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National Craft Month (USA)

The National Craft Month promotion in March is a time when retail craft stores around the country hold special activities, events, workshops and demonstrations to familiarize consumers to the many joys and benefits of crafting.
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"Crafting is booming</i> and continues to gain in popularity. Why? Because it's an enjoyable activity that provides lots of benefits. It's easy; it helps reduce stress; it builds children's self-esteem and learning skills; it's emotionally pleasing; and most importantly — it's fun!
The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) has dedicated the entire month of March to celebrating all that crafting has to offer.  "Crafting is a great way for families to get together, be creative and have a good time,"  Call your local craft store or visit www.craftplace.org for additional information.
CHA is a not-for-profit organization consisting of more than 6,000 member companies engaged in the manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the $30 billion craft and hobby industry."[source] : www.videospider.tv/Videos/Deta…

Libraries, schools and craft retailers all over the US have special events planned.

The Craft & Hobby Association  www.craftandhobby.org/promotio…
Want to join an AC club? Check GD Myana's list: myana.deviantart.com/journal/1… and :iconartisancraft:

On youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lri-I0…

Where and Why to Buy Handmade: buyhandmade.org/why-buy-handma…

Etsy facts: Shoppers spent $4.3 million buying 300,000 items from the site’s sellers in November alone — a 43 percent increase over the previous month. Thus far in December, the site has had record-breaking sales every day. [source: New York Times Dec 17, 2007]

Craft Con: craftcon.org/about/

AC forum on dA:forum.deviantart.com/galleries…

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It's never too late to learn a craft.
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xodropdeadox Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Wow, I've never heard of this and I'm by a bunch of little "art" towns in Pennsylvania. Good to know!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow! Nice article, and I agree, crafting is just... well, emotionally-pleasing, I guess :giggle:

Great selections, as always :love:
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dreamleaf Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
Thank you so much! :dance:
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ArtisanCraft Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
Great news! Lucky for those who have it!

Enjoy :boogie:

//*Ninina-nini
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Tenshi-blues Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
Thanks for this, it's not something I was aware of :blush: and it's even in the UK, which is good - now to find a shop here with some discounts =D
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sunhawk Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray for NCM! :D What a great idea! And I am honoured to be featured along with so many other awesome crafters! Heck, I am honoured to be a crafter at all! Some of the most fun and best challenges I've had artistically came from the craft-type artworks I've done and I am very proud to be a part of such a diverse and creative group of people ^_^ :heart:
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
When you comment like this, with much enthuiasim, it makes more people want to try a craft. WTG on spirit!
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sunhawk Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D
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xsubearanhumanx Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008   Traditional Artist
I remember how much I used to craft when I was little. Aside from encouraging me to draw and paint, my parents would take me on weekly trips to michaels to find things to create.

We'd go to the lake and find drift wood, and use it in the crafts we did as well. We'd put together trees, bird's nests, flowers...we'd create oragami bowls of fruit..despite our best efforts, they always turned out square. We'd still end up with interesting things to decorate with.

We'd sew our own stuffed animals, crochet our own blankets, knit our own scarves..we made just about everything.

I attribute all the crafting and art I did when I was a kid to my intellegence now. If it weren't for all the things I did to stimulate my mind when it was still developing, I probably would have been rotting it in front of a T.V.
To this day, I can't sit still to watch T.V. for more than an hour before I jump up to go do something.

I ♥ crafts. They're so fun.
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