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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Kids craft club on: November 05, 2008 12:37:04 PM
I'm not sure where to put this so here goes:
I'm going to be quitting my job because the after school "opportunities" around here suck, sorry, my kid has been choked twice, Yes, hands around her neck choked, in her after school program. So I'm done, but I was thinking (always dangerous) that I want to bring in a little money and not lose my mind as Susie homemaker so I thought I would teach sewing, just beginner stuff but I enjoy it and I feel strongly about exposing other people to it. Now I do lots of crafts, more than is strictly good for me and I am pretty adept at many of them so I was thinking about doing an after school program that teaches kids different crafts, no different than music lessons, or sports. After thinking about it I don't know that I could do 5 days a week. What if you get a kid that just drives you nuts and you have to see them everyday! Second that would kind of require someone else and I don't want to go there yet.

So here was the new plan have classes 2 days a week (Tues.and Thurs.) Work in modules so that for sewing for instance we start with basic hand stitches and work up to drafting and sewing a pair of pyjama pants on the machine over the course of 6 weeks or so. Then the next 6 weeks are polymer beads etc. I could do it at my house since I am walking distance from the elementary school. I am also walking distance from the High school so I may be able to get someone to help if there are lots of kids. Though obviously I'd cap the number. Each module could have a materials fee. It wouldn't take the place of an after school program but even if you kid was in after school 3 days a week they could participate.

There are still lots of things to work out but my question is am I delusional? Could it be possible to make money doing this? What would be the liability issues? Kids + Needles + razors = disaster? I need to hear what I don't want to. Suggestions, stuff I should be looking for?
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Would anybody be interested in an e/web zine that combines fashion and sewing? on: August 06, 2007 07:52:17 AM
Okay, I got this bright idea- I get a lot of them and they almost always give me heartburn!- to work up an e/web zine that covers current trends and how to get those trends with the help of our handy sewing machines. With the soon to be demise of Sew Stylish there isn't a magazine that does that anymore. Threads does great high end stuff, and the tutorials here are great but I want more! I want to see how to use my patterns to get the designer looks, what the color trends are for the season, how that translates into fabrics that I can actually get without having to go to NYC, and stuff like that. I'd like to see ways I can add vintage details to modern clothes so that I can wear them to work with out looking like an extra in a movie. Does any of this strike a chord with you too? This is all still in the idea stage but if you think it sounds interesting send an email to sewnmagazine@gmail.com with Sign up in the subject.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Any other Mom's trying to do this instead of having a "real" job? on: March 18, 2007 06:25:47 PM
Okay, I'm a mom, I have a job that I don't love that ends up with me picking up my kid at 5:30 5 days a week from her after care program. I spend all weekend cleaning because by the time we eat and chill for about 5 minutes it is time to go to bed so we can get up and do this the next day. I have a husband with a good job but his income alone wouldn't pay all the bills and I'm not the type to sit on my butt anyway. I sew and do other crafts constantly and even with the insane schedule still make virtually all of my own clothes and nobody is the wiser, if you know what I mean.

So are there any other moms out there that are doing the Etsy/ craftfair thing and making anything like a living at it? Are you making money or just moving money?

How do you schedule your time so that anybody is remotely happy?
Do we want to start a support group for ourselves? Sometimes I feel like everybody else here, wicked talented and super nice as can be, is barely old enough to babysit for my kid, let alone have one of their own. Okay, don't hate me, I realise that most are in their 20's but you get the drift.
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