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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Etsy + Website = Awesome??? on: July 23, 2006 07:22:25 PM
So, as those who saw my earlier topic know, I have been trying to figure out a way to create my own "categories" to hold me over until Etsy implements theirs.  To do this, I made a website, and I'm really looking for critiques to make it better. 

http://www.stereoette.com

All the item links go straight to my etsy (and opens them in a new window... unfortunately my domain name and my hosting are different places and until I can get them switched, I am masking the domain name. The problem with that is you cant go straight to an etsy page with a masked domain name, so I have the new window open... please let me know if y'all think this is a big problem!).  I also have a link to my blog.

Please please please give critiques! I want to make this work as well as it can...
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bunch o' Bags! on: July 23, 2006 06:30:16 PM
I hardly ever post in the bag section, but I've been doing a ton of bag-making lately, and I figured I would post a few of them!









The last one was for a swap... hope y'all enjoy!
23  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Leaving Etsy... do customers follow you? on: July 18, 2006 06:37:44 PM
Not that I've posted any of my stuff on Etsy yet, but I wondered if Etsy was useful for starting up your site if you know you would like to eventually move to your own e-commerce website in the future. Has anybody done this succesfully? I'd love to hear the pluses and minuses.
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / hearts and clouds shrinky necklace on: July 13, 2006 08:24:22 PM
so i tried my hand at jewelry making for the first time today... i love the look of uncolored shrinkies (something about rough plastic just does it for me, i guess) and i thought it would be cute to come up with some cloud patterns with details.  i wish my camera was not on the fritz, otherwise the pictures would be clearer, but here goes:


there's the charm. i've actually made 2 now, and the second one came out better (less lopsided) but i only have a picture of the first one.


okay, i'm just being goofy there, but thats the necklace on...

please tell me what you think, i've never made jewelry before but I thought this was a slightly cute idea just for hanging around jewelry. I'd love to hear your suggestions for improvement... as i get better with cutting the plastic, I plan to do more intricate designs...
25  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / NYC Yarn Sale on: July 13, 2006 12:29:52 PM
Rumor has it that Suss Designs in Soho is going out of business...

70% off all Suss yarn
50% off other yarn
30% off books
$40 handknitted sweaters
$2 Suss needles

and a bunch of other deals on everything including fixtures. Check out
their selection at http://www.sussdesigns.com.

Suss Designs
281 Lafayette Street
New York, New York 10012
212.226.1848
Monday-Saturday 11-7
Sunday 12-5
26  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / lets talk about ecrater.com... on: June 20, 2006 09:19:10 PM
so I know Etsy.com is the crafty business website of choice, but I wondered what people thought of ecrater.com? I have heard mixed reviews about whether it supports the DIY/non-commercial spirit, but very little discussion of whether it is actually a good service.  As I don't see it as any less DIY or commercial than say, ebay, that doesn't bother me, but the lack of reviews does.

so, ecrater.com users, tell me what you think!
27  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / photoshop is STUCK! help help... ;o( on: June 16, 2006 08:56:06 PM
Now, I know this is not a computer expert board, but some of y'all are pretty awesome with your computers, so maybe you can help me?

I am running Photoshop Elements 2.0 on a mac powerbook g4 running OS-X.  Today, it started its normal "updating adobe online components from adobe.com business, but it keeps stalling during the DL of the second file! it wont go forward or back, which means i cant actually open the program! 

I am hoping, praying, no less, that someone else has had this same problem and CONQUERED it in a manner where they can help me out! I really wanted to redesign my blog this weekend, but no-can-do without photoshop... *whine*

28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / corduroy flippy fishtailed pencil skirt! on: June 15, 2006 06:13:43 PM
A few months ago, my grandmother gave me some green corduroy from her stash that totally spoke to me... and when I came across a pattern a few weeks ago that looked almost just like what the fabric had whispered in my ear, i knew i had to make it!

looks like a regular boring pencil skirt in the front...



but turn to the side, and you see the flippy fishtail!



it also features very cool buttonywaistband things (for once, i lack words for whatever those are)



The pattern is Simplicity 4787. http://www.smartcart.com/1sew/cgi/display.cgi?item_num=4787SIM  I modified it by shortening the panels (above the flippy part) because I am quite short.

I think it turned out cute, wonky zipper and all!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Momma Pajommas!! on: June 08, 2006 09:18:51 PM
So I made my mom some PJ's for her birthday (we are about the same size so I am modeling them)



The top is Simplicity 4589, and the bottoms are Butterick 6544, only with some modifications. For one, I cropped the drawstring pants into capris (well, shorts, really, i got a bit overenthusiastic...), and also, the white border on the bottom of both the pants and shirt were not in either original pattern. Suffice it to say I did not have enough patterned fabric. The fabric is from Purl Patchwork, a super cute quilting store in SoHo, NYC

There are more pics on my blog, http://www.stereoette.blogspot.com if you'd like to see more ;o)
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / this is your brain on fabric... dealing with our addictions on: May 23, 2006 10:10:00 PM
Hi, my name is Stereoette, and I'm addicted to fabric.

Seriously, people, I need HELP! I dont have time to sew up everything I have and then I get bored and find myself on ebay and then wham! bam! 25 more yards!

i can justify it by saying it was a good deal and quality fabric and stuff, but um, wouldn't it have been a better deal NOT TO HAVE BOUGHT IT AT ALL? it might not be ruining my crafting, but its sure putting a snag in my pocketbook...

all crafting supply addicts are welcome to come and comiserate... yarn, sharpie markers, seed beads... i feel your pain.

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