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1  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: South Central / Craft Shows? on: December 25, 2007 05:06:50 AM
Hi guys!  I'm from Baltimore, which I'm sure you know is almost completely devoid of good craft shows.  So, I'm asking for your help. Do you guys know of any good craft shows in PA?  I've tried to do some research, but I have no idea where to even start. 

Any help you could toss my way would be fantabulous!  Thanks!!
2  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Help! I live in an uncrafty area! on: January 09, 2006 11:31:48 AM
Does anyone know of any fun fabric and notions places OTHER than Jo-Ann's that I can get some fun stuff for a low price?

I'm in Baltimore County, in Perry Hall.  For those of you that don't know where it is, it's halfway between Towson and Essex on the beltway.

ANYTHING would be great.  I'm so tired of the same stuff at JA's.

3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Ribbon Remnants? on: July 26, 2005 10:15:30 AM
Okay, so here's the deal:  I don't have uses for entire yards of ribbon, thus, I can't justify BUYING entire yards of ribbon (I'm broke and on a budget).  Most, if not all, of my pieces are meant to be one-of-a-kind items, so I don't mind hitting up the remnant area for fabric (especially when it's so CHEAP!)..  but does anyone know of any store that saves ribbon remnants?  I asked the salesperson at JoAnn's, hoping that she's say "well, we don't keep them, but here's where we put them and you're free to rifle around"...  but she didn't.

I live in the suburbs of Baltimore, which is an area totally slackin' on craft stores...  anyone have any ideas?  You all are wonderful for crafters on budgets.
4  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Recycling places in MD? on: June 19, 2005 10:49:32 AM
Okay, so I've been browsing the Where to find Things to Recycle board, and I'm so jealous of people that live in other parts of the country. 

Why, you ask?  Because they have awesome places to find "trash for treasures"!  Does ANYONE know about ANYTHING like this in the Greater Baltimore area?  I'm not picky--as long as it's within an hour and a half of my house (baltimore county), I'll be there! 

I mean, of course, anything outside that radius is good too--the world doesn't revolve around me (I sadly came to that realization a few weeks ago.  It's tough, knowing that I'm not the center of the universe). 

Okay, so I'm in a weird mood.  Seriously, though.  Does anyone have any tips for places like this?  It would be awesome.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Making a Jewelry Box--Help! on: May 29, 2005 01:37:23 PM
Okay, I know this may not be the best place to post this, but I had really no other place to go...

So I've been hunting for a jewelry box for eons, one that's perfect for all my needs.  I'm going to be doing some traveling in the near future, and don't want to leave my jewelry behind (I'll be gone for about 6 months)....  but none are just right!  So I've decided to make my own out of a box that I got at AC Moore.  It already has the section dividers, I just need to add the tools and whatnot that I need in there, such as hooks for my necklaces, a place to put earrings and backs, and ring pads for, well, my rings.  I'm going to make it funky, with different fabrics lining the inside, and a cool patterned fabric on the outside... 

So here are my questions:
1.  Anyone know where I can get somewhat thin styrofoam or floral oasis for the earring area?  I looked in some craft stores, and all they had were really thick sheets, and those just won't do.

2.  To make the ring pads, I was thinking of just sewing up some tubes, stuffing them with foam (like really mini-pillows) and then gluing them to the bottom of the box.  Anyone have better ideas?

3.  Where, oh where, can I find some necklace hooks?  I don't want to have to screw them in, because I don't want the screws to come through the top of the box..  But I don't want the hooks to be super big, either...

I've already got a nice store of fabric going (different fabrics for the linings and ring pads and etc.), but any other ideas would be appreciated!  And also, I want to get a lock for it...  should I just buy an old jewelry box at Goodwill and tear it apart?

Thanks everyone!
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / CraftCycle is up! on: May 22, 2005 07:44:41 AM
Due to some wonderful group-creating knowledge, the Yahoo! group CraftCycle is awaiting its first giveaway. 

The website is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CraftCycle, so feel free to join up!

Just to let you know:  there are a variety of shipping options, that will work for international or domestic, as well as old-fashioned pick up if the item is in your area.  The rules and shipping options are posted on the home page, and from there you can decide if you can agree with that.

There was a lot of interest in this not too long ago, so I'm hoping that it takes off!

Also, we are in need of a logo.  If anyone is handy with a pencil/brush/crayon, we'd love to see what you come up with.  If there is overwhelming response, maybe we can have a poll or whatnot.  We'll see!

Happy crafting!
7  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Craft Fairs/Shops? on: January 04, 2005 10:30:40 PM
Oookay, I browsed the Craft Fair boards on the main page, and didn't see anything that pertained to me, so I figured I'd ask my fellow MDers to help me out!

My mom and I have a bit of a business, doing handpainted wood home and garden decor...  A few things are slate and whatnot, but mainly wood items. 

My Question:  How the heck can we sell this stuff?!  We've tried the home shows route, but neither of us has the contact network nessecary to be successful.  We're really looking for a garden type shop to put things in, but we're really having some major issues.  We'd also like to get into the fairs, but we can't afford more than a $20-$30 table fee, and we've had such bad experiences with flea market/craft bazaars that we're not really willing to go that route again.  Our stuff isn't astronomical with pricing, but we've found that people who hit the fleas don't nessecarily want handpainted wood items. 

Can anyone help me?  I've been able to find things like the Country Craft Fair (in Timonium on the MD State Fairgrounds), but that's like a trillion bucks a table and you have to be really situated in the craft world to even get a table...  not to mention we can't afford one.

So now that I'm rambling (which is a desperate attempt to look, well, desperate), can anyone please help?!  If you happen to see a sign/flyer/ad anywhere, can you please let me know?

E-mail:  CloudBreakChick@hotmail.com

Thanks so much!

A
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Ornament Favors--Help! on: December 16, 2004 09:50:47 PM
Okay.  So my best friend is getting married, and he proposed using a Christmas ornament (it is a very recent event).  We've decided to use Christmas Ornaments as the wedding favors, since that's how he proposed--AND we're making them ourselves.

Now here's the big question.  What should we do?  I've thought about like, typing up the message and modge-podging it onto the ornaments (we're using the balls, since we can get those extra cheap after Christmas), but would that work?  I don't want to do the glue/glitter routine, because that doesn't stay on very well.  We want something that will last a long time, and that people will actually want to put on their tree.  I don't think we're gonna put pictures on or anything, but how would I go about it if we did?

You guys always have so many ideas, and I just know that you'll be my answer!  Also, any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.  I love the idea of buying silk flowers and ripping the petals off instead of buying silk flower petals... but what else is there?  She's gonna buy her dress, and that sort of thing...  but everything else is up for grabs!

You guys are the greatest!!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Playing Card Curtain on: February 02, 2004 12:39:31 PM
Well, it's done!  The pictures are terrible, because I used my handy-dandy webcam rather than a handy dandy digital that I don't have...   You can check it out here..   http://photos.yahoo.com/xallyemokidx

It was really simple...   a hole punch, two decks, and some yarn is all you need...   and Elmer's Glue to hold the knots together...

Let me know what you think!
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Orange Traffic Cone on: January 31, 2004 05:37:11 AM
My best friend swiped one of these one day.   He's now moving, and will be getting rid of it unless I can find something crafty to do with it...   The space he's moving into is really really small, so I'd like to try and mount it to the wall or something...  Anyone have any ideas?  
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