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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Donations for Literacy Auction on: June 17, 2009 10:34:02 AM
I wonder if some of you guys might be able to help me. This year Im running The Year of Readers (http://yearofreaders.blogspot.com), a year long, online sponsored read-a-thon where readers collect money for various literacy charities. Not only is each participant working to raise money for a worthy cause, but each book an official participant reads earns Eco-Libris (an organization that plants trees) a penny from my own pocket.

Were doing well with some participants collecting as much as $200 in sponsorship and the total of books just keeps growing. However a few of our readers have had trouble getting sponsors and are currently sponsoring themselves. In order to raise as much money as possible for charity Id like to hold some silent auctions via Justgiving to boost some of our readers sponsorship totals.

Ill personally be donating a signed copy of Joe Hills Heart Shaped Box and a signed copy of Robin Jarvis The Ravens Knot but we need some more fantastic items, which is where I hope some of you might be able to help.

It would be wonderful if some of you would consider donating some cool handcrafted items that can be auctioned off to raise funds for charity. All sorts of items would be great: jewellery, journals, bags, pottery etc but they must be ok to go through the post. We really hope to raise lots of money for charities helping kids and adults learn to read.

You can see the fundraising pages of the people whose totals Im trying to increase here: http://bookgazing.blogspot.com/2009/06/yera-of-readers-fundraising-...
I hope to be able to hold one auction for each of these readers.

I would be so grateful if you were able to help out. The auction will run sometime in August and you can contact me here by email at bakerjodie at googlemail dot com if you're interested in helping out. Thanks so much for reading.
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Craft for Literacy on: November 26, 2008 03:42:35 AM
I'm running a year long event in 2009 called The Year of Readers where readers raise funds for different literary charities. To reward and encourage my readers I want to have a prize draw for a fun crafty bag each month. I'd love to have Craftsters contribute to this bag and get themselves a little bit of exposure.

I'm looking for crafters who can contribute 12 items (one for ecah month) no bigger than A6 size. The items need to arrive in the UK by Jan 1st next year (or end of Jan if you see this after the Christmas posting deadline has passed). Any items would be appreciated but bookish items will go down especially well.

Check out the website at http://yearofreaders.blogspot.com or e-mail me at bakerjodie at googlemail dot com . Also I'd love to see Crafters sign up to take part in the event (sign up via the blog to get your sponsorship form).
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Great Supplies Make Prices High on: July 09, 2008 06:07:19 AM
So I properly priced out a pair of earrings I want to list on Etsy instead of doing the usual inspired guess (I know I know but I only get a few Etsy hours a day so I only have time for one aspect of development at a go and this week it's pricing). I'm UK based so I added up my supplies cost in first which came to 8.76. Now that sounds ok in pounds but when you change that to $ it becomes roughly $17 just for supply costs!

To make any sort of decent profit and contribute an itty bit to marketing overheads these earrings will need to be listed at $30 (giving me roughly 6.50 not related to supply costs). Now again this sounds ok in pounds (roughly 15) but to me $30 sounds way too much for even a great pair of handmade earrings.

I don't want to cut back on the quality of my supplies but I started a materials ledger last night to help me reprice all my existing items so I imagine lots will end up rising in price. Am I really going to be able to sell with prices like this?

Why oh why can't I list in pounds, whcih would amke my items seem more reasonably priced?
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hippie Earrings! on: June 10, 2008 02:37:13 AM
Festival season is coming so I dug out these awesome triangular handmade butons I bought at the begining of the year and made some over the top hippie earrings guarenteed to get you noticed in the crowds. I love how these buttons have a kind of tye dye effect.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Paperclips - The Trend of the Future? on: May 24, 2008 05:56:11 PM
We've seen some amazing trends start here . I wonder if I could be a trend setter too with these paperclip chandelier earrings? I've made 2 pairs but I've bigger plans for the next ones I make, replacing the seed beads with crystals and maybe making the seed bead support with peyote stitch?



6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Who wants your business cards and promos? on: May 18, 2008 04:35:44 AM
Often wandering through Etsy forums you can find people who need business cards because they are off to craft fairs. I thought it would be nice to have a list of Etsy using craftsters who are seeking business cards to make it easier for sellers to contact them.

So if you're in need of cards, coupons or something similar make a post here so people can start contacting you.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Orange and Blue Just For You on: March 25, 2008 01:40:30 PM
Just a quick one picture post today to show off my newest necklace. It's just randomly strung, made with a mixture of different media following a loose colour scheme of orange and blue (with a bit of purple thrown in). There's everything from ceramics, to glass, to real chips of amber in this necklace and it was one of the few projects I fully finished in a day (usually I get distracted by other jobs).


8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Aren't Earrings Fun As Heck? on: March 18, 2008 01:47:22 PM
I went on a bit of a spree last week because I'd got some new bead supplies. Hope you enjoy looking at the beginings of my first earring collection 'Little Red Hearts' (I named them all individually) and a cute non heart related pair I call 'The Beaded Forest'.



Strawberry Fizz

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Take Me Out Tonight



The First of the Season



Would Like to Meet (these are seriously posh because yes folks that's real amber).



A Great Favourite with the Boys (a sexy student teacher pair).



The Beaded Forest. This pair are a little sample of my great beading idea for when I eventually have enough time, space an talent to create a room sized bead forest.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Buttons are Brilliant! on: February 28, 2008 01:48:38 PM
I love buttons - so easy to find many different shades of a colour. Recent I've made a few colour themed pieces with buttons and I thought you might like to see them:





This is called 'Costal Wreck' because with the brown wooden button and smooth glass pieces it seemed to come out with a bit of a shipwreck theme.



And this is 'The Botanist Collecting' because the necklace is green but all different shades and types of buttons reminded me of an Edwardian botanist's butterfly collection only more planet friendly specimen collection.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Glue - Where to Buy on: February 22, 2008 01:27:18 AM
I tried searching the internet but couldn't find one supplier to get Gutterman fabric glue and Newall super strong craft glue from. Any ideas?
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