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891  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Am I all wet ? on: August 31, 2004 04:44:51 PM
i do have a rather random question while on the subject: you mention whoelsale items that can be duplicated, but do you also take peices that are truly unique? ie would you take handspun yarn where there are only a couple lots available, or cuffs (actually made from shrit sleaves, etc) if there is only a limited supply?
892  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: I'm in need of Craft ideas...? on: August 31, 2004 03:17:40 PM
have you made stretchy bracelets b4? or used tigertail (im not sure what its called now, its been awhile), memory wire, etc? those are really easy, you jsut string the beads on.  and they look good too.  search about.com for beginning beading. you can make some truly beautiful things.

(dang it now i need to do beads too....right after my knitting....and spinning....lol) gl w the craft fair

(have you tried using cd's for jewwely- smashing them and using the pieces would be pretty cool. you could even spray paint them!
893  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Am I all wet ? on: August 31, 2004 03:13:40 PM
i was looking at ur site (last night in fact) and am interested in signing up, but first i gotta make/get pics of what im doing that are actually worthy of selling, hehe.

(and i do think an accesories section would be good. id love to do some jewelry and cuffs)
894  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 3 Decorated Notebooks: Shattered Model, Fireworks, & Colorful on: August 31, 2004 03:09:24 PM
i especially like the top one!
895  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID on: August 31, 2004 03:05:32 PM
does red heart yarn dye well or at all Huh?? 
if its acrylic, not really.

I *LOVE* the multicolored dyes - how did you get them so that the colors didn't bleed or leech into each other? Did you dye a section at a time. wrapping or isolating the other colors in some way?

google it.  you can make stripes by ssteaming the dyes to set them instead of using a crockpot.   and it you dont want the colors to go into each other you might have some troubles unless u dont mind the white spot btwn the colors.
896  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: pattern for plain old knit socks on: August 31, 2004 10:54:17 AM
lol those are huge compared to what i use to knit socks (cause u want a firm fabric).  but it is better to learn on bigger needles
897  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Craftster Web Ring? on: August 31, 2004 12:54:27 AM
i would do that (if of course i had a shop- i just do custom stuff atm, mostly fiber related). it would also be cool to include ppls blogs on it as well
898  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: why buy handmade? on: August 31, 2004 12:11:57 AM
reasons why handmade items rock: (feel free to edit at will.  its late where i am and i cant tyoe or spell!)
1.) its unique. that means no one else has exactly what you have.
2.) you support local businesses.  hink global act local
3.) on the flip side, you also arent suporting (or at least not as much, depending on where the materials are from....in what i make its local) child labor, exploition of workers foreighn or domestic, or capitalism (chain stores).
4.) artists do custom wrk, unlike chain stores, so they can often customize something they have made to fit you properly or do a custom order for your specific needs
5.) quality.  in most cases handmade goods will last as long as or longer than store bought goods, and the attention to detail by the artist pays off
6.) content of goods- if you are vegan/vegetarian, eat only organic, or use just natural stuff you care about ingredients.  handmade goods have more pure ingredients that are easy to understand (instead of say a scientific name for msg to dicguise that it is in there)
7.) by buying an artists work you ensure that they can continue to be creative.
8.) art and handmade goods insipre ppl and reflect the times and culture of the world around you.
9.) dare to be different.  get soemthing you dont know how to make and try to copy the technique. 
899  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Rat Hammock on: August 30, 2004 11:43:29 PM
i woiuld keep him in another area of the house (or even another air space) in possible for 3 wks b4 u put himin with the other rat or he may be at risk of spreading a disease to the rat u have now. gl
900  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / prinitng fairies on silk on: August 30, 2004 11:40:15 PM
SO ive been attempting to print fairies on silk (from thrift store shrits).  the questios are a.) how to finish them- do i need to rinse them in vinegar etc to set the printer dye? and b.) any idea what to do with silk printings? since they are pretty small.

(they are the first 2 pics on the blog atm)

the first one is maybe 1 1/2 by 3 inches printed on yellow silk

the otherone is 6 1/2 by 6 1/2 or so i think. didnt print nearly as well since the tension on the fabirc was a bit off where i taped it down. its on some red/purple silk i crockpot dyed a couple moths ago
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