Thursday, June 15, 2017

Daddy Daughter Dance + Make & Takes

Oh.  It's on.  That's right.  This Saturday is the 3rd Saturday of the month and that means a FREE make & take for you!  This Saturday's card is all about the dads and lots and lots of EMOJI LOVE 😍😜(the on trend line from Simple Stories...we've got lots of new items from that line including 12x12 sheets, kits, washi tape and more!).  Stop in anytime between 10am-2:30pm for a fun card for dad or anyone you have ♥ eyes for.  All ages welcome.

Daddy Daughter Dance - This Friday
Ok.  This is only THE cutest event ever.  Trevor and Julia have been going for years now....and I have been wanted to get a sneak peak at this exclusive event.  Well, I've finally got my in (yesssss!!!) The Paper Pickle will be running a few make and take tables.  The girls can make a special card for their dad and write a sweet message inside.  I believe tickets are still available but act quickly.  Tickets can be purchased at  or call 519-354-8338.  The event should be a sell out.  All proceeds go to The Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village.

Third Friday - Downtown Chatham
This Friday the downtown will be hopping with music and entertainment on the streets, late night shopping and more.  The Historic BIA started this event last year and it was great.  There was a brief break due to the poor weather in winter and spring but now it is back.  Strolls the streets from 5-8pm.  We have participated in all past events but however because we will need a crew at The Daddy Daughter Dance, we will have to pass this Friday.  Look for being open late in upcoming months.  Sorry to disappoint.

Hope you are enjoying the weather.  Summer is here!


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Retrofest 2017 - An EVENT Like No Other

44 Fourth Street - A HUB of creativity
Retrofest 2017.  It was perfect.  The weather.  The people.  The cars.  The energy.  It was all there.  
Lemonade Theme you say?  How will this truck do?
When it comes to anything my sister's and I do, we have to have a theme.  Gifts are always curated with a theme in mind.  When we do scrapbooking or wedding shows, there is always a theme.  Retrofest had to have a COOL theme.  Somehow Jen and I decided the theme for Retrofest 2017 had to be "lemonade".  So you could imaging my glee when Julia and I cruised up to the store first thing in the morning and I saw THE sweetest vintage canary yellow truck parked in front of OUR store!  Trust me.  This was not planned.  It was like the party planning Gods were smiling down on 44 Fourth Street last Saturday!
Lemonade + Vintage = Sweet FUN
Big details like the lemonade truck and small details like these paper lanterns in various shades of yellow make a theme come together.  Oh and did you notice our vintage girl in the window?  Of course our bike had to make an appearance.  Oh how I have missed her!

A successful event is ALL about the details.
One's party must have food and drink to match the theme.  I found these adorable sparkling lemonades by 7Up at the grocery store.  The retro style packaging got me.  Man, do I love when plans come together!
Float-style cupcakes 
Leave it to my sister and baker extraordinaire to create THE most perfect sweet delights to go with our theme.  
Homebaked Kitchen - This is how you nail lemonade themed sweet treats
Beautiful sugar cookies that were beyond words and "float style" lemonade cupcakes graced her counter in three lovely flavours:  raspberry, blueberry and peach.  They were a wow.  From the candied topper to the adorable little straw.  Jen's talent and creativity amaze me daily.

The cotton candy treat was well deserved
Anyone who hosts an event knows that much of the success is due to the people filling their duties during the event.  They must fill their roles with grace, professionalism and of course FUN!  This is why we brought in only THE sweetest girl around to help with the make and take.  I think she had over 70 people stop in to make a sweet card.  Have a look.....She is all smiles because she found cotton candy at Vickie's shop next door!

I must also give a shout out to my nephews who did an incredible job sampling and selling pickles.  They are business men in the making (just like their dad!).  I wish I had a photo to share.

Well that's a wrap.  Another Retrofest is in the books and I couldn't be more proud.  The Paper Pickle has brought so much joy to my life.  I am so happy to have such incredible support from family AND customers like you.  All I can say is thank you.  This is what keeps me going.  When life gives you lemons, I say make lemonade. ♥


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Friday, May 26, 2017

Retrofest - A FULL Line Up of FUN!

Oh it's here!  My favourite weekend of the year....RETROFEST!  Hop in the car and cruise to the downtown core where you will see Chatham at it's BEST.

Enjoy tax free savings on all items at The Pickle PLUS Homebaked Kitchen will be offering tax free savings on all her beautiful wares (sorry but baked goods are excluded).  The store is STOCKED and waiting for you to explore.  You should see the extra special treats Jen has prepared especially for you.

FREE Make & Take
We've got the sweetest little make and take card for you Saturday.  Join us between 10-3 and make this adorable card.  We are using the stamp set from Concord & 9th.  Work with those beautiful hands and feel like a kid again.  Or if you are a kid, show us what you've got!

Sugar Puff's Slime Launch Party
Well my little entrepreneur wanted to try her hand at a little business venture.  Welcome Sugar Puff's Slime!  Julia will be officially launching her slime business Saturday.

She has 6 beautiful pastel shades to share with you.  A nice size container for little and big hands alike is only $2.  Get it while you can!  For those of you who do not know, slime is taking the internet by storm.  You've got to check it out.

The Pickle Station - Pickle Sampling
The Pickle Station will be showcasing all 4 family members on Saturday at The Paper Pickle.  Become acquainted with Grandad, Mama, Baby and Papa!  We have brought these to our paper crafting shows and the attendees cannot get enough.  We have people driving across Ontario to get their hands on just one more jar!  Most of the time, they cannot even wait to get to their cars before they dig in.  Yes.  They are THAT good!

Phew!  We've got an incredible Retrofest planned for you.  Make 44 Fourth Street one of your go to stops!  Happy Retrofest everyone.  I don't think you will see me on roller skates this year, but who knows what fun I could get myself into. ♥


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-4pm (or later...just call to make sure we are still around 519-351-5220)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Retrofest - THIS Weekend. Be there!

Retrofest 2016 - Roller Skating Mama
Oh.  You know.  It's all happening.  It's all happening THIS weekend in my favourite town.  Chatham.  Retrofest weekend is upon us and I can't wait.  I had a little walk down memory lane before I wrote this post.  Have a little click on the left hand side of the blog under "labels" and then click "retrofest" if you want to go down that lane too.

You know I love to gush about how cool our downtown is and oh how Retrofest brings out the best in us!  If you have yet to visit Retrofest, this is THE year.  We are now in our 17th year so we must be doing something right.

It all begins with a cruise on Friday night and then hundreds and hundreds of vintage cars line the downtown streets Saturday from very early morning 'til dinner time.  It is a sight to be seen.

 Here is the cruise route Friday night.

As you can see there is a sweet line up of live music both Friday and Saturday.

Here's a little video I found telling you more about this incredible event.

You know we like to have a little fun at the store in celebration of Retrofest.  This Friday and Saturday, enjoy TAX FREE on the entire store.  Homebaked Kitchen is also offering TAX FREE on all beautiful items (excluding baked goods).

FREE Make & Take
We will also be having a FREE make and take all day.  Join us!  Julia is so excited to share her card with you.

The Pickle Station Samplings
We will have family from The Pickle Station sampling pickles.  I have heard from many pickle connoisseurs who say that The Pickle Station brand is the BEST they have EVER tried.  I may be a little biased, but I think so too!

Paper Pickle Fact #87 - Did you know that the Grandad character above is a cartoon drawing of my Grandfather, Norm who started the cucumber grading operations over 50 years ago.  It is so nice to know his spirit lives on through my families line of pickles!

Well  if this isn't enough to get you downtown Chatham this weekend, I don't know what else I can tell you.  Retrofest Chatham 2017.  Be there or be square.


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Make & Take THIS Saturday

Woot.  Woot.  The third Saturday of the month already?  Kick off the long weekend with us.  I promise you will have fun!  The free make and take runs from 10-2 and all ages and levels of crafter is welcome.  Hope to see you Saturday.


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Perfect day to be....

Oh my!  Look how little she looks here.
I found this photo of one of our smashing sessions from years ago.
Must have been when washi was just becoming all the rage....oh my!
Thank goodness each roll has something like 15m!  

CRAFTING of course!  I mean what else could you do?  Now don't tell me you're going to spend the day tackling a closet or junk drawer organization.  Spend some time for YOU.  Yes, you!  Being creative and working with your hands calms the soul and allows you to recharge for the week ahead.  

One of the pages from my first smash book where I included
products I love, beautiful stationery and more.
Did you know our neighbour (Lady Blackbird) carries
this gorgeous line of bath product.....oh how life can be so sweet.

My plan (once I am done at the store 10-3 just in case  you were wondering♥), is to work away on my SMASH Books (yes, plural).  I have a pretty box full of pretty clippings from my Real Simple magazine, concert stubs, stickers and more that are calling my name.  As much as I love gardening, I am thrilled to have this weekend for a little play time.  I think know I deserve it and you do too!


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Thursday, May 4, 2017

More Classes!

Oh wow!  I think you guys are excited for our classes.  I love it!  

There are still a few spots left in Debbie's Card Class and Hilary's card class....but not many.  Please call or stop in to reserve your spots. Details can be found on the post below (May 3).

Christy's watercolour classes have completely filled but never fear.  We have added a third date.  Please see below for details.

As promised, here are the details for Laura's 12x12 Scrapbooking Class:

Foil Scrapbooking Layout with Laura
Date:  Thursday, June 1
Time:  6-8pm
Cost:  $22+HST (includes a sweet gourmet treat from Homebaked Kitchen)
Required Supplies:  scissors, adhesive, 4x6 photo, paper trimmer

Here are the details in the artist's own words:

I know that foils and rub ons can be intimidating but they are so much fun to work with and create such a fabulous effect for your project! There are different title available - hope, family, dream, just to name a few! You get to choose your own!
Don't be intimidated by pattern on pattern - its fun!

And the set of foil lines finish it off!

Hope to see you there!

Watercolor Workshop with Christy
Date:  May 25 1-2pm  SOLD OUT
Date:  May 31 6-7pm  SOLD OUT

Well it is obvious that you like Christy just as much as I do!

You are in luck.  Christy has agreed to run a third class.  Join us!

NEW DATE:  June 7 from 6-7pm
Cost:  $18+HST (includes a sweet gourmet treat from Homebaked Kitchen)
Suggested Supplies:  a good water pen (Prima, koi, etc.)

This class will not last long.  Please call the store to register or stop in during store hours.


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

MAY Classes!

Hello everyone!

We have a wonderful offering of classes this month.  We have two card classes, one watercolour workshop and a scrapbooking class.  Have a look at the details below.  Treat yourself or a friend to some time doing what you love.....

Cards by Debbie
Beautiful cards with new and wonderful techniques!  Work with perfect pearls and multi stamping technique to create an elegant birthday card.  And have fun "playing" with Magenta's nuance powders to create a watercolour background like no other.  All levels welcome.  Join us!

Date:  Wednesday May 10th
Time:  1-3pm
Cost:  $18+hst (includes a sweet gourmet treat from Homebaked Kitchen)
Required Supplies: Adhesive, scissors

Cards by Hilary
The queen of technique is back with two new cards to wow you with.  This class is all about playing with product on watercolour paper to create backgrounds that are incredibly versatile and oh so fun!  Hilary will teach you her tips on these techniques using stencils, inks, stamps and more.

Date:  Wednesday, May 24
Time:  1-3pm
Cost:  $18 + HST (includes a sweet gourmet treat from Homebaked Kitchen)
Required Supplies:  scissors, adhesive

Whimsical Watercolour Flowers by Christy
Remember my friend Christy who is an artist and owned Dekoko's (the shop we once shared space with)?  Well I am thrilled to say that she is teaching at The Paper Pickle!  Oh how I have waited for this day.  Have a look at this gorgeous masterpiece that YOU will create using Prima's Watercolor Confections (which Christy LOVES by the way).  This will be a 6x6 watercolor piece that you can frame.  More of Christy's art can be viewed here.

Dates:  Thursday, May 25 from 1-2pm OR Wednesday, May 31 from 6-7pm
Cost:  $18+HST (includes a sweet gourmet treat from Homebaked Kitchen)
Required Supplies:  none
Suggested Supplies (please bring if you have but not required):  A good water brush (from Prima or Koi, etc.)

Scrapbooking with Laura
This class is in the works.....Please save the date for a single, 12x12 layout using foil on Thursday, June 1 from 6-8pm (Cost $22+HST).  Pre-registration is certainly welcomed and I will post the layout soon.

How to Register
You can register in person during store hours or call 519-351-5220.  Because seats are limited (6-12 per class depending on teacher), prepayment is required.  You can call in a credit card or pay during store hours.  All projects are at the store for viewing.  Trust me....they are all so gorgeous in person and my photography does them no justice.

Join us!  We would love to have you!


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Emoji Love & More

Simple Stories - Emoji Love
Page Flags
 Do you have a favourite tween/teen in your life that is crazy about emojis and unicorns and donuts?  Well I've got one of those (a tween who acts like a teen...Lord help me.) and she is going absolutely nuts for all the new product that is arriving at her mom's store, The Paper Pickle.
Emoji Love
Lines Journal
 And this product is not just for the youngins'.  This lined journal stole my heart.  It measures 5x8.25" so it is THE perfect size in my opinion.  Lots of room to write but not too bulky.
Emoji Love
Sticker Tablet
 The Emjoi Love Sticker Tablet is incredible.  The sheer number of stickers is amazing.  Perfect for cards, planners, layouts, you name it!
Emoji Love
Sticky Notes
Ok.  Check out the sticky notes.  The note with the little turd guy got a rise out of my kids.  It caught their eye and they quickly smiled and looked my way to see my reaction.  We had just had a big discussion about "that" word not being appropriate for kids.  Well.....maybe that one just has to go to work with mom!  Surely Trevor can't stay mad at me long with he sees the adorable, smiling turd.  Ha.

I have a customer who special orders from me and she often chooses items from Doodlebug.  This is a company that I sometimes forget about just given my addiction to more neutral colours but I am always pleasantly surprised when it arrives.  Their colours are so fresh and the designs are adorable and the quality is wonderful.  I think it is time to add more colour to my life.  My tween went bonkers for all of this!

There may be a few other items from Doodlebug in store now.  Why don't you come in and have a look?  The store is FULL of beautiful product right now.


PS...Any of you die hard Tim fans out there, will be thrilled to know that the Distress Oxide inks are beginning to arrive at The Paper Pickle.  We have 7 out of the 12 colours and we are impatiently waiting for the balance.  I have played a little and they are so fun.  You can use them like a regular stamp pad (I thought they stamped even better than the regular Distress Inks) but the real magic is when you "play".  Check out Jennifer McGuire's video.  She shows you how versatile these inks really are.

Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Free Make & Take

Hop on over to The Pickle for a FREE make and take. We are here until 3pm today. 


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Egg-citement is HERE

Adorable rubber stamp from Gourmet Stamps 
Easter is here and we have some beautiful products that any"bunny" would love.  Here are a few items that will bring a smile and encourage those creative minds!

Watercolour Pencils and Water Pens
These watercolour pencils tins are so beautiful and so easy to use.  You can use them with a standard brush with water or try our water pens seen here.  Just squeeze the sides and you have an amazing controlled flow.  Brilliant and SO fun for all ages!
Smash Books are BACK!
This is a product I have raved about for years and years.  I think I have about 4 books on the go.  You all know about the planner craze right?  Well these smashbooks were the quick and dirty style of scrapbooking before the planner revolution.  Go to your shoe box of ticket stubs and cards and "smash" them!  No complicated layouts to contemplate.....just wicked fun.  Best part?  They are less than $20 each.

Here is a photo of someone's smashbook that they shared online.  But I will have mine in the store this week so you can see what it is all about.  Jules and I have been smashing since December 2011.  Never have I seen a product that appeals to such a wide range of ages.  Tween, teen, mom, grandma....such fun!

Homebaked Kitchen's Sugar Cookies

So you know I like to gush about my sibling's talents, right?  Well check this girl out!  Jen blows me away with her attention to detail.  Incredible!  Side note....these will go FAST so pop in early so not to be disappointed.  

Easter Make & Take
Well how lucky is this?  The third Saturday of April just happens to be Easter weekend!  Stop in anytime between 10am-2pm this Saturday for a FREE make and take.  All ages welcome.  You know this HAS to be something adorable for Easter right?  Join us.  Julia and I would love to see you.

Another beautiful rubber stamp in store now!
So these are just a few of the incredible items you can find at 44 Fourth Street....the most creative address in the City of Chatham.  

"Hop" to see you soon!


Store Hours
Wed-Fri - 10am-5pm
Sat - 10am-3pm