Monday, July 10, 2017

Cross Stitch Workshop

A couple weeks ago, I hosted the wonderful Taylor Fell for a cross stitch workshop. We met through the shop, and when I found out her talent on Instagram, I decided it would make for a great workshop! We planned for a weekday evening and got a great response from a range of ages.

For the setup, I decided to add a fun cross stitch touch using the peg board from Rachel's birthday party. I purchased yarn in three shades of pink to make an ombre affect, and threaded the yarn in a classic "X" shape across and up the board.  It took a little time (about 1-1.5 hours), but turned out fun for a cross stitch workshop backdrop! To speed it up, I recommend getting a yarn needle to use. I forgot to bring mine and it made it a little harder to pull the thread through directly. This would make for a really cute backdrop for a sewing birthday party! Just a thought.

Taylor brought some of the larger cross stitch hoops she had created to add to the decor. Plus, it was a good way to show off larger projects to the attendees. She also brought delicious snacks and drinks for the attendees. Always a nice workshop touch, especially when the class is going to last for a couple hours. Her bright food containers added some great pops of color!

Attendees had the option to choose between a mountain or pineapple pattern. Taylor put together cute kits for everyone that included their supplies, pattern, and workbook to help guide them. She walked them through getting started and then was able to go around and give 1:1 attention to anyone that needed it. A couple moms signed up their younger daughters for the workshop and it was fun to see them working together! Cross stitching is a great, leisure hobby and when you have someone walk you through how to get started, it makes it easier to pickup.

Thank you Taylor for hosting your workshop at the shop! Also, thank you to everyone that attended and made it a fun evening out. I hope you had fun learning a new hobby and it is something you will be able to keep up. If you are interested in a future cross stitch workshop, let us know and we will work on getting one posted!

Lots of Love,

Friday, July 7, 2017

Birthday Party Giveaway!

Confetti - Studio Pep Happy Confetti, available in the shop!
This past year we have had the best time helping people throw birthday parties! It was a dream of mine to have a space where small everyday events, such as birthday parties and showers, could take place. I can't believe we are celebrating a year of being open and bringing this dream to life! I decided the best way to celebrate, is to help someone else's dream come true of having a fabulous birthday that they can't normally make happen. I have been thinking up this idea for quite a while now and excited to finally get it rolling!

Photo via Sally Cavanaugh

Photo via Jennifer Sauer
My absolute favorite part of a birthday party at the shop is seeing the birthday kid's excitement. Everyone deserves that at least once in their childhood! We are having a contest through July 28th to giveaway one fabulous birthday party to a child in need - whether they haven't been able to afford a party, have had medical issues that take priority or something else. Here are the details:

To celebrate our first birthday at Love of Character, we are giving away a birthday party experience to a local child in need of a good time! If you know someone who is unable to afford a birthday party, has a condition that takes priority over planning a party, or for any other reason deserves a birthday celebration all their own, please enter them for a chance to win.

Birthday party will take place in our shop space (unless certain conditions require something different, but must be local) and includes everything needed for the party:
Paper Products
Party Favors
Food, Drink & Dessert
Special Gift for Birthday Girl or Boy

To enter, please submit an online application with the requested information as well as an essay (500 words or less) describing why this particular child is in need of a great party! Deadline for submission is 7/28/2017 and the winner will be chosen the following week once we have read through all submissions. Winner will be chosen based on the essay submitted.
The applications that are not chosen will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card to the shop to purchase party supplies for a party of their own!

No purchase necessary to be entered. Available for local entries only since the party will be hosted in our Wichita, KS location. Please note, party must be used before 7/31/2018.

You can submit your application here! Please let me know if you have any questions or if you are a local business that would like to get involved when we start putting together the party.

We would greatly appreciate help spreading the word! Want to make sure we get this out there, so people have a chance to submit a child that is deserving of a party all about them!

Lots of Love,