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When we moved into our new home on Third Avenue, we adopted a small piece of furniture.  It had great bones, and I am sure a lovely story behind it.  Yep, it is the little white changing table with blue & yellow paint splattered on it.  See, bottom left part of this ‘nice’ photo. 

But let’s face it, it needed a new life.  🙂  After all, it will be living in here…

So here the story goes…

Once upon a time there were 3 Stashettes, we had a lovely new store, with a very ugly bathroom!  One day, a brilliant artist came by to visit.  She made dandy things, and with a wave of her brush cast a spell upon us with her ‘modge podge’ magic and we were transfixed.  Yep, you heard it, transfixed!  The stories she told & the art that she showed, struck us to the core & were something to behold.  It was her, can you believe it, the answer to our prayers!

We worked & talked, talked & worked, and from all that the ideas flowed like glue off her bristals.  She knew we were a sassy bunch, and not just any old thing would do!

Princess Jennifer set out to rescue us!  And breath new life into this room with the loo.

The color, the fabric & vision must be just right, for this room with a throne, to behold such a crew.  Princess Jennifer sanded, painted and glued til it stuck!

And alas, it is time for revealing our own sweet Hilda.

Yep, Hilda is her name, that red-headed gal.  Her curves & smirk are the ‘perfect’ fit for our bunch!

Thank you Princess Jennifer, for all you do.  We are waiting impatiently for you to be through.  Your vision & story we can not undo.  Patience simply is not a Stashette virtue.  I had to share with you, because each day is something a new.

(This story was written to honor Jennifer with her WONDERFUL artwork & story that she can create.  I will keep posting photos as she progresses with the project!  We are so proud of her and they way this piece is turning out…  Now the pressure will be on to re-vamp the bathroom to match this piece of art!  Hilda is the name of our dresser, and it is the name of the woman in the pictures.  She was painted by Duane Bryers, this piece is in honor of all the wonderful qualities he captured and shared with us via Hilda, his favorite subject.)

So today was the day to make curtains…

It didn’t get done, so I am assuming that makes tomorrow the day to ‘really’ get curtains done.  🙂  You can see the fabric below that we have picked out…  Let me know what you think…  I thought it was pretty cool looking!

We have been slaving away still.  Seeing artists, cleaning, painting, you know the general run down of getting things done by Friday.  But we are really feeling the pressure to get it done & wonderful by Friday!  

I have included some photos for you all to see how things are looking.  Some things are coming together nicely, others (i.e. curtains) seem to keep ending up on the back burner.  Off to bed now!  Chat more soon…


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.

Let the sun shine in…

Rachael’s husband, Mike, pulled an all-nighter last night to get The Stash painted.  Woo Hoo!  Check out the difference.  Once the paint is completely dry, we will go in for all the touch-ups. 

Ceiling & workroom are all a nice antique white, boutique is yellow.  The shingled canopy outside will be painted red.

Today, The Stashettes (Laura, Rachael & I) went to pick out fabric for the curtains!  That was fun, but OH so hard to do.  Trying to find the right color, something not to country, not to blah, something that screams “Come shop here!” was the goal.  🙂  Went with red, so can’t go wrong there.  I will add pictures of those later too. 

Tomorrow is tile!  Probably would have gotten a better start on that tonight if I didn’t have this stinking cold. 

Cheers!  J

Many of you are requesting a ‘glimpse’ of The Stash…  So I have taken a few photos for you to see in ALL of it’s raw glory.  Mind you it is a shell & pretty rough right now!  🙂 

Since I wrote last we have: 

  • sorted through the left over shelving
  • removed nails from walls
  • windows & doors taped and ready for paint
  • paint colors selected (super fun!)
  • floor tile purchased & delivered

Whew!  I just spoke with Rachael, her wonderful husband Mike will be painting for us.  So looks like Friday night is date night with ladders & paint for inside and out! 

Again I will take pictures as we go! 

So today was the day…  The official day, that we made the ‘real’ deal and signed the contract for The Stash…  

Woo Hoo… 🙂 

Rachael & I met at 3:30 and walked through, met with the landlord, toured the rest of the building (lots of old Fairbanks history there!) and chose flooring & paint colors.  

There is A LOT of work to be done in the next 2 weeks all gearing up to a June 6th Grand Opening!  Will we make it?  Of course, but not without some MAJOR work & renovating of this place.  I took photos the other day, so will get those downloaded for you to see soon.

Watch out Fairbanks!  Here we come…  

I know that I was lost for a bit in my crazy Alaska life…

But then I was found!  🙂 

Now I am beginning to wonder, “What in the world am I doing?”


This week was so calm at work, what to do with myself only working full-time this week?  Guess I was bored, so my friend Rachael & I decided to mix things up a bit!  We went to look at a store front space for The Stash!!!! 

I am beginning to believe if you want something done, you just have to do it yourself and MAKE it happen! 

The space, it is rough, but nothing that a little paint & elbow grease can’t take care of!  Right?  Paint, the perfect cover for all things dingy.  There is a window to the street though, and all utilities are paid!  Woo Hoo…  That is big up here where our fuel bills keep getting higher & higher. 

So now, I need to finish up the Business Plan, see who would like to partner in this venture, find artists/craftsman to consign & seek out a small grant/loan to kick start this business.  (I am actually a nervous wreck about this!)

Could we actually be in business by June 1st?  Or should it be later?

How does one know if this is the right step to take?  Do we just jump off that cliff and see if we crash or soar?

Whew, back to work for now! 


Things are coming together on The Stash front!  I am amazed at how many people are so EXCITED about this idea…  The database is being built to accommodate teachers, art/craft mediums and consignors.  Woo Hoo!

So far I have teachers willing to teach in these areas:

  • Native Beading
  • Journaling (ages from 4 to 94)
  • Quilting
  • Glass (fused)
  • Metal (small items: jewelry/bookmarks/etc.)
  • Needle felting

Other areas that I would LOVE to have:

  • Watercolor
  • Knitting
  • Crochet
  • Paper
  • Poetry writing
  • Beaded jewelry
  • Baby shower craft ideas
  • Bridal shower craft ideas

There are actually so many more, but you get the picture… 

So please forward me anyone you know in the Fairbanks area that would be interested in teaching ‘their thing’ or selling ‘their thing’ in the boutique!  Or better yet, forward this blog on to them and have them contact me!

Now have you gotten this far, and still don’t know what this is about? 

The Stash: A place for learning and creating all things handmade.

We will have a great lounge and classroom for learning.  Boutique on the front with ALL local and ALL handmade items for your shopping pleasure.  I am curious what ‘buying local’ would do to our economy and the sustainability of our communities.  What better way to do that, than with your neighbors.  Plus there is a HUGE factor in communities that need to come together and support each other, that can be done in the classroom/lounge.  There is something very therapeutic about creating things, whether it is with your hands/heart/mind. 

It is funny, that I am totally into this aspect of the business, but the one thing that terrifies me are the financials!  🙂  So I am going back to the Small Business Development Center to hone those skills. 

Love to hear from you!

I Took The Handmade Pledge!