What does November mean to you? Remembering our Veterans? Celebrating (American) Thanksgiving? Viewing the autumn colors? For many, it’s all these things and also… shopping! Black Friday is of course the infamous day when many people buy all of their Christmas items at once, causing mass hysteria around the country. I want to let you know that it doesn’t have to be that way! While I won’t preach to you about Buy Nothing Day, you can instead sleep during the time you would have spent in line waiting for your favorite store to open at 5AM, and then come down to Metrix and create your presents instead! I will be teaching a workshop next Tuesday, November 15 from 7-9:30 PM all about how to use Inkscape to design cool things to cut out on Metrix’s laser cutter!

You may be wondering what sorts of (amazing) gifts you might be able to make, and I’d be happy to give you some examples. The first thing that pops into my mind are holiday cards. I’ve taught some card makeshops in the past, and my students produced amazing, unique cards to give to their loved ones. With the laser, it would be super easy to make a bunch to send to all your friends and family at a fraction of the price of buying cards in the store. And they’d be hand-made! Here’s an example of a card I made for Mother’s Day. Just imagine the flowers as a door wreath (perhaps with green holly, complete with red berries), and you’d have a simple and one of a kind card for winter.

Another popular gift is ornaments. Whether for your tree, or just to place and hang around your home as decor, ornaments are a cute gift for close friends and acquaintances alike. Look at this example:

And this one:
If you want to put a little more time into your gift you could make a mobile, coasters, wall art, wall clocks, custom sewing projects (yes, the laser cuts fabric!), jewelry, and much more! Come to the class and I will give you all the skills you need to make a special something for the special people in your life. Remember! November 15th 7-9:30PM, call ahead to reserve your spot. If you can’t make it, don’t worry! I do private lessons! Email me allison@sweetium.com