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Hear ye, hear ye!  The Big Thaw arts, crafts and vintage sale is happening TODAY (Saturday, May 12) from 10am to 4pm at 10 Mayo Street, which is where the lovely Mayo Street Arts Center is located.  If you’re not familiar with it, it’s very easy to get to off of I-295 N or S.  Check out this technology map:

The Big Thaw features 30+ artists, crafters and vintage sellers occupying two floors of the Mayo Street Arts Center.  Artists who have studios at Mayo Street may open up for the event, too.  Refreshments are available at the snack bar upstairs, including beer and wine for the daydrinkers among you.  Our doors open at 10am sharp, but please no early visitors while our vendors set up their spaces!  We look forward to seeing you – buy and make local!

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Some colorful selections from Little Eye Designs.  Hey, that’s me!  :)

Big Thaw Barrettes from Little Eye

Tea Cup Candles from Little Eye

Pebbles Ring by Little Eye

Strawberries Earring and Barrette Set from Little Eye

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The lower level at Mayo Street Arts is a collection of artist’s studios, and we just found out that Edwige Charlot will be opening up her printing space as an open studio alongside our vendors.  We couldn’t be more excited!  The more the merrier, I always say.  Here’s a peek of what Eddie has to offer:

by Edwige Charlot

by Edwige Charlot

by Edwige Charlot

by Edwige Charlot

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A view of the splendid and ornate jewelry from Marian Gaydos:

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Here is a peek at the beautiful work you’ll find from Lori Dennis of Lofted Designs!:

Carrot Necklace by Lofted Designs

Pet Tags by Lofted Designs

Awesome Secret Swear Ring by Lofted Designs

Stacked Vintage Button Earrings by Lofted Designs

Spiral Necklace by Lofted Designs

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Kris and Meagan at work

Hey, guys!   The Big Thaw arts, crafts and vintage sale is TOMORROW:  Saturday, May 12 from 10am to 4pm.  We will see you at 10 Mayo Street (Mayo Street Arts Center) – come by, grab a beer, browse the merchandise and leave with something excellent for your mom!

We are featuring Kris Johnsen and Meagan Anderson, the two inspired minds behind our gorgeous Big Thaw Poster.  You never know what these two will show up with, but whatever it is you know you’re gonna want it.  Check it out:

by Meagan Anderson

by Kris Johnsen

by Meagan Anderson

by Kris Johnsen

by Meagan Anderson

by Kris Johnsen

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And now, a little look at the lovely things from Bowerbird Handmade.  Enjoy!

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by bowerbird handmade

by bowerbird handmade

by bowerbird handmade

by bowerbird handmade

by bowerbird handmade

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Another picture show, featuring Annika Schmidt of Lilleputt Studio.  Click on the images to see the link!

Swedish Horse Pillow by Lilleputt Studio

Pincushions on the Lilleputt Blog

New fabric at Lilleputt Studio!

Breakfast Pillow with Birch Trees from Lilleputt Studio

Yellow and Gray Bib from Lilleputt Studio

Wow, wow!  Top caliber stuff, Annika.  Can’t wait to see you at The Big Thaw arts, crafts + vintage sale this SATURDAY May 12, from 10am to 4pm, at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St.  Yahoo!

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One Woman Studio

As you may know, there’s a pretty special place in Little Eye’s heart for those things-that-are-made-from-other-things.  Burlap coffee sacks, feed grain bags and sails are no exception!  Today’s Vendor Spotlight is for One Woman Studio, the creation of Julia Ventresco, who has a way with a sewing machine and raw materials that can’t be rivaled.

One Woman Studio

Since The Big Thaw is happening the day before Mother’s Day, we asked Julia about how her mother has influenced her art:  “Suffice it to say I spent my childhood at my mother’s elbow watching her sew, paint, wallpaper and pretty much transform any available surface or material into a work of art – be it functional or frivolous!  As I grew older, it was I who was doing the sewing, wallpapering, painting with my mother at my side to guide and teach.”

One Woman Studio

“I can think of no greater influence in my life and creative endeavors than my mother.  In addition to the tehcnical skills and design wisdom she imparted to me, one of the greatest she taught me was “Be yourself (no matter how wacky!) and do what you love.”  I’m happy to say I am doing both.”

We’re pretty enamored with your mother, too, Julia, if she is responsible for fostering the growth of such a creative person!  Repurposed sail bags, coffee sack backpacks and totes, and feed bag totes abound.  Don’t be silly enough to miss meeting Julia and shopping the wares at One Woman Studio at The Big Thaw on Saturday, May 12 from 10am to 4pm at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St.  See you there!

One Woman Studio

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Falling Star Farms Alpacas

What a treat!  Today our vendor spotlight features Sheila McDonough of Falling Star Farm — and her alpacas!!  We are so pleased to have a vendor whose product follows its whole life cycle in her hands.  The raising, loving, shearing of the alpacas all the way to the spinning, crafting and selling of goods.

Falling Star Farms

When we asked Sheila how her mother has influenced her craft, the message was loud and clear:  “My mother is the first weaver I knew!  She is also, for a ‘non-animal person,’ an excellent assistant if I need an extra pair of hands with the alpacas.  She is my #1 fiber picker!”

Falling Star Farm Goods

The experience and talent that run in the family certainly shows in these gorgeous garments.  We’re also looking forward to seeing the felted soaps that Falling Star Farms has recently introduced to their product line.

Falling Star Farm Felted Soap

“[The soaps are made of] soft alpaca fiber felted around scented goat’s milk glycerin soap.  It gently scrubs away even embedded gardening grime.  It has a rich later and is gentle on the skin – perfect for Spring and throughout the year,”  We think this would be the perfect, sunshiney gift for those Mothers who like to tend to the garden – bright, saltwater taffy colors are just what the doctor ordered after a long, somewhat uneventful winter season.  :)

Falling Star Farm Alpacas

Falling Star Farm Goods

We can’t wait to meet Sheila and paw through her wares – you’ll be there, too, I’m sure:  Saturday, May 12 at Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo Street from 10am to 4pm.  It’s the day before Mother’s Day – don’t forget!

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