Susanna Prince
Crackerjack Contemporary Crafts Newsletter
Celebrating the Handmade since 1986
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Issue: # 22   July 2010
Happy Summer at last!

August sees the end of our Anniversary Sale and the beginning of preparations for the Holidays. They will be here before we know it!

But there is still time to enjoy the long summer evenings, strolling Wallingford and getting some shopping done. It always feels like "found" time to me. On Wednesdays the Farmers market is open until 7, and Wallingford Center is open evenings til 8, so come on by!

Attending a wedding or special event this month? If you are searching for the perfect accessories to go with a particular outfit, please don't hesitate to bring it in. Change in our fitting room and let us help you get the full effect! We love finding earrings to go with a necklace, a wrap or scarf to go with a dress. Come in and enjoy trying lots of options - sometimes the best thing is a complete surprise!

If you're on Facebook, become our Fan at Watch for our Posts detailing special offers for our Facebook Fans which will be ever-changing! This has been an interesting journey into a new world, and is quite intriguing, I must say. If you're not already on Facebook, give it a try - you might like it. And then you can see what we're up to.

And also check out the Wallingford Center Facebook page and become a Fan of the Center to keep up on events, sales and goings-on!

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 Upcoming Events
August 18 - We are excited to be a part of the Crave Summer Party! We will have a table in the shopping area with lots of your favorites, so buy a ticket and come party with the girls!

You're exclusively invited to the
CRAVE Summer Party

WHAT: An exclusive, festive, glam-gal gathering of fun, entertainment, personal pampering, sippin' and noshin' on great food.
WHEN: Wed, August 18th, 6-9pm
WHERE: Shilshole Bay Beach Club

Join Us
The CRAVE Summer Party is back, and this year it's all about the ultimate girls' night out with indulgent mini-spa treatments, delicious bites, summer-inspired cocktails and fashion from local boutiques. The Summer Party features all that you CRAVE for a fabulous and rejuvenating night on the town, because "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!"

Bring your girlfriendsto this one-of-a-kind event and leave in high spirits... with beautiful hair, clear skin, freshly lacquered nails and your very own swag bag!
Complimentary hair styling and make-up provided by Swink Style Bar.
Spa pampering from Spa Scotta including waxing, Shellac manicures and mini massages.
Great shoppingfrom Opal, Queen Anne Dispatch, Olivine Atelier, Babeland, Foamy Wader, Calidora, Fabby's Shoes, Furlesse, Crackerjack Contemporary Crafts and more!
Complimentary airbrush make-up by Smashing Diva's Make-Up Artistry.
Meet the girls from Sassy Fit and hear more about their Sassy Fit Programs including Sassy Pants, Sassy Bride & Groom, Hot Mamas, and Celebrity Bootcamp.
Demonstrations of the Clarisonic Cleansing System plus a chance to win a Clarisonic prize.
Sip and savor delicious local wines with tastings by Girly Girl Wines.
Take part in dancing the night away with our fun and sexy cardio striptease mini-workouts from Happy Hour by Marisa.
Sign-up for the Seattle Picks newsletter and meet the new Seattle editor.
Indulge in a complimentary dinner and dessert bar.
Check out the FUZE Hydration bar and sample the assortment of healthy and refreshing flavors and Enter to Win Free Tooth Whitening from Fiddler on The Tooth.
Plus, guests will be automatically entered in a rafflefor giveaways every 10 minutes at the event. The raffle includes great prizes including overnight stays at Hotel Max, Hair & Make-Up gift certificates to Swink Style Bar, 1 month of Bootcamp from Sassy Fit, and more!



The Wallingford Farmers Market continues on Wednesdays, from 3 - 7!  Get your fresh flowers, veggies and more!
     Many of the Wallingford Center Stores (Crackerjack included!) are offering a 10% Discount on purchases made during the Farmers Market, with evidence of a Market purchase!

What more of an incentive do you need to check out the market and Wallingford Center????

Mark your calendars! An Afternoon with Kristin Ford, our annual celebration of gems will be Saturday October 23rd!


Things to Celebrate!

August 1 - Friendship Day

August 2 - Signing of The Declaration of Independence

August 3 - Watermelon Day - see below for a recipe for Agua Fresca

August 5 -
International Beer Day

                                                            Beer Mug

August 6 -
Wiggle Your Toes Day - even better with a pretty pedicure!

August 7 - My Friend Kathie's Birthday



August 9 -International Art Appreciation Day - come in and appreciate some here!
August 10 - S'Mores
Day - does anyone else think they sound better than they are???
                   Our own Ewa's Birthday


August 11 -
Play in the Sand Day
August 12 - International Youth Day
                    Sewing Machine Day
August 13 -
Friday the Thirteenth - the only one in 2010!
                    International Left-Handers Day
                    Blame Someone Else Day - we're so good at that, why celebrate it????

August 14 - National Garage Sale Day

August 15 - National Relaxation Day

August 16 - Joke Day - I'm not very good at telling jokes - I think there is a real talent to it.
                        My mom could never remember jokes, and would get them mixed up
                        together. So we taught her one joke so that when people were telling jokes
                        she had one to tell. I wonder if she still remembers it. It begins "a lady was
                        sitting on the plane with her baby on her lap..."
August 18 - Cupcake Day - I wonder if Trophy will have a special flavor? Honestly, if you
                        haven't tried Trophy Cupcakes and wonder what all the fuss is about, you
                        owe it to yourself to come try them. I have been doing a bit of research on
                        my own and have been trying various other offerings, and Trophy's are just
                        beyond cupcakes! And I'm not plugging them just because they are my
                        neighbor. I bought some yesterday from a competitor that were almost
                        inedible - dry cake and tasteless, Crisco-like frosting. Yuk! So many calories
                        for something so disappointing!


August 19 - National Potato Day
                    Black Cow Day - do you know what this is? Who remembers that root beer
                        floats are called Black Cows?

August 20 - National Radio Day

August 21 - National Homeless Animals Day - well, I've got two...
                    Poet's Day - Are you a poet? Do you know it?

August 22 - National Tooth Fairy Day
August 24 - National Peach Pie Day

August 25 -
National Banana Split Day
                    Kiss and Make Up Day

August 28 -
  Dream Day - Day dreams, night dreams...

August 30 - National Toasted Marshmallow Day



   The Blue Skies of August!

I think the blue skies of August have been pulling our dedicated editor/contributor/business owner/wife/mother/friend/co-worker/chief cook and bottle-washer away from the computer which is located in a north-facing room (read - dark). Instead she has been seeking inspiration at Green Lake, in the garden, in the store, at the beach. She has been busy researching Facebook, Crave Parties, Fortune-telling Booths and how the light hits the trees. She has been sojourning with friends who are experts on Birthdays, ice cream, coffee drinks, wine and weddings. Plans are being made for the Gift Show, budgeting, the Holidays, trunk shows. Hopes are being kept alive for some solitude, painting, camping, perhaps a pedicure.

I think we will here more from her in September!

Next Month: Back to School!

August is American Artist Appreciation Month. Did you know that more than half of the over 200 artists Crackerjack showcases are local and regional artists? The rest are from other parts of the U.S., with a few from France, Canada, Israel, Belgium. So by shopping at Crackerjack you are supporting American Artists and helping to preserve our American Craft traditions.

Thank you!

Kathleen Koch
Crackerjack Contemporary Crafts

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

Watermelon Agua Fresca                                                           Makes about 8 cups
10 cups 1-inch pieces peeled watermelon, seeded, divided (about an 8# melon)
3 cups cold water, divided
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup (or more to taste) sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger juice (from a 3 inch piece of ginger)

ice cubes
lime wedges

Peel ginger, grate over a plate. Wrap in cheesecloth and twist at both ends to squeeze out the juice.
Place 2 1/2 cups watermelon and 3/4 cup cold water in blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into large pitcher. Repeat 3 more times with remaining melon and water. Add lime juice, sugar and ginger juice. Stir to blend. Add more sugar as desired. Refrigerate until well chilled - about 3 hours.

Serve over ice, garnished with lime wedges.