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DONATION 2016 Vegas Thanksgiving Give-Back

DONATION 2016 Vegas Thanksgiving Give-Back

The Giving Library NonProfit 501(C)(3) in collaboration with The Energy and Arts Church of Healing NonProfit are celebrating the holiday by giving away a Thanksgiving Dinner with all of the trimmings, books and hand crocheted hats for the family!
Join us in making this Thanksgiving special for one local Las Vegas family.
In addition to this give away, every donation enters you for a chance to win a turkey or honey baked ham for your Thanksgiving table!

Click this link to make a tax deductible donation and enter the drawing to win a Thanksgiving turkey or ham for your table!

Or mail your donation to The Giving Library 2620 South Maryland Parkway Suite 14-155
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 ( must be postmarked by 11-18-2016)
Questions? Call Ms. Baker (702) 728-9263  or Ms. Medley (240) 507-3619


DONATION 2016 Vegas Thanksgiving Give-Back

The 2016 Vegas Thanksgiving Give-Back



The Giving Library NonProfit 501(C)(3) in collaboration with The Energy and Arts Church of Healing NonProfit are celebrating the holiday by giving away a Thanksgiving Dinner with all of the trimmings, books and hand crocheted hats for the family!

Join us in making this Thanksgiving special for one local Las Vegas family.
In addition to this give away, every donation enters you for a chance to win a turkey or honey baked ham for your Thanksgiving table!

Click this link to make a tax deductible donation and enter the drawing to win a Thanksgiving turkey or ham for your table!

Or mail your donation to The Giving Library 2620 South Maryland Parkway Suite 14-155
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 ( must be postmarked by 11-18-2016)
Questions? Call Ms. Baker (702) 728-9263  or Ms. Medley (240) 507-3619






























The 2016 Vegas Thanksgiving Give-Back

Las Vegas Review Journal Article




Las Vegas Review Journal

Posted August 22, 2016 - 11:49am

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Merri Medley, left, and owner Cassandra Bartlett pose for a photo at the Mirage Fiber Arts store in Las Vegas. Jerry Henkel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

By ANN FRIEDMAN
LAS VEGAS BUSINESS PRESS
Just over a month ago, Cassandra Bartlett traded in the more than 15 years she’s spent at investment firms across the country in pursuit of her dream of opening up a yarn shop.
And the former Salt Lake City resident decided that Las Vegas was the perfect place for it.
“I thought it was a good market to have the business in and I fell in love with the city,” Bartlett said of Las Vegas. “It’s an unsaturated market for yarn shops and there are a lot of crafters here.” Before relocating to Las Vegas, Bartlett and her family spent weekends searching for the perfect location.
“I started working with yarn companies while I was in Salt Lake City to open accounts, place orders and plan shipments before we moved here,” she said. “When I got here, I started working with local companies that sell coffee, hair products, honey and other items because I wanted to have artisan products in here that might not get a lot of recognition in order to help their businesses grow, too.”
Mirage Fiber Arts made its debut in late July at 1161 S. Buffalo Drive in Summerlin.
“We offer high-quality brands and more luxury brands for someone who wants alpaca fur, cashmere, silk and unique fibers that they would never find at a chain store,” Bartlett said. “I’m only carrying brands that I know and love.”
Bartlett said she’s been working together with her competition, Sin City Knit Shop on East Windmill Lane.
“I’m hoping to hold joint events with Sin City and we’re going to carry completely different brands,” she said. “We’ll also be referring business back and forth and I think we’ll work together really well.”
Bartlett has been knitting for the past six years and said it’s not complicated for people to learn.

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Owner Cassandra Bartlett, left, shows some yarn to customer Charmaine Lee, of Las Vegas, right, at the grand opening of the Mirage Fiber Arts store in Las Vegas. (Jerry Henkel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

“I like the knitting community and I love helping people, which I’m able to by offering a place where people can come in, spend a few hours, get help finding the perfect yarn for a project and get help with their project,” she said. “There are always so many new, amazing projects to work on and it’s really awesome to take a long piece of string and turn it into a garment.”
In addition to hosting free knitting, crochet, weaving and spinning classes, Bartlett also has teamed up with a local nonprofit, The Energy and Arts Church of Healing.
The Rev. Merri Medley launched the nonprofit group in February as a way to heal the mind, body and spirit through the art of crochet.
“I’m thrilled and excited to have this store here,” Medley said of Mirage Fiber Arts. “I’m hoping to empower the community, uplift folks and create a comfortable, fun and exciting experience for them.”
Bartlett said she found Medley’s organization online and decided to reach out.
“I like giving back to the community, so I reached out to her to offer my space because I want groups to be here and feel comfortable,” she said. “I’m looking forward to even more groups coming in and offering more events and classes.”
Like any new business owner, Bartlett said she wants to see Mirage Fiber Arts be successful.
“I want to have a steady stream of people in here,” she said. “I’m looking forward to having the freedom to be able to help people and give everyone a great experience when they come into the store.”
In the future, Bartlett would like to see her business expand in the Las Vegas Valley.
“In a perfect world, we’d like to open a second location, which would take a lot of work, but the westside has the capacity to have a second store,” she said. “I want to be the hub for this side of town.”

Unraveling the craft of business - Las Vegas Review Journal Article by Ann Friedman


Las Vegas Review Journal

Posted August 22, 2016 - 11:49am

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Merri Medley, left, and owner Cassandra Bartlett pose for a photo at the Mirage Fiber Arts store in Las Vegas. Jerry Henkel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

By ANN FRIEDMAN
LAS VEGAS BUSINESS PRESS
Just over a month ago, Cassandra Bartlett traded in the more than 15 years she’s spent at investment firms across the country in pursuit of her dream of opening up a yarn shop.
And the former Salt Lake City resident decided that Las Vegas was the perfect place for it.
“I thought it was a good market to have the business in and I fell in love with the city,” Bartlett said of Las Vegas. “It’s an unsaturated market for yarn shops and there are a lot of crafters here.” Before relocating to Las Vegas, Bartlett and her family spent weekends searching for the perfect location.
“I started working with yarn companies while I was in Salt Lake City to open accounts, place orders and plan shipments before we moved here,” she said. “When I got here, I started working with local companies that sell coffee, hair products, honey and other items because I wanted to have artisan products in here that might not get a lot of recognition in order to help their businesses grow, too.”
Mirage Fiber Arts made its debut in late July at 1161 S. Buffalo Drive in Summerlin.
“We offer high-quality brands and more luxury brands for someone who wants alpaca fur, cashmere, silk and unique fibers that they would never find at a chain store,” Bartlett said. “I’m only carrying brands that I know and love.”
Bartlett said she’s been working together with her competition, Sin City Knit Shop on East Windmill Lane.
“I’m hoping to hold joint events with Sin City and we’re going to carry completely different brands,” she said. “We’ll also be referring business back and forth and I think we’ll work together really well.”
Bartlett has been knitting for the past six years and said it’s not complicated for people to learn.

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Add caption
Owner Cassandra Bartlett, left, shows some yarn to customer Charmaine Lee, of Las Vegas, right, at the grand opening of the Mirage Fiber Arts store in Las Vegas. (Jerry Henkel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

“I like the knitting community and I love helping people, which I’m able to by offering a place where people can come in, spend a few hours, get help finding the perfect yarn for a project and get help with their project,” she said. “There are always so many new, amazing projects to work on and it’s really awesome to take a long piece of string and turn it into a garment.”
In addition to hosting free knitting, crochet, weaving and spinning classes, Bartlett also has teamed up with a local nonprofit, The Energy and Arts Church of Healing.
The Rev. Merri Medley launched the nonprofit group in February as a way to heal the mind, body and spirit through the art of crochet.
“I’m thrilled and excited to have this store here,” Medley said of Mirage Fiber Arts. “I’m hoping to empower the community, uplift folks and create a comfortable, fun and exciting experience for them.”
Bartlett said she found Medley’s organization online and decided to reach out.
“I like giving back to the community, so I reached out to her to offer my space because I want groups to be here and feel comfortable,” she said. “I’m looking forward to even more groups coming in and offering more events and classes.”
Like any new business owner, Bartlett said she wants to see Mirage Fiber Arts be successful.
“I want to have a steady stream of people in here,” she said. “I’m looking forward to having the freedom to be able to help people and give everyone a great experience when they come into the store.”
In the future, Bartlett would like to see her business expand in the Las Vegas Valley.
“In a perfect world, we’d like to open a second location, which would take a lot of work, but the westside has the capacity to have a second store,” she said. “I want to be the hub for this side of town.”

Friends Of Parkinson's Support Group "CHAIN OF LIFE" Activity with Merri...





Kudos to all of the amazing ladies and gentlemen of the Friends Of Parkinson's Support Group! We finger crocheted a Chain Of Life bracelet and recreated our life story.  Many thanks to the phenomenal Ms. Charmaine Lee for the invite! Many thanks to The Art of Crochets Project's sponsor,  Kimbrell Enterprise! Click this link KIMBRELL ENTERPRISE LINK
The Art of Crochet Project is made possible through The Energy and Arts Church of Healing, a local non profit that's helping to strengthen our communities.

WWYD... If Your Furbaby Ate A Family Heirloom?





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If your favorite crocheted afghan is torn, don't throw it away ! Let me fix it. Reasonable rates and reliable service. Here's a list of some of the items I repair: Doilies, Baby Clothing, Blankets & Booties, Stuffed Animals, Couch Pillows, Hats & Scarves, Sweaters & Vests, Afghans & Throws ! Please convo me with pictures of the tear, the specifics such as fiber content and weight of yarn if known.

Creative Crochet





Kudos to this weeks class! Your crochet designs are exceptional! Many thanks to the Luminosity Wellness Center Las Vegas!

NPWA's June 2016 Event-The Art Of Crochet Project



Kudos to all of the amazing ladies of NPWA! Thank you for having The Art of Crochet Project as your activity! We crocheted beautiful bracelets and necklaces! Many thanks to the phenomenal ladies, Laurie Luckie Nixie and Carol Ann Dechaun for the invite! Many thanks to the NPWA !

Amazing Beginner's Crochet Projects!



Kudos to all of the beginners! Great job! Many thanks to all of our sponsors!!!

This week's class!





We had lots of fun! Kudos to our attendees! The Art of Crochet Project would like to thank this week's sponsors. Kimbrell Enterprise provided the Nutrilite Twist n Go for our drinks and Rena of Pastries For The Palate provided delicious cinnamon buns. Also, many thanks to the awesome and amazing  Ms. Kayla Evans and  the Luminosity Wellness Center Las Vegas! The link for Kimbrell Enterprise is http://kimbrellenterprise.biz

Cotton Face Cloth Crochet Tutorial



Great beginner's crochet project!
Crochet Hook Size J /10    Skein of Cotton Yarn
FREE Pattern:
Row 1:  Make a magic circle. Make 12 Single Crochets. Join.
Row 2:  Chain 3, * 2 Double Crochets in next stitch, 1 Double Crochet in next stitch*. Repeat * until the end of the row.
Row 3:  Chain 3, 2 Double Crochets in each stitch. Join then cut off yarn.

This Weeks Class !




Kudos to our attendees at The Art of Crochet Project! It was lots of fun!!!! Many thanks to the Luminosity Wellness Center Las Vegas!

PET EXPO - The Luminosity Wellness Center Las Vegas





Kudos to the phenomenal Mrs. Christine Essex of the Luminosity Wellness Center of Las Vegas and also, a big thanks to everyone else that helped coordinate this event!
This was a Furbaby Funday for sure!
The Art of Crochet Project thanks Britney, Chris and everyone for their donations! Our raffle included a hand crocheted cotton bath pouf sponge! One of my favorite natural soaps is the Honey & Glycerin bar from Kimbrell Enterprise. Here's their link http://kimbrellenterprise.wwdb.biz

Crocheted Face/Bath Pouf Sponge Tutorial - The Art Of Crochet Project



The Glycerin & Honey Complexion Bar is available at Kimbrell Enterprise. HTTP://KIMBRELLENTERPRISE.WWDB.BIZ
Face/Bath Sponge Crochet Pattern
- Natural Cotton Yarn- Size I Crochet Hook-
Row 1:  Make magic circle, then make 20 single crochet stitches, do not join, chain 3 turn
Row 2:  Make 3 double crochet stitches in  bottom of chain 3, then make 4 double crochet stitches in each stitch across, 80 stitches total, join, chain 3 turn
Row 3: Repeat row 2, 320 stitches total, do not join, chain 3 turn
You can stop here for the Face Sponge and make your loop.
Continue with Row 4 for the Bath Sponge.
Row 4: Repeat row 2, 1280 stitches total, slip stitch at end of the row. Next slip stitch in the middle of the magic circle. Do Not Cut Yarn because you will make loop now.
Chain 40 stitches then slip stitch in the magic circle,  Cut yarn and tie off.    
I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (https://www.youtube.com/editor)

National Stress Awareness Month - Crochet Classes

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In Honor Of Stress Awareness Month

HEALING MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT
Through The Art Of Crochet Project

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April is National Stress Awareness Month. It’s time to relax and tap into your flow of creativity!  We will combine various modalities designed to improve mood, clarity and focus while enjoying the art of crocheting.

Also, you’ll receive a crochet kit that includes a crochet hook, cotton yarn, as well as, a few of my favorite patterns.

This crochet project is made possible by The Energy and Arts Church of Healing “TEACH”, a local nonprofit that’s helping to strengthen our local communities.

Classes Every Wednesday in April at 6:30 PM - 8:00PM
(Refreshments will be served.)
$20 (Covers Materials and  Supplies) LOVE DONATIONS WECOME
2400 North Tenaya Avenue <> Las Vegas, Nevada 89128 <> (702) 721-9355

FREE Crochet Pattern

. I'm posting some of my favorite crochet patterns below as my way of saying Thank You!


Crocheted Belt With D Ring
Flirty Fuchsia Or Lovely Lavender Soft Textured Crochet Cotton Belt For Women Ladies Is Handmade Great stocking stuffer

This is an excellent project for beginners. The free pattern is as follows:

Size K Crochet Hook, D-Ring,
Two 50 gram balls of organic cotton yarn

Belt
Using 2 strands of organic cotton yarn.
Row 1: Make a slip knot then chain 7 stitches. Single Crochet in the 2nd stitch from the hook. Total 6 Stitches, turn.
Row 2: Chain 2 stitches then Single Crochet in each stitch across, Total 6 stitches, turn. (Repeat Row 2 until belt is desired length.)

D Ring Attachment
Insert the first 3 rows of the belt through both D Rings, then Slip Stitch Row 1 to Row 3. (Please note that you may just hand sew as well.)


Usually measures approximately 2" in width.

The Art of Crochet Project Donates Yarn To Local Senior Communities

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March is National Crochet Month - Healing Through The Art Of Crochet Project makes donations of yarn to strengthen local senior communities. This project is A Merri Medley Endeavor, through "TEACH", The Energy And Arts Church Of Healing. #healingthroughtheartofcrochet #theenergyandartschurchofhealing #amerrimedleyendeavor
If you haven't already, please click the Donate button on the top left side of the website today. Thanks!

Merri Medley ETSY Shop Donates Proceeds to TEACH Nonprofit of Nevada

Questions? Call (702)473-0796