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Huge Announcement!!!

Make + Take Studio/Frigg’s Mercantile is moving to a new location!!!

It will soon be time to say goodbye to this lovely space!

It will soon be time to say goodbye to this lovely space!

Our home on NE MLK has been amazing; it’s bright, clean, and open. However, when I signed the lease for the space, I knew that summer 2019 was a deadline for finding a new location, and I am delighted to share we will soon move to N. Williams avenue! The new space also shares some of my favorite aspects of our current location: it’s clean, with big windows and huge ceilings. In fact, it even has one blue wall (and the rest white) much like the space on NE MLK!

Come check out the new digs starting on May 15!!!

About the new location: Located in the "spine" of the HUB building, Make + Take Studio will be located alongside other crafty maker spaces (Klum House, HipCooks) and right behind the awesome Spielwerk Toys. The building is home to a coffeeshop (Ristretto Roasters, so yummy!) as well as several restaurants. Plus, N Williams is a great place for a stroll beyond the HUB building!

The new address will be:
3808 N Williams Ave #134
Portland OR 97224

Make + Take Studio Becomes Official Name

With the big move comes a few changes to our little shop/studio. First, we are phasing out the Frigg’s Mercantile name outside of the retail portion. This means handmade goods and our own product line will still fall under the Frigg’s Mercantile umbrella, but signage at the new space will be all under the Make + Take Studio name. Over the last year, it’s become clear that the workshops, parties, events, and camps are the focus of the space, and, as such, the Make + Take Studio name just makes a lot more sense to most customers. Don’t worry, we’ll have some signage up for the die-hard Frigg’s fans so everyone knows where to go. :)

Also! The new location has a loft area which will be dedicated to zero-waste goods and bulk purchases. If you have come to Frigg’s in the past in search of zero waste products, we will be expanding this portion of the space to better suit your needs!

Moving Sale: May 5, 1-3pm

The new space is smaller and will be more focused on workshops, so we will be liquidating a good amount of retail before the move. We will continue with DIY kits, bulk purchases, handcrafted supplies, and other goodies, but we are discontinuing carrying items for heesemaking and kombucha as well as most books. We also have some tables and other fixtures who won’t move a few blocks away with us. Stop by on May 5 to grab some goods at 20-50% off!

We can’t wait to see you at our new location! If you have any questions about the move, please reach out!

The Buzz About Wraps

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Homemade Beeswax Wraps

Someone asked recently in a local small business owners group if anyone knew where one could find beeswax wraps. A few people piped in with some Portland-area shops, but one person commented, "I just make them! Super easy!" Intrigued, I used the Google and it turns out, indeed! Just make them! Super easy.

Beeswax Wraps Materials
Beeswax Wraps Materials

If you're like me, you likely have a lot of random bits of fabric lying around from various sewing projects, and beeswax wraps are a delightful way to use them up. The wraps are an eco-friendly, re-usable alternative to tin foil or saran wrap. Use them in the same way you would use either of those options, by covering a plate/bowl or by placing the food directly in the wrap and closing it up. The beeswax forms a protective seal so that moisture doesn't pass through to the fabric, and the wraps adhere to the shape you mold them into when you use them. It's pretty much magic!

Some available recipes are more complicated than others, and now that I am hooked on the wraps, I plan on trying every single one. When I made the first batch of wraps, I happened to have all the ingredients and tools needed in the recipe featured on Apartment Therapy, so I went with that. Start to finish, I made four wraps in under an hour, prep and clean up included. Not too shabby!

For there recipe, all that was needed was a cookie sheet, parchment paper, a paintbrush, fabric, shearing scissors, and beeswax shavings/pellets. After cutting the fabric to the desired size, the next step was to place the parchment paper on the cookie sheet, and then the fabric on the parchment paper. Spread some beeswax evenly on the fabric (see photo), and place the whole things in your oven on the lowest setting.

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I started getting impatient so I eventually upped the temp to 200 degrees (Fahrenheit), and I kept opening the door to check on melting status, spreading around the beeswax as it turned liquid. Making two at a time, I staggered their placement in the oven by a few minutes, as the whole process was likely somewhere between 5-7mins per wrap.

Once I pulled out a wrap that was evenly coated with the wet wax, I waited just a moment or two before pulling it up by a corner (being careful not to burn myself) to let the excess wax drip off. For some of my wraps, I had almost none. Finally, I let the wrap cool completely by draping it over the back of a chair. It was ready to use almost immediately.

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My husband and I have a fair amount of food preservation paranoia, but we are both happy to report the wraps work great! Once used, they can simply be raised with soap and water and put away until used again. Beeswax wraps fans do caution against using the wraps to hold uncooked meats, as you can't exactly sanitize them, but we use them for everything else: veggies, fruits, leftovers, cheese! They store easily and last a good long stretch (8-9 months looks ike it is the upper limit, depending on use).

Such a simple way to get rid of the disposable options and move toward a more natural and re-usable option!