Portland Halloween Bazaar This Saturday

October 1, 2009

Calling all ghouls, goblins, devilish spirits, boogeymen, sprites, imps, and all those who love the ooky-spooky and everything creepy-crawly! This Saturday, October 3 is the second annual Portland Halloween Bazaar. This is Portland’s only one-stop indie shop for local, handmade Hallowe’en goodies.

Flapper Girl will be there with our full stock of sassy Hallowe’en aprons, limited edition bat coffee cup cozies, and retro Halloween pinup cupcake picks.

So swing on by, peruse the wares, and check out the other activities* happening all day long.

Portland Halloween Bazaar, Saturday October 3, 11am – 7pm, The Lloyd Center Double Tree Exhibit Hall, 1000 NE Multnomah Ave.


*This year’s Bazaar boasts a slew of NW Artisans and Retailers, Night Shade Shadow Puppet Theater, Live Acoustic Music, Uncle Eerie’s Shiver Show ‘Make Your Own Monster’ Contest, Oddball Entertainers, Skull Bowling, DJ Great Pumpkin Kids Dance Party, Family Photos with Krampus, and a fantastical Day of the Dead Altar centerpiece. The Coffin Cruisers Hearse Club and the Death Proof Nova will be INSIDE the venue, and an all-new DIY Area for kids of all ages have been added to the line up of fun things happening during the 2009 festival!

Flapper Girl Coffee Cozies Available at Back to Eden Bakery Boutique

September 26, 2009


I’m so excited to announce that you can now find Flapper Girl coffee cozies at Back to Eden Bakery in the Alberta Arts District. Back to Eden aims to “nourish the bodies and minds of the Portland community by providing tasty organic vegan treats that show what’s possible. A small batch bakery, every treat is hand-crafted with care and baked with love.”

Back to Eden just opened its retail doors this week, and is a wonderful, welcome addition to Portland. Be sure to stop by the next time you’re in the neighborhood!

Image via Back to Eden Bakery.

Knittn Kitten Free Pattern Series Kick-Off

September 22, 2009

It’s time! The Knittn Kitten Free Pattern Series officially kicks off today. This week, you can head on down to the Kitten, and ask Ethel or Rome for this awesome pattern to make an Anthropologie-inspired “statement” necklace by Heather Mann.


You can read more about this project on Heather’s blog, and pick up your free pattern at the Knittn Kitten any time this week! Don’t forget to stay tuned for more wonderful FREE patterns in the coming weeks.

The Knittn Kitten, 7530 NE Glisan Street, Portland OR 97213, (503) 255-3022, Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 6pm.

Free Craft Patterns from the Knittn Kitten

September 18, 2009

I’m excited to announce that I’m helping out with a fun project—donating a free pattern to support one of my favorite crafty sites in Portland, the Knittn Kitten.


Each week a different local crafter will be offering up a free project sheet (pick it up at the Kitten) to try, and you can find all the supplies for it in the shop to make your own version. There’s also a new flickr pool celebrating the shop—please join and add your photos of treasures you’ve found, projects you’re making with these patterns, or anything else Kittenish!

Here’s a list of the crafters participating so far…

September 22 – Heather Mann

September 29 – Teresa Sullivan

October 6 – Diane Gilleland

October 13 – Joey Groendes

October 20 – Me

October 27 – Susan Beal

November 3 – Lee Meredith

November 10 – Bridget Benton

All of us will post photos of the new projects on our blogs every week and of course you can also see them all in the flickr group as they’re unveiled!

Please help spread the word about the pattern giveaway, and if you’re local and have a chance to stop by the Knittn Kitten, we’d all love to see what you make!

* Knittn Kitten Free Pattern! Series logo by Diana Schreiber.

Skating With Scissors

September 16, 2009

Skating With Scissors

Portland’s beloved roller derby team, The Rose City Rollers, is hosting Skating with Scissors, a colossal juried craft event, featuring over 100 local artists and designers selling handmade jewelry, housewares, accessories, decor, stationery, clothing, and more.

Flapper Girl will be at this exciting event selling all of your favorite fall accessory must-haves. Shop our mega selection of fun & flirty ruffle-bum knickers (in sizes 5-10), stylish eco-friendly coffee cup cozies, whimsical vintage-inspired jewelry, and fabulous tulle hostess aprons (including the new Hallowe’en line).

Saturday, September 19
The Hangar at Oaks Amusement Park
7805 SE Oaks Park Way
Portland, OR

We hope to see you there
! xoxo

Save the Knittn Kitten

September 1, 2009

kitten1lAs most of you know, my favorite indie fabric store in Portland is the Knittn Kitten. It is run by a wonderful mother/daughter team, and since the Knittn Kitten is a fabric thrift store, it sells quality crafting and sewing supplies (many of which are vintage) at amazingly inexpensive prices (yes, even the vintage stuff). There are so many reasons why I love this store. Here are just a few:

• The owners are warm, friendly people who care about their customers.
• It makes me feel good to know I’m making eco-friendly purchases by buying second-hand.
• It makes me feel good to know I’m supporting a locally-owned, independent business.
• It makes what I do with Flapper Girl possible. Seriously.

I was in there today, buying some much-needed supplies, and found out that the Kitten has hit a really rough patch this year, but especially in the last few months. The owners are starting to wonder if they are going to last through the end of the year.

Basically, if this store closes, I have no idea what I am going to do. The Knittn Kitten is a Portland gem that cannot be lost!

So please, if you are in the Portland area, think about going to to the Knittn Kitten this month and spending some of your sewing/craft supply budget there. Even spending just $5 would help out a lot. And please pass the word along to anyone else who is crafty.

They prefer checks or cash, but cards will not be turned down.

Thank you so much for reading this far, hearing me out, and helping to
save a very awesome local business.

The Knittn Kitten
7530 N.E. Glisan St.
Portland, OR. 97213
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Local Love: Rerun

August 29, 2009

I haven’t done much thrift shopping this year. Not as much as I used to, anyway. Time and money constraints will do that, I suppose.

The few times I’ve stopped into a Goodwill, though, I’ve noticed the outrageous price hikes. In fact, I heard another customer complain to a cashier about it when I popped into a Goodwill last week. And while I was hanging out with my lovely friend Diana this afternoon, she lamented the same thing.

Sure, it’s eco to shop second-hand. And I know that big thrifting corporations like Goodwill and the Salvation Army do good things. In my opinion, though, if you can combine second-hand shopping with an independently owned store, you’re doing doubly good by supporting local businesses while you save stuff from ending up in landfills. You’re more likely to get a better deal, too. When I sat down to think about it, the few locally owned thrift shops around here that I frequent most, always have cheaper prices and better stuff.

My absolute favorite thrift store in Portland is Rerun. It’s a consignment store, which means they actually pay people for what they bring in to sell, and don’t run on donations. This helps the quality of the stuff remain high, and helps people like me make a little extra cash by selling unwanted items. The price tags on everything are completely reasonable, leaning more towards the hot-damn-what-a-deal end of the spectrum.

I stopped in yesterday and picked up a few things: some lace, a pretty blue vintage porcelain container to hold some buttons, and this wonderful art deco bat girl rubber stamp by Stamp Francisco.


I’m not usually a rubber stamp sort of gal*, but she was only three dollars, and I couldn’t pass her up. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with her yet. I’m thinking I may need to make a simple fabric ink pad and play around a little. Maybe she’ll end up on some decorations for my home this Hallowe’en. Maybe she’ll end up on a few cards.

At any rate, three bucks for a kick-ass stamp totally made my day yesterday. Thank you Rerun, for being so incredibly awesome!

*I loved rubber stamps when I was a little girl, from about 7-11 years old. I’m pretty sure my mom still has my old rubber stamp collection in her closet. I wish there were some cool ones I could use today, but most were of the, ah… oh hell. There’s no nice way to say this. They were of the tacky variety. There. I said it. Let’s just say that for many years my mom used to attend the annual blow-out sale at the Daisy Kingdom Store (which coincidentally now houses Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft) to do some Christmas shopping.

Flapper Girl Now Available at the Herb Shoppe

August 11, 2009

Herb Shoppe Portland

I’m so happy to announce that The Herb Shoppe, a wonderful herbal apothecary and wellness clinic in the heart of the Hawthorne District, is now carrying the Flapper Girl line. You can find my squirrel and bicycle cozies, as well an assortment of Oh Deer! retro tulle hostess aprons in stock right now.

*Image of the Herb Shoppe via Nature’s Path Family Wellness.

Craft Fair 101 at DIY Lounge

August 8, 2009

CRAFT FAIR 101 LOGOHey Portland crafty folks, DIY Lounge is offering a pretty kick-ass class this September all about the ins-and-outs of craft fairs. Here is the description from the DIY Lounge website:

Whether you are just starting out or are an experienced seller, this class will help you navigate the world of applying to and selling at craft fairs and give helpful insight from two ladies who have been selling at fairs for years and now organize and run a successful fair. Subjects that will be covered include:

• The application process—presenting yourself and your work well
• The dos and don’ts of booth layout
• Pricing your work
• Selling at larger national fairs
• Selling tips – credit card processing & how to maximize sales
• And oh-so-much-more!

Students will receive a printed handout chock full of resources, tips and secrets!

The class is being taught by Cathy Pitters & Torie Nguyen, the lovely duo behind Portland’s uber-successful (and equally uber-hip) Crafty Wonderland. The tuition for the course is a mere $35—a steal of a deal, if you ask me.

I’ve already registered for the class, and I have a feeling the spots will go fast, so if you’re interested, I’d hop on the role sheet pretty quickly if I were you.

Home School Craft Sale

July 22, 2009


I couldn’t say it better myself, so in the words of my lovely friend Jess:

Homeschool + Flapper Girl Creations are coordinating a craft sale picnic-style at Colonel Summers park August 1st. Its easy! Bring a blanket, put your goods on it, and sell the shit out of them. If anyone in the world wants to join us, please RSVP at info@homeschoolartshop.com. Everyone is welcome!

This is free event! So please come out and join the fun. You know you want to.