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MCD Store Delivers DIY Home for the Holidays

Museum of Craft and Design Newsletter

This holiday season choose gifts that bring joy and experience. The Museum Store,, is stocked with do-it-yourself craft kits, complete with all the materials and tools you need to awaken artistry in generations young and old.

Our Felt Flower and Felt Soap Kits teach wet felting techniques. Each Flower Kit comes with materials for three red or purple flowers. The Felt Soap Kits include three colors of wool and three bars of olive oil soap. The Felt Ball and Felt Geode Kits employ needle felting techniques. They come in color combinations like orange and blackberry and plum and moss, and they include one ounce of wool, a three-inch foam square and two needles. According to local artist Jenne Giles, it’s an excellent time to start felting. She said, “We’re at a real beginning stage in the Renaissance of felt-making.”

Anni Albers’ Bobbypin, Washer and Cork Necklace Kits are based on original pieces from a 1941 traveling exhibition of work by Albers and student Alex Reed. This “common object jewelry” was inspired during the lean times of World War II, when Albers gathered media from hardware and stationery stores.

The Stitch It Kits are ideal for people just learning to sew. The Stitch It Flower Bag Kit comes with 164 felt pieces of different colors to create a 12 by 14.5-inch bag. The Stitch It Teddy Bear Kit comes with pre-cut pieces, stuffing and a plastic needle, all you need to turn cloth into a treasured plaything.

We have also stocked a number of craft instruction books. Quilling, the art of twirling paper into decorative scrollwork, illustrated in the book, Twirling Paper, was a huge success at a recent MakeArt workshop. The book offers 30 projects and 100 colorful paper strips. Watercolor for the Artistically Undiscovered by Thacher Hurd and John Cassidy features a palette of watercolors, a brush, instructions and plenty of opportunities to employ new techniques. Other choices include A Book of Artrageous Projects and Knitting: Learning to Knit Six Great Projects.

All of these kits are available online for between $15 and $25. When you buy from the Museum Store, the profits directly support our programs. While we awaken craft in the community, you can spark it in the home.


Drummond PRCA Rodeo Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Press Release

Historic event includes professional cowboys, parades, a beer garden and street dance.

Sunday, July 8, 2012—Drummond, Mont. will host their 70th rodeo, a professional competition that functions as the sole fundraiser for the non-profit Drummond Kiwanis Club.

This annual event is remarkable, as a hometown tradition and as a Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA) official rodeo. Drummond’s American Legion Goldstar Post 125 Rodeo Grounds, off I-90, play host to professional cowboys and lady barrel racers from across the Northwest, who compete to win money and earn their place in the National Rodeo Finals.

This year’s event will feature saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie down roping, team roping and the crowd favorite—bull riding. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 10. Children 5 and under are free. Outside the arena there are food stands, a beer garden and picnic tables. For most people, the occasion is an all-day event.

Drummond Kiwanis Rodeo Chairman, Butch Friede said, “I believe this has been one of the best little one-day shows in the state. You see lots of families coming, lots of people cheering and having fun. Come and watch what a professional show in a small community can really bring you.”

The celebration begins with a children’s parade on Saturday, July 7th at 7 p.m. Slack follows at 9 a.m. Sunday morning.  The rodeo parade takes place on Drummond’s Front Street at Noon, with prizes awarded for best dressed cowboy and cowgirl as well as the best float and best car and truck. The main rodeo events begin at 2 p.m., featuring fanfare, audience participation, bullfighters and a 50/50 raffle. Drummond’s Roughstock Saloon will host a band on Saturday night and a street dance with live music after the rodeo.

Drummond resident Paul Greany reckoned the rodeo still offers the type of celebration that is good for first time rodeo goers and seasoned rodeo fans. He said, “People are still riding bucking horses and bulls, same as when I first came to the rodeo.”

The Drummond Rodeo is presented by community volunteers and sponsors. As the sole fundraiser for the Drummond Kiwanis Club, it funds college scholarships, youth leadership conferences, Project Santa Claus family food donation, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, swimming lessons and other youth programs that benefit hundreds of children in Granite County. Visit for more information.


Inside The Philipsburg Trading Company

The Philipsburg Mail Article

The Ins and Outs of the Philipsburg Trading Company. There are a quarter of a million people within a two-hour drive of Philipsburg, MT, a fact that Shari Kelley researched and noted before she opened The Philipsburg Trading Company. On May 23, 2005, she began beckoning those people in its direction. Last June, Kelley opened Moose Mercantile in Philipsburg and the Trading Company found its home across the street in the Kaiser House.
The Kaiser House hotel was built by John and Herman Kaiser in 1878 and included a bar, dining room, billiard room and overnight rooms. As one of the oldest masonry structures in Philipsburg, it was a perfect meeting place for travelers and locals.Todd King, the current owner of the building, spent the last year remodeling it, and Kelley moved in on May 15. Kelley is pleased with how the building has turned out. “I admire what Todd [King] has done, restoring the buildings. He has kept them the flavor of Philipsburg,” she said.
When Kelley first came to Philipsburg 23 years ago, she recognized the potential of the town. Since then, she’s split her time between Philipsburg and Palm Springs, Calif., where she is a party coordinator. She is currently spending four months in Philipsburg every year.“I’m excited about what’s happening with Philipsburg. I think it’s the cutest town in Montana. It’s become a tourist destination, a place for a day trip. A person can start at Schnibbles and go all the way down to the Pickle Dish. There’s a lot of variety,” she said.The Philipsburg Trading Company offers merchandise “for the home and cabin,” including furniture, mirrors, pillows, paintings, napkins, soaps and postcards, all with a western feel.“I wanted to do something that would accent and enhance Philipsburg. I’ve opened stores that say, ‘Montana.’ Kelley commented.

Part of the flavor of the Philipsburg Trading Company is the local art. The store is filled with western paintings by John Brown, an artist who lives near Georgetown Lake. On July 31st, she will have an artist’ reception for Brown at the store.
The store also features tin mirrors by Hayley Nolte and arts and crafts by Sandy McDonald.

So far Kelley is pleased with how things are going for the store, especially with the amount of local people she’s seen. “The difference between last summer and this summer is palpable. The town is filled with Bitterroot Valley people,” she said.

Despite the large summer crowd, Kelley would like to see Philipsburg turn into a “town for all seasons,” staying open all year round. She assures that the Philipsburg Trading Company will stay open year-round, to help make the town a year-round success.

Whatever comes the new store’s way, Kelley says the Philipsburg Trading Company will be around for a long time to come.

“When I retire from Party Planning, this is what I’ll do. I’m in it for the long haul.”