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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Need photo/resizing editing tips on: August 17, 2010 12:18:47 PM
I have some questions and I don't know where to find answers.   If anyone knows of a great photography discussion forum that doesn't get too technical, please point me in the right direction! Because I have so many more questions than I am about to lay out here.

I need to be able to do a few things.  I would like to be able to take a regular sized photo and shrink it down to a little smaller than an inch square.  I also need to be able to crop existing photos to this size, and preferably pack a bunch of them into one 4x6/5x7 "photo" that I can print off at Walgreens. These sound like very simple procedures but I am finding that they are not.  I don't know how to measure out dimensions on a photo on a computer screen.

I don't have photoshop.  I had a pretty decent photo editing program that came with a camera, but I have long ago lost the disk and gotten a new computer, so it's pretty much out of the picture (no pun intended!).  Anyway, what I do have is windows media player and paint, and random free photo editing websites that I haven't really found to be useful.  Any (inexpensive) suggestions?  I would also like to be able to make brochures and business cards.
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Craft my pet swap (sign up 8/7/10-8/27/10, send out 9/27/10) on: August 07, 2010 07:38:56 PM
Gallery!



Swap name:  Craft my pet
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  CamOovas
Sign-up date range:  August 7-August 27, 2010
Date to send item by:  September 24, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Additional Age requirement?  No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:
In this swap, partners will craft one large replica of their partners pet.  A large craft is defined as a minimum of 4 hours of crafting time.  Any medium can be used- sculpture, painting, crochet, etc.  In addition, you will be sending one small item.  The small item is defined as 2 or less hours of crafting time or $10 or less in cost.  Depending on you and your partners preferences, the small may be an additional rendering of the pet, a second pet, or a store bought or crafted item for said pet.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap:  Craft my pet
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Do you have any allergies?  

How about allergens in your home?

Describe the pet you would like your partner to craft (include a link to photos here if you like, otherwise you will need to email pictures to your partner once you have been paired):

What stands out about your pet?  Does it have a certain pose, favorite toy, bad habit?  List anything that may help your partner in crafting your pet.

What kind of animal/s are you comfortable crafting?:

Would you like to craft or receive crafts involving multiple pets?:

What are your crafting skills (crochet, drawing, papercrafts, etc):

What medium/s would you like to see your pet crafted from?:

How would you like your crafted pet to be displayed (on a shelf/wall/clothing, etc):

Do you like to spoil your partner or prefer to send exactly the swap requirements?:

Is there anything you do not want to receive?:

This swap has a long crafting time.  Do you agree to check the swap discussion frequently so as to not miss any important updates?:

Link to wist (if applicable):



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Craft my pet on: July 26, 2010 05:22:33 PM
What do you think?   I would love love love to have a collection of different peoples interpretations of my cat using various mediums.   Painted, sculpted, sketched, built out of noodles....?  I keep adding it to my wishlist swap but so far no one has done it, so I am trying a different approach.  Anyone in?
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Help me target my market on: July 20, 2010 02:06:22 PM
I make needlefelted sculptures.  People love them and tell me how wonderful they are, but inevitably the question follows "but what would I do with it?"   To which I must admit, they are completely non-functional.  Put it on a shelf.   I've had people buy my bigger pieces to display in their small businesses or a babies nursery, or on their office desk, but I need to either find and monopolize on the knick-knack collectors or find ways to make my pieces serve a little more of a purpose or fit better into a home. 



So far what I have determined is that I need to make my pieces more artsy... 3-D shadowboxes that can be displayed as somewhat more traditional wall art, or perhaps putting more sculptures behind glass to imply that it is art and not a toy.   Also I've been thinking of things like mobiles for nurseries and turning smaller pieces into christmas tree ornaments. 

Do you guys have any other ideas?  I have other products that sell very well, but the felting is what I really love to do, so I would like to be able to find a way to make some money off of it.   I also offer custom orders of people's pets, and have some luck with that, but it's still not where I want it to be.
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Glass photography pendants on: July 11, 2010 01:57:24 PM
I've been crankin these out for a while now, finally gettin around to posting.  They are my photography resined onto glass tiles:









16  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Bunches of batts on: July 11, 2010 12:21:45 PM
Most of them dont have names.  They are almost all wool and nylon, with some silk and bamboo.














17  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Recent and not-so-recent pieces (img obese) on: July 11, 2010 10:59:46 AM
Lets bring some life to this board, shall we?  I'm getting awful at posting my stuff, so today I am going on a craftster posting spree.  Here is a ton of stuff from the past few months:

























18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Help me make macaroni pie on: March 31, 2010 03:01:06 PM
I want to make little macaroni pies, as can be found in Gregg's in the UK:



I can't find a recipe anywhere, but it seems like it should be easy enough to figure out, if one knows how to cook similar things.    Help?

19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Fiber packaging and vertical display ideas on: March 29, 2010 02:05:25 PM
I have three craft sale issues:

1.  I sell lots of different things.  I do needlefelted sculptures (which I plan to extend to felted 3-d wall art for my next sale), and pendants, and just started selling drum-carded fiber batts.   Right now I use two four foot tables, that are different heights, in order to create a visual separation of my different items.   I dont want to cut anything out, because at one sale one type of thing can be selling out and the others are not being touched, and vice versa.  It's really impossible to predict what will be the hot item at each sale.  But now that I have three types of things instead of just the two, I'm having trouble arranging them in a cohesive way.  The only thing I can think of is to create more levels on the table space, which brings me to my next issue:

2.  I need to figure out some vertical display ideas.  The things I sell are not hangable and need to be set on a flat surface.  I am thinking something like wooden crates or cubbies or shelving, but I dont want things to be too closed off (i.e. crates with four sides) as I dont generally have access to extra lighting, or the display to look to naked/sparse, if that makes sense.

3.  I need a way to display fiber batts in a way that they will not be excessively touched or handled.  At this weekends sale I put a sign up asking people to not touch them, but it went disregarded quite often, or else people didn't read it until they had already touched, and then felt bad. I tried gallon-ziploc bags, but they dont quite fit, and it looks pretty tacky.

Here is what my display has looked like, minus the fiber batts, the two tables are next two each other, I couldnt fit them in one screen:




Any ideas?

20  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needlefelted poodle on: September 14, 2009 07:35:11 PM
Just a poodle.   He's about 5 inches long, around a pipecleaner base.







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