Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - April 25, 2014

Crafty poet laureate plans Mother's Day event

Join her to make a gift and get a poem

Sandra Kay is donning three of her hats in preparation for Mother's Day: She is Pleasanton Poet Laureate; she is an employee at Rick's Picks on Main Street; and she is the founder of Mag Time Frames, "the world's first create-your-own magnetic home decor frames."

Kay said that while working at Rick's Picks, she often sees scrapbookers, crafters, art teachers and students looking for materials among the eclectic merchandize.

"I hear the desire for craft supplies from customers pretty regularly," Kay said. "Both the manager, Anne Jewett, and myself have a history teaching and working in the craft industry, so we've been encouraging the owner, Rick Hirshberg, to expand."

A new section of Arts & Crafts Supplies is opening at the shop in May, in addition to the selection of home decor, kitchenware, wall art, toys, candles, gifts and jewelry. To celebrate the addition, Rick's Picks is hosting a free Mother's Day Craft Party next weekend. People of all ages are invited to come create a gift with Kay and receive a poem for mom, from 1-5 p.m. May 3-4 at the shop at 719 Main St.

K & Company, EK Success, Martha Stewart, Me & My Big Ideas will be among the top brands carried at the store. As with all merchandize, they are generally overstock, close-outs or trade-show samples so are sold at substantial discounts.

"Rick is an awesome buyer," Kay said. "He's been in the industry a long time."

Plans for upcoming summer events include arts and crafts birthday parties, mother/daughter classes, girls night out craft parties and open space, materials and tools available for customers to create at will.

Appointments can be made for the Mother's Day Craft Party but walk-ins are also welcome, Kay said.

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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