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31  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Selling OOAK clothing on etsy.. What sizes to choose? on: February 02, 2012 11:08:23 AM
I have mostly jewelry in my store (as well as with purses), things that are universally one size and fits everybody. But I would like to start pushing my own clothing more. Problem is, the things I want to make are normally one of a kind (I dont like doing the same thing too many times as it kills the creative process for me) which means everything I make I have to decide a size for.

I tend to go roughly around my own size since its easier to make adjustments (even though I have a dress form). and Ive only ever sold one piece of clothing despite the treasuries/favourites items get. Any ideas/suggestions on how to decide what sizes to go with? I have no idea if I should just keep doing what Im doing, or make things completely different from myself (that I have no experience in making..). I really want to push this to be more of a business.

Thanks for any advice.
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Corset made completely from scrap leather! Finally finished, slightly pic heavy on: January 26, 2012 06:33:04 PM
So I've finally done it! After starting this project in the summer, I've finally within the past few days, found the patience to finish this.

Its an underbust corset made out of scrap leather that I picked up from an artisan shop in the summertime. What I wanted to do was make the frame for the corset (black denim, 8 pieces) and then sew the leather overtop of it so you couldnt see where each piece of the original pattern ended and the next piece started. Its still got all the curves and angles that the frame does, but its one continuous piece (of pieces) of leather.

I'm so happy with how this turned out, theres only one part Im not happy with and thats the very last area I did when I was getting low on scraps.. they ended up getting tinier and tinier and I think it looks too busy compared to the rest Tongue. (But I wont point it out cause hey.. if you dont know where it is, you cant agree with me! hahaha).

I'm super proud and had to share this with my fellow craftsters, I would love any comments or (helpful) criticism Smiley Thanks for reading through all this, now onto the pictures!





closeup on patchwork details and the rough leather edges





33  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Picture frame jewelry holder with mini clothespins on: January 22, 2012 05:38:51 PM
I finally got my jewelry holder finished. I painted a bunch of mini clothespins silver and glued them to a glass frame around the center picture. They can be opened and 'pinch' the jewelry pieces, but its way easier to just hang them over top, so I do that with most besides the tiny things (rings, pendants).

without jewelry on it (can barely see the pins Cheesy)


and with






By the way the print in the center is by Angelina Wrona (www.angelinawrona.ca) if you're wondering.
34  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Braided beaded necklace on: January 16, 2012 03:17:55 PM
I don't do too much beadwork (aka none) but when I first started making jewelry I spent sooo much money on beads and supplies and I vowed this year to use all the beads I didn't already sell. This is the first thing I got around to making, which is funny cause the leaf pendant was the first thing I ever bought.. years ago. Anyway, I'm rambling! I like how this looks, though I accidentally put the pendant on backwards so now its a left hand closing necklace.





Thanks for looking, I would love any critiques since I want to use the rest of my beads and I really dont do this.. thanks!
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Seashells into candles on: January 16, 2012 11:49:43 AM
I hope this is the right place to put these! I scored a whole bag of shells at value village a week ago and finally got around to making candles out of some of them (until I ran out of wax, haha). Im really pleased with how these look and plan to make more.







(This is also part of my 50 crafts challenge that I'm doing on my blog Smiley)

C&C welcome, thanks for looking!!
36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Quick and easy bolero/shrug +tutorial link on: December 30, 2011 08:10:22 PM
I made this shrug for guacamolly in the secret santa swap, and then made one for myself. Suuuper fun shirt to make, I'm sure I'll be making more in the future. (And using every ounce of scrap fabric cause its so gorgeous!)







Full photo tutorial on my blog.
http://www.tamedraven.com/2011/12/tutorial-easy-shrugbolero.html
Thanks for looking! C&Cs welcome.
37  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Don't know if rules are too complicated.. :/ on: December 13, 2011 08:40:06 PM
Im holding a contest on my blog this month but for the amount of people that looked at it, there's only very few entries (all of whom I know personally). I dont know if this is because people are just not interested (fair enough if so) or if Im bad at making rules and advertising.

http://www.tamedraven.com/2011/12/dinosaur-skeleton-necklace-giveaway.html

Thats the link, and the info says to enter leave a comment, and for extra entries they can tweet, or join the fb page, and a few other things, which is the same thing I see other people doing. Would anyone mind giving some (constructive) criticism if theres anything that I should simplify/clarify in the post? Thanks a lot.
38  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Harry Potter wand/First time with polymer clay on: December 11, 2011 03:23:07 PM
I made a mini HP wand for my friend for christmas out of clay, and oh my god. I dont know how you guys can make these amazing looking intricate things! it took me shamefully long to make a crooked shaped stick. haha.

I put an R on it for her name, and coated my hands slightly in gold mineral eyeshadow then rolled the wand in my hands before baking so all the embossed points picked up more color than the rest. Im really proud with how it came out (and the fact that I didn't burn it in the oven since it says 15 minutes for every 1/4" thickness, but this isnt even and I was really worried!)







C&C welcome, thanks!
39  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Personalized photo ornaments on: December 07, 2011 09:19:44 AM
This year is all about handmade gifts (more-so than every other year that is..) and I made these ornaments for my mom and my boyfriends mom. I think they're really cute how they turned out.







There's a full tutorial on my blog if you're interested.

C&C appreciated and please ignore the fingerprints on the glass in the photos.. Whoops!
40  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New spoon pendants on: November 21, 2011 09:03:49 PM
I love some of the new pendants I made and so I wanted to share them with you Smiley







Thanks for looking Smiley
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