September Apple Inspired Crafts

Fall is right around the corner! To me that means it's festival time again! I had the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the upcoming Nappanee Apple Festival on a recent appearance on IndyStyle. The festival inspired a few fun and easy craft ideas! Check out my step by step tutorials below.
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Annual Pumpkin Painting Party!

pumpkin painting party-carmelWe’re excited that fall is here and it’s time to start decorating like it.  This October we will be hosting our Annual Pumpkin Painting Party.  On Oct. 12th we will paint pumpkins in Carmel and in Fortville.  This is the perfect activity for the entire family.  We will have everything to decorate your pumpkins from glitter to googly eyes!

In Carmel, at the studio, we will begin the festivities at 10:30AM and decorate until noon.  Plan to bring your own pumpkin but we will supply the rest.  Click here to download the Carmel event flyer.

In Fortville, we have partnered with the Piney Acres Farm.  You will be able to hunt for your pumpkin in their pumpkin patch and then visit our station for decorations.  We will decorate from 2:00PM until 3:30PM.  Click here to download the Fortville event flyer.

$5 per person for decorations at both locations and prices of pumpkins may vary at Piney Acres Farm.

We are super excited to continue this event and we look forward to seeing you all there!




Fun Arts & Crafts for the 4th of July

The 4th of July brings fun celebrations for families across the country. Families and friends get together to barbecue, watch fireworks,fireworks-flag and go to weekend celebrations in their hometown. This year in addition to these festivities, celebrate by making special memories together at a painting party. You can have your own private party to paint “Fireworks Flag,” “Flower Fireworks,” or any other painting from The Paint Cellar’s collection.
Need some quick food ideas? How about some 4th of July yogurt pops? Just fill some popsicle molds in layers, using strawberry, vanilla, and blueberry yogurt. Put them in the freezer for at least 4 hours before serving. You can mix some blueberries or strawberries into the yogurt before filling the molds to make them even yummier! For more fresh berry fun; use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out pieces of watermelon. Put one watermelon star onto a wooden kabob stick, then add blueberries, strawberries, and/or raspberries onto the stick. Use another watermelon star as the final piece on the end of the stick—they are pretty and taste great!
For a non-berry treat, melt some chocolate bark in a microwaveable dish. Stir it every once in a while so you will know when it is finished (and never melt it at full power.) Roll a large rod-shaped pretzel in the chocolate, and then roll the pretzel in 4th of July colored sprinkles. Let the pretzels set on wax or parchment paper in your freezer until the chocolate hardens. Then you can move them to your refrigerator until you are ready to serve them. As a refreshing drink you can mix: sprite or 7-Up, lemonade (regular or carbonated,) and your choice of berries. Blueberries, strawberries, and/or raspberries work well. If you want to make this an adult drink, use white wine instead of pop.
4thtableclothNow that you have the refreshments planned, how about decorations? For your table you can find cute wrapping paper to use as a table cover. It is less expensive than buying a fabric-4th of July patterned table cloth. Some patterns you might find include blue and white stripes, red and white stripes, or a solid colored background with stars. Have a little more time to work on your table cloth? Buy some blue and red streamers. Create a criss-cross pattern on your table by interweaving the different colored streamers. You can attach the streamers to a white plastic tablecloth before putting it on your table, or just lay out the streamers on your table using scotch tape to hold it down.

There are so many fun and creative food and decoration ideas on Pinterest. Take a look at our Pinterest site for pictures of these ideas and more. From all of us here at The Paint Cellar, we hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July!


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Spring Into Summer

Though April showers may come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in spring! Now it’s time to spring right on into summer!  With Ashlie’s “Smooth Sailing” and “Spring Scents” paintings on the calendar, all I can do is think of beautiful spring weather. This is a great time of year to get together with family and friends. So choose a masterpiece from The Paint Cellar’s calendar and plan a party!

Looking for an easy and refreshing drink for your party? Try Mint Lime Grapefruit Fizz. Combine juice from three limes and one orange, with a teaspoon of lime zest, one tablespoon of fresh mint, and three cups of fizzy grapefruit spritzer. Add ice and some mint leaves for a finishing touch. For an easy to eat treat, take some ice cream sugar cones (the ones shaped like a cone,) and fill them with a mixture of your favorite berries like raspberries and blueberries. It tastes wonderful and you don’t have to wash any bowls or plates!

To help decorate your party, buy some children’s plastic beach buckets at a dollar store. Fill them with dirt and plant annual flowers inside them. This is a quick way to add color and fragrance to your room. Many stores are carrying brightly colored annual flowers that are the perfect size to fit in these buckets, so you can plant them just a day or two before your party. Want something else to put on your table? Cut some flower shapes out of decorative cardstock, and lay them flat on the table. Glue or tape a pastel baking cup to the center of the flower. Fill the baking cup with colorful candy like jelly beans or skittles.
We have these ideas and more on our Pinterest site to help make your party a huge success, check us out at:
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Kids Summer Series 2013

Looking for something fun for your kids to do this summer?  Join us every Friday in July for our Kidz CANvas club summer series!  We’ve mixed crafts and painting with fun themes for each week.  Sign up for 1, 2 or all 4 days.  No minimum amount of days required.  Sessions are only $55 per child and family discounts are available.  Registration is now open and space is limited! Register online or call us at 317.759.4278 to register your child.

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The sessions are every Friday in July from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM.  Lunch is not included.  All supplies included with each registration. 8 person minimum and 15 person maximum for registrations.

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Click here to register online