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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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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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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).


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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Ladies + Gentle Bens, we are so excited to bring to you the first of THIRTY ONE vendor spotlights featuring our wonderful artists + collectors who will be selling at The Big Chill on Saturday, December 3rd at the Mayo Street Arts Center (10 Mayo Street, Portland, Maine) from 10am-4pm.

Jocelyn Kahn of The Last Domino, as pulled from her Facebook page!

And why not start off with a bang?  Portland’s own Jocelyn Kahn of The Last Domino is our first feature.  Doesn’t she look sweet?  Click here to visit The Last Domino’s facebook page and “like” her!

It’s no secret that we love ‘stuff made from other stuff’ as proven by our past and present vendor rosters.  Jocelyn is no exception:  her primary products are pendants, earrings, necklaces and more made from repurposed dominos.  Yes!  Colorful, aquatic creatures with watercolor pigments grace the pages of her Etsy shop (click to see!) as well as a fortune of mermaids and pretty, art nouveau ladies with swirling hair.

Mini Domino Pendant Pair, $15.00 by The Last Domino, click to view listing

That there turquoise-toned bare-naked tree is what we’ll be looking forward to beginning very, very soon.  I can’t think of a better homage to a barren landscape than with bright hues.  At $15, this pair falls in the middle range of what you can expect to spend at The Last Domino’s table.  Items as low as $6 (pre-drilled dominos for the DIY spirit) and as much as $75 for this super-excellent rabbit-running-around-your-neck domino medley.

Domino Gamepiece Necklace, $28, by The Last Domino. Click to view listing!

We’re also totally impressed with the eastern-inspired, zodiac-like, cosmos-themed game piece pendant we saw at Jocelyn’s shop.  Can you believe this?  And with a long, brass chain the necklace is ready to wear as soon as your dollars change hands with The Last Domino.

We asked Jocelyn what she thought the first sign of winter in Maine was, and she said the smell of frost and woodsmoke.  Yes!  With this warm weather snap we’re supposed to have for the next few days it may be awhile before we smell either of those, but you can be sure her bright, colorful designs will keep you from feeling down on even the darkest and woodsmokiest of winter days.

Jocelyn will be peddling her wares alongside Monica from Beadlebot, who we will be featuring this month as well.  Stay tuned!

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Wahoo!!  Applications for the 2011 Big Chill to be held on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am to 4pm (9-5 for vendors/set up time) are finally here!  Please download the .PDF (below) and snail mail it to the address listed on the second page of the application.

What’s new this winter for The Big Chill?  Well, other than the entire fair itself, we’ll be selecting vendors with a wide range of goods for all walks of life:  fashion-savvy ladies, vintage for dudes, moms and dads who love handmade, wellness afficionados, oh, the list goes on!  We’re also reducing the number of vendor spaces my a smidgen as the winter fair will mean more puffy coats and less room in the walkways – we just want to be safe!

Applications will be open from Saturday, October 1st through Monday, October 31st.  Please contact thebigthawportland at gmail dot com if you have any questions, comments, or know a business that would like to sponsor our event!

Here is the .PDF:

Big Chill Application

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