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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 10 minute craft swap? on: October 21, 2009 04:00:17 PM
I really miss swapping, I had to stop because of time constraints, Sad. Today I was cleaning the mess that is my craft room and was discovering not just past swap items but bits and leftovers from making swaps, and it REALLY made me want to swap again. But I still have the same time constraints. So it occured to me, what about a 10 minute craft swap? You can make anything, no limits to actual size or value, the only constraint is that it HAS to take 10 minutes or less to make.

For example:
a notecard set (not a single notecard, unless it is crazy detailed)
a very simple throw pillow
a necklace
elaborate earrings
a stationery set
a handcarved stamp
a simple pin cushion

I have tons of ideas for various crafts, but that should give you some ideas. Anyone else want to play?
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: What's a fair price to offer for knitting classes? on: October 09, 2009 06:19:06 PM
As someone who has taught a variety of craft classes let me advise- DON'T provide the supplies yourself! Really. Provide a detailed class supply list and go from there. Do have items on hand though, available for them to buy from you, in case they buy the wrong thing or forget something.  Don't make the list TO detailed though, when I worked at AC Moore I had to help a customer shop for a beginner knitting class at the senior center, they had her buying stuff she'd never use, stuff I had never even heard of, and telling her very specific brands of what to buy and a list of "unacceptable" yarns and supplies and brands! If you say for example:
1 pair of needles size 8- any length but not circular or double pointed
1 skein of worsted weight yarn- for example Red Heart, Caron Pound of Love (etc etc)
Optional items you will need eventually:
tape measure or ruler
stitch markers
yarn needle

You would have most people show up with stuff that would work just fine. You could also have the first class (if you do a series, more on that in a minute) at the store, and walk the aisles with them explaining what they will need, what that yarn or gadget is for, etc. I usually do this after my craft store classes and the students love it.


what craft store do you work at? At AC Moore, Michaels, etc you may be able to get a teaching job through them, using their classroom.

Our local store does one class, $15. You can come and learn to knit, then come back again and learn a different stitch, or cables, or whatever. Always $15 and no seperate technique or project classes. Just once a month or so you show up and she teaches you the next thing, or refreshes what you learned last time if you need it. I'd advise something more like that. For example, third Saturday of the month from 2-4 you are at x location. People tend to not sign up for series classes, because they feel like if they can't come to one of the dates they might as well not come at all.

I teach various paper crafts, jewelry making, and some other general crafts, and project specific classes have never had a good following.

I recently taught knitting classes as a service at a church auction. One mother and daughter have done it so far and it was about an hour or two. I intend to show cast on, knit, and purl. I showed them long tail cast on, regular cast-on, knitting, purling, yo, k2tog, p2tog, and casting off, all in that period. The daughter wasn't catching on and would have taken more time, but the mother just kept going and asking for the next stitch. Then the mother was going to just show the daughter.

As someone who has been teaching classes in various places, with various crafts, for years, honestly, don't expect a lot. Everyone is quick to say "oh I wish I could ..." and very few are willing to pay to learn it. I go months on end with no student sign-ups.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / a business idea- need other crafters input on: October 09, 2009 05:52:54 PM
Hi all!
I've had a business idea for 13 years, to run a store with a combo of new items, handmade items, and vintage. It would be similar almost to a brick and mortar Etsy, featuring only the cool stuff though, not the crappily made stuff. Anyway recently this long term dream came to the forefront for me, but the original intention didn't work out (having a full time retail store.) I've been toying with an idea, and need input from other crafters about if they would do it or not.

Essentially the idea is to do seasonal weekend (maybe week) long events. Rent a hall somewhere, (Elks Lodge, Fire Hall, whatever) and set up shop, like a permanent store, but only for the weekend. Craft vendors would be charged a price to be included, and then the items would be sold on a commission basis. You drop off items before the show, and pick up any unsold items after. You don't have to set them up, provide a table, or work any hours. The sale would be well advertised for a full season before the show, and there would also be a website. The website would spotlight artists and items to be featured in the next show. So by getting a spot you get highlighted on the website. The spots will be based on a juried process, allowing only quality goods, in certain styles. The jury process would also only allow certain amounts in each category, no direct competition, etc. So for example only 3 jewelry vendors, but each with a different style. The juried process wouldn't be extreme, just meaning that just because you apply doesn't promise you a spot.

The show wouldn't just feature handmade though, some would be new (but funky and unique stuff) some would be vintage.


I'm thinking $50 for a space, then 70/30 commission, but that's without running any real concrete numbers. The reason I figured both a sign up amount and a commission is because at a regular craft fair you end up paying for your own bags, boxes, credit card processing, etc, based on your exact sales, the commission would cover those things. Without the separate commission the enrollment price would have to be a lot higher to cover all those things, then what if none of your products sell? Know what I mean?

If you were invited to be in the show, or saw the show listed somewhere, would you do it? Obviously part of it depends on the price to be in the show, what price would you think was good?
4  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 Angel needed for Small Mystery Swap- FOUND, plus back-ups! on: April 27, 2009 05:40:53 AM
Thanks!!!! to everyone who volunteered!


Swap Name: Small Mystery Swap 2
Original Thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=286910.0
Gallery thread link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=288351.0
# of Flakers: 1

Feel free to add other information if you feel its necessary.
This is a really awesome, fun, and sometimes easy, swap. You just make ANYTHING that you'd think she'd like! You read her wists, stalk her a bit, and make anything you can that she'll enjoy. You make and send 3-5 points worth of items.

The flaked upon is calliel, you can view her wists for a good idea of what she likes. http://www.wists.com/Calliel

5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Small Mystery Swap Round 2! Send By March 1st Sorry FULL!!!! on: March 25, 2009 07:25:59 AM
Okay everyone, things are getting a little better here, and I have updated. Please read the list on the first page (second post)  and if you see any errors let me know.

Thanks for being understanding about me falling behind!
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Small Mystery Swap Round 2! Send By March 1st Sorry FULL!!!! on: March 18, 2009 07:12:58 PM
Hey everyone! I just wanted the let everyone know it's  been a bad and crazy week. My sons birthday was Sunday and we spent the night in the ER! The general dr consenus is a penicillian allergy. Hives and swelling like you wouldnt believe! So my week has been a high alert watch with steroids and benedryl. Then believe it or not I came home from his dolls up Monday to 12 cases of smurfs that were accidentally sent to me! Literally 1000+ smurfs figures and playsets filling my living room!

My little guy is still a mess today and may require another dr follow up tomorrow. But my husband is also home tomorrow. So to make a long story short I have a really good excuse for falling a bit behind, but with any luck I'll catch up tomorrow!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Small Mystery Swap Rd 2! on: March 08, 2009 02:17:30 PM
Has anyone here ever gotten a package that made you say: "Oh my god!" "what?!?!?! You've got to be kidding!" "Oh man NO way!!!" "She didn't!!" about every 305 seconds? Well that's what my package did. First I was surprised, because believe it or no I was surprised who my partner was! Okay obviously I set it up, and I KNEW my partners username, but I don't cheat and always pretend I don't know, and don't keep looking her up lol, and I thought for sure my partner was in Australia! So I get a package from WI, and am like "Well I don't know what it is, the only package that could be this size should be foreign!" So BAM I got surprised too!!

And my partner was.............

OllieOrange!

And Oh my GOD what a partner! This lady must be the most multi-talented person I've EVER met! Usually you know how you get a package with just 1 or different types of crafts in it?? Oh not me!! I got:


An Awesome terraium. Only slightly shaken up in transit, but I think it'll be fine. Boy  it is hard to get a good picture of these things! Especially if you have a new camera you are adjusting to also.


And AWESOME decorated box!

That opens to reveal:

A SET of needle felted houses!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VERY WELL needle felted too!

Do you think that's all??








NOPE!!!

I also got:

This very well sewn, and straight off my wist wreath!!!!

But wait! That's STILL not all!!!



A bird pin! And what's that little thing?? That's a glass pendant with copper infusions to form a tree!!!!!!!! I tried and tried but just could NOT manage to get a picture of it. It i amazing.

So she sews, does amazing glasswork, needle felts like a queen, arranges terraiums, does amazing papercrafts, AND

Did you notice the wreath is sitting on something?



SHE paints!!!!


I always thought my mom was amazing because she can do anything crafty well, but ollieorange, oh ollieorange is amazingggggggggggg.

I will begin taking bribes for who she will send to in round 3.  Wink Wink

8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Small Mystery Swap Round 2! Send By March 1st Sorry FULL!!!! on: March 03, 2009 07:24:29 PM
I added a list to the first page (modified the second message) as to where everyone stands for this swap. Since everyone has sent (with the exception of one person I'm waiting to verify that they did) it doesn't really ruin the surprise at this point.

9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Small Mystery Swap Round 2! Send By March 1st Sorry FULL!!!! on: March 03, 2009 07:16:03 PM
Hey everyone!

Swap feedback should be all caught up. I always try to wait until pictures are posted, so while a few people have received very recently I try to hold off that feedback until pictures are up (so everyone gets the credit they deserve for exceeding requirements)

If for some reason I managed to miss you, very easy to do in a swap like this, just send me a message.

Smiley
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Small Mystery Swap Round 2! Send By March 1st Sorry FULL!!!! on: March 03, 2009 11:44:27 AM
now that it's in the mail I feel like my package really sucked. Sad
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