Monday, October 3, 2016

No Open House in fall 2016

First of all a big thank you to everyone who has been coming to the Open House for the past many years! Each of you has helped to make it magical with friends connecting, supporting the amazing vendors and bringing your light to the event. Many people have commented on the special feeling each year and how much they enjoyed coming or participating as a vendor.

This has been a year of change for me beginning with the closing of Red Square Yoga Studio where I've held the Open House each year. In addition to restructuring and rebuilding my yoga business I am in the middle of a Reflexology Certification program which requires many full weekends of study.

I have decided not to host the Arts & Crafts Open House this year in order to focus my attention on these pursuits. My intention is to revive it next year in a new location so please stay tuned for information on 2017!

Wishing you all the best this fall and beyond!
Melissa Middlebrook
Founder and Director of Arts + Crafts Open House

P.S. I know the vendors would appreciate your support if you're in the market for gifts and would like to support local. Links to past vendors can be found in previous gift basket posts.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

2015 Gift Baskets - Donations Benefit Ballard High School Performing Arts Program

Our vendors have outdone themselves this year with their generous donations for the Gift Basket Drawing! We have TWO baskets filled with gorgeous locally handcrafted gift items. All donations to enter the drawing will benefit Ballard High School Performing Arts Program. You can donate online (look for the Paypal button below) or all weekend at the open house.

Suggested donation for tickets:
$3.00 for 1 ticket, $5.00 for 2 tickets, $10.00 for 5 tickets, $20.00 for 12 tickets

Here's what you could win!

Basket 1

Total Retail Value: over $320.00

Hand bound album, notebook & book marks (Retail value $44.00)
Nico Paper Goods

Flour sack tea towel w/ screen printed kiwi (Retail value $20.00)
Chavah's Garden

3 card sets, 2 designs (Retail value $12.00)
Irene Akio Illustrations

Watercolor Greeting Card (Retail value $4.50)
Whimsy Interpreted

Citrus Hair/Body Cleanse (Retail value $18.00)
Salon Solids

Hand turned wood bowl (Retail value $40.00)
Sally Mussetter

Hand knit scarf (Retail value $25.00)
Creative Holly Joy

Spa Gift Certificate (Retail value $50.00)
Idunn Salon & Spa

Garden bon bons (Retail value $26.00)

Ceramic mug (Retail value $18.00)
Randi Starup

Men's arm warmers (Retail value $32.00)
Opportunity Knits

Woman's silkscreened T-shirt NOT PICTURED (Retail value $32.00)
Uzura Clothing

Basket 2

Total Retail Value: over $310.00

Pair of pot holders (Retail Value $24.00)
Jenny Bartoy Handmade

Pure silver double hoop earrings (Retail value $44.00)
Pearl Moon Designs

Two hand bound books & book mark (Retail value $44.00)
Nico Paper Goods

Jar of organic blue ribbon plum jam (Retail value $14.00)
Ayako & Family

3 card sets, 2 designs (Retail value $12.00)
Irene Akio Illustrations

Ceramic bowl (Retail value $25.00)
Pottery Magnolia

Soap, lip balm & bath bomb (Retail value $14.50)
Love Bird Soap Co.

Coffee Shop Gift Card (Retail value $25.00)
The Seattle Grind

Hand Turned Wood Bowl (Retail value $35.00)
Norm Vigus

Garden bon bons (Retail value $26.00)

Women's & child's arm warmers (Retail value $47.00)
Opportunity Knits

Donate For a Chance to Win:

For a chance to win one of these fantastic Gift Baskets in our drawing, please donate to the Ballard High School Performance Arts Program via the Paypal button below, or in person at the Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House on November 21 and 22.

Suggested donation for tickets:
$3.00 for 1 ticket, $5.00 for 2 tickets, $10.00 for 5 tickets, $20.00 for 12 tickets

Monday, November 2, 2015

2015 Vendors

We're excited to see several returning vendors this year and to welcome a dashing array of new ones! Please browse the line-up of booths below. The Holiday Arts + Crafts is 2 days this year, Saturday November 21 and Sunday November 22. Some vendors will attend both days and others just one.

Saturday and Sunday

Pearl Moon Designs

Jenny Bartoy Handmade
Textiles for the home and accessories

Love Bird Soaps
Soaps, bath bombs + more

Creative Holly Joy
Hand knit baby hats + more

Chavah's Garden
Silkscreened tea towels

Sally Mussetter & Norm Vigus
Hand turned wood bowls

Salon Solids
Eco-hair products

Elsie Scharrf
Framed line drawings

Jody Dorow
Mixed media insect art

Saturday Only

Ayako & Family
Organic plum & apricot jams

Randi Starup

Irene Akio
Watercolor animal cards

Gifts for the garden

Sunday Only

Screen-printed organic cotton + hemp designs

Whimsy Interpreted
Watercolor greeting cards

Nico Paper Goods
Hand bound journals + more

Opportunity Knits
Hand knit fingerless gloves

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Gift Basket Drawing to benefit Ballard High School Performing Arts

This year's Gift Basket Drawing will benefit the Ballard High School Performing Arts Program. The Booster Club, an amazing group of dedicated parents, raises money to support Ballard's award winning performing arts.

Our Gift Basket will be assembled soon. Check back for a list of unique hand-crafted items along with a photo. In the meantime, you can donate online below to enter the drawing

Suggested donation for tickets to the chance drawing: $3.00 for 1 ticket, $5.00 for 2 tickets, $10.00 for 5 tickets, $20.00 for 12 tickets.

The Music and Drama Programs serve nearly 600 students who participate in two concert bands, three concert choirs, two orchestras, percussion ensemble, two jazz bands, one jazz choir, marching band, multiple chamber ensembles and three extra-curricular plays and musicals each season.

Because the Music and Drama programs receive no financial assistance from the district or school budgets, the Boosters work with students and faculty to fundraise over $50,000 annually. These funds cover the cost of instruments, sheet music, uniforms, accompanying and coaching, festival fees, transportation, and scholarships for students in need.

You can check out the BPABC website to learn more and see upcoming concert dates.<

Concerts and productions continue to amaze audiences with the high caliber of talent; come see for yourself what these incredible teachers and students can do!

Gift basket drawing tickets will also be available in the Lobby outside the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center beginning this Thursday with the Opening Night of the Fall Play: Eurydice and at the Upcoming Fall Concerts (Choir 10/28, Orchestra 11/3 & Band 11/5).

2015 Holiday Open House Postcard

Here's our new postcard for this year's Holiday Open House. Check out the vendor line-up! We are so excited to host such an amazing array of artists and crafters.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

2015 Open House-Save the Dates!

The 7th annual Holiday Open House is scheduled for Sat. Nov. 21st and Sun. Nov. 22nd.

Preparations are underway to make this the best year yet with two full days of festivities. We will once again enjoy the guitar music of John Hanske during part of each day. Vendors are being curated right now and as always there will be delicious food, wine, tea and a fun environment for socializing, browsing and shopping. Mark your calendar, tell your friends; we hope you can join us this year!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gift Basket Drawing To Benefit McClure Middle School Library

All donations (minus PayPal fee) go to Queen Anne Books for a gift certificate to McClure Middle School's librarian, Ms. Chambers. Last year we raised over $500.00 for the McClure Music Program! Our goal is to beat that this year.

Suggested donation for tickets to the chance drawing: $3.00 for 1 ticket, $5.00 for 2 tickets, $10.00 for 5 tickets, $20.00 for 12 tickets.

Great news! Due to the generosity of our vendors, we have two baskets this year which means you have twice the chance of winning. First ticket drawn gets to choose first from the two baskets.


Sally Mussetter: Hand turned: spalted birch bowl, wood needle case + wooden top
Pearl Moon Designs: Fine silver hoop earrings
Moultonology: Box of Garden Bon Bons + Blessing Voodoo doll     sachet
LoveBird handmade Soaps: Bar of soap + peppermint lip balm
Irene Akio: Owl card + Peace, Love, Joy card
Chavah's Garden: Flour sack tea towel w/ screen printed pineapple (not pictured above)
Plumbop: Felt Ball Garland (not shown above)

Total Value over $225.00


Sally Mussetter: Hand turned wood pen, wood needle case + wooden top, handwoven scarf
Ayako + Family: Jar of organic plum jam
LoveBird handmade Soaps: Bar of soap
Irene Akio: Deer card
Gallipot: Lavender Whip Body Butter
Laura Newborn: Set of two large ceramic mugs
Plumbop: Felt Ball Bracelet (not shown above) 

Total value over $195.00