Spring 2015 Flyer

Spring 2015 Flyer

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hula hoops and magic wands


Monica Casey of MonkeyHooper offers Monkey Hooper Hula Hoops custom made in bright colors and designs for all ages. New this year are handmade ribbon wands topped with crocheted hearts and spring bunnies! All you'll need are the magic words. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Perfect Ring for Spring

Wendi Mink of Metals by Mink offers "The Perfect Ring" with a perfect fit! Most chainmaille is flat, creating a ring that doesn't conform to the finger and therefore won't stay on. The Perfect Ring domes when curved, making it cling to the finger. This also makes it very comfortable and effortless to wear. All rings are custom-sized. Be sure to try one out--and check out Wendi's other beautiful work--at the Spring Show!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Button, button, who's got...

We've got the buttons!

Pretty up shirts, jackets, and dresses with handmade buttons from Karen Fisher Pottery. Available in $5, $8, and $10 sets, they offer a colorful way to brighten your spring wardrobe--or use them to embellish bags or for creative crafts or gifts!

View more of Karen's work, including her hand-thrown pottery, at Karen Fisher Pottery.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Gourds and more

Catherine Kramer of Treehouse Gardens in northern Orange County offers beautiful items for the home and hearth. She dries her home-grown gourds, then crafts them into functional and decorative objects. She embellishes baskets, urns, and birdhouses using a variety of techniques and media including leather dyes, pigment ink, acyrlic paint, pine straw, sea grass, handmade paper, and fabric.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

8 Ways to Keep Your Whimsy

Check them out here. And the 9th way? Visit the Whimsical Women Spring Show on May 2!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Kudzu and honeysuckle

Pamela Buchanan is an artisan who designs unique one-of-a-kind baskets and other creations using kudzu along with other locally harvested and processed natural materials.  She has been working with natural materials since taking her first class in 1996 at Chimney Rock Park.  Over the years Pamela has honed her craft while taking class at John C. Campbell River Oaks Studio in Asheville, as well as assisting in other workshops.  Pamela gathers her materials, which include kudzu, honeysuckle, grapevine, bittersweet, willow, mimosa bark, tulip poplar bark, and river birch, in and around the Piedmont of North Carolina.  Pamela enjoys working with people and one of her biggest joys is watching others make their own unique baskets and other creations when conducting classes.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

One month to go!

No fooling--the spring sale is a month away! Check out some photos of whimsical items we've offered at past shows. What new treasures will you find on May 2? See you soon!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lovely spring greens

We are excited to welcome Karen Fisher from Karen Fisher Pottery to the 2015 Spring Sale! This will be Karen's first show with the Whimsical Women.

Check out Karen's pottery below and read more about her on her website!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Spring is coming. Hear us roar!

  Come in like a lion with this great jewelry from Kim Koltzau from Steampunk Cellars!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Announcing the 2015 Spring Show!

The 2015 Whimsical Women Spring Show

will be held on Saturday, May 2

(rain date: Sunday, May 3)

at the Village Green at Southern Village
Market Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 
We hope to see you there!

Registration forms for the spring sale will be sent to all artist by email on Sunday, January 25. If you do not receive your registration, please contact Liz Kaplan at eqak1206@gmail.com.

Friday, November 21, 2014

One last sneak peek!

 Sandy Parks offer booties

and bloomers
and bow ties galore!

(Great for babies, pets, or fruit you want to snazz up!)

See you tomorrow!
For one last look at all of our 2014 sneak peeks, click here!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two days to go

till Saturday's show!

Preparations for the sale are in full swing. Above, Jerry Haas and Jim Sanderford are marking the booth spaces. We can't wait!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Only a few sneak peeks left!

Today, we're happy to feature these small original paintings and vessels by Ginnie Conaway.

Ginnie creates a variety of paintings, both framed and stand-alone, and paper mache vessels and critters. Be sure to find her art on Saturday!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Support Learning Together Art at 2014 Fall Show

Learning Art Together channels the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of low income, minority, refugee, and immigrant women in Guilford County by introducing the arts as a means of linking their native cultures to American cultural. Through the program, the women develop entrepreneurial, marketing, and business skills that lead to long-term economic and social self-sufficiency. Their work also creates and extends opportunities for multicultural awareness and sharing to the larger Greensboro community.

In February of 2014, a group of women from different countries with different cultures and languages met in Greenhill’s ArtQuest to start learning about art.  Over time the students became teachers; they taught, learned to communicate with, and encouraged each other.  The intertwining of cultures revealed commonalities that led to “From My Table to North Carolina.”
This project underscores the importance placed on preserving their culture and customs through food.  A simple discussion about food conjured sights, smells and tastes now shared with you from El Salvador, Mexico, South Korea, and Vietnam.  
At our 2014 fall show, Learning Together Art will sell cards and collages that will eventually become the page of their cookbook. Each collage card is created with hand painted and printed paper and is the vision of the individual student, based on memories of cooking and sharing food with family.

Learning Art Together is made possible through the Women to Women Grant from the Greensboro Community Foundation.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Message from Molly Mae Potter, Veteran, United States Air Force

It’s been four years, one month, and five days since I returned home from my deployment to Afghanistan.  Since landing back in the USA from my deployment there hasn’t been a single day, and rarely a single hour awake, that I don’t think about something or someone or some memory from that deployment.  
I served in the military as an Air Force officer for six years, but for the rest of my life I will be a veteran of the US armed services whose life was dramatically altered from an intense, frightening war experience.  I returned home a broken soul who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD for many years.  I was finally diagnosed, properly treated, and cared for by my family, friends, military command--and my dog, Bella.  While the support of my family and friends was unparalleled, the love and support of my service dog Bella is what really rescued me in the end.
As more and more veterans are receiving treatment for PTSD, the need for trained service dogs to support the veterans through their treatment process is also on the rise. Once again this year at the Whimsical Woman show, we are going to support a local North Carolina organization dedicated training rescue dogs to support, love, and care for veterans struggling with PTSD. 
Founded by two local Iraq veterans, Warrior Service Dogs is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Asheville, North Carolina that is dedicated to linking trained rescue dogs to veterans suffering with the challenges of PTSD. The organization is the only of its kind that actually links the dog with the veteran and that supports dog and veteran through the service dog training process from start to finish. Once the dog and veteran are linked together, the veteran will work with the trainers of Warrior Service Dogs to train the dog to support the veteran’s needs. 
One might ask how a dog can provide support for someone with PTSD? While the specific struggles with PTSD varies from individual to individual, dogs can be trained to specifically help a person with disabilities manage their recovery process as well as provide therapeutic support along the way. Besides the unwavering love Bella provides in my life each day, Bella also wakes me up from PTSD-induced nightmares at night.
Last year Whimsical Women helped raise $3000 to support Warrior Service Dogs.  Since last November, the money raised during the Fall 2013 show has gone directly to supporting eight local veterans with eight new rescue dogs trained to support these disabled veterans and help them get back on their feet.  Your outpour of support has directly translated to positively impacting and honoring members of our community that have served our country in uniform.  With such an amazing show of support from last year’s show, we have invited Warrior Service Dogs back to Whimsical Women's 2014 show to help raise awareness of veterans’ needs and the positive impact of the love and support that a service dog can have in a local veteran’s life. 
Right now, Warrior Service Dogs need your support with donations of:

-Moist dog treats for training
-Small orange cones for training
-Gift cards to Wal-Mart and Lowe’s Home Improvement
-Collapsible dog bowls
-Dog crates of different sizes
-Cash donations to help with veterinary bills, service vest gear, and dog registration

Warrior Service Dogs will be at located at the entrance of Whimsical Women. Please be sure to stop by and thank them for their support to veterans, and while you are at it thank their handlers for their support to our country!
Wag more, bark less!
Molly Mae Potter, Veteran, United States Air Force