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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / selling cloth pads at craft fairs? on: March 22, 2009 09:15:40 AM
I am a newbie to craft fairs, and am really excited to be participating in one next month. My items are going to be a mix of kid stuff (mixed crayons, i spy bags) and 'adult' stuff (journals, coffee cozies, bags). Low to mid-range of prices.

I am also thinking of including reusable pads in the line up. They were the biggest sellers from the Shop the Swap shop, and I have their production down flat. I am a bit concerned, however, about displaying a product that some people could have strong reactions against, or getting into a discussion about menstrual politics when I have people looking at purses.



Does anyone have thoughts, experience, advice? Either for display or carrying the product at all?

thanks for reading!
22  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: First Ever Craft Fair -- am I in over my head? on: March 22, 2009 09:05:59 AM
I am stalking this board because I too am participating in my first craft fair shortly - good luck to you!

Your wares look fantastic, and I think the pricing is spot on. The one thing I've noticed in the advice boards, though, is that having some lower priced items - items available for a couple of bucks - allows people with lower budgets and even kids who have some money to spend to buy something at your table. Also, if they like your bigger items but aren't ready to spend, it allows them to grab something smaller and start developing a 'customer' relationship with you.

Does that make sense?

I love the eye spy bags - I am also making some for my fair!
23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: pack 'o journals on: November 23, 2008 05:31:01 PM
aha! i found the link to the tut in my bookmarks:

http://www.cat-sidh.net/Tutorials/Binding.html

I tried using another tut but it didn't work that well. I also found the book "Cover to Cover" really helpful, I used it to coach me through making a bound book with spine.

hope that is helpful - yes, everyone I know is getting journals this year...
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Fill-A-Box Canadian Style Round 2 Gallery! on: November 08, 2008 07:26:33 AM
I received my package on Tuesday from Slingmomma and it is awesome! When I am looking for craft supplies I try to find stuff that is kind of different unique, and everything she sent me is perfect!

First off, she sent me a TON of wallpaper samples that I will use when I am journal-making:


They are really cool - I already have a couple of them pegged for where they will be used.

She sent me a bunch of notions:


Last year I had this dream that involved me making bags for my friends - I never got around to it, but this is the stuff that bags are made of.

She sent me about 10 sheets of that stuff where you rub on one side and it transfers to your craft (I want to call it vellum but i don't know if that is right?) - this one is my favorite:


And finally, the envelope was STUFFED full of yarn:

As well as a set of needles - and you didn't even know I have been borrowing my mother's for the last year! The yarn is super, I am going to start playing around with it soon and it might even turn into some CHristmas gifts.

Thank you so much Slingmomma, I love all my gear - and thank you for organizing!
25  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fill-A-Box Canadian Style Round 2! CLOSED Send by 11/03/08 on: November 08, 2008 05:40:31 AM
I am going to post pictures this morning...sorry I have been MIA, I have been at a conference!

I love everything that I received - this was such a nice and easy, no stress swap...
26  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Queen of Diamonds, Queen of Spades on: November 03, 2008 05:59:58 PM
I was really happy to be able to dress in a couple this year with a good friend - we were the Queen of Diamonds and the Queen of Spades. We tried to be as playing card-ish as possible, with motley capes of all colours.



I was also really happy to find almost all of the fabrics to make the capes in my stash. My friend (diamond queen) made our staffs, jewelery and earrings, and the crowns. We carried playing cards around as 'identification'. We didn't make the dresses - they were genuine 70s numbers that we had to pin, they were so little!




I had such a good Halloween - this was the first time I tried to put together a decent costume since I've been a kid. We didn't win any prizes, but we had a fun night!

The capes hanging out the morning after.



27  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #32 - DIY Halloween Costumes - Due Nov 1 - Nov 5 2008 on: October 28, 2008 02:31:32 PM
I just got smacked by the inspiration bug - nothing as amazing as Mr. & Mrs. Monsterface, but still, I am excited...

only two nights left to sew, I had better get started!

28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fill-A-Box Canadian Style Round 2! CLOSED Send by 11/03/08 on: October 19, 2008 08:51:32 AM
ooo...i am looking forward to it!
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Fill-A-Box Canadian Style Round 2 Gallery! on: October 17, 2008 11:29:55 AM
The packages so far are awesome. I am stoked to send - haven't had time yet, where did it all go....

highplaces, did you resolve the rotary cutter problem yet? there is a safety guard on the blade that they usually pack it with so that you don't cut yourself as soon as you open the package. You will probably have to remove it first.

I have to go to the post office tomorrow, so maybe I'll be ready to send by then...
30  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fill-A-Box Canadian Style Round 2! CLOSED Send by 11/03/08 on: October 15, 2008 07:02:33 PM
Mine is only about half stuffed - tons more space to go! I can't believe how much stuff will fit inside...there goes my plan to send within a week  Wink
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