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111  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dress Recon to a Maternity Shirt image heavy on: March 13, 2008 07:36:50 PM
I about lost it in the middle of the mall, when after visiting 6 stores, all the clothes were way over budget.

I am so happy that there are others out there who feel this way! I'm due mid-June. Your top turned out awesome and I'm inspired to work on a top for spring... maybe some of hubbie's too-small shirts... and perhaps fixing up some pants so they don't start falling down as soon as I start to get up and walk.

112  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: < *waves from Gold Coast Australia* WELCOME! on: March 08, 2008 01:18:39 PM
I wanted to compliment your painting ability. You have great drawing ability with both natural images and human-built structures, plus the painting is beautiful. I don't know if you ever seriously considered a career in illustration but you certainly have the talent!  Smiley
113  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Re: re-acquainting with the artist in me on: February 03, 2008 07:38:40 PM
You inspired me to try and make a sketchbook too. I was just complaining to my husband that I needed a bigger one so I might as well use up all our recycled paper first! Thanks, mewyam! Good luck!
114  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Melted beads = stain glass-esque lamp shade on: October 21, 2007 09:06:05 PM
Melted beads are taking over Craftster!

They ARE taking over!  I, for one, am addicted.  Hehe.. I don't know if the stained glass-like appearance, or just the actual productive nature of getting to melt stuff?  tee hee!

Maybe the fumes are addictive! Grin (is there a spaced-out smiley??)
115  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Octopus Revolution! on: September 16, 2007 12:33:05 PM
Very huggie cute!!!  Grin I love octopi!
116  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Pictures of craft fair setup - Please post! on: September 16, 2007 12:22:21 PM
Here's a picture of our tent at the Medford Arts Festival (MA) on 9/8/07, my first fair. It included paintings and crafts. Our display rack for wooden pieces consisted of some lumber we happened to have from an old bed, draped with a sheet. The sheer white curtain panels on the sides of the tent are from Ikea. Our paintings were on easels and a music stand.


We had an L shaped display consisting of a 6' table plus 2 short stepladders with boards across them. We tried to keep costs down by using stuff that we already owned. That took some creativity, but it helped to set it all up in the backyard the weekend before.

For Next Time: we hope to have our sign up, and another sign with photos of us creating the items. We also want to put the table in the front so people don't feel they need to go inside the tent to have a closer look. Our pricing signs were last minute and I like the idea someone else posted to make large price signs that people can see at a distance. Any other advice welcome - I agree it is definitely a learning experience to be on the other side of the table at a fair!


117  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / artsy MedfordMA mama on: September 14, 2007 01:04:14 PM
Hi there,

I just joined last week but have visited before. There are so many awesome creations and ideas here... This site is addictive! I'm a stay at home mom with a 2yo. I love to draw/paint and used to play with stuff like hot glue and exacto knives before I had to worry about childproofing! Some day my little girl will be ready to handle sharp objects and chemicals and I'll haul everything out of the attic. Hopefully craftster will still be here, too! Anyway it's naptime (glory be) so here I am Grin.

Looking forward to contributing. Thanks for such a great site!
118  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Re: First show a bust... any advice from Boston area veterans? on: September 11, 2007 08:01:53 PM
Thank you very much for your thoughtful comments and encouragement spareGus. Your comment about families wanting to get home as soon as the activity is over does ring true as I have a 2-yo girl and I can relate to that!!

For further context, I have posted new pix on my website of the finished products and the display (http://jcdillustration.servehttp.com).

(doh!) I just noticed that there is another post in this folder for a church fair in Westford in November that looks promising. But any other venue suggestions from anyone would be very welcome!

Good night!! =)
119  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / First show a bust... any advice from Boston area veterans? on: September 11, 2007 12:09:29 PM
Hi there,

Any advice or encouragement welcome on this as my husband and I are pretty discouraged after our first show this weekend.  Cry

For background: we designed wooden stools, coat hook racks and bookends that he made in our basement and I decorated with my illustrations. We thought we had priced things decently ($30-35 for the hooks, $60 for the stools, $30 for the bookends, a $7 crayon holder as our cheapie item). If you're interested you can see a few pix here: http://jcdillustration.servehttp.com. More about the festival (Medford Arts Festival) at www.medfordarts.org/MAF2007.

I guess I'm very very new to the craft world but I didn't quite expect that our first show would turn out so poorly. We sold one crayon holder. The festival was Saturday which anyone who was in the area knows was miserably hot. Otherwise it should have been perfect - an Arts Festival with live music, free kids activities and free italian ice and snacks from Trader Joe's.

So we're pretty much blaming the weather but now we have all this stuff we didn't sell. Luckily it's before Christmas gift season but we are a little wary and don't want to jump into anything now that we don't know much about. We also hope not to throw good money (and time) after bad.

We are thinking that any affordable (fee under $100) show/venue that attracts families and grandparents would be ideal. There should be a lot of those within a 45 minute drive of Boston, right? A well-attended school or church holiday fair would be awesome as it would even support a good cause. We just really don't know where to start.

So... If anyone has a beat on something that we could look into that would really help us out. Or even just some honest advice on our product and pricing. I'll try to put more pix of the product up later tonight (the website has mostly the illustrations) I promise I won't get all defensive on you. Wink.

Thanks so much in advance. This seems like such a suppportive community (started in Somerville, no less) and I am looking forward to hearing from you.

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