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1  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: ACTIVE: SEPTEMBER GRANNY-A-DAY 09/01-09/30.11 on: September 03, 2011 02:39:05 PM
Welcome! Can't wait to see what you make!
2  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: AUGUST Granny-A-Day 08/01-08/31/2011 on: September 02, 2011 09:04:44 AM
Here is September's Granny-A-Day!

Sorry for my tardiness...as usal!
3  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / CLOSED: SEPTEMBER GRANNY-A-DAY 09/01-09/30.11 on: September 02, 2011 09:02:32 AM

This is basically a motivation crochetalong. If you want to work on a granny square, motif, one huge granny square blanket, this is a great way to set aside time everyday to get some serious work completed in an attainable amount of time.

People have come up with some really neat uses for grannys too! Different bags and blankets, shopping sack holder, slippers, scarves, a nifty pullover etc. I have made 7" grannys and after a month I have 30 squares that make a perfect size throw blanket.

If you are intrested and would like to join we would love to see your work! Post pics of progress and then at the end of the month post a pic of al that you accomplished! It would be great if everyone could post progress weekly (but not required). At the end of the month we can piece together our work and show off our afghans and Inga bags and whatever else you can come up with to make with nifty grannies! (Must post a completed project or progress pic in this thread.)

You can find many of the other threads in the crochet-a-long section to see how we have done it before!

granny square links:
bevs country cottage
crochet cabana

Picture Credit: Me! I know its not a traditional granny but I thought it was awful cute and we accept all sorts of work in this crochet-a-long!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Best sellers?? on: September 01, 2011 10:32:24 AM
Oooh! I just found this fabric bookmark on a blog that I thought might give you a little inspiration!

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Best sellers?? on: September 01, 2011 10:07:30 AM
I can see the point of what Christ in VT is saying. It is also easier for you to have one media to work with. I, for one though, like to make a variety of things. I am crafty ADHD I guess. I think it is important that if you do make a few different things you need to have a focused display. Clear and concise sections for each of the items. Maybe you could make them all coordinate! Like the bags, bookmarks, and magnets could have the same colors or themes. A neat and well organized display could bring it all together. I wouldn't make a bunch of different things though. I try to keep my items to about 5 different things with different price points and a variety of choices within those 5 catergories.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Sharing a booth and variety of items ??? on: September 01, 2011 08:57:07 AM
I haven't actually done this yet but last year the booth fee was $80 for a 10x10 at this huge fantastic craft fair. But the fee scared me. So I asked my cousin and she was excited about doing it at first and back out on me right before I sent out all the forms. Ugh. So diappointing. BUT My plan was to just divide the booth in two and she get half and I get half (making it a 5x10 booth) since craft fair fees are based on square footage anyway. That way she knew what space she had to fill and I knew what space I had to fill. I don't know if it would have worked or not but I thought that was the best way to not only keep it fair but keep us seperated as far as sales and together for support.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: 1st Craft Fair on: September 01, 2011 08:39:08 AM
I totally agree with everyone here. If you are tempted then do it!

It is definitely a learning experience. I am still learning and building torward the booth I really want. My first serious craft fair was last fall. I had some success on somethings and fails on others. I did make back my booth fee and quite a bit more. Plus, it was great exposure. I met a woman that asked me to do a home show for her and I made a lot of money there too without any booth fee. I just offered the hostess a percentage in free product from the sales. Also, I am slowly increasing my fair numbers. Last year I did two and this year and I doing four. I always start in the fall. I am just not confident enough yet to jump in feet first.

I sell crocheted scarves and hats, sewn purses, & jewelry. My big sellers are always the crochet items. I thought it would be the cute $4 earrings but scarves and hats (especially this time of year) sell great. My inventory for the hats and scarves I try to show a variety of what I make and bring a few different sizes, lengths, colors. I hav struggled with a good display for scarves and I am still not sure. I think I am going to try a laundry drying rack this time. Before I just laid them out on the table but that makes for an uninteresting booth from a distance. You got to snag their intrest while they are walking by so they come in and give you a closer look. I am always racking my brain on ways to better my booth. I am a strong believer in hangtags and signage.

The great thing about being one of the handmade booths is that you will most likely get more attention. I know in the back of my mind I skim those other booths because you can always go online or go to a party to purchase something like that but a handmade booth is the opportunity to find a treasure. Something unique! Be excited about being handmade! It is something to be proud of for sure.

Chris in VT - do you have any pictures up here of your booths? You sound like you really know your stuff and I would love to see your ideas!
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Dip dye t-shirt on: August 06, 2011 05:05:20 PM
Very neat! Which tutorial did you end up following? The effect was really pretty!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow "Fractal" bargello on: August 05, 2011 04:50:41 PM
That is amazing! I love me some ROY G BIV! Beautiful work.
10  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: AUGUST Granny-A-Day 08/01-08/31/2011 on: August 02, 2011 11:04:31 AM
That is so beautiful kittymom! I love love it!

and of course you are always welcome. I am glad you guys put up with mt procrastination! Smiley
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