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1  UNITED STATES / Virginia / Re: Richmond - Bizarre Market on: October 03, 2004 04:41:14 PM
I think they're four times a year.
2  UNITED STATES / Virginia / Re: Richmond - Bizarre Market on: October 02, 2004 05:16:45 AM
I found it to be cheap, generally.  It's definitely not a Carytown atmosphere--think more like scruffy VCU kids and artists and whatnot (I meant this all in the very best way! Smiley) having an eccentric little craft fair in an alley. 
3  UNITED STATES / Virginia / Re: Any knitters in Richmond, VA? on: October 01, 2004 03:02:27 PM
The Yahoo group for the Richmond group is stitchnbitch-richmond-va.
4  UNITED STATES / Virginia / Re: Richmond - Bizarre Market on: October 01, 2004 03:01:00 PM
The first Bizarre Market I went to was the last one, and it was really fun.  People were selling all kinds of things from bags and pillows to original art, used stuff, a variety of food, much of it vegan.  I'd like to participate in it one of these days once I get to making enough stuff.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: a bath swap on: September 27, 2004 05:48:08 PM
I agree on one item.  I have no idea what I'd do for three different bath items for each person.

I really would like to do the swap, though, so please count me in.  Smiley
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: a bath swap on: September 20, 2004 08:43:47 PM
I would like to do this one as well.  Bath stuff is so much fun to make and use!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: I REALLY NEED HELP!!! on: September 20, 2004 08:16:40 PM
How about an Army man diorama?  Bring a shoe box and some of the little Army men, and then he can cut construction paper, color, glue stuff in, etc to make a 3-D scene inside the box for the men to fight in?

(Of course, my inner snarkiness says to bring lots of red paint so that the men can then be all realistically dead, so as not to assist the little tyke in glorifying war.  But whatever.)
8  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Re: moving to new york part 2 on: September 18, 2004 02:12:47 PM
FWIW, I lived in NYC for about five years, and I would love to move back, but I won't until I can get a really great job making considerably more money than I make now.   I was in college for the first couple of years I lived there, and that was great, but then I got an entry-level admin job and an apartment in Queens and joined a whole new world of being broke.  It's (almost unbelievably) been close to eight years since I moved away, but I do love the city and miss it often.

If you're at all able to di it this way, I would recommend not moving until you can first do research into what rent will cost you and then get apply for, interview for and get offered a job that will amply cover your expenses.  In my experience the rent is the part of the cost of living that horrible in New York.  Not having to own, insure, and maintain a car was fabulous, and I think food was around about the same as anywhere.

Good luck!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafting ethics question on: September 08, 2004 07:01:51 PM
I like to embroider, but I can't draw to save my life, so I have to reply on drawings made by other people unless I'm doing abstract-type designs.  So far, I've msotly used Sublime Stitching designs, which are wonderful, and Dover designs, which are copyright-free, but there are some other things I'd like to work on that I'm not sure about.  Personally, I tend not to worry about possibly infringing on the rights of big companies, such as record labels and movie studios and whatnot (because they already have enough money!), but I do worry about smaller, independent artists and the like. 

For example, I really love the original Celtic designs drawn by Jen Delyth (http://www.kelticdesigns.com/)  I've been wildly in love with her Faerie Cats design for a few years, and I would like to try to trace the design so that I can embroider it onto something, such as a shirt.  She does sell the design on t-shirts, but not in my size.  I've bought the design on a card and in a calendar, and I'm not trying to cheat the artist out of money that she surely deserves.  Is it wrong to copy her design for my personal use?

Other things fall somewhere in the middle.  I've traced Death, Delirium, and Dream from an issue of Sandman, and I'm considering doing something with them.  I do wish I could draw my own designs because then I could wreak even more havoc.  (Embroidered fanfiction!  Wheee!)
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: old fur coats (inherited) on: September 08, 2004 06:34:52 PM
I'm kind of with weasleyqueen on this one.  There is no difference between wearing fur and wearing leather.  Or wearing fur and eating eggs, for that matter.  Or drinking milk.  Or using a down-filled comforter, for that matter!  It's hypocritcal, in some ways, to be anything but a vegan vegetarian and still be against wearing fur per se. 

Well, I don't agree with that.  To me, there's a big difference between using animals in a way that, at least, is nourishing and practical and using them for conspicuous displays of wealth.  Or to show how fabulous you are with the new fall fashions!  Veganism is an ideal I'm working towards, but to compare eating eggs, from a local organic farm, laid by hens that seem happy and roam freely with buying a piece of clothing made from several animals that lived in a terrible environment and then died to become that coat--that doesn't make sense to me.  If you look at things in a less binary way, everything makes a difference.

To bring this back to a craft topic, I don't think I that I could make anything out of old fur just because the created object would creep me out.  I had a rabbit pelt that I got on vacation in Canada as a small child, and it had great sentimental meaning to me, but I ended up throwing it away when I rediscovered it years later because I wanted nothing to do with it.  In the end, I think you'd have to be fairly comfortable with fur as a concept to use old fur in crafts.
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