The Holiday Shop is closed for now!

I want to send my thanks to everyone who made this year’s Holiday Shop the success it was- artists and customers alike. 2020 was ROUGH but you all came together to show support, and it warmed my heart.

The shop is a lot of work, but is the best thing I do each year, and this year I was a little wary of what I was getting myself in to. I shouldn’t have worried as much– you are all so awesome.

Anyways, the holiday shop is now closed, but I’m back at the studio (345 1st Place NW) on Wednesdays, and I’ll be doing it all again next year. Make sure to follow us on facebook or sign up for the very infrequent mailing list to get the latest announcements– including the call for artists (beginning of October) and any dates and changes.

See you at the studio or see you next year!


Welcome to the 2020 Holiday Shop!

Open Friday thru Sunday, 12-5PM
Nov.27 – Dec.27, 2020
232 Front Street N, Issaquah

>> Shop online for same day pick-up! <<

This year’s Holiday Shop features great gifty things from nearly 30 local artists– jewelry, ceramics, cards, journals, patches, stickers, pins, ornaments, decoration… the list goes on. You’re sure to find something amazing for someone amazing– all while supporting local craftspeople. This is the shop’s 6th year, curated by Alison Lang (So, There.) with the Downtown Issaquah Association.

A few things are different this year, but the shop is still packed full of amazing treasures, so take a look at our extra details below, and swing by for a visit– either in-store or online.


The in-store limit is 5 people at one time including children. Please take a peek to make sure there is room for your party before entering. If we are at capacity you will be asked to wait outside on one of our covered benches until there is room for you. This is first-come-first-serve, but if you’d like a guaranteed shopping time, please email Alison at [email protected] to see about a personal shopping time outside of our normal hours.

You must wear a face covering at all times while in the store. We will have masks available to you if you need one. Please make sure your mouth and nose are completely covered. Extra points for fun masks. (;

Please use sanitizer before handling anything in the store. Don’t worry, we have plenty to share. Also remember to keep a safe distance from other customers at all times.

Shop online! Almost everything in the Historic Shell Holiday Shop is available to order online, and you can shop anytime. Just pick what you’d like to take home, pay online and let us know when you’d like to pick it up. Please give us at least 2 hours to fill your order.
Pick-up is available at the the Holiday Shop (232 Front Street N, Issaquah) Friday-Sunday 12:30-5PM. Please park near the station and go to the building to request your bundle. If you have any issues text 425-281-9083 (please do not call) or email [email protected].
If you would like to arrange shipping, complete your sale and contact Alison. She will calculate your shipping charge, via USPS Priority Mail and invoice you separately.

Private Shopping available including before 12 and after 5 on our open days. Please email Alison to arrange a private shopping time.

All sales are final, which is our policy every year, but even more important this year to protect the health of our customers and artists.

Hours and Open Dates are subject to change. We can’t predict the future, so do consider getting your shopping done early. The bonus is that you will have even more options to choose from! You can see the latest news at or contact Alison.

Any other questions? Alison’s your gal- [email protected], 425-281-9083.

I just want to thank you all for the support you’ve given me and the other Holiday Shop artists over the years. We all appreciate you so very much!
Artists rely heavily on sales they make during the holiday season, and this year is even more fraught. If you have the means, please consider supporting artist businesses and small, local businesses.
Your impact is huge, and we 🖤 you.

–Alison Lang: Lettering fiend and letterpress friend at So There, Issaquah.

Holiday Shop opens on November 27!

Lots of things are different this year, but I’m happy to say the Holiday Shop will still be full of amazing, fun, and useful gifts from nearly 30 local artists.

We’ll be open Friday thru Sunday, 12-6PM beginning November 27th and running through December 27th (with a few bonus days thrown in.) The shop will stay open to in-store retail while it can, but this year you’ll also have the option to shop on our online shop for curbside pick-up! Watch for the shop to go live on November 27th!

I’ve been hard at work putting all the products online, and I think you’re going to find so much to love!

I don’t talk much about this, but the Holidays are often a make-or-break time for artist businesses. This year is so much trickier, which is why I felt it was important to go forward with the shop. I can still do something for local creatives, and make sure you have something unique to pass on to those you love (even if they are farther away than you’d like.) If you have the option, please consider shopping from small, local businesses. They (we) appreciate it!

Follow the Historic Shell Holiday Shop here and on Facebook to see the latest!

Goodbye to Adventures-in-Making!

As of October 31, 2020 We are saying goodbye to the Adventures In Making website. Thank you to everyone who followed and supported us!

You can keep up-to-date with Alison’s work at So, There – Happily Handmade in Issaquah and Rachel’s work at Rachel Beyer – Artist, Designer, Author, Maker

We hope you all keep on making! The world needs your creativity now more than ever! 🖤

Rachel has made her much-requested Heart Embroidery Sampler available for download on her etsy shop, here. Her other projects may be made available- contact her here.

Most of Alison’s projects have been archived here on her business blog. A few of them have photos below, but visit the link to browse through the whole kitten-caboodle. If you have any questions, feel free to contact her here.

CLOSED : Artist Call for the 2020 Historical Shell Holiday Shop

Calling Local Artists and Makers!

The Artist call is closed at of October 30. If you have any questions about the shop feel free to email me at See you soon!

It’s been a rough year, but it’s time to share the things you love to make with people who will love to give them as gifts. Please note that this year’s shop will require a few extra steps from artists to ensure that we can continue to represent your work and serve customers in the event that there is a change in our ability to be open for retail hours.

We’re looking for talented local artists and craftspeople to feature in our sixth annual holiday shop at the Historic Shell Station in Downtown Issaquah: 232 Front St N. If you make great gifty goods we want to feature you!

This holiday shop is curated and run by Alison Lang of So, There (; and will focus on fun, unique, handmade gifts of all sorts. The shop will be open weekends, from Thanksgiving to New Year 2020 in beautiful, festive Downtown Issaquah.

No table or booth fees! No booth to tend! Chosen products will be sold on consignment, and artists will receive payment (minus commission) for sales following the shop’s closure in December. Artists will be responsible for dropping off stock on November 22-23 and picking it up on Dec 31-Jan 1.

If you make it, we want to see it! We are looking for handmade: fashion accessories, jewelry, pillows, candles, textiles, home accessories, small furniture pieces, journals, stationery, books, office accessories, electronic gadgets, games, children’s toys, and more! Original art pieces and locally designed items will also be considered– Please note, though, that hanging and displaying original pieces is extremely difficult in the space, which limits the kinds of pieces I can display.


• Artists must be able to drop off stock on November 22nd or 23rd, and pick up on December 31st or January 1st. You may ship your work, but you are responsible for all shipping fees.
• Shop commission is 40% to cover insurance, display, processing fees, and venue. Artist will receive 60% of sales, via check or PayPal by January 30th, 2021.
• Artists must affix a tag to each item which includes a SKU (see below), price tag, and business name (pencil is ok!)
• Priority will be given to early applicants and those that are very local to Issaquah.
• You may provide display pieces or furniture if you like, but they may be used anywhere in the store.

Changes for 2020
The Holiday Shop is very important to me, so even though this year is likely to be a little bit tricky and a lot more work, I feel like it’s absolutely worth it. This year I will be requiring photos for each unique item so that I can list them online for in-store pickup for customers who would prefer that to shopping in person. Each unique item will also need to be marked with an item number (SKU) and price. I’m definitely working to make sure this is as painless a process as possible, and will have more specifics if your work is accepted. I understand that photos can be tricky for some people, but don’t worry- we’ll make it all work!

Join Us!

Please fill out our Google form below by October 30 to be considered for the 2020 Holiday Shop. I will send a confirmation that I have received your application within 2 days. If you don’t hear from me within 2 days, or have any problems with the application, please email me at [email protected]

2019 Featured Artists and Makers

A Tea Leaf
Aline’s Cardboard
Beautiful Mess Press
Beehive Creations
Blue Egg Studio LLC
Christine Stoll Studio
Earth & Clay
Frog & Fern
Graceful Moon Studios
Habitude Paper
Jillian Born
Jim’s Woodshop
Juliette-Ripley Dunkelberger
Kitten Mittens
Lisa Mueller Jewelry
Little Green
MayhemHere Art
Melissa Zahradnicek
Print Ritual
Rachel Admas
Rachel Beyer
Sarah Brighton Aromatherapy
Silver & Cedar
So There Letterpress
Starlight Glassworks
Tita Heart Made
Wicked Kitty Toys
World of Woollycraft







Free Flower Coloring Sheet!

To brighten your day I turned the popular Grab-a-Greeting flower postcard design into a coloring sheet you can print at home. A version of this design is also available as a set of postcards- you can find them at the Grab-a-Greeting stand at our Issaquah Studio OR at our online shop.

Click above to download coloring page PDF.

(Normal disclaimers- this is provided for free for your personal coloring use, please do not replicate any part for sale or for commercial use without my approval.)