there you know how much fun this was!
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday is all day chat and craft day from 9am and its FREE!!!! You just bring along what you would like to work on and work with, and if you don’t have it you can purchase from the shop! This is a really good opportunity to catch up with friends and make some new ones in the process.
Saturday the 12th is layout with Sylvia and thats $25 and it will be from 9.30am till 12.00 noon or 12.30pm till 2.30pm, I am positive this will be super fun!
Saturday the 19th we have layout with Sandra and thats $45, 9am – 2pm, i have seen these layouts and they are absolutely gorgeous.
I (Hayley) have been busy working on the website , the Facebook page, and now even introduced Sensational Crafts to the TikTok world.. I must say my son Lucas has really helped in the TikTok department!!! I am so grateful that Gary and Yvonne have allowed me to do these, its really given me something to do through out the day while home with the beautiful Harrison. Im really enjoying working on the website and social media side in the background.
Please if you visit our Facebook page Could you please leave a review, this would be greatly appreciated!
This beautiful Village is a must see in person!!! Its absolutely STUNNING!!
Yvonne and Gary will be travelling to Sydney on Friday returning Monday, but don’t stress Sandra will be there for your crafty needs! Yvonne and Gary deserve this break and i hope they have a wonderful and relaxing time.
Untill next time, have a wonderful day crafting!!!
This is a long update, from Gary, so grab a cuppa and sit back!
As most of you are aware, Yvonne and I are in the middle of helping our daughter and her family with their new defence posting to Darwin, as always, every move presents us with challenges and this one is a doozy!
Yvonne, Michelle, and 3 of our grandkids are stuck in a high-rise apartment building in Brisbane with 3 out of the 5 testing positive and feeling it.
Meanwhile, our son-in-law and I did the looooong drive from Brisbane to Darwin (3500km) with one of us testing positive on arrival in the NT prompting us to be placed in Howard Springs ”Centre for National Resilience “ for at least 6 days. While Nick and I get 3 meals a day and don’t have 3 bored kids to entertain while feeling the effects of this, Yvonne and Michelle have to entertain and feed all 5 of them in isolation, and I wish I was there to do my share.
We really appreciate Sandra & Debbie, Yvonne’s sisters, for keeping the shop going while all this hoohaa is going on, and I know I left a bit of shoomozzle behind for them to contend with, honestly we were only going to be gone for “a few days!”And finally to our friends, who are also our customers, for their support and well wishes, and for putting up with no workshops or classes this month or Yvonne’s creative input or my my cups of tea and coffee!
I knew I had to put something up here to keep you all informed, and as always I have no idea what to write, we have so many new things in store!
Every day we get more stock in, and Yvonne has been putting it up on our website as it arrives in, it has been a MAMMOTH task, and to be honest, I still can’t work out what we need to do on the website, so I will keep doing these amazing blogs!
I thought I better highlight some of our new stock, we now have over 50 colours in our Jo Sonya paint range in series 1 and series 2
I feel proud to be able to supply local artists with what they need, therefore we also have a collection of brushes too! Sable, Deer Foot, Synthetic, etc as well as 0,1,2,4, and other sizes. If you are after a particular brush we can source it.
so to finalise off this Post, blog, or whatever we call it now days
We are always excited here at Sensational Crafts, yesterday we got 3 parcels, one was from Tina who sent us our iCraft products again, and I reckon the iCraft wall is starting to look good, here is a pic
we have a few of the amazing ready to assemble albums, as well as some” add on elements” and “insta transfers” there is also some sort of acetate pretty flower things, you may have to pop in and ask Yvonne what they do!
Easy 3D toppers
We also got our shipment from Hearty Crafts in Holland. lots and lots and lots of pre-cut fun, and they run out the door, these stands were full yesterday, a few holes already, be quick, check them out on the website!
Well I better get back to designing Christmas stuff, keep tuned, and happy craftin’
lots of yummy stuff coming in and it is filling the shop to the brim.
Today we got a delivery from Couture Creations, Embossed paper supplies, Luci-clear and a few others….
And our new range of Australian Made resin. We have been negotiating with Luci-Clear for a while now, and we decided to bite the bullet and try the casting resin and the Art Resin to see how they come out. Each has a slightly different formula to make each project work
Another wonderful day to be alive, Yvonne and I have been “locked away” in the shop creating some amazing things, well Yvonne has been creating, I have been providing cups of tea for her!
Here you will see the amazing album that Yvonne created using the Daydream range from Cocoa Vanilla , and as you may see by my video skills that even I was surprised whith every page, and really wanted to stop recording and have a look at it, I am constastantly amazed at what Yvonne comes up with.
Morning all, another day and another mask if you need to go and and gather the essentials!
We have just got some longer ear savers for your masks in, well, they are printed here on our 3D printers! they are still $2 each and we can deliver them for you or let us know for click and collect, isn’t it amazing that this phrase is now common?
We are using the downtime to re-arrange the shop and set up our system that intergrates with the website. The biggest problem we have had is that the tap on the urn broke, so we have to use the little kettle again, lucky we can’t do classes it would take me hours to make the cuppas!
Just a quick check-in to keep the ball rolling , here is a picture of a Kookaburra , just to keep you entertained.
Yvonne & I have been in the shop today getting our stock counts right on our website , if there is something you can’t find on the website and need let us know, we may have not around to it yet!
Of course we know that everyone is doing the right thing and staying at home, we hope you are doing some craft!
For some inspiration for your scrapbooking, album making and card making check out the great Australian suppliers we use, Studio 73, Couture Creations, Uniquely Creative , Darkroom Door and Colour Blast, just to name a few.
Once we have got a bit further with the website we will hopefully get some classes up on here too, keep tuned
Well enough of the gabbing and back to the stock counting