Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Free Giveaways for Craft Shows

I keep thinking this would be a great idea to give away hand made goodies at craft shows. More than just a business card, browsers feel that they are getting more for less and that they are appreciated. It is fun to have a unique doo-dad after a show as well. Here are some ideas...

You could always collaborate with people you know in person or from the internet to give away biz cards and other goodies...
Bookmarks are a good idea!

See more ideas on Flickr HERE...

Paducah, KY Quilt Show in April (25th Anniversary Celebration)

This year's Paducah, KY quilt show is fast approaching! I have not yet been to this event in the 3 years I have lived nearby, but maybe this year, me and my mom can go. Last year, I had the opportunity to sell some of my booties in a fun quilt shop there, and I did not take advantage of the good opportunity like I should have! Then, I went back several months ago, and the shop had vanished...like it had never been there in the first place. Very sad, I tell you!

See the Paducah Quilt Show site HERE...

AQS Quilt Show

Join us for the
25th Anniversary Celebration!
April 22-25, 2009

Paducah is a a mecca for quilters and quilt enthusiasts during the American Quilter's Society Annual Quilt Show & Contest each April.

In addition to the juried exhibit of the finest workmanship and most creative quilts in the world, the festival features a merchant mall, workshops and special events throughout the community.

The AQS Quilt Show is held in multiple venues - the Paducah Expo Center, Julian Carroll Convention Center and JR's Executive Inn, all located at One Executive Blvd. in downtown Paducah. Additional events are held at the Carson Center, Paducah's new performing arts venue, and other locations throughout the community.

Meet all the "Best of Show" winners from the past 25 years at this special anniversary celebration and visit the internationally acclaimed National Quilt Museum of the United States.

Show hours:
Wednesday thru Friday – 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday – 9 AM - 5 PM

Advance Admission:
AQS Members: $8 Daily; $15 Multi-day
Non-members: $10 Daily; $30 Multi-day

At the Door Admission:
AQS Members: $9 Daily; $17 Multi-day
Non-members: $11 Daily; $30 Multi-day

For accommodations during the show, download the AQS Approved Accommodations below or call or email the CVB at info@paducah.travel to have the list sent to you via US Postal Service or e-mail.

Sisters' Market : April 18th : Brunswick, Victoria, Australia

Here are the details:
Visit their site HERE...
Brunswick Town Hall
233 Sydney Road
Brunswick Victoria (AUSTRALIA)

10 am to 4pm

Ooh, they actually have all of their 2009 Dates, and they have not occured yet! If anyone has the pleasure of going, just let me know!!
18th April
13th June
1st August
3rd October
5th December

"Proudly supporting beyondblue the national depression initiative."

I found this event from Rabbit and Duck's blog, while google searching for Scooter Printed Fabric :)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Prix Prix of New Orleans: Past Craft Fair Schedule

A very busy crafter, Prix-Prix, has attended tons of cool events. Prix Prix seems to be having a lot of success with her goodies. She uses recycled neck ties and other materials to make wallets, jewelry, and other sewn goodies. See her on Flickr HERE...
And her website HERE...

Recent Events:

December 18th: Last Stop Shop with the New Orleans Craft Mafia, New Orleans, LA

December 14th: Whole Foods Recycled Art Market, New Orleans, LA

December 6th and 7th: Renegade Holiday Craft Fair, Chicago, IL

December 5th, 6th, and 7th: DEPART-ment, Chicago, IL

November 7th: New Orleans Craft Mafia Market at Zotz Cafe, New Orleans, LA

October 19th: Faubourg Marigny Walking Tour and Art Market, New Orleans, LA

October 10th: New Orleans Craft Mafia Trunk Show at Storyville, Baton Rouge, LA

September 13th and 14th: Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago, IL

July 12th and 13th: Renegade Craft Fair, San Francisco, CA

June 14th and 15th: Renegade Craft Fair, Brooklyn, NY

May 11th: Crescent City Craft Market, New Orleans, LA

May 10th: Freret Market, New Orleans, LA

Displaying Clothing at Craft Shows

This is truly a never ending task to try to display clothing items at shows. It always helps to have an EZ Up, but a clothing rack is also helpful. Some more inventive ways of hanging items from an EZ up without using a clothing rack include rope/twine, and wooden clothes pins (the ones with springs in them). It is fun to decorate the clothes pins with spray paint or similar methods too. Spray paint is just quicker!! Make sure to do this outside!!
A fun gift basket in the sun...
To display baby pants
Little Girl Pearl. Using an old drying rack that spins
Here is one way without a clothing rack

Friday, March 27, 2009

Help Moms with Deployed Hubbies "Operation Shower" near Scot Air Force Base, IL and in Texas

This super etsy seller, SouthernBellesAndBows, has this to say
"We are honored to be participating in "Operation Shower" which honors mothers-to-be that have deployed spouses. On Mother's Day 2009, 50 women will be given a Baby Shower at Fort Hood, Texas and Fort Scott, IL. They'll be celebrated for their soon-to-arrive bundles of joy and "Thanking" them for the daily sacrifices they make to keep us and our country safe!
We are proud to be a part of such a wonderful event. Each new mom will receive many goodies, among them, a set of POSH Pads. You can read more about "Operation Shower" at www.OperationShower.org"

This is such a cool cause, and there is quite a lot of news gathering about it. This seems like a really cool and generous event that lets military moms know just how important they are. This is really great and I encourage people to send anything they can. I just can't imagine how hard it would be to have a very little baby and have your husband off in a far away, maybe unknown place.
See lots n lots of news coverage HERE...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More Interesting Show Names...

Holiday Handmade Cavalcade 2008

Renegade Craft Fair

Brooklyn Homeshow October 11th, 2008. Hope there's another one this year.
"Thank you to everyone who came out to our show on Saturday, October 11th! And thank you to TimeOut NY, the New York Times, Manhattan User's Guide, Nonsense NY, Not Only Brooklyn, and many others for featuring us. Our next homeshow's date and location is TBD. If you'd like to be notified, please send us your email (under Contact Us) and we will let you know! "

7th Heaven Fair

Brooklyn Indie Market
"Brooklyn, April 4th and 5th, 2009- Brooklyn Indie Market, the collective of fresh faces in fashion and product design, toddles back to its Carroll Gardens home to celebrate its third year with a Birthday Sale. Join the fun under the red and white striped tent at Smith and Union Streets in Carroll Gardens, Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 11-6.

Participating indie designers will help celebrate three years of neighborhood support with a 10% off sale on select items. "Brooklyn Indie Market started at the same time I was getting my business off the ground," said MaryAnne LoVerme of Wabisabi Brooklyn. " I owe much of the success I've had to the supportive community that frequents Brooklyn Indie Market, and to show my appreciation I'm offering a 10% off all my jewelry for opening weekend. Consider it a party favor."

I found these names from this awesome crafter on her flickr site...please check out all of her adventures there.

Brooklyn Flea March This looks very cool!!! Mostly flea market goodies that are not hand made, but still very cool!!!

Handmade Cavalcade

Isn't this a fun design!?
I found this image HERE...
"The {NewNew} will be hosting the Spring Handmade Cavalcade at The Bell House on May 9 and 10.

This two-day shopping affair will feature gorgeous apparel and accessories for any occasion, gifts for grads and moms, fantastic housewares and pretty paper goods for hosts and hostesses.

RSVP for a free, limited edition screen-printed tote, perfect for all your local shopping trips!

So come join us Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm for a weekend of shopping fun!

Limited edition artist book will be on sale to benefit St. John's Bread & Life, an organization that addresses hunger in Brooklyn and Queens."

Event Website: www.handmadecavalcade.com
RSVP Page: shc-web.eventbrite.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

72nd Annual Sanibel Shell Show (first Thursday of March Every Year)

When I was younger, my grandparents had a condo on Sanibel island. Right on the beach! Sanibel has been known for being a great shell finding location, so this event is totalyl appropriate for the island!! Sanibel and Captiva islands are just gorgeous, and I hope they have fulyl recovered from the storms years ago...
"Shells are such a great material to craft with and anyone who knows me knows how much I love them. My office is full of shells and sea glass that I have found scouring the beaches of Maine and Florida. One of the best places to go shelling is Sanibel Island in Florida. Sanibel is great because the island is actually made of shells. There are such an amazing variety of shells to be found there that Sanibel has become known for its magnificent works of shell art. In order to showcase the amazing shell art, the Sanibel Community Association and Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club host an annual shell fair and show. The show takes place the first Thursday in March every year." I found this info HERE.
Here is another Sanibel-Captiva Website.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Renegade Brooklyn Deadline Fast Approaching!


We’re happy to announce that applications are now available for the 2009 Renegade Craft Fair in BROOKLYN! This year’s event will take place JUNE 6 + 7 from 11am - 7pm, in McCarren Park. If you’re interested in applying to be a vendor, please read our FAQ and click here to apply. Applications will be available until March 27 - Good luck!

We’re super excited about what’s in store for the rest of the year too! Dates + details for our events in other cities are available now. Just click on the city logos on the left to get the scoop!

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to sign-up for our mailing list to receive all future updates! And if you don’t want to wait until this summer to shop handmade, please stop by our store - Renegade Handmade.

Hope to see you soon!"

Go visit their site HERE...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Amtextiles Display for the AltCraft section of the American Craft Council Baltimore 2009

This show in Baltimore looks great. It is a wholesale show, and here is what their site says about the event.

"More than 700 of the country's leading craft artists will gather under one roof to present their latest designer, handmade work at the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, the largest juried, indoor craft show in the nation. The highest quality of handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, home décor, and more, will be available for purchase at the Baltimore Convention Center, February 27 - March 1, 2009.

Show highlights:

CRAFT4KIDS: This category features artists who design objects especially for children and as family heirlooms.

GREEN CRAFT: Responding to pressing contemporary issues, this category highlights artists using found, recycled or green materials and sustainable techniques.

SEARCHLIGHT: Nominated from the nation's leaders of universities, museums and residencies, 14 selected artists will exhibit their work in a stunning gallery space on the show floor. Amy Shaw, blogger, curator and owner of Greenjeans Brooklyn, will assist in designing this section.

ALTCRAFT: This section features rising indie crafters whose work illustrates the innovative techniques and materials of the burgeoning new handmade movement, in a shared market-style space.

DEMO STAGE: Lively demonstrations, with topics ranging from ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry and wood techniques, will be presented by local experts. Click here for the full schedule of events.

SCHOOL-TO-MARKET: The Council has invited two exceptional colleges – Savannah College of Art and Design and Virginia Commonwealth University – to debut their top students' work at the show.

Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Friday, February 27 (10 am - 9 pm)
Saturday, February 28 (10 am - 6 pm)
Sunday, March 1(10 am - 5 pm)

Buy Tickets Online

IMPORTANT: FOR TICKETS PURCHASED FEB. 27, FEB 28 and MAR 1, YOU MUST PRINT your PayPal confirmation email as proof of purchase and present it (with photo I.D.) when you pick up your tickets on the day of the event at the Online Ticket Sales/Will Call window. All sales are final. No exchanges or refunds.

$14 per person
$20 for a two-day pass
$25 introductory new membership at the Show only
Children 12 and under free
American Craft Council members admitted free.

Discount airfare and accommodations are available through Travel Planners, the official travel agency for all American Craft Council Shows. For on-line reservations visit their website or call 800-221-3531 or 212-532-1660.

Show Information: 800-836-3470"

So please check this show out if you are going to be in the Baltimore area in about a year. Sorry, the event just took place for 2009.

Events in Southwestern Illinois

Music, theater, nightlife and more! Southwestern Illinois will entertain you day and night.

Art on the Square (Belleville)

This juried art show for all media was given the 2005 Art Fair Source Book Award for "The Best Small Town Fine Art Festival in America" and ranked in the top 10 shows in the nation in Sunshine Artists magazine. Held in May.
Downtown Belleville | Belleville, IL

ArtEAST (Edwardsville)

Art lovers get a map to more than 150 studios to watch demonstrations and view exhibition every October. Call for a current map and information.
Edwardsville, IL

Salute to the Arts (Fairview Heights)

This juried art show, held in August, is for all media and has activities for all ages. 100 artists are chosen from around the United States and internationally to show and sell their work. Children can create their own masterpieces to take home.
Moody Park at Longacre | Fairview Heights, IL

Art Walk (Greenville)

Local artists, bands, music, art demonstrations and dinner theatre come together to celebrate local talent. Art includes drawing, painting, sculpture, weaving, quilting and more. Event is held in September.
Greenville, IL

Street Art Festival (Highland)

Artists from the St. Louis metro area and beyond transform the streets around the historic downtown square into an outdoor museum as they create fabulous street paintings in chalk. Watch the artists at work, enjoy a variety of food, drink and music. Young artists can create their own work of art at the Kreative Kids Korner. Visit Our Website
907 Main Street (on the Square) | Highland, IL 62249

Art in the Park (Highland)

Don't miss this up and coming art show held in the fall.
Highland Chamber of Commerce | Highland, IL

Strange Folk Festival (O'Fallon)

This is the Heartland's largest outdoor indie art festival with 120 juried vendors from the U.S. and Canada. Shop for affordable counter-culture eclectic art and enjoy live music, good food, free wi-fi, free art activities for kids. It is held in September and admission is free. Voted Best Festival in St Louis by readers of Riverfront Times. Visit Our Website
O'Fallon Community Park | O'Fallon, IL 62269

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ooh, Aah, a Storque article after my own heart...

How fun! This storque article links us to 4 different indie craft fair sites - some I did not even know existed!! (Shame on me)...

Some of the events listed on the indiecraftshows site:

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Oaks
Fri, Mar 20 2009, Oaks
Corona Mall Craft Fair & Boutique
Sat, Mar 21 2009, Corona
Designers Downtown Market
Sat, Mar 21 2009, Raleigh
Spring Extravaganza Craft Show
Sat, Mar 21 2009, Maryville
Green With Indie Craft Show & Expo (hee hee good name)
Sat, Mar 21 2009, St. Louis
The Pink Parlour Festival
Sun, Mar 22 2009, Arcadia
Not Yo Mama's Craft Fair
Sat, Mar 28 2009, Jersey City
Do It Your Own D*mn Self Show
Sat, Mar 28 2009, Chicago
Speakeasy Spring Craft Show
Thu, Apr 2 2009, Toronto
Spring Fling ...A Craft Thing
Sat, Apr 4 2009, Fernadale
Sat, Apr 25 2009, St. Louis

So go check them out and get some much needed fresh air...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Circus McGurkis : Event in Florida

See these photos and more here on flickr from red marionette

See their home page here for contact info.

Tea Towel Entrepreneurs

This is one of the most creative etsy Storque articles I have ever seen! Check it out HERE. These ladies have made their success by selling pieces of (mostly) printed art on tea towels. These items are incredibly fun to make, and so practical. Having cloth towels around really cuts back on paper towels and other waste we all produce so much of...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Stampington Call for Artist Submissions

There anre many many many publications from this company. They recently published a fun mini book called Stuffed. I took it along on a road trip, and it was almost like perusing etsy or other crafty sites I often look through. Read their submission guidelines on their website.
Send all applications here:
(Name of Magazine Title)
22992 Mill Creek, Suite B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Vintage Halloween (Newsstand Date: September 1, 2009)
It's that time of year again! It's time for our wildly popular Vintage Halloween issue! Witchy women, jack o'lanterns, gothic tales, fairies and goblins ... the magical holiday of Halloween is filled with wonderful images and ideas that beg for artistic expression. We'd like you to stir the caldon, cast a spell, do whatever's necessary to conjure up some spooktacular vintage Halloween artwork.

For the September/October 2009 issue, please submit paper and mixed-media projects that capture the beguiling and enchanting spirit of vintage Halloween.
We must receive your artwork by April 15, 2009.

Special Holiday Projects (Newsstand Date: November 1, 2009)
Somerset Studio invites you to join in our annual tradition of showcasing your most special holiday projects. We're looking for greeting cards, gift wraps, advent calendars, ornaments, table decorations, stocking stuffers, and assorted handmade gifts and artwork that celebrate the season

Please use colors, words and images that are most inspirational and meaningful for you during the holidays. We look forward to projects made with paper, art stamps, calligraphy, and other mediums that add sparkle to our traditions of giving thanks, rekindling our faith and reconnecting with family and friends.
We must receive your artwork by June 15, 2009.

Aubergine (Newsstand Date: January 1, 2010)
We at Somerset Studio are refeling in the gorgeous hue of aubergine! This regal color has inspired royalty through the ages, and now we want to see where it leads you in your art quest. Whether you call it eggplant, plum, mulberry or violet, we think aubergine is queen of the color wheel.

Summon up your most noble muses for this theme and really get in touch with your inner blue-blood as you create with deep purple. We challenge you to get out the richest purple palette for your mixed-media and paper projects as you submit them for consideration for the January/February 2010 issue.
We must receive your artwork by August 15, 2009.

In our Winter issue of ADQ we presented some beautiful puppet dolls created by talented artist LK Ludwig (“Story Puppets,” page 68). LK’s lovely puppets are whimsical and unique — and totally different from the usual puppets we’re all accustomed to. As doll artists, we know you have a bounty of ideas and your imagination soars when presented with new challenges, so we invite you to step up to the plate and show us what kind of puppet dolls you can create. Deadline for artwork to be received:
June 15, 2009.

Upcycled Dolls
Do you have worn-out clothes, old ties or pants that are too short? Maybe a favorite piece of clothing that you can’t wear anymore but just can’t bear to get rid of? Like Cara L. Johnson did with her “Upcycled Geisha,” (shown here and featured in our next issue) re-use those old clothes (or anything else!) and bring to life a new doll. For this challenge, think outside of the box to use old materials and create an upcycled creation of your own. We expect to be blown away by your creativity when saving and re-using.
Deadline for artwork to be received: September 15, 2009.

Wooden Dolls
Wood is one of the earliest known materials used to make dolls because it was easy to carve, sturdy and unbreakable. Most were symbolic and ceremonial figures, often of a religious nature. According to the doll category guidelines set by United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC), the type of doll is determined by the content of the doll's head. Thus, a wood doll always has a wooden head regardless of the types of materials used in the body construction. With that in mind, we challenge you to create wood dolls and send us your submissions. Deadline for artwork to be received: December 15, 2009.

Feeling Themeless?
The Stampers’ Sampler always welcomes general stamped artwork. If you can’t find one of our themes or challenges to fit your mood, feel free to create a sample or project of your choice. You’ll receive a free copy of any issue in which your work appears.

Holiday Happenings
It's hard to believe that the holidays are sneaking up on us again! We want for you to put your creativity caps on and send us not only cards, but also wrapping paper, holiday décor, ornaments, quick and easy gifts, and anything else you can think of with a holiday theme. Everyone is looking for simple,
yet functional holiday craft ideas, so send some our way! Absolute Deadline - May 15, 2009

Stylin' Serviettes
If you've ever stepped foot into a party supply store, you know that there is not shortage of napkins out there - great napkins that are almost too pretty to use up. Not only do they come printed with your child's favorite cartoon characters, they also come with bold graphics or pretty flowers. Howcan you use a napkin in your work? Will you make a coordinating set to match party décor? Or will you take advantage of the ease of making cards with napkins and make an entire matching set to give to a friend? Whatever it is, we want to see it for our October/November 2009 issue! Absolute Deadline - May 15, 2009

Just Say Moo
It seems like stampers and mixed-media artists love to create on a small scale. ATCs, inchies, and now "moo" cards. Moo cards measure 1" x 2-4/5" and are a ton of fun to either make or embellish. Show us your moo! Make them or embellish them alone, or include them in a card. Just be sure to send us your work for the August/September 2009 issue. Absolute Deadline: March 15, 2009

Frightful & Delightful
It's time once again for our annual Halloween challenge. Here's what we want you to do: create Halloween-themed cards using non-traditional stamp images. Use your imagination and view your images in an unusual way to generate the Halloween symbols we all know and love. Scare yourself silly and send us your creations for the August/September 2009 issue. Absolute Deadline: March 15, 2009

Designers of art-to-wear garments and accessories can find inspiration from almost anywhere. For Susanna Gordon, in our March/April 2008 issue of Belle Armoire, it was the floor-to-ceiling chalkboard menu from French cafés that inspired her handbag design. We challenge you to keep your eyes open to observe things on the ground, in the air, in and around buildings... or any other place you find yourself, to get inspired for your next art-to-wear design. For your creation to be considered for publication for future installments of The Inspired Artisan, please send a hi-resolution digital image (300 dpi at 8" x 10") of the inspiration (either e-mailed to the Editor-in-Chief at beleditor@bellearmoire.com or burned on a CD) along with your actual art-to-wear creation to Belle Armoire by following the Submission Guidelines. Deadline: Ongoing.

Belle Armoire seeks original, handmade artwear by students and working apprentices to present as part of the Student Runway Department. To be considered for publication, please see top of page for details on mailing artwork and ensuring its return. Artwear may include garments, jewelry and accessories, and projects and techniques may encompass sewing; knitting and crochet; mixed-media adornment of clothing, jewelry and accessories; surface embellishment; beading; wirework; glass; and polymer and art metal clay. Submissions should include information on apparel, textiles, jewelry or other classes taken, as well as contact information for an instructor or professor overseeing your studies. The editor welcomes brief e-mail queries at beleditor@bellarmoire.com. Deadline: Ongoing.

In the November/December 2008 issue of Belle Armoire, maverick fabric artist Ruth Rae created a stunning altered T-shirt project by first creating a one-of-a-kind art quilt and then sewing it onto the tee. Belle Armoire invites you to make mini art quilts in like fashion and submit your results to be considered for publication in both Art Quilting Studio and Belle Armoire. Show us your interpretations of how your art quilt gets stitched onto a T-shirt or onto a handbag, or transformed into a pin, or other wearable item.
Deadline: We must receive your artwork by February 15, 2009.

GreenCraft Chic
Belle Armoire is proud to announce the launch of a brand new publication titled GreenCraft Magazine, which will feature all sorts of ecologically chic creations ... like Cynthia Shaffer's upcycled handbag made of cut-up tees (Nov/Dec 2008 issue), and the halter dress made of WalMart bags by Darryl Sue Lasko (Sep/Oct 2008 issue). We would like to invite you to make clothing or accessories or jewelry in like fashion — by incorporating and repurposing elements that may be considered "discards" and submit your results to be considered for publication in both GreenCraft Magazine and future issues of Belle Armorie. Old T-shirts, plastic bags, bottle caps, souvenir spoons, placemats, and more, can all be given new and fashionable life.
Deadline: We must receive your artwork by April 15, 2009.

Cuffs of All Mediums
On page 71 of the January/February 2009 issue, Cynthia Shaffer presents knitted cuffs that she embellished with yarn and ribbons. In the November/December 2008 issue, Pamela Quevedo presented cuffs that she tatted in assorted designs. Belle Armoire would like to invite you to create artistic cuffs. Consider yarns, fabrics, leather, lace, felted wool ... or any other medium you like, to create cuffs. (Cuffs can be worn at the wrists and they can also be worn at the ankles to peek out from beneath long jeans.)
Deadline: We must receive your artwork by June 15, 2009.

A hand-me-down sweater … a raggedy old skirt from the thrift store … a plain T-shirt … Using just a few tools coupled with your creativity, all of these items can be transformed into fantastic works of wearable art! The publisher of Belle Armoire and Somerset Studio invites you to submit your own altered and embellished clothing and accessories to be considered for the second volume of this exciting publication. Chapters will include Skirts & Dresses, Pants & Overalls, Jackets & Vests, Shirts & Tops, Children’s Wear, Sassy Shoes, and Accessories. Deadline for artwork to be received: Quarterly every September 15th, December 15th, March 15th, and June 15th.

Got 20 bucks? Then you qualify for this challenge:
1. Visit a thrift store and purchase a complete outfit for no more than $20.
2. Take “before” photos of the outfit.
3. Alter the outfit a la Altered Couture so that it transforms into an art-to-wear outfit.
4. Write a brief description about the experience.
5. Submit the photos, altered outfit and description.
Deadline: Ongoing.

The colorful and imaginative costumes were one of the best parts of the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge. Whether you want to add subtle under layers of ruffles on a garment like Sonya Nimri's "Rufflicious" skirts (from Autumn 2008), add a few "diamonds" to an outfit, or want to try your hand at a corset, we challenge you to capture the essence of the early 1900s French stage. Deadline: March 15, 2009.

The fabulous flappers of the roaring '20s had killer style. Take a cue from the Chrleston-crazed era of daring design and alter away! Ruffles, hats, headbands, Mary Janes, layered necklaces, capes, coats and Gatsby are all up for grams when it comes to canvases to create on. Use old fishnets, vintage dresses, silk scraps, lingerie, the movie Chicago — anything that moves you toward jazzing up Jazz Age pieces for contemporary wear. Deadline: June 15, 2009.

Inspired by Jennifer Guthrie's beautiful bag comes a challenge that should suit all altered enthusiasts. Alter your suits into vests, children's clothes, bags and more! Or alter your own suit, from other clothing items. Inspiration is everywhere from men's suits, Chanel, tweed, houndstooth and boucle just begging to be crafted as a pencil skirt, pants or jacket. Redefine the stodgy sterotype of work-only wear with something fun and definitely something altered and fabulous. Deadline: September 15, 2009.

Whether punky or pretty, use patches of any sorts to alter clothing, or alter clothing into patches to dress up another article. If there's space, play with a pin or two or three or more. We sell great pins at our shop that can glam an outfit up or glorify a bit of an edgy style. Play with textures and patterns to add dimension. Patches are for much more than repairs, they are for fixing up stylish looks. Deadline: December 15, 2009.

If you’d like to share your inspiration and detailed how-to instruction for creating beautiful jewelry with readers, we want to hear from you. Belle Armoire Jewelry covers a broad range of mediums, from art clay to polymer clay to found object to fiber to wire to beads and much, much more. Whether you are a creator of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches, pendants, rings or other jewelry, we welcome you to submit your artwork for consideration of publication. Deadline for artwork to be received: Quarterly every October 15th, January 15th, April 15th, and July 15th.

This is our newest quarterly publication. If you are the creator of a blog or know of one that you think other creative minds would like to know about, please send a letter of interest to the Managing Editor. Deadline: Ongoing.

For these challenges, we’d like to see the unique ways in which you treat these raw materials and then incorporate them into your everyday living. Please refer to the article in this issue about The Magic of Crepe Paper (and the article about The Magic of Cheesecloth in our inaugural issue available at www.stampington.com) for ideas on what we are looking for:
STYROFOAM: The artful applications of this polystyrene material have far surpassed what the practical applications ever were intended to be. Paint on it, build with it, shape it. Lightweight and versatile, you can use it for art and decoration. What are your artful Styrofoam ideas? DEADLINE: February 15, 2009.

For these challenges, the publisher offers ideas for readers to join her in an effort to share in experiences that are sure to stretch the boundaries of our creativity. In this current issue, the publisher inspired the Somerset Life® team to visit their local warehouse store and find a product that could be artistically transformed. In our inaugural issue, the challenge was for the team to visit an antique store and to select just one item for under $10 and to incorporate that item into our everyday living. We would like for readers to join the publisher's creative team by taking up her challenges to elevate the ordinary:

As Oprah Winfrey says, "The more we celebrate life, the more in life there is to celebrate." To this end, we'd like for you to join us in creating themed parties that everyone can enjoy. Whether your contribution is the invitation or the favor or the centerpiece or other decoration, join us as we celebrate life:

This special department features stories about truly unique stores and boutiques across the globe. Stores that would like to be featured in this department are asked to submit digital images of the store with a brief written query to the Editor-in- Chief at someditor@somersetstudio.com. If the submission is accepted, professional hi-resolution digital images (300 dpi at 8" x10") will need to be furnished by the store. DEADLINE: Ongoing. Upcoming Challenges

Where do you create? Whether it's a small table or breakfast nook, cleared-out closet, or an actual room dedicated as your creative studio, we want to peek inside. If you think your creative space is something that Somerset Life® readers would like to learn more about, please submit digital images of your space with a brief written query to the Editor- in-Chief at someditor@somersetstudio.com. If the submission is accepted, you will be asked to furnish professional hi-resolution images (300 dpi at 8" x 10"). DEADLINE: Ongoing.

MOOD BOARDS: Artists frequently create mood boards that contain scraps of paper or fabric or other assorted elements that they like to display on a wall or a large piece of cardboard or foam core. These boards provide a ground from which ideas for projects come alive. Aside from their functionality, mood boards can become incorporated as part of the décor. Please submit digital images of your mood boards with a brief written query to the Editor-in-Chief at someditor@somersetstudio.com. If the submission is accepted, you will be asked to either furnish the actual mood board or to provide professional hi-resolution images (300 dpi at 8" x10"). DEADLINE: Ongoing.

ARTFUL KITS: We all love to collect papers, ribbons, embellishments, and other bits and bobs. More fun than collecting specific elements is finding creative ways to juxtapose the pieces together to create unique kits. Whether you create them to give away or to sell or offer to students in a workshop setting, we’d like to see your favorite kits. Please send in kit samples directly to the Editor-in-Chief as outlined in the Submission Guidelines. DEADLINE: Ongoing.

MISCELLANY: Sometimes, an image of something lovely is all we need to feel inspired. Have you taken a photo of something that makes you feel inspired? Perhaps it is a photo of your collection of vintage handkerchiefs. Or an old stack of books. Or your treasured stash of ribbons. Please submit your favorite digital images (5" x 7" @ 300 dpi) to be considered for Somerset Life’s® special Miscellany department to the Editor-in-Chief at someditor@somersetstudio.com.

SEASONAL: We also encourage general submissions centered around the seasons.
• Submissions for New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter and other winter-related celebrations need to arrive every August 15th.
• Submissions for Easter, Mother's Day, Father’s Day and other spring-related celebrations need to arrive every November 15th.
• Submissions for Independence Day, "Back-to-School," and other summer-related celebrations need to arrive every February 15th.
• Submissions for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and other autumn/winter-related celebrations need to arrive every May 15th.

We are looking for quick and easy stamped cards for this best-selling magazine. Send us your “ten minutes or less” artwork in any style, theme or color and we’ll send you a free issue if your artwork is published. (Due to the volume of submissions, artwork submitted to Take Ten will not be returned.) Deadline: On-going

How do you carry it? That’s the question Somerset Studio would like to help answer through our new and exciting special publication titled Haute Handbags. Whether we use purses, clutches, totes, portfolios, sacks, bags, or attachés, there are many styles made with an astounding array of materials emerging from all corners of the creative world – all vying to be carried and used with style. You are welcome to construct a bag from scratch, or to purchase one that you embellish and alter with paints, beads, rubber stamps, ribbons, buttons, transparencies, and more. No medium or material is ruled out so use your imagination to make bags of leather, wool, fabric, paper, plastic, wood, glass, or any other materials that you love. Deadline for artwork to be received: Semi-annually every November 15th, and May 15th.

There are more to come...

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Essential Guide to Web Strategy for Entrepreneurs

So, I am working on an introductory newsletter for work for CATCH. I pretty much have the design down, so here comes the meaty part. I think the best way to create a successful one is to search around on google for how to's.

I found this interesting concept that people are doing scholarly research on.
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The Essential Guide to Web Strategy for Entrepreneurs...
by Dr. Thomas P. Bergman and Stephen M. Garrison

Small Business Survival Guide: Starting, Protecting, And Securing Your Business for Long-Term Success

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Kids Trunk Show/ Shopping Fair in Chicago on April 4, 2009

Spots may still be available for this very unique-sounding craft show. The theme is kids' clothing and accessories, and it also seems to be very well organized. It is in downtown Chicago, so if you will be in the area, please try to vend or visit and report back to me with pictures and comments. I am sure that the coordinator would really appreciate your support, so have fun!

Venue: Belle Plaine Studio
2014 W. Belle Plaine, Chicago, IL
Show Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Set-up : 9 am – 10 am
Pack-up: 6:00 – 7 pm

Booth Size: 8ft x 8 ft square feet ( and then some)

- check out the website www.chicagokidsshow.webs.com and see who the other vendors are let me know if you feel that they are direct competitors or if your products are too similar. I can either separate you or work on a first come, first accepted thing. Most of the vendors are on Etsy or have websites.

- email blast to local parents ( school list)
* an email template will be provided to each vendor
- postcard/ rack card/ flyer distribution to local businesses
- flyer and postcard distribution to neighbors
* let me know if you need postcards too.
- website for forwarding : www.chicagokidsshow.webs.com
- I will also contact Chicago Parent, Go City Kids, Metromix and see if I can get
listed for free

- the venue comprises of 2 connected studios, approximately 2,100 square feet www.belleplainestudio.com
- it is in a busy neighborhood with lots of parking (metered but never full) in a bounded by 2 popular streets
- kid friendly/stroller accessible
- every vendor will have at least 8x8 sq ft and lots of room in the front
- the area is well lighted has it’s own ac/heat and electricity is provided
- there are a limited number of banquet tables 6 ft long, I would need to know of you need one or if I should provide you one, there are also round glass tables ( table for 4) as well as 2 square tables.
- I have can have a male relative to help that day if you need assistance in loading/unloading, bathroom breaks or buying food etc.

Décor/Entertainment etc.
- I will be setting up a kids activity center, an area with small tables and chairs, a tv w/ dvd player and some toys and coloring activities
- I will bring some kind of generic music
- I will have a couple of street signs with balloons, decorate the exterior with large trunk show signs as well as streamers and balloons
- The inside of the trunk show will have balloons too – to give away to kids, streamers and large pompom – chandeliers on the ceiling