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Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

Creative Arts

10 Handmade Holiday Cards


with Faith Garnett

Calendar Nov 2, 2019 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

In four hours, with a break for lunch, make 10 unique cards using techniques such as stamping, embossing, die cuts, fancy folds and more. Bring a lunch/beverage. Registration closes 10/31.

Required: Suggested adhesive: Scor-Tape, two sided tape, Tombow white glue or a tape runner (called a snail).

“Had a lot of fun creating cards, great teacher!” - J. DeRoche

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009 and is passionate about paper crafts of all varieties. She has sold her original greeting cards at many craft fairs and has her own space at Seacoast Crafters in Somersworth, New Hampshire.

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12 Sprays of Christmas


with Jennifer Greiner

Calendar Dec 12, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Ah the holiday aromas of spiced apple cider, peppermint and pine trees! Scented candles, plug-ins and other odor-masking sprays can be harmful to your health. Save money, reduce your home’s chemical load and have fun making your own natural air fresheners with essential oils. They will provide the perfect vibe while keeping your home smelling lovely for the holidays and are chemical-free! Explore essential oils and other nontoxic options while making two sprays to take home just in time for the holidays - all while sipping a delicious Time & Tide beverage included in the course fee!

Jennifer Greiner of Green Thinking uses a unique approach of professional counseling and essential oil wellness to integrate alternative, natural methods into your health & lifestyle.

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Beer Glass Succulent Garden


with Dalton Link

Calendar Oct 30, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

at Banded Brewing

Create one-of-a-kind succulent gardens in beer glassware. Learn the planting techniques to make and maintain a healthy, open terrarium. Tuition includes one 8 oz beverage and all the supplies needed to create a beautiful beer glass garden. Tuition includes materials.

“Very informative and I enjoyed it very much. It’s a great way to disconnect from daily stuff and use some creative energy!” - J. LaBelle

Dalton Link is a body care and vitamin specialist at Whole Foods Market in Portland, ME; as well as a burgeoning botanist with interests in mini cacti & succulents, urban farming, terrariums and bonsai trees.

Brushes & Brews


with Victoria Gordon

Calendar Nov 5, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Painting Snacks & Sips

Using a grid or transfer method, paint a realistic and colorful pop-art depiction of your favorite food or drink with acrylic on canvas. Bring an 8x11 print of the subject you’d like to paint along with your apron. All levels welcome. One 8 oz. beverage included in tuition.

Tory Gordon is a watercolor and pen and ink artist. Her art is Inspired by people, places and things and expresses itself in a fluid style. She believes everyone has an artist within waiting to express itself in beautiful, surprising ways.

Crochet Basics


with Meleena Erikson

Calendar Oct 21, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Get started with an overview of basic stitches including chain, turning, single and double crochet. Learn techniques to complete a basic blanket started in class.

Meleena Erikson, crocheting for 15+ years, currently sells the items she creates in her Etsy shop. She has more than 10 years of experience teaching college and adult education courses.

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DIY Aromatherapy Shower Steamers


with Kristen Bartlett

Calendar Dec 8, 2019 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Learn to make tablets that dissolve in water and give off a soothing blend of aromas that will take your showers to a whole new level! From uplifting to energizing, to clearing your sinuses - create an essential oil blend that is perfect for you. Leave with several aromatherapy shower steamers you can gift or indulge in yourself.

Required: Bring an apron, two 2-Qt size (or larger) mixing bowls, a whisk or dinner fork, a mini or standard muffin pan and a set of measuring cups.

Kristen Bartlett was exposed to art at a very early age, inspiring her lifelong creative path with schooling in drawing, oil painting, graphic design and photography. Her current loves are mixed media collage, oil painting, Japanese shibori dyeing, chunky knitting and DIY body products.

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DIY Lighted Constellation Canvas


with Sarah deGrandis

Calendar Dec 9, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Star Light, Star Bright!

Create a lovely night sky-inspired piece of wall art using simple materials. This project is easily customizable using your favorite constellations and creates a beautiful glow in your home and makes a great gift! Leave with a 12 x 12 lighted constellation canvas ready to hang on the wall!

Sarah deGrandis, BFA in New Media from ME College of Art, is a formally-trained artist and longtime crafter who knows a little bit about a lot of things. She is passionate about learning different crafts and using modern, fun takes on traditional techniques.

Folk Art Rug Hooking


with Janet Conner, BS

Calendar Nov 16, 2019 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Low-tech, simple and lots of fun!Easily incorporate rovings, hand-spun and commercial yarns, felting techniques and embellishments after mastering the basics. Learn rug hooking from start to finish with every step demonstrated. Discuss the history and tradition of primitive rug hooking, learn about finding and preparing materials and research sources for design inspiration. Choose a small mat or chair pad from a variety of simple kits which include everything: hook, instructions, binding, burlap, hoop and a selection of one-of- a-kind heirloom and hand-dyed wools ($41-$60, payable to instructor in class).

Note: Review the designs/kits at and email the instructor,, specifying your choice(s).

Required: Bring a bag lunch and sharp fabric scissors, if you have some.

“She is a wealth of information and is wonderfully passionate about her craft. Love her classes.” - D. Graham

“This is my 3rd Janet Connor course. She just keeps bringing me back - personality, energy and a wealth of information.” - C. Gomberg

Janet Conner, BS in Art Education from Moore College of Art and Design in PA, is a member of the Saco Valley Fiber Artists, exhibits regionally and at Maine Fiber Arts Center. She has been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine and Finishing Hooked Rugs. Janet published a book on important collectible and antique rugs and teaches throughout the US and internationally.

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