Posted in General Info, tagged art, craft fair, december 3, diy, east bayside, family activities, maine, mayo center, mayo street arts, portland, shopping, the big chill, vintage on November 6, 2011|
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"Be Happy" Letterpress Blocks from Monkivintage on Etsy
This is it!
Our complete list of December 2011 Big Chill Vendors can be seen at the tab above. We’ll be bringing vendor spotlights about each and everyone one of them to you for your reading enjoyment. Be sure to bring a napkin so you don’t drool all over your keyboard, though.
The Big Chill is now less than a month away and we can’t wait to get our holiday shopping on!
A caveat: under no circumstances, whatsoever, will we subject you to Christmas music while shopping. Our crafty oasis soundtrack will be rife with good local, music that has nothing to do with a large man in a velvet suit shimmying down your chimney!
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Posted in General Info, tagged art, buy local, craft, diy, east bayside, fair, forest city, holiday fair, independent businesses, maine, mayo street, mayo street arts center, neighborhood, portland, sale, southern maine, the big chill, The BIG THAW, vintage on October 12, 2011|
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Our Big Chill poster has arrived, via the talented Kris Johnsen and Meagan Anderson, and we are loving it just as much as our Big Thaw poster last April! Looks like the bunnies have crept out of the brush from the Spring poster and have been joined by some other woodland friends. We are making a limited edition run of 100 Big Chill posters, some of which will be for sale in my Etsy shop as soon as they’re available. Pins and magnets featuring the characters in the artwork will also be available the day of The Big Chill.
If you’re craving some other print-y creations from Kris Johnsen, never fear: he’s one of our vendors and also sells his work at amazing, new, Pinecone + Chickadee on Free St. in downtown Portland.
Do you want apply to be a vendor at The Big Chill?
Great! Click here to be taken to the Application Page!
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Posted in Vendor Spotlight, tagged art, art show, arts, arts center, bayside, community calendar, craft, craft fair, crafts, diy, drop spindle, east bayside, east end, etsy, events, felt, fiber, forest city, handmade, little eye designs, local event, maine, mayo street, mayo street arts, mayo street arts center, munjoy hill, portland, public events, sale, skein, spin, spring, thaw, The BIG THAW, vintage, warm weather, weave, wool, yarn on April 12, 2011|
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Party Lights by Lulubeans
Today’s Vendor Spotlight is brought to us by Shanna Tice of The Makings of Shanna Tice. We thank her very much for her time spent putting all this great information together! You can find Lulubeans set up on the lower level of Mayo St. among the artist studios. Without further ado…. Lulubeans!
Basket of Locks by Lulubeans
Soft, dreamy, and luxurious are all things that come to mind when laying your eyes on April Newman of Lulubean’s hand crafted, hand painted fiber and hand spun yarns. April strives for the highest quality fiber when creating an artistic blend for hand spinners. It is also obvious by looking at her work, that she has a sophisticated and elegant color pallet with her hand dyed batches. There is also so much fun in her variety of juicy colors, and she pushes toward a very trendy and modern color combination with her craft as well. I can’t help but think of each batt of blended fibers as a unique one of a kind painting. Not only does April explore color, but she blends fiber in the most creative way using bamboo, faux cashmere, domestic wool, merino lamb, SW merino, sari silk fabric strips, mohair, Tussah silk, baby alpaca, Wensleydale locks, soy silk and kid mohair, and more!
Fiber and Spindles by Lulubeans
When I asked April what inspired her to begin her work as a fiber artist and what gave way to the start of ‘Lulubeans’ she replied, “I taught myself to knit when my first daughter was a toddler. Yarn kept my hands busy and soothed my busy mind. Once I had mastered knitting and purling, making my own yarn was the natural next step!” I then asked her what her favorite part about her work was and the answer didn’t surprise me! ” I love the functionality of what I do. It makes me so happy to know that fiber I have dyed will make a novice spinners first hand-spun yarn, or that a yarn I have spun will be lovingly knit into someone’s favorite hat. Making things that other people use to make things is a great and fantastic thing; the creative chain (and the joy of making!) just keep going, and going. Awesome.” One of her more popular items does just what she loves it to do: teach others to spin. April sells a complete ‘Learn to Spin Drop Spindle Kit’ which includes one top whirl drop spindle, 4 ounces of handpainted domestic wool top (also called roving), clear, easy to follow drop spindle instructions AND hours and hours of fun! You want to give it a go, don’t you!?!
Walrus by Lulubeans
There is so much about the fiber arts community that excites April. ” I have so much admiration for so many artists and crafters. The fiber arts community is hustlin’ and bustlin’ and growing by leaps and bounds online *and* here in Maine. I’ve been so lucky to virtually meet so many talented people, and connect with so many fantastic artists right here in my home state.” Lulubeans has a wide variety of fiber available including beautifully finished hand spun yarn. April plans to show up at ‘The Big Thaw’ not only sharing her fiber wears to the public, but to meet and enjoy a day with fellow artists. ” I can’t wait for The BIG THAW! There’s going to be so much talent and positive energy in one place and it’s going to be so good to be a part of that!” I think we can all agree that we love ‘The Big Thaw’, but what we can also agree on we love the most is what ‘The Big Thaw’ will do to bring us together! YAY!
Hear, hear, ladies! The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage Fair will be held THIS WEEKEND on Saturday, April 16th from 10am to 4pm at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St. We can’t wait!
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An idea is born!
A zygote, a seedling, a nebula, a craft fair sometime this early Spring. Plans are underway and Audrey, Malaika and Shanna are working hard to make a day of arts, crafts, food, music and fun for you.
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