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Hey Gang! It’s that time of year again (actually I’m late) for all you super talented people to start applying for holiday shows. So, join me for the second Holiday Craft Bazaar at the Tin Umbrella in Hillman City. Enjoy holiday shopping, yummy treats, and an art show, all while sipping on some hot delicious cocoa or coffee.

a little collection of goods from last years event.

a little collection of goods from last years event.

We are currently looking for 10 artisans to sell their items on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 4th from 5pm to 8 pm during the turning on of the lights! And December 5th, and 6th from 8:00AM-2:00PM during the Tin Umbrella’s regular weekend hours. This is a wonderful neighborhood coffee house with a loyal and strong customer base.

New this year have extra opportunities for those of you only looking for a one night show. A couple of the neighboring businesses, Big Chickie, The pet store, the union bar, furniture place are all open to having pop up booths for Friday night only. Note that this is the first year with new locations and you will not be in the Tin Umbrella for Friday night only.

Here is a list of things to know before applying to the show.

*We are looking for tiny things as this is a shop and go atmosphere, and the space is limited.
*Tables will be provided and shared. Displays should be small and tabletop size.
*Chairs will be provided
*Load in time will be Friday, December 4th from 2-5pm, and You must be ready to go by 5pm Friday and 8am both Saturday and Sunday of the event with a 7:30 arrival time.
* The cost is $45 for all 3 days both days or $20 for Friday only
*You keep 100% of your profit
*Fee includes set up and break down
*This is a family friendly atmosphere so expect a constant flow of little people and adults.
*Space set up is not arranged so after accepted you are on a first come first serve basis.
*Because this is a coffee shop, you will not be able to bring in your own food or beverage.
*You are required to be there all day
*Bringing an assistant/child is acceptable as this is a family friendly event
*You will be responsible for donating an item to be raffled off for all patrons who spend $50 or more at the event.

For more information on this festive event or to apply please email Mary at

Can’t wait to see what you do!



"Bikes & Brew" Poster by Kelly Affleck

“Bikes & Brew” Poster by Kelly Affleck

So I’m a couple weeks late on the post here. I’ve been vacationing in Ocean Shores with my family, not that that’s any excuse. The Bicycle & Beer Show was a smashing success! The live music was incredible, the art spoke for itself, the giveaways from GHY were great, the weather was beaming, and everyone was having a ball. Thank you everyone who came out and helped make this a fantastic event. These are just some of the photo’s from the event. Enjoy!


Evan plays his version of the Saved by the Bell theme song

Evan plays his version of the Saved by the Bell theme song

"Pedal for your Pints" My own embroidered contribution to the show

“Pedal for your Pints” My own embroidered contribution to the show

"My Old Bike" by Dave Cohen, Pen and Ink

“My Old Bike” by Dave Cohen, Pen and Ink

This Saturday, June 25th is Customer Appreciation Day! All our loyal customers and new ones are welcome to come down and take advantage of all our great storewide discounts.

With any $10.00 purchase or more here, or at any of the downtown participating businesses; Cedar Chest Antiques, Antique Country Station, Girlfriends, happy delusions, and Pop! Gourmet Popcorn, (all businesses on South 3rd) you will be entered into a drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate. Winners from each store will be notified the following business day.

Just our way of saying THANK YOU!!!!!

A very special thanks to everyone who voted happy delusions Best Gift / Specialty Shop in Renton for its 3rd year. It’s an honor to serve our community and all the wonderful people who come through the shop. We really couldn’t do it without you. You all ROCK! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

To see the list of all the winners click here.

Get online and vote happy delusions for the best of Renton!

Don't delay. Vote today!

It’s super easy to do, and just takes a couple minutes of your time. Which BTW, is very appreciated. Go to the Renton Reporter and click the icon in the top right corner that says “2011 Best of Renton” or just hit this link here and it will take you direct to the voting pages. Yes they are going to ask for your name and phone and address, but don’t worry, they won’t harass you, they just want to make sure you don’t enter more than once, and by entering you get the chance to win some awesome prizes that make it even more worth your time.


1st Prize is a $200 Gift Certificate for CD Danza Salon & Spa and a $100 Gift Certificate for Melrose Grill.
2nd Prize is a $100 Gift Certificate for CD Danza Salon & Spa and a $100 Gift Certificate for Armondo’s Café Italiano.

You can also pick up a form in the Renton Reporter. All entries must be received prior to April 12, 2011. No photo copies of ballot please. Faxes are not accepted. Nominee must be a business in any of Renton’s five zip codes to be eligible. Entry must be 50% completed to be counted.

Be an active part in your community and let everyone know what it is you like about Renton so much, and help all us small businesses get our name out as a place you just love.

The Mystical Realm Art Show

Exhibiting Friday April 1st – 29th 2011

at Happy Delusions

924 South 3rd Street

Renton, WA 98057-2734

(425) 255-6078

Show description:

This show’s focus will be based on the magical land where Unicorns roam free on the grassy plains with the Jackalope’s. Fairies and Gnomes tend to the wild flowers and mushrooms of the forest where witches live in bone and candy houses. Trolls hide under bridges to torment travelers, troublesome spirits haunt rivers and lakes to lure passersby to a watery grave. Narwhals fight epic battles with ancient creatures in the deeps of the oceans and the castles in the sky float by without taking notice.


Your work does not need to be narrative but should reflect a fantasy theme. Think fairy tales, nursery rhymes, fairies, unicorns and all other make believe creatures. Your work can be on the sweet side or a darker interpretation, maybe even comical? Have fun with it! Please nothing overtly sexual or violent, tasteful artistic nudity is acceptable. All mediums will be accepted, traditional wall art, sculpture, fiber art, plush etc…artists will be limited to 3 pieces but please note that we may only accept one of the three. The sale commission is 30%. This is a juried show.

Submissions must be sent via email.

We will start accepting submissions Tuesday February 1st. The last day to submit will be Monday February 28th 2011.

Email jpegs to

Artists may submit 5-10 low resolution (72dpi, 500 pixels high), unzipped jpegs.

File names must be saved in this format: LastNameTitle.jpg

In the body of the email please include this information for all pieces (up to 3) being submitted:

Your Name

Title of Piece


Dimensions Width”xHeight” (xDepth”-if applicable)

Retail Price $ (all submissions must be available for sale)

Also include your complete contact information:

Your Name

Mailing address

Email and website address

Accepted artists will be notified Friday March 11th. You will receive an email back if your work is accepted and a list of exhibiting artists will be posted on the shows Facebook page: Mystical Realm Show, as well as here, on the happy delusions blog:

If accepted you work will need to be displayed / hang ready when dropped off at happy delusions. The cut off date for accepted works to be in for display is Sunday March 27th, and work can be dropped off during business hours. Please call me, Mary at happy delusions if you will need to make any special arrangements regarding your piece /pieces. Opening reception is Friday April 1st 5 – 9 pm. Wine and light snacks will be provided.

Have fun with this people. This is the first show happy delusions is doing that is open submission. I’m super excited! Spread the word!

Hey hey all my awesome friends for the world. Be sure to stop in this Friday, December 10th anytime 11-7 for $5.00 off any purchase all day! Plus an additional 10% off purchases of $50 or more, and enter to win a $50 gift certificate to happy delusions!

Just be sure to mention that you saw this blog and that you love the shop!