So my new favorite crafter is the very adorable paper crafter Mary Patchin, aka Ruthie. She consider’s herself an artist/ maker of things. We met a month ago is Seattle at the Pabst Blue Ribbon Art Submission Party at the Mars Bar. Mary’s PBR art won fan favorite for the evening and her piece, along with mine and others have been added to the permanent collection at Pabst corporate Headquarters in Chicago IL. And……….our pieces our now up and in the running for the national contest. More on that to follow as we know more. you can go to PBRart for more info. You can check out more of Mary’s things on her Blog Chubbycraft.
Bracelets, Rings, Necklaces, all with super cute images, and universal sayings, handmade julz cannot be denied. Not only is she super cute, so is her work. You’ve seen it in magazines, you’ve met her at shows, you know you dig on her things, and I’m here to tell you to come pick them up before there all gone. Get jewelry on that’s as unique as you are, and help support this Oregonian.
At the end of the month Linda Vidmar of “Plays in Clay”, will be leaving us here at happy delusions. Linda has been with us since the beginning and we are so sad to see her go. Her wonderful ceramics will be going out to the streets. She is going to take this year to get her items out to a couple of craft shows through-out the state. She will continue to do her work and we still have a lot of amazing original pieces left here in the shop. So stop by soon before it’s too late and she’s gone from the store forever. You will be missed here Linda.
February is Heart month here in Renton. Come on in to pick up your passport and up your awareness of heart health. The City of Renton has teamed up with happy delusions and other local businesses to help get you a passport to free blood pressure and blood sugar screening. Get a stamp in your passport for both screenings plus a stamp at one of the participating businesses and be entered to win some exciting prizes. You can click here to get the complete details.
Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is upon us and you really should get something for that special someone. A card from one of our local card makers is a simple way to say, “Hey, I think you’re swell, even though I’m not really into this cheesy holiday, I didn’t want you to think I didn’t remember”. We have ton’s of cute vintage cards with a modern flare, like the one pictured here by Jane Hashash. You can also go for the traditional Flowers and Candy which Deb at “Girlfriends” would happily put together a bouquet for you while you shop for all the fun candies we have decorated for the occasion by Ms. Magoo & Lou. These Bee’s reading “Bee Mine” happen to bee my favorite of their’s. Then you can head into Liberty Cafe for a non-threatening coffee date, or up to Common Ground Coffee and Cupcake for one of their Valentine cupcakes.
Of course we don’t want to forget those who have loved us from the get go either. We also have great gifts for your Mom, Dad, Best Friend, Grandma, etc. These are my favorite by Ms. Lady P. As nothing says love like keeping someones feet toasty warm.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Share the debut of the awesome photographic images by Beverly Fletcher. A gift from her “Precious Moments in Life and Nature” images, for yourself or someone special, will be a lasting reminder of the sweetness of life! Please come celebrate with us on February 11th from 4-7. Refreshments and personal signing provided.
Come in to happy delusions today during the Superbowl and get a free pack of “Football is Gay”, peppermint gum! The creative minds at Blue Q hit it on the nose again with this one. However, if there was a football team that had a rad rainbow hat like this one on the gum, I would, for sure, by cheering it on. Also anyone who spends $20.00 or more will be entered to win a $50.00 gift certificate to the shop. Just be sure to mention………… that football is gay.
Check out this cool poster handmade by Catherine Mill of Renton WA. It was done in an awesome grassroots effort to save our local library from KCLS (King County Library System). In a nutshell, and with everyone feeling the effects of the economy, so is dear ol’ Renton. A special election is being held Feb. 9 to annex or not. Word got out and the people are talking. It’s been so neat to see so many residents get involved and make a difference. Renton, in my opinion, projects an image and displays banners to encourage work, live, play, within our city. I do this and love this. We are in support of the little guy. Heck, we are the little guy. Why would such an amazing city want to give up our local library when everything they are promoting says that they want us to be local and independent? This confuses me, and as a downtown business owner I would be personally effected if our library were to leave, and my taxes went up. So whats the deal? Something seems off, but I still believe in our city, I believe in the downtown, I believe amazing things can happen when people realize they matter and get involved, I believe issues like this enpower us to do more, and I believe that the people will VOTE NO ON PROP. 1 and keep our libraries in our own control. Ballots are out, and if you haven’t made a decision yet, or have voted yes and want to change, there is still time, please check out these sites for more accurate info.