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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Feedback for Embroidery Idea on: July 20, 2012 02:01:50 PM
I would also do some "sets" that coordinate, for both boys and girls. Maybe 4 different flowers or 4 different trucks/cars, etc.  Price them individually with a bit of a discount if they buy the set. 

Ideas for sets:
noah's ark
different sweets--you have a cupcake, maybe do a slice of pie, candy, doughnut, etc.
four different owls
monkeys
airplanes
sports balls/equipment
flowers
fairies
gnomes
dolls
tea party
shoes (think dress up)
lizards/frogs, bugs
butterflies

You could also expand a little and do some kitchen themed ones--herbs, fruit, veggies, etc.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Trunk Shows - Tips, Ideas, and Thoughts on: July 17, 2012 09:25:38 AM
I've only been to one trunk show, and it was an "invitation only" one.  It was a friend who was launching his etsy shop, and he basically invited almost everyone he knew into his home and had a display of his wares set up.  He served wine and munchies, and people visited, and many of us bought something. 

Based on that, I would have some light munchies available--he did very simple things like pretzels and chips/dip.

I like the idea of having someone handling the transactions for you--that leaves you to mingle with everyone there! 

If you do custom items, I would have either a slide show or a scrapbook or photo album of things you've done.  And be sure you have signage near it letting people know you can do custom stuff!

Good luck and have fun!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / How do you get it all there? on: July 16, 2012 10:00:59 AM
SI haven't taken the plunge and done a craft fair yet, but what's stopping me is my car!  When I look at the list of stuff I would need to take with me--tables, my inventory...I wonder how in the world I could manage it all by myself in my little Saturn Ion. 

Talk to me about getting your stuff there and setting up by yourself.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting supplies/ How much do you get of each fabric? on: July 03, 2012 08:13:39 AM
I mainly do scrap quilts, too, so I always scour the remnant bins and clearance fabrics.  Also, if I'm buying fabric for a specific pattern, I always round up so I have some left over for my stash.  I've also had people give me "ugly" fabric.  I'll take it!  Used in small amounts, it's not so bad, and in a scrap quilt, other fabrics will tone down the ugliness.  Another source for fabric is thrift stores--I've found bags of fabric/scraps for next to nothing.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to pick fabrics on: February 28, 2012 08:37:27 AM
I always scour the fabric/hobby stores for remnants.  They're usually half off, and I often find whole yard cuts. 
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: String quilts and quilting them on: January 21, 2012 06:52:45 PM
Those are both pretty cool!  I haven't tackled free motion yet, but no one says I have to finish this sucker now, right? 
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: String quilts and quilting them on: January 20, 2012 06:57:22 PM
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: String quilts and quilting them on: January 20, 2012 06:47:42 PM
I think they'd need more quilting than that, though....I foundation pieced onto 6.5" squares, and sewed 4 together to make a 12" block.  I always heard you should quilt at least every 4 inches so the batting doesn't get wonky.  Diagonal might work.....that's a good idea.  Keep 'em coming!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: 10 Ways to Economize your Sewing on: January 20, 2012 06:44:58 PM
I cannibalize clothing, too!  Shirts that are stained or torn?  No problem!  All the buttons go into my button jar, and the fabric goes into my scrap bins and eventually become quilts or part of some other small project.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: strange thrift store find (what to do without a pattern?) on: January 20, 2012 06:38:21 PM
That is an awesome find!  I love thrifting, and it's a HUGE bonus when I find nice bags of scrap fabric!  Lucky duck!
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