Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair

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Join us, Imagin8 Columbus,  on Sunday, November 19th from 1:00-4:00pm for the Worthington Community Center’s first annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair!

The shops of Imagin8 Columbus attending are: CrazyCraftNLadies, Frock On Baby! and 21st Century Quilts and Curious Goods.  Our vendor booth will contain lots of Cool items to buy as gifts for your loved ones.

Worthington Community Center, 345 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington, OH 43085

Some of CrazyCraftNLadies Items:

 

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The Grandview Hop 2017

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It sounds like a dance doesn’t it!  I love the name because it is so much more than a craft show.  Every year, Grandview Heights, Ohio hosts events during the Summer months that has live music, shopping, art and food!  The current hosts of this Hop are the Columbus Young Professionals Club and Destination Grandview.

CrazyCraftNLadies will be participating this year with the Creative Collective Imagin8 Columbus.  Our plan is to debut a new item each month of the Hop and have a show special for July and August.

The dates for the Hop are June 24th, this Saturday!, July 29th and August 26th.  The Grandview Hop is also offering a Bonus Hop on December 9th called the Holiday Hop!

The Grandview Hop is being held between First and Fifth Avenues on Grandview Avenue in Grandview Heights, Oh.

Stop by our booth and say hi!  We are giving away a free gift with purchase.  All vendors participating, Herbal Skin, Frock On Baby!, 21st Century Quilts and Curious Goods and CrazyCraftNLadies will all accept cash and credit/debit cards.

http://www.grandviewhop.com, http://www.crazycraftnladies.etsy.com, imagin8galleria.wordpress.com

A Cause and a Kitty Kat Hat to boot!

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How this started for me was a friend contacting me to ask me to make this Pussy Hat that was going around on FB.  The hats were being made to wear to the Women’s March that was going to be on Washington DC the day after the Presidential Inauguration.  Here, in Columbus Ohio,  they hosted their own Women’s March the Sunday before the Inauguration.

The Pussy Hat Project was born of two women from California that had an idea to make hats that resembled cats to wear in response to standing up to Donald Trump for Women’s Rights.  It is also a way to take back the name Pussy, which is a term men use in negative reference to having sex with women, or referring to women as sex objects in general.

All women, no matter your religious affiliation, no matter your political affiliation, no matter your race should all stand together for women’s rights.  It has taken us way too long to get to where we are at, and an all male, or mostly male government, should not be allowed to make laws to tell us what to do with our bodies.

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Care for your Knit and Crochet Wears

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When giving care instructions to customers and potential customers, I usually give the instructions of what the label of the yarn I use says.  I wanted to take this opportunity to elaborate since just saying Machine Washable and Dryable isn’t enough for me.

I normally wash my knitted and crocheted items in lingerie bags.  Cold water gentle cycle.  I never use warm or hot water.  Even if the label says to wash in warm, warm water can make your colors bleed or wear them out faster.

Depending on the item, if its more intricate, I will put it on a drying rack to let it dry thoroughly.  If it is a scarf that is made with a bulky yarn or a scarf that is made with worsted weight yarn (the most commonly used yarn) I will put it in the dryer on a gentler cycle than normal.  On my dryer I have a Knit cycle.

If your label says to lay flat to dry, you may want to use a towel to dab it mostly dry and then lay it out flat to dry. Sometimes laying it out flat to dry without using the towel first will take your clothing several days, if not a week to dry out.

If your label says to hand wash, Please Hand Wash Only.  I’ve been brave and used the delicate cycle for some hand washed clothing (not knit) and it worked out fabulously, but I never did that with knitted items that said to hand wash.

There are drying racks avaible that you can purchase on-line that are mesh that allow you to lay your item out flat and it will dry a little bit faster.

I use the good old fashion drying racks where you throw your sweater over the bar.  I have never had an issue with that either.

Most instructions given by the yarn companies are to insure the longevity of your item.  My instructions, unless just a very badly made item, Will insure the longevity.  I have scarves almost 17 years old that look only a few years old, if that!

 

 

Waiting to get word back

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So today is the day I find out if I got into a craft show that I applied to.  The application said the vendors will get notified via e-mail by October 12th.  Here it is the 12th!!!! I’m checking my e-mail at least once every half hour.  Sometimes once ever 5 minutes!  I guess I wouldn’t be stressing so much if they hadn’t already cashed my check. I probably would have just assumed that I hadn’t gotten in if the check wasn’t cashed.   The promoter cashed it over two weeks ago.  Normally when that happens it means you’ve been accepted.  Almost all shows I’ve ever participated in did not cash your check before you were accepted into the show.  If you were not accepted, they sent your check back.  Sometimes, the show promoters didn’t ask for money until they have decided if you got in or not.

Approximately 3 weeks ago my mom and I participated in a show that did the same thing.  They cashed our check at least two weeks before notifying us that we had been accepted into the show.  Exasperating!!!

I searched this promoter’s website and another site they are affiliated with and there are NO adds about the craft show.  Should I be worried?

My focus for now is getting pictures taken of my wares (wears!) and get them on-line.  It’s been hard with the weather and with me working most of the daylight hours.  I’m not complaining (or at least I’m not trying to).  I know this is something I need to do and something I need to make time to do.

So even though I have the anticipation of whether or not I got into the show, I have plenty of work ahead of me and other avenues of moneymaking that I’m exploring.

Buenas Dias!

 

Franklin Church Craft Bazaar Today

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Come on out and meet some talented artisans. There is a nice range of items including hand crafted Holiday cards, little girl Tutus, quilted art and household items.

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Directions to the church: Rt 161 to New Albany Rd, exit. Go North follow along to right on Central College, go about 2 miles and Franklin Church is on the right.

Helpful Tip Of The Day – Shopping Cart Seatbelts

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Another use for them:

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I use the seatbelt to secure my purse when I am shopping. I link the seatbelt through my purse strap and lock it in.

Please keep in mind it is still best to stay by your cart and keep an eye on your purse. But, if you happen to be looking at something you won’t have to be as worried. It won’t be easy for someone to snatch your purse as they walk by.

One more thing, keep your zippers and snaps closed with any valuables secured inside. Don’t leave your purse open. Someone can “craftily” take your valuables without you ever knowing it.

Always Be Aware of your Surroundings!