I am an avid reader, and for over two years, I have been looking into buying a possible eReader. It's not a popular medium and Belgium, and although I have asked many people what they think, I haven't heard anything that really helped me. THis is why I turn to Craftster. I have seen so many people here make eReader covers and bags... I really want to talk with those people, and hear what they have to say. It's much better to talk with real people about this stuff than reading reviews on the web. There is a lot that I want this eReader to have and do, and I do not want to spend an awful lot on money on something that just sounds good.
So, my question here is... Where can I post my question? Even better, am I allowed to discuss this on Craftster?
Hello everyone... I would love to get your advice. This might belong in the Etsy board as well, so mods, feel free to move if I step the boundaries .
I love photography, always have. Ever since my secondary school, I had some kind of camera. Yupz, I'm 24 now, so I grew up with the simple analog photography. My father's ancestors had access to a camera from the beginning, so I have a lot of old pictures as well. Last year, around november, I bought my first digital camera, a Canon D1000, SLR. Body, two lenses, ready to go... My camera is always by my side, and so far, I have managed to make some great pictures. Mmm, I should rephrase that, I made some pictures that I really really love, and that are genuinly appreciated by other people. Yep, muuuuch better.
I am an Irish dancer, and I love to photograph the feet of our dancers. Browsing Etsy and other websites, I came across nothing similar, and the idea grew to start my own 'shop'. *I think that's too much of a name for what I want, but hey* I have figured out how Etsy works and I know what online service I am going to use to print my material (Pixum, for those who are interested). I'm still waiting to purchase Photoshop, so I can 'clean' my images and change certain things.
But I'm entirely lost as to how I'm going to order and stock them. So, I guess I'll offer a certain array of sizes people can chose from, right? Do I have them at home, all the time, or do I wait for someone to order, then upload on Pixum, and then ship them off? I guess that a bit cumbersome and time consuming, bot for me and the customer. But what about having all those pictures in all different sizes in stock? Do I keep them in tubes? Or flat? And heck, Pixum offers canvas service as well, should I include in my shop as well, or just on demand? I'm just a bit lost as to what sizes people prefer and what I should offer. There is so much! *even mugs, shirts, you name it*
A friend of mine recently had a baby girl, and with our entire Harry Potter forum, we decided to buy her a bunch of gifts, some of them hand-made. I have stenciled before, and so the entire forum decided that I had to stencil the carrier sling. I thought it would be a piece of cake... Just one giant Pooh drawing (her favourite of all times), and that was it. Boy, was I wrong... When the sling eventually arrived, very late (I was so busy I could barely go to the loo and dear Keira decided to arrive sooner than expected) I found out that you can fold and knot a sling in so many ways that I could not just do one big painting. I took too much of time, pondering what to do, when, browsing for Pooh drawings, I just choose to use the tiny animals and flowers that are so typical for Winnie The Pooh. I enlarged them (better, I blew them u big time), and got to work.
I finished this carrier sling without a single break... I think, can't remember properly, that it took me three hours, no less. My back was so sore afterwards, but it was worth it. I loved every minute of the process, and the happy mum and dad are also very happy with the result! Yay, mission acomplished! Picture overload now?
I never knew that slings had that much fabric in them. Yikes! This is only the middle part, I could not possibly get the other metres in the picture as well. They were nicely draped over our kitchen chairs. This is a picture of all the stencils. And I couldn't be happier with the lack of freezer paper for this task. I LOVE sticky paper for sand art .
I fell in love with that little bee... So cute! The butterfly on the other hand was a pain to cut out.
Not to mention, keeping track of those petal leaves while I was cutting... *sigh* I just gave them a number.
All done! This picture was made quite early in the morning, as I had to go to school (Teacher), and we would go ice skating. Dad draped it unto mum's laundry rack, and helped me peel the paper off. He was surprised and I was so happy that the colours stood out so well. They always look so vague when the white paper is still glued on.
And a couple of close-ups!
Yellow is a pain. It just doens't cover up so well...
A friend of mine is pregnant, and as a part of biiiig baby package, we want to give her a carrier sling as well. The mum to be is crazy about Winnie The Pooh. The nursery is accordingly in the same time, with a cute mural of Tiger to finish it off. Now, we don't know the baby's gender, so we tr to keep everything so neutral as possible, without going for the obvious pink or blue. Our group of friends (we got together because of her neverending love for Harry Potter) has asked me to stencil the sling. I'm more than happy to do this for her, but little did I know that it would be such a disaster to find decent Pooh stencils.
So I'm turning to Craftster, to find out if there is anyone out there who can help... As to how I can make a stencil myself (maybe, I cannot draw, really), of maybe you have got something that I can use.
In September, for my birthday, my sister pimped some plain black ballet shoes. We use the shoes (in a sturdy black fabric) for warming-up, and sometimes dancing in our Irish dance lessons. We easily go through three to four pairs every year... My sister pimped mine, by stitching my name (Lies) on the tips. To letters on each toe. Everyone loved, so I decided I could do the same. Dadly, my sister's name has five letters, and that makes it a bit long to stitch unto the shoes. Plus, the perfectionist in me wouldn't be able to deal with the fact that there are two letters on one toe, and three on the other *the utter horror* Stencilling it was! Irish dance and all that, I used a plain stencil of a tiny shamrock, copied that 12 times, cut them all out (booooring!) and used emerald green and flashy silver to paint. I loved it, and so does my sister and the other dancers. Sis told me she would never throw them away, but I'd rather make them over and over again, because worn out ballet shoes, those ain't pretty.
Unto some pictures!
After a long time of cutting, and holding my breath! I still have to practise on making nice curvy cuts.
All stencils stickied unto the shoes (I don't have freezer paper, so I had to experiment), ready for some paint.
Silver! I loved working with this one! It covered up so nicely.
On our HP forum (we are more friends than just strangers) we did a Secret Santa swap ourselves. We all live in Belgium or The Netherlands, so we can send pretty big packages to each other. This was my first time participating, and I got a beautiful painting from a wonderful girl. So this painting is NOT mine! All credit to her, and yes, I did ask for her permission. She had little inspiration, I read in her letter to me. *cough* She did know that I like Twilight, and I have a special place in my heart for crafty Twilight items. So, she painted the cover of the first book. Be prepared...
Please bear with me while I try to explain this... And I also hope this is the place to be for my question...Phew!
Christmas is over, all gifts have been unwrapped, and sometimes, whilst opening your gifts, you find unpleasant surprises...
My father, brother and I bought a steam tower for my mother, by Menu, a Danish brand. She saw it in a magazine and really wanted it. So we went out, and bought it for her. But, logically, we did not open the box in the shop, we just let the lady wrap it up, so we could leave. When mum openend the box, we soon discovered that everything was inside, except for the recipe book. And we know that it should have been there, because it is printed everywhere on the box: 'look inside for more ideas! Recipe book included'.
Now, what is a gift when you can't do anything with it? Steaming, okay, but with the three different layers... How much water should you use, where to put everything, etc.
Desperate for help, we turn to Craftster, hoping that anyone here has a Menu steam tower with recipe booklet. We mailed the company, hoping they would help us out, but so far, no luck... I'll include a picture, because I'm not even sure if you know Menu...
Sometimes (*ahum* many times) my sister is a way better crafter than I am. A couple of weeks ago we bought some pretty naked Christmas angels (or something like angels). My mum fell in love with the cute faces, and the sis decided that she would paint them. So we bought some acrylic paint in Germany (kinde cheap, I dare say) and when we were back home, sis got to work. And she did an amazing job, let me tell ya! She is not so patient as I am when it comes to very detailed work, but she managed to pull it off anyway.
She is more hesitant to paint our new nativity scene :p.
Good, unto some pictures!
This is what the angels looked like when we bought them. Pretty plain, no?
Sis working hard!
In progress, with all the mess around her :p
All together, tied to our stove! We were a bit afraid that it would be too warm for them there, but they are doing fine. Great paint!
I tried a close-up, to show the glitter a bit better. It looks strange when you paint it on, but it dries beautifully.
I'm coming out of the closet here :p. I was inspired by an old Glee swap, and since stencilling is my new hobby, I thought I could give it a go. Cheap white shirt, purple paint, and I was ready. I love it! I'm wearing it to the dance lessons now, but once summer is back, I will sure wear it every day. Even in front of my pupils... Don't mind the pictures please. They were taken right before dancing, in a hurry. My face just doesn't like the camera
Sneak peak. I let it dry without using a hair blower, just to see if it would give a different result. Not that much...
I wanted it higher up my boobs, but the family didn't agree. The 'I' is not crooked, it's my boobs :p
I'm going to make a Dark Mark shirt for a friend of mine sometime soon... Black shirt, green and silver paint. I'm using the well-known movie image of the Mark, because I know that Rowling approves. But... It gets so confusing!!
I fail to see which parts will stay dark, and which parts will be coloured. Iek! I did a Glee stencil before, but letters are so simple. This is really tricky, and every time I have figured it out, one look at the picture is enough to confuse me again. How do you do it? I don't want to loose track when I am actually cutting?