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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! on: August 21, 2008 03:04:15 PM
I love this thread.
I'm not even engaged yet, I don't think the boy will ever ask me.
I get emotional (not in a bad way) everytime I look at or talk about wedding stuff though.
*fingers crossed*

I couldn't watch a wedding on tv, be around engaged people, or read a book that had a wedding scene in it because it made me weepy because it was so beautiful. I accepted that my life was rich, and full, and had a lot of freedom but there was just something about a wedding, that made me sigh. I am the poster girl for always a bridesmaid never a bride.

I'm 41 now, and a guy I dated in high school found me after 22 years, and we fell in love. Neither of us have been married before or have kids. We're getting married next October surrounded by friends and family who are sooooooooooooooooooooo happy for us both. We are no less in love than younger couples and we are far more grateful that we found love at this point in our lives. Sniffle.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Alternative Guestbook Ideas on: August 21, 2008 11:58:04 AM
There are a lot of things that we're debating but the one thing my guy is 100% about wanting is a photo booth at our wedding. I'm making a photo album with my bind-it-all to use as a photo guest book. This afternoon I came up with a poem for the guest book table:

If youre wondering what to do,
Take a picture for us and a picture for you!
Then, take minute to pick up the pen
Write a wish, a prayer, or "remember when..."
Well put them together and save them with care,
Well reflect and recall all the memories we share.
Its a little reminder of this most special day
And the family and friends
Who helped make it that way.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: ?? What type of wedding are you planning ~ age?? on: August 21, 2008 09:18:49 AM
I'm getting married next October and my groom and I will be 42. This is a first marriage for both of us and we're going to have the celebration that is perfect for us. Many of the people in my life are half my age and our parents are seniors...soooo we've taken all that into consideration and have created a wedding that will suit us all. We're doing the day in three parts and our guests are encouraged to attend all or some of the day...we'll have an outdoor ceremony, a casual dinner (with the cake cutting and picture taking stuff), and then we'll have a dance. Our families will probably choose to participate in the ceremony and dinner and will skip most of the dancing and silliness. We have friends that may just drop by to dance and wish us well. We've opted out of having "the wedding party" per se, and are instead having a wedding committee of friends and family who will be helping with our DIY day and they will be recognized and thanked but will not be a part of the cermony itself. This keeps my list of helpers fluid and I can include people who want to be included and not get caught up in having to choose who's important or appropriate. If you want to help, you're in and if you don't, no problem! I will have swag bags for the kids, because I want families to know they are ALL invited and welcome. We'll do a photo booth and to encourage LOTS of dancing, our RSVP will include the statement "I'll get up and dance if you play _____________________." I have PROMISED that every suggested song will make our playlist but I get to choose what part of the evening it's played in. I expect everything from country to hip hop to standards, to metal, with a sprinkling of 80's greatness from back in our day! The absolute joy in being a 40-something bride is absolutely no one is brave enough to tell me I have to do anything or I can't do anything that will make our day special. Grin
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! on: December 18, 2005 09:29:54 AM
I'm making several things for my BF this Christmas but my fav is a "manly" pillow. He has a bunch of old work shirts with the patches with his name on them (he's not a mechanic, but it's the same kind of thing) so I stitch a piece of white t-shirt over the neck hole, cut and hem the sides and bottom and fill with a pillow form. This would also work with concert t-shirts, and you could do it by cutting fringe all around the sides and just knotting two t-shirts together using the same principal as the "no-sew" fleece blankets. I was also thinking about doing a football themed shower curtain, since all that would require is a few hems and button holes to accomodate the shower hooks--there are lots of team inspired fabrics. This is our first Christmas together and I think he's going to be very surprised about how cool it is to have a crafty chick as a girlfriend...
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... on: December 18, 2005 09:04:38 AM
Here are my top ten:

You have a different color of paint or ink under each fingernail
You have glued yourself to yourself many many times
Your friends don't even ask, they just bring you trash bags of broken things, fabric scraps, and empty containers
You have a glass cutter and microscope slides in your purse so you can start on those charms while sitting at starbucks
You steal fist fulls of "free brouchures" because you can use the art work for something
You "forget" to sleep because you're just going to make one more (fill in the blank)
You have a craft room, but you also find craft supplies in every other room of your house too (paint brushes in the kitchen, scissors in the bathroom, a glue gun or six in the bedroom--you get the idea)
You are perfectly happy to spend a fortune to make something you could have bought for less because you HAD TO figure out how to make it...and then you calculate how many more you have to make to break even on supplies
You can tell people in your local craft store where anything is faster than the employees can
You are still trying to decide if your autobiography should be titled You Can't Get a Man with a Glue Gun or Don't Solder Naked and Other Life Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

BONUS: Your boyfriend walks in while you are coming up with your top ten, laughs, rolls his eyes and thanks God you don't complain about him watching football all day because Sundays are now Craftsterdays!
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Free fabric!!! on: March 25, 2005 08:56:22 AM
Well some of the pieces are worthless because they are so small, but some can be a yard or a couple of feet which is plenty big enough to make a purse. You can make patches, or trim out a store bought top, you can applique or make small suffed animals. Several pieces can be sewn together to make a larger piece of fabric that can be made into pillows. A make up bag or cell phone cover only takes a little bit of fabric...think small. The thing is that these fabrics tend to be of a very high quality & can be $50+ a yard so if you find something you can use, you've really scored on a freebie.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best Button Maker on: March 13, 2005 08:38:22 PM
I was very interested in the tecre button maker but the $200 price tag put it out of range for me right now. I shopped eBay and located a badge-a-minit
bench press that made both 1 1/4" and 2 1/4" buttons that came with circle cutters & 100 parts for around $120.  I know there have been some complaints about the badge-a-minit hand presses but I found that after making 30 buttons, I knew what I was doing & didn't have many mistakes. The ones that didn't turn out were the ones where I didn't pay attention to the allignment of the button while it was inside the holder prior to pressing or the ones where I cut the circles by hand & they were smaller than they should have been. I would recommend the badge-a-minit bench press as a lower priced alternative (you can get one with only the 1 1/4" or the 2 1/4" set for less than $100). It's a good way to get started and you don't have to sell a million buttons to break even. I figure if I stay interested (short attention span crafter that I am) I can always upgrade and resell the model I have on eBay. If I don't, I can sell the buttons I make with the free parts they sent & break even. Since I only really like the smaller buttons I am going to take the pins out of the larger buttons, add cheap magnets to the back & use them that way. I have no doubt that a $200 machine is better than a $100 machine but for my purpose this works fine. I've ordered more parts already & am enjoying using the machine I have. Hope this helps!
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Sorry to be creepy, but any anti-valentine ideas? on: February 08, 2005 09:52:24 AM
A few years ago on Valentines day I changed my answering machine message. I sang the most heart wrenching version of "You don't know me" and said something about sitting alone in the dark...the funny part was that half my friends laughed hysterically and called back to listen to it again and the other half were freaking out and calling compulsively to make sure I was okay. I have been single for years so I thought it would be obvious that it was intended tongue-in-cheek, but apparently I was mistaken...

One of my strategies is to make cards & gifts for my friends & family. I take the focus off of myself & of who doesn't love me & put the focus on those who do love me & who I love. I've found that I can look forward to & enjoy the day when I'm excited about surprising someone else.  Kiss Hope your day is full of unexpected wonderfulness  Kiss

9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Ebay's increasing rates. on: January 21, 2005 11:37:45 AM
Wow, I was JUST complaining about this in another thread! eBay is killing me. I don't doubt that their profits are waaaay down, but that's because they hyped up the store feature, everyone tried it & found it didn't work for most of us & dropped off the bandwagon. When thousands of sellers cancel a 9.99 a month feature plus the .5 an item on top of that you pay to post in a store, eBay took a hit. But now I'm taking a hit with fees & paypal & two tons of spoof emails until selling crafts on eBay is more of a pain than it's worth! If anyone has any luck with another site, PLEASE give us the heads up!
Power to the little people!
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Non-payin' ebay bidders...what to do... on: January 21, 2005 11:31:15 AM
I understand there are flakes all over. I've had my day with a goofy seller as much as I have with a goofy buyer. Good point.

Ebay is certianly not a perfect system. One of the reasons the stock was that the sellers all jumped on board when eBay offered the store option (at 10.00 a month plus a low posting fee). After everyone realized that their sales weren't increasing but their fees to eBay continued to, most dropped that feature with a HUGE drop in income to eBay. Now eBay is raising their fees AGAIN to make up for that loss. Sellers are dropping like flies. At this point it costs me a dollar to post, a dollar to use paypal & three to five dollars in supplies. That means if one of my purses goes for the opening price of 9.99 I make three dollars for an hour of work & an original design. It's hard to feel good about sales when that's the profit margin. I'm not looking to get rich, but I don't want to feel like I'm being robbed either. Especially since it's soooo slow right now that if I sell something it just pays the fees for the items I didn't sell. I feel like eBay is squeezing the little guy/gal out. If you aren't selling high dollar items it's really not all that worth it.

My question is has anyone found a viable substitute for eBay? I love online selling but I've soured on the eBay way.
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