Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lucky Duck Designs

since I have not altered my images of Strange Folk yet, I will still feature a crafter/seamstress today with a most wonderful display idea. She has used ladders and fun letters to catch the eye of the passerby. See her on Flickr HERE!
And her Biz here.

Gorbella's Upcoming Events in Arlington, Texas

I am working out a collaboration effort with a woman who is trying to help get a baby friendly cafe on its' feet. They are sponsoring/hosting lots of cool events, a few of which include crafts, so I thought I would include their total lineup that goes until around Christmas time.
Good luck, Ladies!
Children's Clothing Drive
Clean your closets and help Gorbella’s raise money to open our community resource center to support families with young children! We will be in your neighborhood picking up donations on 9/18.
Got a donation? Add your address to the pick-up route!
Download the E-Flier Here
Donate your gently used: Fall & Winter baby clothing, Fall & Winter children's clothing, Toys & Outside play equipment, bikes, play gyms, games, etc., Nursery items-bedding, cribs, rockers, gliders, crib mattresses, changing table, swings, high-chairs, bouncy seats, etc., Strollers, infant carriers/car seats within last 5 years, and Maternity & nursing clothing - all seasons new within last 3 years
Monday, 9/22: Nature Bracelets Playdate
Leaves, twigs, bark and grass make beautiful jewelry!
Come explore the park and make bracelets that would make Mother Nature proud.
at Veteran’s Park, 3600 W. Arkansas in Arlington
Snacks provided, BYO sippy cups. Donations benefit Gorbella’s Nonprofit Organization. Bring a Friend!
Saturday, 9/27: Baby Loves Disco
Come dance with us at Purgatory in Dallas for the Baby Loves Disco party!
Saturday, 9/27: Mansfield Pecan Festival
Gorbella's will be at The Mansfield Pecan Festival, held September 27th from 9am to 6pm at Katherine Rose Memorial Park. Admission is FREE to all attendees.
This is a free, fun event for the whole family! Visit the Gorbella's table for some extra-special fun stuff!
Activities include: Bounce Houses, Arts & Craft Vendors, 5K Run, Horse Rides, Food Vendors, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Diaper Derby, Hometown Idol Competition and Battle of the Bands Competition, and new this year is a Car Show.
For More Information Click Here
Saturday, 10/25: Holiday Expo
Put on your shopping shoes! Our 2nd Annual Holiday Expo is October 25 from 10am to 3pm at United Dance Studio, located at 2304 W. Park Row (at Bowen) in Arlington. Admission is free. The Gorbella’s Holiday Expo is a do-not-miss family-friendly shopping event! Interested vendors please e-mail contact@gorbellas.org for information.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

More From ZaPP Applications! Many upper crust art fairs to attend and vend at!

Upcoming Deadlines - APPLY TODAY!

ArtiGras 2009 - Florida
DEADLINE: extended to 9/26/2008
Jury Fee: $30.00
Event Dates: 2/14/2009 - 2/16/2009
Celebrating 24 years, ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival has grown from a small, local art show to a nationally recognized fine arts festival attracting more than 150,000 art lovers and collectors. ArtiGras will be held President’s Day Weekend, February 14-16, 2009 at Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter, Florida. Produced by the Northern Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, ArtiGras was recently named one of the top 50 fine art festivals in the country and features 300 juried artists along with artist demonstrations, Youth Art Competition, ArtiKids children’s interactive activity area, Celebrity Art Auction, entertainment and more.

Beaux Arts Festival of Art - Miami - Florida
DEADLINE: 9/26/2008
Jury Fee: $40.00
Event Dates: 1/10/2009 - 1/11/2009
Consistently on the Sunshine Artist and Larry Harris lists of the nation's best art shows, the Beaux Arts Festival of Art is an outstanding show for approximately 200 juried exhibitors. It attracts over 100,000 patrons and is held on the grounds of the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals - Fall Shows 2008 - Mid-Atlantic
DEADLINE: 9/26/2008
Jury Fee: $45.00
Find the customers you need this fall at Sugarloaf’s established shows in markets proven to deliver sales year after year. Our upcoming show in the Mid-Atlantic area has limited openings in all categories except Jewelry!
* Timonium, MD, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 32nd year, October 3, 4, 5, 2008.

Las Olas Art Fair - 21st Annual (Ft. Lauderdale, FL.) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
DEADLINE: 9/26/2008
Jury Fee: $25.00
Event Dates: 10/4/2008 - 10/5/2008
This festival is located on beautiful Las Olas Blvd between SE 6th Avenue and SE 11th Avenue.

Art in the Park Myrtle Beach - October 2008 - South Carolina
DEADLINE: 9/27/2008
Jury Fee: $20.00
Event Dates: 10/11/2008 - 10/12/2008
Art in the Park has been going on since 1973. As a judged show It has always been in a beautiful treed park two blocks from the ocean and in the center of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Special Note, all of our photography and jewelry categories are full for this show.

CRAFTBOSTON 2009 - Massachusetts
DEADLINE: 9/29/2008
Jury Fee: $50.00
Event Dates: 3/27/2009 - 3/29/2009
CRAFTBOSTON is New England's premiere exhibition and sale of contemporary craft, featuring the work of 110-200 of the world's finest craft artists. CRAFTBOSTON, presented by The Society of Arts and Crafts, is located at the Seaport World Trade Center in March and the Westin Waterfront in November on Boston’s historic waterfront.

Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts 2009 - Oklahoma
DEADLINE: 9/30/2008
Jury Fee: $20.00
Event Dates: 4/21/2009 - 4/26/2009
Presented by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, the Festival of the Arts is now in its 43rd year. This fine art show draws over 750,000 visitors annually and averages $1.2 million in art sales each year.

Lake Mary Heathrow Festival of the Arts - Florida
DEADLINE: 9/30/2008
Jury Fee: $25.00
Event Dates: 11/1/2008 - 11/2/2008
22nd Annual Lake Mary Heathrow Festival of the Arts - a Premier Juried Fine Art and Craft Festival

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts 2009 - Florida
DEADLINE: 9/30/2008
Jury Fee: $40.00
Event Dates: 3/7/2009 - 3/8/2009
Recognized as one of the top-rated outdoor fine art festivals in the country, the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts celebrates its 39th year on March 7 and 8, 2009, in beautiful downtown Tampa. Since 1970, the Festival has been presented by Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Inc. - a non-profit, completely volunteer organization. Each year 300 artists exhibit their work for a group of 250,000 art enthusiasts and vie for the $15,000 Raymond James Best of Show Award as well as an additional $55,500 in award money.

Tempe Festival of the Arts - Spring 2009 - Arizona
DEADLINE: 10/1/2008
Jury Fee: $35.00
Event Dates: 3/27/2009 - 3/29/2009
Celebrating its 32nd anniversary, the March 27 – 29, 2009 Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts is among the oldest, largest, and best-loved traditions in the Desert Southwest. Held over a 3-day weekend, more than 250,000 visitors shop from the Valley’s best selection of fine art and craft, from more than 350 artists who come from nearly all 50 states and beyond. The Festival occurs in a vibrant street fair atmosphere in the Mill Avenue District of downtown Tempe, Arizona. This juried show does not admit buy-sell artists, and promotes original art with all artists on site to engage visitors. Held semi-annually, the Spring version of the Tempe Festival of the Arts is geared toward slightly fewer artists than our Spring Festival, and appeals to an actively-interested art buying audience. Fully a third of the Festival’s visitors are escaping the last of the winter blues and come from outside Phoenix and outside Arizona, on Spring break vacation or attending Cactus League baseb all in the Valley. It’s fun for the whole family, too, with live entertainment, special kids’ activities, and the Arizona Wine Festival. The Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts offers a wide variety of amenities for artists including hospitality carts, booth sitting services, a large-art delivery assistance program, and a 24-hour security patrol. In addition, we host a fun evening of awards and entertainment, free to artists who pre-register for it. The event won “Best in Arizona” in 2006 from the IFEA-sanctioned AzTec Awards forum.

ArtsFest 2009 - Florida
DEADLINE: 10/1/2008
Jury Fee: $30.00
Event Dates: 1/31/2009 - 2/1/2009
ArtsFest (c), in its 22nd year is a fine art and fine craft festival with music and children's activities. For the second year it is located in historic downtown Stuart, Florida on the banks of the St. Lucie River in Flagler Park.

St. Armands Art Festival - 20th Anniversary (Sarasota, FL.) - Sarasota, Florida
DEADLINE: 10/3/2008
Jury Fee: $25.00
Event Dates: 10/11/2008 - 10/12/2008
Nestled within this tropical paradise, St Armands Circle Art Festival attracts thousands of art loving visitors who are eager to purchase fine and unique works of art. The people and location make this show a success year after year.

Mount Dora Arts Festival 2009 - Mount Dora, Florida
DEADLINE: EXTENDED to 10/10/2008
Jury Fee: $30
Event Dates: 2/07/2009-2/08/2009
In its 34th consecutive year, the Mount Dora Arts Festival continues to be one of Florida’s premiere cultural events. Produced by the Mount Dora Center for the Arts (MDCA), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and located in the heart of the charming historic district of Mount Dora, the event attracts over 250,000 attendees annually.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Essimar ~ from Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago

This lovely lady lent me permission to use her lovely images on this site. She vended at Renegade this past weekend, and had a very unique setup! She is located in Chicago, and I remember seeing her lovely paper entities years ago on etsy. Check her website out HERE! and her on ETSY HERE!...or Flickr HERE :)
Her setup is cute and inviting. She uses lighter colors, such as the white background, and friendly & fun shelving to display ordinarily 2 dimensional items. Te shirts hanging are cool and eye catching, too, while that image of the man wearing her shirts is also great! I encourage everyone to display pictures of people actually USING their items!!! This is a great technique :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New Gallery Space in Alto Pass, IL (Southern Illinois)

new art space in alto pass: the red ear
first official call for work: image-makers and travel
work will be collected until september 14th.

to all area artists and potential participants:
i have spoken to many of you about collecting artwork, particularly photography, for the first official group show at the red ear. for those of you who don't know, the red ear is located in a commercial building space on the alto pass boardwalk, right across from the root beer saloon. it is about 1600 sq. feet, white walls, and decent lighting. although i hope to be doing more with the red ear in the coming months--like workshops, artist socials/potlucks, and art trading sessions--at the moment, it is functioning as a gallery space and a wifi hot spot.

this show will be of work that was done while image-makers (not limited to photographers) have been traveling. this theme came about mostly b/c i know there are lots of you out there that have been traveling and shooting; but more so, i hope to collect work that represents travel and movement through both foreign and familiar places--landscapes, portraits, street photography, the snapshot aesthetic and documentary would all apply. by collecting work from several artists, i hope to install a show that will share experiences and perspectives with the viewer from the image-makers point of view, but at the same time, will give the viewer a chance to see photography as a method of both remembering and recording.
the call for work is not limited to photography, or even 2D work, so please keep this in mind as you think about what you might have in your archive or studio to show--also, please spread the word to those you think might also be interested.

if you are interested in submitting anything to this call for work, please respond as soon as possible.
i will be collecting work until september 14th, and the show will be opening the following weekend. work will be collected in carbondale, and there will also be drop off times at the alto pass location.

for details, or if you have any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Cobden, IL Fall Festival Art & Craft Fair {Oct. 4: 10-4pm}

Jennifer, the Director of Events at C-Infinity Event Center & Catering passed this one on to The Smelly Hippie then to me! " I just wanted to extend an invitation to you for the Art & Craft Fair that we will be hosting on October 4th at our facility, the weekend of Cobden's Fall Festival. If you are interested please feel free to call or e-mail me with any questions. I will look forward to talking with you!"

Thank you for your time,

Jennifer Newman
Director of Events
C-Infinity Event Center & Catering
(618) 893-2916

PLEASE EMAIL ME, Katherine, FOR THE PDF FILE OF THE ENTRY FORM!! KatEyez62707@yahoo.com

Monday, September 15, 2008

Big Cartel A new Place to Sell Stuff for FREE!!!

So, I found this cool new place to sell your goods from. See, some people don't understand how FREE advertising can be. You do not have to buy commercial air time on a Cable Television Channel. Those ads don't even reach people like me, who do not subscribe to cable at ALL. The Internet is a haven of Free Space with which you can snatch up an advertise in.
So, check out yet another cool, FREE provider of store space. It is called Big Cartel. You can find them HERE. They allow up to 5 free listings, and one image per item, but you could use this to advertise/promote your etsy shop or any other shop you may possess. comment below if you have any opinion or you start a Cartel of your own :) how funny that sounds!

Apple Fest in Murphysboro, IL a bit of a Let Down :(

I went to visit my friends, Mary from InBlue and The Smelly Hippie at Apple Fest this year, and was kind of shocked to see they were some of the only 2 vendors with hand made items! Now, last year, it was similar, but not this bad! Last year, I was across from a booth of Nike Sneakers and FAKE Coach Purses! Who can compete with $30 Coach-ish purses??? When I am trying to sell my hand sewn ones for less than that?
So, I was a bit appalled to see that they were BACK in action this year, along with some the the other Import Junk that took over 95% of the booths! I guess in Apple Fest's defense, they never said ONLY HAND MADE!! I feel like I need to help them out a bit. But How?....
If anyone has any suggestions they would like to throw my way, please let me know. Maybe I can suggest something to them?
I know I will not be back next year. That is for SURE!!!

I feel so bad to rant on a local festival, but they need to support the arts made here in the USA, not that junk that is taking over!!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Crafty Bastards!! In DC Metro Area!!

This month!! Sunday, September 28th in Adams Morgan DC.
The last one was June 28th in Silver Spring, MD.
See their Flickr Group HERE!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Please Make Sure to Visit Cedarhurst Fine Craft/Art Fair this WEEKEND!!!

If you are in the area, please be sure to visit CEDARHURST CRAFT FAIR IN MT.VERNON, IL.
Look for 130 craftsmen featured at this year’s Cedarhurst Craft Fair. Crafts will include glass, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, wood, basketry and leather, two-dimensional art and much more. Due to expansion construction, all crafters will be located on the front west area of the Cedarhurst grounds. The Children’s Area will be located in front of the Mitchell House and include lots of games and crafts for children to enjoy as well as their very own place to shop, the Children’s Store.

The Creative Art Center will be, although temporarily, located in its new home, the former Administration Building. Over a dozen talented artists from the area will demonstrate painting, fiber arts, spinning, clay, woodworking and more. Have a seat in the Grand Tent and enjoy entertainment by national and regional bands, tasty treats provided and the Cedarhurst Beer Garden!

Saturday and Sunday,
September 6 and 7, 2008
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $3/adults, free/children 10 and under
Shuttle service: $2/adults, free/children 10 and under

Totally fun Article on Etsy!!!

So, today on Etsy, there is an article about Craft Fairs & Indie Art Fairs!! I will include the words from the Etsy Page/ Storque Article I found HERE. Quite a fun one, I recommend you visit it!!

"****Providence, RI: September 6 - 21, 2008****
The 10th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival kicks off this week with a wide variety of visual, performance and participatory arts events by regional, national and internationally-known artists. Be sure to stop by and visit the RI Etsy Team on September 13 and 14, where over ten local Etsy artists will be representing Arts In RI with a huge booth set-up.
This week's line up of events includes Dragonboat Races, an antique and classic car show, antique appraisals, children's theatre, music, poetry, dancing, juried art exhibits and design competitions, film screenings and walking tours. Be sure to check out the schedule of events for all the dates and details.

****Northampton, MA: September 5 - 6, 2008****
Get away for the weekend and check out the adorable little town of Northampton, MA. Home to thousands of students, artists and musicians, the town is filled with great shops, restaurants, bars and coffee houses as well as several performance venues.
This weekend the Twist Fair will be showcasing original handmade goods and art from over 50 of the region's most talented crafters and artists. Two days of shopping start Friday evening on September 5 with DJ beats and adult beverages. It's less than two hours from Boston and only three hours from NYC, so it's a great excuse to escape the city and plan a weekend getaway. Check out the related items below for a sneak peek of the fabulous crafters and artists who will be there representing their work.

****Asheville, NC : September 7****
Arts 2 People is excited to bring you the seventh annual FREE, Lexington Ave Arts and Fun Festival. Three blocks of Asheville's scenic N. Lexington Ave will be lined with local art, food, beer and street performers on Sunday, September 7 from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. (Located between College Street and the I-240 overpass.) The street will be brimming with a celebration of Asheville's diverse and unique culture.
The entertainment schedule includes three stages and two courtyards of music and performance, featuring rock and roll, indie pop, funk, folk, ragtime, reggae, world beat, singer songwriters, bluegrass, old time, drummers, clowns, magicians, contortionists, belly dancers, modern dancers, vaudeville actors, fire dancers, break dancers and hula hoopers.
The Asheville Etsy Street Team will be making an appearance at LAAFF, bringing hands-on demonstrations on upcycled no-sew grocery bags, a community art project resulting in a creature from the briny deep and an on-site display of their team members' handmade arts and crafts.

****Reston, VA : September 10-13****
Phase 1 Lounge presents Phasefest, an annual Queer music and arts festival dedicated to the development, exposure and interaction of queer and queer-allied musicians and artists, both national and international. The entertainment schedule includes a line up of talented musicians, crafters, artists, performance artists, activists and comedians.
If you are an artist or crafter who would like to participate in Phasefest, they are still accepting applications for unique local artists, artisans and crafters who also happen to be queer or allies in the gay/lesbian community."

Thanks to iheartmoustache on etsy for this article!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Rock N Roll Crafts Show!!!

See them this Thanksgiving Weekend in St. Louis, MO!!! See them HERE. The website is very cool!!!! Please let me know if you plan to participate, I can advertise for you!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Lincoln Memorial Gardens Fall Festival!! Free Booth Setup

This image was found here.
Lincoln Memorial Gardens in Springfield, IL will be hosting its Annual Indian Summer Festival on October 11-12. I recommend getting an application soon, so you get a good spot. To contact them, call (217) 529-1111.
***The best part is this: They let art/craft vendors set up for FREE if you want to demonstrate your craft. You can really get creative for this too! I recommend for EVERYONE that enters to waive this fee and bring some crafts to work on and gain interest in your booth.


"The family-oriented activities are scheduled for the weekend of October 11-12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Single admission is $3, and admission for an entire family is $8.

One of the Garden's most popular events, the festival attracts several thousand visitors over two days, so the move will mean fewer feet trampling Garden plantings and more room and access for visitors and participants.

But the most exciting change in this year's festival is the effort to go green, a shift that will have an added benefit of providing lots of compost for next year for the Garden and perhaps for other local gardeners.

What won't change is the fun.

Emerald Underground will take the stage on Saturday. Andy Wiesenhofer, the "Cowboy Poet," will also perform. On Sunday, the River Ramblers and Bourbon Street Bluegrass will provide the entertainment. For the children therre will be magic shows and balloon sculpture provided by long time festival favorites "Twinkles” and “Lil” Spark.

And, as always, there will be lots of artisans on hand, showing and selling their products. Festival organizers are emphasizing traditional and nature-related crafts. A cooper has been added this year. He will make wooden buckets, churns, and similar items and may have a small inventory for sale. Also new this year is a woodburner, who will demonstrate his craft. Many other vendors will return, including those demonstrating spinning and weaving, needlework, woodwork, and beekeeping.

There will be plenty of activities for the young (and young at heart), too. In addition to the always popular pumpkin decorating, there will be turtle races, bean bag tosses, and face painting. Children will be able to make pine cone birdfeeders, leaf prints, wire sculptures, and kazoos. In keeping with the goal of greening the festival, all materials used in the children's crafts will be natural or recyclable.

Children and adults may want to plan time to take one of the nature hikes, which will be offered several times on both days, through the prairie or the forest, where the maples, dogwoods, and sumac will be on fall display.

After working up an appetite, festivalgoers might sample butterfly porkchop sandwiches, chili, golden caramel apples from Pease's Candy Shop, and baked goods from the Springfield Civic Garden Club's Country Cupboard, along with hot or cold cider.

Capitol Radio Group will run on-air promotions, including ticket give-away contests, on all of its five stations during the two weeks before the festival and will broadcast live from the Garden during the event.

While the stage is set for this year's Indian Summer Festival, there's still time to join the supporting cast. Become a sponsor, display a craft, or volunteer. And come for the fun.
Oh, and carpool if possible."

Please visit this event if at all possible! It was a lot of fun last year, and this new location is a big change. They are just trying to preserve their garden walk, though. Hope to see you there!