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261  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by pinokeeo on: April 26, 2008 04:52:26 PM
The annual migration of the Canada geese is done.  This is what it looked like above our house.

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262  praying mantis in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by pinokeeo on: April 19, 2008 09:14:45 PM
I took this picture in the fall outside on my front deck.  No retouch, only a little cropping.

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263  Paper bowls--now with tutorial. Pic heavy. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by pinokeeo on: April 18, 2008 11:53:43 AM
My first paper bowl made from a roll of tickets that I had left over from some event.

the inside with hole in the bottom

This was my inspiration.


Then I made this bowl from the glossy junk mail that I get. This one was actually for a recent swap.

This is how I plugged the hole.  It's a leftover piece of dowel.

Then I made this one from grocery store ads that come in the newspaper.

There have been a few requests, so I am working on a tutorial for this project.  I hope to have it up within the week.  Things have been rather hectic in the toyshop.
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264  Re: Pictures of craft fair setup - Please post! in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by pinokeeo on: April 17, 2008 08:36:48 AM
I have read this entire thread, and there are a lot of good suggestions here.  Some displays are awesome, and some need a little work.  I have been doing fairs and festivals for 14 years, and these are my suggestions, based on my own experiences.  If they don't work for you, keep trying everything until something feels right.

1.  Don't use busy fabric for table covers.  Your product can get lost.
2.  Make sure table covers go all the way to the floor.  Looks more professional.
3.  Don't use all one color table covers.  Mix it up and people will come to see what the color is all about.
4.  Use different levels for display.  Adds interest.
5.  For those of you who do clothing, elevate your tabletop from the back.  Use a piece of plywood the same size as your table and add blocks in the back before you put the table cover on.
6.  Hide all the things that are not part of the display.  Table covers to the floor make great hiding places.
7.  Have a really good sign and plenty of business cards or promotional items.  If you use promos, make sure it isn't something they are going to toss on the way home.
8.  Make sure your display isn't too cluttered.  If people can't see what you have, they will leave in frustration.  also, be sure that you have enough on your tables or in your booth to attract attention.
9.  Avoid white table covers, if you can.

Also, here are some photos of displays that I have tried over the years.

use of pegboards

use of louvred doors

table displays, showing color schemes and multi-level displays

Hope this is helpful to someone.
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265  Re: Postcard Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pinokeeo on: April 07, 2008 05:16:58 PM
I received the most awesome card from Bonbabbu today.

She says this is a street in her hometown and the photo is from world war 2.

Thanks, Bonbabbu.  This is a great photograph.  I love history.
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266  Re: Postcard Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pinokeeo on: April 02, 2008 12:43:24 PM
Glad you liked your postcard BonBabbu.  I had been saving that one for some time now, knowing I would find the perfect person to send it to.

I received today from Kartiana.  This postcard was great.  We drove through Riverside a couple years ago while on vacation and went right through these windvanes.  They are pretty impressive.

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267  Re: Postcard Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pinokeeo on: April 01, 2008 01:43:35 PM
Glad you liked the card Kartiana.  I was drawn to it, probably because of the falls.  I think I've seen almost all of them.

I also received from Babiestarlite13 today.  I think this bear photo is special.  I know that black bears can be potentially dangerous, but they are beautiful.

Thanks Babiestarlite13.
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268  Re: Postcard Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pinokeeo on: March 27, 2008 06:34:06 PM
Ok, I received my first postcard from Kittenwrangler.  This is of the 12 Apostles in Victoria, Australia.

On the back, she attached photos of Melbourne and a cityscape of Victoria.

They are beautiful.  Thanks, Kittenwrangler.
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269  Re: Going Green Swap Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by pinokeeo on: March 26, 2008 11:48:39 AM
I received from Superhooker yesterday.

A large denim shoulder tote made from her mother's old skirt. This is all hand stitched, with the tiniest stitches.  My Gramma used to sew like this. Anyway, my gf says this is just right for me.

two planters made from coffee cans.  They are blue, blue, blue and have dragonflies painted on them and six coats of polyurethane. I am totally in love with these.  I had to try one of them out, so I put my favorite cactus in it.

A microwave heat pad filled with corn from her Grandma's cornfield. She used the leftover denim from the skirt.  This is also hand stitched.

And lastly, magnets made from bottlecaps and beads.  I don't know what they are filled with, but I like them a lot.  And the magnets are so strong they would hold up a refrigerator.

A pretty amazing green package!
Thanks, Heather
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270  carved owl in Completed Projects by pinokeeo on: March 23, 2008 07:02:38 AM
I also carved this owl for a swap.  You can't really see it, but inside its rib cage is another owl.

The carving was done before the holes were drilled.
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