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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / where the f did i go wrong?.....or...... why was my booth such a failure? on: October 27, 2013 07:01:49 PM
So after years of selling to friends of friends and people telling me i should sell my stuff ive finally started into the world of craft fairs. ive decided to sell baby blankets (swaddlers, taggies and lovies), machine embroidered onesies, tutus and bath salts/sugar scrubs. I did a small show at the library where i was the only one selling any of those items. I sold half my stock of salts/scrubs but nothing else, every one that stopped by said how  my baby stuff was great but all their kids were grown or i had too much girl stuff (apearantly having a flower sitting on the lillypad of froggy fabric automaticly makes it girly Roll Eyes ). So i took all that into consideration and the next one i did was at a family  event aimed at a younger crowd. I improved my overall display and i also added a bunch of boy themed items and made a few items special for the zombie/halloween theme of the event. I had tons of people stop by. Everyone loved my halloween themed stuff, commented on how it would be great for so and so and then walked off. Everyone was impressed with how i could make bath products that smell so good by using natural products. And my baby stuff was a huge hit people would spend 10-15 mins in my little booth going through every item trying to decide which one they liked best. The only problem is that of the entire 8 hour event i only sold 2 items.
Can someone please help me figure out what the heck i did wrong? I was standing in front chatting with potential customers the entire time. I kept my prices in line with the other booths there, in fact numerous people said they were surprised at how reasonable my prices were. I had pricing readily displayed ans my display had variety without being over crowded, i actually even got some comments on how cute my display was.
Id love any feedback/advice/suggestions. The only thing i dont need to hear is the whole "ive been doing craft shows for the past 50 years and you just gotta let time take its course and after 50 more tries you'll find something that works" speech. its incredibly hard for me to get a saturday off from work (which is when all the fairs are) and i dont have a ton of money to be throwing at registration fees when im not making a profit so if im going to continue doin fairs i need to be very proactive in changing things to make them work.
Thanks in advance for any help you may have
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / ideas needed for photographing onesies and baby blankets on: May 12, 2013 05:40:11 AM
I've been making onesies, baby bankets, swaddler blankets, and taggie/lovie type mini blankets. I'd like to take some nice pictures so I can put them up on etsy, but I don't know anyone with a baby I can borrow to be my model.

Does anyone have any good ideas for how set them up to be photographed that won't look like i just thew them on the floor and snapped some pictures lol?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Ball Point Needle For Embroidering Knits? on: April 07, 2013 06:46:13 PM
So the manual for my machine says to never use ballpoint needles when doing embroidery, but when I went to look up a tute on how to hoop a onesie the other day, the site I went on said to always embroider knits with a ballpoint needle. I ended up doing my project just with a regular 75/11 needle as my machine recomends and I did have some gapping between some of the colors, but that was fixed by re-embroidering those colors. This was only my second ever time using the embroidery on my machine so I don't know if the gapping was because it was a knit or just newbie user error (not sure if i had it hooped tight enough, the onesie was odd to hoop and my machine wouldn't let me move the design up so I had to hoop it right at the neck which made it more difficult). Overall I'm fairly happy with how the design came out, but I did end up breaking a needle because one of the areas was so thick due to doubling up the original color and then the design called for a double layer of stitching on that area.

So my question for all you experienced embroiderers is, do you use a ballpoint needle or a regular needle when you embroider on knits?
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / String Easter Basket - Pink and Purple on: March 14, 2013 04:32:39 AM
I decided to whip up a few of these easter baskets the other day.

I made it by soaking crochet string in fabric starch and then wrapping it around a balloon. Then you wait a day or two till its dry, pop the balloon, cut a hole in it, decorate and smash the bottom in a little so it sits flat.


The string I used on this one is variegated (I think that's the right word) with a pastel pink, blue, green and yellow, which I thought was perfect for Easter

Anywho, on to pictures.....


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr

Thanks for looking! C&C welcome!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / String Easter Basket - Dark Red/Burgundy and Black on: March 14, 2013 04:32:17 AM
I decided to whip up a few of these easter baskets the other day.

I made it by soaking crochet string in fabric starch and then wrapping it around a balloon. Then you wait a day or two till its dry, pop the balloon, cut a hole in it, decorate and smash the bottom in a little so it sits flat.


Anywho, on to pictures.....


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr

Thanks for looking! C&C welcome!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / String Easter Basket- Green and Blue on: March 14, 2013 04:30:26 AM
I decided to whip up a few of these easter baskets the other day.


I made it by soaking crochet string in fabric starch and then wrapping it around a balloon. Then you wait a day or two till its dry, pop the balloon, cut a hole in it, decorate and smash the bottom in a little so it sits flat.

The string I used on this one is variegated (I think that's the right word) with a pastel pink, blue, green and yellow, which I thought was perfect for Easter

Anywho, on to pictures.....


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr

Thanks for looking! C&C welcome!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / String Easter Baket - Pink and Lace on: March 14, 2013 04:06:56 AM
I had a request to make one of these string easter baskets for someone and I absolutely loved how it turned out (so much in fact that I ended up making a few more, which I'll show off in separate posts).

I made it by soaking crochet string in fabric starch and then wrapping it around a balloon. It's 18 inches tall so I had to use one of those punching bag balloons. Then you wait a day or two till its dry, pop the balloon, cut a hole in it, decorate and smash the bottom in a little so it sits flat.

This one was for a little girl's first Easter so I think the lace and light pink are perfect. I'm in love with how the bow on the front turned out, I think I'm going to recreate it at some point for a baby headband.

Anywho, on to pictures.....


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr



. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr


. by ivoryh1632, on Flickr

Thanks for looking! C&C welcome!
8  COOKING / Dessert / Non Chocolate Xmas Treats? on: December 09, 2012 06:26:32 PM
I always make up a bunch of goodies for everyone for xmas but my boyfriend's mom just found out she can't have chocolate or coffee (yeah, she's not too happy about that one) and almost everything I make involves chocolate. Does anyone have any ideas or recipies  for some special treats I can make for her?
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Post Apocalyptic Survival Swap Gallery on: November 19, 2012 09:30:24 PM


Swap name:Post Apocalyptic Survival Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: ivoryh1632
Sign-up date range: 10/2/12-10/22/12
Date to send item by:11/30/12
Discussion Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=415039.0


Blue: Sent
Green: Package received
Teal: Sent and recieved
Strikethrough: Feedback given
Orange: Sending late with communication
Red: Problem! Please contact the organizer


Alexus1325 <------->Undersea-sun

VampAracely<------->soxymoron

hawkeyes_girl<------>Illiamdra


libertine49<-------->pollyprissypants

ivoryh1632<------>MissSadieMae

CamOovas<------>shynii

Alchamy513<------->lydiaharper
10  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Calavera Doll on: October 22, 2012 02:17:27 AM
So I opened up my box of halloween decorations and found a few dozen 6in skeletons that i'd got on clerence last year. Threw a few of them up in my window display but decided the rest needed to be made into something more spectacular. So I made this little calavera doll.

 






i still need to figure out some sort of stand for her since she can't stand on her own, and then i think i'm gonna work on making a boyfriend for her.

I don't do as much day of the dead stuff as I'd like and i was just trying to keep this one kinda simple so any suggestions/improvements would be greatly appriciated.

thanks for looking!
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