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3RaysOfSunshine
« on: March 08, 2007 02:56:20 PM »

I was wondering if there were any other craftsters in Juneau... I would to learn new craft skills and share ideas - it's so hard to find sources for interesting materials here!
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oribe
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2007 10:36:19 AM »

Indeed there are!  What types of crafts do you do (I realize I am SO late to respond, but yea.)
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3RaysOfSunshine
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2007 01:10:10 PM »

I am late to reply too... I haven't been checking as I have been SOOO busy wth Christmas. I do a little of everything. I have done stained glass in the past, candle making, knitting, photography, crochet, furniture re-upholstery, home remodeling, most recently quilting. I want to try PMC but haven't taken the leap yet - just buying start up materials for a craft can be spendy. Plus I tend to jump into a new craft, do it for a while, then get bored and do something new.

It's nice that there's a fellow craftster in Juneau. What kinds of crafts do you do?
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Cabin Fever
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2008 08:36:05 PM »

HI!!!  I just found this website, and just found this forum.  OK, I'm not exactly in Juneau, but close......Hoonah. Lived in Juneau for a few years before we moved here a couple of years ago.  I'm really using up all of my craft supplies since we've been here!! I really miss JoAnnes!!!  I mostly crochet (lately anyway), do scrapbooking, card making, sew (nothing major) and bake (try not to do that here!). Glad to see there are craftsters near by!
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3RaysOfSunshine
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2008 04:50:34 PM »

It is nice having a craft store nearby, but I find myself online for a lot of supplies too. I just ordered some canvas for a painting project. I could buy them for $30 each here or six for 35.99 online plus 15 for shipping. Hmm. Go figure. I have a friend that spends some time in Hoonah - I guess they have a place there and she really loves it. I have been wanting to go but I have kids which makes the ferry trip pretty overwhelming! Good to see you on Craftster. I look forward to seeing what you create!
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Cabin Fever
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2008 06:54:31 PM »

Tell me it's beautiful, warm and sunny in Juneau!!!  Ok, I can dream......we're heading that way next week, YEAH!!! I can replenish my supplies and visit friends!!! But I couldn't wait and ordered some yarn by the cone today on ebay, first time ordering that much at one time, but it was sooo much cheaper, like you were saying.  Shipping came to $20, but it was still cheaper then buying a bunch of skiens at Joanns.  I took a peek at your projects, love the kids' fun room, lucky them!  And your quilting is beautiful, haven't gotten into quilting, yet..............no room for extra projects right now.  Let me know when you post new stuff.
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3RaysOfSunshine
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2008 12:25:31 AM »

Thank you! And let me know when you post new projects too! Your cookies look so good and that cupcake you crocheted looks good enough to eat as well! I was thinking about knitting or crocheting food for my kids to play with, but, like you said, I don't know if I can do any more crafts... I am so busy with the ones I have. It's neat to see what other craftsters come up with.

Well, as for weather, the only sunshine I *ever* get come from the smiles on the faces of my 3 kids (hence my Craftster name). I won't tell you what the weather is really like here. You may decide not to come! Maybe I'll see run into you at Joanne's, who knows?
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2008 11:28:48 PM »

Fellow craftster here in Juneaumy daughter is around here frequently as well and Im sure my mother is lurking about here somewheres, all fellow Juneauites.  I know that this thread is years old (I hope yall are still here) but I just wanted to drop in, introduce myself and say hi.  After nineteen years here in Juneau, I know that one of the best ways to beat the weather blues is to stay busy and I host a weekly girls night in which we pull out our current craft projects, pig out on all our favorite foods, throw in a couple of movies and have a hen gathering while the guys go out and play cards.  It has saved me, more than once, over a long winter and my daughter and now, my nieces have this tradition that they have grown up with.  Win/win  Grin.  I particularly enjoy cooking/baking, soap-making/body stuffs, jewelry making, cross-stitch, photography and refurbishing furniture.  I planted my first garden ever this year (I should have paid closer attention to the Farmers Almanac, I fear) and so far, no bears.  I have recently purchased my first sewing machine and look forward to learning more advanced sewing this winter.  One day, I will learn to quilt.  I go to the quilt-show every year and the entries are always just breath taking that they have inspired me to start collecting fabric for my future endeavor.  One day..(sigh).  But for now, Im off to bake Olympic cupcakes..go Team USA!!!  Happy crafting!!!
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Cabin Fever
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2008 07:17:35 AM »

I love your avatar, that bear looks like he's just waiting for you to bring him lunch!  Craft night sounds like way too much fun. I sure miss Juneau and all of my buddies. But when they come to visit me in Hoonah, someone always brings a craft project for us to work on while we sip wine or a new mixed drink. Last time we painted pictures of an Alabama sunset...............never seen one but it was still fun!  Looking forward to seeing your quilting projects posted. I'm too busy this summer to get much of anything done Sad
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3RaysOfSunshine
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2008 03:02:50 PM »

We're still here! It's great to hear from another crafty person here in Juneau! That is so funny - I used to do a Craft day at my last home in Oregon and they were so fun - sounds a lot like what you do - food and projects galore! Sometimes we'd all work on the same thing like candles or garden markers, sometimes people would bring their knitting, etc.

I'd love to hear how your garden project turns out - I have been wanting to try hanging tomato planters for years, but it seems like I just never have the time to get them started (I have 3 kids...). I'd be interested in knowing how all your plants fare here in Juneau.

I received my first sewing machine when I was a teen, so I have been sewing for about 24 years now. I just started quilting a few years ago (although that was by hand). I tend to kind of "wing it" with projects but they usually turn out pretty good. I'd be happy to help if you ever need it. I have a couple of projects posted - you can check them out. I like the Hawaiian style of quilting but have done other styles too.

I love to refurbish old/previously owned furniture - I'm forever checking garage sales and/or St. Vincents for possible projects. I have done a lot of reupholstery, painting, refinishing, etc. It's amazing what you can do with a little time and new hardware! My most recent purchase was a vintage oak chair/desk. If I ever do anything creative with it, I'll post. I'm also working on our upstairs bathroom but that may be an all-winter project at the rate I'm going!
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« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2008 10:42:37 PM »

Im so glad you guys are still here..

Cabin Fever: I love the avatar too.and after all of the advice I received on how to keep bears out of my garden (chicken wire was the most common refrain, if you can believe it), I thought he was just perfect Ive been meaning to get over to Hoonah for a while now and check it out.  My sister moved over there last year (of course, shes back here so frequently its been hard to coordinate) and married into a Hoonah family this summer.  And so far, I guess you have had a slightly better summer than us, a few more days of sun, eh? or at least the berries are coming in Im told.Im jealous.here they are still green or melted (rained away) off the vine.But at the very least, I want to, got to, have to, try that ziplineand with my sister living over there that is where my one and only nephew is.  Gotta go check it out.

Youre a brave oneI can imagine myself painting a picture of a place Ive never been while sipping wineprobably drinking more wine than paintingIm afraid Id end up with a Jackson Pollack wannbe sounds like a blast  Grin!!!  Id love to learn to paint but, alas, cannot even draw a straight line.my grandmother was the real artist in the family and her artwork is the only art displayed in my family room.  She found her greatest inspiration in the Grand Tetons and so I have these crooked mountains that Im always explaining really are slanted that way.

3RaysofSunshine: I have pictures of my garden posted here on Craftster and I do have upside down tomatoes in buckets if youd like to look (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257270.0) still waiting for them to fruit (I think this year is out not enough sun) but I can tell you that they really do like growing upside down and all of the herbs I planted on top have done great!!!  This year was mostly going to be an experimental year but we have had an extraordinary amount of rain so Im kinda of at a loss.the strazzberries and strawberries are blooming like crazy along with the peas, radishes, carrots and bush beans.  While the snap beans, cucumber, broccoli, lettuce and tomatoes dont look like theyre going to get there unless we have an extreme amount of sun in the next couple of weeks..but oddest yet, I have two 3-in-1 (orange, lemon and tangerine) plants that are trying to fruit I thought citrus fruit in Alaska no way for sure, but they really are trying.  I know what you mean about time though, theres never enough of it with children in the house (I have two 16 year olds and my niece, who is 9). 

I totally haunt St. Vinnys and Sally Anns looking for pieces to fix-up and I ADORE garage-saleing.  I make it every weekend, no matter the weather, and must confess that a huge portion of my craft supplies have come from such sales.my sister calls me the garage-sale ninja (really, it was less polite, but you get the idea.) BTW, in case you hadnt heard, there is a free moving sale in the condos behind J&Js deli this Saturday  Wink.  And if youre really serious, I may be bugging you frequently with my silly sewing questions..

Anyways, sorry to run on..I do tend to talk A LOT and am not at all shy (as you might tell Smiley).  Happy to make your acquaintanceand if youre ever interested in girls/craft night just let me know and youre more than welcome.and CabinFever, if I can ever pick something up at JoAnns (or Costco I know how it is living in small towns) and drop it off at Wings for you, I would be happy to do it.  I do it for my sister at least twice a weekthe guys at Wings and I are on a first names basis.

Happy crafting, Carrie

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3RaysOfSunshine
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2008 04:33:48 PM »

CabinFever,
I actually made a trip to Hoonah in May to do the zipline with a friend. I'm sorry, I should have offered to bring stuff for you! I didn't even think about it. Hoonah is so pretty. We had a great time although the tourists weren't there the day we came so the shops were all closed. Have you done the zipline yet? I actually thought it was pretty peaceful, if you can believe that.

Crazyred,
They run a pontoon boat over to Hoonah the last Saturday of the month to do the zipline - it's a package deal... here's the info in case you want to do it. It's a lot cheaper than flying over and then buying zipline tickets. http://www.icystraitpoint.com/pages/juneaudays.html

Your fruit/veggie garden looks fabulous! I am so jealous of your greenhouse. Green with envy (haha)

I'd love to participate in your crafting night! That sounds like so much fun!

I wonder if I have ever seen you at garage sales!? I go *almost* every weekend during the season... it's my time away from the kids, although occasionally I have 1-2 of them with me. I have picked up fantastic stuff at garage sales - including a recent purchase of about 10 big, beautiful houseplants in expensive planters... each for $2!  My husband always laughs because if I say "we need... (fill in the blank)", I'll find whatever it was at a garage sale within a week or 2.

And I'd be happy to answer and sewing questions if I can! Here are projects that I have posted including a couple sewing ones:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=90364;sa=showTopics

Great to "meet" both of you ladies!

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« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2008 12:11:18 AM »

Fantastic!  I'll pm you with info regarding craft night!!   Grin Grin

Your projects are awesome!  I adore the Giselle dress (super cute)....I wish I wouldn't get "those" looks (you know the ones) if I decided to wear one someday...couldn't you just imagine it??......and your play room??  Amazing!! 

As for running seeing each other at garage sales - I'd say, highly likely - it's just that kind of town......I also worked at the Valley Breeze-In for five years and get that "don't I know you?? " all the time (most recently in jury duty last week)...I just have one of those faces.... Smiley

I'll be getting those details to you soon....will be great to have another crafty person around!!!
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Cabin Fever
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2008 07:20:27 AM »

Sorry I haven't been on here much! Busy, busy summer!  We do make over to Juneau enough to spend too much $ , but thanks for the offer of sending stuff over if needed!  Zip line, nope, don't plan to either, But I would love to just drive up the hill for the view, but I guess they don't let you do that.   I've never heard for Sally Anns, where is that and what kind of store?  Sounds like I may need to check that out!  Hopefully things will slow down soon and I will get to craft more. We are going to spend some time in "America" this winter, so I can really stock up!! As for the paintings.........we aren't artists either, but it was sure fun!
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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2008 10:48:03 PM »

I totally get it about the busy summer  Grin  here too.....Isn't it sad how we have developed these towns (yours most recently) around and for the tourists??  We have a zipline here too, but it's really only for the passengers of the cruise ships and not the locals Sad  I'm sorry, I should have been more clear in the earlier post, Sally Ann's is just a nickname for the Salvation Army, I guess it's what they call it in Canada....but I really do get some great stuff there occasionally, and so, it's become a regular haunt for the inspired (me Grin).  I'm jealous that you're "getting out" for the opportunity to stock up  Smiley  My mother-in-law is in Anchorage and can send most anything down, but there is still a lot of stuff that misses Alaska altogether - if you know what I mean?  I hope you have a safe/fun trip and make sure to get lots -- they're already calling for a rough, long winter  Wink  Wink   
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« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2008 09:25:51 AM »

Sally Anns! I love it! hahaha.  I keep telling my kids that I wish they had gift certificates for the thrift stores, then they'd always know what to get me.  I did hear that Good Will has them now...........

I'm hoping to do at least 1 swap before heading south for a few months, right now I'm in a mad dash to make a tie purse for my daughters birthday next week!   

Have fun crafting this winter!
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« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2008 07:31:25 PM »

Hello, hello

new to Craftster and to Juneau.  I noticed these posts are a little old but maybe someone's still looking.

I'm thinking there aren't any crafty-type stores I haven't found yet...but this place surprises me with some of the hole-in-the-wall shops.

anyway i love to knit, crochet, sew, paint, bead, metalwork, make confetti Wink, and basically anything that ends up colorful, shiny, bright, and occasionally serve some practical use.

Lately I'd like to get ino some more fun recrafting/deconstruction (i have a bunch of old fabric/clothes I can't bear to get rid of) and embroidery and to use my sewing machine a little more often than I do lately (which is never right now).

I'd love to hear about any knitting circles or some stitch and bitch clubs or anything (I know about skeins).  My creative juices definitely flow more freely when inspired by like-minded-individuals.

thanks!
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« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2008 11:15:18 PM »

Hey, Happy New Year, and welcome to Juneau!!!  I can't help you with any circles of crafters.........dang!  But you should check with the yarn shops, there is one near the airport shopping "mall" Smiley  and there is one downtown above the community gallery.  And if nothing else, post something on one of the bulletin boards in town and I bet you get some calls.  Good luck!
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3RaysOfSunshine
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2009 03:19:56 PM »

Hello squidbrains...

Welcome to Juneau!

The yarn shop by the airport closed Sad but the one downtown (same owner) is the one you were referring to - skeins. I get my best craft stuff at garage sales or just re-inventing what I already have. I just picked up some Golden brand acrylics (unused) last weekend for cheap at a GS! I have been wanting to try painting but didn't want to make the financial committment in case I'm really bad.

Hmm. I don't know of any crafting groups, but you've probably noticed that in Juneau, most of the fun is in people's homes. Once you met a few crafty people, just host a potluck craft time. I have kids so it's really hard to get the time but I look forward to doing more when they get a little older.

I just started working on some felted slippers for my daughter. I'll post pictures when I'm done!
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« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2010 08:38:43 PM »

I miss the rainy city of Douglas Ak!  Tongue
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