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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Giraffe! on: August 05, 2013 03:22:44 PM
Love the idea of using duplicate stitches for the spots rather than making odd pieces and sewing them on.

p.s. I like the green.  Grin
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is acrylic really that bad? on: August 05, 2013 03:18:25 PM
I've just never understood the concept of approaching someone who is knitting or crocheting and saying "Ew, gross, that's cheap-oh yarn. I hate cheap _____ yarn."

I think the squeaking happens when using acrylic yarn on an acrylic hook. I'm not a fan of plastic hooks myself - have broken several in my hand and am thankful I wasn't cut by them.

I guess I'm just weird. I would have asked you what you were making. If you mentioned having trouble with the yarn or a lack of colors, I would have made suggestions BUT, they would have been for similar types of yarn. If I had had difficulty with the yarn in the past, I might have asked you how you got around that problem. But, suggesting you ditch your moderately priced yarn for some $40 yarn is just idiotic.

Heck, Ms. $40 a skein is a lightweight. I saw a kit with 3 tiny skeins of some wonder-yarn for $295 at our LYS! Yes, you read that right...$100 a skein. I think it was to make a scarf or something. It wouldn't have been very big considering how little yarn there was. I thought it was a misprint - I checked several packages and they all said the same thing. As I was trying to put my eyes back in my head, the clerk came over and mentioned how nice the yarn in question was. Yeah, sure honey, soon as I rob a bank or win the lottery. And even then, I'm not forking over $300 to make a little scarf for myself - for that much, I want something I can't make for myself.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Vintage Images on: February 13, 2013 01:37:55 PM
Good information, as usual, from you CraftyChef. Will keep your suggestions in mind.

BTW, there's not a lot to pick from, but have you ever visited my freebie images site? The pictures are scavenged, so the sizes and quality are not as good as I would hope to offer in a shop but there's some pretty ones - http://www.reusableart.com/v/food/fruit/
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Where Can I Get These? on: February 06, 2013 08:26:05 AM
I've never bought from this site. But, here's a bunch that look similar to your photo...

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Vintage Images on: February 05, 2013 08:43:48 AM
Thank you both for the great feedback. I wish this post could have stayed in the paper crafts area. But rulz is rulz I suppose.  Undecided

While I like many of the things folks are offering, I would think the true artisans are more like you CraftyChef and want to just get raw images. Beautiful women and floral image overload? Good to know. Sadly much of the vintage stuff is flowers from still life paintings and portraits. Were the women that you've seen mainly pin-up kinda images or portrait-like?

Are bugs, birds and butterflies over saturated too do you think?

Everyday items. In color. Uhm. Guess that means I'll have to look harder for advertising type images. I've noticed with my web projects that it is harder to find usable things like that. Might be a good niche once I get going and have more to invest in purchasing original pieces.

If you're looking for colored images, do you ever consider using a black and white drawing and editing it? Would you be more apt to edit a simple line drawing over one that is fully 'colored in' with gray tones?
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: New Job Offer (semi sewing related) on: February 04, 2013 07:56:52 AM
It seems like the new place has truly established their business. If they were just opening their doors, I would maybe say to go slow. But, the fact that you are asking seems like you have some reason to be cautious. You need to figure out if you are more worried about loyalty, fear of the unknown or some something with the new place that you just can't put your finger on.

Maybe see if you could work part-time in both places for a while. Figure out what it is that is making you hold back.

I agree with CraftyChef, you should get a higher wage than your current position if you will be constructing garments. Lots of people who can alter anything will never be able to make whole garments. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Vintage Images on: February 03, 2013 12:56:37 PM
I've been thinking about opening a shop that offers high res scanned versions of some of the public domain art that I work with. I looked around on Etsy and see a lot of folks are selling what seems to be completed pieces - taking a bird image and adding some script, sheet music and a number of elements to create tags for example. Their work is lovely but I can't help but wonder if some people would rather pick their own elements to put together.

I was wondering...would it work selling collections of images in their original state? Do paper artists want the images already incorporated into a tag or a totally ready to print and use inchie or would they like to have a source where they could just get the images and then put them together themselves?

What are things that you have trouble finding? What is on your wish list?

Or, do you just use Google images?
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / EUROPE / What crafty stuff is hard to source in Europe? on: January 15, 2013 02:20:39 PM
I have a dear web friend who I exchange goody boxes with once a year. I researched some of the food items not generally available in Europe or more specifically The Netherlands and among the various items I sent - Cheetos are the one thing that has a semi-permanent place in any box going to them.

While there's plenty of discussion online about hard to find American foods, there's little conversation related to crafting.

So, long story short, What are things that we Americans can get easier than you can or cheaper than you can? Conversely, what things do you have that we don't or cost a whole lot more here? If you were to get a box of random craft supplies from the US, what would be on your wish list?
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Weeglins Update! on: December 03, 2012 06:34:03 AM
Very cute! My favorite's the green one. Congratulations on scoring the commissions. So much nicer than the Troll on the Shelf too.
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Abracadabra! on: December 02, 2012 09:27:29 AM
It's probably been a year or more since I found in a thrift a stuffed top hat with a bunny peeking out of it. I bought it to copy in crochet. I love your interpretation. Will so have to give it a go now after seeing how cute yours turned out.

Is your husband going to incorporate it into his 'act' when he gives it to her? That would make it so much fun for both of them.
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