Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Oh my.....Has it been that long since we last posted? Guess we had a busier holiday season than we planned on.  But we did not get the snow that pretty much the rest of the US received -- I feel so deprived and neglected by Mother Nature.  As I write this, snow is falling today in eastern and southeastern Washington state; we have nippy weather with sunshine.

But we have not been laying around.  Here are some items we did since our last posting:


Commissioned hand-etched Elephant square vase.


Many of my fellow cardmakers know how difficult it is to sell their products -- not because they are poor quality or not of an appealing design, but simply for the fact that people do not send out greeting cards anymore.  We have customers who love to buy our greeting cards, but not enough for us to stay in business as we have been.  Show fees have increased. Cost of supplies have increased.  So what to do? It saddens us, but we must cut back drastically on our show schedule this year.  When we do a show, we will have one (1) table instead of our regular two (2) tables.  We are attempting to do different things with our crafts to entice customers.

One new product we started carrying in November last year were Memory Albums and Memory Greeting Cards (glorified photo albums - but oh so CUTE!).  They have been selling fast, so if you see one you like, if you do not buy, it will probably not be there at the next show.  I will get photos for our next posting.


We learned how to create tri-fold cards years ago, but typically do them for friends and family. Size is typically 6 X 6 inches. We made a couple for the holiday craft shows.  Our first one:





 same panel as previous, but showing the snowman just out of his Pocket.



A Snowman tri-fold card, with 5 panels to decorate.



Our next tri-fold card:





Vintage Christmas tri-fold card with space to write a personal message.  Yes, our tri-fold greeting cards are a gift in themselves!

Now with the New Year here, it was time to get the January birthday cards done:



Completed for a friend in India.



For an aunt....



And an uncle.



For a friend to give his Lady for Valentine's Day. Yes, the center design is cross stitch by hand.



For another friend's birthday, whose last name is Peacock.  I decorated the envelope.  We used to do that years ago, but got away from it.  Time to bring it back.  Looks stunning, and it survived the mail in perfect condition!

What have you worked on lately?

Our first craft show will be in April.  Hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

We have 3 more holiday craft fairs this year:

Edmonds-Woodway High School Arts & Craft Fair
7600 - 212th Street SW
Edmonds, WA 98026
December 3, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Redmond High School Holiday Bazaar
Redmond High School Cafeteria
17272 NE 104th Street
Redmond, WA 98052
December 10; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Arlington American Legion Craft & Vendor Event
115 North Olympic Avenue
Arlington, WA 98223
December 17; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Look forward to seeing you at one of these events.


Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!  Travel safe and enjoy good food and family!

Come on out for Shop Small Business Saturday on November 26. 

You can find us at
Follow the Star Craft Fair
Edmonds Masonic Center
515 Dayton
Edmonds, Washington
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

We are also open Friday, November 25, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.



This will be our 10th year at this Fair, so be sure to stop in and say hi!



Remember to bring your greeting card and gift wish lists!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Our next holiday craft show is tomorrow, Saturday, November 19, 10 am - 4 pm, at: 

Vineyard Park Holiday Craft Bazaar
Vineyard Park
23008 - 56th Avenue West
Mountlake Terrace, WA

Be sure to bring your greeting card and gift wish list -- there will be many items to choose from!


Loads of Holiday, Birthday and all Occasion greeting cards.


Perfect greeting card for the man in your life.



NEW!  Very detailed Memory Albums -- perfect Birthday, Holiday, Wedding or Baby gift!

See you at the Bazaar!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Hi Everyone!

Our holiday craft shows have gotten off to a good start.  We have 5 shows in November and December, so plenty of time to get those quality handmade gifts for family and friends.

We are well stocked with shaped Chocolates and our Milk Chocolate/Vanilla Cream Truffles, Dark Chocolate/Caramel Truffles and White Chocolate/Raspberry Truffles!

If you need Herbs for cooking over the next few months, we have a good stock of homegrown, hand-tended, hand-picked and dried Herbs.

We have new items this year that have gotten popular.  If you need a quality scrapbook or photo album, we are your go-to place!  We just stocked a bunch of new ones for the shows, so be sure to arrive early for best choice! There is a lot of interest, and I am not sure how long before we are sold out.

I am also trying this Nutcracker decorative box (8" X 8").  I've gotten some favorable reviews.  Stop by one of our shows and see it for yourself.



This photo is from our CAToberFest in mid-October.  It turned out to be a really good little show.  We will have much more than these items at our next 5 shows, so be sure to stop in and see what we have.


Remember to bring your gift and greeting card Wish List for the holidays as well as for the first few months of 2017!

Our next craft show is:

St. Pius X Holiday Bazaar
November 12 & 13th
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

St. Pius X School Gym
22105 - 58th Avenue West
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Hope to see you this weekend!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Only a few more days!


CAToberFest 
Saturday, October 15. 2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Maple Valley Community Center
22010 SE 248th Street
Maple Valley, WA 98038

Bring your birthdays, weddings, babies, anniversaries, condolences and holiday greeting cards "want list" -- we've got over $4,000 worth of cards in stock to choose from!

Some of our cross stitch greeting cards...





If you need a "man" card.....


See you at CAToberFest!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Just a reminder to come on down to Maple Valley, Washington for

CAToberFest 
Saturday, October 15. 2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Maple Valley Community Center
22010 SE 248th Street
Maple Valley, WA 98038


To temp you further, here are a few other Cat greeting cards that will be available at CAToberFest:







Monday, October 3, 2016

We have had a busy summer with our flower and vegetable gardens.  We have also been creating greeting cards, handmade chocolates, homegrown & dried herbs, and etched glassware for the holiday craft bazaars coming up.

Our next show is:

CAToberFest 
Saturday, October 15. 2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Maple Valley Community Center
22010 SE 248th Street
Maple Valley, WA 98038


We will debut our new Cat chocolate designs!  We have loads of new Cat greeting cards and cross stitched gifts.  Keith has been working up adorable Cat design etched glassware -- perfect for cat lovers!

Some of our new cards available at CAToberfest:













And to tempt you with one of the new Cat chocolate designs....


You will have to attend the show to see our other new Cat chocolate designs.

Come on down to Maple Valley for a day of Cat Lovin' Fun!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Reminder that our Summer Bazaar is coming up this Saturday!  We will have chocolates (including a NEW Truffle!), handmade greeting cards, etched glassware and hand cross-stitch gifts.  Hope to see you there!


Friday, July 8, 2016

Our next craft show for your shopping pleasure is

2016 Summer Bazaar
Vineyard Park Mountlake Terrace
23008 - 56th Avenue West
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
July 23, 2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

(Proceeds from our booth rentals support the Alzheimer's Assocation.)

Gift items for purchase include handmade greeting cards, handmade chocolates, hand-etched glassware, and homegrown, ground herbs.

Hope to see you there!