Hello again my fellow crafters.  The new way to describe crafters seems to have been changed to "makers".  You see that new term all over in the craft store ads, on Etsy.com where handmade items are sold, craft trade shows, etc.  I still prefer to consider myself a crafter or artist.  Where did that new term come from anyway..does anybody know?  Oh well, enough of that! 

 So now we have Card Kit #4. Little "Witch Wilda" and the "Pumpkin Stack" are featured stamps in the cards for this month.  You will also receive the "Happy Halloween" stamp in your kit which includes card stock, ribbon, charms, twine, die cuts, nailheads and embossed backgrounds and envelopes, enough to make 2 cards of each design.  You will need adhesives, a black ink pad and your choice of coloring medium.  You could also add glitter to the haunted house windows and pumpkin.  To order, please send a check for $21.95 made out to The Peddler's Pack and send to PO Box 767, Beaverton, OR 97075. Thanks much! 

I don't normally toot my horn but now that I'm supposedly "semi-retired" I have had the time to accomplish more in my studio...so I entered some of my creations this year in the Oregon State Fair.  I came home with 5 blue ribbons, 1 red ribbon and 1 white ribbon and 2 ribbons for Best in Division.  

The fairy garden was an extra project which was a lot of fun.  I made the fairy house out of a wood bird house, took off the perch and covered the hole, painted and glued tiny stones to the surface.  The windows and door were made with popsicle sticks and mini clock hands for hinges and a bead for the door knob.  The roof was created with a leaf mold and polymer clay. The marble on the rooftop is from Bernie's 3rd Grade Marble collection. The lady bug and mushrooms were sculpted with polymer clay as well.  Bernie made the chairs from tiny tree branches.  It was a fun project.  


The St. Nicholas chair was so fun to make.  The mini album fits inside the seat. Well, enough of that! 

  I hope you had a wonderful summer and now we can look forward to fall!  I'm getting ready to participate in the Brookhaven Bazaar which is held at the Kinton Grange on Scholls, October 16th thru the 21st.  I was one of their first consigners over 30 years ago!  It's nice to have the time to be a part of it again.  

 I'm also selling cards, treat boxes and gift card holders at the Oregon Heritage Farms, 22801 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro.  They are open thru November 11th.  They have the best apples and their gift shop is filled with wonderful handmade gifts from local artists...(makers)!  They are open everyday 10 am to 5 pm.  Events include a CiderFest, October 6th, Saturday and an Applefest, October 13th, Saturday. 

 That's all the new for now, I hope I'll be sending you Card Kit #4 and thank you for supporting local makers, local businesses and our farmers too!

  PS:  Our old store is now "Bigs Chicken".  They are open for business and I hope you'll check it out. The chicken is delicious! You won't believe how different it looks inside.  I wish I could have torn down all the walls when we were there...it looks so much bigger.  ###


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