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Barn Owl on reclaimed Maine barnwood by Mermaid Meadow, a Big Chill vendor!

As promised, the December 2012 Big Chill vendors are posted here!  And we couldn’t be happier.  We saw a lot of familiar names coming in the mail along with a host of fresh, new applicants to The Big Chill.  We’re so psyched to bring you all this good art just in time for the gift-giving-season!

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David Jacobson of David Jacobson Glass

Ok, fabulous artists and crafters!  Our deadline for applications in our hands is Wednesday, October 31st so make sure you send in your applications ASAP!  Also, please feel free to leave your application in our mailbox if you’re local.  We’ll have our vendors announced on November 1st so you don’t want to be late!

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It’s official!  The 2012 Big Thaw vendors have been announced and listed right here.  Before you get going browsing these talented people while you should be doing real work at your desk (guilty as charged) I’d like to let y’all know that each vendor is featured once on the blog between now and the Big Thaw (Saturday, May 12 – the day before Mother’s Day!)

If you enter your email and click ‘Sign me up!’ at the bar on the right hand side you won’t miss a thing.  We promise to pack the spotlights full of big, beautiful pictures and not too much of the babbling.

Like what you see in the collage above?  The vendors (from left to right, top to bottom) are:    Bowerbird Handmade, Judy B Designs, Kris Johnsen, One Woman Studio, Meagan Anderson, Lilleputt Studio, Makings of Shanna Tice, Lillianka and Lofted Designs.

Get excited, Portland, Spring is coming soon!

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The Big Thaw will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 10am-4pm at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St. in Portland, ME.  Can’t wait to see you there!  It’s the day before Mother’s Day – hard to forget!

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Yes.  It’s here!  Kris Johnsen and Meagan Anderson have done it again:  The Big Thaw 2012 poster is here.  Printing commences and soon you’ll be seeing these beautiful posters all over Portland.  Prints will be available for sale online (TBA) as well as at The Big Thaw on Saturday, May 12th (the day before Mother’s Day) from 10-4pm at the Mayo Street Arts Center, 10 Mayo St. in Portland, ME.

Vendors have been selected and we will be posting the list for your enjoyment very, very soon.  Between now and May we will have frequent features to show you all the amazing talent we are hosting!  Now off to enjoy this sweltering March evening…  Thaw, indeed!

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Hi, all!  Just a reminder that applications close in one week – yikes!!  So if you’ve been meaning to pop yours in the post – now’s the time!  Click the ‘apply’ tab at the top of the page to download the application and directions  in .pdf form.

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White Shell Valentine from Quercus Design, Big Thaw alum

Good morning, internet!  We were browsing new work from past Big Thaw vendors and saw the above from Quercus Design, based out of Bar Harbor, Maine.  Jennifer Booher of Q.D. was a vendor at the inaugural Big Thaw last April, 2011 at Mayo Street Arts.  Beautiful work, Jennifer!

There have been some questions regarding applications, so let’s go over them here so everyone’s in-the-know!

1.  Yes, you can submit your payment for the vendor fee via Paypal.  Please email me at thebigthawportland [at] gmail dot com for how to do this.

2.  Yes, you can email your application if that is easiest for you!

3.  The original .pdf we put up didn’t have the mailing address for applications:  woops.  Problem solved!  But if you are wondering, all application documents are now correct with all the information you’ll need.

4.  Yes, we love help where future vendors can offer it!  Because The Big Thaw is organized on a shoestring budget (vendor fees basically cover the venue and our beautiful posters) help in any form is greatly appreciated:  marketing, hanging posters, photographs of the event for future marketing, connections at local businesses where we can put our posters in ‘prime’ locations, newspaper features, tv interviews, knighthood by Queen Elizabeth, you know — that stuff.

So exciting!  The Big Thaw will be happening on Saturday, May 12, 2012 (which is the day before Mother’s Day) so we are hopeful for a big shopping day of children, big and small, young and old finding the perfect something for their Mama.  Thanks to everyone who’s applied already, and for everyone else:  keep those applications coming in!

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Copper Heart Necklace from Rough Magic Creations, $45.00. Click for listing!

Oh, good!  In a surprisingly easy technological effort of composing the application, waving my magical .pdf wand and uploading it to wordpress:  applications are here, and five hours before deadline!

If you’d like to visit the application page, click here.

Or if you want to cut through the red tape, just click here to download the application..

Applications will be open from Wednesday, February 1st through Wednesday, February 29th.  Space is limited and we try to accommodate as many applicants as possible by working together!  We love shared tables (got a crafty friend?) and we try to consider all factors when planning the line-up/layout of the event.  Please contact Audrey at:  thebigthawportland at gmail dot com if you have any detailed questions.

The Big Thaw will be held at the Mayo Street Arts Center, as always, with a wine, beer and snack bar and local music sounding from the rafters.  Yayyy!  We can’t wait!

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Rustic Love from Little Eye

Last day of January!  Guess it’s time we start rolling out the applications and gearing up for The Big Thaw on Saturday, May 12th from 10am to 4pm.  We’ll be setting up shop at the Mayo Street Arts Center again, and we can’t wait to see you all there!  It’s the day before Mother’s Day, which we think is particularly auspicious.  We’re hoping the flowers will be popping their heads out of the ground by then, and by waiting a bit longer in to May hopefully it won’t be as chilly as last year’s Thaw!  ;)

Applications will be up on the website by tomorrow at the latest, and we will be accepting them from February 1st through the 29th.  Yes!

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Salvaged Material Canvas Backpack by Dappermonkey

We’ve already brought you the great finds from Monkivintage, today we introduce another Big Chill monkey, the creations of Jared Desimio at Dappermonkey.  High school teacher by day, sewing master by night and vintage-awesomeness seeker on the weekends.  Or, at least we’re presuming from the rustic, rugged and functional finds in his Etsy shop.

MASH Tee - Our favorite was Hunnicutt!

We know you’ll find something you love if you even have the remotest inkling of how badass lumberjacks, woodsmen and Mainers are.  We suggest stuffing a couple extra $20s in your wallet before you come to The Chill, just for this greatness alone.

Canvas Tote, Small, Made of Recycled Materials by dappermonkey

And just in case those photographs and descriptions weren’t enough to entice you, when we asked Jared what his favorite winter comfort food was he responded:  “Buttery grilled cheese with chunky tomato soup and a bold, red wine.”  Yes, Jared, me too!

Come visit dappermonkey and all the other great vendors at The Big Chill Arts, Crafts and Vintage Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am to 4pm at Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street, in Portland, Maine.  Yahoo!

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"Eat Your Weeds" say the good folks at Herbal Revolution!

Sunday, Sunday!  And less than a week to go before The Big Chill!  Yay!  Today we’re learning about Kathi Langelier and her two ventures, Herbal Revolution and Three Roasted Beets.  I can say with personal experience that the homegrown + foraged personal wellness products from Herbal Revolution are amazing.  Plus, while you’re dropping them in your tea, rubbing them on your face, sore muscles, or whatever you can think of her wandering the woods outside of Lincolnville looking for just the perfect twigs and roots to help your skin, aches and pains, attitude and more.

The Big Chill:  What is the first sign of winter, in your opinion?

Herbal Revolution:  When the tip of my nose is cold all the time.  When the ground is hard to dig in to.  When I am ready for bed by 7:30.  And my favorite first sign of winter is the first real blizzard of the season.

Don't pretend like you don't need stress relief this time of year. Herbal Revolution's tinctures can be added to water or tea to provide support where you need it!

TBC:  What items from your business will keep customers happy + warm all winter long?

Herbal Revolution:  There are plenty of herbal products to keep everyone in the family happy throughout the winter months.  We have tinctures, elixirs and teas that will keep the immune system boosted, the nervous system uplifted and cheery and the respiratory system supported.

We have some great lotions, cream and oils to keep the skin moisturized and nourished during these drier months.

Lastly, we also have some great knit and felted wear.  Arm warmers, cowls, scarves, shrugs and wraps.  Plenty of warm wool to keep everyone warm and cozy throughout the chilly months!

Better than Botox by Herbal Revolution - From personal experience, I can say this freshens and tightens skin without leaving you looking like a cat in a wind tunnel! Definitely better than botox. :)

TBC:  What’s your favorite comfort food in the dark of winter?

Herbal Revolution:  Roasted tomato and red pepper soup with a fresh mozzarella, red onion and kale sandwich.  Warm gingerbread or ginger snap cookies with fresh whip cream  And I am a serious sucker for smart puffs cheese puffs as a snack, … oh, and how could I forget a Rogue Chocolate Stout beer to top it all off!?

Wow!  Thank you, Kathi, for your thorough replies.  We’re excited Herbal Revolution and Three Roasted Beets will be joining us on Saturday, December 3rd at Mayo Street Arts Center (10 Mayo St., Portland) from 10am to 4pm.  WoohoO!

Herbal Icy Hot from Herbal Revolution - Amazing muscle relief tested here at the Big Chill labs!

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