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1  CANADA / British Columbia / Revelstoke, BC:HANDMADE PARADE 1st Annual Arts and Craft Christmas Extravaganza! on: April 23, 2008 04:44:44 PM
Handmade Parade
1st Annual Arts and Crafts Christmas Extravaganza

Where? Revelstoke Community Center
When? Nov. 29 from 10-6, Nov. 30 from 10-4

To participate as a vendor, please call me (Krista) at 250-837-8569 or email me at sales@torridcraftaffair.com
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / Call for Canadian PROMOS!!! on: April 23, 2008 10:39:05 AM
Omgosh, it has been so long since I have been in here, but here goes nothing.
I will be participating in the largest craft fair in western canada this June.  It is my second year and this fair is PHENOMENAL.  It attracts massive walk throughs, massive sales, as well as scouts, wholesalers and stores!

In past years at my fairs, I have put together amazing promo packages which have brought participants sales and store contracts!!  Prior to this year I have put together promos for anyone interested in participating, but this year I would like to make a CANADIAN promo pack to help advertise and promote other wicked Canadian artists and crafters!

If you are interested in participating, please contact me through a message here, or at sales@torridcraftaffair.com  I need to have your samples/discountcards/business cards etc in my hand by the last week of May. 

Hope to hear from MANY of you soon soon!!!  I really would like to keep this all Canadian, but I have had limited success in doing this and would love to NOT open it up to others if at all possible!!!

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / How to deal with nudity in your work at a craft fair? on: September 19, 2005 01:11:32 PM
I am doing a big craft fair this november, and while I have done fairs before, this will be the first time where I am actually **REALLY** unsure how to deal with one of my products. 

I have taken vintage photographs and turned them into fridge magnets.  Many of these magnets are vintage nudes from the 1900's-1920's.  No spread legs, no men, just individual women posing tastefully/artfully.  There are breasts in almost all shots, some shots show pubic hair (full frontal), and there are some butt shots. 

In BC the law states
(2) Every person who, in any place, for a sexual purpose, exposes his or her 
    genital organs to a person who is under the age of fourteen years is     
    guilty of an offense punishable on summary conviction.

but, does this apply to art/crafts/pictures?  I mean, this isn't for a sexual purpose.  I suppose it can be construed that way, but I have no CLUE.

Some options i have been pondering...

1. Just have those magnets higher up on my board, and towards the back so that parents have time to censor children

2. Have magnets in a binder on the table, marked clearly with "Vintage Nude's, 18 and older only please"

2. Have magnets in a binder under the table, with a sign on the magnet board that states that there is a binder with vintage nudes, please ask.  At which time, if they aren't shy, they can ask and I can offer it to them if they are over the age of 18.

The thing is, there is art with similar photos, statues with similar poses and full nudity on them all in full view of any and everyone in stores and public parks.  So, is this any different? 

On one hand I want to call the organizer of this event, but frankly, then I am dealing with her personal bias, as well as a cover your ass mentality.  I worry taht she will just say that they aren't acceptable at all, and then I am shit out of luck for carrying these at this fair at all.  I would like to just come up with what seems like the best solution and go from there.

I would love to hear any advice, or BTDT Smiley

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / xpost wtih knitting :) FREE ball of bernat disco yarn on: August 26, 2005 06:59:25 AM

woohoo!  Looks like it is available to Canada and the US!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Free ball of Bernat Disco yarn!!! on: August 26, 2005 06:58:47 AM

woohoo!  Looks like it is available to Canada and the US!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Thanks to everyones advice here!! We finally tied the knot! (PICTURE HEAVY) on: August 20, 2005 01:56:56 PM
Ok, so we did it back in June, but I finally have some time to thank you all and to sit and give you all some pics Smiley  Ignore the quality of some of them...several of these were taken with disposable cameras at the wedding.  I don't have pics of some of the stuff on here because they werne't taken with a dig camera, and my scanner is scratching pictures *ASK*

My invite

Me, MOH, flowergirls just after the ceremony (the best pics of us were taken before the ceremony, but are on film)

Me in full dress right before the ceremony.  I ditched the shawl in a huge hurry.  What a PITA

The tables turned out just how I wanted them Smiley

a closeup of one of the tables.  The bread baskets were the centerpieces Smiley

can't forget a bouquet pic Smiley

If you remember, I was SO concerned about tying colors all in together, but as you can see, that really didn't matter in the whole scheme of things.  Everything turned out beautifully and the ambience was there...colors not matching and all!! 

It wouldn't have been possible without these guys!!

7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / I need opinions (aka: stepping out of my small town comfort zone) on: August 18, 2005 06:06:57 PM
I did it! I applied for the big craft fair in a city and got a decent spot considering how late I am getting in. Obviously all of the end booths were taken, but there was one spot that apparently everyone assumed would be taken and hadn't asked about. WOOHOO! I am hoping that that spot works to my advantage.

Anyhow, I am feeling VERY nervous about how much stock I need to have. I have an 8x10 booth, traffic will be approx 10,000 people over 2 days.

Items I will be selling

I will have approx 450 total magnets ($1-$2.50 for individuals - $4-5 per set)
-50 sets of marble magnets
-14 sets of bottle cap magnets
-15 individual ones of the ones that I am sure will go well
-50 vintage milk bottle magnets

Journals with altered art covers
-I can't decide exactly how many of these to do, as journals are new territory for me. I will be selling these for between $6.50 and $12 each. I have 3 styles. I was thinking of doing 5 of each style.

Hair jewels
-They were a hit and miss sell last year, but they are a good stocking stuffer. I have some left over, so I think I will make a couple dozen more sets of these. I was thinking of making some hair twisties as well. I am going to aim for 4 dozen pairs. These sold for $2 per pair, or 3 pairs for $5

-ARGH!! Here is where I start ripping my hair out. My bags sell for between $15 and $40 each. Last year I sold about 15 bags (I did REALLY well with my magnets LOL) which didn't shock me considering most people were shopping for low priced items (and there were less than 2000people over 2 days.  I would say closer to 1000). I just don't know how many bags to stock. That is my only problem here.

-ok, so how the hell many of these should I carry? They are a new product, and I KNOW that people like them, but I don't know that people with BUY them YKWIM? I am also stuck on price. My mom and another crafting friend think that I should ask $35 for these, but I think that is a little steep. I do NOT use batting in these, therefore they are NOT quilted stockings like people have traditionally used before. I personally just don't dig that style. They are a very decent size (20ish" long). I will have a small selection of stockings with more traditional patterns, but in general, I will be moving away from that. Some will have hand made appliques, most will have trim of some sort. (I should point out that I LURVE the black and white stocking, but the other one is the one that Leif chose all of the colors and the pattern, so judge more by Mikes stocking purty please Smiley I love funky, but while I love the colors, I would have used a different trim and different star fabric)

I am also going to have a discount section. Items from last year that I still have in stock, but won't be carrying anymore. The one item that comes to mind right now is record bowls. I **MIGHT** do reindeer candy canes again (.25 each) cause they are quick, easy and draw kids attention to my booth Wink

Does this sounds like sufficient stock? How many stockings and journals would YOU take? How much would you charge (in US$, I can convert after) for the stockings? Any other ideas for items under $5? $10? That go with the scallywag mix of things I will already be carrying? Is this TOO much of a scallywag mix of items??

Thanks ladies Smiley

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / 1 wk and 3 days to go on: June 14, 2005 10:52:58 PM
Oh the butterflies and insomnia.  I can't wait for everything to come together.  I still have so much to do.  Programs, getting stuff ready for the craft table (and I have yet again changed my mind about what I am going to do with that!!), writing out how I want it all to go, make the table clothes, alter the dress etc.  etc.  etc.

No real point to this aside from gushing!  LOL

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Ideas for crafts for the kids at my wedding? on: June 08, 2005 03:20:59 PM
Omgosh it is coming up in a huge hurry!! 

Anyhow, I have finished the favors for the adults.  I was going to have extra for the kids, but eh...that is just too damn much work to get shuffled under carseats, dropped in storm drains, and pushed down the back of a couch!   Cheesy

There are going to be a LOOOOT of kids at my wedding.  There will be approx 30 kids ranging in age from 18mo-15yo. I will have 3 girl guides there to watch them...so the craft can be done independently, or with help.

I don't want anything difficult or costly.  I want something they will be happy to take home.  Food items are ok as well.  Items like sparkles and beads are out..as we have to have the place sparkling clean afterwards, and kids and sparkles/beads=HUGE MESS  Tongue

The only think I can think of right now would be a 'decorate your own cookie" type of a thing...

We aren't doing a "theme" persay.  More, just going for a community/rustic type atmosphere.  The favors I made for the adults are just little pkgs of wildflower seeds attached by eyelets to a piece of cardstock with a saying and our names/date.  The tables are covered in muslin, with burlap table runners, a basket of buns as the centerpiece and the flowers are single stems in vases and old containers.  Candles are just tealights in jam/mason jars. 

I wouldn't be opposed to items we make ahead of time for the kids, rather than crafts, as well.

Any ideas?
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My wedding invites. Printed, assembled, and ready to mail out tomorrow! on: April 11, 2005 07:11:57 PM
Thank you to pippacloud for sharing her fabulous wedding crafts.  I took your wedding invite idea and ran with it.  I LOVE how these turned out!

my camera took crap pictures, so imagine them as vivid as the original colors were

This says
"After 8 years, 2 (more) kids, 4 moves, the creation (and fall...shhh...don't remind Mike) of one business, and the success of another, tens of thousands of kilometers traveled together in the confines of a car, and the renovation of our house...we are finally ready to do it!

Please join us, in celebration of our love and our lives, at our wedding on Saturday, June 25, 2005
-Krista and Mike"

This one is called "particulars".  It has the ceremony, reception, attire and RSVP info

Accommodation information

Registry card

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