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  • Crafty at the Polls

    Most of us heading out to vote tomorrow are expecting long lines, and what better way to pass the time than with an ultra-portable craft project? Knitting and crochet are the old standby, of course. I plan on bringing a sock and hat on circulars. Heck, I might even throw a spare ball of worsted […] More

  • Craft: Volume 09 is Crafting Green!

    Just about every coming of age trend in the modern crafting world has made it’s way on to the pages of Craft Magazine. We here at Crafting a Green World are happy to report that environmentalism is getting a nod in their latest issue! It’s chock full of eco-project goodness, and what green crafting smorgasbord […] More

  • Art Imitates Pork? Where Obama and McCain Stand on Funding

    I think we all know by now where the presidential candidates stand on things like taxes and the war in Iraq, but have you dared to wonder what kind of funding they have in mind for the arts? Despite the U.S. being in a dilly of a pickle, I don’t want to see the National […] More

  • Indieconomy

    It’s amazing that I know far more artists and crafters with successful microbrands or intentions of starting one than those who are purely hobbyists. I, for one, so enjoy the process of constructing an identity for my creative outlets. They can define one more than the car you drive, the movies like, or the body […] More

  • Diversify Your DIY

    Or make several thousand aluminum flowers… or 250 Aluminum Can Granny Square Tote Bags… or 1000 Aluminum Can Maracas for your kids, because music can help fill the void in your financially depleted soul… or you could smelt all of it into molds to make mod lawn furniture. The possibilities are endless. Bottoms up, my […] More

  • The Sort-of-Sustainable Craft Show: Food For Thought

    As many of you know, I’ve been on hiatus planning Strange Folk, which took place this past weekend in O’Fallon, IL.  We had amazing weather and an estimated turn-out of 10,000 people. On a shoestring budget, I set out not only to lessen this event’s impact on the planet, but also to wisen the public […] More

  • Origami and a Movie

    I love those NetFlix commercials where all the different movie characters deliver themselves around the neighborhood. Maybe the fantistic voyage the actual envelopes take is less evocative than portrayed, but you have to give them props for the clever design that allows the movie to be returned in the same packaging. All you are left […] More

  • DIY at the DNC

    Are you admiring the crafty hats donned by democratic delegates at this week’s convention? They get patriot points for glitter, but MSNBC’s Chris Mathews took the cake with his kinetic hair sculpture. It reminds us all of the important part wind power can play in our renewable energy needs. That’s not exactly what I had […] More

  • The Crafters Anonymous Craft Swap

    The Richmond Craft Mafia has developed a 12 step program to help you overcome your addiction to craft supplies. Their Crafters Anonymous Craft Swap, taking place in Richmond, VA on September 14th from 2 p.m.-5 p.m., will not only be a good time, but help fund a local non-profit organization The thing about crafters is […] More

  • Sew Juicy

    Today, I put my little boys on the bus for their first day of school. Their backpacks were absolutely stuffed, and  will continue to be for the next couple days. The stringent supply lists are maddening. I’m required to buy boxes of a specific, expensive brand of tissues, because it’s important that they learn how […] More

  • Crafting at $4 a Gallon

    As the organizer of what is becoming a craft show of epic scale, I have a unique perspective of the handmade movement in my region. Participants in Strange Folk are not limited to St. Louis though. This year, we will host 120 vendors from across the country, and even Canada! I’m excited, and very much […] More

  • Everything Old is New Again on Dig ‘N’ Swap

    Clothing swaps are becoming ever more popular as we all look for ways to save money, and stay stylish. Add in the possibilities for DIY modifications, and you can whip yourself up an entirely new wardrobe for practically nothing. It’s one thing to trade among friends, or your local community, but what if people from […] More

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