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1  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Wanna sponsor an indie craft show & get your goods seen?! on: October 03, 2007 01:56:52 PM


Hey Craftsters!

I'm one of the founding members of the Norfolk Craft Mafia. We're a collective of independent artists, crafters and business owners in southeast Virginia who serve as an assembly for the betterment of progressively thinking creative people through networking, skill sharing and resource building.
 
We host monthly artist & crafters roundups and skill-sharing workshops and this fall we are having our first annual holiday arts & crafts bazaar, Handmade Parade!
 
We are offering sponsorship opportunities to independent businesses and would love for some Craftsters to get involved. I'm attaching a flyer for our show. We have many levels of sponsorship (monetary donations in exchange for advertising, promotional item donations for our goody bags, etc!). If you're interested in sponsoring this show, please reply here or PM me and I'll get you our sponsor packet!
 
If you have any questions, hit me back and let me know!

Amber
2  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / Wanna sponsor an indie craft show & get your goods seen?! on: October 03, 2007 01:56:14 PM


Hey Craftsters!

I'm one of the founding members of the Norfolk Craft Mafia. We're a collective of independent artists, crafters and business owners in southeast Virginia who serve as an assembly for the betterment of progressively thinking creative people through networking, skill sharing and resource building.
 
We host monthly artist & crafters roundups and skill-sharing workshops and this fall we are having our first annual holiday arts & crafts bazaar, Handmade Parade!
 
We are offering sponsorship opportunities to independent businesses and would love for some Craftsters to get involved. I'm attaching a flyer for our show. We have many levels of sponsorship (monetary donations in exchange for advertising, promotional item donations for our goody bags, etc!). If you're interested in sponsoring this show, please reply here or PM me and I'll get you our sponsor packet!
 
If you have any questions, hit me back and let me know!

Amber
3  UNITED STATES / Virginia / Wanna sponsor an indie craft show & get your goods seen?! on: October 03, 2007 01:55:45 PM
http://www.norfolkcraftmafia.com/images/hp_flyer.jpg

Hey Craftsters!

I'm one of the founding members of the Norfolk Craft Mafia. We're a collective of independent artists, crafters and business owners in southeast Virginia who serve as an assembly for the betterment of progressively thinking creative people through networking, skill sharing and resource building.
 
We host monthly artist & crafters roundups and skill-sharing workshops and this fall we are having our first annual holiday arts & crafts bazaar, Handmade Parade!
 
We are offering sponsorship opportunities to independent businesses and would love for some Craftsters to get involved. I'm attaching a flyer for our show. We have many levels of sponsorship (monetary donations in exchange for advertising, promotional item donations for our goody bags, etc!). If you're interested in sponsoring this show, please reply here or PM me and I'll get you our sponsor packet!
 
If you have any questions, hit me back and let me know!

Amber
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / My first dog collar! on: July 26, 2007 05:25:49 AM


So I've been trying to figure out what I want to do for Crafty Bastards, which is rapidly approaching. The things I sold out of at Pile of Craft, were the objects that no one else had. For example, I only sold one of the wristlets, which I spent the most time on and was most excited about, but when I thought about it a LOT of people there were selling bags, and doing it better than I did.

So I've been thinking: dog stuff. The other night I tried my hand at making a collar. New. Favorite. Project! Quick, easy, colorful. Instant gratification.



This one is the "cheaper" version, just ribbon stitch-witcheried onto the webbing and topstitched down, but I'll be doing a more deluxe version as well which will be completely covered in fabric inside & out. I'm also going to have fabric labels made up which I'll sew on the inside. I'm gonna make some coordinating collar & leash sets, and have other doggie stuff too. Toys, beds, "paw balm", treat bags, pickup bag holders, treats, I have all kinds of ideas!

I think Kyla likes it. It holds her fetching tag quite nicely. Were you wondering what it says?



Yeah. That's right. I wonder how she got her nickname.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / The Craft Room on: July 09, 2007 01:17:52 PM


So busy this weekend! Got some knitting done, some cleaning done, and tons of organization in the warzone that was the craft room.

Click over to my Flickr photostream to see notes of what things are and where I got em.

 

At some point I had a video on my camera showing the wasteland that used to be the craft room, but it seems to have disappeared. Probably for the best, I don't want y'all thinking I live in filth all the time (only half the time). First thing I had to do was clean up all the garbage left in the wake of me frantically preparing for Pile of Craft. After doing that and ironing about a mile of wrinkly fabric that needed to be put away, I got to hanging and prettying it up. I got these two little shelves on sale a while back from West Elm.



Here's the section of the room that makes me feel all yummy inside, the stash corner. The white bookshelf is from IKEA, and you can buy the shelf inserts separately to make the compartments. I thought it would be perfect for my somewhat pathetic yarn stash, although it does cut the depth of the shelf about in half.



I also have ribbons, notions, buttons, glue, brushes and other stuff on these shelves. My straight knitting needles are all in a roll that sits on top of the shelf, and the circulars are in a basket until I can come up with something better.



Here are the curtains I made, just a really simple half-curtain (I do not know the technical terminology for curtains so that's probably a word I made up just now). The fabric is from Reprodepot and it's expensive but I knew I wanted it for this and got it 25% off. Yay. Those paper lantern string lights have flamingos on them and were in the $1 section at Target.



Here's my sewing area. The table and chair are from IKEA. The lamp was getting thrown away at my work so I rescued it. I love it cause it swivels to the left so I can have a light above my cutting table as well. The sewing machine is a Bernette 60 I got off Craigslist. The cute vintage paper lanterns on the ceiling were a gift from Amanda.<br/>



I got this mirror in a craft swap a long time ago, I just love it and I'm so glad it finally has a place.



These "artlines" are something I had in my head for a long time, but on my last shopping trip to IKEA, finally became a reality. These are actually curtain wires (DEKA) and I thought they'd be perfect to hang snapshots, postcards and rotating artwork that I don't want to frame but that I do want displayed. I'd like to grab three or four more of these and take them all the way up the wall.



Just love the way these look.



Here's my cutting table, which is actually a regular old drafting table that I put at maximum height and flattened out. The huge cutting mat was being thrown away at my work as well. It's got a few gouges but is more than good enough for me! That hanging thing holds a tealight candle.



I also have a closet in the room for storage, which is where I keep my bins of fabric, lip balm making stuff, packaging stuff, and miscellaneous supplies.

I'm so glad I finally got everything organized. Just walking in the craft room now makes me smile, and I can't wait to get in there and create something!

Thanks for looking!
6  UNITED STATES / Virginia / Attn Hampton Roads!!! Norfolk Craft Mafia wants YOU!!! on: April 30, 2007 06:52:15 AM
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Hey I thought yall might like to know about the Norfolk Craft Mafia!

The Craft Mafia is an organization of independent crafters, artists and business owners who represent multiple creative disciplines in fashion, jewelry, handmade goods, fine art, writing and craft design. We serve as an assembly for entrepreneurs to amplify their individual visions through the power of a collective. Please join up and support your local craft scene!

Crafters from all cities in Hampton Roads are welcome!

New website coming very soon. Please sign up for the messageboard and introduce yourself!
http://www.norfolkcraftmafia.com/forum

We also have a crafty roundup happening Sunday, May 6th at 6pm at Drawn To Art in Ghent (Norfolk). Bring a craft to work on and a snack to share, or just bring yourself! Everyone is welcome!

If you have any questions let me know!
Amber
7  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Kurt Halsey baby shirt! on: April 30, 2007 06:41:36 AM


I had so much fun making this!



Detail
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pink/purple/orange cabled socks (Badcaul pattern) on: September 25, 2006 01:33:34 PM


I finally finished these purple & orange socks. And they went to their intended recipient: my mom. The yarn is Lornas Laces in Bittersweet. The pattern is Badcaul .

Anyhow they look cute on her. Heres some stitch detail. Please dont point out mistakes, there are many haha.



Toes & cables.



More of my knitting & crafting can be found here. Thanks for looking!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first t-shirt! on: August 07, 2006 09:52:32 AM


You guys like my midnight glamour modeling shot? I did some more sewing again this weekend! My first shirt. The pattern is the basic t-shirt design from the February 06 issue of Ottobre Design magazine. I wrote a review of the pattern, which you can read right here.

This went pretty well, the shirt was surprisingly easy to sew. The only thing I had issues with was the neckline binding, which I did completely wrong the first time. It was puckering and looking all kinds of stupid, so I decided to rip it out and redo it. While I was ripping out the seam, I ripped a hole in the front of the shirt right next to the neck.



Good job, Amber. A couple people on PR.com gave me a tip on how to fix it with some interfacing, so I might be able to save it after all. I didnt even plan on wearing this shirt, it was gonna be my muslin so I could work out fitting issues, etc. but it pretty much fit perfectly straight from the pattern. I wasnt crazy about the color but now that its done I kind of like it.

I made this up in a cotton interlock which is kind of stiff for a t-shirt in my opinion. Next one I sew will be a fabric with more stretch and give. I bought a bunch of cotton jersey in a gorgeous deep teal color to make up the infinity dress, and Ill probably have enough to make a t-shirt as well.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flared A-line cotton print skirt on: August 02, 2006 01:53:07 PM


I finished this skirt last night! This pattern is from the May 2006 issue of Burda World of Fashion magazine. I did a review of it for PatternReview.com, which you can read right here.

Here are a few details. The waist was too big (this is a usual problem for me due to my big hips) so I had to tighten up the elastic more than Id planned. I also decided to only put in one elastic casing instead of the two the pattern called for, so it would be easy to take in later when I lose weight (I've lost 40 this year, and heard that someday my waist will go down. So far its just the boobs.).



The pattern called for an invisible side zip but I just used a regular zipper. Also note the two different altitudes of the waistband. Not intentional. My cutting skills SUCK even though I tried to be extremely precise.



The pattern also didnt call for a lining in the skirt but I wanted to put one in because A) seeing peoples legs through skirts is not cute and B) this is the wearable muslin to try out this pattern, and I knew that I wanted the final skirt (which will be acid green linen) to be lined. So I wanted to make sure I could do it. Apparently I can. What I cannot do is cut a straight edge. Someone take those shears away from me.

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