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1  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Silly Swap North America Swap signups/crafting until 2/22 on: February 12, 2008 01:42:33 AM
hmmmm....the offerings are getting pretty good in here - I can't wait!!  Smiley
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / considering a HUGE show - what am I getting in to? on: February 07, 2008 04:34:09 PM
**I have asked this on some other forums that I am on - I am searching for as many answers as I can get.**

Okay - here is the story. I have vendor friends that attend a HUGE Christmas market in my area - and they have begged for years for me to come. Well - I am actually thinking about it. But I have to start thinking and planning now - even though the sale is still 9 months away.

Can anyone give me some tips as to how to show the maximum amount of inventory in an 8x10 space? This space will have pipe and drape around at least 2 sides - corners are not gauranteed for anyone. This is a juried show to prevent duplicates of anything - and they had nothing like my work there in the past 3 years. One rule - so selling from boxes on the floor - I think it's tacky anyway, so I would never do that.

Also - this is a very advertised Christmas market - how much stuff would I need to have ready?? ugh - this is enough to stress anybody out - could some of you seasoned vendors help me out here? I have done several smaller shows before, as we have been at this craft for 12 years (mostly word of mouth, but that keeps us going) - but nothing of this magnatude before.

Thanks for any advice you can offer!
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Silly Swap North America Swap signups/crafting until 2/22 on: February 07, 2008 12:00:02 AM
Okay, I developed a new favorite thing to make over Christmas - made a ton of them for gifts.  So, now I am thinking about what to do for this swap - it's my first one - and we are talking about a wide variety of crafters and styles here.  I am so confused.....I am just going to post my idea here, and somebody give me some direction before I commit totally to this swap.  (I am not "officially" eligible until 2/20) 

Here goes - I made notebooks - some with matching sleeves for DVD's, some with planners for my teacher friends, and some with nothing so they could be used for whatever the receiver wanted.  Now, these were standard notebooks with custom made fabric covers, fit like a glove, made of fabric that I thought matched the personality of the person it was for with a monogram or some kind of cool embroidered something for that personality.  EVERYBODY loved it!!  I am still being asked to make them for upcoming birthday gifts from my friends that didn't get one...  Smiley

Okay - there it is - I am thinking I may do some retro fabric with a crafty spin on the monogram like "crafty ideas" or something like that....  So - anybody interested?  HELP!
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Silly Swap North America Swap signups/crafting until 2/22 on: February 05, 2008 10:53:33 AM
Count me in.   Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: dress idea for winter father/daughter dance? on: February 01, 2008 07:58:40 AM
Oh, I love the pink one - I'll have to see if I can find that pattern here, I still have a raincheck for patterns 5@.99 - Smiley.  I can't wait until she gets home from school so I can show it to her.  And I was thinking about your caplet idea - I have a pattern for one of those - and I found some white eyelash fur fabric in a bin I haven't look in for a very long time full of stuff that I just wasn't sure I would ever use.  And I am starting to see things being made out of them that I just couldn't picture until I started visiting this board....thanks so much for your great ideas - I really think I can do this now - it's only a pattern, just with different fabrics than what I am used to working with, right?  Ugh - I guess living up to Miss Priss's standards are just getting harder.  She goes to school with a lot of children whose parents are living way above where we are, and they all dress in the latest "advertising bill board" clothing - she thinks that we are supposed to live that way too.  I do have to say though - when they started calling about me making some outfits for their girls that look like hers - she decided maybe mom knew what she was doing....LOL.

Thanks again for all the great advice and info!  Grin
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: dress idea for winter father/daughter dance? on: January 30, 2008 10:11:25 PM
she is 7 going on 30  Roll Eyes  and while she loves the fairies and princess-y looking stuff to play in and decorate her room with - going on a date with Daddy is THE major event of the year for her, and that is simply not going to do.  She has been looking at these dresses that are just not going to work for the climate during that time of year - and I am not sure how to address this. 

We went to try them on, so I would have a good idea about the style that fit her - think tiny petite here, she could give tinkerbell a run for her money size wise.  She loved the a-line satin dresses with organza....I don't know what you call it.....thing hanging down the back over the satin, drapey looking.  The ones that fit right had corset like lacing in the back so that we could make it fit nice instead of looking like it was made for a real sized girl - way to big for her.  And she loved the dresses with the butterfly sleeves on them.  But again - all of these dresses were for nicer weather.  February is some of the most brutal we get here - well known for unexpected downfalls of snow (some of you may remember THE Blizzard of 1993 for the south), it is that time of year during this event.

So - with all of that said....and I said way more than I intended.....help!! 
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / dress idea for winter father/daughter dance? on: January 30, 2008 08:42:44 PM
Okay -  my DD, Miss Priss would like a new dress for the father/daughter dance coming up at the end of next month.  She has her eyes on the fancy schmancy dresses - Shocked - but the price tags that go with them are out of the question.

So - please, any suggestions, patterns, ways to alter simple online patterns for this event - fabric suggestions, etc??  I love to make stuff for her, but I am afraid that this one may be a little out of my comfort zone.  Sad  HELP!! 

8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Machine embroidery? on: January 30, 2008 07:14:23 PM
Yeah!!!  I think I found all of you that listed yourselves as members or gave your alternate personality at sewforum. Wink  I would love to see a machine embroidery thread here - and maybe offer some insight to those who aren't sure about how to approach ME.  Some think "that is not crafting, there is no challenge to it", and some think "well, anyone can do that" - but for those of use that push the envelope in the ME world - the results can be AMAZING!!  So, join me in keeping up this thread - we need a voice!!  I am sure there are many other M E's lurking on these boards.....

Add your creations to this thread - lets show off our skills!  I posted my latest project in the holiday threads - not knowing whether or not this particular craft was accepted here.  But the replies were positive, and lots more were at least curious as to see how they were created.  How many of us quilt - and merge in our embroidery into the process?  Do you use your skills to digitize and create OOAK art creations - maybe with other craft skills such as needle felting, painting, beading, crocheting or any other one of a million crafting styles?  Let see it!  Smiley  (I will post mine as soon as I can get down the stairs - hopefully in the next week, I am missing my studio...Sad )
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: psyco-funky-delic retro bag!! with pics (lots) and pattern. on: January 28, 2008 03:45:13 PM
Cool fabric - what a great find!  Nice bag - now if spring would just get here....
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Machine embroidery? on: January 28, 2008 09:02:06 AM
okay fellow embroiderers - who is also on sewforum?  I found craftydeb - added to friend list so I know how to find my craftster buds at sewforum.  Anybody else??  Smiley
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