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1  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: New to Chicago on: November 03, 2006 06:54:32 AM

Be sure to check out craigslist: http://chicago.craigslist.org- under the "for sale" items, there is usually always fabric or sewing machines available on the cheap, as well as furniture, bicycles, and other miscellaneous things.
2  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: MEET THE CRAFTSTER MODS on: September 24, 2006 06:38:10 AM
Only certain restarauts allow BYOB- sometimes there is a "corkage fee", but most of the places I have been to don't have this. Here is a list of all of Chicago's BYOB restaurants:
3  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: MEET THE CRAFTSTER MODS on: September 22, 2006 10:53:55 AM
Hey Chicago peeps. What do you all think of me setting up a combo "book sigining" and "Craftster hang out" thing at Quimby's? http://www.quimbys.com/ Is Quimby's easy to get to and does it have space to hang out?

Quimby's is easy to get to on transportation, but is pretty small. I'm sure if you call they can give you their seating specs. As far as renting a car, DON'T DO IT!!! If you are staying downtown, all the locations that I mentioned are extremely easy to get to on the blue line. You can check out the "trip planner" feature at http://rtachicago.com/ for specifics. You type in the exact address where you are starting from, and your destination address. It gives you a lot of options (fastest time, least transfers, etc.) for getting around. No need for a map or anything! I've lived in Chicago my whole life (city, not the suburbs!) and I have only driven a car once or twice since I got my license 5 years ago. You can get from downtown to the Wicker Park/Bucktown/Ukranian Village area in about 15-20 minutes on the train. Quimby's is right in the center of Wicker Park.
4  Illinois / Illinois: North / Re: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: MEET THE CRAFTSTER MODS on: September 21, 2006 11:26:52 AM
Bummer! I'm living in Vegas temporarily, or else I would be there- I have a ton of good ideas as well...

Mercury Cafe (1505 W. Chicago Ave)
Big, wide open space- they host craft shows here and always have handmade goods and artwork for sale. Its a coffee shop- they sell vegan baked goods, and I'm almost positive they have some lunch-y items. It usually isn't crowded, they have a bunch of sofas and chairs and tables available. Its in West Town- right by Ukranian Village, Bucktown, and Wicker Park.

Mojoe's (2256 W. Roscoe)
Really funky, smallish coffee shop in Roscoe Village (which has some cute boutiques and a huge Village Thrift a mere 3 blocks away). They have coffee, pastries, and amazing ham and cheese/turkey and cheese croissants. I haven't been in since they redecorated, but last time I was in there it was all 50's diner tables and furniture. Look for the MoJoe's hand embroidered pillows- I made them for one of the owners, Dennis! The other owner, Barb is in a rockabilly band called The Honeybees (http://www.rockabilly.net/honeybees/)- they are both super nice, and even shut down the cafe for a Christmas get together for my old workplace (not sure how much that cost though).

The Bleeding Heart Bakery (2018 W Chicago Ave)
This place just opened up a couple of months ago in Ukrainian Village. Kind of on the small side, but worth a look. Probably one of the most attractive bakeries I've ever seen- all decked out like a 1950's kitchen with pink walls and some of the best decoupaging ever!

Letizia's Natural Bakery (2144 W Division)
Not only is this a bakery- they recently opened a wine bar right next door that is connected to the bakery: http://www.enotecaroma.com/. I haven't been to the wine bar yet, but I can vouch for all the items at their cafe- great coffee, and the best sugar cookie in Chicago. This is in the Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village area as well. Make sure to check out Paper Doll if you go here (http://www.paperdollchicago.com/). It just recently moved to 2048 W Division, so its a mere hop, skip, and jump away.


Can anyone tell how homesick I am?! Hope this info worked for you- all of these places are easily accessible by public transportation. Let me know if you have any questions!



5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: SOAP soaps on: August 18, 2006 12:01:04 PM
These are great- you could put them in the bathroom on big colorful dishes in lieu of those tiny little "guest soaps" that people usually have available. Then any one who visits your house and uses the toilet can see your crafty genius and get their hands clean as well!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Skulls and Stars Applique from Vintage Pillowcases on: July 01, 2006 07:18:22 PM
Thanks for all the compliments! I did have to use interfacing for these guys, or else it would have been totally impossible to keep them on the shirt while I was sewing. I was thinking if I make something like this again, maybe some colorful buttons would work well as eyesockets...
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: This dress "rocks the house!" on: June 26, 2006 10:25:48 AM
I'm interested in that pattern number too! Great job on the dress.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Vintage Pillowcase-Revamped Photo Album (I need your suggestions!) on: June 09, 2006 08:00:41 PM
I gave it to her today and she absolutely loved it- yay!!!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Oversized t-shirt into gaucho pants - first reconstruction!(5 pics) on: June 04, 2006 12:10:53 PM
Thanks so much for posting this- it was so easy and quick- I'm in love with these pants!!! Here are a pair I made with a tacky free Captain Morgan shirt:


Wonky twisted shot:

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skulls and Stars Applique from Vintage Pillowcases on: May 24, 2006 07:46:34 PM
I bought this tank for cheap from Target and spruced it up with some appliques made from cheap pillowcases I got from the thrift store (about 25 cents each). The stars and skull are stiffened with super strong interfacing, and they were a real pain to sew on to the wimpy and stretchy tank fabric. I'm happy with how they turned out though, it's a gift for my little sister who is turning 11.

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