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1  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Craft Mafia's 5th Birthday Party, June 24 on: June 09, 2010 06:58:13 PM
NEW ORLEANS CRAFT MAFIA CELEBRATES 5 YEARS WITH "CINCO DE CRAFT MAFIOSO" PARTY ON JUNE 24!   

Cinco de Craft Mafioso
New Orleans Craft Mafia's 5th Birthday Party Fiesta!
Thursday, June 24, 6pm 10pm
The Factory, 8314 Oak Street, New Orleans
Facebook event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=128347243854139&ref=mf

The New Orleans Craft Mafia is celebrating its first 5 years of bringing crafty alternatives to the Crescent City with a birthday bash on Thursday, June 24. The event, dubbed "Cinco de Craft Mafioso", will take place from 6pm - 10pm at The Factory, a new crafty workspace at 8314 Oak Street, which will begin teaching screen-printing classes on July 7.

Cinco de Craft Mafioso is a celebration of all things crafty. The event is free and open to all ages, and will feature free craft workshops, including t-shirt recycling and screen-printing. Bring your old t-shirts in and revamp them - we'll show you how to breathe new life into your old tees!

The event will also feature a crafty marketplace with handmade goods by members of the New Orleans Craft Mafia, as well as music and snacks. Be sure to stop by for free beer (while it lasts!) and get there early because the first 20 guests will receive a free New Orleans Craft Mafia tote bag filled with handmade goodies!


About the New Orleans Craft Mafia:
The New Orleans Craft Mafia formed in June 2005 and consists of several independent artists in a variety of handmade media: jewelry, clothing, accessories, bath & body, home decor, and more. The New Orleans Craft Mafia models itself after the original Craft Mafia in Austin, Texas, where a small group of talented ladies joined together to support each other in their crafty business endeavors. Interest grew and Craft Mafias have been popping up all over the world.
http://www.neworleanscraftmafia.com/

About The Factory:
From the folks that brought you SKIP N' WHISTLE, now there's THE FACTORY. After more than a year of being asked when we would start teaching screen printing classes, I'm happy to say THE TIME HAS COME! We are located next to the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak St in New Orleans and classes start July 7th. We are presently finishing up a few things inside the studio so come by Skip N' Whistle if you have questions or email thefactorynola [AT] gmail [DOT] com.
http://www.thefactorynola.com/

2  UNITED STATES / Alabama / new event: arts & crafts holiday fair on MS Coast on: September 25, 2007 04:24:20 PM
I'm pleased and very excited to announce a new arts & crafts event I'm currently organizing, to take take place during the holidays at my mom's flea market in Pass Christian, MS.  The goal of this event is to give crafters of all backgrounds an affordable new venue in which to show and sell their work.  I want to see grandmothers selling afghans next to their grandkids who used the same crochet techniques to create skull & crossbone iPod cozies!  Most craft fairs in this area seem to be either all traditional, juried crafts or only cater to the younger crowd.  I want to create a place where all generations can shop and sell together.

This event, called Handmade Invasion, will take place during the first weekend of November and every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas and coincide with weekly flea market offerings.  Customers will have the chance to meet the artists behind the goods, which range from fine art to handcrafted furniture and home dcor to jewelry and clothing to bath & body goods, as well as gifts for children and pets.  My mom's business, The Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, has been there for over 10 years now, and it's located right on the interstate, so there is plenty of regular weekend traffic and a built-in customer base, plus I'm trying hard to get the word out far and wide about this event!

I'm trying to keep things very affordable, so that both new and experienced artists of all backgrounds can participate.  Artists and crafters interested in being part of Handmade Invasion must submit an application, but once accepted they may set up in the specially designated handmade only zone for the same cost as any other flea market vendor.  My hope is that this event will draw both artists and shoppers from other regions to the Mississippi Coast and provide a new opportunity for tourism and economic recovery in the area.  If the scheduled holiday event dates go well, I'm planning to turn Handmade Invasion into a recurring event throughout 2008.

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What: Handmade Invasion holiday arts & crafts market

Where: The Flea Market & RV Park at Menge
(8095 Menge Avenue, Pass Christian, MS 39571 228-452-0590)

When: Saturdays & Sundays, 8am 5pm, on the following dates:

November 3-4, 2007
November 24-25, 2007
December 1-2, 2007
December 8-9, 2007
December 15-16, 2007
December 22-23, 2007

Artists interested in participating can find more information and an application at:
http://www.handmadeinvasion.com/apply/
http://www.handmadeinvasion.com/faq/

For more information, please visit our websites at:
http://www.handmadeinvasion.com
http://www.fleamarketatmenge.com
3  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / new holiday craft event on the MS Gulf Coast on: September 25, 2007 04:11:15 PM
I'm pleased and very excited to announce a new arts & crafts event I'm currently organizing, to take take place during the holidays at my mom's flea market in Pass Christian, MS.  The goal of this event is to give crafters of all backgrounds an affordable new venue in which to show and sell their work.  I want to see grandmothers selling afghans next to their grandkids who used the same crochet techniques to create skull & crossbone iPod cozies!  Most craft fairs in this area seem to be either all traditional, juried crafts or only cater to the younger crowd.  I want to create a place where all generations can shop and sell together.

This event, called Handmade Invasion, will take place during the first weekend of November and every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas and coincide with weekly flea market offerings.  Customers will have the chance to meet the artists behind the goods, which range from fine art to handcrafted furniture and home dcor to jewelry and clothing to bath & body goods, as well as gifts for children and pets.  My mom's business, The Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, has been there for over 10 years now, and it's located right on the interstate, so there is plenty of regular weekend traffic and a built-in customer base, plus I'm trying hard to get the word out far and wide about this event!

I'm trying to keep things very affordable, so that both new and experienced artists of all backgrounds can participate.  Artists and crafters interested in being part of Handmade Invasion must submit an application, but once accepted they may set up in the specially designated handmade only zone for the same cost as any other flea market vendor.  My hope is that this event will draw both artists and shoppers from other regions to the Mississippi Coast and provide a new opportunity for tourism and economic recovery in the area.  If the scheduled holiday event dates go well, I'm planning to turn Handmade Invasion into a recurring event throughout 2008.

--------------------------------------------

What: Handmade Invasion holiday arts & crafts market

Where: The Flea Market & RV Park at Menge
(8095 Menge Avenue, Pass Christian, MS 39571 228-452-0590)

When: Saturdays & Sundays, 8am 5pm, on the following dates:

November 3-4, 2007
November 24-25, 2007
December 1-2, 2007
December 8-9, 2007
December 15-16, 2007
December 22-23, 2007

Artists interested in participating can find more information and an application at:
http://www.handmadeinvasion.com/apply/
http://www.handmadeinvasion.com/faq/

For more information, please visit our websites at:
http://www.handmadeinvasion.com
http://www.fleamarketatmenge.com
4  UNITED STATES / Mississippi / Handmade Invasion - new arts & crafts holiday market on the Coast on: September 25, 2007 04:09:57 PM
I'm pleased and very excited to announce a new arts & crafts event I'm currently organizing, to take take place during the holidays at my mom's flea market in Pass Christian, MS.  The goal of this event is to give crafters of all backgrounds an affordable new venue in which to show and sell their work.  I want to see grandmothers selling afghans next to their grandkids who used the same crochet techniques to create skull & crossbone iPod cozies!  Most craft fairs in this area seem to be either all traditional, juried crafts or only cater to the younger crowd.  I want to create a place where all generations can shop and sell together.

This event, called Handmade Invasion, will take place during the first weekend of November and every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas and coincide with weekly flea market offerings.  Customers will have the chance to meet the artists behind the goods, which range from fine art to handcrafted furniture and home dcor to jewelry and clothing to bath & body goods, as well as gifts for children and pets.  My mom's business, The Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, has been there for over 10 years now, and it's located right on the interstate, so there is plenty of regular weekend traffic and a built-in customer base, plus I'm trying hard to get the word out far and wide about this event!

I'm trying to keep things very affordable, so that both new and experienced artists of all backgrounds can participate.  Artists and crafters interested in being part of Handmade Invasion must submit an application, but once accepted they may set up in the specially designated handmade only zone for the same cost as any other flea market vendor.  My hope is that this event will draw both artists and shoppers from other regions to the Mississippi Coast and provide a new opportunity for tourism and economic recovery in the area.  If the scheduled holiday event dates go well, I'm planning to turn Handmade Invasion into a recurring event throughout 2008.

--------------------------------------------

What: Handmade Invasion holiday arts & crafts market

Where: The Flea Market & RV Park at Menge
(8095 Menge Avenue, Pass Christian, MS 39571 228-452-0590)

When: Saturdays & Sundays, 8am 5pm, on the following dates:

November 3-4, 2007
November 24-25, 2007
December 1-2, 2007
December 8-9, 2007
December 15-16, 2007
December 22-23, 2007

Artists interested in participating can find more information and an application at:
http://www.handmadeinvasion.com/apply/
http://www.handmadeinvasion.com/faq/

For more information, please visit our websites at:
http://www.handmadeinvasion.com
http://www.fleamarketatmenge.com
5  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / New Orleans Craft Mafia contest and upcoming markets on: November 06, 2006 02:01:42 PM
Here at the New Orleans Craft Mafia, we've decided to kick start holiday giving a little early this year with our Handmade Holiday Gift-Away!  Just for signing up for our e-mail newsletter, you'll be automatically entered to win cool prizes created by NOCM members.

The Handmade Holiday Gift-away runs from November 1st through November 30th, and the winners of the three fabulous prize packages will be chosen on December 1st and announced throughout the month of December via the NOCM newsletter. A special Loyalty Prize will be awarded, as well, to one lucky recipient who signed up for our newsletter previous to the November 1, 2006 contest start date.

The Handmade Holiday Gift-away was conceived in appreciation of shoppers who patronize and otherwise support the indie craft artists, designers, and shop owners of the New Orleans Craft Mafia. It is also our hope to raise awareness for all our fellow artists/crafters in New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast.

It's important to support independent businesses everywhere, but especially in these regions, says Rachelle Matherne, owner of greenKangaroo.com and founder of the New Orleans Craft Mafia, adding that small businesses in New Orleans are struggling right now in an economic climate where big business gets governmental preference and the customer base has been cut by more than half. We are still feeling the hurt from last year's disaster. Though it may not be in the national consciousness as much as it was before, we still need your love and support."

You can view the contents of the prize packages, read the contest rules, and enter to win here.




If youd like to meet the members of the NOCM in person and see their crafty wares up close and personal, the group will also host a "Last Stop Shop" holiday market at The Big Top (1638 Clio Street) on Thursday, December 21 from 6-10pm. It will double as a re-Launch party, since the original Launch Party scheduled for September 2005 was curtailed by the hurricane. This is the official kick-off for monthly NOCM-sponsored craft markets, which will begin in January at The Big Top.

We are currently accepting applications for like-minded crafty guest vendors for our Holiday Market as well as the upcoming Monthly Markets.  You can apply here to be a guest vendor.  We are also always accepting applications for new members of the NOCM.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / printing with bleach? on: September 11, 2006 02:21:27 PM
I have a shirt that appears to have been printed with bleach...it's a black tank top with a light beige colored print...same color as if you threw bleach on black fabric.

I asked my friend Gwen from Sigh Co. Graphics (she's been helping me learn about screenprinting) about how this is done, and she said there are certain types of ink that will pull the color from fabric, for a bleached out effect.  She said she hasn't used any of these though.

I'm contemplating experimenting with bleach mixtures to see if I could figure out how to do this.  Or maybe I should just suck it up and find some of that special ink to buy?

Has anyone ever tried this before?  Printing with bleach solutions?  Will it do anything to the screen or the screen filler if I try to spray a bleach mixture through it?  I don't mind sacrificing an old tshirt or two to try this out, but I'd rather not ruin a screen if possible.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / new indie shopping blog - opinions? on: August 29, 2006 11:49:18 AM
I recently launched a new indie shopping blog: MissMalaprop.com.

The purpose of this blog is threefold. I created MissMalaprop.com as a place for me to:

    * showcase unique and independent products and small businesses
    * document my personal mission to live a more environmentally sustainable and socially responsible lifestyle
    * talk about whats really going on in New Orleans, my hometown, and showcase NOLA-based artists and businesses


I'm still very much in the process of tweaking and adding content, etc, but I think for the most part the site is how I wanted it to turn out.  I'd love feedback and opinions though, whether they be about the content & posts (is the subject matter too all-over-the-place or just diverse enough to appeal to many different types of people?), navigation, site design, etc.

Let me know what you think!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Stylehive - free marketing tool? on: August 09, 2006 11:34:02 AM
Does anyone here use Stylehive?  I just found it a couple of days ago and I've been kind of obsessed with it ever since.  It's a social bookmarking site for shopping...kind of like del.icio.us meets Flickr meets shopping & style blogs.  I've found a thread about it on the Switchboards, and it seems like it could be a good free marketing tool, in addition to just being plain fun.

9  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / CreativeNOLA groups on Yahoo! and Livejournal on: August 08, 2006 12:33:25 PM
I created both of these groups as a way to bring together people all over the New Orleans Metro area who are interested in all types of arts.  The Livejournal community was established pre-Katrina, and while there are a decent number of members, it's not as active as it could be.  I just created the Yahoo group, since many people don't use Livejournal.  I'm hoping this can become a great resource and networking group.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/creativeNOLA

http://community.livejournal.com/creativenola


From the info:

This should be a place to network with other artists, crafters, creators, and otherwise creatively inclined people in New Orleans. Show us your artwork and creations, let us know about gallery openings, the play you're in, when your film premiere is happening, or the amazing new DIY finds you've discovered in our city. This is the place for the artists, the dreamers, the filmmakers, the photographers, the fashion designers, the knitters, the sculptors, the painters, the jewelry makers, and anyone with an inkling of creativity who happens to live in New Orleans to connect.
10  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / plea for help on behalf of all Gulf Coast and New Orleans residents on: September 01, 2005 01:37:24 PM
plea for help on behalf of all Gulf Coast and New Orleans residents


First off, I'd like to thank all of you for your support and your rush to help all of us affected by this. I drafted the following yesterday on my way out of the storm affected areas. PLEASE forward this to anyone, everyone you can think of. Friends, family, individuals, corporations, national and internation news media. Also, if you feel so inclined, feel free to print out copies of this and hand them out to friends and family or even post them up in your hometown.

Additionally, I'd like to ask you to contact your congresspeople and state representatives immediately and tell them to get more national guard and law enforcement officials down there ASAP. The stories I'm hearing from friends and friends of friends who are stuck in New Orleans and even in Baton Rouge are horrifying, it's turning into complete anarchy.



I am writing to plea on behalf of all residents of the Gulf Coast region, from Louisiana to Florida. I am one of the lucky ones I braved the storm and got out to be able to tell about it. I grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi but have lived and worked primarily in New Orleans for the last four years. Some friends and I evacuated that city late Saturday night to stay in Gulfport where we felt safer from the storm surge and flooding. Eight of us rode it out in my mothers home, listening to and feeling the roaring winds and rains for almost 12 hours. Our back porch roof was ripped off completely, and the roof over our kitchen was punctured, leaving the kitchen in shambles from the effects of wind and rain. We count ourselves lucky, the house is still livable and everyone who stayed there is safe. My mothers business and entire source of income, however, is completely destroyed. All of my friends from New Orleans have given up hope of salvaging their homes and possessions. Several friends, including my boyfriends father, are still stranded in New Orleans. My boyfriend and I were able to make it out of Gulfport to the nearest open airport, which was Baton Rouge, to fly north to help his company relocate and continue to do business. He is one of the lucky ones he still has a job. When we left my mothers house there was absolutely no communication in or out of the area, and we barely knew the status of Biloxi, the next city over, let alone much information about New Orleans.

I implore you, I plead with you, and I beg you, HELP US. Millions of people are homeless, without the basic necessities of life, or worse yet, hurt or dead. Many of these jobs and homes will be irreplaceable. The majority of these people have no way right now to ask you for help themselves. Im sure they wont mind me requesting assistance on their behalf. Last year I felt the effects of the tsunami in Southeast Asia from the other side of the world. Myself and many of my friends donated what we could to help with the relief efforts there. All we can do right now is hope that the people of the world will be as generous towards us as we tried to be for those who suffered through that tragedy. I am begging you, do what you can and put yourself in our shoes. Please know, I have seen friends and neighbors banding together to help each other make it through this experience. I will be the first to condemn those who are seen looting useless personal property, but please understand that those who have been left behind are forced to do what they must to survive at this point. They cannot do much without outside help. This is what we need from all of you so urgently at this time. Please dont let us down we cant make it without you.


Mallory Whitfield
August 31, 2005

http://www.redcross.org
http://www.fema.gov
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org
http://www.feedthechildren.org
http://www.networkforgood.org
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