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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Making money (or not!) on: April 13, 2013 03:09:16 PM
Thanks for taking the time to reply to my thread.  You raised a number of issues that I had not thought of before, and I will now re-think my approach.  I really appreciate your input.
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Owls in a box on: April 11, 2013 02:26:45 AM
This little family of owls is for a 3 year old we know who is going to have extensive medical tests in the coming weeks.  He loves owls so I thought he would like to have company while he's sitting in Dr's offices and hospital waiting rooms.  The box is slightly bigger than a matchbox.

13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: I spy bottle on: April 09, 2013 03:25:16 PM
Yes I only filled the bottle approx. 2/3 full to allow "shaking" space.  To put the goodies inside I just alternated a few items and then rice, repeated until all done.  They shake up pretty well after a few good shakes.  One thing I learned though, which is worth passing on, is that heavy items, e.g. metal charms, marbles, seem to seldom come to the surface.  I guess their weight and gravity keeps them buried in the middle somewhere!  LOL 
Yesterday I made 4 more in different themes for orders:
- I Spy at the seaside (shells, little boats, fish, etc.)  This was for a friend who has a seaside holiday home, for her grandkids to play with when they're visiting.
- I Spy at the zoo (animals, birds)
- I Spy alphabet (one item each of A - Z)
- I Spy princess (girlie girl bits inside and pink rice)
They're fun to make and I want to make more to sell at a market later in the year.  People seem to appreciate something homemade these days, and there's a bit of recycling involved - the empty juice bottle, little wheels from broken toys, odd game pieces, etc.
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: I spy bottle on: April 06, 2013 01:42:36 AM
Yes I used colored rice and also white rice (I didn't dye enough of the colors!)  Having pictures rather than a written list of the contents is more suitable for a toddler naturally, although I would do the list option if I were making one for an older child.  My grandson loves this one because I also ask him things like:  I spy something blue, and he shakes away until he finds it, or:  I spy something that can fly, or:  I spy something you can eat, or:  I spy something with feet, etc.  There are lots of options which make it more fun than plain old I Spy.
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I spy bottle on: April 05, 2013 09:55:28 PM
As a non-chocolate/candy Easter gift for my 2 year old grandson, I made this, with inspiration from a blog I forgot to bookmark so can't give credit, sorry.
It was a great success with both kids and adults and I've had orders for 3 more already!
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Making money (or not!) on: April 05, 2013 09:34:24 PM
I know that in these times of The Big Buck, I shouldn't be asking this question, but I have to ...
my husband has been very ill for the past year+ and I've had a lot of time at home and with him (we live way out in the country so are quite isolated) in the hospital when I needed to do some crafting or I'd go nuts.  All the various things I've made and continue to make are piling up and I'd like to rent a table at a craft market or fair later in the year, but most of my supplies I've used are from my HUGE stash collected over many years so I have no idea of the cost of most of the materials, so can't put a price on them for re-sale purposes.  Secondly, a lot of the items I've made and shown around to family and friends to get an idea of what to charge for them, have been met by "Oh wow, that must've taken you forever to make so you're going to have to charge X amount to cover your time and effort".  They have then made suggestions which have been so far out of reality when it comes to price.  My dilemma is:    making these things have been my therapy and have kept me sane, so I consider the time and effort as being inconsequential in monetary terms.  We will have to sell our home/small farm and move to a smaller place in a few months so I need to downsize my supplies and also make a few $$ of course.  So, do I listen to my head and advice from family and friends and price what I make in realistic terms (i.e. high), or listen to my heart and charge what I feel is a realistic price, taking into account the cost of therapy (LOL), materials that I have to use up as we downsize and the time it's taking me, and just sell them to get rid of them and hopefully make a few $$ and have a quick turnover because of the lower prices.
Sorry this is very rambling, but I hope someone will have some suggestions to pass on.  I appreciate any input.  Thanks.
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Help needed - small containers on: March 20, 2013 07:27:33 PM
I would like to try making small gifts like this:  http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-benny-bunny-pocket-toy/2012/03/12/ - also mini dolls, monsters, etc. but I cannot get the small Altoid tins (or anything similar) here in New Zealand where I live.  Do you think I could use repurposed (from a thrift shop) old eyeglasses cases instead (I like the idea of recycling)?  I know they would be bigger, but I would prefer to use a container with a hinged lid, rather than 2 separate pieces like a matchbox (which is my alternative choice). 
Thanks for your help.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Monster outfit for 1 year old on: March 20, 2013 02:39:10 PM
Thanks for the tip.  I've changed it now.  Never thought of checking before.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Monster outfit for 1 year old on: March 19, 2013 11:18:19 PM
I also have no idea why it's been classed as 'mature content', but I e-mailed a moderator to find out.  Odd ...
Anyway, for the appliques I used Heat 'n Bond-type iron-on backing for stability when sewing.  I find if I don't use a very tight buttonhole stitch (zigzag) I get a better result.  The tight stitches tend to scrunch up the fabric.  The onesie and the pants, as well as the scrap fabrics used for the applique, have all be pre-washed too.  I hope this helps.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Monster outfit for 1 year old on: March 19, 2013 07:54:22 PM
Gift just finished.  Hope the parents of the baby have a sense of humour!  Bought onesie and appliqued face.  Pants are Made By Rae big butt baby pants pattern (wonderful pattern - I use it often) with the face appliqued on the 'butt' panel.
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