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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: business name problem on: March 03, 2008 09:57:24 AM
Thanks so much for all of the feedback! Dreambelle, I like Argyle Avocado on paper (and the graphic design is an awesome idea), but when I say it outloud it seems to be a mouthful. Maybe that's just because I'm from New Jersey and I speak way too fast.

As for what I make (and hope to sell) are amigurumi, knitted items [mittens, headbands, hats], jewelry, bags, embroidery, etc. I liked the idea of having a name that didn't have what I make in the name (like Avocado Jewels or something like that) because I don't like the idea of being limited by my name, which is why I liked the idea of random fruits / colors.

I was thinking about "Maeple Creations"?

I really appreciate you guys helping me out with this!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The Fidget. on: January 24, 2008 06:31:20 AM
I think you put the wrong subject in this post. What it should have read was "effendog, you really need to make this. It will be perfect for when you are riding your bike in the winter."

It's a common mistake, and I forgive you.
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / business name problem on: January 21, 2008 06:27:23 PM
I've come up with a few more alternatives.

Misty Pear
Apples and Plums
Blue Pear

What can I say, I've got a thing for fruit.
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / business name problem on: January 21, 2008 07:38:10 AM
I've pondered over a name for the past year and a half, and I finally came up with Avocado Creations. I googled it, found nothing. I googled it along with "craft, crafts, jewelry, crochet, sewing", etc (all individually, not together in one bunch like that), and got nothing. So I made a gmail account under that name.

I got to Etsy, and just for kicks I searched for "avocado" in the username field (I don't know why I didn't think to search there first). And there it was, glaring at me, "Avocado Creations".

I'm not sure if I want to sell on Etsy, but I am planning on selling elsewhere (stores, other online vendors, etc.)

I think I already answered my own question, but just for the hell of it, I wanted to ask some fellow crafty-folk their opinions. Do I delete my gmail account and try to come up with a new name? Hopefully this time it won't take as long.

*EDIT* Could I get away with still having "Avocado" in the name but adding something else to it, and dropping "Creations"?
- Avocado Ivy
- Apples and Avocados
15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he on: November 06, 2007 02:39:40 PM
Inspired by Zephyrbunny's octopus hoodie, I give you...

Octo-hoodie!


*dancin' with myself, ooh ooh oooh*

And the rest of the family!



I'm so proud of this costume; It was my first time making my costume, and I'm hooked!
16  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Octopus Hoodie Costume! on: October 11, 2007 02:24:15 PM
I'm SO going to make this! Hopefully this will being me out of my 3-year slump of bad Halloween costumes! Thank you so much! I'll post pictures when I finish it!

Also, I think the logical extrapolation (yay $.25 words! I hope I used it right!) from this costume is a Cthulhu costume for next year.

Yes, I did just use 6 exclamation points in 5 sentences.
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / buying fabric for the first time on: September 11, 2007 10:32:17 AM
I finally dusted the cat hair off my sewing machine and went to town on some fat quarters from Jo-Ann Fabrics to make some wallets and a bag, but I decided that I wanted to move onto skirts (which was why I wanted to learn how to sew in the first place).

In Philly, there's a stretch of fabric stores on 4th street called Fabric Row.  Somehow I seemed to gravitate towards the most expensive stores first, and THEN after I bought something there, I'd wander into the less expensive stores where I could get what I just bought at half the price.

Moral(s) of the story:
1. Always shop around before you actually buy stuff.
2. Only buy from places where the prices are clearly marked on the roll of what you want to buy. (the phrase "I can sell it to you for..." makes me think that after I leave, the shop people laugh to themselves thinking "GOD I can't believe she fell for it!")
3. It's very very dangerous having cheap cute fabric for sale only 10 blocks from my house.

Feel free to post stories from the first time you ever bought fabric (and I'm not talking the scraps / fat quarters kind, I'm talking the "take the roll up to the counter and they cut it for you" kind of stories.)
18  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Hagrid's Pets: the 3rd (and final) installment (img INTENSE!) on: July 13, 2007 02:42:28 PM
thanks so much for the comments you guys! It really means a lot to me. I do plan on posting patterns for some of these guys (although I did fall into the problem of not writing stuff down as I went because I was so anxious to get them done).

As soon as this weekend is over, I'l try to post the patterns. The show is on Sunday, so I might be able to squeeze out a Hedwig or Pigwidgeon.

Again, thanks so much!
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Amigurumi: Hagrid's Pets Norbert, Buckbeak & Fluffy on: July 11, 2007 10:52:54 PM
EDIT: I'm adding more pictures of the individual animals.
the final pet: Norbert

I like his jaunty cocked-to-the-side head.


I'm so proud of the wings! It was my first time using felt, and I LOVE IT! It was also my first time using the buttonhole stitch and I LOVE IT!


Fingers + Wings!
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Buckbeak:



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Fluffy:

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And now the family:


Comments / criticisms appreciated.

20  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Insert Witty Lovecraft Reference Here on: July 10, 2007 07:07:04 PM
oh my god I love it!
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