Category Archives: New Jersey

Network Charity Brunch and Arts/Crafts Sale in Denville 2/26

On Sunday, February 26th, I hope you consider attending a Network Charity Brunch and Arts/Crafts Sale in Denville. The event includes a medical lecture, chamber music, light luncheon, and an arts and crafts sale – all free! The complete event is listed below, if you would like to attend, please RSVP to 973-994-2484 and tell them you are my guest. I hope you decide to attend!

Urban Auditorium: Saint Clares Hospital, 25 Pocono Road, Denville, NJ
Lecture: Pediatric Injuries: Concussion by Rositta Michael, M. D., F.A.A.P.
Permanent Make-Up: Scar Camouflage by MaryAnn Velardi, Dermatechnician
Plastic Surgery: Trauma and Scars, Lorelle N. Michelson, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Tribute: The Center for Food Action
Musical Selections: The West Essex Chamber Players

Shopping opportunities: Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten, Fiber Artist; Anne Woodman Jewelry Design; Artisan Silk Flowers and Wreaths; Baubles Beads & Gemstones; Handmade, One-Of-A-Kind Jewelry by Ms. Barbara Bloom; Christabel Unique Concepts in Glass Jewelry; Ganise Creations…because jewelry ought to be fun!; Gem-N-I Fine Jewelry; Gina Bratter Designs One-of-a-Kind Art To Wear…Jewelry, Clothing, Accessories; Glam Sucre Fashion Jewelry; Healthy Changes Health and Wellness Center Personal Growth, Development and Hypnosis; House of Treasures Lavender & Eucalyptus Bath & Body Products / Spa Wraps / Masks; Jeanette’s Jewelry; Lia Sophia; Linda’s Things Custom-made stationery, decor and gifts; Mary Kay; Sachi of Tokyo Exotic Handcrafted Purses; Scentsy: Grissel & Dee; Silpada, .925 Sterling Silver Jewelry; Sophia’s Salts and Spices;; Stella & Dot Trendy Jewelry, Handbags and Accessories

Somerset Fly Fishing Show: The Ultimate in Creativity!

fly fishing showThis weekend is the annual Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ . Now, why would I bring this up on a fiber-arts blog? Well, a few different reasons.

First, as many of you know, I am an avid fly angler. My husband and I are the owners of Reel Simple Fly Fishing . We attend the show each year to demonstrate fly tying techniques, lecture about fly fishing for still water species and sell our book, Ten Flies, Simple Ties.

OK, so if you aren’t into fly fishing, you may be asking why would you want to go? Well, many of the materials used in fly tying can be directly applied to fiber arts! For example, Glenn and I use wool, alpaca, various yarns and more in fly tying. So, a fly fishing show is a great place to stretch your creativity!

If you decide to check out the Fly Fishing Show this weekend, please stop by and say hi. I promise you will not be disappointed!

2010 Christmas Bazaar, Saturday December 4

This weekend I am happy to again take part in the second annual Christmas Bazaar at the Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Christian Church on Beach Street in Rockaway, NJ, Saturday, December 4. This is a great event with a wide variety of crafters and artisans that is very well run. You will definitely find unique items to fulfill every gift-giving need! This is a cozy show that brings in a great group of artistic individuals directly from the community.

Additionally, the food for sale is great! Looking for wonderful ethnic goodies like pierogies, halushki, holupki, kielbasi & kraut sandwiches, and other baked goods? This is definitely the place! I am definitely looking forward to a few snacks!

The bazaar will open at 9:00 a.m. to the public and will end at 3:00 p.m., so there is still plenty of time in the afternoon to get your tree!

I hope to see you there!

Stitchin’ at Starbucks: Take Two

Well, hopefully the weather will play nice this week so we can meet and kick off the fall season of Stitchin’ at Starbucks!

Our first get together of the fall season will be
this Thursday, September 23 7:00 p.m. at the Starbucks next to Pier One
in the Target Strip Mall within the Rockaway, NJ Mall Complex. This is a perfect time to get started on those fall and winter knit and crochet projects!

If you are on Facebook, check out our official group found here . Hope you can join us!

Peters Valley Arts and Craft Show Next Weekend

Peters Valley The weekend of September 25 is the annual Peters Valley Arts and Crafts Show at the New Jersey Fairgrounds in Agusta, New Jersey. If you have never been to this event, you should definitely attend! This event highlights some of the most amazing artisans you could ever imagine. The holiday season will be here before you know it, so this is a great place to find truly unique gifts and support the arts at the same time.

If you go to the Peters Valley website , you can also get a coupon for $1 off admission to the show. I hope you decide to check it out. You will not be disappointed!

Rockaway Stitchin’ at Starbucks for 9-16 CANCELLED

Unfortunately, the weather has a different idea about us getting together tonight for our first Stitchin’ at Starbucks after the summer has passed. The weather reports are calling for serious weather later this afternoon into the late evening. As a result, it is best that we cancel for tonight and reschedule for next Thursday, September 23rd.

I hope to see you all then!

Rockaway Stitchin at Starbucks is Back!

The weather has finally cooled below 90 degrees, the kids are back at school and soon the leaves will start to turn. This makes it a perfect time to get started on those fall and winter knit and crochet projects!

Stitchin’ at Starbucks is back in action! Our next get together will be this Thursday, September 16 7:00 p.m. at the Starbucks next to Pier One in the Target Strip Mall within the Rockaway, NJ Mall Complex.

If you are on Facebook, check out our official group found here . Hope you can join us!

My Thoughts Today on 9/11

Today is not about two so-called men of God as many may have you think. Today is about the scar on our great country that will never really heal. Today is about remembering those who lost their lives, those who worked to save so  many and those who have been left behind without parents, children, siblings, spouses and friends.

As I write this, I  am listening to the reading of the names. To everyone now, whether they know someone lost on the day or not, they are more than just names. They are the first lost in the war against terror and those who want to destroy the freedoms we enjoy here in the United States of America.

Years before, there was an attempt on the World Trade Center. On that day in 1993, I was preparing to attend a bridal shower. We had no idea that this event was the beginning of a war against us and our way of life.

I have an interesting story I want to share about the World Trade Center. In the late 1990′s, I went for a job interview at what I grew up calling The Twin Towers. I was told to get there early so I would have time to go through security. That was the only time I was ever there. I immediately fell in love with the grandeur of the buildings and knew it would be great to work there.  During the interview, the gentleman I was meeting with made a point of telling me the job would be located in the building. That there were some individuals who were uncomfortable with that after the 1993 bombing. My quote to him was “I would love to work here and I am not afraid. Lightning doesn’t strike twice.” How wrong I was.

As I watched those buildings burn that day, I thought about the man I met with. I never heard back and didn’t get the job. I don’t remember the name of the company or even which building the job was in. But I remember him and wonder if he still worked there. If he made it out. If he was OK.

Like many, I remember every minute of that day. I remember leaving work and going to the school where my high school friend’s mother worked. Her husband worked in the World Trade Center Complex. I remember her holding a paper plate with a number scribbled on it where he would be that day. That look on her face I can’t describe. The school principal and I tried to get her to leave and come home with me, but she wouldn’t. Thankfully, her husband, who I always called Papa, was OK.

I think Mayor Giuliani said it best this morning. He remembers many terrible moments that took place nine years ago today. But he also remembers many great acts of caring and kindness that took place, both on that day and on the days after.

As I do every year, I pray today for all those who lost their lives, those who were directly affected and all of us as a nation. God Bless the United States of America.

Join Me at the Ringwood Farmer’s Market August 7

This Saturday, August 7, 2010, I will be at the Ringwood Farmers’ Market and Artisan Sale! This will be my first time at this event and I hear it is just great! The even runs from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, rain or shine.

In additional to fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits, local artisans will have many different items available for purchase, including pottery, jewelry, pet items, woodworking, and of course crochet and knitted items!

The Ringwood Farmers’ Market and Artisan Sale is sponsored by Eat Local, Inc., who works to educate the public on the importance of eating locally grown foods, provide access to local foods, support local farmers, and cultivate a community in which the values of eating locally are promoted and celebrated.

I hope you can stop by and say hi!

A Touch of Peru in Denville, NJ

Today I joined friends for some late lunch shopping at the Sidewalk Sale in Denville, NJ. One of the shops I always wanted to check out is Bridges Peru , a great little shop with authentic South American items. So, I took a few minutes to check it out. All I can say is WOW!

It is safe to say I could get into some serious trouble in that store. In addition to items such as Yerba Mate, unique and beautiful jewelry and beaded bags, they have baby alpaca yarn, alpaca gloves and hats and beautiful hand-made tapestries! The work is absolutely wonderful and incredibly detailed. The variety of offerings are Bridges Peru is just wonderful! It truly is a great source of cultural education and fiber art inspiration.

I, of course, had to pick up some black alpaca yarn and definitely plan to go back and get a pair of fingerless glove/mitten combos and some Yerba Mate. If you are in the area, I highly suggest you check it out – you will not be disappointed!