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Good afternoon, everyone!  What with drawing up the floor plan, the systematic poster-ing of Greater Portland, and all kinds of press shenanigans (good ones) going on you can imagine I’ve been a little strapped for time.  Luckily!  The Herbal Revolution, owned by herbalist Kathi Langelier, is a company I’ve written about before after purchasing a number of Kathi’s products.  So without further ado, the Herbal Revolution product review (first published on my Little Eye Designs blog):

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I first met Kathi at the Handmade Holiday Fair in Biddeford in December.  We joked about how it’s always so expensive to travel in state and have to stay in a hotel if you want to be somewhere longer than just a day trip.  Then we volunteered each other our ‘spare spaces’ in our houses whenever one was longing for a change of scenery.

While I’m a ‘city girl,’ The Herbal Revolution quite naturally has its home in Lincolnville, ME, where excellent things grow in gardens and forests.  Kathi harvests and forages the herbs and plants needed for her products and makes good use of them without gross chemicals or stuff that makes my skin all red.

Better Than Botox in Action!

The first product I bought from Kathi was the Better Than Botox clay mask ($9) which is more than a bang for your buck.  The jar itself is pretty sizable, but the contents are powder, not pre-mixed, so by adding your own water (or yogurt, lemon juice, tomato juice or whatever else works for you) you can get the consistency and longevity out of BTB that you’d like.  Above is a picture of me looking so excited for how great my skin would feel in a little bit.  The kelp powder tingles as there is mint and rosemary mixed in the clay and it has a very light, pleasant smell.  The mask also includes nutritional yeast for acne prone skin (that’s me!)  When I wash it off my face feels younger, fresher, and definitely more firm.  Yay to 10 minute, natural face lifts.

After making some Etsy sales last week and a Paypal balance burning a hole in my pocket I revisited The Herbal Revolution as a repeat customer.  I bought a St. John’s Wort oil (for pain relief in my bum!  Sciatica boo, herbal remedies yay) and a small pot of Rose Lotion.

The Rose Lotion ($8) is light and smells exactly like you want it to.  Feminine, breezy and subtle.  The lotion itself is not pink, but a buttery yellow and that’s super refreshing.  Not all roses are pink, people!  And I don’t need any dye in my product to make me more convinced it has roses in it.  Kathi done good.  This little pot is portable and a tiny bit goes a long way (like a pea size for my whole face or two pea sizes for my leathery old man hands).

Kathi recommends using the St. John’s Wort oil ($12) with her St. John’s Wort tincture ($11)which (Thanks, Kathi!) she sent me as a special gift in my package.  Although it tastes herb-y I mix the tincture (20-30 drops) in green tea and apply the St. John’s Wort Oil to my rear end which, for any of you who know me, is constantly ache-y.  I’ve recently begun massage therapy and am retraining myself to sleep in a proper position but the St. John’s Wort battery combining forces with a heating pad don’t hurt, either!

St. John’s Wort is also indicated for depression.  Mainers, I’m looking at you.  It’s been freezing cold for near three months now, fresh snowfall has lost its nostalgic charm and we’re playing the ‘can we make it to April with that much heating oil?’ game.  So:  you’re depressed.  Even if you don’t admit it I know you’re climbing in to bed with a book at 7pm and snoozing by 8.  I know you’re ordering delivery for the second time this week and it isn’t even Wednesday.  Depression has many relievers – this just happens to be my favorite one right now!  Also look at my awesome teacup in that picture up there.

The St. John’s Wort Oil is distinctly herby but the odor is only apparent when you stick the vial up your nose (don’t do that).  Plus, after a few days the aroma is actually growing on me!

Babies and Springtime are the best.

I’m really quite psyched to have found something natural (and effective) right here in our home state.  Kathi’s products leave my skin feeling great and my derriere comfortably soothed.  I’ve got my eye on Calendula Oil next because I don’t think there is much of anything in this world that is more soothing than calendula.  Maybe it’s because all our Mommies used it on us as babies.  Maybe it’s because it smells distinctly and undeniably like Spring.  Either way you slice it, you’ll be hearing from me soon, lady.

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It should be added that Kathi from The Herbal Revolution has begun an herbal CSA – for a flat, one time fee you will receive monthly products from THR… just like a farmer’s market, but for your face/hands/body instead of your table!  Send her a message from her Etsy shop to find out more.

The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 16th from 10am to 4pm at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St in Portland.  We can’t wait!

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“One thing I learned at an early age from my Dad, was to look up when you walk. So I do. That’s when I find birds and wires, open skies, clouds and lots of inspiration.” –Sophia Sarno.

Highwire Handmade

And isn’t that the truth?  The simple and striking designs from Highwire Handmade reflect this early training in such a universal way that her designs are timeless.  Pale sunsets with the stark, graphic outline of little birds on the line are something that everyone, everywhere can relate to.

When I asked Sophia what was new with her product line for Spring 2011 (and for all you lovely customers the day of The BIG THAW!) she said she’s been experimenting with plated and .925 sterling silver in her pendants.

Heart Pendant from Highwire Handmade

The precious little paintings are available at Highwire Handmade’s online Etsy shop, but you can also pick up a piece of wearable art at The BIG THAW on Saturday, April 16th at Mayo Street Arts.  We’re so pleased that Sophia (and the other vendor sharing the table with her, Isabelle Dillard) heard about The THAW via the Etsy Maine Team online forum and decided to join us!

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Whew!  What a day.  Three vendor spotlights, a new record.  Now it’s time to talk about Glorijane Winslow of Etsy shop:  Glorijane.

Glorijane on Etsy

Glorijane’s new motto is:  “Dare to be Chunky!” — covetable, substantial buttons linked together with lighthearted little seed beads make great arm candy for vintage lovers everywhere.  All of the buttons in Glorijane’s collection are over 35 years old and in excellent condition.  Unique, one of a kind bracelets for you, no two are the same!

"A Little History" by Glorijane

If you have a stack of buttons or a sweater from your great grandmother coming apart at the seams but want to save the buttons Glorijane loves custom work.

In addition to being a creative lady herself, Glorijane is the wife of Stephen Winslow of Flat Out Tees.  The two will be sharing a space at The BIG THAW on Saturday, April 16th at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St., 10am-4pm.  We hope to see you there!

Salvaged Find by Glorijane on Etsy

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Flat Out Tees by Stephen Winslow

Saturday!  Sunshine, not-too-freezing temps and a run of vendor spotlights on The BIG THAW Blog to show you all the fantastic sellers who will be with us on Saturday, April 16th at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St. in Portland!  Seeing as we have more vendors than days left before The Thaw I’ve really got to get cracking!

Speaking of cracking up, this feature is of Stephen Winslow of Flat Out Tees, a freaking genius of shirts that make you go ‘What the…?” or “LOL.”

Rock On.

While we’ve picked out our favorites for this feature, you really gotta get over to FOT’s Etsy shop to check out all the designs he has up so far — good news, though, for all you absurdists out there:  Stephen is open to custom work so if you have an idea for a t-shirt and would like someone to make it for you he’s your man.

Ninja Tee by Flat Out Tees

Stephen will be sharing a space with his wife, Glorijane, who makes jewelry using buttons, seed beads and more.  Stay tuned for more info!

Please join us for The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage Sale on Saturday, April 16th, 2011 at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo Street in Portland., 10am-4pm.

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By Sara Picard of Beyond the Lens Photo

Wednesday!  Malaika brings us another vendor spotlight, and a very special one at that.  You’ll see why!

Today’s featured vendor is very near and dear to my heart (she’s my daughter!).  I promise to do my best to present her art in a professional and unbiased way, but if I’m not successful, please forgive me!

Sara Picard, currently a freshman in college, is a self-taught photographer.  What started out as a young girl’s favorite pass-time is now emerging as a young woman’s chosen art form.  She calls herself Beyond the Lens, and, in my humble opinion, she does a fantastic job of bringing that quality of deeper sight to her work.

Sara has done photo shoots for family portraits and weddings, but her specialty is bringing out the over-looked beauty in ordinary, every-day objects.  She has a knack for seeing the extraordinary in things the rest of us take for granted and finds a way to bring that quality to the forefront.  Her photography has a way of making you think, “Wow, I never noticed that before!”

While Sara is a bit nervous about bringing her photography to The BIG THAW beside all those other “real” artists, her offerings will be the perfect compliment to the amazing mix we can look forward to on April 16th.

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Good morning, everyone!  A quick note, too, we were featured on Handmadeology today!  Yes!!

Gorgeous artwork by Meagan Anderson and Kris Johnsen.

Just a reminder that there is a limited amount of The BIG THAW posters available for sale before the event.  Day of they will be $10 but you can swoop them up for $8 now!  We’re trying to raise money to get some ‘paid advertising’ to supplement our grass roots, word of mouth, Facebook-y type marketing.

Here is the link for Portland locals who would like to pick up.

Here is the link for anyone else who wants it shipped.

 

We really appreciate your support for our little craft fair!

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ohmygosh!  It’s STILL snowing in Portland.  Wherever you are we hope you’re warm, healthy and don’t have one eye bulging out a la Ren & Stimpy due to the tremendous stress of neverending winter.  Don’t worry, The BIG THAW is coming soon!

Today we get to ogle the work of Dunja von Stoddard aka DOONYAYA which is a just plain awesome name.  The Doonyaya shop offers pot holders, sachets, cat toys, journals, postcards and beyond.  Let’s take a little peek:

Colorful Catnip Toy!

Cat toys!  Sometimes it’s a GOOD thing that a product gets tested on animals and these are one of those things.  Apparently the felines go wild for these guys.  I personally go wild for the fact that they’re not those creepy, hairy mice that my cats seem to bat around for a bit, ignore, and then they emerge months later from the sofa covered in fur and food.  Doonyaya’s catnip toys do double duty as colorful accents while making your kitty go nutso for cat herbs.  Fun!

Sooo many colors you may need to grab two!

Now might be a good time to mention that Dunja’s business tithe (10% of her profits) go to organizations that save and protect animals.  So on top of all the niceness listed above you’re also doing your little part towards contributing to the health and happiness of other critters.

In the paper department, Doonyaya peddles journals and postcards.  The latest work is inspired by Victorian culture and 60-80s pop culture.  Pictures are worth a thousand words:

Journal Designs by Doonyaya
New!! Oversized Postcards from Doonyaya

So, basically once you’re done filling your shopping cart with all of the above you’ll probably like to see her potholders and sachets, complete with silk screened birds.  Fresh clothes and fashionable casseroles, here I come!

Sachets by Doonyaya.  Look at the kissing birds!
Potholders by Doonyaya.  Owl and bird love!

So there you have it, folks.  I had an opportunity to ask Dunja about how she heard about The BIG THAW and she had these lovely things to say about Maine artists and the Etsy Maine Team:

I heard about The Big Thaw from joining the Maine Team through etsy. I am so impressed with how many artists and crafters there are in our State, and the team has been a great way to see what my fellow Mainiacs are doing. Having moved from New York, I’ve found Maine to be incredibly inspiring and supportive of artists. I am living the dream here, making things every day out of my garage-turned-studio, and getting encouragement and feedback from my small but mighty crafting community. I am excited about the Big Thaw because I always get inspired by what other artists are creating.

Us, too, Dunja!  And no lack of inspiration come Saturday, April 16th 10am-4pm at Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St. for The BIG THAW!

Awesome. Just awesome.

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