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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I painted these wood bracelets and now I may be high on: January 01, 2011 03:00:45 PM
Paint pens are no joke, man.  Here are my first two painted wood bracelets, pre-shellacking.

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I glue crap to other crap. :) (photo-filled) on: December 31, 2010 08:36:38 AM
And sometimes I yank crap apart and put it back together.  Hopefully it looks better than before.

(ETA)











3  UNITED STATES / Missouri / Stitch & Bitch at Cooperella--date/time change! on: July 13, 2008 07:16:01 AM
Cooperella has shortened their hours, and has moved Craft Night to Sunday Afternoon--Crafternoon!!

Now it's the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, from 12 to 4.  Sewing Machines and sergers welcome.

For directions, go to http://www.cooperella.com
4  UNITED STATES / Kansas / WARNING TO CRAFTERS--DO NOT VEND FOR ART COOP OR DON ERICKSON on: June 07, 2008 04:03:45 PM
Sorry for the double post, but I hate shysters who prey on small business owners, so I'm warning as many people in the community as I can.

I've just come home after a useless day at Art Coop's OLTA art 'fair', and I feel the need to warn any area crafters who might be duped by Don Erickson or Art Coop in the future.

OLTA's outside booths took place in a back parking lot behind a building--invisible from the street, and complete with an overflowing malodorous dumpster on the booth site.

There were no signs, no street traffic, no promotion whatsoever. The only way to OLTA's 'fair' was a slummy alleyway strewn with overgrown weeds and broken glass. The earliest vendors had to actually clean drywall off the lot when they arrived, and ended up not being able to use half the space they cleared because of black mold.

The only street promotion visible were some yellow chalk arrows hastily drawn on the sidewalk. Last I checked, yellow chalk and broken glass didn't cost $90 per vendor. Don claims to have spent $800 promoting this event, yet he can't produce even one concrete instance of actual advertising.

Don't get me wrong, I've vended booths where I haven't made money. This isn't simply sour grapes on my part. But I've done a lot of these events and this is above and beyond simple bad luck. This is neglect bordering on consumer fraud.

From all appearances, this is a case where someone spent almost no money and simply expected to pocket all of it for handing out booth space without promoting the event or even cleaning up the parking lot where it was to be held. The stench from the dumpster was disgusting. Equally deplorable is the fact that several vendors made a trek from Chicago and Kansas City who are now out not only $45 of their $90 booth fee (he agreed to refund half our fees, although I'll believe it when I see it.) but their gas and time as well.

The fair didn't get one client. Not one. Had we gotten lookers but no buyers, I'd chalk it up to a bad economy, but we didn't get any lookers. Schlafly wasted beer serving no one, Mangia Italiano wasted food serving no one, bands played to no one in a hot parking lot. Several vendors mentioned having a similar experience with him during previous events, so I'd say he's making a habit of it.

For that reason, I have to put this out and warn everyone who might likewise be swindled by him. Tell your friends, tell your blogs, tell any crafty forums you're a member of. Crafters put too much money and time into their wares, they deserve not to be taken advantage of.
5  UNITED STATES / Illinois / WARNING FOR CRAFTERS - DO NOT VEND FOR DON ERICKSON OR ART COOP on: June 07, 2008 04:01:46 PM
Sorry for the double post, but I hate shysters who prey on small business owners, so I'm warning as many people in the community as I can.

I've just come home after a useless day at Art Coop's OLTA art 'fair', and I feel the need to warn any area crafters who might be duped by Don Erickson or Art Coop in the future.

OLTA's outside booths took place in a back parking lot behind a building--invisible from the street, and complete with an overflowing malodorous dumpster on the booth site.

There were no signs, no street traffic, no promotion whatsoever. The only way to OLTA's 'fair' was a slummy alleyway strewn with overgrown weeds and broken glass. The earliest vendors had to actually clean drywall off the lot when they arrived, and ended up not being able to use half the space they cleared because of black mold.

The only street promotion visible were some yellow chalk arrows hastily drawn on the sidewalk. Last I checked, yellow chalk and broken glass didn't cost $90 per vendor. Don claims to have spent $800 promoting this event, yet he can't produce even one concrete instance of actual advertising.

Don't get me wrong, I've vended booths where I haven't made money. This isn't simply sour grapes on my part. But I've done a lot of these events and this is above and beyond simple bad luck. This is neglect bordering on consumer fraud.

From all appearances, this is a case where someone spent almost no money and simply expected to pocket all of it for handing out booth space without promoting the event or even cleaning up the parking lot where it was to be held. The stench from the dumpster was disgusting. Equally deplorable is the fact that several vendors made a trek from Chicago and Kansas City who are now out not only $45 of their $90 booth fee (he agreed to refund half our fees, although I'll believe it when I see it.) but their gas and time as well.

The fair didn't get one client. Not one. Had we gotten lookers but no buyers, I'd chalk it up to a bad economy, but we didn't get any lookers. Schlafly wasted beer serving no one, Mangia Italiano wasted food serving no one, bands played to no one in a hot parking lot. Several vendors mentioned having a similar experience with him during previous events, so I'd say he's making a habit of it.

For that reason, I have to put this out and warn everyone who might likewise be swindled by him. Tell your friends, tell your blogs, tell any crafty forums you're a member of. Crafters put too much money and time into their wares, they deserve not to be taken advantage of.
6  UNITED STATES / Missouri / WARNING TO CRAFTERS--DO NOT VEND FOR ART COOP OR DON ERICKSON! on: June 07, 2008 04:00:49 PM
Sorry for the double post, but I hate shysters who prey on small business owners, so I'm warning as many people in the community as I can.

I've just come home after a useless day at Art Coop's OLTA art 'fair', and I feel the need to warn any area crafters who might be duped by Don Erickson or Art Coop in the future.

OLTA's outside booths took place in a back parking lot behind a building--invisible from the street, and complete with an overflowing malodorous dumpster on the booth site.

There were no signs, no street traffic, no promotion whatsoever. The only way to OLTA's 'fair' was a slummy alleyway strewn with overgrown weeds and broken glass. The earliest vendors had to actually clean drywall off the lot when they arrived, and ended up not being able to use half the space they cleared because of black mold.

The only street promotion visible were some yellow chalk arrows hastily drawn on the sidewalk. Last I checked, yellow chalk and broken glass didn't cost $90 per vendor. Don claims to have spent $800 promoting this event, yet he can't produce even one concrete instance of actual advertising.

Don't get me wrong, I've vended booths where I haven't made money. This isn't simply sour grapes on my part. But I've done a lot of these events and this is above and beyond simple bad luck. This is neglect bordering on consumer fraud.

From all appearances, this is a case where someone spent almost no money and simply expected to pocket all of it for handing out booth space without promoting the event or even cleaning up the parking lot where it was to be held. The stench from the dumpster was disgusting. Equally deplorable is the fact that several vendors made a trek from Chicago and Kansas City who are now out not only $45 of their $90 booth fee (he agreed to refund half our fees, although I'll believe it when I see it.) but their gas and time as well.

The fair didn't get one client. Not one. Had we gotten lookers but no buyers, I'd chalk it up to a bad economy, but we didn't get any lookers. Schlafly wasted beer serving no one, Mangia Italiano wasted food serving no one, bands played to no one in a hot parking lot. Several vendors mentioned having a similar experience with him during previous events, so I'd say he's making a habit of it.

For that reason, I have to put this out and warn everyone who might likewise be swindled by him. Tell your friends, tell your blogs, tell any crafty forums you're a member of. Crafters put too much money and time into their wares, they deserve not to be taken advantage of.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Some stuff I made recently on: April 07, 2008 07:32:41 AM
ETA:I'm sorry the photos are so big--I've resized them.

Hey.  I've been making some skirts, and I want to show them off.

Hopefully the pictures will show up.




I made the anchor applique myself.


This is the most beautiful mint green floral cotton.







Tell me what you think!
8  UNITED STATES / Missouri / Stitch & Bitch at Cooperella! Sewing Machines welcome! on: April 06, 2008 12:32:56 PM
This is the first of its kind in St. Louis--a real live Stitch & Bitch in the heart of Maplewood! 

Cooperella Cafe is holding its first ever Craft Night on Friday, April 11th, from 5 to 9 pm.  Sewing machines welcome, tables are first come, first served.  Many members of the St. Louis Craft Mafia will be there, so if you're a crafty business owner and want to talk to us about our organization, feel free to introduce yourself!

For directions to Cooperella, check out http://www.cooperella.com

This is going to be a monthly event, so we'll keep you posted!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / After 25 years of sewing, I finally made one! on: March 29, 2008 07:28:37 AM
I've applied to Crammed Organisms, the stuffie/plushie show going on this April in St. Louis, and have made my first ever stuffed doll.  Tell me what you think!





I know the pictures are kind of crappy, but she's a black haired punk-rawk fairy with removable denim mini, striped tube top, tattoos, lucky seven necklace, flip flops, and black grommeted hobo purse.

So basically, she's me.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Is there an easy way to poke a hole in a plastic button? on: January 26, 2008 09:51:28 AM
I have all these cool buttons I want to string as charms, but they don't have holes.  Short of buying a drill (and finding somewhere in this crowded house to plug it in and use it) is there a way I can make a hole without busting the button?
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