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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!

by bowerbird handmade

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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Jewelry A La Carte

Hey!!  Only one week until The Big Thaw – we are so excited!  Plans are being finalized, vendor spaces at Mayo Street are being figured out, and look:  the sun’s shining!  Today we feature Nancy Leavitt of Jewelry A La Carte.  Her work is unique, because as you shop with her you determine what you want your jewelry to look like.

“I offer the unique opportunity for customers to customize their own piece of jewelry.  First, they choose from handmade pendants, usually of gemstone or crystal.  Next, they pick from over 40 options of necklaces + bracelets.  Then I put it together on the spot.  Voila!  One-of-a-kind.”

Jewelry A La Carte

We asked Nancy about how her own mother influenced her work – the response we got told a story of a post-surgery nightmare with the silver lining of motherly love.  We’d like to share some of it here, it seems that the mothers of the Big Thaw vendors have no end of influence in their childrens’ lives:

“…I had to have surgery.  The anesthesia didn’t agree with me and I woke up with ‘cognitive difficulties.’  Toss in some post-surgical narcotics and you have the mess my elderly mother cared for this past summer.

As I came out of the haze, all I knew was that apparently my mom had taught me how to make jewelry, and that many large boxes of jewelry making supplies kept arriving in a brown truck.  When I called her up to let her know her stuff had arrived, she said, “Oh…no, Dear, … YOU ordered all those supplies.  Don’t you remember starting a business?”

The anesthesia and narcotics had left me in an emotionally vulnerable state, my usual defences, walls and filters non-existant.  I was completely exposed.  But what I saw as a vulnerability, my mother saw as an opportunity.  She ran a brainwashing campaign that any decent Propaganda Machine would be proud of.  While I was unconscious she played self esteem tapes.  While barely conscious, we made jewelry and spoke over and over of how fun and profitable it could be.  I have vague memories of learning why crystal is superior to plastic, and how to gauge the lead content.  She signed me up for 6 shows, one every other weekend, as Christmas was approaching.  I went with my stuff and, much to my amazement, did pretty well.

I’m on the other side of the Christmas season now.  I still sit on the couch too much, but at least I’m making jewelry.  As I look back I see how one of the most under-appreciated people in my life saw an opportunity and knew what I needed for me to get back on my feet.

My mom is a saint.  And I’m going to go call her and tell her that.”

Jewelry A La Carte

An impressive story, and beautiful jewelry.  We’ll see you all at the Big Thaw arts, crafts and vintage sale ONE WEEK FROM TODAY on Saturday, May 12 at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St.  10am-4pm – yahoo!

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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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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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