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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Fairy garden questions on: May 22, 2013 10:09:56 PM
I am currently making items for the fairy garden I'm making around this tree in our forest



I did a search here but couldn't find any relevant info on fairy gardens other than pics of some lovely gardens.  I would like to see what others have made for their gardens as well.  So far I have made clay mushrooms, a wheelbarrow, mailbox, birdhouse and rope ladder.  I currently have some tiny stepping stones and hopscotch tiles (clay) drying as well.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Easy fleece slippers for toddler on: April 29, 2013 10:49:17 PM
I made these for my 2 1/2 year old grandson today, using the free pattern from Tricia here:   http://leafytreetopspot.blogspot.co.nz/2011/01/fleece-toddler-slippers-tutorial-and.html
I had to make them quite a lot bigger and also zigzagged over all the seams (don't have an overlocker or serger).  Now all the family wants them!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is it possible to resize this pattern? on: April 29, 2013 03:59:35 AM
I would love to make this for my 2 1/2 year old grandson, but the pattern is only up to size 6 months.  Is it possible to resize such a pattern?  If not, could anyone recommend a similar (preferably free!) pattern suitable for a 2-3 year old, the simpler the better.  I'm a basic knitter and would not attempt anything complicated!  I hope there's an expert out there who could help me out here.  Thanks very much.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/snug-9
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Craft fair/market best sellers? on: April 13, 2013 06:31:18 PM
Is there a thread for this topic?  Always looking for new ideas and inspiration.  Thanks.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Owls in a box on: April 11, 2013 02:26:45 AM
This little family of owls is for a 3 year old we know who is going to have extensive medical tests in the coming weeks.  He loves owls so I thought he would like to have company while he's sitting in Dr's offices and hospital waiting rooms.  The box is slightly bigger than a matchbox.


6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I spy bottle on: April 05, 2013 09:55:28 PM
As a non-chocolate/candy Easter gift for my 2 year old grandson, I made this, with inspiration from a blog I forgot to bookmark so can't give credit, sorry.
It was a great success with both kids and adults and I've had orders for 3 more already!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Making money (or not!) on: April 05, 2013 09:34:24 PM
I know that in these times of The Big Buck, I shouldn't be asking this question, but I have to ...
my husband has been very ill for the past year+ and I've had a lot of time at home and with him (we live way out in the country so are quite isolated) in the hospital when I needed to do some crafting or I'd go nuts.  All the various things I've made and continue to make are piling up and I'd like to rent a table at a craft market or fair later in the year, but most of my supplies I've used are from my HUGE stash collected over many years so I have no idea of the cost of most of the materials, so can't put a price on them for re-sale purposes.  Secondly, a lot of the items I've made and shown around to family and friends to get an idea of what to charge for them, have been met by "Oh wow, that must've taken you forever to make so you're going to have to charge X amount to cover your time and effort".  They have then made suggestions which have been so far out of reality when it comes to price.  My dilemma is:    making these things have been my therapy and have kept me sane, so I consider the time and effort as being inconsequential in monetary terms.  We will have to sell our home/small farm and move to a smaller place in a few months so I need to downsize my supplies and also make a few $$ of course.  So, do I listen to my head and advice from family and friends and price what I make in realistic terms (i.e. high), or listen to my heart and charge what I feel is a realistic price, taking into account the cost of therapy (LOL), materials that I have to use up as we downsize and the time it's taking me, and just sell them to get rid of them and hopefully make a few $$ and have a quick turnover because of the lower prices.
Sorry this is very rambling, but I hope someone will have some suggestions to pass on.  I appreciate any input.  Thanks.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Help needed - small containers on: March 20, 2013 07:27:33 PM
I would like to try making small gifts like this:  http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-benny-bunny-pocket-toy/2012/03/12/ - also mini dolls, monsters, etc. but I cannot get the small Altoid tins (or anything similar) here in New Zealand where I live.  Do you think I could use repurposed (from a thrift shop) old eyeglasses cases instead (I like the idea of recycling)?  I know they would be bigger, but I would prefer to use a container with a hinged lid, rather than 2 separate pieces like a matchbox (which is my alternative choice). 
Thanks for your help.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Monster outfit for 1 year old on: March 19, 2013 07:54:22 PM
Gift just finished.  Hope the parents of the baby have a sense of humour!  Bought onesie and appliqued face.  Pants are Made By Rae big butt baby pants pattern (wonderful pattern - I use it often) with the face appliqued on the 'butt' panel.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Button necklace on: December 05, 2012 01:18:52 PM
Bright and happy summer necklace.  Great with plain Tee or linen shirt.
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