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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another hair accessory swap on: October 19, 2011 05:23:39 PM
I missed the last hair accessory swap, so I would love it if we had one again sometime soon. I just finished my second swap and should have feedback soon, so I am willing to organize it if anyone else is interested.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Pricing these flowers on: October 10, 2011 09:39:08 AM
I've recently started an etsy store in hopes to raise money for a missions trip that I am going on next year. I have been making fabric flower brooches and hair pins for myself for a while, so I figured why not sell them? The only problem? I have absolutely no idea how to price them.

I need your help craftsters. How much would you price these items for?

#1:flowers


#2: Headband (not pictured, I also have rosette headbands)


#3: fascinator


I have several of each item in many different colors and styles. They are pretty inexpensive to make (less than $1 per item, save for the fascinators, which were about $1.50 to make), so I would like to list them at a price that would appeal to most people. However, I would also like to make some money off of them, because the trip is going to cost between five and seven thousand dollars(it's to Africa, btw).
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sorry professor, I couldn't do my homework. My fingers were glued together. on: September 15, 2011 07:48:54 PM
I have been in an accessory making mood lately, and tonight I managed to make a few new things. In the process, I also managed to hot glue my fingers together. Ouch! They are unstuck now, but I think that I will give them a day's rest before I decide to get to crafting again.

Fascinator #1:


Headband:


Fascinator #2:
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Freezer Paper Stenciling on Artist's Canvas - is it possible? on: August 27, 2011 03:59:53 PM
So I have been really interested lately in the awesome crayon melting designs that have taken the internet by storm, and they kind of gave me an idea. What if I did it, but had a stencil of some kind attached to the canvas so that the crayons melted around the design and I could pull of the stencil to reveal the image?

 Now, obviously, the best way to do this kind of "negative" stenciling on fabric is to use freezer paper, because it fuses with the fabric and keeps paint from dripping around it. But I want to do the crayon melting over a canvas.

So, my question is, does freezer paper affix to canvas the same way it does fabric? Would this idea even be possible?

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Working through the fabric stash one flower at a time on: August 26, 2011 07:15:28 PM
I have been slowly working through my huge stash of designer fabric samples by making a lot of fabric flowers to sell both on etsy and at my church. Here are some of my latest that I thought I would share:

Some big ones...the blue-ish one is about 4 inches wide at its widest part, the others are 5 and 6 inches wide:
 

And a couple smaller ones...about 2-3 inches around:



Sorry about the picture quality. My camera is getting pretty old.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / The Two Hour Fabric Flower on: July 30, 2011 06:35:45 PM
Okay, well it wouldn't have taken two hours if I hadn't gotten so distracted by the NCIS marathon on TV. But anyway, here is my latest project, made with some of the fabric that I kept from the motherload. I think it is so pretty, and the great thing is that the piece of fabric was like a yard and a half long, so I can make several more.

Alas, I digress. Back to the original subject. Behold, my current pride and joy:



I had absolutely no idea what I was doing when I started this thing. I just started cutting petals and ended up with around 30 of them. Then I just sewed them all onto a piece of felt and glued the beads on the center.

So, what do you think?
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / I Hit the Mother Load...What to do with a ton of fabric???? on: July 28, 2011 04:53:05 PM
I was randomly browsing craigslist yesterday searching for some scrap lumber in the free section, when I came across an ad for free fabric. A local interior design company is revamping their stock room and trying to get rid of all of the fabric samples and remnants that they have. Never one to pass up a bargain, I emailed the lady and scheduled to come pick it up.
So today I arrived at the design company expecting one box of fabric. Instead I got six. This is what my living room floor has looked like for the past three hours while I've tried to sort through the mass of fabric:


Yes, that is even a stack of leather in the right corner.
There is so much fabric here that I don't know what to do with it. I like to make fabric flowers and little purses and such, so I am definitely going to keep a whole bunch of this fabric for that, but what am I supposed to do with the stuff that I have no use for?

Here is a close up of part of the pile (you can really see the great mixture of texture and color in the selection):


So, any ideas?
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Headband!!! on: July 21, 2011 04:39:26 PM
I have been in a crafting mood today, and after making a headband earlier, I was inspired to finally start the blog that I've been wanting to start since, well, forever.

For my first post, I decided to do a tutorial for the headband, so I grabbed some scraps and my camera, and got to work.

Here is the finished product:


The tutorial is quite long, so I am not going to post it on here unless asked. But if you want to check it out, you can do so here.

Comments and criticism are always welcome!
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A Perilous Tale about Fabric Flowers...now with more flowers on: July 11, 2011 09:00:10 PM
I decided to make some fabric flowers today. I've made the lollipop kind before, but never really tried any other styles. I found these great fabric quarters on sale at Wal-mart for $0.75 each, and I had a lot of fabric scraps laying around, so I decided to spend the day crafting.
Unfortunately, I have really bad allergies (the kind that make your brain fog up as well as your nose run), and I wasn't paying any attention at one point, so I kind of stuck my finger into a fresh pile of hot glue.

Behold, the injury:


Yes, that is a blister. It's a bit blurry because I can not take very good pictures with my left hand.

But, the injury was worth it. I ended up making probably around ten flowers total, but I only took a picture of five of them (Don't know why...I wasn't thinking).

Here they are, in all of their glory:


I have no idea what I am going to do with them, though. I rarely wear accessories. My mom said that I should sell them to raise money for next year's missions trip. For now, though, I just wanted to share them with you guys.
What do you think? Any tips and pointers that you have to offer?

Update: I made some more flowers but didn't really want to start a thread for them. Thought I would share:
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I'm back!!!! . . . Oh, and I designed a skirt on: June 27, 2011 02:24:34 PM
I haven't posted on here in a while because my health problems have really kept me from doing any crafting. However, I am doing a lot better now, and I am getting back into the swing of things.

I love designing clothes. I can sketch something out and draw out a pattern, but I have absolutely no patience (or talent) to sew them. So you can imagine how incredible thrilled I was to learn that a lady right down my street is a very skilled seamstress and often takes on side sewing jobs as a hobby. I was even more excited to learn that she had incredibly low prices, and I immediately hired her to sew one of my designs.

Without further ado, behold the pocketed pencil skirt:


Enjoy!
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