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« on: December 21, 2008 10:18:03 AM »

Hi Everyone,
I'm new to KY.  I moved here with my husband in August to run the costume shop at Western Kentucky University... just about the same time that I discovered the joy that is Craftster.  I'm originally from New Hampshire and have lived in Mass and Illinois, but sadly, I don't know ANYONE here in Kentucky, and I was thinking of trying to organize some sort of crafty club/get together in the Bowling Green area to make new friends/network with other crafty people.  It seems like all the posts on this board are aimed at Louisville and Lexington, but I figure there have to be a FEW crafty ladies (or gentlemen) in my neck of the woods.  I'm into lots of different types of crafts and like learning new ones, as well as teaching what I know to others.  (I've been described by my students as the "Bob Ross of sewing"... there are no mistakes, just happy little accidents to learn from!)  My core of craft expertise consists of quilting, costume design and costume construction, with some jewelry, papercrafts, crochet, cooking, and soap/bath product making thrown in there.  

Since I teach all day at WKU, I'm looking to meet people who are not students, but are closer to my own age of 30.  So anyone else in the area, 25 or older?  Anyone feel like making some new friends?  
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2009 09:41:57 PM »

I'm a student at WKU there. I think it would be fun to have a craft group!
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2009 09:15:40 AM »

Ooh, me too! Well, technically, I'm in Alvaton, but it's basically Bowling Green. I am kind of a private crafter, but I can always use some local crafty friends!!
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2009 04:26:32 PM »

Hello Rainbow_Storms and haroldlovesmaude, it's nice to meet you both.  I'm Jennie.  :-)

Well, first off, what kind of a craft group would interest you guys?  Would you enjoy time with friends (and maybe a movie) to work on your own projects, or would you like themed sorts of meetings, where we pick a project and someone teaches the others how to make that craft?  A little of both?  What kinds of crafts do you do the most often?  Are there some you'd really like to learn?

I was thinking of something informal to start, held on a weeknight, maybe from 6:00-10:00...  probably involving some tasty food to share.  If we all seem to get on well, then maybe meeting every other week?  Would you be interested in meeting more or less often than that?  If we got a few more people involved it could be the kind of thing where whoever shows each week is welcome, no pressure or guilt if you can't make it.  There are a few WKU students who work for me who are very crafty, and fun, who might enjoy crafting with us, so I might ask them about this too.  Do you guys have other crafty friends in town?

I'm more than willing to host meetings at my house, but I'd also be willing to consider other locations if you guys have any suggestions.  I am hoping to meet people in town my own age (I'm 28) since I spend all day teaching students, but I'm really just happy to make any new friends here, especially crafty ones.  ;-)

So... thoughts?  Ideas?
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2009 07:44:18 PM »

I am also a Jenny. But if it gets confusing, I am also called Jennifer by some people. I'm 19 and a creative writing major at WKU with a german minor and a theatre minor.

what kind of a craft group would interest you guys? Any kind. I really like meeting crafty people!

 Would you enjoy time with friends (and maybe a movie) to work on your own projects, or would you like themed sorts of meetings, where we pick a project and someone teaches the others how to make that craft?  A little of both? I think both sound good! I'd really like the show-others things. Maybe every other meeting, or like two meetings for craft whatever and then one meeting of show and tell. Smiley I personally could teach bookbinding (for really simple to make but nice looking hard back notebooks), knitting, and dying wool yarn with kool aid (might need to wait for spring for that one, it's kind of an outside project Smiley ), and stenciling.

What kinds of crafts do you do the most often?  Sew (with a machine), knit, stencil, painting, bookbind, random artsy projects. (you can look through my completed projects if you'd like)

Are there some you'd really like to learn? I really want to learn resin crafts or how to make bowls out of vinyl records (not any good ones though! I actually have a collection I listen to quite a bit)

I was thinking of something informal to start, held on a weeknight, maybe from 6:00-10:00...  probably involving some tasty food to share.  If we all seem to get on well, then maybe meeting every other week?  Would you be interested in meeting more or less often than that?  I think every other week or maybe even once a week with come if you can would be good. That way you wouldn't have to remember if it was craft week or not. Or you could collect email addresses and have someone email everyone the day of.

Do you guys have other crafty friends in town? I have a couple friends I could invite.

If you choose Wednesday, I'd be late every week because I have guitar lessons from 6 to 6:30. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2009 10:29:20 PM »

Wednesdays are actually out for me, because of the theatre dept. class schedule.  Each Wednesday is Prod night from 7:30-10:00, and I have to be there with the students who are working.  Monday and Tuesday are also not *very* good options, as I work a bit late on the weeks we have a show opening in the department...  If we had to pick Monday or Tuesday there might be a few weeks that we would have to start late, or have someone else host...  How do Thursdays sound?
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2009 03:26:55 PM »

thursdays would be great for me.
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2009 08:21:00 PM »

Hey Guys! I just stumbled upon this website quite serendipitously looking for fellow craftsters in my area. I'm a graphic design major at WKU and have been wanting to start a craft club myself for a quite a while. So I would be more then thrilled to join whatever you have in mind! Crafts are the only things that keep me sane in my ever to often down time here in bowling green. I don't really know anyone who enjoys crafts, so I'm excited to me at least a few fellow crafters  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2009 05:49:25 AM »

Hi Lorna!
(Now I want to watch Lorna Doone... but I have to go to work!)
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2009 06:11:07 PM »

I have a few other people interested in coming to a craft group here.  Students who work in my costume shop actually....  I got a chance to go fabric shopping at the Joann's Etc. store down in Nashville, TN yesterday.  It was awesome!  It made me think that maybe if the craft group gets off the ground we could do a field trip one day, since it's such an awesome craft store.  What do you guys think?

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« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2009 10:01:03 AM »

So did anything ever come of this? If so I would be interested in coming to one of your get togethers Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2009 10:42:00 AM »

Hi Trippymomma.  I did get a small craft group started here with a craftster who did not appear on this thread.  We meet on Sundays, usually at my home, and have dinner, and watch movies while crafting.  If you're interested, PM me, and we can talk some more. 
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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2010 07:06:16 PM »

Hi! I just was looking for people who craft in the area I am new to the Bowling Green Area as well, I live in Morgantown. I love art and would love to do anything crafty!

My name is Ashton Chappell. And if you want to set something up please email me at AChappell0006@kctcs.edu.

Thanks!
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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2011 09:13:01 PM »

here we are, quite a bit of time later, and i am wondering if there is still anything like this happening here in BG? i moved here last july, and haven't really had my crafty spark since. maybe hanging out with other crafty folks will jumpstart the battery!

i am 37, so def. over 30. haha.
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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2011 07:35:47 AM »

Hi dynamine!  Some of the regular group member have left, but I am still trying to keep this going.  It doesn't happen weekly anymore, as it got to be too much effort on my end. 

Originally I was making dinner to feed everyone, but members either stopped contributing something to the meal, or didn't let me know if they were coming that night, or left right before dinner leaving me with far too much wasted food.  It got a bit discouraging when people couldn't even bother to answer a facebook message.  Sad

I would like to get back to having more regular meetings.  Maybe more like every other weekend.  If you're interested in joining us let me know!  (Either here, or by PM.)  Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2011 09:03:57 PM »

depending on the day/night, i would definitely still be interested. sun-thurs, however, i work graveyard at WKU. it sort of limits my social life! haha. Undecided
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« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2011 08:38:28 AM »

Yeah, and I work days at WKU, plus Wednesday nights, and some weekends, so that limits my social life too!  :-/
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« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2011 02:14:05 PM »

well, poop. i'll send you a pm with my email, and maybe we can try to go from there?
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