April 28, 2011

Mother's Day Chick Challenge

Mother's Day Chick Challenge: Mother's Day is May 8th. Send us a picture of you and your mom to post on our Facebook  link and we will post it to our blog to honor your special day. Who will be the first?

April 27, 2011


April 29-May 1 Hundreds of artists and galleries in Lowertown and throughout St. Paul. Check the link for more details at http://www.artcrawl.org/

April 23, 2011

April 17, 2011


Handmade knit purse by "Vicki's Original"

Purse Problems

With all this talk about purses and personality, I came up with a solution for all of you ladies that only own 1 or 2 handbags. First of all let me tell you I am an “OCD Purse Alcoholic”. I love purses and change my handbag almost daily. To give my purse a personality of it's own I hang charms and accessories on the outside of my purse. One of my favorite "add-on’s" is a felt flower pin.  I make them in many different colors and patterns.  I like to match the color I am wearing. So here it is "Chicks", I will show you how to make a flower of your own.

You will need:

 Fabric or felt
scissors and/or pinking shears
needle, thread,
pin back
hot glue gun.
vintage button

Cuts five large circles 2 1/2 inches around
Cut 5 -2 inch circles out of a one color
Contrasting circles -cut 5 circles of a coordinating color just a tad smaller than the 2 inch circle

Center circle -  cut 3- 1 ½ inch circles
Flower back: - 1 – 1 ½ green circle and 2 leaves about 3 inches long

Thread your needle with a 36 inch long thread, double it and tie a knot at the bottom. Pick up one of the 2 ½ inch circles and starting from the back insert needle up and then back down again and up and then down (up-down, up- down). Pick up the next circle and do the same until all 5 circles are done, place in a pinwheel shape and stitch in place. Next, a take 2 inch circles and 1 of your contrasting 2 inch circles and place that over the top and stitch the same as you did in the first previous 5. When all 5 are done, stitch in place.

Next stitch the remaining 3 colors the same as before and stitch in place. Now pick out your favorite vintage button and stitch that on.  Then flip over flower and anchor pieces and tie off.
With your hot glue gun, glue leaves in place on the back of flower. Next take the  2 inch green circle and cut two slits in the middle, the distance between the pin closure and the needle itself.  Slip in pin and glue onto back of flower.  You're done!
I hope you enjoy making flowers.  I have been creating felt flowers since I was just a small child and I love to do it.  You can make them any size you want.  Just adjust the measurements. They also look great sewn onto a headband.  Experiment and have fun!  - Kate

April 13, 2011

Does Your Handbag Reflect Your Personality?

 Today they are called handbags, but back in the day we called them a purse. Are they the same thing? My mother was a handbag fanatic; she had a purse for all occasions. I used to think "How labor intense is it to keep switching everything out of one and into another.”  She had so many she would hang them on coat hangers in her closet, I even found them under her bed. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Is there such a thing as a “Handbag Hoarder”?
 Recently, I attended two craft shows and I was amazed how many crafters were selling handmade hats, scarves, handbags and jewelry.  I don’t know why, but I had an “OCD” moment observing women’s handbags and I came up with four “Handbag Personality Profiles.”
Mini Handbag- Are you an organized person that only requires a wallet, car keys and cell phone? This personality is the envy of others.
Prepared Handbag- You are not clutter free but only carry items that are practical and sensible.  Tissues, hair accessories, stamps, toothbrush, dental floss and even a mini sewing kit.
Creative Handbag- You are a full function gal, you are organized, keep household bills, food, aspirin and yes, the female monthly stuff available. Everything you need can be found at the bottom of your purse.
Super Expressive Handbag- You are a caregiver with a expressive personality and have anything from chewing gum, breath mints, nail polish, perfume, books , band aids and dog treats. (I think I have seen this personality while standing in line at the grocery store watching them find their checkbook.)
Can the wrong handbag and color make or break your outfit? Is the bigger your bag mean the bigger your clutter? Finally, where does the little GEICO guy keep his wallet and cell phone?
I am the last person to be talking about handbags as I only own TWO, one for play and one for dress-up. I am thinking I need some handbag inspiration.
I want to hear from you. Which personality best fits you? How many handbags do you own and what are your favorite colors?
I like the Chick handbag, it is more my style.

April 10, 2011

Maple Grove Women of Today- A Non-Profit Organization

Lise Spence-Parsons
Creative Chicks
Yesterday, Pam and I attended our second craft show as a vendor, but this time it was sponsored by Maple Grove Women of Today in Maple Grove Minnesota. It was nice to be surrounded by so many booths that actually had product that was "Handmade". The accommodations were outstanding and we met so many wonderful crafters. Before I go any further, I want to thank Lise Spence-Parsons of Lottie's Trinkets http://www.lottiestrinkets.com/ for introducing us to this show.
Angie Frassel  and son Craft Show Coordinator
Angie Frassel was the craft show coordinator and is a volunteer for this wonderful non-profit event. There will be another craft show held the second week of October. Check our their website at http://www.maplegrovewt.org/, or you can reach Angie at her email kfraz37@hotmail.com

The Maple Grove Women of Today is a dynamic and diverse women's organization interested in the betterment of our community. We are not politically or religiously affiliated. We are women from various backgrounds, communities, and life experiences. We are working women, homemakers, mothers, grandmothers, married and single women. We are women who want to make our communities a better place for all to live.
We volunteer our time, raise funds for charities, and provide informational seminars that are open to the public.  Our members choose the projects they want to participate in, given their interest and time availability. Members can be as involved as they want to be. Most group events take place in the evenings or on weekends. We are also interested in bettering ourselves and having fun. We have speakers attend our meetings, challenge ourselves to improve our communication skills, gather to develop new talents and plan social events. The wide range of opportunities that Women of Today offers is one of the elements that make it unique. There is something for every woman and new ideas are always welcome.
Minnesota Women of Today Mission Statement
The mission of the Minnesota Women of Today is to help women improve their own lives and the lives of people in the communities around them. The organization shall provide opportunities for members:
A. To contribute to their communities by raising funds for worthy causes and by providing services or education to benefit community members.
B. To develop and to foster skills and talents related to becoming successful individuals, interacting well with other people and becoming capable leaders.
C. To develop friendships and to find personal support within the organization.
The Maple Grove Women of Today chapter is involved in a variety of projects. Here is a small list of some of them. See our upcoming events page for more details.
Community Involvement
Relay for Life
Maple Grove Days
Maple Grove Ambassadors Program
Holiday Events
Scholarship Program
Spring & Fall Craft Shows
Foundations We Support
American Cancer Society
Girl Scouts
Minneapolis VA Home
People with Developmental Challenges
March of Dimes

April 8, 2011

Canterbury Park Spring Art & Crafts Festival

Apr 8-10

Spring Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair

Friday 11AM-9PM
Saturday 9AM-6PM
Sunday 10 AM-5PM
Admission: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Kids 10 and Younger Free
Over 500 Artists & Crafters People From 30 States

April 3, 2011

Today is My Birthday by: Patty Sullivan

Today is my birthday, and I share it with my twin sister Pam. I always remember being dressed alike, and being called "Twin" or "PatPam", because very few people could tell us apart. All of our gifts were the same, my parents wanted to keep everything fair. I always had someone to play with growing up, and we will always remain best friends for life.  Thank you to all of my family and friends  at Creative Chicks Cafe for your thoughtful birthday wishes today.
Patty and Pam
Pam and Patty
Pam and Patty

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