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Happy Black Friday, everyone – we hope you’ll be scouting out the deals at local shops instead of waiting in long, crazy lines at the mall today!  And we hope even more that you’ll be joining us on Saturday, December 3rd at the Mayo Street Arts Center (10 Mayo St., Portland) to find some great, local products handmade (and hand selected) by your neighbors.

Today we feature pig + fish, the brainchild of Nanako O’Donnell and Deb Gill, two Mainers with a knack for stylish organization.  We were so excited when their application arrived in the mail – being able to bring these gorgeous key holders, clocks, bud vases and coat racks to Portland (even if just for a day) was too much to resist!

It's about time you bought this gorgeous clock from Pig + Fish - click to view listing!

The selection of colors, patterns, found imagery and clean lines in the items from pig+fish provide accents for any home.  Boy, oh boy, that clock up there would look great in my mustard yellow and rust orange living room.  Where would you put it?

Modern Wall-Mounted Flower Vases

Deb and Nanako wanted shoppers to be sure their flower vases are great pieces for your home all year round:  “Flower vases aren’t just for the summer – fresh flowers are welcome any time of year!  Our cheerful flower vases uplift year round.”

Who doesn't love airstreams?

And perhaps, most functionally, these key holders (which come in many patterns + colors) are a dream come true for someone like me – I think it’s genetic, but we are constantly losing our keys in my family.  If you have a gorgeous place to put them (like, say, the airstream key holder above or the bright and cheery one below) then how can you possibly resist putting them in the same place every time?  Favorite.

Gorgeous Colors/Lines for this one of a kind key holder!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all!  We are stuffed!  But not quite in the same way the goodies from Louisiana 1966 are… Julie Bailey brings us lots of funky, plushy goods at The Big Thaw on Saturday, December 3rd!  Take a peek:

Shirley the Sock Doll from Louisiana 1966

Bright colors and warm, handmade stitches are sure to warm up any winter night for your wee ones!  At $18, it’s quite a deal for a handmade plushy!

George the Sock Doll from Louisiana 1966

Polka dots and black for the kidzzz.

Messenger Bag in Brown by Louisiana 1966

Louisiana 1966 makes bags, too!

Ophelia the Sock Doll from Louisiana 1966

This one’s my favorite.  :)

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Hey, hey, Tuesday!  Thanksgiving is upon us and birds are on everyone’s brains (or tofurkies, or if you’re like my clan you’re thinking of a delicious brunch menu) but one person in particular, Sophia Sarno of Highwire Handmade, has birds on the brain all the time.  Hand painted, delicate little earrings, pendants, rings and more feature birds on wires, an iconic image familiar to everyone, everywhere… as long as the power lines are above ground.  Here are some goodies:

Birds on Wires Ring, $24 from Highwire Handmade

Hand Painted Stud Earrings, $35 from Highwire Handmade

Chevron Pendant, $32 from Highwire Handmade

Highwire Handmade will be sharing a space with IDILLARD, who makes painted home accessories with animals.  Stay tuned for a Vendor Spotlight on IDILLARD and start making your wish list now!

The Big Chill Arts, Crafts + Vintage Sale will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo Street from 10am-4pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Happy Sunday!  It’s a busy day in Big Chillville so we bring to you a quick snapshot of vendor Lori Dennis of Lofted Designs.  Lori couldn’t be with us for the Big Thaw in Spring so we’re super psyched she’ll be selling her silver necklaces, earrings, rings, dog tags and more at The Big Chill on Saturday, December 3rd at the Mayo Street Arts Center.  Without further ado:

Featherweight Hammered Earrings

Kinetic Ring with Rotating Wooden Finding

Peacock & Poppy Resin/Silver Necklace

Personalized Birthstone Necklaces

Veggie Resin/Silver Necklaces

 

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Tomtes!

Happy Friday, everyone!  Today we bring you MonkiVintage, an amazing selection of vintage Scandinavian and letterpress goodies and all kinds of great home decor.  We interviewed MonkiVintage and you can see their lovely responses below!

The Big Chill:  What’s the first sign of Winter, in your opinion?

MonkiVintage:  Snow!!  And leafless trees (and water views!)

TBC:  What items from your business will keep customers happy throughout O’, this dark and endless season?

MV:  All our items are vintage, most are one of a kind and our stock is continually changing.  Many of the items in the shop are selected for their happiness-inducing qualities!  At any given time we’ll have brightly colored Scandinavian enamelware like Cathrineholm and Finel, mid century ceramics like Bennington Potters and Glidden, or teak or brightly colored and whimsical “toys” and objets like Kay Bojesen monkeys, Hans Bolling ducks or Scandinavian style blocks.  We also carry a large inventory of vintage letterpress type that we sell in sets of cheery words and phrases like “be happy,” “you & me” or “I love you.”  We also offer custom type sets, so the winter weary can create a typographic reminder of whatever makes them happy, like the beach or sun or Bowser or wine or bacon art…

TBC:  What’s your favorite comfort food during those “Oh my Gosh, it’s 7 degrees out, I have to let the faucets drip all night and wear two pairs of socks in bed!!” days?

MV:  Gravy Danger from Silly’s in the East End.  70,000 calories of cheesy, salty, bacon-y comfort in a takeout tin.

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Oh, yes!  Living down the street from Silly’s is big trouble (and pretty awesome) in the middle of the winter – we totally know what you mean!  Come see MonkiVintage’s letterpress art, vintage home wares and mid-century goodness (and stop at Silly’s for lunch afterwards!) at The Big Chill arts, crafts and vintage sale on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am to 4pm.  Mayo Street Arts Center, 10 Mayo St., Portland, Maine.  Yeah!

Yngve Tjader Horse - Gorgeous!

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Evening Sun Ring by Sweet Sincerity

Ok, duders!  Time for some jewelry!  Surprisingly, we had very few jewelry applications this year.  One of them came from the wonderful Bethany of Sweet Sincerity jewelry, located way up there in Bangor, ME.  In advance:  thanks for driving down to see us, Bethany!!

The beadwork of earrings, bracelets and necklaces at Sweet Sincerity have always been fancy, ornate, and colorful – and just this year Bethany has been learning jewelry smithing, adding an entirely new dimension to the products she offers.  Sweet Sincerity is on Facebook – click here to go to the page and “like” it!

Bethany is intense, like the jewelry at Sweet Sincerity!

Bethany answered some of our “Big Chill” questions, here are her answers!:

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

Sweet Sincerity:  When I stop shaving my legs, comforted by the knowledge that they will not see the light of day for the next 7 months…

TBC:  What items from Sweet Sincerity will keep people happy throughout the dark days of winter?

SS:  I hope that the thought of the Sweet Sincerity Jewelry they know they are wearing somewhere under the layers of long johns, mittens, sweaters and scarves will warm their little hearts!

TBC:  What’s your favorite winter comfort food?

SS:  Tea and cream-filled cupcakes.  Or tequila.

Us, too!  Join Bethany from Sweet Sincerity for some salt, lime and tequila (ok, not really) at The Big Chill arts, crafts and vintage sale on Saturday, December 3rd at the Mayo Street Arts Center in Portland.  Yes!

Stellar Earrings from Sweet Sincerity

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It’s pretty cold out right now – and dark.  Very dark very early.  It’s a good thing our next vendor spotlight is on My Tattered Whimsies, owned and operated by Andra Johnson, who also happens to make the warmest + cutest ‘glittens’ this side of the North Pole.  (Yes, I know that that covers a lot of ground:  …they’re that good!)

See the happy pin cushion man? That could be you.

We met Andra for the first time as a vendor at The Big Thaw last April, and her selection of crocheted items, handmade jewelry and hair accessories has grown tenfold since then!  We’re loving the crackled, turquoise beads, rustic gingham fabrics and brassy chains she’s included in her work.

Likes: the color red, bobby pins, and anything that reminds me of going on a picnic.

So sweet!!  We asked Andra when she thought winter started, and when a shopper might be in need of some fingerless gloves for cold nights full of knitting, crafting, or just when you need a little extra warmth:

Well, it used to be that the first signs of winter were when the stores started putting out the fake plastic evergreens and bright, sparkly ornaments.  However, that seems to be starting before the tourists start heading home and the beaches are still packed.  So, I would say that winter officially starts in Maine when you have to dig the ice scrapers out of storage because defrosting the car just won’t cut it anymore.

I’ll say!  Although we know Mainers will stay at the beach well through September when they can, we couldn’t agree more about the obnoxious ‘early birding’ the big stores have been indulging in in past years.  That’s why we’re psyched The Chill is happen in December – when it’s officially O-K to think about ice scrapers, sparkly ornaments, the holidays, indulging yourself and your loved ones, and buying local and handmade!

Buy this gorgeous necklace in December!

In addition to My Tattered Whimsies, Andra is also a talented illustrator and painter and has items available from her shop, Andra’s Whimsies, which we will feature in the coming weeks.  Busy busy busy!

Come visit Andra at The Big Chill arts, crafts and vintage sale on Saturday, December 3rd, 10am to 4pm at Mayo Street Arts Center, 10 Mayo Street in Portland, Maine.  Wahoo!

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Homespun Wool from Upton Yarns

One of the really, really big things that got us started putting on The Big Thaw and The Big Chill was the real need for men and ladies of America to recapture handmade, homespun, locally sourced goods.  We’re constantly amazed at the mass production (and mass destruction) of wearables these days!  Yet, for some reason, that sweater my mother made me 10 years ago has had a prominent place in my closet (and a good deal of winter air time on my body).  I might kill a dude if I lost that sweater.  OK, probably not, but I’d cry really hard.  However – that sweater I bought from Target 6 months ago that’s already falling apart?  Yeah whatever, I might use it as a kitchen rag in a pinch.

So!  What’s my point?  My point is at the heart of making apparel and accessories that we need up here in the cold Northeast is yarn!  And even more importantly, yarn made from sheep that live in New England.  Sarah Lake from Upton Yarns will be joining us and selling handspun, hand-dyed wools that were made from sheep at Buckwheat Blossom Farm and other small ‘backyard mini-mills’ (which means more local, more cared for, and more humane!)  Put on some New England pride when you knit a cap made with these gorgeous skeins.

Lovely Red Hue of Coopworth from Upton Yarns

The folks from Upton Yarns had some lovely responses to an informal questionnaire we sent to all the vendors.  So!  I’d like to include these here in lieu of my gushing over how much better handspun wool is.  Just imagine me gushing in addition to reading what we’ve got below.

Green, too! I smell Christmas stockings... and they smell like balsam fir!

 The Big Chill:  What’s the first sign of Winter, in your opinion?

Upton Yarns:  The first lacy skim of ice across the top of puddles, implying that while winter isn’t quite here yet, it will be arriving very shortly.  Alternately, and far less picturesque, the day when we finally have to stop fooling ourselves that our windows have somehow become double paned over the summer, and we really do need to put plastic over them.

TBC:  What items from Upton Yarns will keep customers happy through this dark + endless season?

UY:  Yarn!  Winter is the season when one is meant to hunker down and knit with a few good friends and a cup of one’s favorite warm beverage.

TBC:  What’s your favorite comfort food during those “Oh my Gosh, it’s 7 degrees out, I have to let the faucets drip all night and wear two pairs of socks in bed!!” days?

UY:  Potato leek soup (my husband’s) with fresh baked sour dough bread (mine).  Pots and pots of tea.  Kale (odd, I know, but very tasty).

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Kindred spirits!  We’ll have to share our Portugese Kale + Chorizo soup recipe with Sarah when we meet!  And truly, we can’t wait to circle up with our friends and heat up a room with our coffees, teas and busy fingers.

Come meet Sarah of Upton Yarns + buy lots of wool at The Big Chill arts, crafts and vintage sale on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am-4pm at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St. in Portland, ME.  Love!

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Upcycled Vest from Mosey, $15, click to view listing!

Finally!  Something for the kiddos!  Mosey Handmade will be joining our vendors at The Big Chill with the upcycled clothes, felted hats, and Waldorf-inspired playthings that are the creations of Jes Anthonis, lady behind the magic.  Sometimes pictures speak more for these great items than my rambling can.  I’m feeling a little speechless at all this kiddie goodness, so let’s have a picture show:

Upcycled Felted Snails, $10 each

These funny little snails are so sweet, and a really creative use of extra sweater bits!

Learn to Count with Toadstools! $20 from Mosey Handmade

Learn to Count with Toadstools! $20 from Mosey Handmade

The bright colors and tactility of these natural counting mushrooms will make it fun for any little guy or lady to learn how to count!

Keeping Wee Ones Warm with Mosey Handmade!

We’re so excited that Jes will be joining us with the goods from Mosey Handmade, and she’ll be sharing a table with Elizabeth Miller of timblebee!  Mm!  2 for 1!  Click on the pictures to get links to the listings shown above so you can start picking out some supreme Santa gifts for little ones now!

Discovering Color

You can see the sweet, colorful goods from Mosey Handmade in person at The Big Chill arts, crafts and vintage sale on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 at The Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St. in Portland, Maine.  The sale will run from 10am to 4pm and features 30+ incredible local vendors!

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1950s Japanese Toy Car with Coffee Logo, $9.95, from {dwinal} on Etsy. Click to view listing!

Rise and shine, shoppers, and smell the (1950s Japanese, car-shaped) coffee!

Today’s vendor spotlight features the careful collection of Jennifer Collins of allsey and {dwinal}.  They’re actually two different things, so today we’re featuring {dwinal} and all it’s vintage glory.

JC’s got an extensive collection of house-shaped purses that are just about the sweetest things you can hope to find at a holiday sale.  I saw a Big Thaw customer walking away with a darling one last April, but no worries – there are still some left!  Here is a Big Chill favorite:

Click to view {dwinal} on Etsy: Wood Farm Purse, $52.

Jennifer knows it’s time to get ready for the Big Chill when there’s a layer of snow covering everything, which I’m personally hoping waits until Christmas Eve or thereabouts… but wouldn’t it be romantic if the snow was falling outside Mayo Street on December 3rd?  Mmm… pretty winter craft fair!

Just so that we’re not ending on a ‘thinking about layers of snow’ note, check out this vintage, tooled leather bag from {dwinal} that could totally be the feature on our next poster:

Tooled Leather Bag from {dwinal}, $95 on Etsy. Click to view listing!

Come meet Jennifer of {dwinal} on Saturday, December 3rd at the Mayo Street Arts Center, 10 Mayo Street, in Portland, Maine.  You won’t be disappointed!

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