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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Crafty Mag on: April 03, 2006 09:33:36 PM
I've been talking with another Craftster member (Sohereiam) about starting up a craft magazine, and would love some feedback from people.  Basically the idea came out of a discussion about ReadyMade and how the projects are kind of expensive and also long and involved.  I was thinking that there isn't really anything out there that combines quick projects with in-depth crafting articles.  Here's a list of a few ideas I've been thinking of.  Please let me know if you think this would be interesting!!!  Be brutally honest!

I'd also love to know if anyone has had experience with doing either a zine (paper or "e") before or is interested in collaborating.

1. Recurring sections:
     *Themed party ideas complete with music, decorations, gift bags, food, etc.
     * Review of a "Crafty blog of the _____ "(week, month, day, etc.)
     *Quick projects (recipes, knitting techniques, paper folding, etc.)
     *Contests?
     *Crafting for good and not evil projects

2. Article ideas:

     *History of common icons we all see in crafting (Frida Kahlo, Sailor Jerry tattoos, Kurt Cobain, were some ideas we were kicking around)

     *Crafting with: kids, the elderly, your friends, random strangers
 
     *Coverage of craft conventions and fairs

Thanks!!
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Queen of Cups jar on: March 25, 2006 07:22:56 AM
I've been making a bunch of shadowboxes with these tarot cards I found, but when I finally ran out of frames, I had to branch out!  I've been meaning to make something tea-related with the Queen of Cups card, so I made a jar for holding tea and tea-related items.

Here she is:


Detail of the pearls and seashells:


*sorry, I know the picture's not that great!


Enjoy!
And the top (the pink is mulberry paper that I mod-podged to the lid):
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Quick and easy button use wristband on: March 23, 2006 06:54:20 PM
I found these great pins at Value Village and wanted a way to show them off, so I knitted up this quick wristband, and I love it!  Since I wore the wristband at work, the yarn got a little felted, so now it's nice and fuzzy. 

Here's the guy:



And the action shot:


Post if you make some!
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Tarot cards- opinions please! on: March 01, 2006 09:34:54 AM
I just found a really sweet set of tarot cards at a thrift store and want to start making collages on this nice mulberry paper.  I'm thinking about selling them maybe at a local store, and want to hear your opinions!  Be brutally honest!  Also, how much would you pay? 

Here is the first one:



And a close-up:

25  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Crafty Mag on: March 01, 2006 09:11:46 AM
Has anyone on here either thought about starting up a DIY mag?  I was inspired by a suggestion made on this thread about ReadyMade:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=303.0

A lot of people were commenting on the high cost of ReadyMade projects, use of power tools, decrease in actual projects, etc.  I still think there is a need out there for a DIY magazine that would be, well, a lot more like Craftster.  Only the mag could have more in depth coverage on crafting, like interviews with high-profile craftsters, craft fair coverage (I'd love to read a Hunter S. Thompson style review of Bazaar Bizarre!!), and anything else we want. 

Basically, I was wondering if anyone out there has tried something like this before and has any insight as to whether or not this would be successful.  I feel like someone probably has already tried to contact Leah for a similar idea?  Maybe not, and it just seems obvious to me.  Anyway, comments, suggestions, interested parties?  What do you all think?
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Candy!!! on: February 20, 2006 11:45:44 AM
I'm sure this has been done before, but everyone always likes candy, so who would be up for a candy swap?
I'm envisioning something a lot like the "I don't have that in my country" swap.

P.S.  If this swap doesn't really get off the ground, I'm still really interested in swapping something for foreign candy with anyone in a one-to-one swap!
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Teaset necklace on: February 20, 2006 11:25:49 AM
I found these AMAZING miniature teasets for an Alice and Wonderland party, and decided to make a necklace!  The choker part is pearl beads and the teaset is hung on gold wire.



And a really crappy pic of me wearing the necklace:
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Confetti Cupcake Grandma Scarf on: January 17, 2006 08:13:04 PM
My gram made this scarf for me, but I wanted to post it to show it off!  The yarn reminds me of that confetti cupcake batter (mmm!)  And there's also some plaid-like ribbing and beads added as details too, to top it all off.

Here's me modeling the scarf:


A close-up of the yarn and pattern:


And the bead details (they're at both ends of the scarf):


Enjoy!
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Carp! Elbow? on: January 10, 2006 07:11:29 AM
So I couldn't sleep very well last night, and my fevered brain came up with the idea of making bangles out of fimo clay.  So I made these adorable carp fishies.... and then the bracelet came out too big!  I don't know though, I kind of like having the fish circling my elbow, I think I may have started a new trend! 

Here it is:


Carp detail:


My new trend-setting armlet:
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Am I stupid or what? on: January 09, 2006 08:03:54 PM
O.k., this may be a really dumb question, but I'll ask it anyway!-

How do you separate embroidery thread?  The kind I have is five strands twined together, so I'm pretty sure I'm not supposed to use it all at the same time, but every time I try to separate the threads, I end up with knots!  Am I doing something wrong?

Also, should I use one strand, two, three?  Choose according to the thickness I want? 

Help!!!
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