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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!
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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!


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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!

Hi…  Just wanted to let you know about the upcoming items that we have going on here in the shop for this week and next.
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New Product!
Wow, spring has sprung and so have our artists!  We love it…  There is a LARGE amount of new products in the store.  Seems that everyday a new artist comes our way.  Everything from pottery, jewelry, watercolors, purses, etc.
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May Sale!

Many of our artists have made a point to mark some of their goodies down!  Just in time for Mothers Day, Graduations, Weddings and all that comes along this time of year.  So don’t delay in checking these items out as they won’t be around for long I am sure.

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Punch Cards are now in!

The punch cards are completed & have arrived!  These make the perfect gifts for classes, yoga sessions, sewing lounge hours.  So be sure to ask the next time you are in for yours…

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Therapy!
Due to the extreme beautiful weather, we are going to post-pone Therapy sessions until the snow falls again!  Who wants to be inside when we could all be OUT doing fun things with out having to wear a coat!  🙂  So keep your eyes peeled for more on this in the future.

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Extra Fabric to donate!

Thank you,  Thank you, Thank you to all who donated material for the lap blanket project for the Fairbanks Alzheimer’s Association.  It was such a pleasure to have so many choices of color & texture to work with.  And as you know, many hands make light work!  BUT that has also left us with an inordinate amount of left over fabric.

Do you know of a cause that is in need of some material?  If so, please email us or call us and let us know so we can contact them.  We would dearly LOVE to share the wealth that we received with this project!
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Hat-Attack! (A day dedicated to crocheting/knitting hats for cancer patients)

Saturday May 9th from 12-4 p.m.

Who:  Anyone interested in joining who can knit or crochet!  Bring your self, a friend, a relative and enjoy a day of hat making. Can’t knit or crochet?  Come and hang out, eat snacks and LEARN how!  Or take a class before May 9th from one of our great teachers at the shop.

Details:  The shop, couches, chairs will be open for all warm bodies!  Please come and bring a snack if you want…  Should be a fun day!

Extras:  Can’t make it to the Hat-Attack but still want to help?  Feel free to drop off handmade hats at The Stash no later than May 31st.

Helpful hints:

  • An excellent source for patterns is www.headhuggers.org
  • Hats knit with brown fun fur are in demand.
  • For summer, any color fun fur is good.
  • Cotton hats for sleeping are desirable.
  • Make sure the yarn you use is SOFT!

For more information, please call The Stash at 457-8274.

Last summer, after we first opened our doors here at The Stash, we hosted our first Non-Profit here in Fairbanks!  This was the beginning of our monthly service projects called The Stash Lends a Hand!

The Stashettes hosted a Knit-a-thon for the Interior Alaska Cancer Association with Soroptimist.  Soroptimist International of Fairbanks is a group of professional women who work to improve the lives of women and children. The local group has an on-going project to knit/crochet hats for women who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy.

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Yoga!

The adult yoga class will now be meeting on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m.  Please call ahead to RSVP so we can make sure we have you down on the list!

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

So after much pondering, wondering, thinking…  I am curious, for those that read our website, access it for class information etc. 

Hot News…Hot News…Hot News…

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
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Classes NEXT  Week!

Make a Creative Map for 2009: aka A VISION BOARD
January 5th, 6-8 p.m
or
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.

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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.

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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!  🙂

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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…

Well, today was the day!  Actually it was our first ‘outing’ with the shop. 

  Other than the 2 days I did this summer at Farmers Market.  🙂  It was great!  Much better than yesterday, which was a whole day of moving the shop & 42 artists worth of stuff & resetting up!  It hasn’t been that long since we moved the shop, so I think that was entirely to fresh in our minds.  🙂

For me it was like old home week.  On both sides of our booth, were Farmers Market cohorts, so that was cool.  One side is 084, Jill & Dayna make beautiful jewelry in their spare time after their full-time jobs.  Their booth is amazingly elegant, and won ‘Best in show’ for 2007.  (Made us look like a mini garage sale at times!) On the other side is Moosetard Mustard, yummy!  We would have been lost in la-la land without them to help us with our novel credit card machine!  🙂

As things picked up, some people were asking about what we were exactly???  So we were educating Fairbanks on the finer art of The Stash!  I am happy to announce that most of the people that came by had already heard of us though.  So warm fuzzies went all around for the Stashettes.

We have 2 booths this year, and they are across the aisle from each other.  This is a challenge, but nice too.  That way we can have shoppers coming & going on both sides.

The Stashettes were all up LATE working feverishly on some beautiful 081for the event too!  They are reversible, so we can get the most bang for our buck!  We LOVE them, and received so many compliments on them today.  Yeah!  It is so fun being snazzy sometimes…  One lady asked if I could make her one, I said sure!  And then proceeded to explain that there are 3 yards of material in each apron, and they take 5 hours per apron to make.  So the cost would be approximately $85.  She didn’t faint, but she quickly said no thank you.  Hmmm, once you take away the cost of the material, I really would only be making $10 per hour.  Do you think that is to steep?  Not if I am the one making them…

So the day is done, pictures are in the camera, which is not with me…

Sooooo, I will add them at a later date!  Keep checking back.

Cheers!

Recycling materials is one of the many ways to help our environment… But have you ever wondered what happens after you recycle things? Where do they go? What kind of items do they turn into? Where does their path lead them?

November we at The Stash will be celebrating the earth, families, holidays and recycling!

Recycle, Reuse, Renew and Give… November 7th from 5-8 p.m. we hope that you can join us for this First Friday event.

Gift giving is a common thing during the holdiays… It transcends religions, ethnicities, economic classes and so much more. The Stash would like to help educate those in gift giving this year. We encourage you to take the handmade pledge to start. And we will be featuring all handmade things in the store as well as teaching several forms of handmade trades & artforms every month.

I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

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