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1  UNITED STATES / Rhode Island / craft fairs in rhode island on: September 18, 2008 08:42:21 PM
Hi, My partner and I live in northern RI, and we just did our first craft fair last weekend.  We're now on the lookout for more craft fairs in the area, but we're having trouble finding listings of them.  I checked the craft fair listing thread, but Rhode Island doesn't seem to have much representation on those sites, aside from Craftlister, which isn't working for us (seems to be down?).  We're wondering what others' experiences have been with craft fairs in the state, as well as in nearby MA and CT.  We've been looking into Autumnfest in Woonsocket, but they don't give much of their information up front, and we don't have too much money to spend on booth fees.  Thanks for any help in advance, we're looking forward to hearing from other craftsters in the area.

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Re: "I like you America" Gun Cozy on: September 07, 2008 03:36:40 PM
Wow... this is hilarious because I considered making a gun cozy for this challenge.  Not because I'm a gun-owner, but because of a long-running joke between me and my boyfriend.  In a town near us, there's a building that contains both a yarn store, and a gun store.  Dan, who knits, said that he should go buy a gun, then buy some yarn to knit a holster.  I replied that if it's made of yarn, it's not a holster, it's a cozy.

Nice job.  Smiley
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re: Alaskan cruise scrapbook kit for mom's birthday-- ideas? on: July 27, 2007 08:26:21 PM
Thanks, I would never have thought of any headers that specific.  I just had stuff like "Kayaks" and "Mountains" mostly.

It's too late for me to order from that store since I'm giving her the book tomorrow, but I think I'll print the information for that store in case they have time to stop while they're in Juneau.

I also decided that I would make one page for the book myself, to get it started.  They went to Hawaii for their honeymoon 25 years ago, so I'm doing sort of a "then and now" page for their trips to the other two states.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Alaskan cruise scrapbook kit for mom's birthday-- ideas? on: July 20, 2007 01:42:29 PM
So, I was hoping some of you awesome creative people on here could help me out a bit with an idea I had. (Throwing in the suck up-ery right at the beginning, yeah.)

My mom is the most difficult person ever to get gifts for, but this year I managed to come up with something that my whole family agrees is a good idea-- a scrapbook.  My parents will be going on a cruise to Alaska in a few weeks for their 25th anniversary, and I wanted to assemble a scrapbook kit so that when they get back she can create a nice memento quickly and easily.

I've been scrapbooking for about five years now, but she's a beginner (although very crafty and artistic) so I wanted to create something that would give her a push, without doing all the work for her.

So far, here's what I'm doing:
-making the scrapbook myself
-cutting out shapes, borders, and embellishments
-pre-making letters and headings having to do with the cruise, almost like a scavenger hunt so she could try taking the pictures I already have headers for (like "Vancouver", "Favorite restaurant", "Dad makes a dumb face")
-giving her some nice background papers

Also, I'm unemployed this summer, so costs need to be kept down... yay $ stores!

Any other ideas?

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: July 16, 2007 07:59:51 PM
I had a lot of fun making plastic bag fabric the other day. Adding cut out shapes from coloured plastic bags in between layers of white ones works quite well, although the shapes do end up a little distorted. Sticking fabric in the middle didn't work, because it just made holes around it - I don't know how well scrapbook paper would do.

Thanks, I had been thinking of trying fabric.  Maybe stickers would work.  I always buy stickers because I think I'll use them, but I never do.

Souvenir bags would probably be good too.  Does anyone else save unique bags from stores?  I have one from the Looney Tunes store in Boston, one from the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, and at least one cow bag from Vermont.   
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: July 16, 2007 09:14:21 AM
Has anyone made the "fabric" from plastic grocery bags yethttp://etsylabs.blogspot.com/2007/05/long-overdue-fusing-plastic-bag.html?  I was wondering if you couldn't use that "fabric" to make the recyclable gift bags (double duty recycle). 

I've tried both methods in that tute-- layering a few bags or folding one bag into layers, and the one bag method worked a lot better for me.  With the larger fabric, I didn't have enough wax paper to cover it while ironing and I think I ended up with holes because  I couldn't see what I was doing (I used a paper bag, cut open).

But, the smaller plastic fabric might be more irritating in the long run because now I have to sew it all together.
7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: temptation on: July 08, 2007 08:00:18 PM
I seldom have meat cravings, usually just every one or two months.  When I do, I think it's from lack of nutrients like other people said.  Since I'm not going veggie for moral reasons, I just eat meat when I crave it and figure this is part of the process of weaning myself off completely. 

Btw, farina has tons of iron. 
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Save our Planet Swap?? on: July 03, 2007 09:13:57 PM
I'd like to do this.  If I can't get a job this summer, at least I can do a lot of eco-friendly crafting.
9  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #20 - Reusable Shopping Bag Challenge - Due Aug 1 - Aug 5 20 on: July 03, 2007 08:54:39 PM
Does it have to be made of cloth?  I'm in the process of making a few out of tougher stuff.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: eco-craftalong on: July 03, 2007 08:50:05 PM

There's a reusable shopping bag challenge now, due Aug 1-5.  Up on the home page.


Love how the eco-friendliness is coming together right now.
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