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1  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!
2  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!! 

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentines for DD's Class on: January 26, 2008 04:40:01 PM
I thought you all might like to see the valentines that we made for my DD's class.  They are made out of felt and each one has their names monogrammed on it, and all come with a matching dumdum pop.  LOL - DD thinks that they have to match.  Smiley

group shots of the valentines:


closeup of the group:


boys have red ones:


girls have pink ones:


I monogrammed Santa hats for the whole first grade for Christmas (153 of them).  And they loved them!  I can't wait to see what they think of these.  Smiley
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Poppet makers...poseable limbs, not just jointed? on: January 24, 2008 06:52:33 PM
Hello poppet creators....I am working on the pattern that I just got today.  It's going amazingly well.....nice pattern and instructions, thanks ghilie!  Smiley  So, I am looking at these stuffed legs with buttons and wondering....how do you get them to stand up so well?  Is this a photo prop or can you really bend their legs and arms at the knees/elbows too?  And if you can - it can't be with just poly-fil, or I haven't done it right.  I have a posable jointed doll here that belongs to DD - and it feels like...well, I really don't know.  Wire maybe, but you can't feel any ends in it?  Am I making sense?

Ideas?  Or maybe I am getting ahead of myself...  I have been bed bound for the last two weeks (looks like it's going to be at least another month) and this is the first thing I have been excited about making.  So, needless to say - I may be surrounded by them in no time.   Cheesy
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Which do you prefer?? on: January 21, 2008 01:28:05 AM
First, I am a newbie here - but what great info!!   Cheesy

Now, on to the question.  I have been making all kinds of accessories for years, together with my mom in the business, we have over 50 years of sewing between us.  But now I am on a quest to get on the internet, so the options that I give so many of my customers may be too time consuming and I might need to narrow it down.

Closures for bags, totes, etc - ribbon closures, velcro, zippers, or magnetic snaps?

I have been told for years that my options for fabrics, trims, closures, monograms - etc - are what make coming to my studio such a wonderful experience.  But the fast pace of the internet makes that custom touch a little harder to maintain.  I will always still offer that option - but I think things that are ready to go, just add a monogram might be a great option for us to.  I just need a poll to see if I should stick to one particular closure or not?

So, please - suggestions or advice from any and all...Thanks! Smiley 
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