Monday, October 31, 2011

Tara Smith

Tara has been working on the shrines since her dad's death about 7 years ago. It started with a couple of fabric boxes in remembrance of him and grew from there. Now she likes creating little stories about the people in the pictures that she uses when she creates. Most of the people are family members long past. She also uses various religious icons and symbols in her work.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Julie O'Dell

Business professional by day and artist by night, Julie is the creative force behind Plum Road Studios. “Making things” is her passion; color and pattern provide inspiration; sewing is her favorite creative expression. Time spent in the studio, mainly at the sewing machine, is a connecting thread to Julie’s past. Her grandmother and mother sewed and quilted; Julie was taught how to use a needle and thread at an early age. Her family also owned and operated a small ceramics studio where Julie learned to paint and explore other mediums. While she has dabbled in all sorts of projects, quilting remains a constant and focus of her creative energies.

Karen Reeves

Karen is so happy to be back with her Crafty Chicks! This year, she is offering beautiful jewelry handmade with a wide variety of materials, each piece with it's own personality. Scrabble tile ornaments will be for sale along with some great button ornaments. She hopes you'll stop by and say will definitely be 'Time Well Spent'!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Kristie Jeffers

Kristie Jeffers started sewing dolls and toys for her two small boys. She has always been a crafter and is constantly creating whether it's a knitted scarf, a painted Christmas gnome, or a hand sewn doll. She uses natural fibers whenever possible, wool felt being her favorite. Kristie can't wait to share her creations with you and your children!

Sharman Lang

Necessity is the mother of invention. Standing on the bus stop in the dead of winter, you look for any kind of cover or warmth you can find. One way to keep warm is to cover your head and neck with a scarf or hat. Sharman was not happy with the apparel being offered in the high or low end fashion departments, so she decided to make her own. Keep That Head and Neck Warm !

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Diane and Madeline Tompkins

"Tag Team Tompkins" spent time this summer developing some of their first 2-color work to be printed by Skylab Letterpress. They have tried to keep the simplicity of their early black on white work, but have added some color accents. A few of the original designs appeared in Better Homes and Gardens Halloween special interest magazine recently. Debbie Dusenberry, of Curious Sofa, produced this 10 page spread in her amazingly creative fashion. They were honored to be included in her "Mad Tea Party" feature.

Shawna Stobaugh

Shawna Stobaugh is a creative artist whose illustration subjects are greatly inspired by her own life and things that surround her. Among all the things she illustrates, her favorite things are the ones that she sees daily. The style of her art is playful and almost child-like. She has a variety of items to share such as; prints, illustrated baby blocks, rub-ons, iron-on transfers, baby cloths with illustrations, illustrated wood plaques, pattern covered decorative boxes, cards, decorative letters, frames, tile magnets, pin-back buttons and assorted illustrated paper items.You can see more of Shawna's art & illustration at her website

Monday, October 10, 2011

Tabitha Todd

Tabitha and her husband Brandon get creative together to make screenprinted pillows and onesies. Each design is original and screen printed by hand with lots of time and love. Once designs are crafted, much time is spent mixing emulsion and ink colors, cutting fabrics, drying screens, burning impressions, pulling the ink, and sewing the final products! Tabitha also began sewing clutches recently, and she is always looking for new ways to expand her creativity! This is the couple's first year as a Crafty Chick, and they look forward to finding homes and bodies for their unique designs.

Sharon Milleret and June Brock

You never know what these two chicks will be bringing for the show. They have the most wonderful antiques and pre-owned treasures. To round it all off, June adds to the mix charming ornaments that were created using small antique butter molds. Come by and see what they have new this year!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Shelby Olexa

Shelby's love of handmade clothing is clear in her crocheting. Two years ago she began making hats for family and friends and then began selling her creations in a local vintage shop. This is her first year at Crafty Chicks. She'll be featuring unique hats, fingerless gloves and scarves. Be sure to stop by to see her owl and sock monkey hats!

Linda Maloney

Linda has fallen in love with working in resin!! From the yummy colors to the tactile feel she has enjoyed every project. The colors are bright and cheery and will add pizazz to your winter wardrobe. Wear one necklace at at time or wear in multiples!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Alicia Thomas and John Brogden

Alicia Thomas and John Brogden started out 2 years ago working together to create birdhouses and feeders from gourds. Bootheel Gourds are grown by their father on the family farm in southeast Missouri.This is their first year at Crafty Chicks, and they will be offering much more than birdhouses and feeders. All made out of gourds, of course!