Sometimes it gets a little tricky determining what is appropriate for this board. Based on what I've seen going through the topics I'm going to give a brief run-down of what goes here vs. Crafty Business Discussion vs. other areas.
So, when should you post here? When you are looking for opinions on:
your own website
your own completed products
your own logo designs
your own business card designs
basically anything that you already have set up and want opinions on, that's what we're here for!
When shouldn't you post here? When you want to:
get opinions on another site/webhost/program/etc. - Questions like this (about things you'll use in your business, not items you've made) go on the Crafty Business Discussion board
get opinions on what general kind of business or website or product you should sell - Again this should go in Crafty Business Discussion
I have no idea what to do. The food and the cake and the invitations are taken care of but I get to do the decorations. One of the biggest challenges.... I'm in a different state than everyone else planning! I don't get to talk to them a lot but I do know we're doing bright colors. What exact colors I have no idea, just no "over the hill" items. My mom would hate us for life.
I want to make this special but I have NO ideas. I just want to do more than crepe paper.....
So we had a bad run, here with the Monty Python swap. Three of the eight of us never received packages! So we will need three lovely angels to swoop in and deliver some pythonesque craftiness.
Thank you to everyone who angel-ed and everyone else who offered!
Craftster username: yamwam Angel: Zendaisy Location: Canada Favorite Python comedian: no favourites. They're all equally hilarious. Favorite Python character(s): the no-nonsense army Colonel and all the knights of the Round Table Favorite movie: Quest for the Holy Grail Favorite episode sketch(es) of "Monty Python's Flying Circus": Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook, Spam, Buying A Bed, Cheese Shop, French Sheep-plane, Funniest Joke in the World, Upperclass Twit of the Year, Ministry of Silly walks, Blackmail What would you like to receive?: a household-y item, like a kitchen towel or a pillowcase or something Do you know all the words to the Lumberjack Song?: Who doesn't? What are your clothing sizes?: ladies' small, I think Anything else your swap partner should know?: nope What do you like best about the Monty Python experience?: the sheer absurdity of the whole thing.
Craftster username: knightswhosayknit Angel: mlwl
Location: US Favorite Python comedian: Hmm... this is a difficult one... maybe Eric Idle, but also Graham Chapman. And of course John Cleese. And Terry Gilliam. Dammit, all of them! Favorite Python character(s): Sir Robin, Spiny Norman (the giant porcupine), and the Lumberjack (does he have a name? I don't think so.) Favorite movie: Life of Brian (because I'm a classics dork... I would love anything that said "romanes eunt domus" on it...) and of course the Holy Grail (duh, it's in my screen name. plus, who doesn't like that movie?) Favorite episode sketch(es) of "Monty Python's Flying Circus": Spam, Ministry of Silly Walks, The Piranha Brothers (my favorite Monty Python quote of all time: "He used... sarcasm. He knew all the tricks, dramatic irony, metaphor, bathos, puns, parody, litotes and... satire. He was vicious." , the Dead Parrot, and this is in The Meaning of Life, not the TV show, but the one where John Cleese is teaching a sex class is classic. What would you like to receive?: surprise me! Do you know all the words to the Lumberjack Song?: yes! What are your clothing sizes?: small or medium t-shirt (36 inch bust, 31 inch waist... whatever that translates to, actual sizes vary so much Anything else your swap partner should know?: nothing I can think of What do you like best about the Monty Python experience? that I never realized how huge a dork I was until just now while I was filling out this swap form.
Craftster username: kymporter Angel: krafty_kelly
Location: US Favorite Python comedian: Eric Idle and Graham Chapman and John Cleese and Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones and Michael Palin and whoops that's all of them! Favorite Python character(s): all of them! Favorite movie: Quest for the Holy Grail Favorite episode sketch(es) of "Monty Python's Flying Circus": the loopins What would you like to receive?: anything! Do you know all the words to the Lumberjack Song?: "I'm ok" What are your clothing sizes?: Medium shirt, 12 pants, 7 1/2 shoe Anything else your swap partner should know?: I'm not hard to please, but I do have a 14 month old, so whatever you craft, make sure all small things are glued down, stitched extra tight... etc... What do you like best about the Monty Python experience? It reminds me of when I was a kid, and me and my brother would sneak out of bed and watch it on PBS, and get busted by our parents and get into trouble for watching "such horribly ungodly" programming!
(I'm going to be writing this at work in between calls so if it sounds a little disjointed I aplogize!)
I just finished the Ocean Friends swap and my partner asked for a Jaguar Shark a la Life Aquatic.
I sketched one out, bought some fabric one dark for the top and light for the bottom (and then saw the movie and realized it's all dark, d'oh!). It was kind of expensive, faux leather, home decor fabric (this is coming from the girl who mostly uses old suits and shirts and cheapy felt, so to most people it may not have been expensive) but once I saw it I'd never have been happy with anything else.
Since it was more complicated than my regular stuffies (just two pieces of felt back to back) I made a few test runs on some muslin to try to figure out my game plan. I ended up hand sewing the entire thing because 1) it was really thick! and 2) I was deathly afraid of screwing up and I figured I'd be able to follow the pattern more closely by hand.
These were very last minute but I love them. They're right in the place where I stiched him up.
On the attack!
I miss him terribly and even though he took forEVER and I tore up my hand pushing the needle through that thick fabric I'm going to make two more. One for myself and one to sell
(grrrrr I had a huge thing typed out and then something went wonky! Here it is to the best of my short-term memory)
This is complete hapenstance that I'm entering this. I haven't been on craftster for a long bit due to real life responsibilities but I just finished a gift for my friend LAST NIGHT and wanted to share. Good thing I searched for "Picture revamp" to figure out where to put this post!
This was supposed to be a Christmas gift and then an end of January house warming gift and now it's just a, well, damn, you deserve for all the wait gift. Luckily I have a very dear and laid back friend.
This was a painting done by a mother for her daughter. I've spent more than a few minutes wondering at the circumstances that led it to Goodwill but then I realized how great that is since it will now grace a wall for a long time to come.
Originally this was supposed to be painted but I had to concede to collage if I ever wanted to finish. The monster was supposed to be Powerpuff girl-esque but I decided on the snipe eel so I wouldn't take another 5 months to finish. I actually really like him now. (FYI, he's from the very deep ocean, which I am completely obsessed with.)
Hopefully you can see everything in the pics. My monitor is very dark so I can't see the detail, although I'm fairly sure it was showing up on the camera screen.
Original - Don't mind my pencil drawings. I forgot to take a pic before I started brainstorming.
(oh, I dig your mama jokes..)
So, I know I had more to say but my dumb computer ate my first post right before I hit send... so..
Ok, so I've made a batch of new plush. The cat and bunny are old designs but new colorways. The bat is a new design that I'm LOVING. I've only made two of him so far but he's very fun to make. I also have some other cats in the works with pouches on the front and a seahorse that is awesome but I can't figure out how to decorate... Anyway, I'm blabbering.. On to the cute stuff. Gray cat. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v337/randomtask1012/Business/Plush/Cats/DSCF2300.jpg
I just love making them. They're quick (well, once you're actually good at making them, most of these took at least 90 min.) and rewarding
Here's the kitty (based off of one I made for a swap).
The white whale
My two-faced bunny
And the worm. Senor Guzano. I'm crazy-obsessed with him and I'm going to make a hat for him one day. I've made two and haven't put any up yet because he's hard to photograph. His little mustache cracks me up.