Leading a Class or Workshop

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I would be happy to teach a soap making class

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I would like to start a Saturday afternoon open sewing studio.

It would be great if several members would sign up to host on a rotating basis, and share their particular expertise/ interest with whoever can drop in for a few hours. We have plenty of sewing machines and a few sergers for those who don't (yet!) have their own machine. What do you want to sew?

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I am interested in being a speaker or running a workshop on building and running successful business

I live near by and am interested in being a speaker or running a workshop on building and running a successful business.

My brief bio:  After building a business from scratch while a single parent with no other source of income and only $2,000 to my name, to approx. $200 million in assets under management, in 2007 I sold my practice and became a professional motivational speaker, business coach and award-winning author helping business owners do a better job for their clients and improve their bottom line and helping individuals live more successful, fulfilling lives and realize their dreams.

I am willing to do this free of charge in return for photos, a written testimony and if possible, a video of my presentation that I can use for business purposes. You can learn more about me and my background at www.aboveallelse.org.  

Let me know how I can be of assistance.

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Hand- dyeing yarn & fiber

Hello! I'm a textile artist who recently moved to the area. I have over ten years of experience in dyeing yarn, fiber, and cloth; I've owned studios, recently released a Craftsy class on dyeing, and I've been a teacher for most of my career. I'd love to offer a class on dyeing wool yarn (and possibly spinning/ felting fiber, if there is interest?) for crafters. There is a Connecticut- produced line of dyes made without the use of heavy metals which is really wonderful (and environmentally sound), and I'd love to use those for this class. I generally teach how to dye solid, semi- solid, and variegated colors in a single class.

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Digital Landscape Design

I have experience using InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and SketchUp for designing plan-view and 3D landscape renderings. Would love to do a basic, hands-on primer for how to use these tools. I'm happy to teach something specific if people are interested, or we can go over what each program does and how they can all work together. SketchUp is free software and the rest of the programs will be available (soon? currently?) with Spark's Adobe Creative Cloud account.

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Making Body Oils and Sugar Scrubs.

I make a line of non-toxic Ayurvedic inspired oils and scrubs, things like body oil and after shave. And just in time for summer, lets learn how to make our own sugar scrub.

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DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning

I have 5 years experience in making, using, and selling non-toxic cleaning supplies. I started a successful non-toxic cleaning company only using products I made, I would love to share all the tips and tricks I have learned along the way! Things like the amazing power of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, plus a brief over view of how to use essential oils for cleaning - without the buy my oils direct sales speech. Join me for some good clean fun!

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Journaling Class

Learn how to get it all out on paper and release stress and tension with a pen and paper

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Book Arts

Learn to bind books and the basics of making professional style covers. Also could explore pop-up book making and other artist book structures.

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how to make a boubou

A boubou is a long flowing garment worn by men and women in Africa. It is super easy to make and very comfortable (especially in hot weather!). Great starter project for people wanting to experiment with making their own clothes.

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Furniture Design and Construction

I would love to host a class / series of classes on furniture design and construction. I envision having students come to the class with some inspiration photos to share. The first class (or two) would be for sketching and discussing their designs. Also, students would build a small scale model of their project to anticipate any design or build issues that may need to be addressed in the first class (or 2nd). Material and cut lists will be developed to create a shopping list or group order. Starting the build in a following session would leave time for the order to come in. Once the material is in (and we have measured twice) the fun begins! If the students wanted, we could have a final meet up with a critique. Even without the critique, it is fun to step back from your work and see what others have been making! I am inclined to allow the projects to be totally open ended instead of saying "make a chair" or "make something that incorporates 3 materials", as everyone has different furniture needs, aspirations, and skill levels. Designs could be anything from a shelf for your phone and keys to a chaise lounge - the limits are material cost and how much time you want to spend at Spark!

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Build Your Own Telegraph

Taught by Ian Frommer & Michael Molinari. In this class, students will learn how to build an electromagnetic telegraph that can be used to send messages via Morse code from a transmitter to a receiver. Kits containing all necessary parts will be provided. Along the way, students will learn electricity and magnetism concepts. No prior experience necessary. Children are welcome!

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Let's Talk About Plastic Baby.

After spending the last 2 years trying to purge the plastic from my life and business, I am so excited to share the simple tips and tricks I have learned. I can help you find simple inexpensive solutions to just about any plastic item you are using. And most importantly we can talk about why plastic is bad and why we need to end our addiction to it!

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Sparkweavers Basketmaking

Want to learn how to create functional and unique splint baskets? You 'll learn the basics of weaving rectangular and round baskets, as well as fancy handles. After learning the apple basket, we'll make beautiful and useful tote baskets and then the choices are endless. We can hang out weekly, weave together, and grow the "Sparkweavers" group!

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How to make kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that people have been drinking for over 2,000 years. High in B vitamins, it can be especially good for vegans. Learn how to start fermenting your own kombucha and take home a scoby (the "mother" culture) that does all the work. Bring a 3 cup mason jar or other clean wide mouth glass jar.

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Photography intro - composition

Picture composition - a hands on look at how effects the viewer. So how do you layout everything in your picture? How much headroom? Where should she look? What's that thing coming out of her head? Where should I focus? How much do I want in focus? And how do you balance all that when the bride is walking down the isle?

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Bicycle maintenance

Spring is coming. Is your bicycle ready? When was the last time you cleaned it? When did you last replace the grease? A little maintenance will make your bike quicker, quieter and safer!

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Fermentation Workshop

Learn how to preserve all your excess vegetables from your summer bounty! Recipes and methods for making sauerkraut and kim chi. Learn about the benefits of fermented foods and how to produce them safely.

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Sales Skills for Makers

Whether you are just makering things for fun or you want to turn your makering into a business, you are going to need to convince people to give you money for your fine works. In a fun, low pressure environment, learn the basics of sales and marketing from Michael Whitehouse, experienced salesman and marketer. Learn how to identify your market, how to find the problem that your product solves, and how to gain and keep happy customers.

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