Craft Fair News

Craft Fair News

We are very excited to announce that we will be participating in the Bristol Borough First Fridays in May and June! We will be bringing a selection of cards, gifts and decorations with us, and in June will be demonstrating activities throughout the evening! Caroline will be demonstrating how to make her origami stars and I will be showing how to create doodle coloring cards. It should be a fun evening for everyone, and we are already preparing our materials to bring.

For those who haven’t seen Caroline’s origami stars, these are photos of some of her stars. (Click on the photos to see more!)

The stars look very difficult to make, but once you have learned how to make them, you might be surprised!

I will be demonstrating how to use a number of different doodling techniques to convert a simple shape into a fun coloring project. Here are some examples of how I’ve used them.  (Click on the photos to see more!)

Again, it may look a bit complicate, but I will show you how to do it!

Come and say hello if you live in the Bucks County or just across the Bristol Bridge in New Jersey. We would love to meet you!

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We’re back!

We’re back!

After fighting the bug and the computers, we’re back at work! On Wednesday we excitedly unpacked the new craft fair tent – a white canopy on white legs. Unlike its predecessor, it went up very easily, and the canopy is both sun and water resistant! Given that we are at fairs in the height of summer, both of these are important considerations. The new tent feels huge. It is 10′ x 10′ x 10′, and the extra volume makes it feel very spacious. We laid the tables out along the sides, and there is space for both a stroller and people to walk up and down inside. We still need to work out how to stop anything suspended from the framework from swinging back and forth wildly in the breeze. Many of the events take place on streets, so the tent pegs that came with the tent aren’t the best way to fasten things down! Sadly, no photos, but we’re getting psyched up for the coming craft fair season.


I took gift tags with me to add to the stock, made using the water color art I painted. The cards I have made from my art have been well received, and thought it would be nice to offer another option. There may even be matching gift wrap, but am still negotiating that! I am still working on the book marks from my art. I like bookmarks to be long enough to be able to get hold of them without having to first open the book to look for them! I have tried several ribbon options, but they were too bulky and would damage the book. As I was drifting off to sleep last night, I suddenly came up with a flat option, so will try that next!

While at Caroline’s I also collected a box of  5″ x 7″ prints I created last spring. We thought people would like to have art to frame, but instead they wanted it as cards, so I am now in the process of doing that! I have created a series of scenes with old fashioned cars and bikes superimposed on improbable landscapes, and they are the first set to but converted. My task for today is to work on the botanical prints superimposed on pages with vintage handwriting on them. I thought I had made cards using these designs, but either I only meant to or they’ve all sold out. I suspect the former is the more likely!

Thank you card
So we’re back and getting excited for the coming fairs. Caroline is busy making more of her very popular wedding cards for all your needs, and also mentioned making wreaths, large hanging stars, and beautiful kirigami flowers. So, check the craft fairs page to see where we’ll be next, and come and see what we can do with a bigger tent and renewed excitement!

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What are we working on now?

What are we working on now?

It has been a bit quiet between the scenes of late. At some point just before the snow storm last week, both Caroline and I picked up a bug that has left us feeling very lethargic, so things have slowed down. It is a pain, but it is also one of those things that tends to happen each winter – despite early season flu shots.

I have been looking through files from on old hard drive and deciding which I want to preserve. I am constantly amazed by how many things I have created but which somehow fell by the wayside. Either they simply didn’t get printed and turned into tangible products, or they were experimental and the season for them passed before they made it to life. Among the many files that I found are some bookmarks I made to include with purchases of my watercolor art – an extra ‘thank you’ gift. I had completely forgotten I’d made them, and realized they would make a lovely addition to our regular offerings.

There were also some pages where I had laid out gift tags with flower designs. I printed out some of the pages on different papers to see how they looked. While I thought I would prefer them printed on bright white paper, but in reality, prefer them printed on some slightly off white paper that has fragments of colored paper embedded in it. The flowers are very stark, drawn in black ink, and the cream paper softens the starkness. Now I have to decide on a ribbon color!

Card designs tend to come in spurts, and so while I have been focusing on the ‘age’ cards of late, had forgotten about the annual event cards. I was delighted to see that Caroline had posted my Easter bunny card ready to be downloaded and colored. It was a fun project to create and I have to admit that until I found the original files, I had forgotten I had created this design last year.

Hopefully we will be back to full speed shortly and will have more news and photos for you to enjoy.

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The 100 Day Project starts on April 4, 2017!

The 100 Day Project starts on April 4, 2017!

Two years ago I took part in my first 100 Day Project, creating 100 paintings of watercolor flowers. 100 days is a good amount of time to improve your skills – and to have a worthwhile selection of art to show for your efforts at the end. On the downside, there were days when I really couldn’t create anything I liked and I was sorely tempted to drop out. 100 days of doing something also helps show how your abilities can improve with daily effort!

So how can you join in with the 100 day project? Fortunately there is a wonderful site you can go to and read all about it. Essentially the project begins on Tuesday April 4, and runs through to Wednesday July 12. You follow Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thomson on Instagram – if you don’t have an Instagram account, they are very easy to set up! The names are links directly through to their accounts so you can follow them.

Next you have to decide on your medium of choice for this year’s 100 day project. You can take photos, create art, work on an ongoing project, e.g. a quilt, draw what is outside your window each day – the options are endless! You can also go here on Instagram and see some work from previous years. I would advise you to pick something fairly quick to do – if you decide to create a huge piece each day, it will soon become a chore not a pleasure.

Then come up with a hashtag for your project and declare your intention to participate. Follow this link and scroll down the page. Select an image from the page to upload to your Instagram account and post it with this hashtag: #100dayproject. Don’t forget to add this hashtag to your work in addition to your own hashtag each day so others can find and follow you – and you them. This use of hashtags changes the project from being an individual effort into a collective effort.

So you have about three weeks to come up with a 100 day project art idea – and make sure you have enough supplies on hand. This is by far the hardest part, but the outcome of sticking with it is very much worth all the effort you put in!

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Changes, changes, changes!

Changes, changes, changes!

As you may have noticed, we recently updated the appearance of this website. The old site has been languishing since summer while we made and went to craft fairs. We posted some of our activities on Instagram and Facebook, but this poor site got no love beyond basic maintenance.

What’s been happening is that our path has changed somewhat because of some fairs we applied to attend. We began to notice that fairs only want to invite individuals, not businesses. This seemed very odd, as we have encountered many other mother/daughter businesses, not to mention partner/partner teams, but that didn’t seem to matter. For one fair we both wanted to attend, we divided our specialties and applied as Origami Retreat and Gillian Lancaster Art.

Over Christmas we continued to appear art craft fairs as Leaves of Paper, selling both origami and art-based cards and decorations, and people continued to be fascinated by the breadth of items we offered for sale. While clearly as being of two generations are items appeal to different demographics, they also appeal to those buying for parents or offspring.

Since then, Caroline has been slowly removing her origami stars and cards from the Leaves of Paper Etsy shop, and has created a new shop. I have also moved my art into a different Etsy shop. This isn’t a parting of the ways, and for Christmas fairs we will still be there as Leaves of Paper, complete with our eclectic Christmas decorations, cards, banners and garlands. Over the summer we will see how it works out to be Leaves of Paper and Origami Express at craft fairs. As I said earlier, changes, changes, changes.

This means that what we bring to fairs – and have in the Etsy shop – will skew more towards my cards, the art that inspired them, prints, banners and seasonal wreaths. Caroline will offer her origami cards, decorations, garlands and latest addition, beautiful origami flowers. This means that you will have many more items to choose from – and hopefully less confusion as to why there are two different styles at one table!

I am still busy creating, and currently working on a line of yoga cards for sale in The Crafted Arts Boutique, which operates from inside the Open Center Yoga in Bristol, PA. In the spirit of creating but not painting, I have also updated not just this site, but all five of my websites and given them a fresh, new, look. Look out for us this spring and come and say hi!

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