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January - 2016

Year of the Fire Monkey

February 8th marks the start of Chinese New Year and the Year of the Red Fire Monkey. According to traditional belief, Buddha named a year for each of 12 loyal animals, which also represent the 12 cycles of the Chinese zodiac.

People are thought to have the characteristics of the animal representing the year of their birth. Monkey-year people are said to be clever, good at making decisions and financially skillful. Interested in learning, they read, see and know a great deal.

And what's more fun than a barrel of monkeys? A whole year full of them! We're already into monkey business, making red fire monkey cards and paper mache fire monkeys with plans to create monkey-themed collage laminations and lots more. 

Want to know about Fire Monkeys, feng shui and other cool Chinese traditions - this is a great site. And would you like to make an origami monkey? Here's another fun link for you! 

Invest in beauty - NOW is the best time to buy Canadian art

Don't let the drop in the Canadian dollar get you down. There
are advantages to a low loonie especially when buying goods produced in Canada. Like original Canadian art.

Investing in Canadian art is most affordable right now. And if the artist is relatively unknown, the value of their work will likely increase as their popularity grows. At the very least your investment will not diminish. You may be buying original art as a gift for yourself (or someone else) but your investment means much more than that.

Your purchase financially supports individual artists and lets them know they do important work that is valued by others. You encourage a thriving cultural community which boosts tourism and helps local businesses of all kinds. And in addition to such warm fuzzies, you gain a tangible investment that provides years of personal enjoyment.

Original Canadian art IS very affordable - especially today. And collecting original art is not a guilty pleasure. It's a real financial investment that will give you aesthetic pleasure every day. You won't get that from a stock certificate hung on a wall. 

So stop thinking about that piece you've been looking at for months and buy it - for the joy it will give you today and as an investment in your future. 

Time to update that shade
Do you have a lampshade that's damaged or looks a bit tired? Give your shade new life by taking off the existing cover and replacing it with imported or specialty paper. This can be a fun, creative and sometimes challenging project.

Every lampshade is different and some are more simple to do than others. If you want to do it yourself and have never done one before, we suggest you bring the lampshade Downtown to our store any Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Pam works then and can look at your shade and offer you feedback on any problems you might encounter. You could also book a workshop for yourself or small group to receive detailed, individualized instructions on how to update your lampshade. Not feeling up to doing it yourself? We can even do it for you.

Want to see what might be involved? Here's our instructions for how to re-cover a wire frame lampshade.

We've been doing a lot of lamp and lampshade projects over the past months - some as examples for our store and others as repairs or commissions for others. Here's how a few of them turned out...


We Love Vintage Kimono
Every three months or so, we like to bring in a shipment of pre-owned vintage Japanese kimono. The contents of each shipment are always a happy surprise to us - we order them by the pound and are never sure what's been sent until we open the box.

Our recent arrivals are among the nicest yet. Drop by soon to c
heck out the lovely features on these vintage garments - some even have metallic gold and 
silver embroidery!


Contact Us

What's new?

Come in to play... Love to meet fun people, create art and learn new techniques?Drop by our Courtenay store Downtown on Wednesdays at 11 am for Val’s Weekly Wednesday Demos. Valerie calls them demos but really they are mini-classes where everyone gets to try out different techniques and a range of products. Perfect for paper artists of all types - from cards and scrapbooking to collage, mixed media and much more. Have a look at our complete schedule.

Is there a wedding in your future?  Spring is in the air and we know that means happy people looking forward to upcoming weddings. Know someone planning to make their own invitations? We stock a wonderful selection of imported and specialty papers to help create the perfect one. We also carry imported paper wedding albums and handmade guest books. For something really unique, consider making your own album or guest book - or have us make one specially for you!

Arts and Culture Program at Comox Valley Airport... Ever notice all the original paintings and sculptures on public display at our airport? Most of the art you see is chosen from work submitted to the Comox Valley Community Arts Council. For several years now, this Arts and Culture Program has provided a great opportunity for numerous appreciative local artists. We were thrilled to have Pam Young's "Night at the Estuary" chigirie-e (art of Japanese torn paper) selected for the current display!


Exclusive to our online store... Find greeting cards by local artists including Lisa Gibbons, Dianne Pollock, Valerie Taylor and Pam Young. (And if you like our enchanting Gaelle Boissonnard cards from France, you'll even discover some that we only stock online.)


Leap Year Kimono Sale now on... Until February 29th (Leap Year Day) come in for a great selection of selected kimonos at 20% off marked price. Many feature hand tie-dyed and/ or hand painted patterns.


Cool Links...
See 100 extraordinary examples of paper art here.

Detailed, easy-to-follow directions for making your own paper.

Free drawing lessons for beginners with lots of good ideas.

Instructions for an easy Valentine's Day pop-up card.

Apply these to improve your work no matter what your medium.  



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