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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Selling on Etsy? on: May 26, 2013 04:58:04 PM
I was thinking of maybe starting to sell some crocheted items on Etsy. I was thinking coffee cozies/ mug cozies, all different kinds like ones here: http://pinterest.com/forhazel/mug-cozies/; coasters (possibly using these squares as coasters: http://zoomyummy.com/2012/09/20/crochet-3d-flower-squares-revisited/); head bands with flowers; coin purses like these: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/04/crochet-coin-purse.html and little purses like this: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80313AD.html; etc. Just things that are kind of easy and don't take too long to make so I could make several if they happen to sell and so I could have a variety of things to offer. I may make stuff like amigurumi animals, scarves, and whatever else I happen to find patterns for that I like later on if I feel like sticking with something for a while (I tend to like crocheting things that don't take too much time to make so I don't get tired of just working on the same thing all the time).

I'm wondering if it would be worth it to start a shop on Etsy for crocheted items. I searched for crochet on Etsy and there were thousands of results. So, would it even be worth it to make crocheted items and try to sell on Etsy with so many of them already on the site (would the items sell)? It does take a lot of time to crochet items and I wouldn't want to make several items and then they don't sell on there, then be stuck with the items and no use for them (after spending the time making them). Any thoughts on selling crocheted items on Etsy would be appreciated. Thanks.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Ideas (for quick to crochet items) on: May 04, 2013 03:53:58 PM
I would like to make some crochet items to sell at a town wide yard sale that is coming up at the end of this month. Short notice I know, but I just thought of this. What are some quick and easy things to make and sell? Something that doesn't take too much yarn and is really quick to crochet that people would actually buy? I am thinking maybe coffee cup cozies, but not sure if those would sell too well and not sure what else I could crochet to sell. Any ideas would be appreciated.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Fall Festival Party - ideas needed! on: October 04, 2012 09:54:44 AM
I am planning to have a fall festival type party, NOT a Halloween party, just fall festival. I need ideas for what type of things to make to decorate and what type of things to do... ideas for everything from table settings to games to decorations. This is my first time having this type of a party. It will only be for a small family gathering including my niece who is 5 and possibly (not certain yet) my other niece and nephew who are 2 and 3. I'm not sure exactly what all to do and most ideas I have come across online are for large festivals for like a church or school where there will be lots of kids/adults. I need some ideas for just a small gathering.
I was thinking a bonfire and have hot dogs to roast and smores. Other than that I'm not really sure. Maybe a small pumpkin for each kid to decorate? Then just have markers, paint, etc. for them to use to decorate it. And maybe 'goodie bags' for both kids and adults... but what to decorate them as and with? What to put in them (other than candy, of course)? I was thinking maybe those brown paper lunch bags decorated up like a scarecrow or pumpkin... but where to find the design. I've searched and haven't really found anything. There will be maybe 9 adults and 3 kids. Any and all suggestions would be very helpful. Thanks.

Note: I can not do hay rides, just not far enough out in the country and do not have anything for a means to do so with. Not enough kids to do that for anyway.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Fall Festival Party - ideas needed! on: October 04, 2012 08:15:05 AM
I am planning to have a fall festival type party, NOT a Halloween, just fall festival. I need ideas for what type of things to make to decorate and what type of things to do... ideas for everything from table settings to games to decorations. This is my first time having this type of a party. It will only be for a small family gathering including my niece who is 5 and possibly (not certain yet) my other niece and nephew who are 2 and 3. I'm not sure exactly what all to do and most ideas I have come across online are for large festivals for like a church or school where there will be lots of kids/adults. I need some ideas for just a small gathering.
I was thinking a bonfire and have hot dogs to roast and smores. Other than that I'm not really sure. Maybe a small pumpkin for each kid to decorate? Then just have markers, paint, etc. for them to use to decorate it. And maybe 'goodie bags' for both kids and adults... but what to decorate them as and with? What to put in them (other than candy, of course)? There will be maybe 9 adults and 3 kids. Any and all suggestions would be very helpful. Thanks.

Note: I can not do hay rides, just not far enough out in the country and do not have anything for a means to do so with. Not enough kids to do that for anyway.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / kindle case from vinyl record? on: December 04, 2011 06:56:25 PM
I have seen cases made out of vinyl records and would like to make one. Does anyone know how to make a kindle case from a record?
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Looking For Quick and Easy Crochet Throw Pattern on: September 29, 2011 09:12:16 AM
I'm looking for a really quick and easy throw pattern that I could make for my two step-sisters for Christmas. I need something that is really simple/easy to make and doesn't take too long to complete (I know with a throw it will take a while though) since I'm already making several other items as presents. I came across this: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/chs-supe.html pattern and was wondering if anyone has made it and would like to know how easy it is and about how long it takes to complete. Also, any other patterns that wouldn't take too long to complete. Thank you.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / What yarn is this? on: September 29, 2011 08:42:44 AM
I got some yarn from someone off of another message board and deleted the post. Now I can't remember who it was who gave me the yarn. I'm using the yarn to make a hat for my nephew and ran out of yarn. I don't know what yarn it is. I'm wondering if anyone here knows what type of yarn this is or any kind similar. It is really soft yarn that is light blue/gray:
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Trouble getting hat to correct size on: September 27, 2011 06:33:24 PM
I'm making this: http://www.crochetandknitting.com/brimhat.htm hat. It says that it fit her and her daughter, so it would have been kid/ adult size. I used the exact same hook size (the G-6) and exact same yarn, yet it came out way smaller (like baby size). I redid the hat using the same yarn and a larger hook (went up 2 hook sizes) and it is still coming out way too small (still baby size). I have made my crochet stitches looser and pulled it after each row to try to make it larger, yet it is still too small. I can't seem to figure out why it won't come out the right size.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help figuring out what size this poncho will be on: August 03, 2011 06:48:55 AM
I'm wanting to make this poncho: http://www.planetshoup.com/easy/crochet/celeb_poncho1.shtml and make it longer to where it's a regular poncho length. I want to make it as a gift for someone and was wondering what size it will fit. It doesn't say anything about the size it is.
There is another one: http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=107939 I was considering making for her, which says one size fits most up to 2x, so I know that one would work. But, I know the first one looks like the ones I've seen her wear. Maybe if I added fringe to the second one and made it in black yarn, would it be a huge difference in the style of poncho (I know the first one looks close to the style I've seen her wear) or is it really a completely different style all together? I'm just afraid if I do the first one it will end up not being the right size for her.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Making a shawl and it looks really small, needing suggestions on what is wrong on: July 28, 2011 06:27:11 PM
I'm making this shawl: http://www.angelfire.com/journal2/donisfuff/croshawl.html and I just finished row 6. Mine is still really really small, like the size of a barbie doll shawl, so I'm wondering how big it is supposed to be once you get to row 7. I used the exact hook size it says to use and followed the pattern exactly. If it's too small, I need suggestions on what could be wrong and how to fix it. Thanks.
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