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451  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Japanese Silk Obi on: May 26, 2004 07:48:11 PM
wow cool how did you get ahold of those!??!

they would make cool wall hangings in of themselves.

or you could get them framed/shadowboxed
452  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Display and take home materials on: May 26, 2004 07:46:31 PM
Hobby Lobby and Michaels sell those little bags that you referred to.

I bought some yesterday. They are 300 for about 3 dollars.
453  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Earring, Pendant, and Necklace display/holder,with Pics and Tutorial on: May 26, 2004 01:55:10 PM
At last! A chance for me to contribute something original!

I have gleaned much knowlege and ideas from you ladies, here's a small something in return, I hope it comes in handy.

I made this in preparation for my first craft show:



Here is a detail of the felt earring holder (with earrings that I did NOT make)



And a detail of the pendant holder with pendants, which I DID make :-D



If you are interested in making one like it or of your own design, here's what you'll need:

 *wood
 *access to a bandsaw or something similar
 *paint
 *nailgun or hammer and nails
 *felt
 *glue



-First, design the wood peice(s) that you want to use for the body. Cut them out.  Assemble them (I suggest a heavy block on the back for stablility)

-Put eyescrews on the sides opposite one another for as many rows as you'd like, as in FIG A.

-Paint and decorate.

-Thread ribbon through eyescres. I used a permanently attached ribbon so that I could slide the pendants off with ease when someone wanted them. To do this, I sewed a bra hook on the opposite end (FIG B) that can hook onto another eyescrew.

-To make an earring holder, sew large stiches on a piece of felt, as in FIG C. Then, hook the earrings in thusly. (I love that word.) FIG D

-Glue the felt on wherever you'd like

-If you liked my design, FIGS E,F,G showed the order that I assembled them in.


Hope you guys like it, hope it comes in handy for your house or craft fairs!

Thanks again for all of your ideas. You guys are the greatest!
454  UNITED STATES / Ohio / Re: Ohio Craft show? on: May 26, 2004 12:47:48 PM
I'm in Columbus- and I'd be willing to travel.

I'll watch the boards for updates. Any general time frame I should be aware of? Did I miss it if you've said it?
455  Ohio / Ohio: Central / Columbus Craft Fair- Share a booth? on: May 26, 2004 12:42:03 PM
Hey, Any crafty Columbus ladies/gents want to split the cost of a table at a craft fair sometime?

 I have some stuff to sell, but not enough to justify spending like 200 big ones just to rent a table. I figure we could be clever with the space and be able to fit in one booth at half the costs, thus maximizing profits!

Let me know if anyone is interested, we can discuss!
456  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Crafster girl on the verge... Help a sister out! on: May 25, 2004 05:28:33 PM
Thank you so much!

Hopefully that will change things, I really appreciate your help.

Keep the advice flowing, ladies :-D
457  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Crafster girl on the verge... Help a sister out! on: May 24, 2004 10:34:00 PM
So... close...

My friend has a web design company and he made me a beautiful, functioning website free of charge. It is loaded with oodles of my items and examples of my work (I focus on custom mural painting, plus some smaller stuff, I get lots of inspiration for that from the people here at craftster)

Anyway, I have a sizeable stock of stuff, I've researched Ohio's tax laws and legal issues. I've got promotions lined up, and a solid marketing strategy.

One problem. The bill for the server will be $120 a year (not too bad), but to allow people to purchase things, I need a secure server and all this other stuff totaling, with everything, (as I was quoted) at around $650.

Ouch.

I am a college student, so I don't have that money to spare. Any advice on how you guys handle your ecommerce? Does asking for money orders work?Paypal? Anything? I am willing to invest time and effort and money, but I am looking for the cheapest possible route, even if that means less customers. I want my site to function mainly as a portfolio and do custom work, but people still have to pay me somehow. Advice? Thoughts?

Please give me your realistic opinions and experiences to a girl in need. Thanks! I'm so close!


458  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Master Combination Locks? on: May 24, 2004 05:40:04 PM
Yeah I was thinking a belt, ya know like a "chastity belt". the pickup line potential is excellently terrible.

They are pretty heavy, though. Maybe I'll throw them at people that anger me.
459  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Master Combination Locks? on: May 23, 2004 11:21:28 AM
I got an ASSLOAD of black MasterLock brand locks from Target because they were 16 cents for no apparent reason... they work just fine.

I think I have about 10, I dunno I just grabbed some off the shelf.

I am about to move into an apartment... any ideas for maybe home decorating stuffs?
460  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Turn my classroom into a Rain Forest! on: May 23, 2004 07:30:27 AM
Actually, I used acryilic paints. They are inexpensive, easy to work with, don't stink, dry fast, and they cover the walls really well, and the colors stay true.

I am not sure how much I spent on paints, it's hard to say because I used some paints that I already had. 50 bucks max.

It's so fun to put murals on your walls, I reccomend it to anyone. And people LOVE it! I've done a few other murals, I should have a website up within the next few days if you guys were thinking of doing murals, I'll probably start a thread about them if you're interested.

Thanks for the compliments, you guys are making me blush :-D
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