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Area rugs are most often made out of silk and wool, cotton, jute or bamboo.  I am ignoring the synthetics, since they are not friendly to the environment. So what kind should you choose for your home?

Silk and wool rugs (the Persians and Oriental carpets)while made all over the world, most often come from Persia, India, Iran, China and Turkey. They can me handmade, hand-knotted, hand-tufted, hand-hooked, flat-woven, or Aubusson.

They don’t belong in areas where there is a lot of traffic, since they are costly, need to be dry-cleaned, and stain easily.  You can, however, spot clean them for small stains. They are best used under a glass table, in a conversation grouping, or in a bedroom.

Chenille rugs are usually made from cotton.  In the 50s, chenille was very popular for bathroom rugs and for bedspreads, but is enjoying new popularity as clothing,  area rugs and throw rugs. You might find them  braided or thickly woven in bright stripes or cheerful florals.

Because they can be thrown in the washer, they can be used anywhere, including kitchens, bathrooms and children’s rooms. If the rug you buy has no non-skid backing, put some non-slip sheeting under your new purchase. They show dirt easily, though, so I wouldn’t use them as a runner in a hallway.

Bamboo area rugs and mats are sturdy, and can be used both indoors and out.  They are versatile and come both patterned and solid-colored.  They are not expensive, and can be rolled up and easily moved from one spot to another.

Because they are all natural, strong, and easily wiped off, they can be used in all the places cotton can, with the addition of hallway runners, entryways, and patios. Bamboo regenerates quickly in the wild, making it very environmentally friendly.

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June listings:

1-6  Annual Quilt Show – luncheon & tea
Sponsored by Prairie Pine Quilt Guild, this event will be held at St.John’s Lutheran Church -Activities Room located at Corner of Hendricks & Dorcas Streets,Mexico MO 65265.  Estimated attendance:  500.  100 plus quilts – handicapped accessible.  For more information contact Louise Conway at 573-581-9316 or send email.

6 & 7  craft festival
Sponsored by American Legion Post 642, this event will be held at American Legion Building located at 2016 West Main Street.  Booth info:  8×8-$30.00 10×10 $35.00.  Estimated attendance:  first year.  For more information contact Judy Koons at 660-827-5401 or send email.

6 & 7  craft festival
Sponsored by American Legion Post 642, this event will be held at 2016 west main st in Sedalia, Mo.  Times:  June 6- 9.30-5.30 June 7- 12-5pm.  Booth info:  8×8-$30.00 10×10 $35.00.  Estimated attendance:  first year.  crafts.  For more information contact Judy Koons at 660-827-5401 660-596-3455 or send email.

7  St. James Craft Walk
Sponsored by Beautify St. James, this event will be held at St. James Tourist Information Center located at 100 State Route B, St. James from 12 – 5 p.m.  Booth info:  10 x 10 spaces, $15, outdoors, no electric.  Estimated attendance:  first year.  This outdoor craft show will be set up along the walking trail at the St. James Tourist Information Center. The tourist center is visible from I-44. The show is open to the general public, and there is no admission charge.  For more information contact Vicki Frazier at 573-265-0576 or send email.

12, 13 & 14  Vendor Show
Sponsored by Treasure Chest Arts & Crafts Shows, this event will be held at Mid Rivers Mall located at Hwy 70 at Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters.  Times:  Friday/Saturday, June 12-13, 10am-9pm; Sunday, June 14, 11am-6pm.  Booth info:  6×8-$120; 10×10-$200; 10×20-$380 — If paid by May 31st..  Estimated attendance:  First year event.  This event is a Vendor Show for home-based businesses, party-plan type businesses, crafters, or anyone wanting to promote their company. No flea market or garage sale items allowed. Thursday evening/Friday morning set-up. Food vendors must comply with the City of St. Peters health regulations. Show will be advertised. Please request application for full details.  For more information contact Jane Chema at 636-240-5689 or send an email.

20 & 21 Gem Fair
Sponsored by Ozark Mountain Gem & Mineral Society, this event will be held at Finley River Park located at 205 North 1st Street, Ozark, MO 65721.  Times:  Saturday June 20, 2009 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Sunday, June 21, 2009, 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Booth info:  10×10 space under cover $35.00 covers both days. Camping available. Outdoor set-up available with unlimited space. Estimated attendance:  Depending on weather, 750+ people per day.  Gem Fair & Rock Swap. Crafters, Knappers and Demonstrators are welcome. Buy, Sell, Trade gems, fossils, minerals, supplies and equipment.  For more information contact Charlie Smith 417-887-4755; Betty Maples 417-725-3001 or email.

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May Listings:

1  Ladies Night Out 2
Sponsored by Willow Brook PTO, this event will be held at Willow Brook Elementary School located at 11022 Schuetz Rd. St. Louis, MO 63146 from 6pm to 9pm.  Booth info:  $40ea.  Estimated attendance:  100+ in Jan 08 with bad weather. Hope more this time of year.  Ladies Night of fun shopping and pampering. Free entry for the public with a can good donation. Proceeds support school programs. Moms and daughters are welcome. It’s all about us GIRLS.  For more information contact Terrie Hart at 314-503-9038 or send email.

1 & 2 Cinco de Mayo Village
Sponsored by Hispanic Festival, Inc., this event will be held at James Eagan Florissant Civic Center locataed at 1 James Eagan Dr/Florissant/MO/63033 from 10am-10pm both days. Estimated attendance:  900.  Enjoy handmade hispanic crafts, music and food!  For more information contact Haniny Hilberg at 314-837-6100 or send email.

1, 2 & 3  Mother’s Day Jewelry & Craft Show
Sponsored by Treasure Chest Arts & Crafts Shows, this event will be held at Mid Rivers Mall located at Hwy 70 at Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters, MO.  Times:  Friday & Saturday, May 1-2, 10am-9pm; Sunday, May 3, 11am-6pm.  Booth info:  6×8-$120;10×10-$200;10×20-$380 – if paid by April 15.  Estimated attendance:  First year – but the Mall is always packed this weekend with people shopping for Mother’s Day gifts.  This is primarily ajewelry show but other craft items will be allowed. Prefer hand-made items or items of a craft nature. Thursday evening and Friday morning set-up. PLease request an application for full details.  For more information contact Jane Chema at 636-240-5689 or send an email.

2  Mother’s Day Boutique Party
Sponsored by Peggy Desmond, this event will be held at The Center for Spiritual Living located at 12875 FeeFee Rd., Creve Coeur, MO from 1-5pm.  Booth info:  6ft tables- $65.00.  Estimated attendance:  first year event.  This Mother’s Day Boutique Party is a special celebration for women of all ages to gather together to meet new friends, shop for unique gifts, taste a little chocolate and cupcakes and share the sweetness of Mother’s Day.  For more information contact Peggy Desmond at 314-313-5026 or send email.

2 & 3 Home Grown Folk Festival
Sponsored by Raintree Arts Council, this event will be held at Lincoln County Fair Grounds located at Fairgrounds drive, Troy Mo 63379 from 9am-6pm.  Booth info:  10 ft for $10.00 includes table.  Estimated attendance:  First year this location.  Artisans and Crafters demonstrations, ICS chili Cook off Musicians Food.  For more information contact Paula Nakajima at 636-528-7786 or email.

9  Women’s In-Home Shopping Extravaganza
No Sponsor.  This event will be held at New Melle Sports & Recreation Hall (formerly known as The New Melle Community Club) located On Hwy Z just 15 minutes south from Wentzville, MO The Hall is located in New Melle, MO from 9-2pm.  There will be a plant sale outside for the Daniel Boone Elementary PTO.  Booth info:  Applications received before March 31st fee is $35, after that it’s $40 per table.  Estimated attendance:  3rd Annual. Last years attendance was150+.  A shopping day intended for women. With it being the day before Mother’s Day you can bring mom along and buy for her. She can enjoy a massage too!!  For more information contact Amanda Becker at 636-398-8230 or email.

9  Truman Days
Sponsored by Barton County Chamber of Commerce, this event will be held at Lamar, MO, Downtown Square located at Lamar Mo, Downtown Square & 11th St. from 9am – 3 pm.  Booth info:  Each Single 10′ x 12′ space is $20.00. Electric is $5.00 extra. Must provide own table and tent. Tent must be freestanding; no ground poles and must fit within space. We reserve the right to limit the number and types of vendors.  Estimated attendance:  Appox. 2000.  Truman Days celebrates the Birthday of Our 33rd President. Lamar is the Birthplace of Pres. Truman. This year we will Celebrate his 125th. Food , Music , Look a Like Contest, Parade and many more events are planned for a fun filled day for all !  For more information contact Cheryl Flores at 417-682-3595 or send email.

9  Cabela’s King Kat Tournament and Craft Show
Sponsored by New Madrid Chamber of Commerce, this event will be held at Main Street, Downtown New Madrid, MO from 9am-4pm.  Booth info:  10×10, $20.00, electricity avail at no extra charge, outdoors, must supply own tables, chairs, tents, etc. Estimated attendance:  Second year for the addition of craft show, last years attendance 300-400.  The event is centered around the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament. We are a stop of the National Tourney Trail. There will be arts and crafts, food, activities for the children, and live entertainment. For more information contact Christina McWaters at 877-748-5300 or send email.

15 – 17  36th Annual Plumb Nellie Days Art and Craft Festival
Sponsored by Downtown Branson Main Street Association, this event will be held at Historic Downtown Branson located On the streets of Main & Commerical from 9am to 6 pm.  Booth info:  10×10 110.00 outdoor 140.00 indoor.  Estimated attendance:  10,000.  Over 150 art and craft vendors, free admission & entertainment. Follow the fun to Historic Downtown Branson.  For more information contact paula at 417-334-1548 or send email.

16  Peculiar Spring Festival
Sponsored by Peculiar Elementary PTA, this event will be held at Peculiar Elementary grounds located at 201 E 3rd Street, Peculiar from 9am to 9pm.  Booth info:  10×10 is $60, canopies are $40, electricity is $5.  Estimated attendance:  1,000.  Our festival includes games, rides, stage entertainment, concessions, bingo, a raffle, and silent auction. The event is a fund for raiser Peculiar Elementary.  For more information contact Joelle Orrange at 816-974-0295 or send email.

16  Treasure Extravaganza
Sponsored by Grace Community Chapel, this event will be held at Grace Community Chapel located at 7661 Mexico Road, St. Peters, MO from 9 am – 3 pm.  Booth info:  8 X 10 outdoor – $25 8 X 10 outdoor with a tent – $45 8 X 10 indoor – $50 tables are $5 extra.  Estimated attendance:  first time to include crafters.  The event will be both outside and inside. We have great visibility on Mexico Road. It will be well advertised. Good parking and free admission. We expect 750 +.  For more information contact Barbara Coghlan at 636-970-1311 or send email.

16  9th Annual ArtsCape
Sponsored by Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, this event will be held at Capaha Park located at Broadway, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 from 10-6.  Booth info:  10X15=$25 (outside event).  Estimated attendance:  Over 7,000 in attendance.  Community-oriented event.  For more information contact Valaree Rutherford at 573-334-9233 or send email.

16  HFA Fiber Fair 2009
Sponsored by Highland Fiber Artists, this event will be held at Webster County Fairgrounds located at N. Marshall St., Marshfield, MO 65706 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.  Booth info:  $12.00 for 8′ x 10′ space, no entrance/parking fees.  Estimated attendance:  700-900.  Natural fiber related: animal exhibits; demonstrations of weaving, spinning, etc.; mini-workshops, children’s craft, vendors, competitions.  For more information contact Helen Grace Muzzy at 417 859-7840 or send email.

16  American Legion Post 61
Spoonsored by the Auxiliary, this event will be held at American Legion Post 61 located at 5125 N. Bellaire Ave.Kansas City Mo from 3pm til 7 pm.  Booth info:  8ft. table $15.00 ea.  Estimated attendance:  first year.  crafters inside outside classic car cruise, music,food and things for kids too. For more information contact Karen Carpenter at 816-694-6690 or send email.

23  Van Buren Spring Arts & Crafts Festival
Sponsored by Van Buren Area Chamber of Commerce, this event will be held at Courthouse Square Van Buren from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Booth info:  12 X 12 booth $20.00. Electric $5.00 extra. Limited booths with electric.  Estimated attendance:  1200.  arts & crafts vendors, live music, cloggers, demonstrations at historic log cabin, games and food.  For more information contact Wanda Cumins at 573-323-4117 or send email.

30  Summer Fest
Sponsored by Woodlandville United Methodis Church, this event will be held at Woodlandville United Methodis Church located at  9801 W. Wilhite Rd., Rocheport, MO 65279 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  Booth info:  donation.  Estimated attendance:  1st year but we are advertising.  Entertainment events all day like music, games, make and take crafts, and food.  For more information contact Betty Melvin at 573-445-6523 or send an email.

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4 & 5 Stockdog Trials Swap Meet and Craft Booths
Sponsored by Horsin’ Around 4-H and Republic FFA, this event will be held at Republic Saddle Club located at Corner of Lynn St and Miller Rd Republic, MO from 9am to 5 pm. Booth info: 10 x 10 booth space for $10 a day. Estimated attendance: We added the swap meet and crafts this year. We will be holding the Regional Stockdog Trials at the Republic Saddle Club. Participants for this event are from Missouri and surrounding states. We had a big turnout last year. For more information contact Heather Garrett at 417-732-8339 or send email.

18 2nd Annual Craft Fair & Garage Sale
Sponsored by St. Peters United Church of Christ, this event will be held at St. Peters United Church of Christ located at 700 E. 110th St., Kansas City, MO 64131 from 9 am to 3 pm – Rain or shine! Booth info: 8×8 indoor spaces @ $30, tables and electricity extra. Outside spaces are the size of 2 parking spots, available for garage sale booths at $20. Bring your own shade, tables, etc. No electricity provided for outside booths. All vendors retain their proceeds – no percentage is taken. Contact church office for exhibitor application, and these will be accepted up to 1 week before. Estimated attendance: 2nd year of event – 2008 attendance was approx. 300. This community event is a fundraiser for church mission projects. We offer indoor and outdoor spaces for artists, crafters and other exhibitors. Held rain or shine. Food and refreshments will be sold on site throughout event. The church is located in south Kansas City in the Red Bridge area at 110th and Holmes. For more information contact Melanie Busse or Joyce Peters at 816-942-1155 or send email.

25 Stone Meadows Spring Fling Vendor Fair
Sponsored by Stone Meadows Community Events Committee, this event will be held at Stone Meadows Clubhouse located at 400 Perry Cate Blvd., Wentzville. Set up: 7am to 9am; Event: 9am to 3pm. Booth info: Tables are $20 and includes table; electricity is $5. Estimated attendance: First Year. This will be a place where customers can experience a lot of companies in one place. So far we have Usborne Books & More, BeautiControl, PartyLite, Mary Kay and Western & Southern Life. For more information contact Sharman Mitchell at (314) 677-0262 or send email.

25 Artropy
Sponsored by ShowMe Etsy this event will be held at SqWires Annex located at 1415 South 18th St, St. Louis, MO 63104 from 9 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Estimated attendance: 500. Join us for the spring ShowMe Etsy show at SqWires – the Annex in historic Lafayette Square on April 25th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This show features more than thirty exceptional St. Louis artists with diverse talents in many areas including: jewelry design, painting, textile arts, photography, mixed-media, glass work, eco-fashion and illustration. Can’t wait to see you! For more information, check our website For more information contact Melissa Villadiego at 314.397.0731 or send email.

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When you have a very small entryway that is dark and undramatic, don’t give up the idea of doing something special with it. Dare to give it a theme and make it the element of surprise in your home. While you are not wanting to shock your guests, a pleasant surprise will always make a good impression.

Handle the darkness problem first.  A chandelier with higher than usual wattage is important.  A satin finish paint, rather than matte, will add brightness.  Stay with a very light color. Mirrors are a must…they not only make the room appear larger, but also will reflect the light, intensifying it.

Now for a dramatic scene. To make your guests feel they have stepped into a courtyard garden, place a narrow wicker bench along the wall. A silk tree standing in the corner, and a library table along the other wall  can have potted silk plants. A bamboo or jute runner on the floor, and a couple of framed photos of nature on the wall and you have your indoor garden.

Is the entryway too narrow even for that?  No problem!  Keep the bench on one wall…seating is always a nice touch, but exchange the library table for a tiny three-legged corner table with one silk plant on it.  Behind the bench, paint, or paste a mural of a tree, perhaps one covered in cherry blossoms or magnolias,  up the wall and onto the ceiling. A small bird perched on your plant, and you have the same look!

It’s spring and you are looking forward to spending time at your summer cottage. Sprucing it up a bit, and making a few not too pricey changes, will make it feel like new again. It will take a bit of time and creativity, but not a lot of money.

If your old, shabby chic furniture is looking more shabby and less chic, make some simple slipcovers out of canvas. It is a strong fabric, and easy to wash. To dress it up a bit, recover a few pillows and toss them on the furniture. You can use fabric remnants, or make it super classy by buying a used pair of vintage curtains (they can be stained or torn a bit) and using that fabric to make your pillows. You can get three 20” square pillows from one panel!

Whether your cottage has hardwood floors or linoleum, you can brighten them up with large area rugs. They can be pricey, but how about buying a few small ones and simply stitching them together? Lay out the design before you start.

Dress-up the bedroom by taking a set of sheets and pillowcases and adding an eyelet border to the top sheet and pillowcases…should take less than half an hour for the whole job!

Take that worn looking basket and spray paint it a light green. When it is dry, rub it with some steel wool to make it look antique. It can be a centerpiece on your table (filled with fresh fruit), hold magazines in your living room, towels in the bathroom, or rock and shell collections anywhere!

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