Susanna Prince 
Issue: #33

August  2011

Crackerjack Contemporary Crafts Newsletter
Celebrating the Handmade since 1986
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Things to Celebrate
August Already?
Quick Links
Join Our List
Join Our Mailing List
Become a Fan!

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   Congratulations to the winners of our Anniversary Sale Drawing: Cara won a $25. Gift Certificate, Lynn a $15. and Karen a $10.! Thanks to everyone who came by for the sale and who entered. And those of you who expressed interest in keeping up with Extasia, Kristin Ford and Tintin happenings will be receiving updates throughout the year.





     Have you seen our new glass jewelry line by Christy Fisher?  She works in recycled glass, achieving effects that mimic sea glass by casting re-cycled glass into cabachons and then treating them with acid to give them the look of sea glass; bright, matte color!


C. Fisher Ring 


     Christy also makes necklaces and bracelets, and has a Carnival Glass which emulates the old 1940's and 50's glassware that was iridescent. She achieves this look by incorporating a layer of fine gold when she fuses the glass pieces.



Butterfly Necklace
Sea Glass Center with Carnival Glass on Sides

     As if that isn't enough choice, there are pieces with Crackle Glass. This is made with recycled glass chips mixed with 24karat gold leaf and gives a natural stone look to the glass.

     All Christy Fisher Jewelry is very reasonably priced and provides a nice burst of color to freshen up an outfit!
C Fisher Multi Necklace
Necklace of multi-colored glass and forged steel with a silver wash!


     Another new and favorite item is the Spektral Mobile. Made in Switzerland by people with mental and physical disabilities, these mobiles are a fun way to bring some color and movement to a room.




The Spektral Mobile, pictured here, has been joined by the Circula, a vertical "garland of paper rings" which is fast becoming the best-seller!






 Upcoming Events

August 17-
  Crave Summer Party, 6 - 9 p.m.

       We will be a vendor again this year at the not-to-be-missed Crave Summer Party! It's at the Woodmark hotel in Kirkland and tickets are only $35. and include savory snacks, a dessert bar, mini beauty treatments, a swag bag, and lots of fun!

Come join us - tickets available through Crave.  

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2011 Postcard - save these dates   


Extasia Weekend September 18 - 20 : We have the opportunity to present to you the newest Fall Designs from the Extasia Collection. For one weekend only we will have a selection of new designs and old favorites in fresh colors on loan from the artist!


Tintin Extravaganza September 30 - October 9: Join us for the largest Tintin Collector Event in Seattle! We are so excited to be able to bring to Seattle a collection of limited edition prints, resin sculptures, canvases and much more! Stay tuned for details and help us spread the word - this will be fun! 


Kristin Ford Showcase October 22 : Our Annual celebration of the artistry of Kristin Ford. Come meet the artist on Saturday afternoon, enjoy some refreshments and shop for the perfect new addition to your collection. The jewels will remain in the store through Sunday the 23rd.  



Be sure to Fan us on Facebook and check the Bits & Pieces blog on our website for the latest information!

We regularly offer gift certificates through the Wallingford Center Fan Page, and June's winner, Brandy Robinson, enjoyed some child free time to browse and choose some fun things for herself and her daughters. So Fan both Crackerjack and Wallingford Center to stay in the loop! 



Things to Celebrate!

Aug 1 -
Girlfriends Day - make plans to join us at the Crave 

                 Summer Party - see above! 


Aug 2 - National Night Out

            National Ice Cream Sandwich Day               


Aug 3 - Watermelon Day    

             Columbus Sets Sail






Aug. 4 - National Chocolate Chip Day







Aug 5 - International Beer Day


Aug 6 - National Mustard Day 

             Wiggle Your Toes Day


Aug 7 - Friendship Day & Kathie's Birthday  

            Sisters Day  - a noteworthy day all around!! 


Aug 8 - The Date to Create 

             Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch 

                   Night (but just a few onto mine, please!)  


Aug 9 - International Art Appreciation Day - go look at

                   some art!   


Aug 10 - Ewa's Birthday - have a Happy Day!!  





               S'Mores Day


Aug 11 - Play in the Sand Day   


Aug 12 - International Youth Day - Madrid this year!

               Vinyl Record Day


Aug 13 - International Left Hander's Day


Aug 14 - National Navajo Code Talkers Day  

Navajo Code Talker Medal
Navajo Code Talker Medal - love the turquoise edge!

Aug 15 - Best Friends Day 

               National Relaxation Day 


Aug 16 - Joke Day 


Aug. 17 - Crave Party  - come join us - see above! 


Aug. 18 - Cupcake Day - stop by our neighbor, Trophy

                      Cupcake for the best cupcakes in town!

                Wizard of Oz Premiered, 1939

Oz Image 


Aug. 19 -Black Cow (Root Beer Float) Day


Aug. 20 - Sand Castle & Sculpture Day 

Aug. 21 -
Poet's Day - I had promised to share more from

                     our Haiku contest, so here's one  


          White diamond circles

          round droplets on spider silk

          rain caught and held there



Aug. 22 - National Tooth Fairy Day  



Aug 23 - Valentino Day - I never saw the appeal - must be



Rudolph Valentino

Aug. 24 - National Waffle Day
                National Peach Pie Day  


Aug. 25 - Kiss and Make Up Day
                National Banana Split Day

Aug. 26 - National Dog Day

                Daffodil Day

                Women's Equality Day

Aug. 27 - The Duchess Who Wasn't Day - not sure what

                     this refers to - any ideas??? 


Aug. 28 - Dream Day

                Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day (?)

                Radio Commercial Day



Aug. 29 - More Herbs, Less Salt Day 

                First Scout Camp Opened, 1934 


Aug. 30 - National Toasted Marshmallow Day 


Aug. 31 - Thomas Edison Patented the Peephole

                      Kinetoscope, 1888


This was a precursor to the moving picture. You looked in the top, and a tape with images scrolled across your view.



August is:

National  Inventor's Month, Celery, Fennel & Cactus Month, Panini Month  

and What Will Be Your Legacy Month


   August Already?     


It's August, and yet we have had very few warm days. It seems impossible that we are in this eighth month, the height of summer!


Our Anniversary Sale is winding down and we are getting ready for the Crave Party and all our fall events. Everyone at the store is trying to fit in some vacation time, we are thinking about holiday buying, some of our staff will be getting ready for school, and suddenly this month that should be a lazy one, is getting all too busy and chaotic!


I hope you are all enjoying the weather wherever you may be. We've had several customers the past few weeks tell us they are visiting Seattle because their home town is experiencing blistering heat. And so we can not complain about our cool days, although we have all been very grateful to see the sun. The problem is, now we have to water our gardens!


In the September newsletter I will have more details about our Tintin Extravaganza, and don't forget to check the website (link above) and fan us on Facebook to keep up on developments! 




 Next Month: A Young Artist     



I hope you are able to kick back and savor some of these beautiful Summer Days!!! 




Kathleen Koch 

Crackerjack Contemporary Crafts 


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