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New card line is both local and LOVE-ly

 

Mosaic

Printed in Redmond, Oregon by Collage Greetings, MOSAIC features independent artists from around the world. The distinctive look of each card feels personal with messages that are easy to express to your favorite people. You will find several options in both the Birthday and Love sections of the card area. Check them out next time you are in and pick up a half-dozen or so.

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New Air Plants!

Spanish Moss
With the warm summer we’ve been having, these Spanish moss plants are feeling right at home.

You’ll love these new arrivals in the Air Plant category.

Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is an epiphyte (a rootless plant which hangs from the branches of a tree but gets no food or water from the host tree). The stem surfaces are covered with scales which absorb water and nutrients from the air and rain. For most of us, it doesn’t rain inside our homes, so when you grow them indoors, just mist them with water.

As I was doing a little research about these plants I discovered that Spanish moss was once commercially harvested for use as a stuffing (about 20 million pounds were used in 1937 for stuffing car seats, mattresses and furniture) and as packing material. It was also used for floor mats, insulation and mulch. These days its uses are much more restricted and it’s generally only used in arts and crafts, and floral arrangements. We tend to use our local types of moss with European basket arrangements, but the grayish color of Spanish Moss sometimes is just the thing.

Strangely enough, in all my research I found no mention of the most popular use for this plant: holding it to your chin and pretending you’re an old man.

P.S. A fresh batch of vegetable starts have just arrived (most are organic). You may be happily harvesting plenty of produce, but adding Kale, Broccoli, Cabbage, and Lettuce to your garden now will keep your harvest going when other plants are done.

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Fairy Festival!

Come on down and join the fun – it’s Fairy Festival time at Incahoots. Here’s what’s coming up over the next few days:

Starting Thursday morning, you can vote for your favorite Fairy Garden. As always, there are some amazingly creative gardens for you to see, the hard part is going to be choosing your favorite.

On Friday, there’s a Wand-making Workshop from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Every fairy needs a wand, and for $10 you’ll get the supplies and instruction to create your very own.

On Friday evening, please join us for a concert by some of your favorite local musicians. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. and will feature our very own Leah Phillips on vocals and guitar, along with the bands Agnes, and Ponderosa. These bands are made up of musicians from the MHS Concert Band, the Jazz Band, and the Twilighters. The concert will be outside under the canopy. Some seating is available, but you might want to bring along a lawn chair just in case.

And the grand finale of the Fairy Festival, the Fairy Parade, sets out on Saturday morning. Fairies of all ages are invited to assemble at Incahoots at 11:30 a.m. to parade down to Hopscotch Toys and then over to the McMinnville library for Fairy Storytime!

P.S. There are just a couple seats left for the Fairy Teas on both Friday and Saturdaymorning. Give us a call soon for reservations. 503-472-4923

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Never have to click “Forgot Password” again!

 

Passwords

New this week in the shop are these handy organizers that will keep your fingers clicking along as you bounce merrily from website to website. If you are like many of us, your mental memory card has a way of glitching when it comes to pesky password retrieval. Not surprisingly, old school solutions are sometimes the best — like these handy spiral notebooks in three fun designs. With 80 pages labeled alphabetically, this low-tech tool gives you space for 240 entries of login/password and notes for all of your go-to sites. Just think of all the fun trivia you can now fit in your brain once you have freed up all that memory space! You’re welcome.

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Coming up next week:

Wednesday, August 8th is the day to bring in a Fairy Garden to enter in our yearly competition. Voting will happen Thursday morning through noon on Saturday. There’s a Wand-making Workshop on Friday from 12:30 to 1:30, a Concert on Friday evening featuring some talented local artists and the grand finale of the Fairy Festival, the Fairy Parade, sets out on the morning of Saturday, August 11th.

Call or drop by for more information or to sign-up for any of these activities.

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Fairy Garden Planting Day!

Fairy Garden Planting

 

I hope you have the opportunity to come to our Fairy Garden Planting Day this Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can get expert help creating a one-of-a-kind fairy paradise. Feel free to call ahead to reserve a time slot (503-472-4923), or stop by any time during the four hours and we’ll try to fit you in. Prices range from $15- $35 depending on the size of the garden you make.

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Shopping is all about asking yourself the right questions.

ShoppingSometimes we overhear customers agonizing over gift selections and because we love to be helpful – here are a few examples of how to make the most of your purchasing process:

Instead of asking, “Who really needs a chipmunk shaped door-stop?” Ask, “Who doesn’t need an adorable forest friend cast in iron, and how many should I get for my own home?”

Instead of questioning, “Where would they put that beautiful glass ball?” Wonder, “How many hours of calming meditative peace will this unique piece of art inspire?”

Instead of debating, “Which tin of tea should I choose?” Discover, “How many different samples of bulk tea can I fit in this fun basket?”

Instead of worrying, “Is it silly to buy this ridiculously soft, huggable giraffe?” Ponder, “Would this giraffe rather go home with the squishy hedgehog, floppy bunny, or fluffy Pekingese?”

And as always, if you are stuck on a question, our savvy staff is happy to assist you!

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Open House at the McMinnville Community Garden

GardenHere’s an idea for a fun morning outing: The McMinnville Community Garden is hosting an Open House this Saturday, July 28th from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

You can get information on raised bed and organic gardening, and take a guided tour of the 230 raised beds in the garden. Starting at 10:00 a.m., OSU Master Gardeners will be offering a plant clinic, there will be beverages and snacks, and beginning at 10:30 a.m. Janet (of Incahoots fame) will be demonstrating ideas for how to arrange all those fresh summer flowers.

The garden is located at 325 NE Burnett Road in McMinnville. Admission and parking are free and there will also be a silent auction of priceless gardening tool & art.

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Another Fairy Garden Contest?

I hope you’re planning on entering our Fairy Garden Contest this year which is coming up in just about two weeks.

But did you know the Yamhill County Fair also has a Fairy Garden contest? It’s conveniently scheduled for the week before the Incahoots contest so you have an extra opportunity to show off your creativity (and maybe win a prize). We have a stack of Exhibitor Handbooks with all the contest details (such as, entries need to be dropped off next Tuesday, July 31st!), so stop by and pick one up soon.

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Introducing a new line of cards from Duirwaigh Studios:

Designed to empower and encourage, the sentiments in each “Original Zen” card go beyond “thinking of you” and feature floral images, unique fonts and bold colors. Duirwaigh (pronounced “Doorway”) describes its mission as “creating art and words in service of inspired, soulful living.” Pick up one or five of these cards for someone you know who could use a little encouragement and inspiration today.