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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: junior maternity sewing patterns? on: January 31, 2007 02:07:37 AM
Its funny that I have never seen junior's maternity patterns. They would sell really well because junior's stuff is so much more stylish than the typical "misses" patterns.

I am preggers right now and I have a theory that most maternity clothes are ugly because they are met to fit a very general audience, and because women don't want to shell out lots of money for clothes they quickly grow out of, or only wear for a maximum of about 6 months.

You might have already thought of this but coming up with some cute designs to screenprint or iron onto a plain maternity shirt might expand your wardrobe. Or you could cut a plain tee (like in the book, "Generation T") to make it more personalized and less basic.

If all else fails I saw this book that helps you turn regular patterns into maternity patterns. Not sure how good the book is but its worth checking out!

Here it is:

http://www.makematernityclothes.com/
22  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Maternity tops on: January 31, 2007 01:56:20 AM
Oh, super SUPER cute! I am preggers right now and I LIVE in tank tops because I get so hot. Plus they are pretty much the only maternity wear that doesn't make you look like a tent and shows off your new (HUGE) boobs without being too revealing.

The "watermelon smuggler" thing is toooooo adorable. Good work!
23  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Creative Places to WORK in the Twin Cities... on: January 31, 2007 01:52:45 AM
Hello!
Nobody to tell how cold it is in Minnesota?
From Switzerland, I lived in StPaul for one school year as art teacher.
I rented a flat in a very nice area "Grand Ave".
The people are friendly, most have ancestors coming from Germany and Scandinavia. They invite you to go to church with them on sundays...
I had botanic drawing classes at Botanical garden. I made binding at MCBA. They have the Minneapolis textile center ( spinning, dyieng wool) where I dyied silk "Japanese style" with "bechamel". So crazy things to do we forgot from a long time here in Switzerland.
There are so many shops of materials for crafting (MIchael's, JoAnn, patchwork fabrics, woolshops, etc). So much good food (Farmer's market, restaurants : fish and good meat from Wisconsin). Delightful for me, french culture...
Fishing on the 10000 lakes. Drive to Duluth, ah! Bob Dylan.
Boating on the Mississipi. Shopping at Stillwater.
To work as teacher: good salary. To 3M, I don't know.
I'm in love with Minnesota!
Have a good day!
Alak


Alake', good reply! I always forget how great St Paul is too... don't forget the State Fair too! I know every state has a state fair but ours is THE BEST.
24  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Craftster baby is imminent on: January 31, 2007 01:50:24 AM
AHH! I saw you at No Coast! You had just had a baby?! You looked great!

I envy (and sort of want to hate) you!

I am due in two months and I hope I can get back on track as quickly as you did.

Congratulations!
25  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Sort of disappointed with No-Coast Craft show on: January 31, 2007 01:43:40 AM
I was a vendor this year and I think everyone on this topic made some great points for both the positive and negative.

I went to the first No Coast and have to say MGM was 100 times better. Since the organizers didn't expect so many people to come the first No Coast was way too crowded. MGM was great because it not only brought foot-traffic into the craft show but also allowed shoppers (and vendors!) to be exposed to a new shopping area that is potentially saving Midtown without exploiting it with chain restaurants. In addition, you could make a day out of your shopping because you could get food, a massage, some groceries, and other items in addition to shopping for crafts.

I was one of the people that made bottle cap magnets (THAT'S RIGHT! MEEE!) and I had a vendor on each side of me selling them too. We had no idea we were going to be clustered together and were bummed about it. But guess what? We all sold TONS of them.

I assure you that none of the crafts at No Coast were "slapped together." Nothing could be further from the truth, or more hurtful to someone who puts their heart into what they make. The reason a lot of the crafts are "too simple" or "too expensive" is because lots of people come to the craft shows and:

1. Expect to pay Wal-mart prices for a hand-crafted item.
2. Rarely want to pay what a more complex item is worth, so many vendors make smaller items because they sell well and customers can buy lots of little things. My partner and I make clothes, but they rarely sell because no one comes to a craft show with $50 to spend on one item. However, we sold out of bottle cap magnets, sock monkey kits, screen-printed holiday cards, etc., which were all under $5.
3. Are constantly being rude and asking you how you made something so they can go home and make it themselves. I even saw a woman with a notepad going to each table and writing down "gift ideas" she "could make at home." Why do I want to waste my hard work on people who are out to exploit my ideas?
4. STEAL, carry coffee or food around and spill it, swing their purse around and knock stuff over, let their kids play with breakable and/or expensive crafts, the list goes on. They would never do that in a store but since its a craft show they think that everything is easy to replace or that the vendors will cut them a break (which we usually do because we're trying to be nice).

I met some great people there- customers and vendors. But to those who are unsupportive or critical, I challenge them to try and get involved. Its hard work, and (for me at least) was expensive. I did it for the experience, not the money, and I would do it again. You not only craft, you have to quickly become an entrepeneur and learn customer service, advertising, marketing, pricing, networking, and merchandising.

And if No Coast were like every other craft show, not many people would come. How many raffia-hair dolls did you see? None. How many lame tea cozies? None. No Coast is a part of a new breed of craft show that offers something unique that wasn't around 20, 10 or even 5 years ago. Back in the day if my mom brought me to a craft show I dreaded looking at all that ugly crap in a mall for hours on end. But at No Coast, I saw everyone from grandkids to grandmothers, housewives to punk rockers, and there was something for all of them to enjoy there.

26  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Creative Places to WORK in the Twin Cities... on: January 31, 2007 01:10:37 AM
Wow, you wanna move HERE from the west coast? Hee hee, that's the opposite of me!

There are all kinds of answers to your questions... I guess starting with where to live I would say that south Minneapolis is typically better regarded than North Minneapolis (however, my mom lives in a nice area of North, and Northeast is becoming "the new Uptown" very quickly). The general rule I guess with south Minneapolis is, the further west and south you go, the "better" the neighborhoods get.
Stevens Square is culturally AWESOME but some people don't like hanging out there at night.
Uptown has lots to see but there are lots of yuppies and flaky people starting to catch on that that is a cool area to live, so its getting more expensive, there is more development, more chain stores and condos going up.
Anywhere by a lake is expensive, but if you're coming from the west coast then it probably won't be a huge change. I live 1 1/2 blocks from Lake Harriet and I pay about a thousand dollars a month for a duplex.

There are tons of creative places to work, depending on what kind of job you are looking for. Target headquarters is downtown and everyone I know that went to design school (advertising or fashion) works or has worked there. There are boutiques, salons, coffee shops, art galleries, cool bars, restaurants, and club venues all over the place- the trick is actually getting hired. "Minnesota Nice" means you won't always get a straight answer on whether they are interested in you or not. Also, even though people in Minneapolis are pretty open-minded, the work atmosphere at most places is still quite midwestern and conservative unless you work at a bar, salon or tattoo shop.

Hope that helps!
27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Married Crafsters Please Help! Wedding Photographers are #@$%^ Expensive! on: January 31, 2007 12:57:41 AM
Here are some pics! Yes, I made the dress! And the flowers! And the netting on the hatty too... I posted it somewhere if you wanna go see all the crazy crap I did for the wedding...

My pal Rachel did a great job with the pics, I think! She's a lifesaver!









28  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Holy COW! No Coast Craft-o-rama in 16 DAYS! on: November 23, 2006 09:52:07 PM
AHH! So excited.

I am vending for my business, Killer Cupcake, and my pal Rachel is sharing a booth with me. We did the Craftstravaganza this summer and it kicked ass.

Also I haven't been to the Midtown Global Market yet and word on the street is that there is a buttload of good food there! All my profits will go to burritos.
29  COOKING / Dessert / Is It Possible to Make Cake Mix into SOFT Cake? on: November 21, 2006 10:38:41 PM
I love the Pillsbury Funfetti cake (white with little globs of colored crap in it), but I want to make cupcakes with it and when I do, the cupcakes turn out kind of dry.
I have heard of throwing some 7up into your cake to make it fluffy, but I don't know if that works with boxed mixes, AND I don't know how much to put in.

Got any ideas?
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Married Crafsters Please Help! Wedding Photographers are #@$%^ Expensive! on: November 15, 2006 01:35:02 AM
Just wanted to let you all know- the wedding was a success! I found a pal from high school who is trying to build a photography portfolio- she did all the photos on digital and gave me a disc. To save money I only had her take pics before and during the ceremony, and then a few posed shots afterward (only friends and family took pics during the receeption). Total? $300!
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