Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Party Hat Giveaway



We've launched a new series of tutorials on our YouTube channel including this one by John McRae that teaches viewers how to make festive crepe paper party hats. To celebrate we are giving away two spots in his upcoming Party Hat class on May 1st from 6-8:30pm. Leave a comment on this post and we will pull names from a hat on March 1st.

If you'd like to read more about classes at Castle in the Air you can visit The Bold Italic where they've written a nice piece about taking a class with maestro John.

You can also visit our Pinterest board were we've collected all the DIY's and How-To's that use Castle materials into one spot!













March 1st update: Congratulations to Sarad, Frances Fernandez, and Tricia Stirling who won spots in our Paper Party Hat class! We are looking forward to having you in class! Please call the shop over the next couple of days (510.204.9801) to confirm your spot. A big THANK YOU to everyone who tried their luck. We are so happy to have so many folks enter the drawing and look forward to seeing many of you in future classes! 

35 comments:

laura r. said...

O please pick me!

Anonymous said...

Party hats- sounds like a blast! I would love to be entered in the drawing!
Thank you,
Curran

nocreamcorn said...

I love Castle in the Air and plan on taking the crepe paper flower class in April! The party hats class sounds like so much fun...I'm crossing my fingers!

Anonymous said...

What a cute and simple project--also easily adaptable for any occasion. Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
anthrospeak@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

A wonderful chapeau to wear to a party where you don't know anyone and you're a shy person.
Gail

Jim Kendall said...

I'm a now-amateur calligrapher. 30 years ago, for most of 5 years, I studied calligraphy at The Calligraphy Center on Cole St. in S.F. Those days a member of the Friends of Calligraphy; and when I moved to Berkeley for 2 yrs. I participated with Georgianna Greenwood in the the mailings of the Friends' newsletter (so long ago I can't recall what it was called). Thence, in L.A. for about 24 years I practiced as a free-lance calligrapher to the Beverly Hills cadre of entertainment people; mostly envelope-addressing,table-cards, occasionally asked to to the invitations, or broadsides/poems, etc. Now living in Kentfield, Marin County in a seniors' accommodation. I sometimes do personal Christmas cards; 2 yrs. ago that list was 86 cards, this year I made 3 dozen (nicer ones). I am a 24 year advanced Student of A Course in Miracles, which guideth my footsteps. It is good to see you are extant, and communicating Creativity.

Nysa said...

I've thoroughly enjoyed every class I've ever take at Castle in the Air and always get so much more than one should expect from a class.

Heidi said...

A party hats works in so many circumstances! Cleaning the house, reading the paper, going to a party, even. Please enter me in the drawing. And the Chronicle article was great!

kristin Shoemaker said...

Beautiful! I'd love to be entered in the giveaway.

Ruth in San Francisco said...

I love your shop, love your classes, your projects have even started appearing in my nightly dreams!

Unknown said...

I love your shop and your classes. I hope that I win the drawing. Thanks for the fun giveaway.

Mara said...

I would love to take a class with you.

Mara

Carolyn Robbins said...

What I love to find in Castles in the Air, is the unexpected. Last time I was in, there was a little dish with bronze vintage cording, in several metallic colors, behind the front desk. It would have been easy to miss but with the exception of my wandering eyes. I couldn't help imagine what fun I could have with this cord, although I wasn't actually sure how. since purchasing one little bundle, I started to paint 1" wooden beads like small planets and what I call galaxy balls with deep blue dyes and bronze leaf paints.
That's what I love about dropping by. Im insured of getting all fired up about something!

Stephanie Rigsby said...

how fun! i'd love to participate! please drop my name in that party hat!

Laurence said...

I love everthing that happens over there! And now a sweepstake? How fun!

Anonymous said...

john mcrae is so talented and castle in the air is so magical. oh for a opportunity to be mesmerized by john's wonderful skills and imagination would be "over the moon".

lana kloch

Anonymous said...

A party hat to wear to a Castle or Downton abbey gee I would love it.nan

Jessie B. said...

I would love to take another class with John! Thanks for the giveaway!

phoebed said...

How incredibly fun. Everything that John teaches is a wonderful surprise.

Bev Burke said...

Oh I am excited to see you have a blog-I will be following avidly-I love your store!!

Anonymous said...

Tooo much fun! Do enter me in your contest.
Fingers crossed....

sarad said...

oh oh pick me please. i love paper hats and hats

Anonymous said...

Castle in the air has the best classes I've ever been to. Right now I've been given a box of old crepe paper sheets. So old they have faded and water-stained edges, but I suspect they will make stunning crepe paper items like hats and flowers.

Lorelei Moon said...

Delightful when something so stunning and whimsical can be made so simply! This hat is a good excuse to throw a party! Would love to take this class!

Charlene McNally said...

yes, please. I would love to make party hats in your enchanting shop.

korDeco said...

I just love your store..it is truly magical! Please enter me into the drawing! Thank you.

Miss Valentine said...

Joys delights and trims, O my!

tricia stirling said...

gorgeous and magical. thank you for the chance to win!

Julie said...

Very Nice! Thanks for making these types of instruction available, and love that your host is super concise! fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I love this party hat idea. I am having an Easter brunch and I might just craft up a bunch of these for my guests. It always is the small touches that make a party!

Anonymous said...

A wonderful class + a wonderful store = happiness. I hope I win! Karen E

K. Krause said...

I've often envied the English simply for their devoted seriousness in donning amusing paper party hats for Christmas. Seems the festivity in the air brightens when people pop on a crepe paper chapeau! I've made several as gifts during the holidays, and made a few parties brighter because of them, but my fledgling skills could use a good polishing. There's more than meets the eye in the creation of a good meaning hat. Oh Castle sprites... please guide my entry to a spot in the class!

Auntie Cake said...

Thanks for the tutorial and the pinterest advice, these are adorable!
Kate

Frances Fernandez said...

"Party Hat Giveaway"
I have been visiting beautiful Castle in the Air for years and have always wanted to take a class..."I'm wishing on a star!"
Thank you-Frances

Castle in the Air said...

Today is the big day! We got a little carried away with picking names out of the hat and picked 3(instead of 2!). Congratulations to Tricia Stirling, Sarad, and Frances Fernandez. If you three luckies could please call the shop at 510.204.9801 during the next couple of days to confirm your spot we will be thrilled to have you in class!