Monday, December 29, 2008

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January 19 - 24, 2009

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Jackson Hole Art Fair in 2009

Find their event site HERE.

"Established in 1965, Art Fair Jackson Hole (AFJH) brings diverse forms of art to a community that is rich in western history. Our summer Art Fairs are family-oriented events that feature up to 170 international, national and local artists, live music, food and snack booths and hands-on art activities. AFJH attracts enthusiastic members of the public from our immediate community and from across the nation who are interested in supporting the visual arts."


July 17-19 & August 14-16

Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

Miller Park, corner of Millward and Deloney Avenue
$2 per day

December 12, 2008 Online artist applications available
February 28, 2009 Online artist application deadline
April 3, 2009 Artist notification of acceptance
May 11, 2009 Artist acceptance, contract and booth purchase deadline
May 29, 2009 Deadline to request full refund for both fairs
June 8, 2009 Artist Notification of Booth Assignments and Set-Up Times
July 16, 2009 July artist registration and set-up
August 13, 2009 August artist registration and set-up

Art Fair Jackson Hole 2008
July 17-19 and August 14-16.
Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.
Miller Park, corner of Millward Street and Deloney Avenue.
$2 per day

Friday, December 26, 2008

Southern Illinois Events Arts and Crafts and More 2009 and 2008


**12th Night Ball
French Colonial costume ball at American Legion Hall.
Coronation of the 12th Night king and queen. Admission to the dance $10.00 per person.
When: Jan. 5.
Where: Prairie du Rocher.
Phone: (618) 284-7180 or 288-6474.


**Midwestern Herb and Garden Show
More than 50 vendors with herbs, herbal products and garden items. Guest speakers. Demonstrations. Educational classes. Classes and admission free.
When: Feb. 13-15.
Where: Times Square Mall, Mount Vernon.
Phone: (618) 242-3151.


**St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Parade, 5K run/walk, Irish stew cook off. Arts & crafts fair, kids' fair. Call for times.
When: March 14, 2009.
Where: Walnut Street, Murphysboro.
Phone: (618) 684-6421 or 800-406-8774. APRIL
Southern Illinois Irish Festival
April 24-26, 2009
Connie Shanahan, 549-3090


Performance arts outdoor fair. Craft demonstrations, artisans, marketplace, and food. Live music performances of multiple genres such as folk, bluegrass, rock, swing, Irish and blues groups.
When: May 2-3, 2009 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Downtown Makanda Boardwalk
Phone: (618) 529-4674.

**Trail of Tears Rendezvous
Encampment portraying Illinois from colonial times to Civil War period. Period crafts. Frontier day to day living reenacted with demonstrations and skits. Children's games such as needle in a haystack. Storytelling. Food and drinks available. The 18th is Children day.
When: May 16,17, and 18. Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Trail of Tears State Forest off Illinois 127, Jonesboro.
Phone: (618) 833-3129.

**HerrinFesta Italiana 2008
A weeklong festival celebrating the Italian heritage of Herrin featuring golf and bocce tournaments, carnival, kids corner, arts & crafts gallery, Italian food and beverage garden. A grape stomp, pasta sauce and pasta eating contest, a parade, nightly entertainment and bands. Call for more info.
When: May 22-26.
Where: Herrin Civic Center and downtown Herrin.
Phone: (618) 942-8445 or 1-800-ITFESTA.
www.herinfesta.comFrench and Indian War Re-enactment

**Living history weekend with re-enactors in period dress. Free admission.
When: May TBA, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis.
Phone: 618-524-9321 or 800-949-5740.
These listing were found HERE

Area festivals offer lots of fun

2008 Below


Balloon Fest
19th annual hot air balloon festival features over 40 balloons, races, balloon glows on Friday and Saturday, craft fair, car show, live music, activities for kids, fireworks, food and cardboard boat races. Admission is $2 per day for adults and students, children 6 and under enter free, and $5 for a three-day non-refundable pass.
When: Aug. 15-17. Friday, 3-10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m.- 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Where: Foundation Park, Centralia, 161 east.
Phone: 1-888-533-2600 or 618-532-6789.

**DuQuoin State Fair
Grand Circuit harness racing, ARCA and USAC car races, carnival midway with kiddieland, exhibits, concession stands, senior center with daily entertainment, conservation world, petting zoo, home show, daily livestock shows, Agriland Expo, top entertainers nightly. General parking fee $5. Call for show times and admission fees.
When: Aug. 22-Sept. 1. Fairground opens at 10 a.m. daily, Carnival opens at noon on weekends and 3 p.m. during the weekdays
Where: DuQuoin State Fair grounds, U.S. 51, Du Quoin.
Phone: (618) 542-1515 or 542-1535.

Carbondale Chamber Art, Craft and Yard Sale

Vendors from around the area set up booths to sell a variety of merchandise. Antique alley, crafters corner, local businesses.
When: Aug. 23, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: SIUC Arena parking lot.
Phone: (618) 549-2146.


**Labor Day Celebration
Parade at 10 a.m. from courthouse to the fort. Live music. Free admission.
When: Sept. 1, 11 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Where: Fort Massac State Park and downtown Metropolis.
Phone: (618) 524-9202

**Horseshoe Lake Labor Day Celebration
Pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m., BBQ from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Music all day, games, prizes, crafts, and bake sale.
When: Sept. 1
Where: Horseshoe Lake Community Center (Alexander County).
Phone: (618) 776-5942.

**95th Annual Carterville Free Fair
Queen contest, Little Mr. & Miss Carterville and Junior Miss Carterville contests, carnival, kiddy car races, ping-pong ball avalanche, cake walk, free music, parade on Saturday, bingo, John A. Logan Band, food and contests. Free admission
When: Sept. 5-6, evenings and all day Saturday.
Where: Cannon Park, Carterville.

**Popeye Picnic 29th annual. Popeye Museum, carnival rides, food court, tours, prize raffles, street dance, teen dance, Popeye films, parade, fireworks and petting zoo. Theme is Popeye and the pirates.
When: Sept. 5-7
Where: Center of town, Chester
Phone: 826-4567

**Lake Car Show
Features variety of classes - antique, street rods, trucks, foreign, stocks. Live music, food, and vendors.
When: Sept. 6
Where: Benton Public Square.
Phone: (618) 438-2121.

**Cedarhurst Craft Fair
32nd annual. 130 artists, children's activities, entertainment, demonstrations and unusual foods. Admission: $3, children 10 and under free. Craft fair preview begins on Sept 5th with a $20 admission fee. Charge for parking.
When: Sept. 6-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mitchell Museum, Richview Road, Mount Vernon.
Phone: (618) 242-1236 or 800-252-5464.

Murphysboro Apple Festival
Apple pie contests, carnival, road races, arts and crafts, free nightly entertainment, food, children's free fair, children's pet/hobby parade, AppLYmpics, car/truck show, marching band competition, prince & princess contest, and a queen contest. Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. No alcohol.
When: Sept. 10-14.
Where: Downtown Murphysboro.
Phone: (618) 684-6421 or 800-406-8774 or 684-3200.

Area festivals offer lots of fun

**Cache River Days
Beauty pageant, arts and crafts, flea market, parade, softball tournament, yard sales, BBQ and music.
When: Sept. 12-14.
Where: Ullin Ball Park.
Phone: (800) 248-4373.

**Pope County ESDA Car Show
Hot rods, classics, police cars. Admission free.
When: Sept. 14.
Where: Main Street, Golconda.
Phone: (618) 683-5171.

**Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off
21st Year. A three day Barbecue festival with live entertainment, street dance on Friday, and raffle tickets. Saturday the judging commences with three elimination rounds at 10 am, 2 p.m., and a Grand champion announced at 6 p.m. along with six other place winners.
When: Sept. 18-20
Where: Murphysboro, corner of 17th and Pine streets.
Phone: (618) 684-8902
www.17thstreetbarbecue.comCarbondale Main Street Pig Out

**Kansas City-sanctioned barbecue cook-off. Games, live entertainment, children's activities. Washer's tournament Saturday. 5-K night run on Friday. Several new adult activities. Food and beverage vendors. Beer and wine tent. Admission $3. Children under 12 are free. Every admission has chance to win season tickets to St. Louis Blues or round trip ticket on Amtrak to Chicago to attend Blues Festival.
When: Sept. 19-20; Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, Noon-11 p.m.
Where: 710 S. Illinois parking lot, Carbondale.
Phone: (618) 529-8040.

**Shrimp Festival (Pope County)
8th Annual. Many restaurants participating. Food vendors and many shrimp dishes. Beer tent. Horse and buggy rides, shrimp cook-off.
When: Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Downtown Golconda.
Phone: (618) 683-MAIN.

**French Colonial Crafts and Trades
A hands-on event of 18th century crafts. Learn to construct items using period tools. Free Admission.
When: Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Fort de Chartres Prairie du Rocher
Phone: (618) 284-7230

**Springs Wonder Water Reunion
Contests, carnival, crafts, entertainment, food, and gospel sing Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Parade, classic car show, and live entertainment with dancing.
When: Sept. 24 - 27, Evenings and all day Saturday.
Where: Creal Springs City Park and downtown.
Phone: (618) 996-2311.

**Past to Present Festival
Heritage demonstrations of crafts such as weaving, spinning, lye soap making, apple cider making, broom making, pottery making, quilting, and pie baking Carnival rides, entertainment, kids games, food booths, antiques display and flea market, petting zoo. Contests, flea market. Food stands. Parking $1 per car.
When: Sept. 27-28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Saline County Fairgrounds, Illinois 34, North, Harrisburg.
Phone: (618) 252-5255 or 252-0603.

**9th Annual Wine and Art Festival
Fifty Illinois artists will demonstrate their craft and offer work for sale during this popular outdoor festival. Taste varietals from thirteen Illinois wineries, enjoy local specialty foods and listen to local music
When: Sept. 27 Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Southern Illinois Artisans Shop and Visitors Center, Whittington, Exit 77 off I57.
Phone: (618) 629-2220.

**Fall Festival
Carnival, games, contests, and parade.
When: Oct. 2-4.
Where: Vienna City Park.
Phone: (618) 658-2063.

**Fall Festival
When: October 4
Where: Benton Public Square
French and Indian War Assemblage
Living history event from 1754-1763 portraying 18th century camp life. Contests including shooting and drill competition. Vignettes. Donations accepted.
When: Oct. 4-5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Fort de Chartres, Prairie du Rocher.
Phone: (618) 284-7230.

**Riverboat Days
Annual event features golf tournament, parade, Riverboat Queen contest and Ball, Little Miss contest, pet parade, church tours, quilt show, and flea market. Admission for some events.
When: Oct. 5-8.
Where: 8th St., Cairo.
Phone: (618) 734-1840.

Union County Colorfest Celebration
Home tours by P.A.S.T. from 10-4, arts and craft fair , Biathlon race, music, B-B-Q, applebutter making demonstrations, and petting, zoo. Kid fest at Anna City Park 9 - 5, Saturday. Will host the First Annual Wiener Dog Derby. The doggie fashion will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the race beginning at 2:00 p.m.
When: Oct. 10-12
Where: Throughout Union County.
Phone: (800) 248-4373.

Sesser Oktoberfest Festival
Vendors, carnival, music, car show, craft show, overload horse pull, barbecue cook off, a 50/50 drawing, flea market, and a Bicycle Poker Run on Rend Lake Bike Trail, children's activities.
When: Oct. 11, beginning at 8 a.m.
Where: Sesser City Park.
Phone: (618) 625-5566.

Pope County Fall Festival

Arts, crafts, food and more. Free admission.
When: Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Main Street, courthouse lawn, Golconda.
Phone: (618) 683-9702 or 672-4317.

Parade on Friday at 6 p.m. Craft fair starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, King and Queen Coronation on Saturday as well as live entertainment and food vendors. Lots of kids activities.
When: Oct. 12-13.
Where: Downtown and City Hall parking lot, Steeleville.
Phone: (618) 965-3134.

**American Thresherman Fall Festival
Demonstrations on making apple butter and molasses, corn shelling and husking, rail splitting, and other crafts. Operating sawmill, rides on miniature train, consignment auction of antiques. Tractor pull at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Admission $2.
When: Oct. 17-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Perry County Fair grounds, Pinckneyville.
Phone: (618) 357-3241.

Vulture Fest
Arts and crafts, live entertainment, vulture art contest and live cultures. Bev Shofstall will have birds from Free Again.
When: Oct. 18-19 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Makanda.
Phone: 529-4674.

**Fort Massac Encampment
Annual encampment with military and civilian activities. Both days begin with the posting of colors. Highlights include mock battles and tactical demonstrations. Traders and craftspeople in authentic costumes. Children's' games, period music and food. Free admission.
When: Oct. 18-19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis.
Phone: (618) 524-9321 or 800-949-5740.


**Fort de Chartres Winter Rendezvous
Winter camp life 1750-1820 reenacted. Gathering of traders and reenactors depicting 18th Century life. Woodswalk, team shooting contest. Traders. Donations accepted.
When: Nov. 1-2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Fort de Chartres, Prairie du Rocher.
Phone: (618) 284-7230.

Southeastern Illinois Heritage Festival
160 booths of crafts and art, entertainment, and food. Free admission.
When: Nov. 1-2; Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 10a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Southeastern Illinois College, Harrisburg.
Phone: (618) 252-5400 ext. 3213.

Autumn fest pre-Holiday Craft Show

More than 100 juried arts and crafts exhibitors/vendors. Demonstrations.
Free admission. Free parking. Rain or shine.
When: Nov. 8-9; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 10a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: John A. Logan College, Carterville.
Phone: (618) 985-3741 ext. 8416.

**Pope County Deer Festival
Parade Saturday 1 p.m., queen contest Friday night, vendors, and food.
When: Nov. 20-22.
Where: Courthouse Square, downtown Golconda.
Phone: (618) 683-6286.

**Holiday Lights Fair
Several lighted displays throughout the fairgrounds, musical performances, holiday tree display, visits with Santa. The exhibition hall will be open in addition to the light displays beginning on Dec. 7 on weekends only. Family vehicles $5.00. Expo Hall nights - $8.00.
When: Nov. 28-Dec. 30. Closed Christmas Day.
Where: DuQuoin Fairgrounds.
Phone: (618) 542-8338.


**Holiday Home Tour
Tour begins at Extension office where you pick up a map for $5.
When: Dec. 2, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Vienna.
Phone: (618) 658-2063.

**Metropolis Christmas Parade
Christmas parade with floats, bands, and Santa.
When: Dec. 6, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Ninth and Market.
Phone: 800-949-5740.

**Lights Fantastic
Annual holiday parade featuring 70-75 lighted floats and marching bands. Pre-event activities begin at 4 p.m. throughout downtown. Life reindeer, town square pavilion before parade. Professional photos available with the reindeer.
When: Dec. 6, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Carbondale. Grand Avenue to Town Pavilion on Illinois Avenue.
Phone: 800-526-1500 or (618) 529-8040.

**Christmas Homes Tour
Four homes decorated for the holidays along with Elijah P. Curtis Home and Museum where tea will be served. Admission $6.
When: Dec. 7, 1-4 p.m.
Where: 405 Market St., Metropolis.
Phone: (618) 524-7203 or 800-949-5740 or 800-248-4373.

**Christmas House Tour
Tour of historic homes. Tickets available at Golconda Pope County Museum for $10, refreshments available. Christmas in the courtyard begins at 6 p.m. depart from museum for candlelight walk and caroling to courtyard. Bonfire, hot chocolate, cookies, and Santa.
When: Dec. 13, 1-6 p.m.
Where: Golconda.
Phone: (618) 683-5037.

**La Guiannee
Members of La Guiannee Society dressed in period costume sing old French songs beginning at Fort de Chartres. Singers continue performance at the Creole House, local homes and eating establishments. This group has continued this tradition every year since the town was founded in 1722. Public invited to Fort de Chartres for refreshments.
When: Dec. 31, 7:00 p.m.
Where: American Legion Hall, Fort de Chartres, and Prairie du Rocher.
Phone: (618) 284-7230.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christkindl Market (March) 2008 : Denver, Colorado

This event held in beautiful Denver, Colorado seems very unique. They feature veryv worldly crafts and it would be a neat experience to visit if you are in the area.
Visit their website HERE...
Gifts from A Far - Russian/Ukrainian Souvenirs, wooden carved Santas, decorative boxes
Alice's Place - Strudel, Cookies, Gulasch, Coffee, and more
IMEXTA - Tablecloths, Lace, Plauener Spitze
Erzgebirgische Volkskunst-Germany Traditional Wood figures from the Erz Mountains Hand carved wood items Smokers, Nutcrackers, Creches, Pyramids, ornaments

Alchemical Eye Studio COCO CO-OP of Colorado Artists with various items from Beadwork to prints, to paintings to ceramics and glass ornaments from Poliday Ornaments
Legends International & Medovina -
Historical handmade European specialties, Beeswax and Calligraphy products Also Medovino Mead from Niwot

Serenity Himalayan - winter products, hats, gloves, scarves, jackets & Himalayan jewelry & other gift items
Austria Food to Go
Food specialties from Austria and Germany Eat on site or to take home Prepared by Austrian Chef Leo and his wife
Bavarian Sweets Haus
German sweets and roasted nuts, dipped fruit, fudge and all to sweeten the senses Commemorative items

The Brat Haus -
Brats, Sauerkraut and Porkchops Food for the season

Yolkstar Ornaments -
Handmade Holiday ornaments from Ukraine and Eastern Europe

Indie Sacramento

So at least craft fairs prevail in warmer,more sunny climates :)
This one looks fun. It is called Indie Sacramento. See their flickr group pool here.
"IndieSacramento is Sacramento's largest MONTHLY trunk show & craft bazaar, held on the FIRST SATURDAY of every month, from 12-4pm. The location may change on a monthly basis, so see the website for details." Seen HERE on the Indie Sacramento Blog.
Even see a lil' video of the show HERE...

Thanks to Tamie Snow *Roxiecraft* for these images!!!

Mahar Dry Goods at Unique Los Angeles, 2008

Through this amazing set of images on Flickr by Mahar Dry Goods, I was truly inspired. Both by craft fair setup and merchandise type items. They have such a cool feel to their booth, I really wish I could visit them some day soon. Their clothing rack is killer, ,and i also love their fabric sign that is led by a giant paper airplane. how creative.
Mahar Dry Goods sells clothing, furniture, stockings, pillow and other stuffed goodies, ceramics, luggage, and probably a lot more. See their website HERE.
"A glimpse of the Mahar Drygoods portable emporium."

See the Unique Los Angeles Page HERE.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Tower Grove Farmers Market-
Saturdays, summer 2009
St. Louis
Visit for more information

Strange Folk Festival
September 2009
Community Park, O’Fallon, IL

Rock 'n Roll Craft Show
Third Degree Glass Factory, Delmar Ave
November 28,29 & 30, 2008

Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show
Mad Art Gallery, Soulard across from the AB Brewery
December 5,6 & 7, 2008

Create a New Free Website HERE on Weebly

As I was browsing etsy, I found this lady's shop (Jstephens13). Very cool items, she also has 601 sales!!
Anyhoo, She linked to her website, and after further investigation, I found out that it was made possible by Weebly. They have a ton of templates for you to use and make it very easy to manage and is even more unique than a blog. I may just try this out myself :)
This is a very cool option for someone who is not familiar with web design coding in html or css.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Collared Canine (on Etsy) 2008 Show Schedule

Even though a lot of these shows have passed, but I figure most of these shows will take place next year!! Thanks Collared Canine!!!
thecollaredcanine's Shop Announcement
If your going to be in the New England and New York area over the next few months come by and check out our booth at the following events:

Show Schedule 2008

9th-11th Albany Tulip Festival | Washington Park , Albany NY

17th Bedford Barrows Street Fair, New York City, NY

18th Designer Arts and Crafts on Bleeker, New York City, NY

25th-26th Newburyport Spring Festival, Newburyport, MA

1st stART in the Park, Worcester, MA

13th- 15th SSAC Arts Festival, Cohasset Common, Cohasset, MA

21st – 22nd Crafts at Rhinebeck, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

19th Artbeat, Davis Square, Somerville, MA

26th-27th Church on the Hill, Lenox, MA

9th- 10th Art in the Park, Rutland, VT

16th – 17th Stockbridge Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA

30th THe School Around Us Craft Fair, Kennebunkport, ME

6th-7th Wagapalooza, Farmington Polo Grounds, Farmington, CT

13th-14th Pawtucket Arts Festival, Pawtucket, RI

20th Lexington Craft Fair, Lexington Common, Lexington, MA

27th-28th Blues on Bedford, Stamford, CT

4th-5th Crafts at Rhinebeck, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

11th – 12th Art in the Park, Rutland, VT

18th – 19th Wellfleet Oyster Festival, Wellfleet, MA

26th The Brooklyn Flea, Brooklyn, NY (Tentative)

Meet Market in Bryant Park, NY Very Cool!!

This info was taken from their home site HERE.
"Located throughout Bryant Park and around The Pond, The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park features a unique and diverse selection of gifts from around the world. Each space is individually crafted and decorated, to provide a truly distinctive boutique experience at every stop. Over 120 artisans showcase crafts, accessories, garments, art, and specialty foods. If you're looking for that special gift, or even a treat for yourself, you are sure to find it at The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park.

Open daily November 22 - December 28, 2008

Monday - Friday 11am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 9pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm"
I found out about this cool event from this BLOG HERE.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Job Postings on

I just found a plethora of freelance jobs for people who are skilled and knowledgeable in certain fields that like to blog. It is called being a GUIDE, and each topic has a set of guidelines. But, hey if you think blogging is fun and you are interested in helping others and getting paid for freelance work, this seems like a great opportunity to pursue. Please don't hesitate! There are so many job postings here:

And no, this isn't an ad :)

Strange Folk Festival 2008 Praise

Best Craft Festival
Strange Folk
Community Park
401 East Fifth Street
O'Fallon, Illinois 62269

There must be some serious local shoppers out there who've seen passing references to the Strange Folk Festival, imagined Joni Mitchell cover artists and said forget it. What a pity. Strange name, maybe, but as craft shows go, Strange Folk is folkin' awesome. Hundreds of indie artisans from throughout the Midwest set up shop for two whole days under and around the O'Fallon Community Park pavilion at the end of September. The mix of wares — unique stuff with which to deck out your baby, your dog, your best friend (heck, even your bathroom), but most of all, yourself — ranges from pretty to punk. The free entertainment, like alpaca-petting (OK, maybe that's strange), never fails to amuse the kids in tow; tell the man of the house to bring the laptop for the park's free wi-fi. Many of the crafties can point out how to find their goods after the show via an online indie bazaar, so the wait till next year doesn't seem so long. And no bizarro folk music. Promise!
Found HERE on River Front Times.

2 St. Louis Art Shows

An article on this site had a blurb about the top 3 St. Louis MEtro Area art shows, although one is Cedarhurst, which is about an hour away from St. Louis.
The other two include:
*"The St. Louis Art Fair, formerly known as the Clayton Art Fair, transforms the downtown area of this mini-St. Louis suburb into a colorful collage of upscale art. In all, about 160 artists from around the world display their wares. The fair is consistently ranked as one of the nation's top five outdoor festivals. The event takes place every year in the middle of September, after the Labor Day weekend, and the admission is free, even though the art for sale is anything but."

*"The Third best art fair in the St, Louis area: The Schlafly Bottleworks Alternative Art Fair in Maplewood. This fair features, well, alternative art. The kind of stuff that you might find in the small coffee shop where the guy with the goatee keeps the beat with the bongos. Maplewood, right on the western outskirts of the city, has had a recent revival of sorts. A number of small art shops and small, trendy restaurants have popped up along the main drag in recent years. This festival definitely feels more like a street party, with rock and roll music and a younger crowd. The owner of the Schlafly Bottleworks decided to stage his own art fair a couple of years ago when he was snubbed out of the beer tent that he used to have at the St, Louis Art Fair in Clayton."

These shows may be well worth checking into...

Zapp Show Updates

Naples New Year’s Weekend Art Fair - 13th Annual (Downtown Naples, FL.) - Naples, Florida
DEADLINE: 12/19/2008
Jury Fee: $25.00
Event Dates: 12/27/2008 - 12/28/2008
Rated one of the top art shows of 2007 by Sunshine Artist Magazine.
This event has a great reputation among artists and patrons and receives tremendous support from the 5th Avenue South Association. We have great publicity from the press and by word of mouth, making it one of our best-attended shows.

Ft. Myers: The Art Fair at the Bell Tower (Ft. Myers, FL.) 2009 - Fort Myers, Florida
DEADLINE: 12/26/2008
Jury Fee: $25.00
Event Dates: 1/3/2009 - 1/4/2009
This first year festival will take place in the Bell Tower Shops in beautiful Ft. Myers, FL. The venue is in immediate proximity to some 20 public beaches in Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Captiva Island, all well-known destinations for affluent and high-spending visitors.
Located at the intersection of Daniels Parkway and U.S. 41, known as the "crossroads" of Southwest Florida, averaging a combined traffic count of 47,000 vehicles per day.
The shops are centrally positioned between Sarasota and Naples, with easy regional access via I-75. In 2007, two million tourists spent over 163.5 million dollars in Lee County.
Combine fine dining, upscale shopping, and the nicest art work in America and we have a real great new show.

Las Olas Art Fair Part I - 21st Annual 2009 (Ft. Lauderdale, FL.) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
DEADLINE: 12/26/2008
Jury Fee: $25.00
Event Dates: 1/3/2009 - 1/4/2009
Our flagship show is now 21 years old! A South Florida tradition, the show is still regarded as one of the top events in America. This high caliber event is also held during the first weekend of March.

New Events

Stone Arch Festival of the Arts 2009 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
OPEN DATE: 12/08/2008
DEADLINE: 3/09/2009
Jury Fee: $25.00
Event Dates: 6/20/2009 - 6/21/2009
The 15th annual Stone Arch Festival of Arts, a Father’s Day weekend tradition, will continue June 20 and 21, 2009 in the Riverfront District of Minneapolis. The Stone Arch Festival of Arts will host over 250 artists and many theater and musical performers. Since 1994, this event has grown to be well respected by artists and enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Twin Citians. Last year’s attendance was estimated at more than 80,000 people over the 2 day festival.

North Oakland Fine Art Festival (Patty Narozny, Hot Works LLC) - Lake Orion, MI - Lake Orion, Michigan
OPEN DATE: 12/12/2008
DEADLINE: 3/15/2009
Jury Fee: $30.00
Event Dates: 7/11/2009 - 7/12/2009
This is a high quality juried fine art & fine craft show located outdoors in upscale Oakland County, MI - produced by the same group as the award-winning Orchard Lake Fine Art Show in Michigan!

Art Fair Jackson Hole August 2009 - Wyoming
OPEN DATE: 12/12/2008
DEADLINE: 2/28/2009
Jury Fee: $45.00
Event Dates: 8/14/2009 - 8/16/2009
Established in 1965, Art Fair Jackson Hole (previously known as the Mountain Artists Rendezvous) brings diverse forms of art to a community that is rich with western history. AFJH is a three-day event that takes place the third weekend of July and August. Many artists participate in both shows, however August is a great month to exhibit with high-end local clientele. We pride ourselves in serving you, the artists. We are also working closely with Wyoming Travel and Tourism and the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce to draw upon the million plus tourists that pass through this region every summer. We hope that you will join us in our splendid setting. We look forward to receiving your application!

Art Fair Jackson Hole July 2009 - Jackson, Wyoming
OPEN DATE: 12/12/2008
DEADLINE: 2/28/2009
Jury Fee: $45.00
Event Dates: 7/17/2009 - 7/19/2009
Established in 1965, Art Fair Jackson Hole (previously known as the Mountain Artists Rendezvous) brings diverse forms of art to a community that is rich with western history. AFJH is a three-day event that takes place the third weekend of July and August. Many artists participate in both shows, however the tourist traffic in July is outstanding. We pride ourselves in serving you, the artists. We are also working closely with Wyoming Travel and Tourism and the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce to draw upon the million plus tourists that pass through this region every summer. We hope that you will join us in our splendid setting. We look forward to receiving your application!

Art In The Pearl Fine Arts and Crafts Festival - 2009 - Oregon
OPEN DATE: 12/15/2008
DEADLINE: 3/16/2009
Jury Fee: $30.00
Event Dates: 9/5/2009 - 9/7/2009
The 13th annual Art In The Pearl Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will be held Labor Day weekend in the beautiful and historic North Park Blocks of Portland, Oregon. Considered one of the nation’s premier art festivals, Art In The Pearl features the artwork of 130 artists from across the USA and Canada. The Festival, developed and produced by a dedicated volunteer board, features many attractions: exceptional visual artists, a live World Music Stage, artist demonstrations, an interactive art area for children young and older, and a variety of food choices. Please submit your application and join us for one of the best arts festivals in the country.

Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival 2009 - Idaho
OPEN DATE: 12/15/2008
DEADLINE: 2/28/2009
Jury Fee: $25.00
Event Dates: 8/7/2009 - 8/9/2009
The Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival is ranked among the top 100 best art and craft shows in the country by the Art Fair Source Book. The Larry Harris List of the Nation’s Best Art Festivals ranks the Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival among the top 20 in the Pacific Northwest and California. Sales for the 2008 show, which included 130 artists, were approximately $500,000 based on taxes collected by the City of Ketchum. Admission is free and entertainment and educational programs are scheduled throughout the weekend. The area is a level, grassy field surrounded by high alpine mountains. The festival is sponsored by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and more information is available at

Salida Riverside Fine Arts Festival 2009 - Salida, Colorado
OPEN DATE: 12/15/2008
DEADLINE: 2/15/2009
Jury Fee: $30.00
Event Dates: 8/15/2009 - 8/16/2009
The Salida Riverside Fine Arts Festival 2009 invites you to be one of 120 regional fine arts exhibitors, August 15th and 16th. Salida is a popular tourist destination and has the distinction of being one of "America's best art towns", according to The 100 Best Art Towns in America, by John Villani.
Great music, distinctive culinary offerings and the Creative Edge Children's Art Experience will complement a well-balanced, juried fine arts show on the banks of the beautiful Arkansas River.
Our goal is to provide the local and visiting public and our exhibitors a memorable and high quality festival experience. A portion of festival proceeds will benefit the Creative Edge, a mountain and rural community fine arts education program.

Great Lakes Art Fair - Spring 2009 - Novi, Michigan
OPEN DATE: 12/15/2008
DEADLINE: 1/26/2009
Jury Fee: $30.00
Event Dates: 4/17/2009 - 4/19/2009
The Great Lakes Art Fair in the Midwest's premiere indoor art fair! This bi-annual show offers fine artists and their patrons an expansive new regional marketplace that promises to bring a fresh energy to the artistic community.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Product Packaging

Since the creation of my final project in Photoshop class (the perfect bootie box), I have been searching for display boxes in which I can house my baby boots and booties. I believe that items that come in a complete package are more approachable in a retail situation.
For my eco-friendly goods, I need to remain conscious that the packaging needs to be reusable and not contain unnecessary dyes or plastics.
I found a couple of interesting ideas here...

City of Craft: 2008 (sorry, just passed)

So, I just found out about something called City of Craft. It was Dec. 13, so it is one to keep in the records for next year. See their cool site HERE.

Speaking of Keeping Records, I just may try to offer up a list of all of the shows I have posted about for each month in 2008. I plan on doing this when we go home for Christmas. That sounds fun :)

Found this listing from The Workroom blog and from flickr.

Monday, December 15, 2008

October Chicago Craft Fair {Past}

Indie in the Windy City Handcrafted Market
Saturday, October 4th 10-4p.m.
The New Friendly Towers
920 West Wilson Ave., Chicago
The Indie Market will be featuring over 30 vendors from Chicago and surrounding area. The goods offered will be clothing, jewelry, accessories, plush and amigurumi, paper goods and more! You will see amazing hats made by Lulu Mae, lots of vintage and recycled goods. Some of our sellers: Short Torso, bugsnbones, spinalfusion, sew rad, jeniFer, cranky pickle, Blue Thimble Handmade, Lulu Mae, orangey porangy, Eva May... the list goes on...
We are conveniently located on Wilson Ave., four blocks from the Wilson redline stop and 4 blocks west of Lakeshore Drive.
Come on and spend the day with us!
Check out our blog:

Another Etsy "Quit Your Day Job" Interview...

So, today I am inspired by an etsy Storque article from a series entitled "Quit Your Day Job". The interview is with HoboCampCraft, who has about 336 sales!! Good for her :)

"If I’m ever at a creative wall, I look through Flickr, read my blogs or grab a good art book for stimulation.
If you could go back in time before you took the plunge, what advice would you give yourself knowing what you know now? What would you tell someone else?
I would offer the idea of a realistic business plan and an open mind. Some of the designs and ideas that we started Hobocamp on have changed and morphed over the years. Stay true to yourself, but know that change is good and can bring about many new opportunities. You may want to just make stationery, but if given the opportunity to learn metalsmithing, take it! You never know where it will lead you."

These were the most inspiring quotes from the interview!!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Bust London and Bust L.A. Show

These Bust Craftacular shows look like a pretty happening event. They seem to be marketing it as a a club happening with DJs as well as a kind of alternative and perhaps "punk" styling to the crafts available.

See a lot more pictures here...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

More from Zapp...

Upcoming Deadlines - APPLY TODAY!

Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival - Gainesville, Florida
DEADLINE: 12/11/2008
Jury Fee: $20.00
Event Dates: 3/28/2009 - 3/29/2009
We invite you to be a part of North Central Florida’s oldest and finest annual springtime arts celebration.
Dedicated to providing the ultimate service to our artists. Statewide publicity program. Friday evening setup. 15’ X 15’ space size and $30,000 in Awards and Purchase Awards. 125,000 visitors are anticipated to attend.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Congo Square for Vendors 2007 - Louisiana
DEADLINE: 12/14/2008
Jury Fee: $30.00
Event Dates: 4/27/2009 - 5/6/2009
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell is a joyous and spirited celebration showcasing the authentic music, arts, culture and heritage indigenous to Louisiana and the New Orleans area. Now presenting its 38th event, it is one of the most prestigious and well-attended festivals in the nation, attracting hundreds of thousands of people annually.
Production of the Festival is overseen by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc., a Louisiana non-profit corporation organized to preserve and promote the music, arts, culture and heritage indigenous to Louisiana and the New Orleans area. The Louisiana Heritage Fair is a two-weekend event featuring over 10 stages of music, hundreds of traditional food items, and three tented Crafts Fairs—Contemporary Crafts, Louisiana Marketplace, and Congo Square African Marketplace—which present works by some of Louisiana’s and the nation’s most talented artisans.
Named in honor of the historic New Orleans landmark and site of the first Jazz Fest in 1970, Congo Square African Marketplace offers festival-goers a unique experience of music, art and cuisine which resonates with the rich African-Caribbean heritage of this region. Artists offer their personal handcrafted contributions to the art of the Diaspora, while Vendors present traditional handcrafted art from the African continent. Featuring a performance stage, food booths, artist demonstrations, a fashion show, and the Congo Square Ancestral Altar, in 2007, the highly competitive juried area will accept between 44 and 60 Artists and Vendors each weekend.

Old Town Art Fair 2009 - Chicago, Illinois
DEADLINE: 12/15/2008
Jury Fee: $30.00
Event Dates: 6/13/2009 - 6/14/2009
The Old Town Art Fair, which takes place in the historic landmark district of Chicago’s near north side Old Town Triangle, is considered the oldest outdoor juried art fair in the U.S. It is ranked first in Chicago and the State of Illinois, and one of the top shows in the nation, on The Harris List of outstanding art and craft shows. Held annually since 1948, the fair always takes place during the second full weekend of June. Each year some 40,000 potential art purchasers attend this premier fine art fair to view and buy two- and three-dimensional work from 260 artists who have been juried into the fair by panels of local art experts.
The fair is organized and operated by hundreds of neighborhood volunteers who are dedicated to making this a rewarding and pleasurable experience for both the artists and attendees. Proceeds support the Old Town Triangle Association, which is focused on neighborhood preservation and enhancement and is home to an active art school. In addition the fair supports the Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls, local schools, and many other worthy community organizations and programs.

FireFly Fine Art Festival - Dickson, Tennessee
DEADLINE: 12/15/2008
Jury Fee: $30.00
Event Dates: 6/26/2009 - 6/28/2009
The Firefly Fine Arts Festival invites you to apply to be one of 125 visual art exhibitors at the 2009 event: a cosmopolitan celebration of the arts also including music, theatre, and dance. Over the three-day event, Firefly expects an attendance of 25,000 visitors to the custom designed festival grounds at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN. Patrons from around the region will have the unique opportunity to meet talented exhibiting artists and purchase their work. The goal of Firefly is to provide our local and regional audience and our exhibitors a cultural experience of exceptional quality. Proceeds from the Arts Festival will help to fulfill year-round community art education and outreach missions through programs such as scholarships, unique art experiences in Dickson County Schools, and special projects enhancing the general awareness for the arts in and around Dickson County, TN.

FestForAll - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
DEADLINE: 12/15/2008
Jury Fee: $25.00
Event Dates: 5/2/2009 - 5/3/2009
The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge invites you to apply to join us as a juried artist of FestForAll, a celebration of visual and performing arts May 2 – 3, 2009. A Baton Rouge tradition since 1973, FestForAll - a festival for all - has
garnered a reputation as one of Louisiana’s premier arts events attended by thousands.
Features like demonstrations by master craftsmen, performing arts, the Children's Village, a variety of Louisiana cuisines, live music (from blues to classical), and of course an exceptional representation of fine arts and crafts, make this arts festival one of the region’s finest.
FestForAll is located in downtown Baton Rouge, providing one of the most beautiful settings in the South for a two-day outdoor arts festival. FestForAll is free and open to everyone. We hope you will join us this year!

4th Avenue Spring Street Fair 2009 - Arizona
DEADLINE: 12/17/2008
Jury Fee: $35.00
Event Dates: 3/20/2009 - 3/22/2009
The Fourth Avenue Street Fair, Nationally recognized as one of the premier community celebrations in the Southwest, is held biannually in the gorgeous desert of Tucson, Arizona. Explore this thirty seven year old tradition that attracts more that 600,000 visitors each year. Our family event offers a moderate to upscale audience, 57% between the ages of 25-54. We host two street level stages, two children's play areas, a children's hands on art activity area and tantalizing treats from 40+ food concessionaires. As always, admission to the festival is free and open to the public.

Naples New Year’s Weekend Art Fair - 13th Annual (Downtown Naples, FL.) - Naples, Florida
DEADLINE: 12/19/2008
Jury Fee: $25.00
Event Dates: 12/27/2008 - 12/28/2008
Rated one of the top art shows of 2007 by Sunshine Artist Magazine.
This event has a great reputation among artists and patrons and receives tremendous support from the 5th Avenue South Association. We have great publicity from the press and by word of mouth, making it one of our best-attended shows.

New Events

Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival 2009 - Bar Harbor, Maine
OPEN DATE: 11/27/2008
DEADLINE: 7/1/2009
Jury Fee: $35.00
Event Dates: 8/14/2009 - 8/16/2009
The 2009 Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival will once again be held at the peak of the season and has an improved location for this year. The show this year will be held on Newport Drive on the grounds of Bar Harbor

Three Rivers Arts Festival 2009 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
OPEN DATE: 12/5/2008
DEADLINE: 2/16/2009
Jury Fee: $25.00
Event Dates: 6/5/2009 - 6/14/2009
We invite you to apply to exhibit in the 50th Anniversary of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, with one of the top fine art and fine craft markets in the country. Welcoming approximately 300,000 visitors annually, the Artists Market is the most beloved program of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh's celebration of the arts and grand kick-off to summer in the city.

Artscape 2009 - Artists' Market & Fashion at Artscape - Maryland
OPEN DATE: 12/5/2008
DEADLINE: 3/31/2009
Jury Fee: $30.00
Event Dates: 7/18/2009 - 7/20/2009
Artscape, the largest free, public arts festival in the country, features 150+ artists, craftspeople and fashion designers, visual art exhibits both on and off site; incredible live concerts on four outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film and classical music; demonstrations; workshops; an entire park dedicated to children with entertainment, hands-on projects, interactive learning experiences, take-away crafts, street theater and family fun; and a delicious international menu of food and beverages. Artscape is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, Inc. on behalf of the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc.

Wyoming Art Show 2009 - Wyoming (Cincinnati area), Ohio
OPEN DATE: 12/8/2008
DEADLINE: 3/7/2009
Jury Fee: $20.00
Event Dates: 5/17/2009 - 5/17/2009
The 24th annual Wyoming Art Show is one of greater Cincinnati’s premiere juried Art Show and Competitions, held the 3rd Sunday in May along the tree-lined streets of historic Wyoming, Ohio.

Summerfair 2009 - Cincinnati, Ohio
OPEN DATE: 12/8/2008
DEADLINE: 2/6/2009
Jury Fee: $30.00
Event Dates: 5/29/2009 - 5/31/2009
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO APPLY… to the 42nd Summerfair - Cincinnati, Ohio's Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair.
Summerfair has consistently been identified as one of the 200 best shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist magazine during the last decade - most recently (September 2008) it was ranked the 21st Best Fine Art and Design Show. In addition, since 1999 Summerfair has received three Artists' Choice Awards from the National Association of Independent Artists.

Bartlett Festival of the Arts 2009 - Illinois
OPEN DATE: 12/8/2008
DEADLINE: 3/15/2009
Jury Fee: $15.00
Event Dates: 6/27/2009 - 6/28/2009
For the past 5 years, Arts in Bartlett, the local arts council in this thriving community 35 miles northwest of Chicago, has presented Bartlett’s only juried fine arts show. Arts in Bartlett, a dynamic all-volunteer 501(c) 3 organization, prides itself on presenting high-quality, yet affordable fine arts and fine crafts in this highly anticipated annual event. It is free and held outdoors in Bartlett Park, a beautiful shaded park with a quaint gazebo, air-conditioned Log Cabin for artist breaks, playground and free parking. Local vendors and restaurants provide a variety of food choices.
In 2008, we made this festival a more comprehensive festival of the arts to include not only the visual arts with juried artists, but also music, dance, story-telling, children’s art activities, drama, wine tastings, culinary and artist demonstrations, attracting many visitors to enjoy a wide spectrum of the cultural arts. In 2009, we plan to continue this festival concept. Please visit our website at

Long's Park Art and Craft Festival - 2009 - Pennsylvania
OPEN DATE: 12/8/2008
DEADLINE: 2/28/2009
Jury Fee: $35.00
Event Dates: 9/4/2009 - 9/7/2009
Every Labor Day weekend some 20,000 art lovers come to Long's Park to shop for fine arts and crafts. Ranked 4th in the country by The Harris List and a Top 10 show by Art Fair SourceBook, the show draws sophisticated, high income buyers from Philadelphia, Baltimore, across Central Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, New York and beyond. Set in an old, tree-lined park, booths line walkways and surround a tranquil, freshwater lake.
Across 31 years, Long's Park has fostered very special relationships with its exhibitors. Each booth fee includes three catered breakfasts, an exhibitor picnic, and advance mailing services. The show is also supported by extensive marketing, including paid advertising and press coverage across the region.

Art in the High Desert 2009 - Bend, Oregon
OPEN DATE: 12/8/2008
DEADLINE: 2/28/2009
Jury Fee: $30.00
Event Dates: 8/28/2009 - 8/30/2009
The West needs another premier art festival. Art in the High Desert is it.
Join us in Central Oregon for the 2nd annual Art in the High Desert festival. This juried fine art and craft festival is produced by artists for artists. It takes place in Bend, Oregon a sophisticated community of art lovers and art buyers.
Bend, Oregon is an area of upscale destination resorts and year-round residents living in vibrant neighborhoods. It is an outdoor and cultural destination. The festival site is set across the Deschutes River from a high-end shopping area. Art in the High Desert is scheduled during the peak of the Central Oregon summer tourist season.
Come for the festival. Stay for your vacation.

Jersey Shore Fine Arts Festival 2009 - Long Beach Island, New Jersey, New Jersey
OPEN DATE: 12/10/2008
DEADLINE: 3/15/2009
Jury Fee: $30.00
Event Dates: 6/13/2009 - 6/14/2009
This event will be hosted by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. Dates of the event are June 13th & 14th, 2009.The site location is Ethel Jacobson Field in Ship Bottom which provides a central location on the island that is easily accessible to all traffic entering Long Beach Island.
June brings summer crowds seeking pristine beaches, soothing environs and quality shops, services and dining. Thousands of corporate leaders and celebrities from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania bring their families to LBI to savor the beauty that this barrier island provides.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Renegade Chicago Show

I could not make it to Chicago for this show, but here is the totally awesome flyer they made for it...

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Show to mark on the calendar for next year...

The Workroom fabric shop, a beautiful looking place held a rather wonderful-looking trunk show last weekend. It looks like they had a great turnout. Advertising materials probably helped a lot too :)
Located Here:
Holiday Trunk Show
The Workroom
Toronto, ON
December 7, 2008

CutseyPoo at her first show! The Stuff This Art Show

Aaw, even the name screams i am cute! She participated at the Stuff This Art Show in Columbus, OH this past Dec. 6th, and the Got Craft Show as well. See the stuffed this site HERE, it's pretty cool. IMAGES OF PARTICIPANTS' ITEMS HERE.
So, thanks to CutsiePoo for the inspiration!! See her BLOG HERE... It is full of fun images.
See her Flickr Here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Felt Club 2008 and Jek n the Box

Thi absolutely amazing woman, head of Jek n the Box is far too cool for me to handle. She has the best display I think i have ever seen. She used cardboard to create a fun standing display, so items are off of the table, and into plain view. It is so important to do this!! I cannot stress it enough.
Please check her out soon!!! HERE

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


I am participating, for my second year, in the SIUC (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale) Holiday Craft Show. I will be downstairs, between the escalators, so I have been keeping as busy as humanly possible.

There are over 50 artisans, in this nicely laid out area and event, so come peruse the crafty goodness!!!

Thursday December 4: 9 am - 4 pm
Friday December 5: 9 am - 4 pm
Saturday December 6: 10 am - 5 pm

Gifts that Matter 4th Annual So. Il Alternative Gift Fair

Sunday, December 7 from 2-5pm is a fun sounding Gift Fair, "Gifts that Matter".
Holiday Entertainment, featuring:
2:00 pm Ralph Tate
3:00 pm Candy Davis with Tom Leverett and Lisa Zee
4:00 pm Joan Levy

Many participating organizations, including the Womens Center Boys and Girls Club and many more! Check out this event, I am sure there are going to be some fun and unique gifts available!!

Tips for Etsy Success from Timothy Adams Designs

I sometimes receive emails from Timothy Adams Designs. He makes jewelry and furniture and other goods from metal. He also does fun giveaways.
On his blog, he began doing tips for Etsy success, and he had a great point this time! He says, in your etsy shop, for your tag line under your shop name, fully describe the items you make, so they show up in GOOGLE searches. This makes total sense. so try it out! It only takes a second.

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Green Bag Lady

A friend showed me a cool woman who makes reusable grocery bags and GIVES THEM AWAY!! Apparently you send her the fabric, and she sews and serges them up. You can find her pattern HERE, so check her out folks. A cool lady with a great cause. She is awesome for trying to reduce the amount of hideous plastic grocery bags are used!!! Thanks Green Bag Lady!

"A 'green' bag lady?
Paper or plastic, you ask? Neither, says a Tennessee art professor who's saving the planet one bag at a time." From