Chi-town! Craft Corps!

I’m here in Chicago getting ready for CHA. Patrick is here too – while the kids, our friends, my sister, and my mom-in-law hold down the fort at home. It takes a village!

Tomorrow we will be working with some kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago and showing them how to get crafty, although I know they already have it in them! After that we might get to visit Patrick’s cousin, Mark, and then it is all about the show. I finished my apron, my dichos came in (more on that later), and now all I have to do is look forward to stalking Mark Montano at the convention 🙂 I’m a big fan and want to shake the hand that makes all those genius crafty projects!

Tonight we chilled in the room, flipped the channels on the set and came across The Big Idea on CNBC. Someone needs to smack me on the back of the head right now for not watching this show sooner.

Ouch! I felt that whack, thanks…

Tonight the topic was “The New Art of Selling”. Bookmark this page and check it out! I learned so many new things, and it was the perfect primer for attending CHA. This is my new favorite show and I even called DeAngelo at home to record every episode for me while I’m away.


I better go to bed, it is after midnight here, which is only after 10 p.m. Phoenix time, but I have to wake up at 6 am Chicago time, which is 4 am Phoenix time. I’m confused.


Have a super day!!!


Kathy 🙂


P.S. Not sure how much spare time I’ll have but does anyone know of cool indie shopping spots in Chicago?


P.S.S. Vickie Howell is interested in hearing from YOU!

Calling all crafters!


I’m gearing up to write my next book, Craft
Corps (pronounced Craft Core) which will focus on the community perpetuated
by craft and the designers & hobbyists who feed it.

As part of the content, I’m hoping to include 50-60 short profiles of crafters of all types. If you knit, crochet, embroider, decoupage, paint, sew, bead, tat, work with ceramics, collage, etc.—I want to hear from you! Whether you’ve found success selling your handmade sock monkeys on Etsy or you crochet chemo caps for charity, I want to know who you are, what you craft and why you do it. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE PROFESSIONAL CRAFTERS (in fact, it’s preferable as the book’s other content will focus on that)!

I’ve been fortunate enough over the years to receive e-mails from people all over the world, sharing their favorite memory of crafting, what crafting has done for them or what got them started and how they’ll never stop.
These stories–from hilarious craft mishaps to touching crafty life stories–
have inspired me to collect more to share with the public, handmade community.
If you’re interested in possibly being a part of Craft Corps, please fill
out the following questionnaire, cut and paste it into the body of an e-mail,
and send it to:
as soon as possible (but no later than AUGUST 15th.) If we’re able to use
your profile, an editor will contact you directly with more info.

Thank you so
much for participating!

xo, Vickie

Love & light,

2 Responses

  1. HI! I take it you will be at CHA?! I can’t wait to see you if you are!

    I live in chi-town so my favorite place is THe Paper Doll – co-owned by Maude the Pug. 🙂 Yes I must give my props to the pug owners.

    HUGS and enjoy CHi-Town. Make sure you have deep dish pizza and a Chicago Style Hot DOG!!!

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