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  • Arts, crafts exhibitors sought for Schaumburg’s Septemberfest Mar 2, 2015 4:03 PM
    The village of Schaumburg and its Septemberfest Committee are accepting arts and crafts exhibitors to participate in the 36th annual Septemberfest Arts & Crafts Show. Applications are due Friday, April 10.

  • A how-to guide for knitters who are into intimate yarns Feb 12, 2015 6:30 AM
    Tied up in knots about Valentine’s Day? On pins and needles about what to get that special someone for Feb. 14? Trixie von Purl is here to help. She’s the British author of a hilariously sweet and weirdly erotic craft book called “Knit Your Own Kama Sutra.”

  • Popular craft bloggers share secrets of success Feb 4, 2015 2:10 PM
    It may look easy and lucrative from the outside, but popular craft bloggers say their work requires long hours and commitment. The pay? Well, sure, that's pretty good - after you get established. But successful craft bloggers say they treat their work as a full-time job to attract the thousands of viewers needed to trade a traditional career for this one.

  • Looking for a new winter hobby? Learning to knit can be easy Jan 20, 2015 10:07 AM
    When you're stuck inside during a long, cold winter, working on a knitting project can be fun and rewarding. And although sweaters and lacy shawls can seem daunting, knitting is a fairly easy hobby to get started on.

  • Your pup needs a second coat? Try making it yourself Jan 7, 2015 6:01 AM
    It’s that time of year when many dogs need a little extra protection — a coat or a sweater — when going out into the cold. Why not try making it yourself? Small breeds such as Chihuahuas, pugs and Shih Tzus; several kinds of terriers; and some larger, short-haired breeds such as greyhounds and Doberman Pinschers are among those that need to be dressed for winter. There are do-it-yourself instructions online for repurposing sweaters, long-sleeve turtlenecks and T-shirts into warm dog coats and sweaters. Or start from scratch with a pattern and fabric.

  • A look back at 2014 crafts books Dec 26, 2014 6:01 AM
    If at the end of the year your creativity needs a boost, here’s a baker’s dozen of recent titles that’ll surely help. Let’s start with a charmer: In “Playful,” author Merrilee Liddiard uses her skills as an illustrator to give children’s crafts some modern flair.

  • A look at one woman’s collection of more than 500 Santas Dec 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Linda Schielke’s parents loved Christmas. It’s no surprise that she loves the holiday as well. Schielke, wife of Batavia mayor Jeff Schielke, expresses her love of the season through her extensive collection of Santas, which now numbers more than 500.

  • He carves Dala horses; his daughter paints them Dec 23, 2014 6:01 AM
    He does the carving, and she does the painting. That's how Swedish Dala horses are created by father-daughter team Jason and Julia Lekander of Batavia. The horses are popular in Scandinavian decor, particularly around the holidays.

  • 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.

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