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Hello out there!

Just wanted to let you know that The Stash will be closed on this coming Saturday, Sept. 5th and Monday Sept. 7th for Labor Day.

We will however, be open until 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4th for First Friday!

So be sure to swing by and hang out for a while, we would LOVE to see you…

Hope you have a safe and wonderful weekend!

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NEW items HOT off the artists fingers!

  • Aprons by Bernadette Woods these are totally cute fun colors & shapes, perfect for all the holiday cooking coming up!
  • Twilight Locker Boards by Jennifer Eskridge yep, that’s right, now you can have a little piece of Edward, Bella, Jasper, Jacob and Alice in your locker or at your office desk!
  • Hand-touched Giclee prints by Amy Komar there are wonderful trees and moving colors to carry you off to far away places!
  • Photo cards by Gretjen Helene Photography she has captured many facets of Alaska that we all know and love, be sure to check them out…

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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!

September:  Baby Stash (more info below)

  • Artists: Tammy Brock, The Stashettes, Monika Hebert, Susi Doyle Larson and Nettie Larson
  • Extras:  Numerology by Dana
  • Music:  Mariah Ver Hoef

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

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

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 thestashalaska@gmail.com or phone 45-STASH.

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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, all supplies will be donated to Nordale Elementary School!  Please bring in extras from your shopping trips to donate!  🙂  (We need MORE!)
  • September:  Diapers & Wipes recipient TBA.
  • October:  Silent Auction of Art Bras for Breast Cancer Detection Center  (more info on this below)

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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!  🙂  Is this something you are interested to participate in?  Please let us know, we are open to accepting Art Bras from you too!

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

Please contact us for more information, as well as to sign up!  We need to have a good picture of how many bras we will be working with.  This will be our featured medium 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.

Check these sites for ideas!
http://www.fijicancersociety.org/Bra%20Gallery.htm
http://www.quiltersofsc.org/artfullbras/artfullbras.htm
http://artbrashow.blogspot.com/

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Whats HOT right now:
Some things around here seem to fly off the shelves…  They are ever changing and fun to watch and see what is HOT right now around town!  (these are in no certain order)

  • Erinn Hatter jewelry
  • Crib Crinklers by Patti Shechter
  • CD by Mariah Ver Hoef
  • Gretchen Whitman candy
  • Lauren Hughes earrings
  • Brandalion Beads earrings

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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 children in our lives.  All items that are in this line will be ‘exclusive‘ items only sold here at The Stash!

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Upcoming!  Upcoming!  Upcoming!

Fall Schedule is coming soon!


Class Name:  Summer YogaDescription: 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.

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 SewingDescription: 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: KnittingDescription: 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!


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!
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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 thestashalaska@gmail.com or phone 45-STASH.

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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)

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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.

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

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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!

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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!


Here is our first blog by one of our WONDERFUL artist!

The Importance of Knowing Things and The Utilitarianism of Craft

by:  Caitlin Montague-W.

Long-gone are the days of saving scraps, mending, and reworking; so much so that the entire idea of crafting or perhaps the idea of being a craftsman is no longer looked upon with a sense of utilitarian, homemaking longing. Long winter evenings are rarely spent on handiworks, and a rainy day is more often an excuse to watch television than start and finish a project. I often wonder if the ability to create, fix and make-do even a treasured value in this day of Blackberries and Wal-Mart.

It is part of the human condition to create, it has been a matter of necessity to make things for a household, and it is a luxury to take time to craft a beautiful thing for a gift. What we make as craftsmen is an extension of our soul, it is part of our heart, passed through our hands and into a garment, onto canvas, or through a tool to a turning lathe. As craftsmen, we call upon a long line of talent before us, and as we use modern conveniences to make our crafting lives easier, one wonders if the crafter is allowing the technology to take over the technique.

We live in a world where baskets and blankets can be made in factories, in a fully automated way devoid of human hands, human hearts, and stories. The stitches and weavings and carvings passed down and developed through generations have been infringed upon by mechanisms. This not only degrades the crafts, but the craftsmen themselves. We should not be ashamed if we can only create simple, plain things, we should not be ashamed if we are able create beautiful things, what we should be ashamed of is the lack of want to learn, and the impulse to buy something crafted by machine.

Perhaps we are too busy in this life to craft, especially to craft simple things for the home, or to mend. Where have all the homemakers gone? For those with no time, I hope they find comfort in a quilt stitched without a human touch. For me, I hope to be surrounded by things with a story, made by a craftsman who takes pride in their work.

It is strange to think that the same mechanisms that provided the western world with the luxuries of free time, would then devoid us of the wont of crafting expression. As a society we must relearn and take back those skills that help make a home a home. Crafting should not become obsolete, it is important to know how to make things, and it is equally important to make them, allow others to see you making them, and to teach those others to make their own. It is in this way that we connect with each other, enriching our own lives and the lives of others with things that you cannot get on the Internet, and making bonds that go beyond the TV.

If you would like to see more of Caitlin’s work, come by the shop!


What it’s like in here today…

Some days I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such lovely goodness.  Realizing how many artists we have creating the things for the store, makes me happy!  The energy that comes from these handmade items is good for the soul.

I do wonder how many people can ‘feel’ the difference in a handmade item vs. a random store bought item?  That might be a good survey sometime.  🙂

So I thought I would share some pictures of some of the items that caught my eye today.

Enjoy!  If you have questions or need to purchase something that you see, just let us know.  We are more than happy to help you out!

Thank you for supporting the Art of Handmade & Shopping Local!  There is nothing that will sustain a community longer than doing just that!

My my where does the time go these days?

Friday night (6/5/09) we celebrated our 1 year anniversary!  Can you believe it?  And boy what a year it has been!  Of course there has been highs & lows, but right now it all seems like a HIGH!

I can not even begin to think how this all would be possible without our avid customers and dedicated family members.  I often try to summarize to myself (an others sometimes) what ‘is’ The Stash…  Well my token phrase for people coming in the shop is:

“Our shop is All Local, All Handmade goods!  We have over 140 artists represented, 15-ish of those are under the age of 18 too!  Many of our artists are also teachers, and they offer a wide variety of subjects for classes here in the shop.  We have a sewing lounge in the back, and a handwork area in the front!”

Whew…

But really we are so much more!  Some of them are:

  • Robyn called me on the phone today, and told me that we have officially become a children’s game!  LOL  Guess her daughter was playing at a friends house and they were playing babies & The Stash.  Work it girls!  Gotta start them out young you know!  But ‘really’ if you look at our kids (there are 8 soon to be 9 between Rachael, Robyn & I) that is what they see their Moms doing every day!  Guess we have made better role models than we thought if they are wanting to ‘play’ The Stash!
  • Creative ‘breath’ of fresh air!  There are many who frequent the shop to see what is new and to also get their own creative juices flowing.  We find that the bright colors of the walls, and huge variety of artwork inspires our customers to dust off their machines & tools and get busy again.
  • Local gathering spot…  Many swing by with their lunch groups to browse before heading back to the office!
  • Do you have something to add?  What is The Stash to you?  Leave a comment & let us know…

So where do we go from here? Forward…

One of our small joys for us is that now we can track where we were last year in sales and compare it to this year…  I know, not to exciting to you all, but this is HUGE for us.  Over time, memories fade and for us to be able to track & compare is huge.  🙂  Another hurdle, was for us to get to the point, that we felt comfortable enough running the shop to have regular hours for The Stashettes…  🙂  What a difference a regular schedule makes!

First Fridays are being planned out well in advance to give the artist plenty of time to prepare!  This is always a really fun night for us, one where we can actually let loose & chat with our customers, eat a bit, drink a bit & enjoy our space.

Artists, we have around 140 right now…  We are always looking for more GREAT art to share!  It is amazing & awe inspiring the talent that we have in this town.

Time flies when you are having fun that is for sure!  Here is to another year for us here at the shop…

Bring your families, visitors & friends!  Remember to shop local & buy handmade!

Rock On Fairbanks…  🙂  We are a hopping place here at The Stash…  Yep we are up to 102 artists now!  Can you believe it???  The sound of that makes me so happy!

And another statistic for you, the blanket drive is growing every day…  We currently have 32 blankets as of today.  Sigh, that is some kind of good work Fairbanks!  Thanks for helping keep our seniors warm this winter…

Now don’t forget that we will be open at 8 a.m. on Friday, so you can get all your special (all local, all handmade) holiday gifts on the biggest shopping day of the year!  We will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. so come by and check us out!

I have been meaning to take a moment to sit down & write some things up about The Stash lately but time does have a way of getting away from me these days.  🙂

My mom is here visiting, and I think we have shocked her with our CRAZY busy lives!  I must say that the girls have been much happier knowing that they don’t have to follow Thane & I around quite as much.  Thank goodness for Mimmy’s (i.e. Grandma’s) that save the day.

So where do I begin?  Oh!  The painting…  …  There have been many questions about the painting that was up for auction by Jen Otey.  The bidding ended yesterday, July 4th!  Mother Earth in the end went for $325!  Thank you Jen for allowing us to show your items.

\'Mother Earth\' by Jen Otey

What is next on the list?

We had our 1 month anniversary yesterday…  So that was a nice milestone to cross.  What are some of the statistics you ask?  

Well as of today, we have 52 artist represented in The Stash, and of those 52, 7 are under the age of 15.  I think that is pretty darn neat.  I think that I will be following up with another blog with all the fun stuff our Fairbanks youth are producing!  There are some pretty creative kids around here.

Although we are settling in nicely to our space, time has seemed to be something we vastly underestimated.  🙂  We were making great strides the first 3 weeks before we opened, and yes, we are pretty close to completing the classroom.  But the outside part of our store, still needs some lovin’.  Secretly I am wishing that a painting fairy would show up and make our shingles our nifty shade of red!  Wouldn’t that be dandy?

Any artists that have surprised us?  Sure!  The candy…  That is probably our biggest & ‘sweetest’ surprise.  I happened upon Gretchen at Farmers Market one day (sounds like the start of a good story doesn’t it?) and introduced myself.  Funny enough, she was ‘just’ starting market and is NOT selling anywhere else in town.  So, I slyly (NOT) asked (BEGGED) her to bring some goodies our way.  Sure enough, she did and WA-LA, the rest is history.  Seriously, I can NOT begin to tell you how yummy her stuff is.  We have closet Gretchen addicts who come in, shop, buy and refuse to take a receipt because they don’t want a paper trail!  🙂  It is their own, secret bit of pleasure.  (Don’t worry, I will mention NO Names here!)  Hee Hee Hee

Yes, there have been the ‘other’ kind of artist to.  Fortunately, we are selecting work on a jurried basis.  So people must bring their items to us to preview, prior to accepting all works.  We have a very eclectic mix of things, and believe it or not, somethings just don’t work in there.  But there are TONS of artists in town who are bringing in some fabulous things…  Like these:

Oh there are so many more, I just don’t have them on my blogroll!  🙂  You must come in to see for yourself.

Farmers Market has gone well.  I have made it 2 times this summer, and plan on being there the remaining Saturday’s until mid August, or when they close.  Market is a vibe I dearly love.  Everyone is friendly and open.  Today I had our new sign up, and there were many people who recognized us.  So that gave me the warm fuzzies.  Artists are curious to know how business is going, customers are wondering what ‘new’ things have come in this week.  It is GREAT!  

Business, there have been many people who are wondering if we will be able to stay afloat as a business with our generous consignment offer of 70/30.  Rachael, Laura & I are firm believers that artists need to make as much as possible for their work, so we think that YES we will be able to stay in business, and create a new pathway for artists outlet.  We are more than a boutique, and that will work for us.  Classes are being booked, and the handwork lounge is being used, so we will plod ahead in our efforts to strive for our goals. 

The question is, will Fairbanks respond to a place that has based their whole existence on shopping local and buying handmade goods?  Please send your comments/thoughts/ideas our way…  We know you are out there!  The person with the best comment/thought/idea  by July 10th will get a prize!

Holy cow! Only 8 days left… We have been working hard to get the shop finished up, and it is looking so much better. I am describing it as ‘de-dumpifying’… Since it was a huge dump when we moved in. Hopefully our changes are helping!

We got the flooring done, and that was a job as each wall had tile that needed to be cut. Tomorrow we will put up the baseboard.

Today was the 2nd day of having consignors come in. 🙂 That was so cool to see all the nifty things coming through the store. I will take some photos once we un-box all their things. Beautiful glass jewelry, some amazing dolls, felted pincushions, watercolor paintings & cards. Whew… There were 10 artist that came through today, and more in the next few days.

Here are some pictures… The Mini-Stashettes, 4 out of the 8 between Rachael/Laura/Myself, have been good helpers, and the Mom’s are trying to not let them annoy us. 🙂 They like to sweep/swifter, tile, chase each other A LOT! In the front of the shop there is a long bench in the window that they all like to play on, and wave to people as they pass by.

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