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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Link Directories on: September 29, 2004 11:54:33 AM


As you probably know, getting your site linked on other sites is the best way to increase traffic on your website. Firstly, You get visitors through that link, and secondly google considers how highly to rank your page according to how inbound links you have.

There's already a link exchange thread- but what about directories that you can submit your site to (free) that are especially craft or female-run business friendly?

I suggest Bust.com's Girl Wide Web

Anyone else?
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My very first bags on: September 27, 2004 01:03:43 PM
These are my very, very first bags ever made!! I did them all this weekend and I am ohhhh so proud.

 I used Jordy's patterns for the purses.

I call it my teeny-weenie bikini purse!
http://www.collargirl.com/craftster/IMG_0050.jpg


Then I winged it through making this little zipper pouch- I didn't realize there was a tutorial until I came back here- it would have saved me some time!
http://www.collargirl.com/craftster/IMG_0057.jpg
http://www.collargirl.com/craftster/IMG_0054.jpg


Then I made a bigger Jordy bag that I could actually carry all my stuff in. It hangs kind of funny when it's loaded, but I like it a lot.
http://www.collargirl.com/craftster/IMG_0051.jpg
http://www.collargirl.com/craftster/IMG_0052.jpg




And then I whipped up another zipper pouch in red canvas. I'm really thankful now that I bought a box full of zippers at a thrift store last spring.
http://www.collargirl.com/craftster/IMG_0048.jpg
23  COOKING / Dessert / Crafty Cookin' - Fun with Fondant on: September 15, 2004 01:06:04 PM
I tried fondant on cookies for the first time the other day. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. The didn't taste very good at all, but the chance to mold the icing was worth it!



And here's a pile of (regular icing) cookies I decorated for  a cookie cutter company at the beginning of the summer
24  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Making a stencil of something BLACK on: September 09, 2004 04:04:44 PM

Why do I always have to pick hard stuf for my very first attempt at projects?

I'm trying to make a stencil of a realistic face shot of a Scottish Terrier. I thought I was pretty good at using photoshop, and have read the tutorials on making stencils in photoshop, but I just can't figure out how to get a good stencil of a dog that is black with black shadows.

I've been all through google image looking for a scottie with good contrast, but I'm not having luck. Does ANYONE have any ideas?
25  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Craft Ideas for Sonogram? on: September 09, 2004 02:44:51 PM

My friend just sent me a copy of her sonogram via email. I'd love to print it and use the image to make something with it for her or the baby- any ideas?
26  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Tattered Curtains on: September 02, 2004 02:20:50 PM

I want to hang tattered curtains in my upstairs rooms on Halloween night- any ideas how to do this and make them look like they are actually tattered and spooky even from a distance?
27  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / For those of you who sell patterns on: August 24, 2004 04:04:09 PM


I'm thinking about selling a sewing pattern I created. For those of you who have experience selling homemade patterns- how did you do it? I certainly can't professionally print a huge pattern-- I was thinking a big sheet of kraft paper with the outline on it- but is that tacky?
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Making fabric more durable? on: August 22, 2004 01:10:23 PM


Is there anything you can do to regular fabric to make it suitable for heavy dutier uses? Like a backpack for example? I use kraft interfacing behind my fabric and then use fraycheck on seams and scotchguard the finished project but they still show wear within a month or so. Is there any trick or commercial product I can buy to make fabric less likely to fray or get threadbare in vunerable areas?
29  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / leather studs? on: August 06, 2004 04:00:31 PM
First post here- you all are divas.

I've been hunt, hunt, hunting for cool studs in novelty shapes (I make dog collars, so I'm really looking for bones and paws, but would be happy with daisies or other cute shapes) Anybody have any ideas where I can find them?

Glad to find this site- so many of you are so talented!

Lindsay
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