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Issue: #41March 2014

  March heralds not only Spring, but new clothing arriving for upcoming warm weather! We began the month with a "Cruise Wear" display, a suggestion for those off to warmer climes*, and an inspiration to those of us here in rainy Seattle to perhaps at least take a few minutes/hours to nap or read, but certainly to refresh! *see my note at end of newsletter

   When I first worked in a women's clothing store, there were three distinct seasons - Spring, Fall, Holiday and Cruise. Each had its own collection and its own time in the store. Bathing suits arriving in February in Michigan puzzled me until it was explained that this was the "Cruise" season. This was in the grand old days of Abercrombie & Fitch when it was more of a high-end department store than it has become in recent years. And our clientele traveled. No one I knew, certainly! But that was how I learned about Cruise Wear. I'm not sure if it's still called that, but what the heck - it was a fun theme for a display, which Jane pulled off brilliantly!

We just received the sweetest Spring Collection from DAR in Chicago - romantic, girly, twirly clothing even big girls can

Front and Back of a perfect little jacket!

Watch for Texture, due later this month - lots of easy to wear dresses and the Comfy Skirt in a new, shorter, but not mini, length - just right for warmer weather!

Loco Lindo dresses arrive every month - new patterns and new designs as well as the favorite standards. And Niche will be arriving soon, too - classic styling with an edge!

Come by soon and indulge in the promise of Spring!

Upcoming Events

    Watch this space for info on our events throughout the year - our Anniversary Sale in July, specials, and trunk shows, especially our Kristin Ford Trunk Show in late Oct. or early November. Dates will be announced as they are determined!

We've set the date for our Kristin Ford Trunk Show!
November 8 & 9
The big day is Saturday, with the collection remaining through Sunday - mark your calendars now for this not-to-be-missed event!

Easter at Wallingford Center
An Annual Candy Hunt
Saturday April 19th
9 a.m. - Bubble Man
10 a.m. - Hunt for 4 age groups
Easter Bunny, Face Painting, Fun!



for more info

Coming Soon -

Look for Crackerjack to appear on NearbyRegistry.com,
a great way for you to register your gift preferences locally, even if your "gifter" is not!

     And don't forget we are open
      every evening until 8 p.m.,
       Monday through Saturday,
from 11 to 5 on Sundays.

Things to Celebrate!


March 1- National Peanut Lovers Day  
                 Peace Corps Day

March 2 - Dr. Seuss Day
Cat in the Hat

March 3 - Princess Day 
                   I Want You To Be Happy Day  
March 4 - Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday   
Mardi Gras  
March 5 - Unique Names Day 
March 6 - Oreo Cookie Day  
March 7 - National Be Heard Day
                   Middle Name Pride Day - how
                        many people do you know who
                        hate their middle names? Often
                        they have a story behind them
                        which makes them interesting!

March 8 - Girls Write Now Day
                   National Proof Reading Day
March 9 - Barbie Day

Barbie Doll 
                   Girl Scout Sunday - ordered
                       cookies yet? When I sold them,
                       a million years ago, they were 50
                       cents a box!                 

March 10 - Land Line Telephone Day - I still
                        have one - do you?

March 11 - Organize Your Home Office Day -
                         that's something I need to do!

March 12 - Girl Scout Birthday Day - boy,
                         March is all about Girl Scouts,
                         I guess!

Girl Scouts

March 13 - Ken (the doll) Day

Ken Doll  
                    National Open an Umbrella
                          Indoors Day  

March 14 - Pi Day 
                     Potato Chip Day

March 15 - True Confessions Day 
                     Ides of March       
March 16 - Corn Dog Day
March 17 - St. Patrick's Day - the Luck 'o the
                        Irish to You!

March 18 - Awkward Moments Day
                    National Bio-Diesel Day                                   
March 19 - National Chocolate Caramel Day
March 20 - Won't You Be My Neighbor Day
                      French Language Day - mais oui!

March 21 - National Common Courtesy Day
                    Poetry Day
March 22 - As Young As You Feel Day
                     International Day of the Seal
March 23 - OK Day
                     World Meteorological Day        
March 24 - National Chocolate Covered
                           Raisins Day
March 25 - Pecan Day
                     Tolkien Reading Day

March 26 - Legal Assistants Day
                      Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
March 27 - Quirky Country Music Song
                           Titles Day
March 28 - Barnum & Bailey Day


March 29 - National Mom & Pop Business
                         Owner's Day

March 30 - Doctor's Day
                     Pencil Day

March 31 - Bunsen Burner Day
                    National "She's Funny That Way"
                           Day - don't ask me what this

March is Youth Art Month, National Craft, National Umbrella and National Kite Month!




  Tintin Activities

     We have a very few calendars left, and they're now 60% off! A couple agendas remain, too, and are also on sale. Spend $50.00 on Tintin things, and get one FREE! (in store only) 

Get yours today!
     A couple links for those looking for a warm vacation spot -

    My best friend in high school, Deb, and her husband Dan have created an organic bed & breakfast at their homestead in New Mexico. It looks fantastic - and right near the Gila Wilderness - great for hikes and all sorts of outdoor activities. The star-gazing must be dazzling!


California bound? Caron Miller, designer and maker of everyone's favorite fingerless gloves, fake fur neck snugglies, and lots of other goodies, owns this charming cottage in Santa Barbara, within walking distance of the beach!

Hmm... desert or beach? Mountains or sea? Both?

      Thanks, as always for choosing to support the handmade, and for shopping small - it is the only reason we are able to be here!


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