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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: journals on: April 25, 2009 09:34:07 AM
thanks! i found it easier to work with paper than fabric cover material, and it makes a sharper crease, and than adding lots of glue is always important.
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: First Ever Craft Fair -- am I in over my head? on: April 19, 2009 06:05:54 PM
you are SO going to do fine - you probably already did fine, since it was today...how did it go?!

I had my first fair yesterday, and it went well too!
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / journals on: April 08, 2009 06:38:03 PM
I made these using the instructions in the book 'Cover to Cover'. They are my second attempt at 'codexes'.



Three are covered in fabric (flowers, Betty Boop, coffee/tea), and two in paper (New York scene, salmon)



I'm really happy with them!
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Vinyl Photo Journal Feedback? on: April 05, 2009 12:59:16 PM
I am in a craft show in a couple of weeks and figured these journals out a couple of days ago. I was super excited, but when showing friends, got the 'meh' vibe. Do you think these are neat enough to have at a craft show?



The craftsmanship isn't great because it was my prototype, which might have affected their reactions. It is bound using a 'wrapped binding', which means that I sew through the spine, which in this case is vinyl. The pic displayed is an old one of my dad and his uncle, but can be replaced with any photograph.

Someone suggested a snap closure, but I don't like that idea - I have to play with closure yet.



15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: selling cloth pads at craft fairs? on: April 03, 2009 09:20:48 AM
uglyshyla: Thanks again for the feedback. You are bringing new thoughts to my planning process - I love it.

fantasticmio: Thanks for the heads up about the individual packaging. I have been using the reusables for so long that I am fairly seasoned. I appreciate your perspective. I will think about the demo too! That is a neat idea!

Jarheadwed: I live in Canada, so I wouldn't be of help with US regs. However, since the pad isn't used internally, I would think there would be any more regulation than that for selling underwear. I have purchased them from craft fairs, women's collectives, and health food stores.
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Conflicting craft fair question on: March 31, 2009 12:16:44 PM
I'm also new to craft fairs, but I'll give you my two cents. I would go with the smaller fair, for a few reasons. The opportunity to network with like-minded crafters and customers is a big bonus, and the much lower cost is good for starting out. You might learn about other local fairs that would suit you by speaking with exhibitors, and it is always a good thing to get a sense of what 'your competition' is creating, and for what price.

If the fair is in October there is plenty of time to advertise, meaning you can round up a posse to come and see your wares. I'm sure the organizers would appreciate it.

Good luck on your decision!
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: selling cloth pads at craft fairs? on: March 29, 2009 11:20:51 AM
Thanks both for your feedback. The organizers seemed pumped about all my proposed items, including cloth pads, and I am assuming that most people would be generally accepting.

uglyshyla, your idea has got my mind going - I would never have thought of something like that, but it is definitely in the right direction. One of the biggest challenges for the reusable movement is breaking down the idea that products are not 'sanitary' - a large concept to fight, as the disposable industry has done much to promote the idea that period products need to be wrapped, plasticked, packaged, bleached. Putting some sort of eco-friendly wrapping on them might help...

Thanks again!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Wool unitard on: March 28, 2009 05:57:39 PM
Thanks everyone - it is definitely WARM. Not for temperatures above zero!

That's an awesome idea!  What was the sizing on the sweaters?

The sweaters were both approx a women's large, but they'd been felted and beaten up. Ha ha, you can even see the holes in them in the pic! The key is to have a v-neck on top, so you can stretch a bit when 'entering.'

Definitely not the most flattering thing, but the pants would have turned out better if I hadn't sewn them to the top BEFORE reconstructing. Duh.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wool unitard on: March 27, 2009 08:11:54 PM
In February my agency had a fundraiser to raise money and awareness surrounding youth homelessness: a sleepout. I was excited to do it, but needed something to help me stay warm. While scavenging for blankets at my parents house, I uncovered these fine gems:



Two old wool sweaters!

Immediately I pictured a hip, cute, joined-short-and-tank-top kind of thingy. Of course in my visions it was well-tailored, stylish, and flattering too.

Nearly delirious with excitement, I plunged forward, and lured by the prospect of full-body coverage, instead created the unitard:



You enter by the neck! It was a fabulous hit the night of the sleep out, and I was so hot at night that I had to stick my arms outside the sleeping bag (in -10 degree weather it was too cold to expose my face!).



Oh, unitard, you are so sharp!!
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Canadian Craft Info? Please and thank you. on: March 26, 2009 11:16:29 AM
Hey SheenaPSG, which region of the country are you wondering about? Your best bet is probably going to be hitting up the local boards. I'm in Ontario. I don't know if this will help you:

http://www.craft.on.ca/index.php?a=Events.events-search

It is a listing from the Ontario Crafts Council, of Ontario craft fairs and workshops. Keep in mind not everything would be listed on here, but it is a start.

As far as stores go, a lot of things change as you move across the country. Including stores. What kind of supplies are you looking for?
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