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Issue: # 18   January 2010

Happy Belated New Year! I always feel that half of January is gone before we realize it's here. Too much champagne on New Years Eve, perhaps?


So the big question is: are we going to say "Two-thousand Ten" or "Twenty Ten"? I've talked to people on both sides of the fence. We're used to Two-thousand Three, Two Thousand Eight, Two Thousand Nine, so it seems reasonable to continue with Two-Thousand Ten. On the other hand, as has been pointed out, Twenty Ten is one syllable shorter. All I know is that when I write a check, I am saying in my mind "Two O, One O". So far I've gotten that part right. I can't remember the correct number of the

day we're on, and I keep referring to dates in February as being in November. Go figure! Hopefully by February I'll have it all straight!


In the store we've completed our inventory, and so are now busy ordering, cleaning, re-organizing and re-arranging. You know, the typical January pursuits. I am a Capricorn, and I can usually feel this drive to re-organize, straighten and clean in my bones beginning in December. It is late coming this year, and inventory seemed to go on forever! But  now we're in full swing!


As a result of cleaning and re-organizing, we are having a Clothing Sale including items from Texture, Basic Threads, Niche, Erin MacLeod, Maralyce Ferree and Komarov.  Come by and take advantage of some deep markdowns, up to 75% on some items!

Find a great buy!


Come in this month and vote for your preference on what to call this New Year, New Decade. Or you can go to the Contact tab on the website and send us an email. I will report the findings next month. That would be February! All respondents will be entered into a drawing for Twenty Dollar and Ten Dollar Gift Certificates. (Entry must be received by midnight, Jan. 31.)



.                          Tree in Snow

We're excited to be able to offer
Gift Certificates online now! They can be either in an electronic form to be used on the website, or a paper form that can be used either in the store or online. So you can give a gift to someone in another city to shop with us online, and they can give you a certificate to use in the store or online! How easy is that?

And don't forget our other services - Gift Wrapping, Lay-Away and our Wish Cards. The Wish Cards work like this - you choose an item or two you would love to receive, we write down all the particulars on the card, and you give it to that special someone who will be so happy to know exactly what you want! It works like a charm!

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 Upcoming Events
Winter Clothing Sale
Going on NOW!

Savings up to 75%

through January

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Things to Celebrate!


January 2 - Boo Boo's Birthday - remember Yogi Bear's Friend?
                 Happy Mew Year for Cats Day

January 4 - First Road Sign

January 6 - Apple Tree Day
                 Three Kingd Day

January 7 - First Transatlantic Phone Call Made 1927

January 8 - Elvis Presley's Birthday - try his favorite Fried Peanut Butter and Banana
                 Sandwich! Recipe Below.

January 11 - National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day - I'm not sure that's the
                   best way to show friendship!!!!

January 14 - National Dress Up Your Pet day

January 15 - Hat Day - don't have a hat you like? Come by Crackerjack and check out all the
                   hats by local milliners, from festive to furry, from fancifull to fantastic!

January 16 - Clamp-on Roller Skates Patented 1866 - my sisters and I had these, and would
                   skate in the basement during the winter. Our staircase down was in the center of
                   the basement, and so we could go around, and around, and around, and
                   around..... I wonder if it drove my mom nuts?

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day. Born on Januaty 15, MLK's birthday is observed the third
                   Monday in January.

January 20 - Cheese Day -yum!

January 23 - National Pie Day - yum again!
                   Measure Your Feet Day - and then go buy some cute shoes?

January 24 - National Peanut butter Day - see the recipe below

January 25 - Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day - Ewa's favorite thing!

January 27 - National Chocolate Cake Day - yum a third time!

January 28 - National Blueberry Pancake Day - how funny to have this day in January when
                   blueberries are not in season - maybe the importers of blueberries from some
                   remote locale thought this one up!

                   Daisy Day - my sister Marianne's favorite flower!

January 29 - National Puzzle Day - when I was young(er) Christmas wasn't christmas without
                   a jigsaw puzzle. As i got older, I didn't really have the time, it seemed to work
                   one, but my mom would send one every year. This year it was again on my list
                   to Santa, and I received a beautiful one depicting a tiny town on the coast of
                   Italy - I think it must be part of the Cinqueaterra.

January 31 - Inspire Your Heart with Art Day - need inspiration? Come into crackerjack and
                   enjoy the work of over 200 artists, half of whom are from Seattle and the

The Gemstone for January is Garnet, which brings love, health and creativity, and the Flower is Carnation.

Winter Days

I am a Winter baby, and maybe that is why I really feel in my element in the cold. My favorite days are those clear, cold, dry days typified by bright blue skies and air that takes your breath away when you step outside. I don't mind the hat and gloves that need to be put on inside before venturing out, or the layers of sweater and scarf and coat. It is a treat for me to be able to wear my wool clothing, and tights and boots.

Unfortunately, those days in Seattle are few. Most winter days are typified by rain of various intensities, from a fine mist to pelting rain that hits the pavement with such force it seems to bounce right back up into the air. And there are those days where the grayness seems palpable, as though you could reach out and grab it, and you want to wave your hands in front of your face in an effort to clear it away so you can see.

Those days I call "cozy days". They bring out my desires for soup and comfort food and projects and candles. These are the days you want to make your home inviting and warm and cocoon-like. Without the temptation to work in the yard, or be out in the sun (what sun?) these days are great for plowing through those projects you've put off, like organizing closets and drawers, or sewing, or getting caught up on filing (does anyone ever get caught up on filing?). Toward the end of the day I love to light a variety of candles, and turn on my Harmony Lantern, make a good cup of coffee or pour a glass of wine and enjoy a minute with a book I might be reading, great music in the background.

I don't do this as often as I would like to - life interferes - but there's nothing like it on a winter day. I highly recommend it!

NEXT MONTH: Valentines

Enjoy the quietness the Winter brings. the coziness of the dark days warmed by candlelight and a good cup of coffee or tea.

Kathleen Koch
Crackerjack Contemporary Crafts

Thank You for your continued patronage of a local independent business and for supporting American handmade!

Elvis Presley's Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

1 small ripe banana
2 slices white bread
2 T. peanut butter
2 T. butter

Mash banana. Lightly toast bread, and then spread one side with peanut butter, the other with banana. Put spread sides together. Spread one side of sandwich with butter, and place face down in a skillet heated to medium. Spread the up side of sandwich with butter, and when the first side is golden, flip over and fry the other side. Remove to a plate, cut carefully on the diagonal and enjoy!