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Come Have Some Fun at the Buckman Art Show + Sell This Saturday & Sunday!

Stop by the 28th Annual Buckman Art Show + Sell this weekend ~ March 10 & 11. The fun begins at 10 am on Saturday morning. Ms. Chinchilla’s paws have been busy getting ready for the show!

I’ll have my usual things — magnets, treat bags, key fobs and pouches. In addition, I have a great new wristlet design in fun fabrics and new felt Easter-theme critters. These would make great gifts or be a sweet surprise inside an Easter basket.

There will be 130 local artists and craftspersons selling their original artwork, furniture, toys, jewelry, textiles, paper creations, photography, paintings, ceramics and more! 30% of sales are donated to the Buckman PTA to support their award-winning arts-integrated education. Food carts, student art and kids art activities too!

Saturday 10-5 Sunday 11-5

320 SE 16th Ave, Portland OR
$2-5 suggested donation

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Thank You for a Great Set of Winter Shows!

thankyou2017Thank you to everyone who came out to the craft bazaars this November and December!  Thank you for supporting my small business and adding “handmade smiles” to your life.  There are so many talented makers in our area and I know we appreciate you all taking the time to come out and take a look at our locally made, handcrafted items.

Thank you to friends and family who stopped by — Stacey, Kristi, Donna, and Kelly! It was so nice to see your friendly faces. At Llewellyn Elementary, I had such a great surprise when I ran into my son’s former 1st/2nd grade teacher. It’s been a few years since I saw her last. Our family has such wonderful memories of the years in her classroom. It really made my day.

Besides visits from friends, one of the best things about being part of the handmade community is getting to know the other vendors. Our displays are crammed into small spaces and we deal with varying temperatures, lack of customers, and display malfunctions. It is truly a bonding experience!

gnomesI tried to keep my personal shopping to a minimum, but couldn’t resist purchasing this little set from GnomeWerksPDX. Her creations are so sweet and I’ve wanted something from her for a while now.

This is just a small sample of her work. There are so many figures to choose from!

 

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I am also really enjoying this hand cream from Raindance Organics. It smells delicious and is very soothing. My hands always get dry this time of year especially when I am sewing like crazy.

Now that my shows are done for the year, I am going to take the next few weeks to concentrate on the holidays, my family, and my wreck of a house!

Then, I hope to get more things up on Etsy, including a sale on some holiday items as well as try out some new patterns for possible inclusion in my product line.

buckman2018I do have one show already lined up for 2018 — The Buckman Art Show & Sell on March 10 & 11! I did this show last year and had a great time. Hope to see you then!

 

 

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Holiday Shows Start This Weekend!

The flurry of holiday markets and bazaars has begun! Chinchilla Whiskers will be at several shows this November and December. Hope you can stop by.

llewellynFirst up is the Llewellyn Holiday Market on Saturday, November 18th from 10 am – 5 pm.

Llewellyn Elementary is located at 6301 SE 14th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202.

This event is sponsored by the PTA to support afterschool programs and class field trips.

In addition to all the wonderful handmade goodies, other offerings include a storybook reading, a mini photo holiday shoot by Hannah Schreiner Photography, a fun leather making craft by Purpose Handmade, and wreath making by Sellwood Flower Company. PDX Sliders will also be onsite from 11am-2pm!

waldorfThe following day, Sunday, November 19th, I’ll be at the Portland Waldorf School Holiday Market from 10 am – 3 pm.

The Portland Waldorf School is located at 2300 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie, OR 97222.

The Milwaukie Sunday Farmers Market will also be open for its special before-Thanksgiving food fair.

Here’s the rest of the Chinchilla Whiskers Holiday Show Schedule:

lewisLewis Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale Saturday, December 2, 10 am – 3 pm

4401 SE Evergreen St., Portland

Stop by for great shopping, beautiful trees, and amazing food.

 

Laurelhurst School Bazaarlaurelhurst Sunday, December 3, 9 am – 4 pm

840 NE 41st Avenue, Portland

 

 

 

dairyvilleMom Made Market at Alpenrose Dairy Christmas in Dairyville Saturday, December 16, 11 am – 6 pm

6149 SW Shattuck Rd., Portland

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Scratch Made Market this Saturday, October 14th!

Chinchilla Whiskers will be at the 3rd annual Scratch Made Market this Saturday, October 14 from 9 am – 3 pm. This year we’re at a great location — the Beaverton Elks Lodge, 3464 SW 106th Avenue in Beaverton off of SW Canyon Rd. Hope to see you there!

scratch2017I’ll be bringing lots of goodies including — treat bags, magnets, small and large pouches, wristlets, ornaments and more!

In addition to all the great artists and crafters selling their wares, there is:

 

  • NO entry fee and FREE parking
  • Kids coloring station
  • Elks will have their kitchen open (Doughnuts anyone?)
  • The place will be hoppin’ with some lively music from Bellows and Squawk and Rain or Shine.
  • They will be accepting donations for My Breast Friend.
  • Scratch Made will be handing out 50 swag bags at the beginning of the market to the first 50 visitors.
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Stop By the Buckman Art Show + Sell This Weekend ~ March 11 & 12

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I am excited to be part of the year’s Buckman Art Show + Sell at the Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School this Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12!

This is the biggest show I’ve participated in and I’m a little nervous. There are so many well-known Portland artists who have been part of this show. For years each spring, I’ve dragged my reluctant, uncrafty family here to take a look around and support Portland makers. My favorite part — the student art! While there is some truly high-end work here, there are many affordable pieces as well. I hope you’ll take some time this weekend to support this great school!

Here are the details:

140 artists and craftspersons will be selling their original artwork, furniture, toys, jewelry, textiles, paper creations, photography, paintings, ceramics and more!  30% of sales are donated to the Buckman PTA to support the award winning arts integrated education.  Plus there will be food carts, performances, art activities for kids & a student art gallery for two full days of fun!

Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School
320 SE 16th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

Saturday    10-5
Sunday      11-4

Hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Spring Shows!

I thought the early months of 2017 would be a quieter time to sew some garments, build my skills, and develop my online store. But surprisingly, it seems there are quite a few craft shows happening out there!

Chinchilla Whiskers will be at these upcoming shows. I hope you’ll add these to your calendar!

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Puplandia Valentine’s Day Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, February 4, 2017 11 am – 3 pm at the Oaks Park Dance Pavilion. This show features over 50 amazing vendors of local art and craft. It is a fundraiser for Puplandia Dog Rescue. If that’s not enough to draw you in, there will be a puppy kissing booth!

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Buckman Art Show + Sell 2017 on Saturday & Sunday, March 11-12, 2017 at Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School in SE Portland. I have always enjoyed attending this show as a shopper, especially art created by the students! The Buckman show features 140 artists and makers selling their original artwork, furniture, toys, jewelry, textiles, paper creations, photography, paintings, ceramics and more! Plus there’s live music and dance performances, food cart deliciousness, free children’s art activities, and more.

Hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

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Thank You for Your Support and Helping Others!

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Thank you to everyone who came out to Llewellyn Elementary, the Portland Waldorf School and The Arleta School!

This fall was the first time I was able to fully commit to sewing and selling. But I often think, why am I taking time making all these things? My tagline is “handmade smiles” and yes, sewing makes me happy and gives smiles to my customers. But it’s not like I’m making the world a better place or helping those in need.

 

give_guideSo, I decided to donate 50% of my sales to organizations included in this year’s Give! Guide. The Give! Guide includes 141 Portland nonprofits and puts them under one digital roof. They range from nonprofits that focus on animals, civil and human rights, education, environment, health, human services and more. 

I am happy to report that together we raised $635 to donate to local organizations! While all the nonprofits are worthy and it was very difficult to narrow down, I whittled it to 5 — giving $127 to each. Thank you to those who recommended organizations to me! I also chose organizations that have been important in my life.

The organizations Chinchilla Whiskers donated to are:

  • Baby Blues Connection — Provides free support, information and resources to women and families coping with pregnancy and postpartum depression.
  • Bradley Angle — Serves all people experiencing, or at risk of, domestic violence, by providing safety, education, empowerment, healing and hope.
  • Farmers Ending Hunger — Partners with Oregon farmers and ranchers who donate extra crops of produce, vegetables, fruit, wheat and cattle to help feed Oregon’s hungry. The donated food is transported and processed for use in emergency relief boxes coordinated and distributed by the Oregon Food Bank’s regional network.
  • Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette  — Provides, promotes and protects access to reproductive health care.
  • Portland Animal Welfare Team (PAW) — Keeps people and pets together during the most difficult times of their lives by providing free veterinary care to the pets of the homeless and those living in acute poverty.

Again, thank you so much for supporting Chinchilla Whiskers but also for helping others! Happy Holidays!

 

 

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Upcoming Shows!

Had great time at the Kinton Grange Antique Faire & Craft Show yesterday! Thank you to everyone who came out. It was a wonderfully run fundraiser for the Kinton Grange and I hope they make it an annual event.

So far, Chinchilla Whiskers has two more shows lined up this fall. Start your holiday shopping early. Hope that you can come out and say hi! I’ll be adding more to the Etsy shop too!

scratch_madeScratch Made Market
Tigard Grange
13770 SW Pacific Highway
Tigard, OR
Saturday, October 15th
10 am – 4 pm
Featuring over 40 of the areas most talented makers of handmade wares!

llewellynLlewellyn Holiday Market
6301 SE 14th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202
Saturday November 19th
10 am – 5 pm

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