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13201  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: May 17, 2011 11:59:25 AM
I think you both have good points!  I rarely sell my stuff or take money because I just love making stuff and I like repurposing things for the challenge...I know some people truly would pay lots of money because they like what I do, but there are others that have no clue and almost seem disrespectful in offering not even the cost of the supplies! I think kids just like what they like and they make great customers! Some of the joy is seeing their faces!

I value expensive yarn for some projects and cheap yarn for others...I know what I love to work with, but I can't always afford it and I am careful to be able to let others enjoy things that won't cost them a lot...

I think CLM makes interesting things and a lot of people would love one of those unique monsters...I think RLB is a great cheerleader for self-esteem!  I think we all face pricing dilemmas on things we make... Cheesy

Glad everyone is at peace with it all! Cheesy
13202  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jenna's Bag ~ Sew-Phisticat pattern on: May 17, 2011 11:41:14 AM
I love that you will be teaching others to make their own bag! I think that you covered a lot in one bag, but if you run out of time, you could leave some things out...

Love the fabrics! Lots of luck with your class!  The bag will get the class excited!

You can always make the handles adjustable by using two "d" rings or even two rings of any kind...I buy those by the dozens at the hardware store for super cheap! Sew two onto one tab, slide the fabric through and around one...great way to make apron ties adjustable as well!
13203  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: May 17, 2011 10:18:03 AM
love them--are they heavy with all those buttons?  The embroider does make them special!
13204  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: May 17, 2011 08:55:26 AM
oh wow!  That is awesome, CLM!  I hate it when people price things too low, so I try not to go to those type of flea markets! I never thought about looking up tissue things on Etsy since I make them all the time just to use up scraps!  Maybe I will make a bunch for future craft shows (there is a huge one in September!)...

I think you will know if the price is too high when people do not buy...let them offer but don't let them set the price for your hard work!  I hope you sell them all! Cheesy

Sweater monsters!  Such creative people...but I would never pay that much either...but, they are artsy dolls, really, so maybe I would...we need to value creativity more...artists and musicians always get paid next to nothing...
13205  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: May 17, 2011 07:14:13 AM
The tissue cozies sell for $3-$4 at our craft fairs.  People around here are pretty cheap... Cheesy

I would count the scraplings and shredlocks more like artsy dolls...I always check etsy to see what anything comparable might sell for...and then add a few dollars because you know your own stuff is better! Cheesy
13206  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along on: May 17, 2011 06:15:01 AM
I do have those clear envelopes for stuff I make a lot that contains the templates or patterns, sample papers or fabrics, etc.  I think I might have to try the expanding folder...it would be easy to carry around and browse through when I am looking for something to make...

I used to have shoe boxes labeled but it was hard to carry all the shoe boxes with so many different ideas to look through...
13207  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along on: May 17, 2011 05:55:00 AM
I really like it, kwiltykate!!

Another pattern I need to "borrow"...

I am getting quite a collection of patterns...either those I have drawn from things I have seen or things printed from the internet...do you guys have any tips on how to organize all of these pieces of paper and ideas before they got out of control?  In the past I mostly had books that I could just store on a bookshelf...I would flag the patterns in the book and write down what I wanted to do on an index card and put it in front...thanks!
13208  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: May 16, 2011 07:54:56 PM
geez--I almost wish I had kids to make scrappy monsters for! Cheesy

Love your quilt top scrappysue!  Isn't it fun to be able to put together so many colors and come out with a nice surprise!?
13209  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: May 16, 2011 03:24:40 PM
I agree CLM--I hate it when those things gape!  A bit of overlap makes them look so much nicer!

Please tell me that you did not change thread for all of those tissue holders... Cheesy
13210  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: May 16, 2011 12:35:14 PM
Cute pillows!  Good call on just making the fronts with the expensive fabric!

For your yellow fabric--use white thread!  Do you have a yellow sharpie? Cheesy

I generally only buy two colors of thread:  white and black...If your tension is set correctly, the thread never shows unless you are top-stitching something...I do the same with my quilts...I am lucky to have a few machines so one always has black and the other has white...I do however, have a stash of nearly 200 threads... Cheesy

Another cute monster, CLM!

Yeah, those tissue holders you cranked out were pretty ambitious! wow
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