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21  UNITED STATES / New Hampshire / Craft Mafia meet-ups! on: June 29, 2006 02:05:53 PM
As a follow up to my NH crafter call to arms Tongue I am posting this link to the new Boston Craft Mafia website:  http://bostoncraftmafia.org/

They'll be organizing some craft get-togethers and stuff soon so I'll post more info here for anyone who is interested.  I'd be happy to meet up and carpool with anyone who'd like to go.

I'd like to get some NH crafters together up here too this summer, but Boston isn't prohibitively far away and meeting there might be a good way for us to get the ball rolling.

Smiley  Katy
22  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Re: Boston Craft Mafia? on: June 28, 2006 02:10:15 PM
Looks hot Leah, thanks for taking time to set it up Smiley  Now I better go catch up with the messages on the group board... Shocked !
23  UNITED STATES / New Hampshire / Re: Any cool thrift shops near... on: June 17, 2006 05:53:20 AM
I'm so sorry, I don't actually know any in that area...doesn't mean they aren't there, just means I don't know about them!

--Katy Smiley
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Trogdor pouch on: June 04, 2006 05:46:43 PM
I can't believe you embroidered Trogdor.  It's so wrong...but so beautiful Smiley
25  UNITED STATES / New Hampshire / Re: Boston South End Open Market on: June 04, 2006 05:36:50 PM
Heehee, okay I'll send you the dates Smiley  The neighborhood is nice, and right off the freeway, not a scary drive at all Smiley
26  UNITED STATES / New Hampshire / Re: Hello! on: June 04, 2006 05:35:39 PM

I'll message you with more info...I used to live in Milford...when I was a ripe old three years old... Wink

27  UNITED STATES / New Hampshire / Re: Got a website?? on: June 04, 2006 05:34:22 PM
Your site looks great!

I'd swap links but I just finished redoing mine and won't be updating for a while--I have to wait until I get rich from all this crafting Wink!

28  UNITED STATES / New Hampshire / Re: Hello! on: June 03, 2006 06:19:01 PM
I love the monthly get together idea, brilliant!  My dream is to get a weekly get together going but considering NH geography constraints that might be pushing it Smiley 

As for fairs info...here in Concord there's Market Days in July.  The deadline to get involved has passed but I thought I'd post the info anyway because it's a yearly event and it's good to know what's out there.  I wrote to the organizers to see how much it cost to get involved--a 10 x 10 space is $375 for three days.  I was shocked at the high price.  Concord isn't exactly a town that's packed with a lot of eager shoppers, so I was skeptical about the high cost of participation and whether it would even be worth it...so I talked to some people who have been to it before who indicated that there weren't a lot of handcrafters involved generally, that it's a lot of junk food/carnival food vendors, and local shops selling their stuff outside, like a sidewalk sale.  Doesn't really sound like an event geared toward handcrafters.  Way to support your community crafters, eh Concord Wink ?  I gave them my polite two cents worth about that, complete with a cost breakdown...and received a predictable response about what a great event this is for the community but that they would pass along and think over my comments....eh...

South End Open Market in Boston is the only other market/fair I have personal knowledge of, here's the link to their website:  www.southendopenmarket.com

The long and the short is that it's an outdoor open market featuring handcrafters, farmers, vintage sellers and the like.  The cost is $50 per 10 x 10 booth per Sunday--a minimum purchase is 5 dates, but if you pay for them all at once, one of your dates is free, so you get 5 dates for $200.  Take THAT Concord, NH Wink  Booths may be split/shared by groups/pairs of crafters as long as everyone submits their own application.  I have reserved 5 slots already, so I'm committed, but would love to have others join me for one or more dates if interested.  Great way to try out the whole market thing and see if it's for you.

I'll start another thread specifically for posting info about fairs so we can collect it....


29  UNITED STATES / New Hampshire / Re: Hello! on: June 03, 2006 03:53:15 PM

I swear I'm going to start PM-ing people...since I've moved here to lovely NH, trying to get an actual organized group of crafters together to do anything has been not happening to say the least, and not for lack of trying.  I actually got desperate guys and signed up to join the slowly congealing BOSTON Craft Mafia because I'm tired of feeling so networkless up here.

Stoliedina is consistently posting and attempting to get meetup/consignment/interesting stuff happening but I haven't noticed a ton of other motivation happening...yes, yes people have lives, I know, so do I, but don't you ever dream of having some kind of awesome crafter network of people you can get together with, boothshare at fairs with, do crafts that don't involve freaking maple syrup or quilting with, and kick some crafter world domination with?!  You do, I know you do...well I know I do!

So if you're interested, if you have any vision of what such a thing may look like, what you might be looking for in a crafting collective, please either post here or PM me, I'm happy to get a list going and kick-start some networking.

In fact, here's a fabulous idea to start off with...how about a collective booth at the South End Open Market?  Eh?  I have booth space already anyway...anyone? Anyone?  Other ideas?  Stoliedina proposed the mini-fair in another thread...we've got the people, we've got the craftiness, but do we have the motivation?

I want to see some posting people!


Katy "muchacha K"
30  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Re: Boston Craft Mafia? on: June 03, 2006 03:39:30 PM
Gack, I can't make it to the book signing (family party that day), but I'd love to get involved in any group getting organized.  I'm in lovely New Hampshire but let's just say trying to organize a craft group up here that doesn't involve maple syrup or quilting is like pissing in the wind (or that scene from Lebowski, you know, where they try to scatter Donny over the ocean...).  Plus I'm spending half my life this summer and fall selling at the South End Open Market (which I'm still seeking booth buddies for by the way, PM me if you'd like to know what dates...) so doesn't that make me an honorary Boston resident?

Sign me up!!!

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