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Issue: #44June 2014

Flower Garden Stakes
It's June!
June has such promise, on so many levels: summer, graduations, weddings, and Father's Day. It is a time of change and transition - the sun is out longer, the days are warmer and the weeds are growing like, well... WEEDS! Somehow even though the days feel longer, it still seems hard to get through that To Do list. I think I'll start referring to it as my Wish List instead.


Father's Day is as early as it can be this year. It's the third Sunday in June, and since June 1st was a Sunday, Father's Day is falling on the 15th this year. So don't forget about Dad! I think dads are harder to buy for, generally, than moms. Men are just more specific in their likes - they either like golf or they don't - no middle ground. But we do have some great gift ideas for Dad: whiskey stones, some great wood puzzles and solitaire games from Tennessee, wine candies to name a few. And don't forget the card in which to write your heartfelt sentiments, or a new joke he'll enjoy!




         For graduates, we suggest a keepsake. Give them something to remember this special moment in life, and you. Kristin Ford has created the Husky Collection - a beautiful selection of her jewelry made of amethyst (purple) and citrine (gold) - to charm any UW affiliated woman in a tasteful, elegant manner. (See below) Silver bracelets are a classic choice, as are earrings, but how fun to present a Harmony Lantern for either a guy or a girl. Another special gift for guys is a pocket-knife. Choose from an elegant L'aguiole, a humble Nontron or a classy Santa Fe Stoneworks.


HarmonyLantern - Jazz  



Weddings in Seattle occur throughout the summer, and your gift should be as unique as you are! A photo of Seattle, by local photographer Doug Tostenson, or his book, make a memorable gift. And we have fun pottery, wooden utensils, elegant salt and peppers - all sorts of artist made gifts that won't be on their Macy's gift registry!




Graduations are here! From Elementary School, to High School, to College, we all want to acknowledge both our students and their teachers with a thoughtful gift!

And for those University of Washington grads, look what Kristin Ford made - her Husky Collection! A very tasteful nod to alma mater pride!

Constructed from Amethyst and Citrine on Sterling or Gold Fill

Upcoming Events


June 20 - 30 - Extasia Trunk Show  Bigger and better than ever! Join us for an amazing selection of brand new pieces, new colorways, and some very special Extasia jewelry!

Reception on Friday June 20th
2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Meet Greta Ballard, Extasia's West Coast sales rep, who will share some special pieces, and her expertise!

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!
Crackerjack is a new member of 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!


June 1- Say Something Nice Day - my mom
                   always said "It's nice to be
                   important, but it's more
                   important to be nice." She has
                   lived her life this way, and remains
                   one of the nicest people you could
                   ever meet.

June 2 - National Thank God it's Monday 
June 3 - Repeat Day
June 4 - National Tailor's Day
June 5 - World Environment Day
                Hot Air Balloon Day

June 6 - Doughnut Day
                Drive-in Movie Day - are there even
                      any around anymore?     
June 7 - Turtle Races Day
                Drawing (or Pencil) Day

June 8 - Upsy-Daisy Day
                Best Friends Day
June 9 - Donald Duck Day                              

June 10 - Ballpoint Pen Day
                  Iced Tea Day - my source spelled it
                         "ice tea", but Jane and I know
                          it is correctly "iced tea"
June 11 - Corn-on-the-Cob Day
June 12 - Superman Day               
                  National Peanut Butter Cookie
June 13 - Banana Split Day
                  Blame Someone Else Day
                  and, it's a Friday the 13th!

June 14 - Worldwide Knit (and Crochet) in
                       Public Day 
June 15 -
             Father's Day 
Spoil Dad Today! 
June 16 - Fudge Day
                  Ride your Motorcycle to Work Day

June 17 - Eat Your Vegetables Day
June 18 - International Sushi Day                                   
June 19 - World Sauntering Day
June 20 - American Eagle Day
                  National Flip-Flop Day - I think it
                        refers to the things you wear on
                         your feet
June 21 - Summer Solstice - 6:51 a.m.
                 National Daylight Appreciation Day

June 22 - Stupid Guy Thing Day
                  Global Smurfs Day
June 23 - Public Service Day
                  Pink Flamingo Day!                                 
June 24 - International Fairy Day
We have a few in the store, by Marcia Peterson

June 25 - Color TV Day  
                  Global Beatles Day

June 26 - National Canoe Day
                  National Hand Shake Day
June 27 -
National Bomb Pop Day

June 28 - Great American Backyard
                        Camp Out Day

June 29 - Log Cabin Day

June 30 - Descendants Day
                  Please Take My Children to Work
                  N.O.W. Day

June is National Smile, 
Rose and Dairy Month, as well as National Zoo and Aquarium Month!

Peace Rose  



  Tintin Activities

What Dad wouldn't love this cozy shirt with Tintin's Profile?

     One of the favorite memories I have of my dad is from when I was in a neighborhood play when I was about eight. At one point in the play the children were transformed from little rag-a-muffins into princesses, and so at that moment, we were to run to the back of the yard where the performance was, take off our raggedy tops that were hiding our party dresses, and put on socks and our patent shoes. Well, you can imagine after running through damp grass what a struggle it was to get those thin white dress socks on. All the other kids had run back to the "stage" and I was still struggling. And soon my dad was there, kneeling down in his good clothes (he was attending a play, after all, and it was the mid-sixties!) helping me to get my darn shoes and socks on. Who knows how long it would have taken me?
   And he was always there to help when there was car trouble or I needed picking up somewhere. I could always count on him to be there when I needed help! When my own newly licensed son was in a fender bender, one of my first thoughts was to call my dad, who was with us no longer. I had to say to myself - "Now I'm the parent - this falls to me." Old habits...

   My dad was a great influence on me in many ways, not least of which is that he was a small business owner. I think of him often.

Happy Father's Day to all our dads out there!


    Thanks 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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