The Star Press from Muncie, Indiana on July 25, 2007 · Page 15
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The Star Press from Muncie, Indiana · Page 15

Muncie, Indiana
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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Classifieds Begin on Page 3C , 'J A peony necklace by Gwen Harshfield of Springville, wooden earrings by Brynn Rose of Pleasant Lake, and sterling silver and navy blue glass earrings by Debbie Brown of Pendleton sold on WEDNESDAY July 25, 2007 Lifestyles editor Debra Sorrell, 213-5842 E-mail Page designer Elizabeth Richman, 213-5856 6 IDEAS AND INSPIRATIONS FOR ENRICHING YOUR DAILY LIFE TT your 4J GET OUT SUMMER STORYTIME Interactive stories and fun await the Muncie Children's Museum's young visitors throughout the summer. Storytime, 11 a.m.-noon each Wednesday, is included with the $6 cost of regular admission. It's free to members. Information: 286-1660 or www.muncie MORE EVENTS IN THE TWO-DAY OUTLOOK PEOPLE & PLACES 50 INSIDE TODAY YOUR PETS 2C There are other pets to consider besides puppies TOP TIP Ice, ice baby Bowls made of ice (with the addition of sliced berries or edible flowers) make beautiful serving vessels for summertime cold soups or punches. To make them, fill a large bowl with water and scatter your decorative elements inside. Place a smaller bowl inside the large bowl and weight it down so it stays centered. Freeze until solid, then remove the mold and fill as desired. TELL US YOUR STORIES 1 Smile, and say back to school There you were, posing on the front porch in your new favorite outfit, your hair just so, your shiny lunchbox at your side. Click. Click. Click. Yes, we are looking for your first day of school photos. They can be your photos from when you were a kid or photos of your own little one. Please send them to us (and tell us why it's your favorite) at or The Star PressFirst Day, 345 S. High St., Muncie, 47305. Don't forget to include a name and phone number. POLL QUESTION 0: How crafty are you? Very Somewhat Not so much Not at all Go to and click on the Life category at the left to vote. TUESDAY'S POLL RESULTS 0: Have you finished the new Harry Potter book yet? Yes 6 No 13.4 I haven't even bought it yet 80.5 Results as of 5:30 p.m. Total votes: 149. WWW.THESTARPRESS.COM a) N7 ' X I (Pi , : W t's 1 ' , V-v f i wlbdireiraffiiM -ir- r1 RIGHT: Kumihimo Japanese braiding keychains made, by Earlynn Collier of Greenwood and sold on www.dragoncat. ABOVE RIGHT: A Burpz baby burping cloth created by Becky Isaacs of Muncie and sold on www.beckbydesign. IN Crowd artists and crafters share their works on By KATHY KIRBY T A cell phone tote ' - . made and sold by Elise Bond of Valporaiso on v" www.betani. - . . V V' V 1 'v. otcvi rnm l l' V , ft 1. hey are members of the IN Crowd of www. With about 40 active members, they are Hoosier artists and crafters who are selling their wares online. Debbie Brown of Pendleton whose Etsy shop is is one of them. A designer of contemporary, classic and vintage-, style jewelry, she also is an accounting manager in Castleton, a mother of two young children, and a n caregiver to her husband. Crafting gives me a creative outlet, she said; "It's something I do in the evening after the kids are in bed." Brown is a member of the IN Crowd street team, a group of Etsy artists from Indiana who are promoting their artwork and awareness of the online market. She communicates with them through e-mail and convos, but also has met some of them in person. "I've met six of them in the last couple of months at craft fairs, like the Summer Heat Air Festival in Muncie," she said. "In a few weeks, some of them will be here for Pendleton's Fall Creek Heritage Fair. We provide each other support in our artwork." Ml M b MM Brown V; Lewis 1 X i'C Creating wares by hand During the day, Byrnn Rose of Pleasant Lake works in a warehouse in a distribution center. When she is in her art studio at home, she makes jewelry and wind chimes from natural materials, such as seaglass and wood. "I don't go manmade," she said. "I like making things that will make people happy and that they will wear over and over again." Before she leaves for work in the morning, she checks her Etsy shop and sees what other fellow Etsy artists have new for sale. "We don't give each other all of our trade secrets, but I have learned a lot from the other artists," she said. "It's just a very welcome place for both buyers and sellers." Becky Isaacs of Muncie www. sells her handmade baby gear on Etsy as well as at Belle E Buttons in Yorktown. "Handmade items are the hot tickets right now," said Isaacs, whose popular items are BUBS, back-up blankies, and BURPZ, burp cloth sets. "Etsy is so convenient," the stay-at-home mom said. "You can access it at anytime and shop from home for as long as you like. There are some really talented artists out there." Online crafting is personal While cybercrafting is a new venture, it takes us back to a time before mass production existed, according .to Matthew Stinchcomb, media spokesman for www.Etsy. com, which was launched two years ago. See ETSY, 2C f,' ' xJt by the numbers I There are 350,000 registered users on, with 60,000 of them sellers. I The Etsy sellers are from 84 different countries. I About 40 active sellers are members of the IN Crowd from Indiana. I There are about 500,000 items listed on Etsy. I If you added up the dollar value of all the items currently for sale, it would total more than $10,000,000. I For every 5 new item listings on Etsy, 2 items sell. Marfhetv Stinchcomb, medid spokesman for A mosaic family cross created and sold by Deb and Troy Lewis of Muncie on www. I stufffromthe Juried glass show to be featured at Minnetrista STAR PRESS STAFF REPORT MUNCIE Minnetrista will celebrate its regional heritage during a juried glass art show and sale Sept. l-Oct. l. "Sand and Fire: A Juried Glass Show" will commemorate the Ball Brothers Manufacturing Co.'s contribution to Minnetrista and showcases glass artists from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan, according to a press release. "Sand and Fire: A Juried Glass Show" will exhibit glass techniques such as torchwork, mosaics, etched, blown, fused, cast and stained glass. Artwork will be judged in divisions as vessels, jewelry, two-dimensional work and three-dimensional work. All entries contain at least 6o percent glass. Four awards will be announced at the private opening reception Aug. 31. In 1887, the Ball family moved its glass manufacturing business from Buffalo, N.Y., to Muncie, to take advantage of the recently discovered natural gas. Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Co. became America's best known and largest manufacturer of canning jars. The five brothers bought land and built their homes along the bank of the White River. One hundred years later, Minnetrista was established on the site of one of the former homes. Admission is $4 childstudent, $6 senior and $7 adult. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 282-4848 or visit

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