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1  UNITED STATES / Rhode Island / RI area Artist/Crafty Businessperson to talk to high schoolers on: June 19, 2006 12:23:54 PM
Hi all,
This summer I will be running a summer program for a group of high schoolers called "Artrepreneurs." In the program the students learn how to make their own stencils and then decorate, market and sell their products. Because the kids will be running their own art-based business, they learn creative as well as business and marketing skills. I ran the same program last year, and this summer we're going to expand somewhat and one of the things I would like to add is to have a crafty businessperson or artist who is familiar with selling their work come and speak to the students about the business side of being a working artist-- it'd be pretty informal, I just want the students to be able to ask questions and get some advice from someone with experience in the business side of the art world. The dates would be flexible-- the program runs Tuesday and Thursday evenings in July and August from 4:30-6:30 in Pawtucket, RI, and I was thinking sometime in last July would be best, but I'd be willing to plan around your schedule. If you've got questions or think you might be interested, drop me an email at [email protected]. Thanks so much!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / HELP-- Knitty Yorick Scarf on: December 13, 2005 01:13:19 PM
Help! So I want to make this:


for my brother for Xmas, but when I started looking more closely at the pattern today, I got all confused. Has anyone made this? I'm a little baffled by a couple of the techniques, like what's the difference between yarn over and slip a stitch? And what about knitting through the back of a loop-- isn't that purling? Any help would be much appreciated!!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Brother's Women's Studies-Major Girlfriend on: November 23, 2005 12:24:37 PM
So I need a gift for my brother's girlfriend. She's awesome, and I was originally thinking of getting her one of these from stitchpixie.com:

this: http://members.shaw.ca/stitchpixie/may28/4.jpg
or this: http://members.shaw.ca/stitchpixie/may3/20.jpg

They're really perfect, but honestly, more than I can spend. So, does anyone have ideas of something in this vein (pro-women/sexuality type stuff) that I could buy? I like that it's handmade, but I just can't afford $25 total for just one person!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 50's Happy Housewife on: October 06, 2005 08:15:35 AM
I made this for my roomate's birthday over the summer. I used an image from clip-art.com as inspiration, then sketched it on. The fabric had some stretch to it, so when it got a little wonky when I took it out of the hoop, but overall I really like her!
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Look Familiar? Craftster kids! Update: With Pictures! on: October 03, 2005 10:23:04 AM
I was perusing Savers yesterday and came upon an adorable book called "Things to Make and Do"with lots of fun 70's craft projects and cute illustrations. So I'm flipping through and come upon a very familiar looking girl with glasses cutting some paper. And then another picture of a cute little cork guy, and another of a girl hanging a picture, etc etc and I realized I'd found the book where all the craftster logo pictures came from. How random!

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Participated in an old swap, before feedback? on: September 29, 2005 08:59:32 AM
So I signed up for a swap, and the organizer thought it was my first one, but I participated in a Mail Art one maybe a year ago, I guess before there was swap feedback. Does that mean that this current one really counts as my first? I'm asking because I was hoping to join another swap that's signing up right now, but the rules say you can't be in more than one if it's your first time. Any help would be much appreciated!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Sea Change bag on: September 26, 2005 09:22:02 AM
Beck bag I made for my roomate. She carried it around at work for over a week and the only person to recognize him was a middle-aged man at the library.

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Owl bag on: September 03, 2005 09:55:34 AM
My new purse!

this is the image:

and this is what the bag looks like:

(it's actually nicer looking than this photo would have you believe)

i dont have a digital camera, so i had to scan the owl to post it, hence the two pictures, but i think you can get a sense of it. i love it, but making the yellow look good was a pain, it took 4 coats!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Old White Guys in Suits on: August 19, 2005 08:29:36 AM
I finally completed the piece de resistance for my living room, the Presidental Screen. We had a green theme going in the room, and then sorta fell into a small presidential theme as well, so I decided to combine the two, and this is the result:

I included all the "funny" presidents that I could think of, but just couldn't bring myself to stencil someone as boring as, say, Gerald Ford, so I decided to compromise and include the Prince and the King Smiley

Tricky Dick




Chuck of Wales

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift for my Already-Has-Everything Mom on: November 28, 2004 08:58:13 AM
Hey all,
I need ideas for my mom for Xmas this year. last year I made her a gorgeous scarf, but I'm out of ideas (not to mention money) this year. She's cool, liberal, NPR-listening, loves her computer, QVC, etc, and pretty much has everything she could need. Any ideas?

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