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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Ideas for a youth craft class? on: February 26, 2006 08:54:59 AM
Hey everyone. I've been talking to my local library and they have agreed to partner with me to create a series of youth (10 to about 16, but we'll take older) crafting classes! I've got a youth games group once a month and I guess they were heartened by the success of that, so they've agreed to give us money for the crafts group as well! We won't be charging the kids or parents for the class, so we can't go overboard on cost.

We want to do three themed classes a month of two hours each class, and I wondered if anyone could add to these ideas. We have to find people to teach certain things (for instance, sewing, which my mom could teach, or knitting) but I have found some great ideas that I can teach.

So far I am thinking:
- paper crafts -- card making, intro to scrapbooking, bookbinding, and writing (possibly a little origami thrown in)
- spa crafts -- bath bombs, bubble bath, bath salts, soap, candle making
- jewellery and trinkets -- polymer clay, marble magnets, drilling holes in regular things like dice, beading
- sewing -- felt cakes (to be pincushions), appliques, learning to follow a pattern, embroidery
- wearables -- stencilling, iron on transfers, making badges
- yarn & wool fun -- knitting and crocheting (a dishcloth, for instance)

We'd have holiday themed things like Mother's Day, Hallowe'en (which is kind of risky in my Bible Belt community), and Christmas, possibly birthdays, like with the cards. We will have access to things like paper cutters, irons, microwave ovens (for soap), and a toaster oven and pasta maker (for the clay). We can get other things like these from the thrift shop or by begging at the library. I can even bring my laptop and printer down if the kids promise not to touch the screen!

I am up for hearing any ideas for things that could be taught and made in two hours, don't cost loads of money, and that we could teach without any "expert help." We can do build upon skills things so the kids learn something in week one, then build upon it until week three, but it would be nice to have some things that the kids can do even if they missed the previous week.  We can mix and match: For instance, doing a Mother's Day series of bath things, then a dishcloth, then a Mother's Day card. Something in a theme would be great -- adding to the spa series, for example -- or a whole new theme! In short, let me know what you think and what I could add and I can send my proposal in for a twelve month series of crafts.

Thanks for all the great ideas in advance, and thanks for all the great ideas I've seen thus far! (I guess this is my way of getting to do all the things from this site that I've wanted to do forever but haven't gotten around to doing!)
42  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Island craftiness suggestions? on: February 12, 2006 07:46:38 AM
I'm going away to one of the Gulf Islands (B.C.) with my fiance for at least four days -- probably more. No television, no phone, no internet -- just our computers (for wedding planning fun) and us. But I want to take a craft along with me. Something easily portable without a lot of thingies to take along.

I love bookbinding, but can't do anything hardcover ones there as there are too many supplies, so I was thinking of taking over the basics and doing up some card stock type books (coptic binding, for example), making a circle journal for my friends or doing up some small date books for people.  I do like writing, so I shall be doing lots of that, and I plan to bring the camera and camcorder. I like knitting, but my shoulder hurts too much for doing that. I am learning to handsew, so I was thinking of doing a small grocery/tote bag. I don't do cardmaking or stamping or anything like that. I'm not a collage type person, and I can't draw to save my life! I've just finished doing a whack of woven felt hearts for my co-workers (I have 35) and that was fun, so I was thinking of doing up a few little felt monsters. And I am learning how to do polymer clay canes, but I don't want to take the pasta maker over and all that.

Any other suggestions for easily portable craftiness that one can do in the evenings while sitting by the wood stove? Something that doesn't require an iron or a drill or a whack of supplies that won't be easy to find on a small British Columbian island? Can one sew vinyl by hand easily? Or placemats that can be done by hand? A St. Patrick's Day or Easter theme would be cool for my co-workers, or anything that I can do with felt, as it is cheap and plentiful.

Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for any suggestions!
43  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Information needed on Japanese lunch bag on: January 02, 2006 08:38:46 AM
I am wondering if anyone knows the proper name of the Japanese lunch bag? It's a big piece of fabric, but it's the way that one folds it that makes it a lunch carrier. I realize I'm not offering much information, and I apologize for that, but I am eager to make one for my fiance!
44  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Skull & Crossbones fabric (for pirates!) on: November 06, 2005 08:21:45 AM
I am seeking a skull & crossbones fabric to make my friend Kenneth a pirate-y themed kitchen and bathroom. I want to make some oven mitts and a potholder, as well as a few other smaller things, for his new apartment. But can I find this pattern anywhere? Of course not! Can anyone suggest an on-line location where I might order such a fabric in this pattern? I have looked on all the regular sites, but still can't find a thing. It must exist!

As a note, I'm in BC, Canada, so if you know of a real world location in BC or Washington state (as far as Seattle, but not much east of it) I would be eternally grateful!!!

45  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Polymer Clay Sushi Thumb Tacks -- question on: October 16, 2005 05:22:07 AM
Hey everyone. I am making my first foray into using polymer clay and I have a question. I am making sushi thumbtacks for my friends for Christmas. Is it better to attach the tacks before or after baking the clay? I have read pros and cons for both sides. Either way, what is the best way to attach? I saw "super glue" listed as an option, but couldn't that be dangerous in the oven?

Also, how long can I wait between making my tiny creations and putting them in the oven? I made them yesterday, but wanted to hear your expert advice before baking!

Thanks in advance!

46  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Coptic stitching assistance on: May 28, 2005 06:36:36 AM
Hey everyone! I have a coptic stitch question. I've read all the recommended sites (and some really annoying and obscure ones!) and taken out a whack of books from the library, but there are a few things I still don't get...

1. How do you get all the stitches to look the same? I have no problem with the middle stitches, but the head and end stitches end up looking all messy. Any help would be appreciated!!!

2. How do you attach the back cover? I have a front cover, four to six folded signatures, and a back cover. The covers have eyelets in place. But I can't figure out how to attach the back cover without either (a) going back through the last signature and having two layers of stitches, which can be too thick or (b) having the thread lying on the inside of the back cover. It's driving me crazy! (The general instructions seem to be "now sew on the cover." Not helping! I need more information!)

Thanks so much for all your help in the past, and I hope someone can offer some assistance with these problems!

47  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Pricing and booth help? (longish) on: May 07, 2005 06:28:08 PM
Hey everyone! I have read all the posts and I thank everyone who has contributed in the past for helping me feel more prepared for the craft fairs and farmers' markets I have been attending. I have been to two and I have signed up for others. Only I'm not selling things. Yes, the first one was a blow out, considering I was promised that there would only be crafters and we ended up with Tupperware and insurance salesmen, and the second one was a street fair, but I am just wondering about pricing. I make hand-made books covered in fabric filled with cotton or linen 24 lb paper. Here are a few pictures:

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I am selling the small ones for $8.00, the medium for $12.00 and the large ones for $20.00. I have scrapbooks also -- 6 x 6 for $10 and 8.5 x 5.5 for $12.00. These are all Canadian prices.

The reason I ask about prices is that a woman told me that $8.00 was too expensive for a hand-made book. Having said that, I think $5.00 would have been too expensive in the location I was in today...but still, it made me think. I have set the prices according to how much the materials cost and how much I need to make. The fabric is quite expensive, and for the scrapbooks I pay between $2.50 and $5.00 for the protectors. The paper isn't cheap -- it's really good quality paper -- so I have to take all that into consideration. If I have to reduce my prices, I won't really make any money. I have asked people before and they say "Oh, they're lovely. I'd pay $20!" but then they don't give me money, so are they just being nice or are they being sincere but can't afford to pay that price?

The other issue is my booth. It stinks. All my events are outdoors, and I have a 6 foot table, two small shelves, a tablecloth, and a tent. I saw the suggestions for the clothing booth with the clothes line and astroturf and wondered if someone else had some ideas for me. I'm out of them! I sell hand-made books, the odd hand-sewn thing, and my published book (The Ultimate Guide to Sea Monkeys, with a free package of Sea Monkeys.) In short, I'm pretty much all about the books, but I can't really bring bookshelves with me as I only have a small Honda. Any suggestions for a book themed thingy that would be more interesting than me at a table. (I do have some good marketing stuff like pamphlets and the like, and I've been giving away small hand-sewn books made out of scraps with my "business card" sticker therein.) I don't have a lot of cash to spend, but my mother is an amazing dressmaker so she can whip something up for me, I'm sure!

Thanks in advance for any suggestions! I need help badly!!!!

48  CANADA / British Columbia / Consignment shops/craft fairs in Vancouver or Fraser Valley on: March 06, 2005 01:04:11 PM
Hi all...I am on a mighty quest to find craft fairs or consignment shops that would take my handmade books, albums, scrapbooks, and journals. I know of the big ones around Christmas, but do we have anything any other time of the year? Has anyone been to any of the local flea markets? Are any of them craft friendly? Or does anyone know of any consignment shops?

I have been talking to scrapbooking shops about placing the albums, and I have started an ersatz online shop on my website, but I would like to find other outlets for my crafty stuff. I am pursuing information on farmers' markets -- I know the Fraser Valley is full of them in the summer -- but I haven't been able to visit the flea markets closer to the city.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. (As an aside, I am hoping to make a part of my site www.evenmonkeys.org a list of craft stores, markets, and fairs, so this information can be shared with others!)

Thanks in advance.
49  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Fabric covered journals -- completed! on: February 20, 2005 09:39:52 PM
Hey all...I thought I would post a couple of pictures of journals I recently completed. (I started doing bookbinding as I was completely broke for Christmas, and now I'm addicted!)

It's a "green dots" journal, using pillow case material I found at Daiso (this cool Japanese store with everything priced at $2.00). It's 5.75 x 8.5 with cotton paper inside (not sure how many pages but at least 50) and an elastic to keep everything closed. I'm in love with this style, and wanted to share! (I would like to sell these in the near future, but have no idea as to price etc. as I've just been doing it for fun, but I've kind of journalled-out all my friends and family! Any suggestions?)

I've also posted my mini-sock monkey purse journal. Not sure how large it is -- 4.5 x 3.5 or something like that -- done with rings. I am hoping to do some original fabric ones as I've just learned how to print my own fabric, but I can't decide which photos to use as I have so many. I just know it's going to be a journal with my dog on it!

I've done up this style of journal in myriad fabrics -- some for my older relatives, some for my funky friends, and others just for the heck of it! I've used ribbon -- as you can see there -- but scrapbooking bolts and leather cord work well also. I have to go on a road trip so I can fill up my book!

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