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  • Fine Line art center offers day to explore classes Dec 19, 2014 10:39 AM
    If you need a change of pace after the holidays, give yourself the gift of a fun day trying out a variety of art classes at the annual Exploration Day on Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles.

  • Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments Dec 17, 2014 6:01 AM
    From tractors and trains to cats and knights, my son’s evolving obsessions all find a place on our Christmas tree. This year I looked around for ways to turn his existing toys into ornaments.

  • Photo-transfer projects make easy handmade gifts Dec 12, 2014 6:01 AM
    Busy lives may require sacrifices, but forgoing handmade gifts for the holidays doesn’t have to be one of them. We only need to plan well to have our crafts and give them away, too. Photo-transfer projects are perfect for this: They’re generally fast, easy and inexpensive. Yes, you could order a tote bag printed with your pooch’s photo, but why not make it yourself?

  • Putting summer vacation photos on holiday cards Dec 11, 2014 6:01 AM
    Areti Bratsis has found that summer visitors to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, often have more on their minds than going to the beach, eating seafood and watching sunsets. Many are hiring photographers to take family portraits with the intent of using the photos months later on holiday greeting cards. “It’s at the forefront of their mind even if it’s the middle of summer,” said Bratsis, whose business is based in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

  • D73 PTO hosts Winter Boutique: Dec 4, 2014 4:28 PM
    The Hawthorn Elementary District 73 PTO hosts its Winter Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.

  • Shop ‘around the world’ for holiday gifts in Schaumburg Dec 5, 2014 9:49 AM
    A Schaumburg store is offering customers not only a chance to pick up a unique Nativity scene from around the globe, but to help an artist from a developing nation at the same time. The shop is currently carrying more than 80 Nativity scenes made by artisans from places such as Peru, Vietnam, Kenya, Bangladesh and India, to name just a few.

  • Hawthorn Elementary PTO to host Winter Boutique Dec 3, 2014 6:29 PM
    The Hawthorn Elementary District 73 PTO hosts its Winter Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.

  • Creative gifts abound at Fine Line holiday sale Dec 2, 2014 3:58 PM
    The holiday season shines at Fine Line Creative Arts Center’s show and sale, set for Dec. 5-13 in St. Charles. This annual juried event showcases members’ artistic talents, and offers a wide range of unique holiday gifts.

  • Art of flower arranging meets holiday decor Dec 2, 2014 6:00 AM
    Holiday decorations in the U.S. are often symmetrical. The ancient Japanese art of ikebana, or flower arranging, can provide festive sparkle and color, too, with a much more modern feel. “The three basic tenets are line, movement and open space,” said Eileen Kay, a retired elementary-school teacher in Boulder, Colorado, who has been studying ikebana for years.

  • Lookin’ sharp: Woodcarvers showcase their art in Lake Zurich Nov 22, 2014 5:45 PM
    The North Suburban Carvers demonstrated their work on Saturday at the Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich. The group also sold handmade holiday ornaments, with proceeds benefiting the Shriners Hospital for Children.

  • Child Advocacy Center hosts holiday boutique Tuesday Nov 17, 2014 4:06 PM
    The Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County is hosting a holiday shopping boutique Tuesday to raise money to support its work for abused children.

  • Traditional silhouette artists a rare breed Nov 14, 2014 5:49 AM
    The silhouette, an ancient form of portraiture, may be dying. Only a handful of artists have learned to cut these precision profiles — traditionally clipped from black paper and mounted on a white background. Traditional silhouette artists, who create profile portraits by eye, not tracing along the lines of shadows or photographs, say their numbers are dwindling.

  • North Barrington 5th grader in national art competition Nov 13, 2014 8:49 PM
    An art project made by a fifth-grader from North Barrington Elementary school named Mya has been entered in a national competition against 11 other 4th, 5th and 6th graders from across the country. “Mya had an idea of a wavy shape,” Mya's art teacher Alexis Siddons said. “That was one of the challenges she had to overcome and she did a great job.”

  • Antioch craft fair, bake sale Nov 9, 2014 4:30 PM
    St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 1155 Hillside Ave., Antioch, will host its annual craft fair and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

  • Shoppers take over Elk Grove High for fundraising sale Nov 2, 2014 5:05 PM
    Shoppers instead of students filled Elk Grove High School on Sunday as the building played host to the 32nd annual Elk Grove High School Holiday Sampler Craft and Vendor Show. Long lines were out the door as more than 2,500 people were expected to attend the fundraising event organized by the Parent Teacher Council. “This is incredible with it getting bigger every year,” said PTC President Susan Schneider.

  • Antioch seniors rummage sale: Oct 31, 2014 5:38 PM
    The Antioch Seniors will host their annual Indoor Rummage/White Elephant Sale on Friday, Nov. 14, at the Antioch Senior Center, 817 Holbek Drive.

  • Palatine H.S. fall craft fair Nov. 8 Oct 29, 2014 2:09 PM
    The Palatine High School Pirate Booster Club presents the annual Palatine High School Fall Craft Fair from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Over 1,500 people attend the event annually, and over 150 vendors participate each year. The craft fair will be held at Palatine High School, 1111 North Rohlwing Road, Palatine.

  • Kimono’s evolution reflects changing Japan Oct 23, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s difficult to imagine a more eloquent symbol of Japan than the deceptively simple, T-shaped kimono. Traditional yet ever changing, the kimono has evolved dramatically over the past 150 years. Its story encompasses the evolution of weaving, dyeing and embroidery techniques, as well as Japan’s aesthetic, social and even political history. “Kimono: A Modern History,” on view at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art through Jan. 19, 2015, is a tour de force in textiles.

  • Light up Halloween night with homemade luminaries Oct 16, 2014 6:00 AM
    This Halloween, lighten things up with luminaries. There are lots of quick, do-it-yourself projects to make the flickering lights that welcome partyers or trick-or-treaters. And you can make them from a variety of everyday objects, from milk jugs to glass jars to paper bags.

  • Hoffman Estates hosts Pumpkin Fest Oct. 18 Oct 12, 2014 4:21 PM
    The Village of Hoffman Estates Historical Sites Commission invites residents to paint a pumpkin at its 18th annual Pumpkin Fest from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Sunderlage Farmhouse at 1775 Vista Lane, on the corner of Vista Lane and Volid Drive. A nominal fee includes a pumpkin, acrylic paint for decorating, and refreshments. And don’t forget the camera!

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