GUIDED TOUR (wreaths: part 2)

Welcome to the second day of the wreath chapter of our tour.

Today will be heavy on the photos and light on the text as we show you all the delicious supplies we carry for wreath-making.

As we wrote yesterday, the first step in making a wreath is choosing a ring, i.e. something to put all the good stuff on to make your wreath pretty. Right now, we sell two different kinds of rings.

Wire frames

and Grapevine Wreaths (12” and 18” diameters)

As for decorations, you can certainly add any embellishment you want to your ring, but at the store, we have chosen to focus on naturals, i.e. flowers, woods, leaves, fruits, pods, etc.


Larkspur in purple...

and pink.

Lavender bunches...

and Lavender buds.




Straw Flowers



Preserved Hydrangea in pink...

and green.

and Dried Hydrangea


Curly Willow

and Pussy Willow


Salal Leaves

and Eucalyptus branches



Split Oranges

Small pear gourds...

and Large Pear Gourds.


Small Artichokes...

and Large Artichokes


Lotus Pods


Lodgepole Cones

Hemlock Cones

Rose Cones

Phew! And that’s all for today.

Tomorrow we’ll wrap up “Wreaths” with a discussion on fasteners (floral wire, tape, glue guns, etc.)!

Tomorrow: GUIDED TOUR (wreaths: part 3)

GUIDED TOUR (wreaths: part 1)

Welcome to the first day of our guided tour of Once Around!

As you may know, our store is made up of several mini-stores. In each section, we try to immerse the customer in the “world” of that particular craft - with all of the tools, books, supplies and inspiration to launch their project.

As you walk in our front door, the first section you come to is “Wreaths” and so this is where we begin.

Wreath-making, like many crafts, can be intimidating until you break down the process to its most basic form and understand just how easy it is. We like Wikipedia’s definition of a wreath.A wreath is an assortment of flowers, leaves, fruits, twigs and/or various materials that is constructed to resemble a ring.”

Simple as that.

The ring can be made of any material you choose (as long as it’s sturdy enough for your decorations) including: cardboard, wire (chicken wire, coat hangers...), styrofoam, straw, grapevine, twigs, and so on. And the “various materials” are, for the most part, restricted only by the limits of your imagination.

Check out these non-traditional wreaths. Lovely.

images via Craft Gawker and good ol’ Martha.

After the ring and the “various materials”, the final choice to be made in making a wreath is in deciding how to attach the decorations to the ring. Floral tape, floral wire, floral pins, hot glue, string - which to choose? In our minds, the answer is as simple and as personal as any other. In other words, whatever works best for you. We always reach for the glue gun first, but that’s just us. Do what you like and feel comfortable with, and we’re sure the results will please you.

Now that you have a basic sense of the wreath-making technique, in our next post we’ll show you the materials (rings, decorations and fasteners) we supply for this craft at Once Around.

Tomorrow: GUIDED TOUR (wreaths: part 2)

GUIDED TOUR (introduction)

Welcome to a new series here on the Once Around blog.

Today we invite you to join us in a guided tour throughout our store. Beginning tomorrow and over the next many posts, we will lead you methodically and thoughtfully all around the shop. While our photo gallery is a great way to get a quick overview of the store, in this guided tour, we will dig deep – making frequent stops to explain our products, offer links and ideas for using them and of course to provide lots and lots of detailed photos.

For those readers too far away to come visit us in person, we hope this tour will give you a sense of what it feels like to wander along our colorful aisles. For those who actually shop here (and we are so grateful for you, by the way!), we hope this series will enhance your experience at Once Around and inspire you creatively...

Tomorrow: GUIDED TOUR (wreaths)


Why are they called fat quarters? We don’t know, but we are growing addicted to them just the same. The fat quarter cutting process involves several steps, the most important being the folding part so that all the quarters line up nice and neat in the basket. In rainbow order.

Edited to add: Here’s a link to some solid fat quarter information. What they are and how to cut them.


We have so much fabric in the shop these days. Besides the original cuts of cottons prints that we started out with, we’ve recently added oilcloth, flannel, fleece and cotton voile so lovely you’d swear it were silk. In addition, we’re cutting all of our cottons into fat quarters now (as well as the 1-yard, 3-yard and 5-yard cuts); they’re all $2.00 a piece and going fast.


A little fancy maneuvering (organize; edit; call Got Junk; repeat.) allowed us to turn our old office into a classroom. Now we have a space dedicated to teaching and learning the fine art of crafting. Our very first workshop starts tomorrow - Basic Machine Sewing and there is still a little space left for those who are interested.


Here’s the proof from Blue Pond Signs for the redwood sign we’re hoping to install in front of the store. Maybe it will provide a little clarity for those that worry that the name “Once Around” refers to a thrift store. We completely understand the confusion. Hopefully the addition of “an arts & crafts store” will help us all out. Just waiting for city approval now.


Thanks for visiting us here at the (relatively) new Once Around website. Originally, this new design inspired us to develop a new approach to our online presence - clean, clear, colorful design, loads of information and, most significantly, Prone to navel-gazing, often poorly-written and frequently boring as all get-out, we decided that blogs were a thing of the past. And yet, here we are, giving in to the pull of a brand-new blog.

So much for big proclamations.

But the reasoning seems just. If you don’t have a blog attached to your retail website, where the heck do you post timely news? Event announcements, photos of new products, updates on classes and so on, all get buried in the pages of your website and run the risk of not being seen by the people who need to see them. Of course, you can post updates to your store’s Facebook page, but not all of your customers are Facebook members. Alternatively, you could rely on sending out information via your mailing list, but again, not everyone is keen to sign up for yet another email update (we sure aren’t) and so you’ll be leaving out another big chunk of customers. What you are left with is your website - which is free, accessible, printed on your business cards, easy to remember and, if a customer wants to breeze by and check out the news, completely anonymous. So, forgive us blog-weary public. We promise to keep it short, sweet and chock full of relevant information if only you will.... read on.