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1  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Crafty Bitch Monthly Bike Ride/Potluck (PORTLAND) on: July 02, 2010 12:21:28 PM
Live in Portland?  Ride bikes?  Crafty?

JOIN US!

Check out the Shift calendar listing: http://shift2bikes.org/cal/#08-1784

or the Facebook event listing: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136227779730212#!/event.php?eid=136227779730212



See you there!!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / silver shrink plastic pegasus on: January 30, 2009 04:52:33 PM
this is a pattern i drafted a while ago, but have only used a couple times.  the paint job and stuff on this got a little funky, but whatever!

check it out:





whoo, shrinky-dinks!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / bike top tube cozies on: January 29, 2009 11:00:18 PM
So, I'm experimenting with making decorative (not really protective) top tube covers for bikes.  My first couple of tries turned out pretty OK, I think.  Check it out!  They're about 12"x4"





and



4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Little stuffed rabbit on: January 19, 2009 03:04:39 PM
Howdy y'all,

I'm looking about maybe getting some feedback, if you've got a minute.  I'm experimenting with the idea of selling stuffed animals, but it's an arena I've never tried before, so I wanted to run a design by some people.  Check out this one I made today:






So, yeah...you think people would be into that kind of stuff, if I maybe did up a few different varieties?  I was thinking real cheap, like under $10, and in a variety of sizes...I figured they'd make real good baby toys/pillows or something.

Oh, and please let me know if this comes off as too spammy; I don't usually approach stuff from a purely businesslike standpoint, so I feel kind of weird using words like "sell" and "$".

Thanks!!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Adult and baby animal and monster hats! (New pictures 1/27 on pg. 2!) on: January 14, 2009 01:13:05 PM
I've been cranking these out like crazy lately, since I decided to forgo finding a real job (scary! awesome!).

This is me on the left and my friend fiona on the right (we were on a field trip with 30 of our friends!):


This is my friend Billy and his 3 siblings at christmas!  I am proudest of the warthog hat I made especially for him.  He asked me to make them 4 hats in exchange for him setting me up a SWEEEET longboard.  Billy is a sponsored downhill longboarder, so the thing is built for speed, oh man I am so excited.  Anyways he and his family look really cute.


This is my mom wearing a panda hat I made her for christmas (I think she may have put it in the wash or picked it out, she does stuff like that, and it's way fluffier than I remember):


Here's some that I made just for displaying and stuff:




BABY HATS!!!






yay for being productive!!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / starting up a window painting biz on: September 23, 2008 04:39:43 PM
yo,

so, i'm starting up a window painting business.  i'm mainly looking to do permanent (but removable) reverse-glass displays; think business names, and things like that.  i do high-quality glass painting in a very wide variety of styles, though i tend to gravitate towards art noveau, sailor jerry, comic book, and cheesy flashy 80s style compositions.

anyways, what i'm piping up here for is to see if anyone's got any tips or tricks for me when it comes to breaking into moneymaking.  i'm not looking to get rich off this or anything, just pay some bills.  my plan for right now is to expand my portfolio (started working on that this month, got 4 or 5 pretty big pieces done already), and then move on to doing free pieces for local businesses that i like (think the coffeeshop down the street, the local fat-positive boutique, the women's bookstore, etc).   i figure that's good real-world practice, establishments i respect get something good, and it's even advertising in itself.

then comes the part i'm not so experienced or comfortable with--pitching it to businesses for a fee.  i'm not really sure what i'd like to charge (hourly? flat rate?), what businesses i should focus on (i'm thinking retail, but really, most any could do), how i should initiate communication with these people (walk-in? email? pamphlet drop-off?), or...anything!

i have a friend who works doing art/general management and is a fucking whiz at it, who's all set to give me a hand on this stuff; however, her husband's parents are visiting from Brazil for the next month, so her hands are pretty full time-wise, and i'd like to start wrapping my head around this right away!

so, yeah! any suggestions, experience, input of any kind, is highly appreciated!   thanks for taking the time to read my query. later!

xo
7  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / hey portland, where can i get... on: April 08, 2008 02:21:49 PM
bulk or cheap shrink plastic/polystyrene/shrinky dink sheets?

bulk fine chain (like for putting pendants on, i'd love to find it in giant spools, but i don't know if that even exists!)?

where's your favorite place to buy jewelry findings, jump rings, etc?

reply here (so everyone can see it!) or PM me if you want, i'd love it!  and if i discover any good places in the near future i'll come back and let everyone know about them.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Glass marble & polymer clay picture pendants (Image Heavy!) on: January 29, 2008 01:27:32 AM
So I just cranked out a ton of these.  They're flat glass marble beads with a variety of images, wrapped in fimo/sculpey, with embedded metal pins.  Your 2 cents more than welcome, since I'm fairly new to the jewelry game...

(Oh, and they're about an inch and a half wide, you can't really tell out of context)



















9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cute fuzzy warm animal/monster hats on: December 27, 2007 01:31:55 PM
So I've been making these for a few years now, but I finally perfected the pattern just in the last few months.  I've been churning them out like crazy lately--A lot of generic teddy bear/kitty style ones, but when I have the time I really get into the more fantastical, monster-y style ones, and I've been pretty into unicorn hats lately too, heh!  Anyways check it out.




















10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / super cute kitty/critter hats i've been making! on: February 03, 2006 07:19:17 PM
this first one was for an order...

http://static.flickr.com/36/93464587_c24c343783.jpg?v=0

this one made the rounds before i gave it to my friend dean...here it is on joe!

http://static.flickr.com/41/79526558_860fdc80c8.jpg?v=0

my boyfriend likes to wear this one...

http://static.flickr.com/38/74875158_499bf51994.jpg?v=0

this scruffy looking white one is MINE!

http://static.flickr.com/37/85304161_8345e3c226.jpg?v=0



i'm really excited about it!
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