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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: From Scratch: Flower Print Sandals! on: June 25, 2012 03:21:52 PM
Beautiful job! thank you for sharing your project. Hope you get it up on YT also Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Victorian Crazy Quilts on: June 25, 2012 02:46:33 PM
I make crazy quilts and have orders from my sons for more when they move out, lol. It's not difficult to make and adding embroidery and embellishments is the fun part Smiley

1 - foundation, muslin or cotton sheet
2 - Cut foundation into squares or size you want ( I use 16" squares for a queen size)
3 - Lay and pin fabric scraps onto foundation blocks. I usually start from a corner, others start from the center. Choose whichever is comfortable for you.
4 - Sew all pinned fabric down onto foundation squares.
5 - Embroider and embellish squares
6 - Sew all squares together, add more embroidery and embellishments to new seams if you like.
7 - Finish with backing. I only tie my backing down to prevent too much sagging but bind and sew on at the edges.

I have some on my 'Crazy Quilt Art World' site if you wish to visit. Smiley
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: repairing a crazy quilt on: June 25, 2012 02:36:00 PM
I would suggest sewing a applique and embroider those ediges, over top of the frayed area. It could prove to be difficult without stitching through the layers, but it can be done. It is a job that requires a lot of patience.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Online Appointment Booking applications? on: September 30, 2011 06:07:29 PM
A search for such a app will have to be done or visit a store (off or online) that sells this type of software for you to add to your website. Am sure there is one out there Smiley good luck
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Blog? on: September 30, 2011 06:03:07 PM
The best thing to do is ** TIME MANAGEMENT** . List the activities you got to do, break them down from longest to shortest or vice versa. Set a schedule for each activity and stick to it. Maintaining a blog doesn't necessarily have to be every day. It can be a once-a-week affair if you so wish. Keep the theme to your Etsy so they compliment each other. Make your blog informative, funny and persuasive to send them to your Etsy. Managing your time with a schedule will help prevent burn out or loss of interest. Put some ads on your site for extra $ and get google analytics to track where, who, what, why about your audience. It can be fun, just got to organize  Wink
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: 1st Time Marketeer - Display Ideas on: August 11, 2009 01:05:46 PM
Jewellery on a bed of velvet always looks beautiful too. Maybe can hotglue batting then staplegun velvet on top of your board and make pinning the jewellery easier? also, one show I did, I held a draw to be done last day of the show and collected names and info from participants (prospective customers) and gave a item for free, away. Just a thought. Beautiful pieces! Smiley
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: This is now my income. Help? on: April 20, 2009 11:56:01 AM
Follow up with your customers is good practice. You are off to a good start. Other businesses are also starting to get websites.

A birthday registry with a offer of some sort of discount or free gift offer will encourage customer loyalty and repeat business.  Smiley also ... on down times...maybe offer a discount on something to encourage people to run to your store.  Wink just a couple suggestions to help. The library will have lots of books to offer on marketing ideas too. Hope I gave you some helpful tips, let me know. Smiley
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Good places to sell your art/photography (other than etsy?) on: April 20, 2009 11:37:12 AM
Yes, the secret to making money with art/photography is to use several sites and in themed and seasonal ...that way you don't sell just one at a time but may sell a couple at a time. Use several sites maybe for each package and that way you are generating money from different sources. Never put your eggs in one basket as they say.  Undecided a few other sites also ...
-- shutterstock, Fotolia, Flashden, dreamstime, revostock, turbosquid, istockphoto, vectorstock and scoopt. Let us know how it goes for you.  Smiley
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I have a question about crazy quilting. on: April 05, 2009 03:49:45 AM
For my own crazy quilts..I just attached them to fleece backings..my sons love theirs. I haven't tried it with the batting and back..  Undecided let me know how did at the end of it Smiley thanks!
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Good places to sell your art/photography (other than etsy?) on: April 05, 2009 03:32:07 AM
I heard of a place...not sure if it's any good ... cameradollars.com ...you could also sell at jigsaw company puzzles... check Writers Market, a big book, at the library or bookstore.. maybe theres a magazine that might be interested in buying... Good luck and let me know how it goes. Smiley
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