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1  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Southeast / Re: Visiting Madison-need cool places to go to on: April 23, 2008 05:14:50 AM
Thank you so much!

I found the Gayfeather store online but thanks for the infor on the other store.

Amy
2  Wisconsin / Wisconsin: Southeast / Visiting Madison-need cool places to go to on: April 21, 2008 06:58:57 PM
Hi All,

This upcoming weekend my boyfriend and I are visiting Madison. We live in Ladysmith, and we just moved here from Cincinnati a few months ago and are seriously bored.

Saturday we are going to the art museum, but after that we don't really know where to go or what to do. We would really like to eat Thai or Indian food, visit a good record store, and maybe check out an indie film.

AND I need to find a good fabric store!!!

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Ladysmith is severely dull and we've been here for months...

Amy
3  UNITED STATES / Wisconsin / Ladysmith, WI on: December 10, 2007 07:30:21 AM
Hi All,

My boyfriend and I are moving to Ladysmith from Cincinnati, OH for his job. I haven't been and he's only been there once for his interview. Are there any crafters out in that area? What's it like? If anyone could give me some information I would be so thankful.

Amy
4  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Re: What's wrong with Cincinnati? on: August 04, 2006 08:37:35 PM
I found out that the Cincinnati Craft Mafia administrators have just been super busy the past few weeks. You should be hearing back from them soon.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: creating a brand for your products on: August 04, 2006 08:36:01 PM
Stereoette,

You should also try watching some runway shows. I think you can still see them at www.vogue.com. After you watch a few you can see how a designer develops a theme for the season; although every piece is not exactly the same, the pieces do flow together. It's about telling a story and having a point a view. If you can find them, look at Chanel collections from the past few seasons. Chanel is a good house to study if you want to learn about signature style because you can look at a Chanel dress from 20 years ago and know it's Chanel.

Amy
6  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Re: What's wrong with Cincinnati? on: July 31, 2006 07:48:51 AM
No, there aren't any good craft shows in Cincinnati.

Rachel Bosh-Guerra from Fetopia and I have been trying to set up a craft show in Cincinnati for a long time. The problem  is that neither one of us have a ton of time. Rachel runs Fetopia, Cincinnati Craft Mafia, and several other websites and is a mom, plus she's a rollergirl.  I have a full time job, and we both run Plum of the Month.

Finding a good location has been impossible, and even if there was a good place to host a show, I worry about people coming and actually spending money. Cincinnati seems to be very label oriented. People here don't care if something is one of a kind or handmade. In fact, people in Cincinnati just want to have what everyone else has. Even stores like A Show of Hands have gone out of business.

You could join the Cincinnati Craft Mafia www.cincinnaticraft mafia.com

We get a lot of traffic on the website. At some point we are going to start buying advertising as a group, so the cost for the individual will be very affordable.  There are shows nearby too, like Craftin' Outlaws in Columbus. I went last year, which was the first year, and it was pretty good.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Plus Size Clothes Line on: January 28, 2005 07:10:23 AM
Marty,

I understand what you're saying. I haven't been able to find any wholesale dealers that sell sizes above 28, but if you want I could probably find some plain T shirts from a retailer. They would cost a little more, but not as much  than if I had to resize each one. I had always planned on trying to find as many sizes as possible, I just wanted to make sure the price was reasonable.

Tailoring waist and length isn't hard at all, it's the shoulder length that is difficult.  If you buy a top and need it altered the tailor will usually tell you to make sure the shoulder length fits if nothing else because it takes more time and calculating to fix. Technically it can be done, but I don't want to have to charge $15 more for larger sizes since I would have to spend a good hour resizing each one. Maybe people wouldn't mind paying more, but I hate it when misses sizes are one price and women's are more for the exact same thing. It's insulting, and I don't want to do that to anyone.

I'll be happy to send you updates though, and if you have a favorite place to go to find good fitting t-shirts let me know and I'll get some.



Amy
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Plus Size Clothes Line on: January 26, 2005 06:14:38 AM
Marty,

I have seen those sites before, but the larger sized T shirts are men's shirts. Women, especially full figured ones, have curves and men's shirts aren't tailored for curves. Regular size men's shirts go straight up and down, which is why smaller sized girls who are more straight up and down have no problem with them. Plus size men's shirts are even worse. they are like giant garbage bags with armholes.  The shoulder and sleeves on men's shirts are also made larger, and they are extremely unflattering. When the seam at the shoulder of a shirt falls below your actual shoulder you end up looking droopy and frumpy, and that's exactly what I'm fighting. The point of my site is to have things that are really flattering so that you can feel beautiful and hip.

Amy
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Plus Size Clothes Line on: January 25, 2005 08:14:26 PM
Hey ladies,

Thanks for the compliments. I know V necks are really flattering. That's usually what I wear. Unfortunately though it's very hard to find blank T shirts in plus sizes in a V neck. Some blank companies make up to a 2xl but that is pretty much just a small 18.

I will keep my eye out for T shirts sized above a 28, and if you have one that you want silkscreened or embellished in some other way you can always send it to me. The sizing issue is strictly an availability issue. I don't want to discriminate at all but it's not affordable for me to have custom sized T shirts manufactured...but if I am successful enough some day I totally will!

Amy
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Plus Size Clothes Line on: January 23, 2005 11:51:18 AM
Pictures are coming slowly. Here is a sneak peak at 2 items I'll be offering. As far as style goes, they are on different ends of the spectrum.




LPGA Jacket Front:


Back:




Our lady of Guadalupe T shirt (back)



There is a gold crown on the front of this T shirt.

What do you guys think?  I know this is not the product opinion section but I didn't know if anyone was checking here for updates.

Amy
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