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FLATlogoNOWORDSHi all!  Hope you are having a beautiful summer thus far…  It has been a while since we sent you an email, so thought it was about time we got caught up!

First Friday Schedules are ready! We did some planning recently and planned out the themes for some of our upcoming First Friday events.  We hope you can join us and help our artist celebrate their pieces!

August:  All About Acrylics

  • Artists: Amy Komar, Erinn Hatter and Tammy Holland
  • Extras:  Numerology by Dana

September:  Baby Stash (more info on this below)

October:  Art Bras for Breast Cancer Awareness  (more info on this below)

November:  Holiday delectable edibles!  (Just like last year we will feature those who make edible goods, we will take pre-orders for the holidays.)

December:  Glass – all things bright & shiny!

January:  Winter Watercolors

We are also looking for music for our First Fridays!  So if you play, want to jam, hang out or know of a band that needs some extra playing time…  We have great acoustics here, lively atmosphere & would love to hear from you!  Please forward our email or phone 45-STASH.


Non-Profit Line Ups for Fall! We will continue in our effort to give back to our community by supporting more non-profits for the Fall.  Please help us spread the word!

August:  School Supplies for kids in need!  Please bring in extras from your shopping trips to donate!  🙂

September:  Diapers & Wipes recipient TBA.

October:  Silent Auction of Art Bras for Breast Cancer Detection Center  (more info on this below)

Art Bras: The time has come for us to think about Breast Cancer Awareness month here at The Stash!  Last year we were part of the window decorating contest, and this year we will feature a silent auction of Artful Bras, made by our fabulous Fairbanks artists!  🙂

What is an Art Bra you ask???
“An art bra is basically an artistically decorated bra; an embellished bra. Art bras are fun – they are popular items for artists to make for Breast Cancer fundraisers. What you do is take a regular bra – usually padded – and cover it with fabric or beads or paint – or all three plus whatever else comes to mind. Some art bras have a theme, some are serious, some are funny, some are just decorated and given a name.”  Ask the Crafter

These will be featured for October First Friday, and BCDC of Fairbanks will be the recipients of our October Non-Profit.  All proceeds from the silent auction of these bras will be donated to them.

Sale Items: All canes & walking sticks were just marked on sale!  They are beautiful and make great gifts…


Baby Stash! There is something new coming to The Stash, or rather a ‘new’ line of goods!  It is called Baby Stash, and these are items made by our artists that are geared directly towards the babies in our lives.  All items that are in this line will be ‘exclusive‘ items only sold here at The Stash!  We are in need of a nice crib or cradle for this area of the store.  Have one you don’t mind parting with?  Saw one at a friends?  Please let us know!


Therapy! Yep, you read it right!  The Stash is now offering Therapy sessions (aka UFO Night)!  You bring your project & a dish to share and let the session begin.    RSVP so we know how many to expect…  Wednesday, August 19th from 5-8 p.m.  Cost is $5 and be sure to bring what supplies you need to work on!

Upcoming!  Upcoming!  Upcoming!

Class Name:  Pixies, Fairies, and Wee Friends

Description: Jennifer and Miriam will teach you how to make your own tiny fairy dolls and wee folk from wrapped wire bodies to create posable pixies and woodland wee folk that will make wonderful playmates for you and your fairy friends.

Date: Wednesday, August 5th from 3-5 p.m.

Cost: $15 per person or If you book both classes at the same time a special rate of $ 25.00 for both classes is available.

Age Appropriateness: Ages 5 to 105

Class size: Space is limited (10 children under the age of 10) no more than 20 total

Teacher:          Jennifer Eskridge

Supplies: Supplies are included; we will use l felt, chenille stems, wooden beads, and simple embellishments.  Finished Pixies are about 3 inches tall. If you would like to bring items to include in your design remember to keep your wee folk’s size in mind. Found treasures that often make their way into designs might include: Gems, Pebbles, Feathers, Shells, etc

Class Name:  Mixed Media Self Portraits for Kids

Description: We will begin with an introduction to the materials, a brief historical perspective of self portraits, and a few thoughts about why this is a valuable practice whether you identify as an artist or have never picked up a crayon.  The class is interactive, the process is often playful with participants working together to generate ideas It is intended for artists of all levels, it will include some basic instruction on the scale in regard to the human body as needed or desired, but will not focus on this information, instead focusing on the creative process.

Dates:   Wednesday, August 12th from 3-5 p.m.

Cost:     $20 per person

Age Appropriateness: age 8 and up

Class size: 5 person limit

Teacher:          Jennifer Eskridge

Supplies: All supplies provided.  Please bring duplicates of any photos you may want to incorporate in to your artwork. (Photos are optional)

Class Name:  Summer Yoga

Description: The Stash yogi, Rachael, will provide a relaxing beginning level, hour long yoga class.  Bring your mat and be ready to breathe!

Date: Thursdays from 6-7 p.m.
Fridays from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Cost: $10 per class $15 per private lesson

Supplies:          All supplies provided

Age Appropriateness: 13 & up

Class size:        5 person limit

Teacher:          Rachael Brechan

Supplies: Bring your yoga mat!

Class Name: Beginning Sewing

Description: This is about sewing basics, tools patterns and methods.  We will cover hand sewing, basic embroidery stitches, and the beginning of machine sewing.  All students will leave with a finished project

Date: By appointment only

Time: 6 hour class (broken into 3 segments)

Cost: $125

Age Appropriateness:      8 and above

Class size: Private class

Teacher:            Various teachers available

Supplies:           All supplies provided!

Class Name: Knitting

Description: Come deal with your knitting “issues” in a one-on-one environment. This is an excellent opportunity to get started on a new skill, or to get help fixing a heinous knitting emergency.   What ever you decide, it’s all about you!

Date: By appointment only

Cost: $15 per hour

Age Appropriateness:      8 and above

Class size: Private class

Teacher:            Caitlin Winebarger

Supplies:           All supplies provided!


We are taking the shop to the 4th Annual Fairbanks Summer Kid Fair!  If you are out and about this Saturday, April 11th, stop by and see us.  We have all new summer classes that you can sign up for!  They are really cool & pretty exciting, and this will be their debut!  🙂  The Kid Fair will be open from 10-2 p.m. located in the Nordale Elementary gym.

Over 50 different local organizations

This is a ‘one-stop shop’ for Fairbanks families when it comes to summer activities for kids.  This community wide event showcases many children’s activities, classes and camps.  This will allow families to see what is available in the Greater Fairbanks Area for the upcoming summer.

Sign the kids up & purchase the needed supplies too!

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Classes THIS Week are all about the kids!

Monday,  December 29th there are 2 classes for the kiddos!

  • Decoupage: 11:30-1:30 ages 5 & up
  • Poetry for Me and My Scribe: 1-3 p.m. ages 5-8

Tuesday,  December 30th!

  • Poetry: Meet It, Greet It, Write It: 1-3 p.m. ages 9-12

Wednesday,  December 31st!

  • T-Shirt Transformation: 2:30-4:30 p.m. ages 8 & up
Classes NEXT  Week!

Make a Creative Map for 2009: aka A VISION BOARD
January 5th, 6-8 p.m
January 10th, 2-4 p.m.
This board is a colorful collage of images/words regarding health, relationship, career, travel, finances; etc that pertains to your idea of what your best life would look like.  Like a goal board that is so much fun to make! By putting your completed board in a space where you will see it everyday – spending a few minutes looking at it and feeling excited about “your best life” — you literally begin to attract the situations, events, people into your life that will transform your current reality into your idea of a dream life!
Price: $40
All supplies included!  (Although I would encourage individuals who participate to bring in any images/words they feel represent what they want in their life)

Beginning Knitting:    January 10th & 17th, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ages 7 and up
Participants will learn the basics of yarn type, checking gauge, casting on and off, knit and purl stitches, & basic pattern reading. 2 sessions, 1.5 hrs each
Price: $45
Supplies: All supplies provided include knitting needles & yarn to make a scarf.

Intermediate Knitting:    January 10th & 17th, 12-1:30 p.m.
Ages 12 and up
Participants will learn how to make cables, get an intro to lace stitches, and learn other “novelty” stitches.  Participants should know how to cast on and off, knit, and purl.
2 sessions, 1.5 hrs each
Price: $45     Limit 8 per class
Supplies: All supplies provided includes needles (straight and cable) and yarn to create a scarf in class.

Beading Drop-In
Thursday, January 8th, 5-7 p.m.
This is a social, drop-in event!  Beaders looking for other beaders, here at The Stash…  One hitch, you must RSVP so we know how many to expect…
Price:  $10, bring a food to share & your beading goods.


First Friday
January 2, 5-8 p.m.
‘Recycle, Re-gift & Rejoice’ is the theme!  Come on in, bring a gift to donate and celebrate the birth of the new year with the Stashettes!  The Stash will be collecting gifts or “re-gifts” the entire month of January to donate to Interior Center for Non-Violent Living.


Winter Hours
Now that the holidays are over and January is upon us, we are regrouping our efforts and revisiting our goals for the new year.  You have probably noticed that we were closed over the Christmas holiday, and we sure needed the rest!  It was an amazing first 6 months of business, and we are gearing up for the new year now.  What does that mean?  Well, we may be revisiting the hours we are open.  We will keep you posted!  🙂


If you can, take some time and check out our website… The classes are updated, and I even created 2 pages for you depending on which classes you are looking for, Kids or Adults!  Okay is that enough for you to think about for a bit!  🙂  We hope to see you all in soon!  Cheers and Happy New Year…

Happy Holidays!

Are you done with your holiday shopping?  Or are you like me (Janie) and have not even started yet?   🙂  Today is the day I think for me…  I am in the shop all day, and I will start perusing around and see what I can find.  With 105 artists housed here, I have HUGE options.

Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice Festival! So all over downtown, there will be stores open, Santa roaming around, reindeer to see, cocoa to drink, cookies to eat and fun places to warm up like The Stash! I hope that each of you can take a minute to swing by, as we would dearly LOVE to see you…

Also, for those of you looking for some cool activities for the kids we have some nifty classes coming up!

Just be sure to come by or call to sign up!

Okay, back to work!  Ho Ho Ho…  Cheerio!

We have some cool First Friday events coming up in the next 2 months…  I hope that you all will find the time to come and support all the wonderful work in this town… 

September 5th, 5-8 p.m.:  (still looking for a catchy name):

We will be featuring youth…  All artwork & items featured by kids or for kids!  Perfect for back to school time.  So if you are one of our many youth artists, this is a heads up for you…  🙂  

October 3rd, 5-9 p.m.: The Stash Unplugged

  🙂  This month we are highlighting the art of music.  Anyone who makes or writes music, makes instruments, this is their time to shine.  We are booking the line up of musicians who want to play their thing that night, so call and sign up if that is of interest to you!  

November & December are still to come…  We are contimplating featuring 2 artists or a theme again.  Hopefully if you have sometime you can let us know your thoughts…

The Stash is kicking right along these days.  So much so I haven’t had time to write!  Yesterday I signed up artist #70!  Can you believe it?  If you haven’t come to the shop lately, we have a bunch of new stuff from artists young & old alike.  🙂  

Ta ta for now!

My dear friend Lori (known her for 30 years now) sent me a link to this wonderful USA Today article…  Very powerful and empowering for parents who are struggling with the decision TO or NOT TO attend church (for lack of a better term) and the affects on their kids.  Her email reads:

I happened upon this article posted in my Yahoo news. I’ve heard about Nica Lalli’s memoir, Nothing: Something to Believe In but I haven’t read it. I’ve loved reading your blogs about your involvement in the UU ‘church’ and I’ve been tempted to attend Fresno‘s UU a few times, but still haven’t done so. We come from such a diverse community that I know I need to do more to educate Josie about different religions to avoid ignorance but so far, we haven’t gone.  After reading this article, I’m feeling less guilty about not going to church but I really took Janie’s comments in her blog to heart—something you said about how great it is to be part of a community that thinks like you think and supports your family.  We have a small group of friends that think like I think and raise their children as I’m raising Josie but being part of a larger ‘community’ might be good for Josie.  Anyway…I thought of you two when I read this article and have a feeling you’ll enjoy reading it. Now I’m going to see if I can order her memoir through the library or 🙂

This article is very poignant and is for the most part, exactly how we are raising our kids.  BUT I think that many families out there are NOT providing this active discussion/education of religion for their kids.  Spirituality, creativity, freedom of choice and thought these days seems to be lacking in the fast paced world of drive-thru restaurants and long days at school & after school activities.  (Please don’t get me wrong here, we do all of the items mentioned before too!  That is why I feel comfortable pointing those items out.)  I know for a fact how hard it is to have a direct, meaningful conversation with kids while you are on the go!  Somehow it just doesn’t seem adequate to do during the commute home from school.

 I encourage you to comment or email me with your words of wisdom in how you reach your children, and what your families do to support diversity as well as the ‘choice’ of religion or not with your children.  Cheers!

This is intense…  I am fully aware that I am not a ‘cutting edge’ mama, but who knew about this group?  Have you heard of them?  See what happens when you eliminate television from your household (yes it has been 18 months now)?  Things like this happen & I am caught completely unaware! 

The Alpha Mom, even the title sounds scary to me.  I have posted several links at the bottom for your own reading pleasure, but the gist of the Alpha Mom is one who ‘can’ do everything!  Apparently these mothers don’t starve themselves like in Stressorexia.  🙂 Now to the good stuff.  From what I gathered Alpha Moms are:

…becoming a marketing phenomenon. Alpha Moms are educated, tech-savvy, Type A moms with a common goal: mommy excellence. She is a multi-tasker. She is kid-centric. She is hands-on. She may or may not work outside the home, but at home, she views motherhood as a job that can be mastered with diligent research.

…An Alpha Mom typically has money to spend, and — key for marketers — she is, as the label implies, a leader of the pack who influences how other moms spend.

Is there anyone out there that finds this a bit disturbing?  There are entire marketing campaigns geared towards mothers to ‘buy’ stuff (cars, games, electronics, appliances, etc.).  My question is, is it stuff that they have to have or just want?  Also, are we just creating a culture of kids who say “I want….” 

Now I am all for networking, do it daily as a matter of fact.  But most of my information that I am passing a long is contact/direction based.  Who has the best camps for kids?  What preschool would you recommend? 

My mind is muddled now as to ‘if’ I have become one of them… If so, I am still waiting to hear from Toyota!  🙂  I drive a Toyota Sienna and this is the BEST family/kid friendly auto out there, I LOVE mine…  There now does that make me an official Alpha Mom?  Hee Hee Hee

What a week!  I have been trying to get on the computer and write something up for a few days.  But nothing was hitting me or spurring my brain until today.  Actually it started a week ago, I just didn’t realize it until today…

The term stretch seems to cover it.  When something stretches it changes form and yet still contains the memory of what it once was.  This would summarize my life it seems.  I am constantly stretching/reaching/changing, hopefully for the better, yet gaining energy for the possibilities that lay ahead. 

When something stretches or changes, there is a reaction i.e. energy created.

This is probably the best thing about the church/congregation/fellowship that we belong to.  It is the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks otherwise known as UUFF.

We have been attending for 5 years, give or take.  If you don’t know what UU’s stand for, we have 7 main principles:

  • The inherent dignity and worth of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

Then there are also the living traditions that play a part:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature

When the war started, this is where we turned for support.  When we needed intellectual and spiritual inspiration this is where we turned for support.  When we needed to be a part of a community of like-minded individuals who are as liberal as we are, this is where we turned for support.

Now with the changes that our lives have taken this year, it is that UUFF community that is supporting us!  What a difference that makes in ones life, to know you have good friends in a community to help you on your way.  Of course, at this point you are wondering about our families, and yes we have them too!  🙂  But unfortunately they are 3,000 to 4,000 miles away!  So they are not the ones that we rely on for our day to day existence.  Although we would LOVE to!  Maybe someday they will join us in Alaska.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Energy is bursting forth in our fellowship, we have just hired a Director of Children’s Religious Education, my friend, Bre, is doing that.  The fellowship also hired a new Director of Member Services, my friend Jeff is doing that.  Change is so good. 

In addition to 2 new directors, we have started a new committee called the UUFF Care Team.  Peg, Rebecca & myself are the team leaders and have brainstormed many ideas.   A few weeks ago we had a visiting minister, Peg Boyle-Morgan, come and lead a workshop based on this idea of caring for others, and how to orchestrate that in our growing congregation.  Jeff wrote a great blog entry on this workshop.  This event has been a catalyst for heightened awareness of others, which is nice to see.  The conscious effort that we should all have to ‘check’ on each other.

So where is this all leading?

Not sure, but I did sign up to go to our district conference and see. 

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and at the time it was ‘supposed’ to happen.  Maybe that is why I see such similarities in the changing UUFF and my changing life.  These things seem intertwined almost, they consume my thoughts & time these days.  I will keep you posted on how things progress and stretch. 

My friend Meadow and I, have been trying to connect up for about 2 weeks now I think.  🙂  But between us both (having 2 kids each, jobs & husbands) we have not succeeded.  Due to kids, school, work, schedules, etc.

So after many emails we have it booked!  An actual date!  With a time and everything…  I am so happy…  Meadow made the comment that it was funny we still have the back-up phone numbers ‘just in case’.  Hopefully this time we won’t have to use them.  Then she said (typed) “Ahhh the life of a Momtrepreneuer…”  What?  What is that???  I have never heard of this new term, so off I was to google it.

Could this be what I am doing with The Stash?  I wonder?

I have thought about work (and what that means) a lot this week.  Probably starting with the comment that Jolie made: “Mom you make a better stay-home mom than a working mom!”  Hmmm, is that a back-handed comment?  🙂  I am sure she meant well, just that it is nicer to have someone around doing kid-focused things right?  I am sure that is what she meant…  🙂 

Momtrepreneuer I had no idea this was a ‘real’ thing.  Just thought it was something that I have done out of necessity for 8 years.  Wow, I am hearing empowerment bells ringing in my ears?  I LOVE THIS!!!!

Definitely something that I will be researching more this week.  There is such a need for Mom’s to be empowered to use their braincells AFTER the kids arrive.  True, mine are not anything like they used to be.  Especially with numbers, but I am better at other things though.  Like gaining a new sense or something.

Starting a new business, The Stash, will be something of a stretch on my brain cells I am sure.  Hopefully though, all my Momtrepreneuer friends will help me through.  I have a great ‘big’ picture in mind, just getting to the goal will be the hard part.  But think of all the things that us Mom’s can do, and the skills we have!  Maybe The Stash can be a launching point for us all, do you think pooling our efforts and skills will be a catalyst for more ‘paid’ work for us in the future? 

Hmmm, something to think about…  Send your comments and let me know what you think! 

jolie-ali-with-santa-dec-2007-again.jpgWhile we had company here, we took advantage of the fact that we only live 15 miles from the North Pole!  So off to see Santa we were at the Santa Claus House…  Aren’t they cute! 

I Took The Handmade Pledge!