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1  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / NYC Crafty spots? on: August 20, 2011 06:48:35 PM
We are venturing into NYC next week for a couple of days, will be staying in the area of Times Square.  Would love some suggestions for crafty places to check out - supply shops, galleries, offbeat places to get goodies, etc.  What can you recommend?
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Wholesale to bead shop on: March 19, 2011 12:27:55 PM
Hi all
I just had a request to bring some of my handcrafted poly clay beads to my local bead shop to sell. Has anyone had any experience with this? I'm guessing for the moment that I can make about 20 beads per $3 block of clay with around an hour of labor. What should I expect to be able to ask per bead?
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Yet another first sock monkey post on: June 24, 2005 08:23:59 PM
I was a little intimidated by the sock monkey pattern.  But I was in wally-world, found a pair of sturdy socks on clearance for $1.50, and decided it would be worth a try.  My "little" sister's big on monkeys, so I'm going to send it to her along with some other stuff I've been crafting with her in mind.



Things I learned:
1.  Make sure all of your pieces are right-sides together when sewing them.  I don't know if you can tell from the pic, but one of the poor guys ears is actually inside out because I sewed it wrong-sides together.  Too much work to unpick the stitches, so it stayed that way.
2. It's important to pin the heck out of your seams, and also watch your stitch tension, or you'll end up with misaligned stripes.
3. If you're going to use the kind of eyes that snap in to a piece on the inside of the fabric, this MUST MUST MUST be done before you stuff and seal your monkey body.  I ended up having to go out and buy buttons because I forgot to add the eyes before stuffing.
4. Stitches really show on this project.  I used white thread for the crotch seam, thinking it would disappear, but it just looks like he had some major surgery instead!  Next time I will definitely make sure all of my seams match my socks!

Other than that, I'm really pleased with the way he came out.  I did a rough stitching around the ears about an eighth of an inch in from the seam, which gives them a lot of character.  I keep looking at him with "I can't believe I made this eyes.  I was back at walmart today and discovered they had one more pair of those socks, so I think this guy's going to have a sister soon!!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Starting to Sell From Scratch? Advice Needed! on: June 21, 2005 09:20:49 AM
I've read through dozens of threads in the Crafty Business Discussion section and can't really find what I need.  I apologize if this has been answered somewhere and I missed it.

I mostly give away my crafts.  I've been making some square-bottomed totes (started from the Jordy Bag pattern but have been adapting it as I go along, so it's really not a Jordy at all anymore!), some small knitted projects (stuffies, throw blankets, ponchos), and some papercrafts.  Every time I give a hand-crafted gift, the recipient insists I should sell whatever kind of project it is. 

I've worked a couple of Christmas craft fairs with some of my paper items, and while I made a bit of money, many vendors felt that the traffic was not worth the table price at that particular venue.  I would like to maybe get into selling some of my things through a boutique in town, but I have NO idea how to approach them.  First, I don't really have a business yet - should I go in as a crafty individual with my things, or try and set up a business first?  I'd really just like to make a handful of stuff and hopefully have it sell, and then maybe decide to continue or maybe not, rather than build up a large inventory and end up burnt.  Also, I haven't the foggiest idea what I should ask for in terms of price on my items.  This is mostly hobby for me, so I'm not looking to retire on what I make, just maybe break even plus a bit for my time and effort.  Just to justify the craft! 

Also, while I'm good at math, I'm not great at figuring out what things cost me to make, especially because I tend to accumulate bits and pieces without specific plans for them, and then maybe throw them into a specific project.  For example, I recently made a bag for my mom.  I used a couple of chunks of fabric from the thrift shop, but they were only part of the total amount I bought.  I picked up interfacing at a craft store, but again, did not use all of what I got.  I don't even know that I can easily figure out the yardage since it's not a straight piece across, plus I tend to use all of my scraps.  Then, do I count things like gas mileage for shopping, thread, electricity, the notions I dug out of the button jar, etc.?

I know I've asked a bunch of somewhat unrelated questions, and just hope for any advice anyone can give me to start me on my way.  Thanks!!

Michelle
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mom's Day Card on: May 07, 2005 05:46:09 PM
I made two of these cards, one for my mother and one for my MIL.  I ran the cardstock through my printer to create a "Happy Mother's Day" message inside for each, cut the stock in half, then added the details.  The lavender is cardstock, the rest is origami paper.  Hope you like!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Another question about dying cotton yarn on: May 02, 2005 09:53:12 PM
I scored a big stash of Sugar & Cream cotton yarn at the thrift shop last weekend.  I've decided to try the little black top pattern from SnB - my first "big" project.  The yarn is white, and I'd like to dye it.  I'm not sure what dye I can use and acquire cheaply or in a smallish quantity.  Also, would you recommend dying the yarn before or after I make the piece?  Is there any advantage to doing it one way vs the other?  Any cool techniques for varying the color? (not sure if I want to do solid or some sort of gradation yet...)
Thanks
Michelle
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My First Stuffy Ever on: February 06, 2005 07:39:51 PM
After looking at Nina's felt monster tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=5843.msg45119#msg45119, I felt inspired to try one of my own.  I have never tried a stuffy before, but think he came out pretty cute.

This is my first pic post so hope it works.

I made "Cleavis" using blue felt (duh), sew-on eyes, a scrap of orange fleece for the nose, embroidered the mouth, and used blue fun fur brand yarn for the hair.  Having never done a stuffy before, I discovered I didn't have any batting or fill of any kind, so his arms, legs, ears and horns are stuffed with fabric and yarn scraps, and the body and head contain two improvised bean bags.  He's pretty heavy, and I wouldn't give him to a child b/c of all the choking hazards, but I'm pretty proud of myself.  Hope you like!
Michelle
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Rice Krispies Recipes? on: December 09, 2004 03:40:19 PM
Okay, besides Rice Krispies Treats (and all the variations: chocolate rice krispie treats, peanut butter rice krispie treats, etc...) does anybody have any recipes to use up some "crisped rice" cereal?  I just got a killer deal on the off-brand version of rice krispies at my local K-Mart - for some reason they were ringing up 60 cents each - I bought all 7 boxes they had on the shelf.  Most will go to the food pantry, but I'm trying to think what else I can use it for...

Gift ideas would be great!!!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Heeeeeellllllppppp... (or, "Another one for the Stitch 'n' Botch File"?) on: November 30, 2004 06:52:45 PM
Well I sat down and made my husband a wonderful knit watch cap.  I followed the pattern exactly, and finished the thing this evening.  This was my first "major" project using small needles, fine yarn, and a real pattern.  Well, before I sewed up the side, I put my beautiful creation on my head to model it.  Um, apparently I knit very tight, and shoulda probably used the tip that said if you are a tight knitter you should add on extra stitches.  My loving creation is about right for an adult, except for the edge (hem?) which is about the right size for a NEWBORN! Is there any way to fix this, or do I just write it off to experience and start again, thankful there's still 4 weeks till Christmas?

TIA
Michelle
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