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Hi Everyone!

I hope this post finds you navigating life as creatively as possible ; ) It’s been a Blessing to continue to serve you through all of your newly-found sewing and quilting time, the mask-making and more. Your curbside pickups, online orders and virtual visits have kept us afloat and we THANK YOU SEW MUCH! We miss our regular tribe of visitors, and have made sew many new friends in the past few months who are curious to explore the studio, too!
SO…we’re re-opening the Studio this Wednesday, July 8! 
Please see important information below… 
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We welcome you back starting this Wednesday with a few simple precautions to help ensure everyone’s safety:
  • To help maintain social distancing, we will serve a MAXIMUM of 3 customers inside the studio at one time.  Please CALL THE STUDIO at 866-683-2568 or TEXT Lisa at 908-553-0196 to let us know approximately what time you’d like to come by. This will help us to give you personal service, juggling with virtual visits, etc.
  • A FACE MASK is required by EVERYONE entering the studio.
  • Please use our HAND SANITIZER, available as you enter, so you can safely enjoy the tactile, Fabrigasmic experience of fabric shopping.
  • Naturally, we must all observe social distancing as much as possible.
  • You can now schedule your Virtual Visits ONLINE! If you’re far away, (or even if you’re just around the corner!) visit us virtually! Check out our new online booking page. Appointments are now generally available Wednesdays thru Fridays.
  • ONLINE ORDERS and VIRTUALS: Due to our higher volume of orders AND increasing shipping delays of the USPS, it may be taking a few extra days to receive your orders. Please keep this in mind if you’re working with a specific deadline.
  • An update on CLASSES:  I’ve decided to suspend all of our in-person classes, events and parties thru the summer, and will revisit plans based on the conditions in September.   Sorry for any inconvenience, but I look forward to booking events again when possible, and am now actively preparing online classes and trunk shows, so stay tuned for details!!

This Wednesday we’ll open for extended hours of 12-8pm, and we’ll start back with regular hours for the rest of the week – Thu 12-6; Fri 12-6 and Sat 10-6pm.  Of course, as regulations and situations continue to change, hours may also change, so please feel free to call, check our email newsletter (subscribe here), and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @culturedexpressions for updates.

NEW IN THE STUDIO…

Bead Packs!
Handbag Handles!
Brass Embellishments!
MORE New Ankara Prints!

1417 MAIN STREET, RAHWAY, NJ 07065   –   www.CulturedExpressions.com

Thanks for your cooperation —

we look forward to seeing you soon, in person and/or virtually!

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Happy Sunday!  I hope everyone is maintaining well through The Situation.  To that end, yesterday we published a tutorial video on the fabric face masks that are currently in such hot demand.  Sew an easy pleated face mask with Cultured Expressions’ quick tutorial by Lisa and Edie!

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Cultured Expressions DIY Face Mask Video

These are not intended for hospital use necessarily, but for personal use. There are numerous tutorials, guidelines and opinions on the use of these masks…we encourage everyone to do some research on what will work best for you. Stay safe!!
***Note that in the video, after the pleats are sewn down on each short side, you should continue around the long edges of the mask as well. You can see this stitching in the photo above.  This will finish the edges nicely and close the open edge where you turned the mask inside out!! .
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Due to the demand, we’ll be creating a limited number o finished masks, beginning April 1. Be sure to follow us@culturedexpressions on IG and FB as well as Cultured Expressions!

Video Music by @ericparker20

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LisaOutdoorsCEHey everyone, and Happy 2020!  Welcome to a brand new year, the perfect time to hit the ground running ; )  I know many of you are engaged in your creative businesses, or planning to launch your business soon. Congratulations, that is Excellent!  And like some of the talented individuals I’ve helped over the years, you might feel as though you need some help focusing your business, whether it’s tightening up your actual creative techniques, getting over your Sewcrastination, or wanting some insight into marketing and developing your business  —  trust me, I get it!

www.artisanbusinesscoaching.com

With more creatives deciding to start or further develop their businesses than ever before, I decided to give more structure to the way I’ve been helping others.  So, in Fall 2019 I launched Artisan Business Coaching just for you!  With over 20 years growing the Cultured Expressions brand, and over 30 years in the sewing/quilting/craft industry altogether, I’ve experienced a lot, I’ve figured out a lot, and I’m still enjoying the journey!

If you feel YOU are at a point where you and your business can benefit from a coaching relationship, check out Artisan Business Coaching and complete the contact form online., or call me at 866-MUDCLOTH.

**** And as a New Year’s Get Busy bonus, I’m offering an extra bit of motivation: Sign on by January 31 and get 10% off Cultured Expressions products for the length of your coaching!  Just mention this blog post.

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Most of you regulars probably know I practice yoga, so I was thrilled when One Nest, the new yoga studio, opened just one block from my studio.  Even before Lisa (Sorensen) opened her space, we planned to collaborate on promotions and events, and this is our first:

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Invite you to enhance the Experience of your “Flow with Live African Percussion” by wearing Waistbeads you made yourself!

Join me at the Cultured Expressions studio in Rahway, NJ to make your own waistbeads, then wear them during the Flow on March 1!  We’ve addd two additional Waistbead workshop dates to our regular class schedule, especially for OneNest students:

Sunday Feb. 24  3-5pm  OR  Thursday Feb. 28   7:30-9:30pm

Cost:  $30 with Flow registration (or $35 without the Yoga class)

Learn about the cultural significance of waistbeads, why and how they are worn,  color selection and more. You’ll love wearing them every day!

Workshop includes instruction & materials for one strand.

Location:  Cultured Expressions Studio, 1417 Main St, Rahway, NJ

Register for the Yoga class first at OneNest Yoga, 1421 Irving St in Rahway, then sign up for your waistbead class at 866-MUDCLOTH (866-683-2568 and save $5. Or come by the CE studio to register in person – hours below.

Of course, I already registered for the Flow class at OneNest on March 1 – hope to see you there!! ; )

  

CE studio hours:  Wed 4-8pm, Thurs 12-6pm, Fri 12-6pm; Sat 10-6pm

 

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It hit me yesterday, standing in the kitchen.  This is 2019…and African Acents: Fabrics and Crafts to Decorate Your Home was published in 1999.  OMG, is it realy 20 years since I wrote my first book? My baby is 20 years old??  It took me several minutes and a glass of Gewurztraminer to process it.  The book that launched the Cultured Expressions brand. Wauw…

Thank you to everyone who bought the book, shared it, gave it as a gift or otherwise helped it to reach a second printing before it was “retired” by the publisher.   Here’s a little challenge to celebrate…

Dig out your copy and email a picture of you holding the book to info@CulturedExpressions.com.  We’ll pull random entries throughout the year to receive a $20 CE gift certificate!

And if you send a pic of a project you made from the book, you’ll be entered into a separate drawing for a $20 certificate PLUS a fabric prize!

 

The more entries we get, the more winners we’ll pull.  This should be fun… ; )

 

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Join me this summer in the cool Colorado mountains, August 7-11, 2019!

This SewJourn is designed as a classic retreat experience, set in a gorgeous mountain valley, about 45 minutes from Denver, CO.  Spend an  extended weekend fully immersed in your own sewing / quilting projects, and enjoy a trunk show presentation by our guest artist Valerie White.

We’ll also uncover a few of Denver’s best “CE-approved” specialty spots on our 1-day field trip. Think of it as a 5-day pajama party with like-minded sewing & quilting girlfriends!

We’ll share and enjoy our favorite wines all weekend as we stitch, including a guided tasting to help us pair wines not only with foods, but also with creative projects!   ; )  — lisa

Registration is open!

Get the Brochure and REGISTER TODAY!

 

 

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Hello Everyone!

I hope this post finds everyone ready for 2019, bcuz ready or not, here it is!  How did you do creatively in 2018?  Did you make time to sew, quilt or otherwise indulge your artistic side?  I hope so, and if not, we have a fresh new year to work with, so let’s look ahead with optimism and make the most of it!!

We’ll committed to doing our part here at CE to jumpstart your creative goals with a blog readers coupon – save 20% on your next online order of $20 or more when you use the code BLOG2019.   It’s valid now thru Saturday, Jan 5…

AND, speaking of “creative goals,” save the dates for our next Wine Lovers’ Quilt Retreat, in the sunny Colorado mountains, AUGUST 7-11, 2019.    ; )  Yes, a wine lovers’ quilt retreat, pairing our favorite varietals with our favorite African fabrics & inspiration, all in a semi-secluded retreat house in the mountains!  Watch for the brochure later this week via blog post and the CE newsletter,,,

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Hey Everyone!

As I promised last week while packing for Santa Fe, this week Cultured Expressions has some interesting specials, so you can stock up and stay busy while I prepare to leave town again (somebody has to do this backbreaking work…)

Cutting to the chase, enjoy these savings now thru Saturday, Sept 29 (in-studio), or Sunday, Sept 30 (online and Virtual visits).

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And please remember that we’ll be CLOSED Oct 14 thru 13, 2018.

The studio reopens with regular hours on Wed, Oct. 17 from 4-8pm, with our Winter workshop schedule.  We’re continuing with your favorite classes, and adding some exciting new ones, too!  Any requests??

 

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Finally, our permanent signage is installed and I love it!!  Now people (including those stopped at the red light right outside our door) will know exactly what’s going on here!  Thank you once again to the Rahway Chamber of Commerce for extending one of their first-ever business grants to Cultured Expressions, allowing us to redirect this precious funding elsewhere in the business ; )

So I’m just realizing that my messy cropping caught the very top of the sign…ugh!  rushing!  Will post a better one later but you get the idea, right? Better yet, come see it in person.  We’re serving mimosas and sparkling cider beginning at 12 noon tomorrow (Saturday, 9 June)!

By the way, this is Kamal, who owns Signarama in Kenilworth, NJ.  (In a prior life he was a leather handbag designer, so you know we bonded like THAT!  Planning to have him come and give a talk on handbag design, likely this fall… stay tuned.  Meanwhile, more pix from today…)

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Who’s ready to create some fun new pieces to wear, carry, or enjoy at home?   Our Spring/Summer schedule is here, and I think you’ll find something(s) of interest to spark your creativity ; )  If you’re in the vicinity of our Studio in Rahway, NJ, or your summer travels bring you close by, join us for a creativity break!

And if you see a class you like but your schedule doesn’t quite match ours, let me know – we’re flexible and will try to accommodate you on another date – even better, our custom dates are easier to arrange if you have a group of three or more.

Each project is completed in one session, from 2 hours to 5.5 hours, so if you’re traveling, consider booking two workshops to make the most of your time here.  Not only do we have a discount arranged with a beautiful new hotel one block away, there are also great restaurants and more within a couple of blocks, too!  So, review all of this season’s offerings, and contact us to register or get more information!

#1417mainstreet #RahwayNJ

 

 

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