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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!


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!

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Can you smell that?

Yep, I think I can…

Smells a bit like spring, with a potential for summer here in Fairbanks…

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Yep, that is what that is!

So what are WE going to do about it?  The Stash is having a sale, a May Sale!  Starting May 1st you will have to come and see for yourself what the artists are marking down.  We have been talking & chatting, walking the floor, looking at art, and these artists are bringing some prices down just for YOU!

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This is the out with winter & in with summer sale!

Mark your calendars, as this stuff won’t last long.  🙂

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Hello… Your local Stashette calling!

We have some holidays coming up in the NEAR future:

  • Administrative Professionals Day = April 22nd
  • Graduation = Mid May
  • Mothers Day = May 10th

The Stash has a HUGE variety of things for the lovies in your life, so swing by and let us help you shop! If you don’t see the perfect gift, we do gift certificates as well, hint, hint, and they last a lot longer than flowers! 🙂

As for upcoming events in the store that we have going on here in the shop for this week and next. Becky Kingry will be here with The Body Shop at Home, on Saturday 18th from 11-1 p.m. if you need anything!

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Stitch Out! We will be preparing lap blankets for The Fairbanks Alzheimer’s Association. There will be 2 events coming up:

  • Wed. April 15th from 5-8 p.m. (Cutting of blocks & sorting stacks)
  • Sat. April 18th from 12-4 p.m. (Sewing blocks together)

We have not had a lot of material turned in, so this may go faster than we anticipated. If you have a chance to go through your fabric stash, we would GREATLY appreciate it. We seriously need a lot more material, any material that has a great texture, color, pattern and can hold up to many washings would be perfect! There is a use for material in larger quantities to that we can use for the backing of the blankets too.

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One Finger Guitar Class For Teachers & Moms (or anyone who wants to play and sing-a-long with kids)

Saturday, April 25th, 10– 12 p.m.

Class Description: Don’t have time or the inclination to learn complex guitar chords? Ken will show you how to use an open tuning and one finger on your left hand to play simple chords to accompany yourself (and others) on the guitar (or other string instruments with frets). Open to Kids and Adults of All Ages (8-80)

Supplies: Beg, borrow, and bring any old acoustic guitar, nylon OR steel string (or a banjo, ukulele, mandolin, anything with frets AND strings—which doesn’t apply to fiddles, unfortunately)

Price: $10 per person

Teacher: Ken Brown

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Intuitive Drawings (These are the last Intuitive Drawings available for about 6 months!!!! So book now)

Saturday, April 25th, 12 – 6 p.m.

Class Description: Jen will be coming to the shop to do personal drawings for you! There are ½ hour slots available, so call now to reserve your space.

Supplies: All supplies provided!

Price: $40 per person

Artist: Jen Otey

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Make a Creative Map for 2009: aka A Vision Board April 25th 6-8pm

Class Description: 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 per person

Supplies: 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.)

Teacher: Amy Komar

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!

Just wanted to send out this website for the 2008 Denali Road Lottery.  

I am sure that you have heard of this, but just in case you haven’t here is the info for it.  🙂  This is something that my family LOVES to do, and make a fun Fall weekend trip.  The deadline is July 31st so don’t waste to much time on reading the rules.  🙂  

Every year I spend so much time trying to find the information for it, that I thought I would save you the time & trouble.  

Cheers – Janie

http://www.nps.gov/dena/parknews/roadlotteryjune08.htm

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

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Well I FINALLY  got my Grandma’s mothers day present done!  Only 9 months late…  But who is counting right?  🙂  This is the cutest pattern by Amy Bradley!  The mini quilt is detachable so I can make her new one’s for the seasons and other fun events.  I thought this would be super cute on my ‘super cute’ Grandma’s front door!

Ta Ta for now!

I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

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