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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Sunny Side Up Cat Toy on: May 19, 2005 07:25:28 PM
Just made this tonight out of felt, stuffing, and a bunch of catnip... kitty loves it!!!

http://www.lindsaydesigns.net/images/blog/egg.jpg

http://www.lindsaydesigns.net/images/blog/eggkitty.jpg
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ribbon & Felt Flower Pin Cushion on: April 04, 2005 07:31:41 PM
I made this today... when I should have been doing other things... out of ribbon and felt scraps. I think it turned out pretty darn cute, don't you think?

http://www.lindsaydesigns.net/images/blog/pincushion.jpg

I'm thinking about possibly selling them... my question is, how much would you pay for one?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Citrus Apron on: March 24, 2005 06:04:02 PM
I just finished this apron, it's going to be a present for my grandma. It's made from a salmon cotton fabric, with bright orange print cotton pockets (the bottom one is pleated!). Hope you like it!

http://www.lindsaydesigns.net/images/blog/apron.jpg
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Gorgeous Brown & Turquoise Rectangle Purse on: March 20, 2005 09:51:35 PM
I finished this one over spring break. I am so unbelievably in love with this fabric - I'm kicking myself for only buying one yard. Anyway... hope you like it, let me know what you think!


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5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bold Striped Tote & Turquoise Fabric Flower on: February 17, 2005 05:25:04 PM
My latest creation - I am quite proud of how it turned out. I absolutely love the colors, and the flower is a very nice touch. Let me know what you think!

http://66.116.133.205/images/handbags/002H19big1.jpg

http://66.116.133.205/images/handbags/002H19big4.jpg

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6  UNITED STATES / Colorado / Carbondale Mountain Fair on: February 10, 2005 02:38:45 PM
I am going home to Colorado for the summer - and the big craft fair there is the Carbondale Mountain Fair. I've checked out the information, and normally a 10x10 booth costs $350. The fair runs for 3 days and they claim it attracts upwards of 20,000 visitors... it is also "juried". $350 is far beyond my budget - so I emailed the coordinators of the fair asking if they had any discounts for students/locals. Turns out, as a local (well, former local) I could share a booth with another local artist for $100 plus 15% of sales.

I'm not very experienced when it comes to craft fairs - I've only done one small one before. I'm debating whether or not to participate in this one. Is the $100 + 15% a good deal? Would it be worth my while? It sounds like a huge fair with tons of people and high end goods (which is good - I found at my last fair my stuff was considered "ridiculously expensive"). Any advice/suggestions? Anyone participated in this fair in the past and/or planning on participating in it this year? Any help is appreciated! Thanks!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Carbondale Mountain Fair - Should I participate? on: February 10, 2005 02:31:52 PM
I am going home to Colorado for the summer - and the big craft fair there is the Carbondale Mountain Fair. I've checked out the information, and normally a 10x10 booth costs $350. The fair runs for 3 days and they claim it attracts upwards of 20,000 visitors... it is also "juried". $350 is far beyond my budget - so I emailed the coordinators of the fair asking if they had any discounts for students/locals. Turns out, as a local (well, former local) I could share a booth with another local artist for $100 plus 15% of sales.

I'm not very experienced when it comes to craft fairs - I've only done one small one before. I'm debating whether or not to participate in this one. Is the $100 + 15% a good deal? Would it be worth my while? It sounds like a huge fair with tons of people and high end goods (which is good - I found at my last fair my stuff was considered "ridiculously expensive"). Any advice/suggestions? Anyone participated in this fair in the past? Any help is appreciated! Thanks!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I want to make a scarf like this... on: January 30, 2005 05:58:57 PM
I have this gorgeous scarf that I bought a few months ago... and now that I've learned to knit for myself... I want to make one similar to it, but I'm not quite sure how. See, the scarf has two strands of yarn in it (a thick white one and a thin rainbow one), and it seems like one row is knit with one, then the next is knit with the other. I'm not quite sure how to go about doing this. I bought a pretty blue yarn and a "fun fur" yarn and I want to make it have the same effect.

Also just curious if anyone knows what stitch is used... it looks like maybe a k1p1 ribbing (one side has ridges) but the other side is pretty smooth, which baffles me? Any suggestions?



9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / expanding product line... need a new identity? on: January 27, 2005 09:39:05 PM
I currently sell cat collars through a sub-business of my business called Kitty Boutique. I have split Kitty Boutique from my main business, Lindsay Designs, because I feel they are completely different products and should have their own unique identities. I have struggled with setting up navigation and compatibility between the two sites - currently, the same shopping cart can be used on both, there are links from one to the other in the menus, and there are links to the "matching" ribbon belt from a particular cat collar.

Now, I would like to expand Kitty Boutique to include dog collars as well.

Here's my dilemma - dog collars... Kitty Boutique. I love the name, I love the logo, and I don't necessarily want to redo all that. Luckily, I have not had anything printed (such as tags) that I am stuck with, so if I need to change I can without too much cost. Would dog collars flop on a site called Kitty Boutique? I don't want to set up a 3rd sub business (two is confusing enough), and would like to keep all the pet products together. Should I rename and redesign? I'm still a fairly new business so it's not like I have a huge customer base that may get confused if I change names. Or what about adding a small "and doggies too!" to my current logo? I have a feeling that dog collars will sell better than the cat collars, in which case I may want to shift my focus to those. Any suggestions at all? What should I do?
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Corduroy Clutch & Satin Bucket Tote on: January 13, 2005 06:06:15 PM
I just finished two new purses these past few days... and I am very happy with how they both turned out. I've been experimenting lately with new patterns and not all of them have turned out this nice. I just thought I'd share!

http://66.116.133.205/images/handbags/002H17big1.jpg
http://66.116.133.205/images/handbags/002H17big3.jpg
This one is made from a cute eiffel tower print I found... it had been sitting around for a while... I couldn't decide what to do with it. Then I found some gorgeous black floral satin and just had to use them together. I added a black satin sash and bow to the front.

http://66.116.133.205/images/handbags/002H18big1.jpg
http://66.116.133.205/images/handbags/002H18big3.jpg
This one is made from hot pink corduroy, and lined in pinstriped cotton shirt fabric. I finally found a use for the pretty piece of metallic jacquard ribbon I had... but was too short to go around a larger purse. I love this one! If I had a use for a clutch I would keep it for myself! Smiley
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