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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Creating a career? on: March 16, 2013 10:44:12 AM
I have always loved crafting and have recently developed a passion for yoga. I am attempting to get certified as a professional yoga instructor within the year. As much as I know I will love teaching yoga, I also know I will miss crafting despately. Of course, I will still craft in my spare time, but I would love to join the two together. I am at a loss as to how to do this!

I have dreams of running a successful small business selling my crafts (mostly fiberwork). But I simultaneously have dreams of bringing peace and mindfulness to others through yoga. I'd love to have a little discussion about how to bridge these two loves. Any ideas?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Being mindful of reality on: March 16, 2013 10:40:14 AM
I am a full time grad student working part time. I don't often have time for crafting in addition to reading, research and writing papers. I have tried to find some instant gratification type crafts, but it's really not my style. I like things that take time, a lot of time, and a lot of effort.

How do you balance the rest of your life with your passion for crafting?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sea Grass Cabled Scarf on: July 09, 2008 05:06:02 PM
I cable knit this scarf in Florida Keys Green from Lionbrand Homespun. Its soo soft and comfy!

comments/criticism welcome
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Neo-Victorian (steampunk) royal purples necklace on: January 20, 2008 09:51:13 PM
This necklace is number two in a limited set of neo-victorians that I am doing. I used Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls, a vintage heart and cabochon, sterling findings and chain, and love!!
I am really into assymetrical necklaces right now..the first was blue, this one purple, next to come...green!!

If you saw the first one, you'll notice I took your guys' advice and went with purple swarovskis rather than black and clears.

comments welcome!! Grin
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Neo-Victorian (steampunkish) cabochon chain necklace!!! on: January 02, 2008 02:23:02 AM
Asymetrical neo-victorian necklace!! I made this necklace from heaps of sterling chain, freshwater pearls, swarovski crystals, and a vintage cabochon from an old bracelet.
This piece, for me, was very experimental as I rarely work with chain and have never done a design like this. Considering all that, I think it came out really nicely.

I was partially inspired by the steampunk swap that is currently going on. It was my introduction to neo-victorianism. By the way, do you all think that this piece falls under that category??

ideally, this is how it would lay.

comments welcome!!  Cheesy
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / dioxazine giants in bloom painting set on: December 24, 2007 01:49:47 AM
hey!! My first topic in this board.

This four piece set was painted with oils on recycled cardboard. This is my first piece in a long while, so i feel a little out of practice. I ADORE working with carboard, It's so forgiving with the cuts and i love the roughness of it. Definately impasto style, as i finished, mostly, the whole thing in about 24 hours. (And if you dont know anything about oils, they take a good week to get even a basic dry, and could be like 3 months before a total dry)

Anyways, it was fun.

comments/critcism welcome  Grin
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cabled Clutch in Bright Baby Pink!! on: December 19, 2007 07:55:55 AM
I cable knit the outside of this clutch probably about 3 years ago. I finally got around to sewing the lining together. The lining was handsewn, which i usually never do. But thanks to a great new find:
Self-Threading Needles!!!!!!
it was a breeze. Seriously, these needles could be the best thing ive ever seen. Mine look something like http://www.orderscenter.com/images/EV/MA5085838.jpg but are much older.

Anyways...heres the finished product!!

comments welcome, thanks for looking!!! Grin
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Pillow, quilt squares!! on: December 10, 2007 04:12:31 AM
We've been making these little sachets out of a stash of quilt squares i've had for years...i picked out my favorites, and made a pillow with them!!! The sewing is a little atrocious on the hole that i stuffed it through, but i dont notice.

I think my favorite square is the bees. This is my first (successful) somewhat quilted project.

I decided it would be to crazy to do patchwork on both sides since I would only ever see one...so here is the back fabric:

comments welcome! Grin
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fish Food wire wrap earrings on: December 10, 2007 04:05:55 AM
It took me a long time to figure these out. the fish are wire wrapped (sorta) so the everything is connected basically to them. The upper half is supposed to be bubbles or the water, and the lower half little food bits for the fishies!

comments welcome!  Grin
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Couples swap?? on: October 25, 2007 12:31:28 AM
i was looking through all the photos from previous swaps, and got to thinking...

i don't know if this has ever been done here, but how about a couples swap? My fiance watches me get stuff in the mail all the time (which is awesome for me) but i'd love to see his face when there was a package inside a package especially for him!

i was thinking, a list of your own likes/dislikes/wants/whatevers AND a list of your partners/kids/spouse/whoever you want to surprise! Mine gets handmade stuff from me all the time, but i think this would be fun for them too.

since i'm still so new, im happy to hand this off to anyone with more experience, but just wanted to see what you all think!!?

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