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1  Florida / Florida: Central / Re: Craft shows central Florida on: July 27, 2011 12:06:15 PM
I would just like to be able to find craft fairs where the vendor fee is more reasonable.

Tell me about it! I'm trying to start a business, and when I saw Buckler's vendor fee, I had to double check! I think it just seems risky to pay so much, as a new vendor, when you can't gauge the attendance or sales.
2  Florida / Florida: Central / Re: Craft shows central Florida on: July 17, 2011 08:26:00 PM
Hi there! I've been with Craftster for a few years, in a couple of different places: GA, Miami, etc. and the city guides never seem to be too busy.
Mostly, it's people mentioning fairs they're organizing, asking for vendors.
What I've done so far (for myself) is look for events, like seasonal festivals, through the newspapers: Orlando Sentinal, and through the tourist pages: visittampabay.com.
So far, I've not seen a lot of crafting activity, but I'd love to see that change!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroider An Endless Possibilities Panel! {EEPP} Gallery on: May 12, 2010 03:09:11 PM
omg, that french knot sunflower is gorgeous!
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 05/11/10 - We have 200,000 members! on: May 12, 2010 03:05:57 PM
yay, craftster! this is one of my favorite sites and the first one i mention in conversation, especially at the craft stores!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: the ambitious mermaid. on: April 28, 2010 06:02:59 AM
She's lovely!  I'm sure your swap partner very pleased with it.  Did you have a guide for it, or did you just have a reference picture?

i took this coloring page and used a water-soluble pen to trace it on the top material, then i just started embroidering. i obviously changed some of the details as i went along, but overall, it still matches pretty well.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: the ambitious mermaid. on: April 25, 2010 06:20:14 AM
thanks so much for all the encouragement. Smiley
i found the best way to get started is to jump in with both feet...
i'm usually afraid of making mistakes, but i guess i'm learning that's how we learn, right?
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2010 on: April 24, 2010 02:55:33 PM
well, i have been gone forever! between family visits in march/april, a swap, and a wedding, at least i've gotten 2 more projects finished, but i have bad news: we've got a move and a new job in the works, so it may be another couple months before i get anything else accomplished...

however, i have pictures for today, and that's all that counts.
first, i was in the EEPP swap here, and i made this loverly for sevsonlygirl:

you can find the full post here.

second, i made the veil for a friend's wedding:

once again, full post here.

i'm going to work on an updated list, maybe i can get it up here soon!
keep up the good work, ya'll!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / the one small thing i did: on: April 24, 2010 02:46:48 PM
some close friends of mine and my husband's were married last week, and the one thing the bride asked me to do was make her veil. she purchased the material and gave me very vague instructions, but i think i did a pretty good job.

the veil is floor-length chiffon, the hem is hand-sewn with a herringbone stitch, and the top is gathered and attached to a bracelet that was a gift for her wedding. you can see the bracelet here:

all in all, it was a beautiful spring wedding, and i was so glad i got to contribute at least a little. Smiley
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / the ambitious mermaid. on: April 24, 2010 02:03:35 PM
i was recently in the EEPP swap, here on craftster, and this is the peice i made for the swap...

my partner, sevsonlygirl, mentioned that she liked mermaid and sealife embroidery, so i took a coloring page i've been saving for a while and ran with it.
i was two weeks late sending, and definitely under-estimated the amount of time it would take. this took AT LEAST 30 hours, spread out over several weeks, but i didn't keep track of the time. i used satin stitch, back stitch, stem stich, french knot, and a variation of the scallop stitch.

as much work as i put into this girl, my favorite part is the fin, which was the easiest and quickest part, is that funny or what?

i think the french knots were my favorite part to work, even though they're itty bitty. i used 3 strands, and only wrapped the needle once for each knot.

and in this image you can see the scallops for the scales of the tail, and the stem stitch for the hair.

my husband keeps telling me i'm too ambitious for these swaps, and i think he's right. i've only been embroidering for a couple months, but i just have the mindset that i can do anything i set my mind to; it worked out for me this time. Wink

thanks for looking!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroider An Endless Possibilities Panel! {EEPP} Gallery on: April 14, 2010 07:29:15 PM
now that i've put down my needle and thread, i can post a picture of the lovely piece Sevsonlygirl sent me. Smiley

i think it's beautiful, and i love it: it has mine and my husband's names and our anniversary, so lots of personal value.

Sevs, thanks so much! (i'll be sending yours out in the mail tomorrow.)
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