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  • 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!

  • 5 reasons why your kids should collect stamps Oct 10, 2014 5:45 AM
    Even avid collectors will tell you: Stamp collecting is not the flashiest of hobbies. It isn’t trendy. It doesn’t speed past you at the breakneck pace of a video game or offer the manic energy of a Cartoon Network television show. It rewards patience and persistence, teaching those who embrace it about everything from ancient history to modern graphic design. And that’s exactly why a growing community of parents and teachers believe it’s a hobby worth encouraging kids to pursue.

  • ‘Uncommon Threads’ fashion-art show returns to St. Charles Oct 5, 2014 5:03 PM
    Tickets are now on sale for "Uncommon Threads," the annual one-of-a-kind wearable art show and luncheon, presented by Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles. Superlative wearable art is the focus of this event, which brings together phenomenal textiles and accessories created by local and national artists.

  • Make flexible mummies for Halloween decor Oct 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    With just a few inexpensive craft materials, you can make a miniature mummy perfect for perching on shelves, bookcases, pumpkins and more this fall. They’re easy enough for kids to make on their own with a wooden bead, pipe cleaners, cotton balls and fabric.

  • Autumn Country Folk Art Festival focuses on the hand-crafted and historic Sep 24, 2014 6:13 AM
    For arts and crafts enthusiasts, the start of fall marks the start of show season. Every show is different, but the Autumn Country Folk Art Festival, which specializes in folk art and reproductions of antiques and traditional American crafts, brings visitors back year after year. It's on Friday to Sunday, Sept. 26 to 28 at the Kane County Fairgrounds.

  • Food and entertainment shine at Art in Your Eye in Batavia Sep 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s been said that art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. At Batavia’s Art in Your Eye festival, you can be the judge. The 10th annual fine arts show takes place Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21, at the Batavia Riverwalk. Admission is free.

  • Crafts: A fresh take on pinatas Sep 11, 2014 5:45 AM
    As summer eases into the school year — and into a new season of birthdays, class parties and holiday gatherings — now’s a good time to make a few eye-catching pinatas. Unlike store-bought pinatas, papier-mache pinatas are the real thing. And homemade ones aren’t reserved for children’s birthday parties. Modern pinatas can be sleek and geometrical for grown-up gatherings, adding pizazz to holidays like Halloween and New Year’s.

  • Art Affair Around the Square returns to Palatine Sep 3, 2014 4:01 PM
    Artists from across the region will be displaying and selling their works in Palatine this weekend as the Palatine Jaycees present their 10th annual juried art fair, An Art Affair Around the Square. Besides the visual arts, the weekend show includes live entertainment by local musicians.

  • Pins, bracelets, barrettes fill ’80s-inspired kit Aug 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    Don’t just send the little girls and tweens in your life back to school. Send them back to the ’80s with a craft kit full of supplies to whip up three of the decade’s most iconic accessories: ribbon barrettes, friendship bracelets and friendship pins.

  • Crafters find togetherness can inspire, nourish Aug 7, 2014 4:30 AM
    Four years ago, inspired by her love of crafting, Ali DeJohn began offering a mishmash of projects at weekend retreats near Boulder, Colo. Women came from around the world, and a business was born. Today, The Makerie hosts high-end crafting retreats in Colorado and New York City. Its July retreat was a full day of printing, knitting and cooking workshops plus three meals and cocktails outdoors at a Lyons, Colorado, farm. The cost was $365. Why pay hundreds of dollars to craft with strangers for a day? Community.

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