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Linnea Lahlum
  • Buffalo Grove, IL
  • United States
  • Jewelry/metals
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Replacement belts for Craftsman sander ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Little Jul 12. 1 Reply

Anyone have issues using Hotwire?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jane Shaffer May 31. 1 Reply

Black Swamp OH vs, Mount Mary WI in early Sept?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jane Shaffer May 29. 1 Reply


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Linnea Lahlum replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs
"I have a theory for why people don’t read signs, even when we put them all over. Ditto prices. I think that when they get into a visual mode, their reading is affected. Like a left brain versus right brain phenomenon. Images versus language. I…"
Aug 5
Linnea Lahlum replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Art in the Park
"THE park? WHICH park? I opened this thinking it was about a show I just finished called "Art in the Park." Surely the most commonly used show name across the country...."
Aug 5
Greg Little replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Replacement belts for Craftsman sander ?
"Industrial Abrasives carries them. As a woodworker I have bought many sanding belts from them over the years and their quality is excellent"
Jul 12
Linnea Lahlum posted a discussion

Replacement belts for Craftsman sander ?

 I have a Sears Craftsman benchtop belt sander I have been very happy with over the years. I had a stockpile of belts but have found the glue dries up (or something) over time and they break very easily.   But now there’s no Sears near me, and I believe they sold the Craftsman line anyway.  My sander takes 1” x 42” belts. I have no idea if belts are standardized or are proprietary by brand (I hope not). What brand of belts might be comparable? And sold where? I have a Harbor Freight near me but…See More
Jul 11
Jane Shaffer replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Anyone have issues using Hotwire?
"I use Hotwire all the time and this only happened to me once.  It was for a show in a small town without many hotel rooms and it was the day the acceptances went out.  I attributed it to everyone who got accepted immediately getting on…"
May 31
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May 29
Jane Shaffer replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Black Swamp OH vs, Mount Mary WI in early Sept?
"We only did Black Swamp once, 2 or 3 years ago.  We make silver jewelry.  We did OK.  The set up is hard because you have to do it at 6:00 a.m. in the dark.  It's very friendly and everyone is helpful.  It is a college…"
May 29
Linnea Lahlum replied to Teresa DeVer's discussion Chicago artist selling 4 happi-feet tent weights
"I'd like to see the pictures of the weights. Want to see if they would fit both my tents ( Show-off and my EZ Up). I'm close by. Thanks! I will PM you my email address. "
May 14

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At 3:19pm on January 08, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Linnea Lahlum a gift
Excellent post of the day, Linnea! Thank you. I hope everyone who feels beaten down by the jury system reads it.
At 2:19pm on March 09, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Linnea Lahlum a gift
Congratulations, Linnea. You have chosen you as an "art star" for your continuous generosity in sharing your expertise, personal experience, and friendly support to the members of this community.
At 6:15pm on February 12, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Linnea Lahlum a gift
And the trophy goes to Linnea! Once again cutting through the words and explaining so clearly what everyone needs to hear. Good job on your recent comment at "Crafter Police".
At 11:29am on March 25, 2011, Amy Furgiuele said…

Hi, Linnea!  Connie suggested I leave a comment for you... Coming from the Chicagoland area, what do you know of the Deerfield Festival of Arts in Deerfield, and the Naperville Women's Guild's Art Show?  Both of these are on the weekend of June 4-5... Have you done either of these or heard good/bad info on them?  Coming from Central Illinois, I know both areas are good areas, but I'm having a hard time finding any reviews on either show.  Any thoughts or comments would be most appreciated!  Many thanks in advance, then, for your time and efforts!


Warmest regards!

At 12:14pm on April 8, 2012, Deborah Kashdan said…

Thank you for your response. I have realized from perusing this site that there are just so many issues that I have never considered. I appreciate the advice from all of you who have been in the business.

At 2:49pm on March 17, 2015, Lisa Marie Crisman said…
Hi Linnea! I was looking for information about Artfest Midwest, and saw your post about booth recommendations. Since you did the show last year, do you have any booth location recommendations?
Lisa Crisman
At 12:53pm on January 13, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Linnea Lahlum a gift
Thanks Lin for weighing in on A-RTS. These shows pay me, of course, to have their information shared and to have this one get such reviews from you is great! I appreciate it.
At 10:27pm on May 17, 2016, Christina Ruth Smith said…
Hi Linnea...I'm exhausted tonight. I will call the hotel and see if they will accept your name instead of mine. It's a Country Inn and Suites which are nice. I'll get it done by 10:30 central time. Call me! 770 843 4604
At 12:59pm on July 4, 2016, carolyn washow said…

Hi Linnea, not sure if you got my other messages, I seem to have a hard time manuvering around this site. I'm sure you're busy with shows right now.

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