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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 10 minute craft swap? on: October 21, 2009 04:00:17 PM
I really miss swapping, I had to stop because of time constraints, Sad. Today I was cleaning the mess that is my craft room and was discovering not just past swap items but bits and leftovers from making swaps, and it REALLY made me want to swap again. But I still have the same time constraints. So it occured to me, what about a 10 minute craft swap? You can make anything, no limits to actual size or value, the only constraint is that it HAS to take 10 minutes or less to make.

For example:
a notecard set (not a single notecard, unless it is crazy detailed)
a very simple throw pillow
a necklace
elaborate earrings
a stationery set
a handcarved stamp
a simple pin cushion

I have tons of ideas for various crafts, but that should give you some ideas. Anyone else want to play?
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / a business idea- need other crafters input on: October 09, 2009 05:52:54 PM
Hi all!
I've had a business idea for 13 years, to run a store with a combo of new items, handmade items, and vintage. It would be similar almost to a brick and mortar Etsy, featuring only the cool stuff though, not the crappily made stuff. Anyway recently this long term dream came to the forefront for me, but the original intention didn't work out (having a full time retail store.) I've been toying with an idea, and need input from other crafters about if they would do it or not.

Essentially the idea is to do seasonal weekend (maybe week) long events. Rent a hall somewhere, (Elks Lodge, Fire Hall, whatever) and set up shop, like a permanent store, but only for the weekend. Craft vendors would be charged a price to be included, and then the items would be sold on a commission basis. You drop off items before the show, and pick up any unsold items after. You don't have to set them up, provide a table, or work any hours. The sale would be well advertised for a full season before the show, and there would also be a website. The website would spotlight artists and items to be featured in the next show. So by getting a spot you get highlighted on the website. The spots will be based on a juried process, allowing only quality goods, in certain styles. The jury process would also only allow certain amounts in each category, no direct competition, etc. So for example only 3 jewelry vendors, but each with a different style. The juried process wouldn't be extreme, just meaning that just because you apply doesn't promise you a spot.

The show wouldn't just feature handmade though, some would be new (but funky and unique stuff) some would be vintage.

I'm thinking $50 for a space, then 70/30 commission, but that's without running any real concrete numbers. The reason I figured both a sign up amount and a commission is because at a regular craft fair you end up paying for your own bags, boxes, credit card processing, etc, based on your exact sales, the commission would cover those things. Without the separate commission the enrollment price would have to be a lot higher to cover all those things, then what if none of your products sell? Know what I mean?

If you were invited to be in the show, or saw the show listed somewhere, would you do it? Obviously part of it depends on the price to be in the show, what price would you think was good?
3  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 Angel needed for Small Mystery Swap- FOUND, plus back-ups! on: April 27, 2009 05:40:53 AM
Thanks!!!! to everyone who volunteered!

Swap Name: Small Mystery Swap 2
Original Thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=286910.0
Gallery thread link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=288351.0
# of Flakers: 1

Feel free to add other information if you feel its necessary.
This is a really awesome, fun, and sometimes easy, swap. You just make ANYTHING that you'd think she'd like! You read her wists, stalk her a bit, and make anything you can that she'll enjoy. You make and send 3-5 points worth of items.

The flaked upon is calliel, you can view her wists for a good idea of what she likes. http://www.wists.com/Calliel

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Small Mystery Swap Rd 2! on: January 21, 2009 01:34:52 PM
Well we have one item received, a very good and very creepy pre-swap item, so I knew I better set up the gallery! We will also probably have a package sent soon!
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Small Mystery Swap Round 2! Send By March 1st Sorry FULL!!!! on: January 12, 2009 06:25:55 PM
Finally a very belated round two!

The Round one gallery is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252731.0

Round one regular post is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=247730.0

If you want to play please keep in mind there is a limited number of spots! Last time the swap filled in about 48 hours!

Swap name: Small Mystery Swap Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: mom2blu
Sign-up date range: 1/12 thorugh 1/17 (or sonner if full)
Date to send item by: March 1st

Limited to a certain number of people? : YES! 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Age requirement? Must be 13

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES (but does not allow mroe then 25)

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/

Details of swap:
 This is the second round of a very fun swap we had. Please remember that I WILL be checking your wists to make sure it is the required size.

This is going to be a fun quick swap, because it is small. It is a mystery swap and there are quite a few mysteries to it. You do not select themes, or pick items to recieve. You do not know who is sending to you, or where in the world they are from. You will receive a partner to mail too, then make 3-5 points worth of items to mail to them. This swap requires some stalking to decide what items would best suit your partner.  Remember, your partner CANNOT know who you are, that ruins one of the mysteries, so no writing to say hi, or ask questions. That is why your wists needs to speak for itself. Remember that the person you are sending to may not be the person sending to you! If you'd like email your partner secret anonymous notes or e-cards, just be sure you use an anonymous email!

Points are as follows:
Large- 3 points
Medium - 2 points
Small - 1 point

Sizes are described as:

By Time
-Big=3 or more hours
-Medium=2 or more hours
-Little=2 or less hours

By Size
-Big=A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium= one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small- Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Big= $30 or more
-Medium=$10-$30 dollars
-Small=$10 or less

Please know that some form of wishlist is required. You need to have a wist or etsy favs or something similiar (or both!) with a minimum of 50 items. The more the better. Just remember that the clearer you are about what type of items you like the more likely you are to receive items that suit you. You do not nessecarily have to craft items exactly as seen on the wists, they can simply be ideas of your partners likes and dislikes.

If I forgot anything, or was unclear just call me an idiot and tell me what I forgot!   Also I am very chatty, so please feel free to pm me if you need more info, craft idea help, questions, or just if you want to brainstorm.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

Are you allergic to dogs, cats, children, or other items that may be involved in this swap?

Do you have any such allergens in your home/apartment/condo/dorm/room under the stairs?

Where is the  list that leads to your utmost desires? ie your wishlist?

Do you prefer earrings to be:
a. nonexistant
b. the size of a lemon seed
c. the size of a lemon
d. the size of a lemon tree

Do you prefer items to smell like:
a. nature, flowers, herbs etc
b. so faint you'd think it's coming from the neighbors house
c. strong enough to jolt you awake after a late night craft fest

If you were a a tv/movie character, who would you be?

If you were a sharpie marker, what color would you be?

What color on the rack do you fight when no one is looking? (meaning you don't like it)

What types of items would you like to receive?

What types would you hate to receive?

What types would you like to run over with a steam roller after lighting on fire?

Where do you spend most of your craftster time?

Where do you spend most of your internet time?

Do you have a certain style of decor that you're going for?

Should a purse be big enough to hold:
a. a packet of tea
b. a wallet, some lipgloss, and a misc tidbit
c. a book, wallet, cup of coffee, tub of playdough, and a pen
d. everything above plus a frying pan, and a couch cushion

Stuffies/dolls/poppets, love 'um or hate 'um?

a. yes please!
b. ka what?

a. zak it to me! (like sock it to me lol)
b. zak it away! (as in take it away)

When it comes to clothes, would you say your best fitting shirt is:
a. the size of a bandaid (ie, you're tiny, like a 0-4)
b. the size of a baby wipe (5-8)
c. the size of a bandana (9-12)
d. the size of a baby (13-15)
e. the size of a baby carriage (15+)

Anything else?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


1. mom2blu (mememememe)
2. little green dragonfly
3. jezebel_1982
4. BertaBerta
5. elociNNicole
6. ThatDarnPunk
7. mamarose22
8. Disco Queen Highness
9. 1boy1girl1kitty2
10. gabsmadblonde
11. Calliel
12. ollieorange
13. sheepBlue
14. babalina58
15. MandyLikesPie
16. TAOJ
17. Rainbow_Storms
18. murbeck
19. mynameis_jinx
20. TheSapphireMoon
21. loobie

Loobie was included because I am super nice and she was only seconds late for the final spot!

Edited to correct some typos and questions that were causing confusion.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Help!! I HATE our Christmas tree!- UPDATED on: December 17, 2008 11:59:30 AM
For some reason this Christmas is just hard on me. I'm not sure if it's because I've been sick for a month straight (now on antibiotics for upper respitory infection, and antibitotics make me feel crappier then being sick) or if it's because this past december 8th is the 10 year anniversary of when my grandfather killed himself, or because my baby is now a toddler and I want to be pregnant with number two, or because I am just gennerally unhappy.

I especially hate our tree this year. I LOVED the tree I did last year. I try to do a special theme every year (but this is my last year doing that so my son can build traditions, which can't be done with completely new ornaments every year,) and this years theme was supposed to just be fabric, and non traditional things. For example I have bright orange, lime green, bright blue, all fabric balls, 4 patch squares, and fabric garland. The garland is strips of fabric knotted together on the ends (i'm not sure how well it shows in the pictures) After decorating I hated the tree so I added green garland in with bells, and bright colored candy canes. Then I just added tinsel, in a unique pale olive green. The tinsel looked SOOOOOOOOO beautiful at the store, but at home it reminds me of snot! Maybe that is the respitory infection talking? I also have a few various ornaments on there too, some foam store bought ones, some wooden store bought ones, and a very few regular ornaments (two of my sons special yearly Hallmark ones, and a few I made or specially begged family for over the years, like the vintage plastic cones with wirebrush trees inside)

Even my son (who doesn't talk yet, but signs, and nods yes or no) said he thinks the tree is ugly!!

Here's some picture. Any idea what I can do to make it nicer?? There are no lights because of wasteing energy, and the fact that I JUST found lights with white wires two days ago. Anything that goes on it has to be toddler proof (terribles twos too!!) and cat and dog proof. My foamy ornaments already have teeth marks because my son keeps eating them.

And here for kicks, is my tree last year. The theme was "mod" most of the ornaments are open looking spheres from scrapbook paper (just cut strips then attach them top and bottom with a brad, then fan out to form a sphere) and a few select others. Our wrapping paper has blue, green and silver squares, it was supposedly all occasion paper, not just christmas paper. The presents you see in the first photo are gifts from family, not ones for my theme. The second photo shows our tree Christmas Morning.

So last night, even though I had way to many gifts I was supposed to be making I made a ton of felt ornaments, with vintage buttons for fun. Then added those to the tree. The tinsel is a much prettier color in real life, and wasn't as bad before as the pictures made it look, but I modified it again. I did just a few clumps for sparkle, because it really glitters more then you'd expect with no tree lights.  Notice though how it is not at the very bottom anywhere.

In response to different ideas everyone shared:

I am usually against the tinsel/garland combo too! But I swear my tree has some kind of vaccuum! Every time I look at it the garland is sucked closer to the center! That's why you can hardly see it.

I may make another fabric garland like the one I have already. It's a matter of time, or lack thereof.  Tomorrow I am hosting a church party for about 40+ people, and still have to work on that, PLUS actual gifts (for the party AND for Christmas)

I thought about the wooden block idea, and usually that would be awesome (we have a TON, even some really neat vintage British ones!) but my son has iron issues, and when his iron is low his favorite thing to eat is wood. Right now we're facing the low iron issue, hence the reason even my foam ornaments have a few teeth marks.

I LOVE the toy idea, except like one mom said, he'd just be yanking them off the tree, and possibly the whole tree right on top of himself!

The tree skirt looks a lot better in real life, but I could still change it. There are actually several ornaments with the same yellow in them. It wasn't really captured well in the pictures, but it pulls those ornaments out a bit more.

Right now I'm still not in love with my tree, but I'm slightly happier with it. I was really hoping to avoid making more ornaments. Just for the time issues. I'm still working on a topper. I DID try the santa potato, but he just refused to stand upright!

Now, here is the tree the way it is now.

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / sewing magazines? on: September 29, 2008 07:33:42 AM
I LOVe love love the inspiritation and new ideas that come with a regular subscription arriving in your mailbox, but what is a good sewing magazine? Are there any? There are tons that I can easily find that feature lots of shall I say "granny stuff?" Is there a craftster like one?

I'd rather get ideas for myself, not my parents, ya know??!?
8  UNITED STATES / Maryland / AVOID Doug's Sewing Machine repair in Crofton on: September 20, 2008 10:16:08 PM
So in June my 10 year old machine got a weird thread tangle in the top and I couldn't get it out. I took it to a place that I just happened to know existed. Doug's Sewing and Vaccum in Crofton (on rt 3) and dropped it of. $70 and a few days later I brought it home. Just out of curisity I called a place further away and found out they charge just $45 for the repair/tune up.

Anyway, after bringing it home the tension was just continually strange. I adjusted everything I could adjust and got nothing but weird results. Then finally this past week the entire bobbin jammed up like crazy then wouldn;t even work, I had no choice but to take it back. After the intial repair it has a warranty so I didn't have to pay again.

When I dropped it off the second time the one lady made a somewhat innappropraite commetn about "black people."

Then a few days later I still hadn't received ANY call about what they had to do or when it would be ready, so I called to check on it. They said "it was just the bobbin, you were using the wrong one, it's been ready to pick up."

Wrong bobbin? I only have two styles of bobbin, the newer of which I've been using over a year, the older of which CAME with the machine. And chances are whatever bobbin was in it, was the SAME one that was in it the first time they "fixed" it. So I was very curious to see what they were talking about.

I went today to pick it up, and the bobbin that I had in it CAME with the machine. When she goes to show it to me the entire obbin parts inside were taken off, and never put back! She had to reassemble it before showing me what they were talking about. So I said I KNOW that bobbin came with the machine. I've been using this machine with NO problems for 10 years, why is it suddenly the wrong bobbin. She tells me it is a SINGER bobbin, in my brother!! No you tell me why the brother company mysteriously gave me a singer bobbin! I told her I don't want to sound rude, but there is NO way it is just the bobbin. That I bought the machine new, in the box, so there was no way random bobbins got tossed in.  She had me stand there and SHOW her how I thread the machine. I have been threading this machine for 10 years with no problem!

Then I see the note they attached to my machine that states I had the wrong bobbin and that I had been sewing with a broken needle. umm NO. I took it in because a HUGE bobbin jam, and DUH the needle broke when it jammed up!!  I'm sorry I didn;t think to check it before rushing it to the repair shop! PLUS they took a flyer of their classes, stapled it to my note, with a particular class hanging out of the bottom of the note, and HIGHLIGHTED, that was for the "orientation class." !!! I have been using this machine, with wonderful results for 10 years!! And they tell me I need orientation classes! My machine was wonderful until I took it there the first time! The thread tangle was totally my fault, but after they "fixed" it it turned to crap.  I was going to sell it for a little bit to get a new machine, now I think I may have to just give it away! It's crap since they touched it!

The service is just dreadful! They at one point left me standing there waiting so they could go help a different customer who had JUST walked in, AND I had to tell the lady several times that it was still under warranty so I didn't have to pay.

Honestly, this place is a scam! They did just about everything they could to try to get more money out of me, including selling me a new Elna.

Seriously, can you explain to me why Brother corporation had Singer bobbins laying around and decided to give them to me? That one both pisses me off AND makes me lol!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / the brother craftster is featureing on: September 20, 2008 09:53:20 PM
I just have to post to say I bought the 900D today, like in the banner ads and "what did other craftsters get crafty with" and it is spectacuallllllllarrr! It is awesome!

Just wanted to share!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / machine price and haggling? on: September 11, 2008 12:50:39 PM
Has anyone ever haggled the price of an expensive machine? I noticed the Brother Innovis 900 has a suggested price of $650, but my local dealer where I intend to buy one is asking $810!! Quite a price difference! Is it highly innappropriate for me to say "Hey, what's with the high price? Can I get it for the $650?" Or to request extra accessories to somehow make up the price difference? Like to say "Well can I atleast get these three extra feet since your asking price is so high?"

I already picked out this machine as the one I really want, but to see how much extra they are charging really make me want to not buy from them! They are the only Brother dealer within 25 miles of me and they are conveinently right across the street too.

I was going to get an Elna, and the seller was more then willing to wheel and deal, but this place is like "this is the price and you can apply for financing"

Should I try to negotiate the Brother?
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