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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Ikea Ektorp slipcover pattern? on: October 09, 2007 02:19:25 PM
Hi there,

I have an Ikea Ektorp 2-seater. Love my sofa, have three different slipcovers - and some awesome fabric that I would like to try out as well.

But either Ikea is really, really good about keeping a lock on their sewing patterns, or I am not looking in the right places.

I have no problem paying for the pattern... but any help would be greatly appreciated. Otherwise, I might need to take one of my covers apart. Sad

Thanks in advance,
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / A new website for my spokesmonkey on: September 17, 2007 03:26:43 AM
Okay, I have given the website a relaunch, as well as the blog. I would appreciate if you guys stopped by and had a look?

URLs can be found in my signature.


This is Blossom, my new spokesmonkey. She will be the face of Strumpfkunst from now on and has just signed a multi million banana contract. Blossom brought cookies along to the interview, so that kind of sealed the deal.

Blossom will change outfits, colors, and positions frequently, especially on the Etsy forums, so I am hoping to have a recognition factor coupled with some fun. She will also be involved in my website relaunch, which I need to get done within the next couple of weeks.

My decision to go for a spokesmonkey also had a lot to do with how I want to develop in the future. I have now settled on "my" style of sock monkeys and will do only monkeys and dogs in the future.

Do you like Blossom? Do you recognize that it is a monkey? Blossom had to undergo slight surgery last night when someone thought she was a cow.... Smiley
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / I got accepted to Trunkt (and you could, too) on: September 13, 2007 05:25:29 AM
I just wanted to share this week's highlight - I am now proud to present my sock critters at Trunkt: http://www.trunkt.org

For those of you that aren't familiar with it - it is a free online showcase/ gallery that is juried. Getting in is rather difficult, which is the main reason that I am so honored to be part of it. Trunkt brings out a number of catalog's each year, consisting of their artists, and is especially important to wholesale buyers, galleries, and magazines. Each product that you place will need to be accepted before it goes on the website - which means they continue to have a very high standard.

Trunkt is free, but offers very cool added value for their Plus package, which is only $100 a year - I will need to check if I am going for that as well, but I do think so. It's like being a "Friend of Craftster" - it might not increase sales, but it is so worth supporting. Smiley

For anyone thinking of applying, here are some tips:
- Jewelery has just been cut back, so chances to be accepted in that category are really slim.
- You need to specialize in something and not be all over the place.
- Top-rated pictures are a must, preferably with light, uncluttered backgrounds and good lighting.
- You can apply, get turned down, then fix your photography and apply again.

I was turned down the first time and have really worked on my photos. The existing ones have been extracted and placed on a white background, and I am really happy with the result. Plus, I take much more care when taking new pictures - and will need to think of a lightbox setting, because with Fall/ Winter coming up, I won't be able to take all of my pics outside anymore.

As of October, I will be participating in a B&M for a couple of months, hopefully making some sales during the holiday season. We will be 9 artists renting a nice little shop in a good location, splitting the opening hours and rent - which sounds like so much fun.

Life is moving fast right now..... and I am loving it. Smiley
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Brick & Mortar invitation! on: September 09, 2007 02:41:26 AM
I am so excited - I've been asked to sell my stuff in a b&m for three months, during the holiday season - we will be 9 artists sharing the rent, which is only 100 each, and the location is awesome...

Only thing is - I think I need to get sewing!

Any other tips you guys might have for me?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Innovative toilet tissue covers - it's possible! on: August 30, 2007 04:49:56 AM
I had to share some sort of competition that got started at DaWanda. What started as an innocent joke in the forums has resulted in more than 60 (!) artsy, cool, funny and creative toilet paper covers - and even in a new commercial!

This is the commercial:

Here are all of our covers:

And this is the official website (in German)

There is more than just crocheted ladies... Stop on by? Smiley

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Real pet becomes sock dog - with tutorial on: August 24, 2007 09:48:30 AM
I just had to share my latest custom order... A family wanted to turn their dog into a sock dog. This is the picture I got for her:


And this is the result:


Isn't she the cutest? Smiley
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Help with Japanese felt mascots? on: August 06, 2007 04:47:41 AM
Hey there,

I have this fun Japanese book at home with patterns for felt mascots, which I would love to try some time.

My problem - what thickness felt do you use for them? I have found a selection ranging from really thin to 5mm thick on eBay, and I have no clue what to get. Any help would be appreciated!

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Writing an e-book? on: August 04, 2007 12:11:55 AM
Hey everyone,

I've been thinking about writing an e-book, with some patterns, tricks and picures. Where did I get the idea? Hm. I might be doing some cooperation with one of the main magazines for parents here in Germany, which will probably include a pattern - and then I thought, I might as well take it further.

Does anyone have experience with that? How do you ensure that people are only using your patterns for private purposes? I would rather not see my designs show up on Etsy within 2 months.

I am good with design, writing and desktop publishing, so I guess the project itself would be fine - I am just worried if it will be worth the trouble. And yes, of course I have the tiny hope that a publisher might pick it up.

Thanks in advance,
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / FREE banner help on: July 23, 2007 06:46:32 AM
As some might have noticed, I enjoy making banners and logos. So, if you need a re-design of your current logo or would like to have a new banner, just let me know - if I have the time, I am happy to come up with something that you are free to use.

Here are some of the things I've done so far on Craftster (plus suggestions in the thread):

P.S. I've also been asked if I really do this for free... Yes. I love playing with Macromedia Fireworks, and I believe Craftster is about helping each other out. But if you insist on sending me a tiny thank you, of course I am flattered... I'm a girl, I love trinkets. Smiley
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Pricing advice - art meets softies on: July 18, 2007 02:03:08 AM
Okay, I am getting ready to actually market some of my stuff. Here is what I do:

I make a sock creature or animal (also have cute bunnies and stuff), then paint the critter. It is then attached to the painting with matching velcro so it doesn't get lost. They are true OOAK and have birth certificate on the back of the canvas as well as my label attached.

It comes with its own bedtime story, so parents can read/ act out the story at night. The story book will include a picture on the front and the story inside, written my me. I will probably come up with ~10-20 stories and then change the names inside.

It is targeted to upscale parents, definitely meant as a present that lasts a lifetime. I want to sell through Etsy as well as local kid's stores, we do have high-priced ones around.

It currently takes me 2 hours to get the critter just right (hand-sewn), another 2 hours for the painting and probably 1 hour to get everything together. Materials aren't that steep, probably less than 12$ a piece.

So, what would you charge for one piece?

I eventually want to add just the critters as well, since these are easier to sell and make, but definitely want to continue with the elaborate ones.

Is it meant to feed me? Well... I want to cut down to part-time, which will take care of my bills, and build up this business on the side, finally doing something that I love...

Feedback would be much appreciated? And I am not putting down what price I had in mind, I am curious to hear your ballpark figures first. Smiley
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