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NEPA Arts & Crafts – September 2012

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How’s it going, arts-and-craftsters? Summer may be winding down here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find tons of events filled with local artisans and handicrafters! There’s still time to grab some handmade goodness before it’s time to start knitting those warm, Wintery crafts! As always, I’ve included links to each event listed with its own website or homepage, as well as links to their locations’ websites, if applicable. Please note that some of these events may require fees for admission or parking.

8/26 — 9/01 West End Fair @ Fairgrounds – Rt. 209, Gilbert, PA
8/28 — 9/03 Greene Dreher Sterling Fair @ Fairgrounds – Rts. 191 & 507, Newfoundland, PA
8/29 — 9/03 Sullivan County Fair @ Fairgrounds – Rt. 154, Forksville, PA
9/01 —            Labor Day Market @ Eagles Mere Green, Eagles Mere, PA
9/01 —            StroudFest @ Main St., Stroudsburg, PA
9/01 — 9/02 Country Arts & Crafts Show @ Dushore Railroad Station, Dushore, PA
9/01 — 9/02 Pocono Garlic Festival @ Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, East Stroudsburg, PA
9/05 — 9/09 Luzerne County Fair @ Fairgrounds – Rt. 118, Dallas, PA
9/07 — 9/09 Palmerton Festival @ Borough Park, Palmerton, PA
9/07 — 9/16 Milton Harvest Festival @ Downtown Milton, PA
9/08 —           Cowanesque Valley Outdoors Festival @ Rt. 49, Knoxville, PA
9/08 —           Fall Arts & Crafts Fair @ Mill St., Danville, PA
9/08 —           Hawley Arts & Crafts Fair @ Bingham Park, Hawley, PA
9/08 —           Schuylkill Haven Farmer’s Market @ 1 E. Main St., Schuylkill Haven, PA
9/08 — 9/09 Art & Craft-itivity @ Tom Quick Inn, Milford, PA
9/08 — 9/09 Concourse Club Art & Photography Show @ Sacred Heart Church, Palmerton, PA
9/08 — 9/09 Harford Fiber Festival @ Fairgrounds – Rt. 2063, Harford, PA
9/08 — 9/09 Hazleton FunFest @ Downtown Hazleton, PA
9/09 —            Hometown Fall Craft Show @ 125 Mahanoy Ave., Towanda, PA
9/14 — 9/16 Victorian Heritage Festival @ Jim Thorpe, PA
9/15 —            Fall Craft Show @ Nesquehoning Rec Center, Nesquehoning, PA
9/15 —            Hegins Valley Arts & Crafts Faire @ Hegins Park, Hegins, PA
9/15 —            Luzerne Fall Pumpkin Festival @ Main St., Luzerne, PA
9/15 —            Scranton Cultural Crossroads Festival @ Anthracite Museum, Scranton, PA
9/15 —            Wayne County Wine & Cheese Festival @ Fairgrounds – Rt. 191, Honesdale, PA
9/15 — 9/16 Apple Valley Arts & Crafts Festival @ 108 Rt. 6, Milford, PA
9/15 — 9/16 Ross Township Community Day @ Van Buskirk-Haney Park, Saylorsburg, PA
9/16 —            Bark in the Park @ Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA
9/21 — 9/23 Fall Frolic Autumnal Equinox Festival @ Camp Netimus for Girls, Milford, PA
9/22 —           Fall Craft & Vendor Fair @ Wyoming United Methodist Church, Wyoming, PA
9/22 —           12th Annual Craft Fair @ 312 Davis St., Scranton
9/22 — 9/29 Bloomsburg Fair @ Fairgrounds – 620 West Third St., Bloomsburg, PA
9/23 —            Holy Rosary Holiday Marketplace @ Holy Rosary School, Duryea, PA
9/29 —            Fall Craft & Vendor Show @ The Oblates of St. Joseph, Pittston, PA
9/29 —            Schuylkill Haven Borough Day @ Downtown Schuylkill Haven, PA

On-going events:
Wed — Sun The Marketplace @ 10th St. Plaza, Bloomsburg, PA
Merchant’s Village Indoor Market @ The old Wal-Mart, Pittston, PA

Resources:
http://www.pavendors.com/events
http://www.artscraftsshowbusiness.com/shows.aspx?state=PA
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net

Hey! If you’ve found an event that I’ve overlooked that contains arts & crafts activities or vendors of handmade goods, feel free to send me an email at Shubette.etsy(at)gmail(dot)com and let me know! Thanks for reading, internet!

Happy Birthday, H. P. Lovecraft!

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Tombstone of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, taken by William Hart, Cthulhuwho1 on flickr

H. P. Lovecraft has authored many American classics, but none of which you’d find in a high school curriculum. He has written not only some truly great short stories, but many, many poems, essays, and formal letters. He has haunted us with many wonderfully terrifying stories including a few of my favorites: “The Call of Cthulhu”, “Herbert West–Reanimator”, and “A Shadow Over Innsmouth.”

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was greatly inspired by his own night terrors, dreams, and fears. In his essay, “Notes on Writing Weird Fiction”, Lovecraft notes yet another of his inspirations: time:

“The reason why time plays a great part in so many of my tales is that this element looms up in my mind as the most profoundly dramatic and grimly terrible thing in the universe. Conflict with time seems to me the most potent and fruitful theme in all human expression.”

While Mr. Lovecraft did not live what many might consider to be a happy, prosperous life, at least in death he shall no longer fear the horrifying clenches of time. As a result of his lifetime perils and works thereof,  he has sealed his own immortality in a place without time. Today, on his birthday, let us celebrate him and his 75 years of peaceful rest, which he has rightfully earned.

Thank you for reading. Please click the image above to view its source.

NEPA Arts & Crafts – August 2012

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Queen Bee Market - August 2011 by AngryJulieMonday

Queen Bee Market – August 2011 by AngryJulieMonday

Hello there, makers and shakers of Northeastern PA! We are knees deep into Summer this month – are you ready to see everything that’s going on in the arts and crafts world in the month of August? Clear your schedules, folks, ’cause you’re going to be ridiculously busy with fairs, festivals, handmade vendors, and the very best that NEPA has to offer. The summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of time to get your inspiration for crafting throughout the upcoming cold months.

8/03 — 8/11 Wayne County Fair @ Wayne County Fairgrounds, Honesdale, PA
8/04               Artfest @ Downtown Bloomsburg, PA
8/04 — 8/05 Arts in the Park Festival @ Howard Elmer Park, Sayre, PA
8/04 — 8/05 Apple Valley Arts & Crafts Festival @ Apple Valley Village, Milford, PA
8/04 — 8/05 Festival of Wood @ Grey Towers National Historical Site, Milford, PA
8/05              Corpus Christi Car Show & Craft Fair @ Church of the Holy Redeemer, Harding, PA
8/07 – 8/12 Carbon County Fair @ Little Gap Rd, Palmerton
8/08 – 8/12 Wyoming Valley Mall Craft Show @ Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, PA
8/11 — 8/12 Arts & Crafts Festival @ Eagles Mere Village Green, Eagles Mere, PA
8/11               Flea Market & Bake Sale @ Hawley Fire House, Hawley, PA
8/13 — 8/18 Montour-Delong Community Fair @ Fairgrounds – Rt. 254, Washingtonville, PA
8/16 — 8/18 Sunbury River Festival @ Cameron Park & Riverfront Park, Sunbury, PA
8/16 — 8/19 Pittston Tomato Festival @ Downtown Pittston, PA
8/17 — 8/19 Old Timer’s Show @ VFW Grounds, East Smithfield, PA
8/17 — 8/18 White Haven Festival @ Lehigh Park, White Haven, PA
8/18               Arts & Crafts Festival @ Chinchilla United Methodist Church, Chinchilla, PA
8/18              Hickory Fest @ Stony Fork Creek Campground, Wellsboro, PA
8/18              Last Blast of Summer @ First Presbyterian Church, Berwick, PA
8/18              Pioneer Day @ Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine, Ashland, PA
8/18 — 8/19 Spirit, Mind & Body Expo @ Clarion Hotel, Scranton, PA
8/23 — 8/25 Riverfest @long the Susquehanna River, Towanda, PA
8/24 — 8/25 Plymouth Kielbasa Festival @ Main St, Plymouth, PA
8/25              Craft Fair @ 84 Country Store, Greentown, PA
8/25              Jessup Summer Wine Festival @ 333 Hill St, Jessup, PA
8/25              Wounded Warrior Craft & Arts Fair @ Sun Valley Firehouse, Effort, PA
8/25 — 8/26 Hot & Stinky Garlic & Herb Festival @ Zanolini Nursery, Drums, PA
8/25 — 8/26 Pocono State Craft Festival @ Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg, PA
8/26              Arts at Hayfield Summer Festival @ Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Lehman, PA
8/26 — 9/01 West End Fair @ West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA
8/28 — 9/03 Greene Dreher Sterling Fair @ GDS Fairgrounds, Newfoundland, PA
8/29 — 9/03 Sullivan County Fair @ Fairgrounds, Rt. 154, Forksville

On-going events:
Wed — Sun The Marketplace @ 10th St. Plaza, Bloomsburg, PA
Merchant’s Village Indoor Market @ The old Wal-Mart, Pittston, PA

Resources:
http://www.pavendors.com/events
http://www.artscraftsshowbusiness.com/shows.aspx?state=PA
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net

Am I missing something? Send me an email at Shubette.etsy(at)gmail(dot)com to let me know about an arts & crafts event in NEPA! Thanks for joining me for another month of crafts and can-do here at Shubette Handmade!

Adventures in Toledo

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While Brad and I had the misfortune of crash landing in Toledo, we found ourselves with an excellent opportunity to explore a new place! Here’s some of our highlights!

We waited a very long time for our cab to show up, which we had called earlier that morning to reserve. Eventually we called the taxi company to see why they were running late, and the woman on the phone said “Sorry, we’re all booked up. You’ll have to call someone else.” We had chosen that company because they gave us the lowest estimate. We couldn’t afford anybody else. Luckily we were offered a ride to Toledo from a lovely woman who called herself Mystic. She was truly a lifesaver, and refused any payment we offered her for her kindness. If you come across this post, Mystic, thank you so much; you will be remembered forever.

When we arrived at the bus station, we got our tickets and had our bags taken care of. Then it was time to get something to eat!

We stopped at this very spiffy sports bar called Table 44. The service was great, and they played soft jazz as we enjoyed our meal. We happened to be the only customers in the place, but it looked as though it would have been pretty packed if we had wandered in at night.

As an appetizer we ordered these “potato cups,” which are generally filled with cheese, bacon, and scallions (the latter we asked to exclude).

Afterwards we took a long walk around Toledo to kill time until we boarded our bus and found ourselves near some docks along the Maumee River. We walked along the river and found this pretty lady overlooking the river, too.

I guess she decided she would have better balance without the flip flops. Eventually we decided to head to the nearest dollar store we could find to get some headphones for the long bus ride home when I spotted my very first real-life yarn-bomb!

And the second! I was so excited that I just had to get some pictures.

We noticed that the people in Toledo are considerably nicer than the people in the Wilkes-Barre area. Everyone we encountered along our walk was very pleasant, and I didn’t feel like so much of a tourist running around with a camera and a bad case of sun burn. Although we had a bad experience, it was nice to get some unexpected traveling done.

Bonus! Did you spot Brad and me in the pictures above?
Hint: We’re in two separate pictures.

What had happened was…

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Hi there! I’m here today to talk about some setbacks that have occurred that have got me feeling a little low. At the end of June, Brad and I went to Michigan to attend my family reunion. The reunion was a wonderful event and I may have become a little lax in posting to my blog during that weekend. It was remarkably hot the entire trip and the sun was constantly shining. That is, until a very brief rain storm on our way home that caused us to hydroplane. We were driving in the left lane when we started sliding to the right, and then we spun counter-clockwise until the back of the Jeep collided with the median wall.

I remember it happening so slowly, clutching the handle across the dashboard for dear life, my eyes closed tight, braced for impact, thinking Why haven’t we hit yet? It took us forever to hit that wall. Our rear window and the one on the right side in the back were completely smashed out. We also have a very bent axle and lost a few things as we hit and then slid down the median.

Luckily, neither of us were injured and my mom was traveling only a few miles ahead of us when we crashed. We were towed to a place not far from the Toledo airport with a hotel just a short distance up the road. My mom, step-dad, and grandma were waiting there for us when we arrived in the tow truck, but with my niece in the car with them, they only had enough room for one person to come back home with them. Brad and I decided to stay together at the hotel and find our way home the following day. That was an uncomfortable adventure all on its own.

This train of events had left me feeling rather drained and depressed, and I must admit that I neglected my blog for far too long. Eventually, however, one must come to realize that happiness won’t find you if you’re hiding from it under your covers; one finds happiness when she gets off her ass and looks for it herself. Even when your car looks like this and is all the way in Toledo.

I hope you like how I lazily edited out the phone numbers in these photos. It just seemed appropriate to exclude them, I guess. And hey, we found out that the Jeep isn’t totally destroyed. Before we know it, we’ll be back on the road to Toledo to bring her back home. Things are starting to look up, and I’m glad I still managed to get my monthly feature published(despite it being a little late). Thanks for reading, internet.

NEPA Arts & Crafts – June 2012

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Welcome back, fellow Northeastern Pennsylvanians! Once again I’m here to show you another exciting month in arts and crafts! Remember that I not only have craft fairs listed here, but any local events that include arts & crafts vendors, as well as flea markets! If you have an event that you’d like to see on this list, feel free to send me an email at Shubette.etsy(at)gmail(dot)com! I hope you find the event that’s right for you, and stop in again at the end of June for a list of July’s events!

6/02               Community Day & Flea Market @ Danville Airport, Danville, PA
6/02               Flea Market @ St. Laurence Church, Old Forge, PA
6/02               Craft Sale & Flea Market @ Trinity Episcopal Church, West Pittston, PA
6/02               Wine Festival @ Sno Cove, Scranton, PA
6/02               Midtown Festival @ Main St., New Milford, PA
6/02 — 6/03 Arts on Fire @ Anthracite Museum, Scranton, PA
6/02 — 6/03 Flea Market & Craft Show @ Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Brodheadsville, PA
6/09               Arts & Crafts Fair @ Bingham Park, Hawley, PA
6/09 — 6/10 Craft Fair @ The Fun Station, Gouldsboro, PA
6/09 — 6/16 PA State Laurel Festival @ Wellsboro, PA
6/16               Roots & Rhythm Music Festival @ Central Park & Main St., Honesdale, PA
6/16               Barn Quilt Festival @ 20 Main St., Wyalusing, PA
6/19 — 6/24 Northeast Fair @ Suscon Rd. (just off Rt. 315), Pittston, PA
6/20 — 6/24 Forty Fort 125th Anniversary Celebration (near) Forty Fort Airport, Forty Fort, PA
6/23               Founder’s Day @ Main St., Tunkhannock, PA
6/23 — 6/24 CMVB Family Fun Festival @ Berwick Test Track Park, Berwick, PA
6/23 — 6/24 Liberty Blockhouse Festival @ Liberty Park, Liberty, PA
6/25 —           Central PA Wine & Arts Festival @ Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, Bloomsburg, PA
6/30              Flea Market @ 84 Country Store, Greentown, PA

On-going events:
Wed — Sun The Marketplace @ 10th St. Plaza, Bloomsburg, PA
Merchant’s Village Indoor Market @ The old Wal-Mart, Pittston, PA

Resources:
http://www.pavendors.com/events
http://www.artscraftsshowbusiness.com/shows.aspx?state=PA
http://www.fairsandfestivals.net

Thanks for coming, Northeastern PA!

What I Packed

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Hello, internet! It’s that time again that I’ve been whisked away for work. If you’re as absent-minded as me, every time you plan to be out of town for a little while, your brain panics and starts yelling “WHAT SHOULD I BRING?” So, here’s a list to my future self and anybody else who’s curious about what a little lady packs when she’s leaving for a construction job.

For this sort of a trip, I need to have about a week’s worth of clothing, and I need to put fashion completely out of my mind. My job requires me to be prepared to withstand all weather situations, usually for 8-12 hours per shift, so I’ve picked these items based on comfort and layerability. Continue reading for the full list.

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