Susanna Prince 
Issue: #28March  2011
Crackerjack Contemporary Crafts Newsletter
Celebrating the Handmade since 1986
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Things to Celebrate
Our New Blog!
Quick Links
Join Our List
Join Our Mailing List
Become a Fan!

Facebook jpg.


 So is everyone sick of the rain? Can you believe it? This is not Seattle rain which generally does not require the use of an umbrella. We boast that life goes on in the rain, that the kids have recess, we go about our lives in this misty climate. This brings to mind words like "deluge", "downpour" and "squall"! No skipping through the raindrops with this stuff - you are wet to the bones if you don't have head to foot rain gear! One can only hope that Spring will be here soon, and console ourselves that, as many customers have commented "At least it's not snow."


 Hopefully we've seen the end of snow for this year, and it is time to look toward Spring! We've been busy ordering lots of new clothing, jewelry, scarves and purses for Spring, as well as more Whiskey Stones, which we'd run out of, colorful glass tealight holders, new aprons for the hostess with the most-ess, delightful potholders for either host or hostess, and much, much more! It's such a nice time of year to bring some fresh color to your life, be it candles, pretty soap, a new purse and scarf.


 This is also the time of year to invest in your skin so it will be moisturized and smooth when the time comes to let our toes out of the boots and our legs and arms out from under the layers of clothing. Apply moisturizing lotions right after bathing to seal moisture into the skin and bring it back to its glowing healthy self!


     Zents Petal Group 


 We have some fabulous choices for moisturizing: Zents products are fabulously scented, made with the highest quality ingredients and are luxurious to use. Their lotion penetrates immediately to below the surface of your skin, improving appearance and feel, including cuticles and rough heels, and comes in ten wonderful, complex scents. Their soap, made with shea butter is moisturizing enough to use as shaving soap, and the body wash, as well, leaves your skin soft after use. For very dry patches, try the concreta, another shea butter based product, that is heavily scented enough to be used as a solid perfume! All these are available through our web store, too.  



Sweet Petula Lotions 


  If you prefer a lotion that stays on the top layer of your skin and leaves it feeling very silky, try Seattle made Sweet Petula lotions. These milky white lotions come in four fragrances, each having a balanced blend of citrus and floral notes. Their soap is a great addition, very handsomely packaged, and paired with the square bath salt tablets make a delightful gift!



            Olivina Soap 


  And last, but not least, is Olivina hand cream in a handy 2.5 oz. tube. Their fragrances are very "green" - olive, meyer lemon, and the new favorite, honeysuckle rose. Not being a fan of rose scent, I was worried about this one, but it is wonderful. We stock bubble bath in that scent as well as soap - it is so feminine and romantic. (See a  selection on our online catalog). Again, a lovely gift for someone dear, or yourself. Because there is something so basic, so nurturing about caring for your skin! 



 Upcoming Events

Now Forming -

   Kristin Ford and Extasia Jewelry Clubs


  Let us know via email (use the Contact form on the website) or in the store if you would like to be a part of our new "jewelry clubs". We will notify you as we receive new shipments, have special promotions or events around these two jewelry lines. Sometimes, as with the recent Extasia group we received, the jewelry will only be available for a few days, and we may not know too much ahead of time when it will arrive. Other times we will announce a new shipment. And that's what I would like to do today! We have just received a beautiful, fresh collection of Kristin Ford Jewelry for Spring! Plenty of soft Spring colors, beautiful tones of blue and green, some pink and lavender and yellow. And some brights just to jazz everything up! So come in soon! And to take advantage of a future "first pick", join one or both groups today!                                   

Best of the Northwest Spring Show

   March 26 & 27                             

Spring BNW Postcard


 Enjoy food, music and art from some of your favorite Crackerjack artists and more!

Go to for more info and to buy discounted tickets 


Mark your calendars now for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Wallingford Center

featuring The Bubbleman

and Lots of Candy!

Saturday April 23 for info


Things to Celebrate!

March 1 - Peace Corps Founded

March 2 - Mount Rainier Park Established 1899, fifth
                     national park in the U.S.



Mt. Ranier

March 3 - Alexander Graham Bell's Birthday 1847
                I Want You To Be Happy Day

March 4- National Grammar Day - I can't help it! I am an
                    editor at heart I guess. Typos are like optical
                    illusions for me - once I see them, they are in
               U.S. Constitution in Effect, 1789

March 5
- Parachute Invented - bet lots of people are
                    happy about that

March 6 - Oreo Cookies First for Sale 1912 - they're the
                    best-selling cookie in the U.S.

March 8 -
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday - the
                    last day to "live it up" before Lent begins



Mardi Gras

March 9 - Ash Wednesday - First Day of Lent

March 10 - First U.S. Paper Money Issued

March 11 - Johnny Appleseed Day              

March 13 - Daylight Savings Time Begins
                  Ken Day (as in Barbie's Beau) - he's 50!!!



Ken Doll

               This is the 1961 Version - he looks a bit

         dazed, doesn't he? A little out of his league with

                            Barbie do you think? 


March 15 - Beware the Ides of March - stems from the fact

                       that Julius Caesar was assassinated on this  

                       day in 44 B.C. Ides was the word for

                       fifteenth and referred to the fifteenth  

                       of March, May, July and October, and the

                       thirteenth of all other months, probably

                       denoting the full moon. 


                       Julius Caesar was on his way to the Theatre

                       Pompey when he saw a seer who had  

                       foretold that harm would come to him no

                       later than the Ides of March. Caesar   

                       joked, "Well the Ides of March have come,"

                       to which the seer replied "Ay, they have

                       come, but they are not gone." Later that

                       day, at the Roman Senate, Caesar was

                       stabbed 23 times. 


March 17 - St. Patrick's Day! 




March 19 - National Quilting Day
                  Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano Day
                  National Chocolate Caramel Day

March 20 - Spring is Here!

March 22 -
National Bavarian Crepes Day
                  International Day of the Seal
March 23 - Toast Day - not as exciting as Bavarian Crepes,
                       but I must confess that toast with butter
                       and a bit of honey may be my favorite
                       bedtime snack!

March 25 - National Lobster Newburg Day - yum!
                  Tolkien Reading Day

March 27 - Spanish Paella Day - now we're talkin'

March 28 - National Black Forest Cake Day

March 29 -
Coca-Cola Invented

March 30 - National Hot Dog Day
                  Pencil Day

March 31 - Tater Day - how appropriate for the month that
                        also has St. Patrick's Day


March is:

National Craft Month

Irish-American Heritage Month


Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science and Engineering Month

(a tribute to my engineer sister Linda) 


   Our New Blog!   


   This month I take great pleasure in announcing our brand new blog - "Bits & Pieces" which can be found on the homepage of our website! This will be a convenient place for you to check for announcements regarding events going on in the store, new arrivals, artist info, fun facts and musings by yours truly. This will allow us to let everyone know about things that happen spontaneously, like the recent Extasia Jewelry collection we had in the store for just a few days this month, or arrivals of merchandise from new artists, or those we know people are always excited about.

   We hope you find this to be a useful addition to our website! And don't forget to become our fan on Facebook to be in touch and hear about specials, contests and general goings-on!


 Next Month: The Winners of the Haiku


        It's not too late to submit your entry - check out our blog on our homepage for rules and guidelines! 


Celebrate the windy month of March by flying a kite, and  have a Happy St. Patrick's Day - remember, everyone is Irish on St. Pat's! 

Kathleen Koch
Crackerjack Contemporary Crafts

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


Save 20%
on one
Choose a new Dana Herbert purse to Spruce up your Spring!


Offer Expires: April 15, 2011   Must present coupon at time of purchase.One coupon to a customer, please. Purchase not eligible for Customer Appreciation Card stamps.