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6361  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Look what you can make with Christmas catalogs on: October 16, 2007 08:28:01 AM
Ok, I'm not very good at descriptions, but I'll do my best here.  I am going to make another one and take pictures as I do it.  Then I can put up a good tute.

For now, try this.  I found pages with lots of color and not too many words.  You can use whatever you like as long as it is five inches square or bigger.  I used an old cd to make circles.  Draw and cut out 14 circles.  Fold each one in quarters to find the center point.  We stacked all of the circles together and stuck a straight pin through the middles.  You need this hole later.

Then we cut all of the pieces at the same time.  It saves some time to do it this way, but you can cut each one if you like.  Paper clip all of the pieces together.  Cut the pieces into eighths, stopping about 1/2 in from the center.  Then take a sharpened pencil and fold the sections around the pencil point to make a cone.  Put a little dab of glue (we used tacky glue) on the edge of each piece to hold it together.  This takes some practice and a little patience.  Once you get started, it gets easier.  When you are finished, you should have eight cone shaped points on each piece of paper.

Turn the pieces of paper so that you have seven pieces face down (looking down on it you should see the inside), and seven pieces face up.  Thread a needle with heavy thread or dental floss.  Take a fat rubber band and cut sections out of it to make a square piece of rubber.  You need two, one for the top and one for the bottom.  Thread your needle and put a knot in the end of the thread.  Put one of the rubber band pieces on the thread and push it up against the knot.

Starting with the face down pieces, thread all of the pieces of paper onto the needle and sort of push them down a little but don't scrunch them.  After all the paper is on, put on the other rubber band piece.  This is where the fun comes in.  You want to push down until the quills pop round.  If you have tweezers, use them to push on the rubber band until it is snug.  The rubber bands hold everything in place and you have a starburst ornament.  Then make a loop on the end of the thread and hang your ornament.

I'll be happy to answer any questions.  I hope this make some kind of sense.  I'm going to work on the tutorial in the meantime.
6362  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Christmas Ornament Swap Rnd 2 GALLERY on: October 15, 2007 05:43:32 PM
Ok, I received my last ornament today from Riario.  It's a cutie.



I also got that same postcard from gingerquilts.  I grew up in the city where gingerquilts lives now, and have crossed that bridge many times.  Thanks for the memory.
6363  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: How to deal with haggling customers? on: October 14, 2007 06:34:30 AM
I do two things:

1.  There is a sign in my booth that says "I cut, sand drill, sand, paint, assemble and package every item.  And you want me to sell it for how much?"

2.  I ask them if they will take a pay cut where they work, since that is what they are asking me to do.

It makes light of the situation, and they get the point.

HTH
6364  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Look what you can make with Christmas catalogs on: October 13, 2007 09:04:19 PM
My partner and I made this starburst ornament from the pages of a catalog that we received.



It takes 14 cutouts the size of a CD to make this.
6365  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Christmas Ornament Swap Rnd 2 GALLERY on: October 13, 2007 08:58:59 PM
Ok, I have received from two swappers so far.  The first one was from Gingerquilts, a little quilted birdie that's going to be so cool on my tree.



The next set of two is from Kittyvegas, clever and cute ornaments made from puzzle pieces.  A wreath and a candy cane.



Thanks, Ladies.
6366  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 3 (SIGNUPS OCT. 1 - 26; SENDOUTS NOV. 26TH) on: October 13, 2007 06:01:26 PM

The kids and I play Christmas music from Thanksgiving till New Years along with watching Christmas movies.   Smiley

Because I sell much of what I make and my Christmas shows start the first weekend in November, I start listening to Christmas music in October, just to get myself in the mood to make toys for kids.  By the end of the season I'm usually ready to put it away until the next season comes around.  As for movies, I don't get much time for them, but nothing beats the Miracle on 34th Street.
6367  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: revamped cart on: October 11, 2007 07:26:53 PM
Yeah, it's  gotta be old.  It has wire spoked wheels.  I was really jazzed when we found it.  It's going to look really great in my yard.  I need to straighten the wheels a little though.
6368  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: revamped cart on: October 11, 2007 02:57:05 PM
No, I've had too many other projects to finish before winter gets here.  The garden to tidy up, planted garlic.  Have nearly finished my storage shed.  And trying to get ready for Christmas shows.  It's probably going to be spring before I get back to the cart.  I'm still wanting to work on the little horse cart that I found in the creek.

Ah...for a little more time.
6369  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 3 (SIGNUPS OCT. 1 - 26; SENDOUTS NOV. 26TH) on: October 11, 2007 07:30:39 AM
42 people signed up and there's still two weeks to go!  How cool is that!
6370  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: do you change your pricing? on: October 10, 2007 11:43:18 AM
I do many shows and I usually base my pricing on a formula.  whatever it costs for your product, multiply that times four and that's your price.  Of course, you also have to factor in overhead costs.  I use a flat ten percent for that. So the formula looks like this:  cost of item times 1.10 to get factored cost.  Then take that times four for your actual sale price.  If it costs one dollar for supplies, take that times 1.10=$1.10, then take that time four=$4.40 for the sale price of the item.  Does this make sense?
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