Monday, November 22, 2010


We've got some creative friends, and thankfully they keep us stocked with some of the coolest T-shirts around.  Who are they?  They are the fine folks at Statriot .  And, if you are wishing they made them in your size (adult), THEY DO!  In fact, they even have more of an adult selection than kids. You can check out their website , or you can find them at Betty's Divine.

 Here are the styles we currently have in the shop.

 This one is called Montanka, because Andy Smetanka, aka Big Papa, designed it. 
Look at this smart looking Tee!
And the perfect Missoula T-shirt.  Don't you think?  
We are fully stocked in all these styles, and they make awesome gifts.  Plus, they are local, which is cool.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thanksgiving Craft Party

Despite the onset of frigid temperatures, we had a blast making place mats, reading books, and eating cookies at our Thanksgiving craft party yesterday...

 The place mats turned out amazing!

And fun was had by all...
We will do it again in December, so stay posted!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Craft Sesh!

We had such a good time at our last craftsesh, we decided to have another!  So, this Friday, November 19, we will be hosting a Thanksgiving themed get together.  We plan to make Thanksgiving placemats, eat cookies, and read a good book.

We hope you will be inspired to join us.  If so, please RSVP by commenting to this post, or call us at the shop at 543-2899. 

Also, we have some new books in the store.  These are sure to please all the youngsters in your life. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Hello November...

We let our skeletons out to walk the streets for The Day Of The Dead parade, one of our favorite Missoula events. They managed to cuten up this classic look quite a bit, I think.

On that note, one of the things we LOVE about being in Missoula is all of the wonderful opportunities to celebrate our community and our kids. We are happy to be hosting an event of this kind right here, tonight, at Blackbird for the November First Friday art walk.

Tonight we celebrate with art by the students of Primrose Montessori and our very own in house artists, Andy Smetanka and Eric Pederson ( Asa, the white skeleton's, dad and grandpa!)

 The students at Primrose Montessori School have been inspired by Vasily Kandinsky, the father of abstract painting.  I must say, these preschoolers have done an amazing job with their multi-media interpretations of his paintings. And they look amazing on our walls.

Andy Smetanka has teamed up with his father-in-law, Eric Pedersen and will be showing their brilliant nightlights!  These will be one-of-a-kind nightlights with Smetanka silhouette designs, framed in a small hand-crafted (by Eric Pedersen) wooden box.  They would sure make a nice Christmas gift for any little or big person. 

So please bring your family and join us, and help us celebrate these artists, eat snacks, drink juice and or wine, and be merry.  Tonight from 5-8pm. We hope to see you tonight, but we know you are busy..the artist's work will be hanging all month, so stop by later if you can't make it tonight.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thank you, October....

November is here already, and we are excited for another fun month as we head into the season of Holiday fever. We had such a great time at our October Halloween craft session, that we are cooking up another one to celebrate Thanksgiving and the month of November, we will announce the dates and times for that soon! Speaking of giving thanks, we are always feeling like we have a ton to be thankful for around here at Blackbird, so I want to give a shout out to all of the things that made our October special!

First off, we added two new racks to our used section, and we are pleased as punch with the way it has been growing. Thank you all for bringing us your special used items, and perusing this section like mad! We love it! It is currently stocked full of gently used Zutano, Patagonia, Columbia, Hanna Andersson, Tea Collection, Kate Quinn, Speesees and more!

We are also tickled about the new local items that have arrived recently these cozy boots from Starry Knight designs, our favorite soft soled shoes ever, and they are hand-made in Corvallis MT!...Or these brand new appliqued knot hats, a perfect small baby gift from one of our favorite local designers, Nici Holt Cline. We are also in love with these adorable and stylish handmade bibs from locals, Moody Milkcow designs! 

....What else are we thankful for?

Our favorite trick or treaters, of course! We hope you had a happy Halloween and a super fun October with your favorite trick or treaters too!