May
23
5:30 PM17:30

Learn How to Indigo Dye - with Dana Hunt

Join us on 5/23 to learn how to Shibori indigo dye! In this class you will learn about the history of this type of dyeing, methods for binding the fabric to create patterns, and you will dye two custom tea towels to take home! Note: The dye used in this class is permanent, so please dress accordingly.

Please arrive at the bakery 15-20 minutes early if you want to pick up a treat or drink, we close at 5:30!

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May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Beginning Watercolor Class with Joan Jach

Come experiment with watercolor paints! This class is great for beginners and will be a pre-requisite if you'd like to take my more advanced classes in the future. We'll learn about mixing/layering colors, different brush strokes, the color wheel, shadows/highlights, and material choice. I'll provide paint, paper and brushes to use during the class and you get to take home your paintings. This gives each student the opportunity to work with the materials before deciding to purchase them. Children 8 and older are welcome to attend! I hope to see you there!

Your instructor for this workshop will be Joan Jach from Old Town Flowers. Joan is a flower farmer, herbalist and crafter with a keen interest in teaching folks how to bring more Nature, sustainablility and joy into their lives. She has taught classes for every age from kindergarden to college and really enjoys when students ask her questions!

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Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Ladies Drawing Night - July

Ladies. Drawing. Night. Need we say more?

JULY’S THEME: Beachside Life (octopuses, sand, swimming suits, etc.)

Bring your medium of choice and spend the evening being inspired by your fellow artist ladies. If you are in the mood to swap supplies, techniques, DO IT! This evening is dedicated to inspiration, camaraderie, and art. No experience is required for this workshop, however, this is a self-propelled evening - no instruction will be given. To learn more about Ladies Drawing Night, please visit: leahgoren.com/ldn

EVENT IS FREE, but is limited to the first 10 people that sign up. We have imposed a $5 registration fee for this event - your fee will be refunded the evening of the class if you show up. No refunds for cancellations or no-shows. One ticket a person. SIGN UP HERE.

The cafe closes at 5:30, please arrive early if you would like to grab a drink or treat before class.

If weather permits, this class will be held in our backyard!


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May
9
5:30 PM17:30

Creating and Herb Garden with Old Town Flowers

Herbs are an essential part of every garden. Culinary and medicinal herbs are easy to grow and dry for use all year long. This class will teach you how to choose and grow herbs for cooking, teas, drying and medicine making. We'll talk about perennial and annual herbs and the benefits of growing herbs next to vegetables and flowers. Join me for this FREE class and go home with an herb seedling for your garden! Limited to the first 20 people to sign up.

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May
2
5:30 PM17:30

Ladies Drawing Night!

Ladies. Drawing. Night. Need we say more?

THIS MONTH'S THEME: Flora and Fauna.

Bring your medium of choice and spend the evening being inspired by your fellow artist ladies. If you are in the mood to swap supplies, techniques, DO IT! This evening is dedicated to inspiration, camaraderie, and art. No experience is required for this workshop, however, this is a self-propelled evening - no instruction will be given.

EVENT IS FREE, but is limited to the first 20 people that sign up. SIGN UP HERE.

Please arrive 15-20 minutes early to grab a treat or drink - the cafe closes at 5:30.

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Apr
25
5:30 PM17:30

Container Gardening with Old Town Flowers

If you've ever wanted to garden but don't know where to start... If you garden but have recently moved to a small space with no lawn.... If you live in an apartment with only a balcony... This class is for you! Container gardening is a great way to grow veggies, herbs and ornamentals all in a small space. This class will teach you how to choose and take care of the plants you want in your container garden. Moveable, layered and focused. That's how I think about a container garden. Join me for this FREE class on 25 April 5:30-6:30. Everyone will leave with a plant that's perfect for a container garden! Liminted to the first 20 people to sign up.

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Apr
4
5:30 PM17:30

Crass Stitching at The Hop

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Learn to cross stitch with Crass Stitching!

In this two-part class, you will be given the materials and the instructions to create your own Crass Stitches! Please note that the 2 days of the event are 4/4 and 4/11 from 5:30-8:00. You will be supplied with the materials to create 2 complete pieces. 

In this class you will learn:

• how to read a cross stitch pattern

• what tools you need to create pieces on your own

• how to start and finish your project

• basic cross stitch stitches and techniques

The first class will show you the basics and get you started on your first project. Cross stitching can be time consuming, so you can take your project home to finish up the design for the second class. In the second class you will be shown how to finish your piece like a pro and we will learn some more complicated stitches. You will be able to select a second pattern and will go home with the materials to create another masterpiece on your own! 

All materials needed will be provided and are included in the class fee, including fabric, patterns, DMC embroidery floss, hoops, needles, and supplies to finish your hoop. 

Due to the content and complexity of the projects, this workshop should be for adults, 18 and up. All pastry purchases should be made prior to the class beginning, so come early!

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Mar
30
5:30 PM17:30

Brush Lettering For Beginners (March 30th!)

Bring a friend and learn the basics of Brush Lettering using brush pens and watercolors with The Simple Palette artist, Priscilla Putman!

We will start with learning basic brush strokes and practicing the brush lettered alphabet in a practice book, and end the class by learning to letter on a mini watercolor card for you to take home!

The cost of the class includes 2 hours of detailed instruction, and all the tools to start your brush lettering adventure! Each attendee will take home their own lettering practice booklet and brush lettering kit (worth over $40!), which includes a brush pen, specialty watercolor brush, watercolor paint set, an artist pencil & eraser, and a mini card from The Simple Palette - all in a beautiful canvas pouch!

*Please arrive a few minutes early if you would like to purchase a treat from the bakery before the class begins at 5:30!

**Tickets for our lettering events have previously SOLD OUT fast, so get your group together and claim your tickets in advance!

***This class is designed for adults, but mature students 14 and up would be welcome to attend - preferably with an accompanying adult. Please email Priscilla Putman at thesimplepalette.shop@gmail.com with questions about signing up a younger student!

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Mar
28
5:30 PM17:30

Flower Watercolor Class

Watercolors + Flowers = Colorful Creative Flow! I'm running this class again because we had so much fun in the first one! This class will focus on learning the basics of watercolor (washes, wet on wet, dry brush techniques etc.) and use them to create a flower design of your own. All supplies will be provided and students will take home a set of watercolors, two brushes, learning templates and 4 sheets of watercolor paper so you can practice at home! We will be taking our time and learning together so this class is perfect for beginners and kids.

Your instructor for this workshop will be Joan Jach from Old Town Flowers. Joan is a flower farmer and crafter with a keen interest in teaching folks how to bring more Nature, sustainablility and joy into their lives. She has taught classes for every age from kindergarden to college and really enjoys when students ask her questions!

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Mar
22
5:30 PM17:30

Brush Lettering For Beginners

Bring a friend and learn the basics of Brush Lettering using brush pens and watercolors with The Simple Palette artist, Priscilla Putman!

We will start with learning basic brush strokes and practicing the brush lettered alphabet in a practice book, and end the class by learning to letter on a mini watercolor card for you to take home!

The cost of the class includes 2 hours of detailed instruction, and all the tools to start your brush lettering adventure! Each attendee will take home their own lettering practice booklet and brush lettering kit (worth over $40!), which includes a brush pen, specialty watercolor brush, watercolor paint set, an artist pencil & eraser, and a mini card from The Simple Palette - all in a beautiful canvas pouch!

*Please arrive a few minutes early if you would like to purchase a treat from the bakery before the class begins at 5:30!

**Tickets for our lettering events have previously SOLD OUT fast, so get your group together and claim your tickets in advance!

***This class is designed for adults, but mature students 14 and up would be welcome to attend - preferably with an accompanying adult. Please email Priscilla Putman at thesimplepalette.shop@gmail.com with questions about signing up a younger student!

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Mar
14
5:30 PM17:30

Crepe Paper Flowers

In this class, we will learn the basics of crepe paper flower making! We will supply the paper, wire, glue and floral tape for you to make 3 or 4 flowers during this workshop (with plenty of paper to take home and experiment with!) Kids 10+ are welcome with parent. Sign up below!

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Feb
28
5:30 PM17:30

Succulent Terrarium

I'm offering another terrarium class because the first one was so much fun! Join me as we create a succulent terrarium complete with plants, rocks/crystals, and tiny figurines. All supplies provided and you get to take home a living centerpiece perfect for your office, kitchen, coffee table etc. We'll also cover succulent care, watering schedules and troubleshooting. This class will cheer up the end of winter by getting our hands dirty and planting a gorgeous terrarium that you can enjoy all year!

Kids are welcome with an adult to help them with their terrarium construction. If you have a special rock or figurine that you want to add, feel free to bring it!

Your instructor for this workshop will be Joan Jach from Old Town Flowers. Joan is a flower farmer and crafter with a keen interest in teaching folks how to bring more Nature, sustainablility and joy into their lives. She has taught classes for every age from kindergarten to college and really enjoys when students ask her questions!

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Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

Open Table for Brides with Kat

Hey there brides + grooms!!! February 23rd from 12-3pm we will be hosting an open table tasting event for you! During this time, you will have the opportunity to have a mini consultation with our bridal consultant Kat, try our mini bites + wedding cake flavors (champagne-champaign, chocolate and vanilla with icing options: vanilla, triple berry preserves, salted caramel) and hear more about the vendors we work with. BONUS: 10% total discount if you book and put deposit down that day!

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Feb
14
6:00 PM18:00

An Herbal Valentine

Celebrate Valentine's Day with your honey, bestie or treat yourself to some herbal LOVE! This class is designed to stimulate all of your senses using some familiar, and some not so familiar, herbs. We'll learn about herbal aphrodisiacs that you can taste, smell and feel while making something special to take home. You can create a customized massage oil OR a lavender eye pillow. All materials will be provided. In addition, I'll be serving chocolate herbal Zoom balls and a special Valentine's Day herbal tea! I hope to see you at this class and share the nourishing, heart-opening, energizing, power of herbs with YOU!

Your instructor for this workshop will be Joan Jach from Old Town Flowers. Joan is a flower farmer and crafter with a keen interest in teaching folks how to bring more Nature, sustainablility and joy into their lives. She has taught classes for every age from kindergarden to college and really enjoys when students ask her questions!

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Feb
13
1:00 PM13:00

POP-UP: Fresh Press

Treat your special galentine or valentine to something handmade with love! Fresh press will have a sale on handmade paper and cards. Get something special, or come stop by and learn about the ways we explore and enact the potential of regional sustainable agricultural fiber waste as paper and paper products. 

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Feb
8
5:30 PM17:30

Handmade Rubber Stamp Valentines

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Grab a friend and come join us for some carving and stamping fun. I will show you the basics of designing and carving your own rubber stamp and then guide you through the process of making your own Valentine cards, gift tags, or little prints. Each participant will get their own thick block of rubber to carve, six flat cards with envelopes, and a few blank gift tags. I will supply the carving tools, ink, and an assortment of my own little stamps to experiment with.

Instructor: Lisa Kesler Studio

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Jan
31
5:30 PM17:30

Essential Oils 101

Welcome to the world of essential oils! I've been using essential oils for the past 15 years in my home made beauty and cleaning products. A lot of people ask about essential oils: how to use them, how to make them and which ones are good for what? Essential oils are fun and easy to use while offering health benefits such as increased focus, enegy, relaxation, relief of asthma symptoms and so much more! But there are rules about using essential oils safely and wisely. We will explore both benefits and safety issues in this class as well as make an essential oil glass roll-on bottle to take home.

About the Instructor, Joan Jach from Old Town Flowers. Joan is a flower farmer and crafter with a keen interest in teaching folks how to bring more Nature, sustainablility and joy into their lives. She has taught classes for every age from kindergarden to college and really enjoys when students ask her questions!

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Dec
18
5:30 PM17:30

Christmas Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop

Christmas Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop - $45

Come make a Christmas centerpiece worthy of gracing your table for the Holidays! We'll be talking about structure, support and design as students create centerpieces using various materials. Evergreens, dried/fresh fruit, pine cones, berries, and some bling will be available as well as a base for each centerpiece. We'll listen to some Christmas carols and have jolly time!

Please come early to purchase your drinks and/or sweetie. Kids are welcome with an adult as a helper!

Your instructor for this workshop will be Joan Jach from Old Town Flowers. Joan is a flower farmer and crafter with a keen interest in teaching folks how to bring more Nature, sustainablility and joy into their lives. She has taught classes for every age from kindergarden to college and really enjoys when students ask her questions!

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Dec
13
5:30 PM17:30

Holiday Wreath Watercolor Workshop

During this shindig, we will create a floral holiday wreath painting! During class, we will create flora-like shapes that will be used in your painting and explore the use of acrylic-gouache paint and an ink pen to add details to wreath painting. For the class fee, you will take home a completed painting, paint, pilot pen and a paintbrush.

Kelly Hieronymus is a local artist and color enthusiast who has created a fun color-filled class to celebrate artists of all skill levels and ages. Kids 10+ are welcome to attend with a parent present. 

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Dec
10
3:35 PM15:35

Sugar Cookie Decorating!

Sugar Cookie Decorating! $10 - December 10th through the 14th and 17th through the 21st at 3:35 - .5 hours

Join us in decorating cookies! Each kid will be able to ice and decorate 6 cookies to take home. Space is limited to 10 kids a class- sign up in store today!

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Buttercream Piping 101
Dec
6
5:30 PM17:30

Buttercream Piping 101

Buttercream piping for beginners! 

Join Hopscotch in learning beginner piping techniques, color mixing, flavor additions, garnishing and recipe creation! 

You will be able to take home 6 decorated cupcakes, piping bags, and a tip set. 

Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. 

We will provide all tools and garnishes, and iced coffee and tea. Stop in early to grab another beverage or snack! 

This will be a reoccurring class and prerequisite for our next class: Cake decorating 101

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Nov
29
5:30 PM17:30

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Come make a holiday wreath with Old Town Flowers! This class is for anyone who loves the holidays and decorating with ingredients from Nature. 

All materials will be provided to create a lovely wreath to welcome the holiday season.  We'll use all natural and vintage supplies: evergreens, pinecones, berries, pods, bells, baubles and ribbons!  Treat and beverage from Hopscotch are provided as part of the class.  Kids welcome with the accompaniment of an adult.

Instructor Bio: Joan Jach of Old Town Flowers has been growing for markets in the CU area for the past 10 years.  She is a self-taught artist, dedicated gardener, avid reader and collector of hobbies.  Joan loves teaching and has a teaching degree in science but loves to teach all ages about nature, plants, rocks, art and herbal medicine.

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Nov
15
5:30 PM17:30

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Centerpiece

You've seen the cute pumpkin centerpiece photos in magazines and online, now you can make you own!  We'll be designing and filling a pumpkin with an array of succulents in every shape and color.  The centerpiece you create will be perfect for your Thanksgiving table!  And the succulents will last long after the holidays are over, giving you a perfect low-maintenance house/office plant.  A Hopscotch treat and beverage will be provided as part of this class. 

Instructor Bio: Joan Jach of Old Town Flowers has been growing for markets in the CU area for the past 10 years.  She is a self-taught artist, dedicated gardener, avid reader and collector of hobbies.  Joan loves teaching and has a teaching degree in science but loves to teach all ages about nature, plants, rocks, art and herbal medicine. 

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Nov
9
5:30 PM17:30

Brush Lettering Class with Simple Palette

She’s back! Priscilla will be joining us again with her Intro to Brush Lettering Class!

Bring a friend and learn the basics of Brush Lettering using brush pens and watercolors, with The Simple Palette artist, Priscilla Putman!

We will start with learning basic brush strokes and practicing the brush lettered alphabet, and end the class by lettering a quote on watercolor paper! Each attendee will take home their own lettering practice booklet and brush lettering kit - which includes a brush pen, specialty watercolor brush, watercolor paint set, an artist pencil and eraser!

*Make sure to buy a ticket in advance to reserve your spot! Stop in the shop prior to the class to browse and buy a treat or a drink, as they close at 5:30 for regular business. 

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Oct
26
5:00 PM17:00

Flower Painting with Joan

This class is for beginners as well as advanced watercolor artists. We'll learn the basics of painting with watercolor, one of the easiest, and most fun way to paint! All supplies are provided and you will take home a finished piece of artwork. Types of paint, brushes, and paper will be discussed as well as various techniques for painting with watercolors. We'll have fresh flowers from Old Town Flowers to inspire and guide your work! Join us for a fun and relaxing way to get creative with flowers and watercolors. Light snacks and beverages provided. Kids 10 and older are welcome to attend with an adult. Kids must have their own ticket. No refunds available.

About the teacher: Joan Jach is the owner of Old Town Flowers, a local, urban flower farm in Champaign. She is a self-taught artist with a background in science education. Joan has used watercolors since she was old enough to hold a paintbrush and thinks that painting with watercolors outside in Nature is the BEST!

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Oct
25
5:00 PM17:00

Paint with Words 1.0

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Paint with Words
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Nurture your creative soul and join artist Dana Overman for an evening of word inspiration and tap into a fun and creative way to explore how you can use words that paint a picture of colors and feeling.   

Dana believes that words are important part of our society, culture and community providing space to heal, encourage, celebrate, and connect people. 

During our evening we will:

Explore the beauty, power, joy of words through thought and writing exercises.

Begin to learn how to deconstruct some of the norms that keep us from unleashing our pose and poetry creativity. 

Tap into a creative muscle that can inspire us in our overall creative process.  

Class fee includes:

1 Hopscotch pastry

1 beautiful textile art journal created especially for this class

2 hours of sisterhood

Class is limited to 8.  

For all girls/women ages: 13 and above

Contact Dana Overman at danaovermanstudio@gmail.com for any questions you may have.  

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Moth Watercolor Workshop
Oct
18
5:00 PM17:00

Moth Watercolor Workshop

Moth’s are the new butterfly, duh - and should be celebrated! In this workshop we will be using a variety of techniques to achieve a cute watercolor painting of a moth. We will practice stencil making, sketching and painting in this class. No experience is required, just a love for moths!

Kelly Hieronymus is a local artist and color enthusiast who has created a fun color-filled class to celebrate artists of all skill levels and ages. Kids 10+ are welcome to attend with a parent present. Participants get a pastry of their choice!

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Oct
12
to Oct 13

POP-UP! Lumbering Behemoth

Our pal, Jim Standerfer is coming to Champaign to have a pop-up in the backyard of the shop! He creates unique, function-forward designs in furniture, lighting, housewares, and both commercial and residential spaces. Pieces will be available for purchase and we will be having a “Meet The Maker” Q&A Saturday afternoon at 3pm.

More about Jim: http://www.lumberingbehemoth.com/

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