Win your favorite Paper Scissors Rock items by pinning our wall clocks, alarm clocks, nightlights, magnets, and other fun gifts on Pinterest. This contest is already swinging and you can continue to enter until Friday, when we will pick our winners!
How to enter:
1. Create a Pinterest board and name it #ILovePSR.
2. Go to our website and check out hundreds of gift designs in the galleries. Styles range from whimsical to simple and serene, and featuring images from spirituality, nature, animals, hobbies and interests, kids, and more…When you see something you like, pin it to your board for a chance to win it. Enter as many times as you like until Friday March 21st at 5pm.
3. Fill out an entry form with a link to your Pinterest board.
On Friday at 5pm we will do the random drawing, and 3 lucky winners will receive their choice of any 3 of their pinned gifts.
You may not know the amazing violinist Andrew Joslyn by name yet but you have surely seen him. It might have been playing with Mary Lambert on the Jay Leno Show, at Radio City Music Hall or on tour with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, or at the Grammys when they performed the amazing mass wedding that brought the crowd to their feet. It could have been touring with Judy Collins, Mark Lanegan (Queens of the Stone Age), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), or Tim Lopez (Plain White T’s). Or if you were very, very lucky – when he rang the bell to open our day at Pike Place Market.
Andrew ‘s visit to the market was so much fun. He is a lovely, warm and wonderful person. He grew up on Bainbridge Island and had a fascinating upbringing. His parents are both Buddhist monks and he was encouraged to think creatively from a very young age. His sound is exciting and refreshing, playing his own arrangements of contemporary music ranging from rock, folk, world to hip-hop, and electronic on violin.
He played for the crowd at our request and we spent several hours walking the market as he visited artists, learning about their work and being welcomed and thanked with gifts from many of the crafts people.
Before he left I invited Andrew to take his pick from anything at my table. He thought about the Buddha for his parents, but ended up choosing the Music clock for himself. (He even hummed the Bach Sonata I used on the border for me. I’d never heard it!)
He made everyone laugh, spent time chatting with everyone he met, was humble and appreciative and clearly understood the life of an artist and the passion our community has for what we do. The entire market fell in love with him. (Fun fact: his brother is Chris Kattan, from Saturday Night Live)
Andrew is spending all of March touring with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Japan and China
But you can see him when he returns to Seattle in April. He’s playing at the Triple Door on April 8th with Susy Sun with the Passenger String Quartet and April 11th with Victoria Contreras and the Andrew Joslyn Orchestra.
You can follow Andrew on Twitter @JoslynMusic and I hope you’ll visit his website to learn more about him, the Passenger String Quartet and hear more of his music.
And just because I love it so much, I have to end with this video of “Irish Celebration” where you can see and hear Andrew playing.
I heard the news that one of our Northwest native marine friends may be coming home after a long stay in Florida. It’s still uncertain, but there has been some progress towards a plan to release Puget Sound orca whale Lolita to her family, after more than 40 years in captivity.
If Lolita makes it all the way, we will celebrate her freedom and welcome her back home to the Sound. I’m sure many of us will be on the lookout, hoping to be the lucky person to catch a glimpse of her sometime.
Orcas are treasured members of our ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest.
They are so special- nurturing and intelligent, and also vulnerable. They inspired me to make the above orca wall clock, which can be ordered from my website or purchased at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, or local retailers throughout the US.
You might be lucky enough to catch sight of an orca at the Washington coast, or from one of the greater Puget Sound area/Salish Sea’s many operational ferries that go to and from the islands including as Bainbridge, Vashon, and San Juan islands where Orcas island is located (whose name is appropriately but only coincidentally shared with the sea mammals that populate the area). Sightings happen throughout the year. If you see an orca, you can report your sighting which helps researchers and conservationists in their work to protect them.
Support the cause! Mention Free Lolita when you order the orca clock in February, and I will donate 20% to Greenpeace.
Please check out Paper Scissors Rock’s online sale, this weekend only!
And come see us tomorrow at Pike Place Market in Seattle. Santa, tree-lighting, fresh cut trees, entertainment and more!
5. Remember: Thanksgivukkah comes but once every 70,000 years! If you are Jewish, its especially important to honor the rare event of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coinciding, termed Thanksgivukkah earlier this year by a clever Bostonian on Twitter. Mashup specialties to include challah with gravy, mashed potato latkes, and of course, deep fried turkey…mmm.
If you forgot to come to Thanksgiving dinner bearing hanukkah gifts, come by the Pike Place Market on Saturday, and make up for it with my one-of-a-kind Judaica glass gem magnets, the perfect gift for the other nights.
(Like all my different kinds decorative magnets, they come in a nifty gift tin. The magnets are strong enough to pin up artwork or other items to. They will not fall off the refrigerator like so many do.)
4. Honor your host or hostess!
Preparing a Thanksgiving feast is a huge job. Of course, I think the best kind of Thanksgiving is one where you cook together, but if you are not the foodie type, a nice gift of a centerpiece or something to decorate the home will show your appreciation for the cooks.
3. Don’t forget the pets. They really like to participate in Thanksgiving too. So be sure and set aside some unspiced pumpkin puree, a little lean turkey meat, or something special that is approved by your vet for your dog or cat friends’ consumption. They will be ever so thankful.
2. Don’t stress about the shopping! Eat leftovers and relax tomorrow, and save your energy and money for Small Business Saturday. Supporting local businesses means giving gifts with a heart for your community.
Lots of businesses are running promotions on Saturday. Check out our online sale all weekend to celebrate Small Business Saturday or come visit me at Pike Place Market in Seattle for one of the most unique and special holiday events locally.
1. Count your blessings. It feels good.
Only THREE days left to go!
If you are nearby, I hope you will come by Pike Place this Saturday, November 30th. It is such a magical place to be during the holidays, and such a perfect place to show your love for the local people who make Seattle work- artists, musicians, restauranteurs, and local retailers.
Not only is it Small Business Saturday, in fact, but it is the annual holiday kickoff at the market. A few of the fun happenings on Saturday:
- FREE pictures with Santa in front of the famous Market clock and sign. (These make for wonderfully iconic Seattle holiday mailers for your loved ones far and wide…also a nice way of showing that you are supporting local shops with your dollars. Do not miss!
- Kids’ cookie decorating party in the Market’s new Atrium Kitchen!
- Holiday tree lighting, and lighting of the Market at 5 pm.
- Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition: Comedy and choral performance face-off! 1-4:30pm under the Market clock.
Seattle magnets, for the Seattle fridge.
- Pick out a freshly-cut Christmas tree, holiday wreaths, and garlands direct from your local farmers.
- Warm up with hot local apple cider, famous Pike Place hot mini doughnuts, award-winning chowder and of course, coffee!
Magnets for all the coffee lovers, from the birthplace of Seattle coffee!
- Come find me in the craft day stalls! I have colorful, affordable, and useful gifts for all kinds of people on your list made from my paintings.
Gem magnets, miniature alarm clocks, colorful wall clocks, night lights, bookmarks, and greeting cards. I have gifts suitable for stocking stuffers, gift exchange parties, secret santa events, hanukkah, and christmas.
My designs are diverse, appealing to kids and great-grandparents, and everyone in between. You will find something to match the loves of many people on your list, and go with themes of decor in rooms in your house.
Not to mention there are more than 200 other artists and crafts people with special and unique treasures for sale in the craft day stalls, a pillar of Seattle small business and arts community for the past 40 years.
Come down. Bring your kids. Bring your friends. The Market on this day is an unforgettable experience.
Small Business Saturday is November 30th, just one week away, and there is no better place to enjoy it than with us at the Pike Place Market in Seattle! At Pike Place you’ll find hundreds of artists, local farmers, and great places to eat.
I am located in the craft day stalls, and like all the craft vendors, our location moves around from day to day. Just walk through the craft day stalls and you should see my display…I try to make it eye-catching so I am easy to find.
Small Business Saturday is an event to promote holiday shopping at local small businesses around the US. Many small businesses in neighborhoods across the country are participating, and there are some great promotions.
For example, if you have an American Express card, you can get $10 just for shopping at a small business on November 30th. Online counts too, so if you can’t make it to Pike Market to see us, come visit the website.
I WON!! In order to win I had to get as many new followers as I could and the top ten merchants who got the most followers won. When I asked for help I was at #11. I was amazed at that since the other top scorers were huge stores with thousands of FB fans. But thanks to all of you, I made it to #4! WOOT!
This will save me hundreds of dollars, (if not way more) in commission, since I now pay NO commission on sales from Black Friday to New Years Eve. AND I get a feature ad on Black Friday. A great victory for a small business like mine! You guys MADE my Christmas.
If you have not yet checked out the website Opensky, you are missing out. You can find and order the full selection of Paper Scissors Rock clocks, magnets, night lights and other gifts in my whimsical style at my online store there. Every week I run special promotions and deals exclusively on Opensky, and you can follow my store to get the word about these. (It only takes a minute to register on Opensky)
This week I am doing this Win What You Love Contest, where you can win free gifts. Whatever products you “love” on my Opensky store, you’ll be entered to win. See the details below.
Plus there are thousands of other great merchants on the site– not only artists and designers, but food, clothing, useful items, and lots of other emerging brands from small businesses. I shop there all the time, and am always finding new beautiful stuff. This is such a great site to do your online holiday shopping on Cyber Monday this year, where you can support all kinds of small businesses with your dollars instead of those big companies That Shall not be Named… And of course, this means that the money you spend on gifts goes back to sustainable families and communities, so these are meaningful gifts that you won’t have to repent of come January first, 2014. 🙂