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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Looking into craft fairs and feeling overwhelmed... on: August 13, 2014 02:59:10 PM
I sell various crocheted items online, some with more success than others. I want to try selling at a craft fair to see if things that don't sell well online (like hats, scarves, etc.) would do better in that environment. I found a fair that I'm interested in applying for, but there's so little information about the event online (besides cost for a table and when/where it is) that I'm feeling overwhelmed.

So with that in mind, I have some questions for you craft fair veterans before I take the leap and sign up for this fair myself.

1) Is it assumed that I will be bringing my own table? Or should I ask if they provide/rent tables and what sort of space I will be given? No information about table size and how much space I would have is given in any of the information I can find about the event.
2) Would it be rude to ask what sort of turnout this event has had in the past?
3) Do I need some sort of license or paperwork to sell at a craft fair? Would I need that paperwork in order before I apply to this fair? Again, no information is given about this that I can find.

And finally, a question about the fair itself, they're looking for arts/crafts vendors as well as antiques/collectibles, non-profits, commercial/business, and entertainment vendors. Is this normal for craft fairs or should this be a warning for me to look elsewhere?
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Donating physical items vs. selling to raise money? on: August 09, 2014 05:57:53 PM
I recently lost my grandfather to skin cancer and I've been tossing around the idea of making a donation to a charity in his memory. I was planning on crocheting him a blanket for Christmas this year, before he passed, and I think I'd like to donate a blanket somewhere in his honor.

But then I was wondering, would it be better to donate the actual blanket or try to sell/auction it somewhere to raise money for a monetary donation instead? I feel like with the blanket I'd be limiting myself with regards to where I could donate it, but I'm not sure how successful selling/auctioning the blanket would actually be.

Does anyone have experience one way or the other, and which would people recommend?
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Spock and Kirk Amigurumi (image heavy) on: September 27, 2013 04:15:16 PM
I got really into Star Trek this summer. As in, watched a season of TOS in just over 2 days before realizing that hey, I should probably take a break from Netflix. At which point I dug into my stash and whipped up a Spock, complete with ears and eyebrows.



And then, because clearly one Spock isn't enough, I made a second based on the uniforms from the recent reboot movies.



And obviously, Spock needs a Kirk...




I had no idea what color Shatner's eyes were so, on the advice of family members, I went with blue/green. I think they're actually a bit more brown but oh well. Other note, I don't think these are exactly the right stripes on the sleeves (at least in TOS I think the second stripe is actually dashes and not solid??) but oh well it's close enough for me Cheesy

Technical details: Pattern is my own design, but it's sort of a "basic" amigurumi pattern. Ball for head, tubes for arms, oval body, etc. The feet are ovals with decreases to sort of curl the ends up into a shoe design, that I swear I crocheted differently every time I made a new plushie Tongue Spock's ears are [sc, hdc, dc] into a magic circle, two of those sewn together and then sewn to his head. His sideburns and eyebrows are ridiculous to get even but they're sewn on too. Everything crocheted with acrylic, RHSS for most of it and Vanna's Choice for the TOS shirts, because I am cheap. No idea what the metallic yarn is off the top of my head, sorry. Finished dolls are about 9" sitting.

And I think that's everything! Thanks for looking! Smiley
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scrubbies, mug cozies, and more! (AKA a productive spring break) IMAGE HEAVY on: March 25, 2013 08:01:21 AM
My goal for my spring break, which was last week, was to use up the last of my cotton yarn and finish a scarf. That plan got slightly derailed when I got home and my mom gave me FIVE more skeins of yarn, but I still managed to use up most of it Cheesy

First up, the scarf. Made of some wool blend that I bought (and started working with) ages ago. It worked up really nicely and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.


Next, mug cozies. I just made the pattern up as I went along. They fit "standard size" mugs (so about 3.25" wide). I ended up making four of them, though I have a maroon one in progress right now.


Next, dish scrubbies. I used this pattern for them and then just tweaked it until I was happy with the size. A quick google search will give you a couple different variations on that pattern to work from. Anyway, I ended up making three of them.

Next (almost done, I promise!) a set of holiday coasters, in an attempt to use up as much of this Christmas-y yarn as possible (I still have some left so I might make a mug cozy out of it or something). I ended up making 5 coasters total.


And finally my favorite projects, coin purses! It was my first attempt at sewing a zipper onto anything I've crocheted and I think they turned out pretty good! I also have another one of these started that isn't quite finished yet.


So all in all, in just a little over a week I crocheted...

-About half of that scarf to finish it
-Four mug cozies, with another started
-Three scrubbies
-A set of five holiday coasters
-Four coin purses, with another started

I'd say that's definitely not too shabby! Cheesy
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Knuckle/Joint pain from crocheting? on: March 03, 2013 09:52:20 PM
I tend to crochet WAY too much, especially since its my only source of income right now. Which has never been a problem, except recently I've noticed the knuckles on my right hand (the hand I hold my hook with) are starting to get very sore while I'm crocheting, to the point where it's almost painful to move them at all.

Does anyone have any suggestions for how to deal with knuckle pain? I've found a lot of tips for dealing with wrists and necks and even thumbs, but not a lot for knuckles. Someone suggested massaging them but that's just awkward and doesn't seem to work that well. Another person suggested trying those crocheting fingerless gloves designed to reduce hand problems, but I'd rather not shell out the money if its not going to help. Is there any way to prevent the pain, besides just taking more frequent breaks while crocheting?
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Realizing you made a mistake in an order AFTER it's shipped? on: October 03, 2012 05:27:34 PM
I have no idea how I managed to do this, but I just realized that I made a mistake in a plushie I sent out to a customer yesterday. It was supposed to have a little tie on it, but I forgot to add that. In the overall scheme of things it's not that big of a mistake but I feel horrible about it, especially because it's already on its way to the person who bought it Embarrassed What should I do?
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Custom item requests falling through- What am I doing wrong? on: September 18, 2012 06:33:21 PM
I've gotten two convos about possible custom items in less than a week, which is rare for me, and neither seem to be going anywhere. Can anyone give me some advice about what I'm doing wrong?

1. Person wants to know if I can crochet them a cat plushie, even though I mostly work with human-shaped plushies. I tell them that I might be able to, but it would help to see a picture of what they were looking for so I would have a better idea of if it's something I'd be able to make. They say that they understand and that they would send me pictures, then no response from them about it. Maybe they were just interested if I'd be able to do it, but I don't understand why they never followed up with pictures so I could give them a better answer?

2. Person wants to know if I can make them 7 beard hats by October 11th. I tell them I can, ask for clarification about what colors they want, and explain how I treat custom orders- basically, they pay for it, I use part of that money to pay for supplies, I keep them updated about my progress making them, and send them a notice when they're shipped with tracking information. No word back from this person either. I'm thinking maybe they weren't expecting to have to pay the whole thing upfront? But I phrased it something like, "Let me know if this works for you" so they could have asked to arrange something different.

Normally I wouldn't care so much about losing potential sales, but this is the only interest shown in my shop in weeks and I'm a bit strapped for cash right now so I need every sale I can get Sad Any advice for ways I can handle custom order requests different in the future?
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Supernatural Characters- Sam, Dean, Gabriel, Castiel, and Jo on: September 14, 2012 08:18:49 PM
So at the beginning of the summer I started making plushies of Supernatural characters, because I love the show so much.

First up, the angels: Castiel and Gabriel.



Their jackets are both removable (in Castiel's case, his trench coat is removable but the black jacket underneath is not). The wings are also both attached to the jackets by buttons, so they can be removed as well.

Next, Sam and Dean.



Again, jackets are removable. Unlike the angels, these have been made with a wide variety of shirt and jacket colors but I prefer the ones shown above Smiley

And finally, Jo Harvelle.



Jo has a removable jacket as well, which isn't in the picture, and unlike the guys she has some shaping around the waist and bust to give her a more "feminine" shape.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Several smalls or one medium? on: April 09, 2012 08:05:15 AM
I ran into this "problem" with a recent swap and was wondering what the best solution was.

Let's say you want to send your partner 4 small bookmarks in a swap that's based on points. If you count them as four individual smalls, that's already 4 points. But if you count all four of them together as one medium that's 2 points. So what's the best way to count them for the swap, so you don't send your partner too much or too little? I tend to err on the side of caution and count them as a medium but a lot of organizers seem to adding "no extras" policies to their swaps, and I don't want it to seem like I'm sending too much.

Thoughts?
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Maximizing storage space in a college dorm? on: October 04, 2011 10:49:52 AM
I started college about a month ago and I swore I wasn't going to start a new stash in my dorm. And yes, that's worked out just about as well as you could imagine. Wink Right now I am mostly overflowing with yarn and some scrapbooking stuff left over from a swap. I also have a little bit of fabric and sewing stuff that's less of a problem.

I have a small side-table with three drawers in it that's holding some of my supplies, mainly the sewing stuff and some smaller skeins of yarn. The problem is that the scrapbooking stuff doesn't really fit in there (most of it is too wide), and I have too much yarn for it all fit. I did buy a small basket to keep some of the yarn in, but that's still not helping much. The scrapbooking supplies are currently taking over my desk, making it difficult to do actual work there, and the skeins of yarn and piling up around the side-table and by my bed.

I have a little room on my closet floor, and some by my bed if I can clear out the yarn. Ideally I'm looking for something that's easy to pack up in a car at the end of the year, which unfortunately rules out large containers or bins.

Any advice for ways to organize things? Huh
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