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How do we get Megan Auman to Chicago? March 3, 2010

Posted by Deb Kosiba in Business, resources, social networking.
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Megan Auman is a big cheese in the online crafting community.    She has a blog called Crafting an MBA where she shares her extensive crafting business knowledge with the rest of us crafters.  Go read it.  I’d say go now, I’ll wait, but her blog is so full of useful knowledge and excellent links to other resources, that you will be  a while and may forget to come back.

She recently posted that she is going to be offering a course called Business Basics for Artists, Makers & Designers.  It’s a 3 hour class covering all the business details that overwhelm all of us getting started in the crafty biz.

The problem is that it is in Pennsylvania.

So I responded to her post, half  joking “You need to bring this class to Chicago so I can take it.”

To my wonderful surprise, she responded “I’d love to come to chicago – any recs for guilds, schools, or groups i could work with to offer the class?”

Well, suddenly I felt like a guy who asks the girl who is way out of his league for a date, and the girl responds “Sure!”

Er, ah..stammer, um.  Wow!

The problem is that I’m really new to the Chicago crafting scene.  I started in December and I’ve been to one meeting of the Chicago Craft Mafia, and that’s about it.  I’ve also heard about The Chicago Style Crafters but I wasn’t able to attend their January meeting.   I haven’t been around long enough to have learned where all the great crafting resources are in the Chicago area yet.

So I’m asking the internet, because the internet knows all…Do you have any recommendations for guilds, schools, or groups she could work with to offer the class in the Chicago area?

You can leave any ideas you have here in the comments, or go to my contact page, or you can email me directly at deb (at) bigblued (dot) com.  I’d love to know what you know!

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How Do I Glue This to That? January 13, 2010

Posted by Deb Kosiba in resources.
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It’s strange.  People ask me glue related questions all the time.  Co-workers come downstairs at work to ask what would be the best glue for different non-work projects, like fixing shoes or boat parts.  I even had someone call me on my day off to ask about glue.  I’m not going to go into the long-winded philosophies of various adhesives here.  Instead, I will link to a great glue resource, thistothat.com.

It’s simple.  Choose from drop down lists what you would like to glue together, and the site will give you a couple of options.  They provide additional information like the clarity of the glue, drying times, stiffness and ease of use.  There are links to more information on each glue type suggested, such as toxicity, price, and links to the manufacturers web sites.

It’s a great resource that I’ve been telling people about for years.  Is there a web site you find incredibly useful when making your SF&F 3-D Art?  I’m sure others would love to know about it too!  Contact me and I’ll post it here.

New Upcoming Convention Page January 12, 2010

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I just added another page to this blog, a page to list upcoming convention Art Shows.  The first, and so far only, listing is for Capricon XXX, which is coming up fast in Feb.  As time goes on I hope to get it populated with convention Art Show information from across the country.  If you would like to promote your SF&F (or anime/gaming/furry/linux/etc. ) convention’s Art Show, contact me and I’ll add it to the list.

Sale at Pearl Art Supply January 10, 2010

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A link to this page is going around announcing a 50% off sale at select Pearl Art Supply stores.  Thought I’d pass it along.

Use My Coupon! January 1, 2010

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This link will take you to a coupon for 40% off (almost) anything at Michaels (1/3/2010-1/9/2010). I signed up for their promotional emails and they send me coupons. The catch is that the coupon has a code that makes it unique. I don’t know if they use it to limit the “one coupon per customer per day”  rule or if this coupon can be used only once.  Either way, I don’t foresee needing the coupon in the next week so I’m offering it up to you guys.  Let me know if you used it for supplies in one of your 3-D SF&F projects!