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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!

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

Hi there…  Janie here from The Stash!

We have had a busy week here at the shop!  There are many things going on, changing and evolving for us.  We will see if I can fill you in below:

  • The Stash on the Road:  Holiday Market Place!  Thank you again to you all who will be joining us on that venture.  We really appreciate your support and are looking forward to hitting a whole different target market with The Stash.  We only needed 21 artists to join in order for The Stash to be able to afford to go.  Booth fees are outrageous at $525, naturally most of us ‘individual’ artists have not been able to pay.  But as a group, we have collectively come up with the funds & The Stash will man the booth!  Woo Hoo!
  • Artists Message Board:  There has been a request, that we are more than willing to help with.  🙂  Artists, we will have a message board for you, set up in our classroom.  This is for you to post artistic items that you have for sale or would like to trade.  Use it as much as you can and check it often for great deals!  
  • Website:  Yes, we are going to be doing one and it is in the works for this Fall…  Will let you know more as we know more…  🙂 
  • Classes: Who wants to teach & when?  Day time slots are good, and would be a perfect time to work with homeschool groups.  Evenings are great and we would love to hear about your ideas…  Rachael is taking on this class scheduling baby, so she would be the perfect one to answer your questions.  
  • Moving:  Yep, that is what that word means…  The Stash has outgrown its current location in the short 11 weeks since Grand Opening!  The venue is moving, but I guarantee you it is a most fabulous spot.  We are doubling the space, increasing wall area, adding a bathroom (yes!!!!! we have been working for this long with out a bathroom in our shop!), and setting up a permanent place for the sewing lounge.  Our new address will be: 535 3rd Avenue, Suite B.  So please let us know if you have any questions about any of this and Laura, Rachael & I will be glad to help you.  Our new Grand Re-Opening will be on Friday October 3rd!  When we talked about this today we realized that we opened with around 30 artists, and at last count today we are at 74!  Way to go Fairbanks…
  • Inventory:  Holidays are coming!  We hope to have a great selection for our customers in the store and at ‘Roady’ shop when we are out doing events.  A new little ditty will be our holiday baskets, made for all different people, following all different themes, and selling for all different prices.  Should make some shopping easier that is for sure.
  • Fixtures:  As we grow the business to help support all the wonderful artwork & pretties, we are always searching for neat items to display things on.  So this would be an all call for cool things.  🙂  Have some furniture around that you aren’t using, or something creative in mind, LET US KNOW!  We would love to hear your ideas, and see your things. (Emailing pictures works great for us if they are to big to bring in!)
  • First Fridays:  We have all the First Friday themes planned from now through December.  They are as follows:
    • September 5th:  All things by kids and/or for kids (Here we will highlight our youth artists in the shop and their wonderful work.  We will also feature all things made for kids too!) 
    • October 3rd:  The Stash Unplugged (Fairbanks very own musicians, music writers and music makers all in one  place.  Lively jam sessions, unique mixes too!) 
    • November 7th:  Recycle, Reuse, Rethink and Give (So many of our products are made out of environmentally friendly materials or items that had a previous life as something else, come and see the unique and thoughtful way these artists work.) 
    • December 5th:  Share the warmth (Hats, Mittens, Scarves oh my…  It is bringing forth all things to warm you up and those of others!) 
  • Newspaper article:  Fairbanks Daily Newsminer was in today for an interview!  Yeah…  Looks like there will be an article coming next Sunday on Aug. 31st in the business section.  Keep your fingers crossed in hopes that it all comes out as cool as the interview went.

Whew, I feel like I need to take a nap now!  🙂 
Cheers – The Stashette’s

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.

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!

I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

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