Hello, Kansas City crafsters! I just posted to another thread in this "Missouri" section. I'm still new to this site and learning how to find and do everything.
I thought I would chime in about a neat place that I like to go for craft supplies and/or classes: Urban Arts + Crafts, which is in the River Market. The store has been there 3 or 4 years (I think). She carries everything for just about any craft addiction: knitting, jewelry making, paper art, etc. I have taken an earring making class and shopped there several times. They just sent out a new fall catalogue, so you could call and get on their mailing list. One of the classes/events scheduled for November is an "ATC" swap. I just clued in to the "Artistic Trading Card" genre recently, and I think it sounds really fun. Has anyone gone to an ATC event and gotten cool stuff? I'm a little nervous that my cards won't "measure up" to other, more talented creations. Thanks for any feedback you have.
Hey, everyone. I am a "newbie" on this site and I just found my way to this part of the site.
Do any of you know about the super fun and cool "Urban Mining Co." sale that happens every month on the first Friday and Saturday? It's in Midtown: the building entrance is on Walnut street in the middle of the block between 39th and 40th St., just one block east of Main St. There are small signs posted along Walnut and the numbered streets to get you there. "Urban Mining" is made up of 6-8 gals who sell "shabby chic" furniture, vintage knick-knacks, kids' stuff, small amounts of jewelry, and various housewares and yard/garden stuff. It's fun and not very overwhelming. No clothing, except for some cute baby/kid items made from vintage tea towels, fabric, etc.
I have been several times this year and always manage to buy a few things, such as: a gorgeous old linen tablecloth, a 1960's era Thermos with fish motif (for my dad, who is a fly fisherman), milk glass vases, and some vintage paper party goods. It's all reasonably priced. Check it out next month.
In a slightly higher price bracket is Mission Road Antiques, in Corinth (83rd and Mission Rd., Prairie Village). It's enormous and there is a ton of variety. I have bought old jewelry, esp. Christmas pins, linens, and some French-themed decorative items. They also have a great cafe inside. Check it out, and be prepared to make more than one visit in order to see it all.
It's hard to make helpful comments since the photo contest doesn't have a theme or particular "angle." I like the heart-in-the-snow photo b/c it's sweet, but it might not be the most compelling choice for a contest. I think the boats @ sunset is very cool, but maybe not as sharp as it could be (though it's hard to tell, seeing it on a computer screen). So, I would go for the tree photo. It's dramatic and really nicely lit.
At the risk of repeating what others have said... those donuts are amazing! So clever, so well done, and such a thoughtful gift for your friend. Can you get a donut box from the donut shop that your friend likes/liked for the presentation? I also loved the idea that someone posted about adding vanilla or chocolate fragrance [somehow]. Way to go!
I am relatively new to craftster.org and I am definitely clueless about what a "swap" is, but J'AIME Amelie!! I even had an Amelie themed party for my gal pals a couple of years ago. I can share those ideas (invites, decorations, party favors, menu, etc.), if that makes me part of the swap. Could someone fill me in on the details, etc.? Thanks, or MERCI!
So many good ideas... I did a WoOz party for my daughter a few years ago. For the yellow brick road, I used those giant yellow leaf/trash bags and staked them into the ground along our sidewalk leading to the front door. I used pinwheels to stake the bags--it added a cute "Munchkinville" motif! Have fun!
My first posting...have visited the site a few times and love it. Regarding fun party theme ideas, I try to plan 2 or 3 "gal pal" parties each year, then 1 or 2 couples parties every year (my husband is very tolerant!). I have had fun planning some unusual and clever themes, so here are a few: --"Spring Fling" flower exchange, which was a spin on the tradition of holiday cookie exchanges. Guests brought a flower arrangement (from their garden or from a florist) to trade with someone. I assigned numbers to each arrangement, then each person drew a number from a bowl and got that arrangement to take home. We gave awards for every arrangement, such as "most colorful," "most unusual container," "biggest," etc. It was a really fun "girlie" party and a fun way to welcome springtime. --Chai Tasting Party: I'm not a big wine drinker, but I love masala chai tea! I brewed some, bought some from the local Indian restaurants, and served Indian appetizers. I spelled out "Chai tea" using the different spices found in chai tea (cloves, ginger, cinammon, etc.). I used colorful, exotic decorations. --Last year we had a "Talk Like a Pirate Day" progressive party with another couple. Pirate parties are a blast. Lots of rum punch, hooks for hands, and eye patches!
Hope you like these ideas! Would love to see more ideas (there are still 4 months left in the year for party planning )