Friday, August 15, 2014

What's New @ Ally Bally Bee?

While everyone has been enjoying a wonderful summer, being busy entertaining family or just relaxing, we have been welcoming new artists and planning for the Fall.

New Artists? Plenty!
Some of our newest additions include vintage maps (circa 1868) of our local towns, handcrafted essential oil sensuous perfume, "real people" porcelain yoga figures, ceramic bracelet art, lawn decorations, kitchen accessories and beautiful home soft furnishings (including shower curtains). Quite a selection! As you know we are always on the look out for new talent and only have one or two spaces left that we can squeeze in more talent. We are looking to expand our children's section with a few more children's artists - do you know anyone? We are always looking for fun textile/apparel artists too.  

New in the Fall? Art & Classes!
We're currently putting together a schedule for fall classes. Some of the definite classes so far are our ever popular water color, oils and acrylics class with Wendy MacCordy: Monday 10-12pm, starting September 15th (6 weekly sessions - $210). All levels welcome.

Wendy will also be doing After School Art Class: Wednesdays 4-5:30pm, starting September 17th (6 weekly sessions - $150). All levels welcome.

New for Ally Bally Bee Crafty Coffees with Morag Grassie, founder of Ally Bally Bee! How often do you pour over Pinterest and think that you would love to do one of the many inspiring projects posted there? Grab a friend, a coffee from Tusk and Cup and come by Ally Bally Bee to have a social morning trying your hand at some of the most fun seasonal craft projects. We'll provide the materials, you provide the hands (and a little inspiration) and you'll be pinning your results before you know it! Tuesday mornings 10-11.30am, starting September 16th (6 weekly sessions - $100).

Sewing 101 - Pillows and Throws with Morag GrassieDo you have a sewing machine and would love to use it? We've been working with some wonderful girls over the summer teaching them all about bobbins and winders, presser foots and needles. Their moms were just as interested to learn, so we thought we'd create a class where you can start to learn the basics but at the same time make some fun soft furnishings for the house. By the end of the classes you will have had the chance to made a pillow and a throw. Lots of straight stitching with just a little bit of finishing touches here and there. Learn about the basics of your machine, how to choose fabric for your project and how to deal with pattern placement. You'll soon be making curtains and blinds! Friday mornings, 10-12pm starting September 18th (6  weekly sessions - $200).

For the Younger Sewer - an after school class, bring your own machine, and we'll work on a range of projects that you can work on at home too! Thursday 4-5:30pm, starting September 17th (6 weekly sessions - $150)  

Also in the planning - knitting for beginners, quilting, beading and afterschool kids crafts. If you are interested get in touch and we will try and build a class around your preferred times - info@ally-bally-bee.com

Friday, March 28, 2014

What's the Buzz at Ally Bally Bee?

There's lots going on for Spring at Ally Bally Bee!

New Artists, New Classes, New Creations, New Events!


* * * * SAVE THE DATE * * * *


 Thursday April 10th, 6-8pm (8ish!)
Plan Ahead for Mother's Day 

Have a girls night out. 
Meet some artists. 
Join us for a little refreshment. 
Maybe even plan ahead for Mother's Day!

Several of our artists will be taking custom orders for Mothers Day - house portraits (boats or pets too), reinvent a family heirloom piece of jewelry, customize gorgeous stationary or create a photo charm.

Lynn Boehm: Do you have a piece of vintage jewelry in your jewelry box that need's a little reinventing? Lynne will have her full range of remodeled vintage jewelry and advising on how she can repurpose that stunning brooch, belt buckle, single earring or broken necklace that you never wear any more. Bring along your pieces!

Lynda Campbell: Don't loose the art of sending a special thank you note - it means so much more than an email! Lynda will be designing and advising on personalized stationary. This is a truly special gift made with extra care required when using vintage letterpress equipment and techniques.

Wendy MacCordy: Ever thought of commissioning a house portrait of your family home for yourself, your parents or friend? Unlike a photograph, Wendy's watercolors transform and preserve precious memories of a loved home forever with no imperfections! She can adapt the painting to reflect your favorite season and/or enhancing your most favorite features. Wendy will be discussing commissioned pieces with customers on the night.

Lisa Russel: Have you seen the photo charm necklaces in store and never had enough time to order one in time for a special person? Tonight's the night! Bring your old family photos and Lisa will be able to create a keepsake photo charm necklace or even a charm to be added to a bracelet. Do you have a kid off at college missing their favorite 4 legged friend? Get a photo charm made of their favorite pet.


Help Ally Bally Bee continue to defy the retail trend
Stop one of a kind stores like ours disappearing off the map
Support Ally Bally Bee and unique handcrafted items!


See you on Thursday 10th April!

 


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Could it be the start of Spring?!

A sign of approaching Spring at Ally Bally Bee - new artists, new creations, new looks. 

The snow has almost melted
 The last predicted snow dump never appeared this week
 The clocks have gone forward 
I'm really beginning to feel that spring is on its way
Yipee!

New artists

  • Elisabeth Gibson (Ridgefield) makes adorable colorful hair clips for girls and earrings which are perfect for little girls and tweens. A great new addition.
  • Welcome also Lynne Boehm (also of Ridgefield) who will transform vintage and collectable costume jewelry into great new statement pieces. Have a look at her collection in the store, but also think if you have any treasured pieces that you cherish but don't wear anymore - Lynne can recreate a special piece with even more meaning (watch out for more details about a night to meet Lynn at the store on Thursday, April 10th). 
  • Traveling beyond Ridgefield we have two additional new artists from Wilton (Emmy Starr) and Westport (Debbie Smith). Emmy creates delicate earrings and bracelets from small gemstones, silver nuggets and pearls - everyone unique and lovely. 
  • Debbie Smith's style is very different in contract - statement bangles, cuffs and pendants made from porcelain. Each one is a work of art and despite the impression of porcelain being fragile, its actually very strong - much stronger that stoneware, but also more challenging to work with. So every piece in the store is a carefully selected masterpiece to be treasured.

Drop by, have a peek and even meet Emmy and Debbie who will be working in the store on Wednesday and Friday mornings respectively.


Events 

Art Classes: Drop by the store on Monday mornings and you will hear lots of laughter and fun from the workshop. Wendy MacCordy has been teaching watercolors for the last 4 weeks to a great bunch of ladies. We have 1 more week to go before starting her next 6 week session and have a few places available. If you'd like to sharpen your painting skills, simply paint with some helpful advice and encouragement form Wendy or you're a complete beginner - call to reserve your spot for the next session and join this fun group.

Beading Classes: Justine Aspinwall will be taking three sessions to teach how to create intricately woven jewelry from beads. Mondays 1-2:30pm starting in April - more details to follow.  

Scarf Making Workshop: Wednesday, March 26th, 10:30-11:30am. After many requests, I've at last got round to putting a date aside for scarf making. Grab a coffee from Tusk and Cup, come hang out with in the workshop, learn how to make a wrap scarf and have some fun chat. You can bring your own yarn but there's no guarantee that we will be able to use it - but I'll let you know! There are a limited number of slots so reserve your slot by calling the store.

Save the Date: Thursday April 10th, 6-8pm. Plan ahead for Mother's Day: Custom jewelry, stationary, commissioned house portraits and more. Plan a specially thought out gift for your mom.

See you soon at Ally Bally Bee!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

New to Ally Bally Bee - Ridgefield reared lambswool garments from The Hickories


So I’m not one to blog, Twitter, Snapchat or even Instagram. I never even post on Pinterest despite loving having a quick browse every now and then. But today’s snow (Saturday) has given me the gift of a few extra minutes as we closed a little early around 430pm when the roads started getting really bad. I crawled home and sat in front of a wonderfully cozy roaring fire with my husband and 2 dogs!
I quietly contemplated the fun Carol, Sue and I had today in the store. We had such great chat with our brave and loyal friends who visited us despite the snow and we were able to share our excitement as we welcomed our newest artist - I know I said no more artists until the New Year, but I couldn’t say no!
Did you know that we have our very own organic farm in Ridgefield just a couple of miles form the store? In addition to growing CSA certified organic fruit and veg, The Hickories has their very own flock of finnsheep and alpaca. In a wonderful effort of sustaining locally grown farm produce "The Hickories" have a limited supply of beautiful products made from a blend of finnsheep and alpaca yarn now available at Ally Bally Bee (fleeces locally carded, spun and woven in Eastford, CT). This includes soft and warm ladies shawl/wraps, scarves, hiking and lightweight socks. Each garment comes with its very own sheep ornament tag. So cute! There is a limited supply of these items and Dina tells me that next year's fleeces will be made into blankets – so grab these while you can.
We will be open Sunday 11-4pm, so if you need to do some holiday shopping catch-up after loosing a snow day on Saturday, come down to Ally Bally Bee and join in the fun of celebrating locally and thoughtfully made gifts, take the time to chat with our artists and park at the door – try doing any of those things at the mall! 
See you soon - Morag

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Jewelry Trunk Show This Weekend (7th/8th Dec)

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Jewelry Trunk Show: Sat 7th/Sun 8th

Everyone Loves Jess' Jewelry for it's diversity. 

This weekend Jess will have her full range in the store (not just her regular case), come by early for the best selection, kids make a Christmas bauble and shop for wonderfully unquie gifts without the hassle of the mall (park at the door!) 

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