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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / I Really need help with my crafty project! on: January 19, 2011 10:53:45 AM
Okay, I need the crafting communty's help in order for me to finish my project that I have been working on.  I am getting married in May, 2012 and my theme is rustic and it is going to be an outdoor wedding.  I found hanging lamps in a magazine that I just fell in love with that would look AMAZING hanging in the trees for the reception.  They were made of twigs and were in the shape of large balls with lights in them.  I couldn't figure out how to make them with twigs, so I found the next best thing- Yarn!!  

*I got balloons, "stiffy" fabric stiffener, and brown yarn.  I blew up the balloon and drenched the yarn with the fabric stiffener, and applied the yarn to the balloon by wrapping it around the balloon in various directions.

*After the balloon had enough yarn on it, I let it sit and dry and after it fully dried, I popped the balloon.
I found that the yarn ball was stiff, but when I attached the christmas lights to the inside of the ball, the yarn began to sag in different sections and just didnt hold up as well as I need it to.  

My Question to the craft community:

What can I use (other than fabric stiffener) to make the yarn harder and more stiff?  

Here is a picture of the current condition that it is in...

You can see that the fabric stiffener is flaking and left white, translucent film over much of the yarn.  It is a pain to pick all of it off and it takes forever.    
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Where do I go from here? on: January 19, 2011 10:37:04 AM
I struggled through 5 years of college trying to find out what I had a passion for and chose Interior Design in my 3rd year.  However, a year into it, the program at the college lost their accredidation and now it is no longer offered there.  All of my classes are useless at other colleges and I would have to start completely over.  So, I have been trying to figure out what I could do with my skills and I have been juggling with the idea of starting my own business in crafts.  I just can't even begin to figure out where to start.  I have a lot of learning to do, and I am not sure where to go to get it.  I also fear that I will not be able to make the money that I need to make in order to make it my full-time job.  I have so much pressure from everyone to go back to college and graduate, but I have NO IDEA what I would even major in.  I have finished all of my core classes and it would be a waste of money if I just went back to college and majored in something that I ended up hating and wouldn't want to use. I have a full-time job now, but it isn't anything that I can see myself doing for the rest of my life and there isn't much job-security in it.  Where do I go from here?  Do you guys think I should go back to college just to have a degree?
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Selling your crafts on: January 19, 2011 08:30:13 AM
Where do you begin to sell your crafts?  I've been on Etsy and I have heard that in order to even be featured on their site, you have to have so many sales and if you're not featured, it's next to impossible for anyone to even find you on the site unless they specifically search for you by name.  Anyone have any ideas on how to begin your craft business?
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