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Well it has been a very busy month! There are big changes at the shop and lots of excitement coming up at the next Mermaid Mercantile! Our theme this month is ‘May is for Mothers and Daughters.’

We have a free gift for the first 50 mothers and daughters who come dressed in coordinating outfits and loads of Mother’s day gifts and ideas.  Just look at the DREAMY ruffled bag and pillow by Deb Hodge:  These goodies take her hours and hours to sew, I would come early because I just know that she is going to sell out of them next Sunday!
We  also have classes going on all day in our outdoor classroom tent! You can sign up on the spot or see our class schedule for details.  The link is on the right…give it a click! Bring a vintage container with you and plant it with flowers, moss and other goodies in Sandra Lee’s funky garden container class! Sandra creates the most beautiful container gardens from birdcages, muffin tins, and many other unexpected items.
There will be all kinds of fantastic vintage goods, clothing, jewelry and one of a kind handiwork for sale. All 25 of our magnificently talented vendors are working like busy bees for the next show. Rachel Luna has a new assortment of darling vintage dresses for girls from the 30’s, and Laura Zeller of Posies Boutique will be offering her assortment of vintage inspired baby goods and treasures.
Inside the shop we have undergone some major changes! We now have a room full of designer fabric and sewing supplies!  Dreamy….Vintage buttons, lace and trim…
Cynthia Bardeen is the master mind Of lil’ Urchin Fabrics and she has brought her wonderful talent, teaching skills and fabric Store to Out of the Blue. Cynthia specializes in fabrics and  that you will never see at a chain store! Amy Butler, Michael Miller and Jennifer Paganelli are just a few of the designer fabrics available, you can also take one of her classes, sewing 101 or her funky fabric clutch class are just a few of the classes that Cynthia offers.

Nicki Glade has also set up shop and offers a wide variety of needle felting supplies and felted artwork. Nicki teached classes too! Be prepared Nicki’s classes are wild and fun! You can learn how to make Mermaids, flowers and seahorses sculpted from wool. when ever Nicki’s class is in session it’s a room full of women laughing and stabbing  wool repeatedly with a needle….. I hear things like, “this is my therapy” hmmmmm… sounds like I could really get some frustration out in this class. 
Lisa Loria pretty much sold out last month and has an entire new stock of repurposed vintage jewels, painted clothes, fine art…the girl has a slew of talents!

Last but not least is the fabulous Rachel Luna! Rachel has set up a room full of vintage doo dads, and very fun accesories from the 30’s 40’s and 50’s! Rachel has a flair for vintage styling that comes from natual talent as well as 20 years as a buyer in the fashion industry!
 Rachel’s aunt, Vonnie Ware, stocks us with her handmade chocolates and goodies! PLEASE keep the white chocolate licorice away from me! This is seriously addicting!
Ok girls…. here is the best part….a few days ago…. Rachel, Cynthia, Nicki Deb and I happened upon a truckload of vintage goodies, prom dresses, square dance petti coats, vintage shoes, handbags, the most darling childrens dresses, fabric, trim, furniture and lots of other AMAZING stuff!
All vintage! All crazy GOOD!
Out of the Blue is the place to go for inspiration and creative fun! We now have a ‘candy store’ filled with one -of -a kind craft,  mixed media, and altered art supplies! We sold out of our  handmade vintage german paper, more is on the way! We have  jewelry supplies made from victorian molds and vintage findings, vintage sheet music, trim, doo dads and so much more!
 Our goal is to carry  art supplies that will never be found at a chain store and offer creative classes that are beyond even my wild imagination.
So if you would like to learn how to sew, make handmade flowers and crowns, doll up your vintage handbag, solder or needle felt… check our class schedule (the link is on the right)! New classes are added each week! We hope to see you Sunday at the one and only Mermaid’s Mercantile!
Be sure to visit my personal blog… I have BIG news there too!
Sincerely ~ Debi

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