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Drought Angels

Not sure what you got up to this week but here’s what was going on at A Place to Create.

After Tuesday morning’s class with Doozey Chicks Paper Crafters Group, a dozen ladies along with Marji, Deb and Sue stayed on and gave their time to make a difference in the lives of struggling farmers and their families through Drought Angels.

Drought Angels was formed in 2014 by Natasha Johnson and Nicki Blackwell, Drought Angels gives assistance to struggling farmers and families on the land who are affected by drought, bushfires and floods. Based in Chinchilla, this non-profit charity organisation gives emotional support as well as tangible assistance with food hampers and care packages to those in need. Co-founder Natasha Johnston puts Drought Angels agenda in such a beautiful way, “We don’t give charity, we give thank you’s to those who put food on our tables and clothes on our backs.”

What a better way than to say “thank you” to the women on the land than with an unexpected piece of jewellery, wrapped up with love, pretty papers, individual creativity, embellishments and bling! And yesterday at A Place to Create, that’s exactly what more than a dozen ladies from the Doozey Chicks Paper Crafters Group did yesterday. With exactly 100 pieces of donated jewellery to box and embellish, these beautiful ladies made boxes, boxes and more boxes each one crafted with care, with every single box being an individual masterpiece! What a beautiful way to spend Melbourne Cup Day – giving and sharing to our country sisters who are facing difficult times. A Place to Create would like to thank each and every one of you along with Marji whose initiative this was and who bought and donated every piece of jewellery herself. Thanks also to Mel, Shell, Nicki, Deb and Sue for their donations and time. The ladies also ran a raffle and raised monies, which along with all funds raised from the sale of water and soft drinks in store, helps Two Thumbs Wildlife Trust care for rescued Australian wildlife.

Well done ladies!!!!!! If you would like to donate any new pieces of jewellery, A Place to Create will serve as a collection point for next Mothers’ Day where we will again open up our classroom space for another fabulous community event.

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Our Latest Newsletter

See ya later October!!!! Nice knowing you…… and heeeeeellllooooooooo November!!!!
After a crazy October with the store being open every day, we made a decision to resume opening just 2 Sundays in November since we are already away one weekend with our first away retreat this year. Well, that idea lasted less than 48 hours as all the teachers scrambled for their choice of dates and times to offer you their classes. As it turns out, weekends off were just a passing thought and we are once again open every day in November with classes every day of the weekends so that hopefully you can get to do some fun stuff amongst your real world duties.
Before we say good-bye to October, we have 2 more classes:- Sharon is resuming her Friday morning class tomorrow and Jo is teaching her mini album in a box on Saturday.

Then we move onto Sunday….. 1st November and we kick it off with our first pop up Artisan and handmade market from 10am – 4pm.
We have over 20 local artisans who are bringing their home made items to sell so you can get your Christmas shopping starte. We will also welcome Beautiful Crazy – a coffee van borne from the fallout of Covid job losses so we are excited to support this wonderful young couple in their new venture.

You are welcome to support the coffee van even if you’re not shopping with us on Sunday.

We have lots of new and amazing classes coming up and we will share more details in upcoming newsletters and on our Facebook Page.
Remember you can always visit our facebook page as it is a public page and you don’t need to have an account, you just won’t be able to comment or request things online.
We have now also launched our new website where you can find details of all the classes (they’ll be added over the next few days for November) as well as some products to purchase or pre-order. All our kits are also there so hopefully this helps those of you who can’t get in store to shop. Obviously our store is too expansive and busy to put all products up as turnover is too quick to maintain a website as well so if you see other items you want, you can just call us or add notes to your order.

We also had the fun loving Natalia from Stella and Dash back with cabochon earring classes at AP2C on:Saturday 14th November, 2.00pm-3.30pm andSaturday 12th December, 10am – 11.30amClasses are $35.00 and include everything to make 4 pairs of cabochon earrings.These make great gifts and are lots of fun to do. Click here to pop to her page to book a spot.Stella and Dash will also be selling at our Artisan market on Sunday if you wish to talk to Natalia about her classes and maybe get yourself a couple of new earring sets for upcoming “Socialising”!!!!

Jo joined us in October with her hanging advent calendars and this Saturday Jo finishes off the month with a mini album in a box before sharing some amazing new exploding boxes and albums in a box with us for November.
Jo also joins the staff in store to help you with your enquiries and purchases so say hello and introduce yourself as she learns the ropes!
Here are her upcoming classes for October…….
Exploding box class – Thursday 19th November, 10.00am – 2pm ~ cost is $49.50
Exploding box class – Thursday 19th November, 6.30 – 8.30pm~ cost is $49.50
Fold out album box class – Sunday 29th November, 10.00am – 2pm ~ cost is $57.50

Our Uniquely Creative Sunday with the gorgeous Jo Herbert and Yvette Fanciulli was absolutely wonderful and we couldn’t have asked for anything more – these ladies were just wonderful and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their day.
In November, Yvette will join us for a trio of layouts day where you will create 3 single page layouts each featuring different tips and techniques.

SUNDAY 15TH NOVEMBER – UNIQUELY CREATIVE TRIO FUN DAY
10.00am – 3.00pm – 3 pages with Yvette Fanciulli – $75.00
Please bring some lunch as we will have a short lunch break. Kitchen and fridge facilities are available for you to use.
The fabulous Deb and Sue team have the next 4 weeks’ class samples in store for you to see so pop in and check them out if you’re thinking of trying some card making. These fun and relaxed classes each Tuesday start with fresh home made baking and lots of chats and laughs. This is as much a social outing as a card class for those who attend. Every Tuesday morning, 10am – 11.30am ~ $16.50 (includes your full kit) just byo tools and adhesives.

Finally, we would like to welcome Susan who is bringing patchwork, quilting and sew and chats to AP2C.
On Monday’s Susan will offer a 6 week medallion course in Patchwork and quilting. Beginners are welcome.
You can bring your own fabrics or buy some from Susan.
Here’s what Susan has to say about herself and her upcoming workshops at A Place to Create.

“I have been quilting for over thirty years. I quilt by hand and machine. Both methods have a strong draw for me as patchwork by hand is so portable and can be done anywhere at anytime, good if you are not in a rush to see the end result. patchwork by machine is great for getting it finished in a limited time.  I have tried most methods and like both traditional and modern quilts. I am always ready to try out a new method.
I have owned my own patchwork shop and taught many, many classes as well as running retreats over several days.  I have participated in workshops with both Australian and overseas tutors. I love to pass on my craft to others and enjoy seeing people grow with confidence week by week.”
THE CHAT AND SEW
This session will be held on a Thursday and is for finishing off those UFO’S.  IT IS NOT A CLASS but Susan will be there to help with advice to get you over that sticking point, or just come along and sew in company with others.Chat and Sew is $10.00 and runs from 10am – 1pm
Next Year Susan would like to hold a RETREAT in February, so if you are interested please contact her directly as numbers are limited.
All sewing enquiries should be directed to Susan by calling on 0422 283 301 however there are samples of Susan’s work in store you can see or you can meet her at our upcoming market on Sunday.
All of Mel’s classes will wrap up this month:
Saturday 7th November, 9.30am – 12.30pm – Dreamscapes
Saturday 7th November, 1.00pm – 3.00pm – Storyteller
Thursday 12th November, 9.30am – 12.00pm – Storyteller
Thursday 12th November, 12.30pm – 3.00pm – Limited Edition
Saturday 21st November, 9.30am – 12.00pm – Limited Edition
Saturday 21st November, 12.30pm – 3.30pm – Dreamscapes
And in December we will have one Saturday catch up day where you can come along and finish off all your pages from classes during the year with Mel. Details are in your groups.
The calendar is best viewed on a desktop screen however it should allow you to zoom in on your device. Alternatively try popping to our new website by clicking here, you should be able to click on the calendar and enlarge it and even print it separately to the rest of the newsletter by using a right mouse click and print or save image and then print.We will be adding all the information for each class there over the next week or so.
Pauline will also be rejoining us early in December with cake and cookie decorating for both kids and adults so keep an eye out for these or follow her on facebook at @The Copper Whisk.
Please note that all classes require pre-paid bookings.
All Stella and Dash earring making classes (and she’s added some fab ones including polymer clay) need to be booked through her website – https://www.stellaanddash.com.au/ and it’s so easy to navigate.
For all new sewing and quilting classes, the 6 week medallion course and new Sew and Chat sessions, please contact Susan to make plans and payments.Ph: 0422 283 301
If you are unable to attend a booked class, please contact the store or organiser (in the case of our visiting teachers) to discuss options for a class kit or rescheduling if available.
Ph: 3851 2200

We also have a very important SAVE THE DATE for our Artisan pop up market on Sunday 1st November.
We ask everyone to please respect each other’s space at this event and appreciate your understanding if we need you to wait a few minutes extra to allow everyone to maintain safe distances where possible.
Thanks so much for reading and we hope you have had a wonderful October, and are excited to see November filled with so many fabulous classes

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Uniquely Creative Sunday

Hello Friday! And hello beautiful people!!!
Can you believe October is nearly over???
March to September felt like 6 years and October feels like 6 days…… isn’t time a curious thing????
Enough with the past, let’s focus on the future and it couldn’t be better this weekend!
Earlier this year we planned a Uniquely Creative Sunday with the gorgeous Yvette Fanciulli and Jo Herbert from Uniquely Creative but of course like so many things this year, it had to be cancelled. Well that’s okay because they’re coming back this weekend and we are going to make it happen with new classes!
Yvette is an educator for Uniquely Creative and Jo is on the Uniquely Creative Design Team. We are lucky enough to have both of them live in South East Queensland so we are very blessed to have both of them offer to come and teach for us and share their unique styles and ideas with you.
Jo specialises in card making and as such will be teaching 5 cards / tags including some fun fold ones. The class will use Uniquely Creative’s Once Upon a Christmas range in beautiful soft blue shades and there will be some lucky door prizes as well.
Call the store now to book a spot or book both classes and you’ll receive a $10.00 voucher to spend in store. You can also book online through our new website.

Then in the afternoon, Miss Yvette will guide you as you create one of her cute layouts featuring a cute idea for making baubles and adding shaker elements to your page.
Call the store now to book a spot or book both classesand you’ll receive a $10.00 voucher to spend in store.You can also book online through our new website. 3851 2200
And as if that’s not enough exciting Uniquely Creative news for you, the new Naughty of Nice mini stamp and colour collection is now in store too along with Holly Jolly and Once Upon A Christmas – all from Uniquely Creative.
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Monday 19th October, 2020

This week the newest collections from Australian designer and owner of Studio 73, Joanne Bain, hit the shelves at A Place to Create and we expect they will be as popular as her previous collections!


As many of you know, we pride ourselves on supporting Australian businesses wherever possible and practical and Studio 73 is one such business.  Located right here in outer Brisbane, Joanne has been in the scrapbooking industry for years designing for many well known brands and has this year decided to turn her hand to designing her own collections which has proved very successful for her.  We are proud to have supported her in this journey and hope to bring her in store one day to meet you all.

Spooky Hollow is of course coming just in time for Halloween and is a mini collection where all the papers are provided in one pack and there are no individual elements to buy separately. The Spooky Hollow Mini Collection is all about the fun of Halloween – it features spooky pumpkins and creepy cats, all in the Halloween colours of purple, orange and black.

Click on the image to shop the Spooky Hollow collection online


With the Jingle all the Way collection, you can purchase it as either a full collection pack or individual papers and cut apart sheets.  

Click on the image to shop the Jingle All The Way Collection line

Jingle All The Way is a beautiful neutral coloured Christmas collection featuring gorgeous images for fussy cutting and natural wooden background to allow your layouts of cards to pop. If you love the festive feel, this collection is for you.


We have been bringing Studio 73 to you since its inception earlier this year and we look forward to hopefully bringing you lots more from them in the future.

Until next time, have a wonderful day.

Karenina and all the team

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NEW TRADING HOURS

Hi everyone, 

As things start to resume some sense of normality in our lives, we have planned our July class schedule and it is already jam packed. 
Adding in two extra Sunday trading days in July has allowed us to bring you even more exciting classes too.
The Doozey Chicks are returning on Tuesday 30th June, we let them sneak in a day early since they’re so keen to get back!
Free Scrap and Chat sessions return on Wednesdays and Thursdays for now
and Sharon returns to card making classes Friday mornings and one Saturday class.
Mel will be back on the first and third Saturday of each month with all her fabulous scrapbook class options
and
Suzie will be exciting us with not one but two mixed media classes in July to kick off the excitement.
And as if that’s not enough, the fabulous and fun Yvette will be rejoining us for a fun packed Sunday with a card making class in the morning and a layout class in the afternoon. We are yet to confirm if this layout class can again be done as cards during the class but we will be sure to let you know once Yvette lets us know.


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We are still exercising social distancing measures and we have the classroom set up to ensure you have your own table at this stage and it is adequately spaced from the surrounding tables. Along with all our other routine cleaning procedures in place now, 
the room will be cleaned before and after class and sanitiser is still being provided upon entry to the shop to help keep all items safe inside.
Please help us keep everyone safe by helping to follow the guidelines.

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UPDATE ON CLASSES, CROPS AND RETREATS RESUMING

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported this wonderful shop over the past few months and now slowly we can start looking forward to getting back to some kind of normality. 
We are happy to announce that as from 1st July,
we will be resuming additional activities at APTC.
Careful consideration was made in conjunction with the
current guidelines on how we, as a business,
can practically ensure everyone can feel confident that they
will be in a safe environment.
Obviously we will all take responsibility to continue the social distancing rules, hygiene will be of paramount importance and if you are feeling unwell the advice is to stay at home
Together Queenslanders have slowed the spread of COVID-19
by staying at home. 
As a result, the Queensland Government will continue to ease restrictions on movement within Queensland.
As you may be aware as from the 12th June, Stage 2 commences which means the restrictions will be lifted to include a gathering of up to 20 people – this number will include any staff on the premises.
Stage 3 starts on the 10th July where there can be gatherings of up to 100 people – subject to review.
All the teachers have been consulted and are happy to resume classes in store from this date. We will provide dates of classes etc in the July calendar which will be posted on Facebook and the Blog in the next couple of weeks.
With regard to the August retreat,
we will be visiting the premises next week to ascertain
the numbers that can be safely accommodated and in particular
assessing the overnight accommodation options.
We will communicate the way forward regarding this in the next few weeks.
With this in mind and to ensure we are adhering to the guidelines,
please may we we ask that for any classes you would like to attend
 that you please book in advance and at that point we would take payment to secure your place. 
Should numbers exceed the recommended guidelines,
you will be advised and ongoing discussions with the teachers
concerned will enable us to make decisions about holding extra classes
when and if possible. 
For all those who have already booked and paid for Melissa Struhs’ classes,
we will be contacting you all over the next few weeks to confirm attendance.
Free Crops will resume on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm and we will have dates for the Saturday crops included in the July calendar. 
Thank you for your patience with regard to us making this decision and before you know it, you will be catching up and crafting together………
Warmest wishes to you all and keep an eye out for weekly updates.
Regards,
Karenina

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AN EASTER WISH

Hello everyone, 
Today at the start of the Easter weekend, I thought I would share a few pics of my little family in ‘isolation’. 
 It’s Trevie’s birthday next weekend and an early delivery of his present meant he had to have a go.  
Lady McKelpie aka Annie and Bundle the Poodle are relishing the attention and the lorikeets loved having a bath.  
From our home to yours, we wish you a peaceful Easter.
Stay well and safe. 
x Karenina