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Monday, April 5, 2010

Handmade Squirrel Contest! It Takes a Tree...

At Brooklyn General Store we have a real soft spot for handmade creatures.  So to celebrate spring, we thought it would be fun to sponsor a handmade creature contest honoring one of our favorite furry muses, the squirrel. We have created the perfect habitat in our storefront window - a warm, wooly tree.  Now our tree needs some new friends!

Send us an original, handmade squirrel to live in our tree and join our squirrel family.  We will love it and treat it as one of our own...and maybe you will be one of the lucky winners!


What Counts as a Squirrel?  Any rodent-type animal with a fluffy tail who likes nuts.  Squirrels must be 3-D.

They may be knit, sewn, crocheted, felted or fabricated out of any naturals you desire.  Please no taxidermy or you will be bitten!

Call for Entries:  First 10 entries get a free Brooklyn General t-shirt.  Entries can be hand delivered or mailed to Brooklyn General Store, 128 Unions St,, Brooklyn, NY, 11231.  They may come from any part of the world. Squirrels will be judged on originality, craftmanship, and all around cuteness.

Dates and Deadlines:  Call for entries begins on April 15th.  Contest ends May 15th and squirrels must be received by that date.  Squirrels will be kept on display in the shop until June 30th.  Winning squirrels will be posted on our blog the week following the contest with links to winner’s blogs if desired.

Rules & Restrictions:  All squirrels must be hand made by the participant.  Youth entries must be made with minimal parent involvement.  They can be made from patterns or self-designed.  You can submit up to three squirrels.  They can be as small as you like, but no bigger than 15 inches.  If you want your squirrel to be returned you must include a self-addressed, appropriately sized, padded envelope with the correct postage already on the envelope.  Postage for the return of squirrels will be the sole responsibility of the participant. There is no insurance on return shipping and safe delivery of wayward squirrels is not guaranteed.

Prizes!:  A public judging and Squirrel Party will be held on May 15th at Brooklyn General Store. (Party details will be announced soon here on this blog.)  

1st Prize:  $200 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate (valid for one year).

2nd Prize:  $100 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate (valid for one year).

3rd Prize:  $50 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate (valid for one year).

Youth Prizes (0-15 yrs):  Three squirrels will each be awarded one $50 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate (valid for one year).

Good Luck!  We can't wait to welcome our new tree tenants to Brooklyn.