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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitscene's Central Park Hoodie on: November 11, 2007 08:00:25 PM
It was well worth the nine months!

This is basically my dream sweater - I love the color and the cables and the buttons...I love it.

Congratulations on a beautiful job!

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Pierre, the Needle-Felted French Circus Bear & Friends (with large pictures) on: October 16, 2007 12:32:31 PM
Thank you so much for all the lovely comments, everyone!

I am really loving this whole needle felting business so far, and to anyone who is intimidated by it - it's so easy!  It's very intuitive and relaxing (if time consuming), and I thought that it was very easy to learn, with immediate results (which is important to me, who is terminally impatient).

haroldlovesmaude - First of all, I love your name!  Secondly, that is not a stupid question at all!  Needle felting is a process by which wool roving (carded wool) is turned into felt by stabbing fine, barbed needles into it repeatedly.  The needles have tiny barbs which grab the wool and knot it into itself, creating wool felt.  It's so fun!

rabid.dustbunny - He could be my mascot too, but that's because I'm so messy and have dustbunnies in all the "underneath" places in my home!

Again, thank you all!

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pierre, the Needle-Felted French Circus Bear & Friends (with large pictures) on: October 15, 2007 06:37:12 PM
I just started needle felting two nights ago, and now I can't stop!  I've even sold two creations already!  How crazy is that?!

Anyway, Pierre was my second attempt at needle felting (the first was negligible, to say the least).

Pierre, the French Circus Bear:

Next, we have Merle, the Hatless, Lop-Eared Bunny (I wanted him to wear a hat, but he didn't want to, so we quarrelled):

Finally, we have their pal Winifred, who was recently startled by the revelation that he is, in fact, an albino:

So, what do you think?  I am quite fond of Pierre and Winifred, but I am not so very partial to Merle (perhaps it is because of our disagreement, though)?

I appreciate you taking the time to look, and I would love to hear any comments or criticisms.  Thank you!

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Waiting for a Snowday - ink and oil pastels on: October 07, 2007 08:24:03 PM
Thanks for the comments - I really appreciate them!

KarenLouiseM - Wow, those are all great ideas!  I ADORE the idea of embellishing children's furniture!  I would love to draw on canvas, but alas, I am a poor college student, and cannot afford canvases. Cry  But, I will definitely be trying several of the ideas on your list.  Thank you so much!

Era Vera - That is actually a huge compliment to me!  I simply love children's book illustrations (I have always entertained fantasies of being an illustrator, myself), so that is high praise, indeed.  And I definitely won't be stopping any time soon!

Thanks again!

5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Mouth sewn shut makeup ^^ on: October 06, 2007 08:12:04 AM
Having actually had my lips sewn shut (by choice!), let me just say that this is really great!  It looks very real!

What did you use to affix the string ends to your lips?  Spirit gum?  If you don't mind sharing, I'd love to know (I am a bit of a horror FX-lover).

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Waiting for a Snowday - ink and oil pastels on: October 06, 2007 07:56:36 AM

I love drawing, but I am no artist.  So, when my boyfriend let me borrow his oil pastels, I was intimidated.  You see, I am terrified of painting - because my hands are so shaky, I can never make the brush do as I command (that's why the outlines of my drawings are all wiggly-looking).

However, I love the oil pastels!  They are so easy to use and so forgiving - just what I require.

I drew the outline with a regular ballpoint pen on heavy sketch paper, then colored with the oil pastels.  As I was coloring this, my mom came in the room to look on, and asked why he was so sad.  The truth is, he just came out that way.  But, I think that the real reason he's sad is that he was so wishing for a snow day, but there is only one measly flake in the air.  So, no snow day for Henry (that's his name).

Here he is:

What do you think?  I'm looking for honest criticism.  Should I give up now, or do you think that maybe I could incorporate this kind of thing into my regular crafts?

Thank you so much for looking, I always love hearing from all you lovely people!

7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: I made a mini "Yip-yip" alien! on: October 05, 2007 07:45:29 PM
Oh, hell yes!

No-one has ever known what I was talking about when I mentioned these guys (they are my favorite SS characters), to the point that I thought maybe I had imagined them!

Thank you, you beautiful, beautiful lady.

I'm off to show these pictures to my boyfriend to say "See??  I TOLD you that these guys exist!"

Great work!

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Need a critique of your Etsy shop? This is the place! on: September 27, 2007 11:53:54 AM
Souldier -

I love the name, first of all, and I also really like the purses (I know you've already heard that, but it's always nice to hear, right?)  I think that your photos are really good, and your whole shop looks really professional.  I wouldn't change anything!

The bags look very polished and boutique-ish, and I think you will do well.  It takes some time to get started on Etsy, though.  I'm just starting out as well, and it's difficult.  What I think helps is "favorite-ing" some different sellers, or even starting up Conversations with sellers that you really admire, just to get your shop noticed.  I don't know if you've noticed, or not, but mostly the people that buy on Etsy are also handcrafters (I, for instance, spend at least half of what I make on others' handmade goods), so if you begin to network within the community, you will start seeing more interest, and therefore more sales.

I hope that helped a little, and good luck with your shop!

9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Need a critique of your Etsy shop? This is the place! on: September 22, 2007 03:34:15 PM
Thank you for all the responses! 

I realize that the collage could have been priced higher, but I'm very insecure about my abilities in that arena, and I don't want to charge too much for something that I'm not one-hundred-percent sure about.

And yes, that is a crease in the last pendant, but that one is mine.  I probably shouldn't have used that picture!

Thanks again!

10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Strange Bird on: September 21, 2007 01:24:34 PM
Hello, my lovely, crafty ladies (and gents!).

My name is Sarah, and I am the proprietess of Strange Bird, the online home of my quirky, sundry art and handmade goods.  I have just recently started selling on Etsy, and I would greatly appreciate some feedback.

Here are a few of my items that I am offering or have offered:

Fish Dreams Storybook Collage (sold at $20):

Aragonite Beetle Insect Necklace ($25):

Storybook Necklaces ($9 each):

Do you think these prices are reasonable?  Do you think my products look professional enough? 

Everyone here at Craftster is so nice and helpful - I hold you all in such high regard, and I would so appreciate your feedback.

Also, my Etsy shop is www.Strangebirdhandmade.etsy.com, if you would be willing to give feedback on my actual shop as well.

Thank you so much, in advance - I am forever grateful!

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