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1  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Re: Upcoming Craft Shows? on: February 28, 2014 09:42:54 AM
I don't know if Laurel Park Place still has openings, but they have one on Saturdays at somewhat regular intervals (if you check the other threads, there's one March 8th, but I know they've been having one in August several years in a row). 

Apart from that, if you do an internet search for Michigan craft shows, there's at least half a dozen sites that show up:
http://festivalnet.com/state/michigan/mi.html
http://mishows.com/art_craft.html#1
http://www.artscraftsshowbusiness.com/shows.aspx?state=MI
http://www.artfaircalendar.com/art_fair/michigan-art-fairs.html
http://www.craftyshops.com/html/craftshows/Michigan_craft_shows.html
http://www.myartsandcrafts.com/craft_shows_MI.htm
http://netstreetfair.com/Artshowlist_April_14.html

There's lot of advice here on craft shows and getting started, under Crafty Business Advice.  Good luck!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Butterfly Purse on: August 11, 2013 12:15:45 PM
Thanks!  I thought it would take a lot less time when I started, but it was worth the effort.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pocket Belt from Men's Shirt on: August 09, 2013 08:10:26 PM
I wear skirts as much as I can, too (I have to wear scrubs for work, and pants for karate, so I have a pair of karate pants, and four pair of scrub pants and 3 shirts for work), but I'm almost always in a skirt.

I love pockets in skirts, but I have a few skirts that don't have pockets (I don't know what they were thinking. Every skirt I've made has at least one pocket).  This looks like a great solution for those days when I decide to wear the pocketless wonders.  Smiley   Great job! 
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly Purse on: August 09, 2013 07:37:34 AM
I  thought I'd posted pictures of this already, but apparently I forgot.  I found this great fabric at the local quilt store (timeless treasures butterfly search found the fabric when I looked for it, if anyone's interested), and my purse was getting kind of shabby. Here's the result:


 I bought a pattern from Studio Kat Designs (the Baggalista), and way more fabric than I needed, plus lining fabric, soft and stable, a whole bunch of zippers and got to work. I pieced together two panels of butterflies for the front (the fabric is stripes of butterflies and flowers alternating). It would have been really nice to have fabric cutting layouts in the pattern because I had to lay all the pieces out on the floor to figure out how to do what I wanted to do (because making your own purse means you want things in a particular way, not necessarily the way the pattern designer envisioned).

With a little help from my dog. Smiley

I've love the way bargello quilts look, but I'm really not a quilter. So I decided to make a small panel of bargello for the back of the purse:
 

It's wonky, and I should have varied the strip widths, but it wasn't too bad for a first try.

Here's the cell phone pocket on the side:

It's bright blue on the inside, with the two small pockets that were supposed to be in there, and a divider that was supposed to be under the flap that I didn't like on the front.  I love the fact that if I drop my purse, it doesn't dump all over the floor, and I really like the fabric (the soft and stable stuff is really nice. It gives the bag shape so it doesn't flop when you put it down).

 I really disliked working with the pattern. I didn't realize until I used it that when I change a pattern, I usually work off of the fabric layout to figure out what changes I need to make. When all you have is a list of what to cut, with ambiguous names like "flap", it's a lot harder to alter the pattern without laying it all out to see which pieces are which. I can't remember off the top of my head if the pieces were numbered in the diagrams or the list (they are lettered in the sidekick pattern that I also have, but haven't used), but I remember having trouble matching the pattern pieces to the diagram so I knew which pieces to change. You also have to really read the directions. It's several pages, and if you're leaving off entire parts of the pattern (which I was), you can occasionally miss useful pieces of information hiding in with the stuff you're skipping. I doubled back and read things several times. I suppose it would have been easier if I'd wanted to make it exactly like the pattern. I probably still would have missed the fabric layouts, though.  Smiley

Thanks for looking!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is acrylic really that bad? on: April 02, 2013 07:39:53 PM
I don't like acrylic for sweaters because it produces static in my hair in the winter. Other than that, I just made myself slipper socks from acrylic, a hat from acrylic (ok, part of it was an acrylic/wool blend), and have made a lap afghan and amigurumis with acrylic. Though you might ask your co-worker where she got her yarn, so if you ever do get an urge to buy $40 yarn, you know where to go (or where to stay away from, as the case may be).  Smiley
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mature topic-ladies eco-flow busters*** MORE PICS ADDED!*** on: August 17, 2011 08:55:35 AM
I know this is really old, but I was just reading elsewhere today that some gynocologists recommend tampons for bladder incontinence. Someone else replied that they didn't want to have to buy tons of tampons, so I suggested these.  I thought it might be useful to the ladies here as well, should any suffer from stress incontinence.  Smiley
7  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Re: Anyone in the Ann Arbor/Ypsi area want to take a soap making class with me? on: April 01, 2011 05:49:08 AM
I'm free in the afternoon on Fridays (1-4pm), as well as on Saturday, but I work in the afternoon/evening most other days, and I have a Kindergartner around in the morning.  Sorry for the late reply. Work has been taking up a huge amount of my free time.
8  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Re: Anyone in the Ann Arbor/Ypsi area want to take a soap making class with me? on: March 10, 2011 02:19:23 PM
That's actually less than a mile from my house.  I'd have done it long before now if I knew anyone else who would do it with me (and if she posted how much it was in the brochure).  I'd be interested in more information, and there is private messaging, though it might be disabled for the first few posts because of spammers.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Couple More Tatted Necklaces on: October 05, 2010 11:25:49 AM
And just when I was thinking maybe I *wouldn't* take the tatting class at the local quilt store....  gorgeous work!

10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 55 ENTRIES / Re: Who Wouldn't Want To *BE* Mama? Cooking Mama Halloween Costume! on: October 01, 2010 11:07:20 AM
Very Epic!  Great idea, too!  I'm awful with challenges. I think, "wow that would be a really fun challenge, and look at the great prizes!" then I get bogged down in the planning stages, and never get around to doing it. Really a shame, because my brain went along the same ideas as you, except I also thought of doing a beaded Cooking Mama pocket on an apron, (which, unless I'm a beading fiend this weekend, isn't going to happen).

In any case, I think you did a great job on your costume, and I love the flames (and the accessories)!
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