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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Need Advise From Some Veteran Craft Fair Pros on: October 13, 2012 12:36:30 AM
I'm sure this topic's been done to death on craftster, but after wading through the first 15 pages of threads and not finding what I wanted I decided to give up and post a new thread.

I reeeeeeally wanna start doing craft fairs and I know the best way to start is to just get in there and do it and a lot depends on the details of the space and whatnot so I'm just kinda looking for a general on average middle of the road baseline.

I want to have my stock of product before even signing up for a fair because I don't want to end up getting busy and not being able to have anything made. My products are aimed at people in their 20's-30's and right now are mostly baby/children's clothes/dress up/accessories and hairclips for adults and children (a lot of matching mommy and me bows, that kind of thing), all with kind of a funky/punk/rockabilly feel to them, some more subtle than others.

So my question is how much product should I have made up?

Right now I have 8 swaddlers (those things you put the baby in that tie up so you don't have to deal with folding up a regular blanket to swaddle), 8 crunchy taggies that match the swaddlers, 10 baby headbands, 5 onesies, 20 flower/bow hair clips, 5 rapunzel hair clip ons (long fake braid for dress up) and 10 coin purses.

Is this enough of each product? and should I add more products?

Keep in mind that this is just what I've made here and there over the past few months as I don't want to make a ton of product and have nothing sell. I am also planning on adding some "boy" things, like superhero capes, I just haven't gotten around to making them yet.

Any advise/opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Post Apocalyptic Survival Swap (Sign Up: 10/2/12-10/22/12 Send Out:11/30/12) on: October 02, 2012 07:51:11 PM
Swap name:Post Apocalyptic Survival Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: ivoryh1632
Sign-up date range: 10/2/12-10/22/12
Date to send item by:11/30/12
Limited to a certain number of people?: 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country?no
If yes, what country?
Additional Age requirement? None

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES



The Myan calendar predicts the world ending on December 21, 2012. With this date fast approaching, what better way to celebrate the apocalypse than with a swap!

You could do survival kits, ancient Myan type stuff, post-apocalyptic steam punk, weapons to fight off the zombies or robots or however you see the end of the world going down, maybe even celebration kits just in case the world doesn't end.....there's a ton of stuff you could do with this.

Details of swap:
This is a 5 point swap. One item must be a medium or large.
Small Item = 1 point
Med Item = 2 Points
Large Item = 3 Points

For new swappers there might be a bit of a confusion as to what is a large, medium, and small item, so here's a handy guide:

Small = By time, 2 or less hours of crafting. By $$$, $10 or less. By size, Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

Medium = By time, 2 or more hours of crafting. By $$$, $10-$30. By size, one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf

Large = By time, 3 or more hours of crafting. By $$$, $30 or more. By size, A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse

This is not totally set in stone, but is a rough estimate of sizes described by time it takes to make package, by physical size and by cost.

Because I know some people stress about doing extras/a higher point value, I've just included it in the questionnaire and will try to partner people that want to do extras together and those that don't together. This way everyone will know upfront how there partner feels about extras. This is the best way I could think of to solve this problem as I know many people feel pressured about doing extras when they don't want to and many people like doing extras. If this is against swapping rules or if anyone has a better idea, just let me know.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Post Apocalyptic Survival Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

How do you think the world is going to end or what is your favorite apocalypse scenario? (ex- zombies, robots, world war 3, etc)

Favorite post apocalyptic or dystopian movie/book/tv show/video game/etc?

Weapon of choice for fighting off zombies/robots/evil overlords/etc? (ex- shotgun, chainsaw, baseball bat, etc)

Are you more the type to find a place to hide until it all blows over or the type to grab a weapon and go face the mayhem?

Where do you go to survive? (ex- the countryside, a mall, stay at home, steal an rv and hit the road, a small island, etc)

Are you surviving with a small or large group or going solo?

What is your role in this group? (ex- security, leader, scavenger, etc)

Its 5 years after the apocalypse, the world has become a barren wastelandwhat modern amenity/item do you miss the most?

Because this deals with the end of the world, undead walking the earth and other such horrorswhat level of gore/R-rated-ness are you ok with? Would you prefer items you receive to be more goofy and light hearted, like Plants vs Zombies style or are you ok with things being more on the realistic/bloody side?

For whatever reason steam punk and post apocalyptic seem to go together soDo you like steam punk?

Is there anything in particular you would like to receive?
Is there anything you would NOT like to receive?
What crafts are you best at?
What crafts do you admire?
Favorite colors/patterns:
Least favorite colors/patterns:
T-shirt size:
Bracelet size:
Necklace size:
Do you have any allergies:
Are there any allergens in your home (smoke, pets, etc?)?
Do you have a pintrest/wist/etsy faves/other website that can be used for partner stalking?
Are you open to doing extras?
Is there anything else youd like your partner or organizer to know?




IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.




Ideas/Inspiration

zombie survival kits
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388300.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345262.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211869.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376232.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=329080.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257160.0

apocalyptic fashion swap gallery
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=374519.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=392246.0


steampunk guns and gear
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=381044.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373696.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=362380.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=299203.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=275776.0

survival guides
http://www.survivetheapocalypse.net/category/survival-guide/
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/05/08/robopocalypse_author_daniel_h_wilson_s_robot_uprising_survival_guide_video_.html
http://www.zombiesurvivalwiki.com/page/The+Survival+Guide

apocolypse countdown calender
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404924.0

zombie survival patch
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384301.0

25 diy's to survive the apocalypse
http://blogs.babble.com/the-new-home-ec/2012/07/09/25-diys-to-survive-the-zombie-apocalypse/

Survival Apocalypse recepies, hints, tips, tactics, fun and more
http://garnoldssurvivalapocalypse.wordpress.com/guide/


Apocalyptic Pinterest
http://pinterest.com/alchamy513/apocalypse-fashion
http://pinterest.com/alchamy513/apocalypse-inspiration
http://pinterest.com/search/?q=apocalypse
http://pinterest.com/search/?q=apocolypse
http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=apocalyptic
http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=apocolyptic

SWAPPERS

1. ivoryh1632
2. Illiamdra
3. hawkeyes_girl
4. MissSadieMae
5. CamOovas
6. shynii
7. Alexus1325
8. pollyprissypants
9. soxymoron
10. Alchamy513
11. VampAracely
12. libertine49
13. Undersea-sun
14. lydiaharper
15. pearljam94 (dropped from swap, due to not meeting swap requirements)
16. Staar84 ***ANGEL***


PARTNERS!!!!

Alexus1325 <------->Undersea-sun

VampAracely<------->soxymoron Staar84 (swap angel)

hawkeyes_girl<------>Illiamdra

libertine49<-------->pollyprissypants

ivoryh1632<------>MissSadieMae

CamOovas<------>shynii

Alchamy513<------->lydiaharper


GALLERY http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417078.0
13  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Ribbon Shoe Re-Do on: September 11, 2012 10:46:08 PM
Saw these a while back and had to make them http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395193.0 I'm not gonna lie, my favorite thing about the tim burton version of alice in wonderland was outfits, so even though I'm still trying to figure out how i'm gonna make some of those dresses at least now i have some amazing alice inspired shoes.

I started with an old pair of dr sholes flats that were super comfy but also super scuffed and marked up from wearing them so much and this was the result







I've only gotten to wear them out a few times but they're holding up really well and super comfy. I did take a ton of pics alon the way so if anyone wants a tute let me know. They really weren't that hard to do (once I figured out what I was doing) and I got them done in one night, the main thing was just dealing with the sticky gluey mess I made. But now I know how to make it better for next time, I'm thinking of doing the next pair in purple with a white border.

Thanks for looking! C&C welcome!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / 3 Seam Baby Booties and Scratch Mittens on: September 11, 2012 10:27:32 PM
Made these for a friend a couple years ago as a super last minute baby present, I didn't know she was even pregnant until she told me she had the baby so I didn't have much time.

They were super easy, the whole lot took me maybe an hour or 2 to finish. The booties I used a 3-seam pattern I found here http://www.newconceptions.com/patpdf/Footiespdf.pdf and the scratch mittens (I think that's what they're called, those little mittens so newborns don't scratch up their faces) I just kinda winged it. I think I trace a drinking glass for the size and just added elastic to the wrist.

Everything's linned with teddy bear flannel just because I had a ton of it on hand. One of the sets is made out of that same flannel. The rest are made with fat quarters. Turns out one fat quarter makes 2 sets of booties and 2 sets of mittens, which was awsome cuz that means I could use a few different fabrics and still keep it cheap and not have to wait in line to get fabric cut.

Ok on to pictures, lets see if I can get this new photo loader thingy to work....

Black and white checkerd


green with skull and crossbones


this one's kind of a frogs and flowers spring time kinda thing, its a little less boy-ish than the others, but i figure frogs always work for boys


and here's the teddy bears which i call prison bears because they're all wearing striped shirts and i absolutely hate this fabric but that may just be because i've had to stare at the bolt of it sitting in the closet for so long. I originally only used it as a tester but threw it in cuz it turned out good and she ended up liking it so it may be just me that has a thing against the prison bears.


Thanks for looking! C&C always welcome.
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Zombie Baby Bib on: March 21, 2012 02:20:15 AM
A while back a friend gave me a book of zombie cross stitch patterns. There was one for baby blocks that said "zombabie" and there was another one for a half eaten brain. So of course the logical thing to do with these was to make a baby bib.







And on little miss model. She doesn't use bibs anymore so she didn't get to keep it, but she loved playing with it.


This was probably the first time I did cross stitch since I was a kid (maybe 15 yrs ago) so it took me a while to get the hang of it again and get it done but I'm pretty proud of how it came out.

It's stitched with waste canvas onto fabric from a white sheet. The back and pocket are lined with a white towel so its nice and absorbent. And then the red is just bias tape. I also made sure I made it on the larger side (as you can see in the modeled pic, I think she's about 10 or 11 months old there), because I hate how store bought bibs are so tiny these days, they don't cover anything.

Thanks for looking! C&C always welcome.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Reusable Grocery Bag Carrier on: March 21, 2012 01:25:29 AM
I don't know about you guys but I'm always losing my reusable grocery bags all over the place, even when I remember to put them back in the car, they're all over trunk and well as my friend puts it, "it just turns into one big cluster f**k." So I finally came up with a solution. This one was made for said friend for xmas and he loved it (and yes, he is a gay boy, hence the pretty colors and bow on top  Wink )

How it works is you lay it out flat. This picture's actually of the back, just to show how the ribbon/tie goes across the whole thing for stability/strength. But the inside looks the same, just without the ribbon.


Fold up your bags and stack them on one side. Leave the handle of one bag sticking out the top.


Fold up the carrier and tie the ribbon at the top. I've also made them with a velcro closure at the top instead of having to tie a bow.


The handle from of the bag that you left stick out the top becomes the handle for the carrier for easy transport from the house to the car and the car to the store.


Because the sides are left open, and the tie only goes through one bag, you can just pull the bags out of the side when you get to the register if you dont want to untie and open the whole thing. Makes it easier when you bring the whole bunch of bags in with you but end up only needing one or two.

The sides are strengthened with plastic canvas inside them so you can just throw the whole thing in the wash.

Thanks for looking! C&C always welcome.
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Owl and Nursery Rhyme Taggie Blankets on: March 21, 2012 12:51:27 AM
A friend had a baby at the end of the year and wanted some taggies but said they cost too much so why not make me do them for free,  Roll Eyes you know how that goes. Anyway I have a soft spot for babies, and this was before my  "no making things for free" new years resolution, so I had her get the supplies and went to work.

There's 8 total, some owl on both sides, some nursery rhymes on both sides, and some have one owls on one side and nursery rhymes on the other. If I remember they're 9"x11" or something like that and the tags are a couple inches long.

I used 1 yd of fabric (1/2 yd of each design) and 4 spools of 5ydx1/2" ribbon.

Other than figuring out the measurements to get the most without any waste, it was a pretty quick and easy project.



Nursery rhymes.


Owls (love this fabric)


I've been working on some more for the shop to match the swaddlers I sell, the new ones have crunchy/crinkley stuff inside for added fun. I'll post pics of those in a few days when I finish them up.

Thanks for looking! C&C always welcome.
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / No Poo Questions on: March 19, 2012 04:55:58 AM
I'm looking into the whole no shampoo thing, mostly because I've heard it makes your hair better and less greasy than because of the chemical thing. I know a lot of people on here are no poo so I was wondering if you guys coul help me out with some questions.

1- When I'm going through that transition period and I'm gonna have the super nasty greasy hair, can I use a natural shampoo or baby shampoo or the baking soda wash every day or every other day to get rid of that oil buildup or does that defeat the purpose because its still taking the oils out of your hair? I just have REALLY oily hair, like if I take a shower in the morning, and I want to wear my hair down to go out that night I have to wash it again because its already oily. The longest I've went without washing is about a week when I was sick with swine flu and couldn't get out of bed, my hair was so nasty it left a grease stain on the pillow case. And my hair gets smelly when it gets greasy too so the thought of letting the grease build up for 2-3 weeks before it goes away is pretty much horrifying for me.

2- I dye my hair quite often, I'm assuming not having to wash your hair every day is going to help they dye last longer but is the dye going to mess with the new natural state of my hair and cause it to go crazy? I also read on one website that the dye didn't stay in this one chick's hair unless she shampooed it first. Does anyone have any experience with this? And I'm not planning on using any sort of natural henna dye. I use real dye, the good stuff not cheapy walmart box color (my sister does hair so I can usually talk her into doing it for cheap) so its salon quality but by no means natural. I also bleach my hair quite often and use the crazy colors (blue, green, etc) too, which is a different kind of dye than regular hair color.

3- I know everyone says that when you go no poo you don't need to use any styling products because your hair magically keeps any style, and I usually don't use product that often anyway. But if I'm going through the trouble of doing my hair up all cute it generally means I'm going out, which means dancing, which means sweating profusely which means that no matter how natural my hair is, I'm gonna need half a can of hair spray to keep it up and looking good. So my question is, will the baking soda and ACV get out any product I have in my hair? It seems I'd need a real shampoo for that. A few years ago I got a realy bad really short haircut which prompted me to wear a faux-hawk a few times and I needed to wash my hair numerous times to get all the product out so I dont' see how baking soda and lemon juice is gonna be strong enough.

4- I myself do not smoke but most of my friends do, which means when we go out I spend half the night out on the patio with all the smokers and come home reeking of smoke, the smell gets into my hair and I have to wash it a few times to get the smell out. Again, is baking soda, ACV and lemon juice gonna be strong enough to get all that nasty ashtray smell out of my hair?

Sorry for all the questions but I just can't seem to find what I'm looking for. It seems that everyone that does the no poo thing does the 100% all natural hippy thing (I don't mean that in a bad way, I know some people get offended by being called a hippy) and these aren't issues for them.

Thanks for any help you may have!
19  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Anyone Have a Recipe for a No Rinse Face Wash? on: March 18, 2012 04:33:09 AM
You know those no rinse face cleansing cloths you can buy? I'm wondering if anyone has a recipe for a similar type of face wash. Or if not no rinse, something that'll come off easy with just a wet washcloth. I want something for the days I wear makeup but don't take a shower at night and I'm like a little kid if I try to wash my face in the sink, huge flooded mess everywhere. I don't like using those store bought face cleansing cloths cuz they're wasteful and the ingredients in the cleanser usually don't agree with my skin.

Thanks in advance for any help!
20  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Can anyone recomend a good candy thermometer? on: March 13, 2012 02:55:57 AM
After realizing that my mom's candy thermometer was about 150 degrees off, I went and bought one of my own. The only one I could find was the cheapy $5 plain glass one that looks like a giant up-your-butt thermometer (sorry for the image but that's what they remind me of).

So I go to make carmel today and not only do I have to keep tipping the pan to the side so there's enough carmel to cover enough of the thermometer that it'll read, but then the inside of the thermometer starts steaming up so I can't even read the darn thing.n I ended up having to drop some into water about every 10 seconds to check the consistency.

Carmel turned out fine, but I realized I need to invest in a good candy thermometer. But before I spend a chunk of money (or hopefully get a certain boy to lay down the money in exchange for a lifetime supply of peanut brittle  Wink ) I wanna know if anyone has any particular one that they'd recomend or what style/brand is supposed to be best.

Thanks in advance for any help!
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