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1  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?
2  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?
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Looking for advice on stacked button brooch on: January 29, 2012 01:45:31 PM
Hi All,

Working on this stacked button brooch and I'm a bit stuck and hoping I can get some good ideas here.

Here's where I'm at so far. I've stitched up a stacked pyramid but I'm not sure where to go from here. I'm not sure that I don't need to do something to hide the sewing thread better but Mom said she thought it looked fine as it is.

I was thinking of adding a bit of lace edging in between two layers of the felt to both make a finished back and add a little bit extra. I think it needs a little bit of something to turn it from nice to wow but can't quite figure out what that would be.

Sorry for the photo quality. All of the buttons are the same exact color despite what the picture looks like.

Any suggestions?

aka Michele

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / WNC - Box of Doll Parts for Sale at Local Thrift on: June 09, 2010 08:06:41 AM
I mainly hang out over in the crochet forum but there was something in one of our local thrift stores yesterday that I am so hoping will go to a great crafter rather than someone who just wishes to resale.

There's a thrift store in the small town of Columbus, NC on their main street (sorry, can't remember the name). They have an entire box of porcelain doll parts for only $10. I saw a body with holes for arms, legs and head, saw part of a foot and what felt like a head - it was all carefully wrapped in newspaper. It was a box as big as most liquor boxes, full to the top. It would be a real find for anyone who makes dolls.

Hopefully, a fellow Craftster member can get there and grab it.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Question for online sellers and buyers... on: May 04, 2010 12:48:03 PM
What sorts of information do you look for when evaluating another crafter's work online? I'm talking about them and what they make, not specific items.

Do you want to see some sort of artist's statement?

Do you visit their Twitter, Facebook or other social sites? Do you follow crafters who inspire you or who you've purchased from?

What sorts of information do you find yourself being continually asked or you are asking of other crafters at shows? And is that something you would like to see if another site had information about you?

I'm asking because I am revamping one of my sites where I showcase crafters and craft suppliers. Each has their "own page" which right now only has their site's description, url, linkable title and a crafting tip. I'm looking into what things might be useful for both the listed crafter and their website as well as my site's visitors.

Any ideas or suggestions that I haven't mentioned?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Seeking Hanger Picture on: March 30, 2008 12:43:15 PM
I have no idea if this is the best place for my request, so my apologies to the moderators if I chose wrong.

I am hoping someone has one of those fancy satin and/or lacy padded hangers in their closet and would be willing to take a few photographs of it for me; color doesn't matter. I'm looking for a picture of just the hanger on a fairly plain background. The picture will be used on a website and will be cropped and shrunk to no more than 200px wide. It's going to be used as a topic picture for handmade apparel so I'm looking for a hanger that is large enough to hang a dress or blouse rather than one made for jewelry.

I've spent the last few hours looking all over the web and can't find an image that I can use (even on the paid stock photo sites) - the only halfway decent pictures I've seen are on sites selling the hangers.

I'm so keeping my fingers crossed that there's a Craftster out there somewhere that has one of these and would be so kind as to help me out.


aka itscribe
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Any suggestions? on: February 20, 2008 09:09:46 AM
What's the difference to you between "Handmade Jewelry" and "Jewelry Made with Handmade Components"?

I see a big difference between the person who takes store bought materials and makes jewelry with them and the person who hand paints beads, uses their own lampworked beads, or makes focal pendants from resin or polymer clay.

How would you classify/title someone who makes the key components as well as assemble a finished item? I'm looking for a 2-3 word phrase that differentiates the two. Any ideas?

Handmade jewelry would seem to encompass both types of crafters and is somewhat vague.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What is your definition of family friendly when "Art" is involved? on: January 04, 2008 04:15:41 PM
As many of you know, I have a site where I showcase the websites of other crafters.

From the beginning I wanted to keep the site family friendly - so pure, a 6 year old could visit each and every site and their parents would have no worries.

Many artists create pieces that celebrate the human form. In the past, for the most part if it showed any parts of a body that would normally be covered by a bikini or Speedo, it was out. I did allow an art doll site that has mermaids and similar pieces thinking that most children have seen a Barbie doll naked and it wasn't all that much different.

As my site is growing and I am attracting a wider variety of artisans, this issue is coming up more frequently. Obviously, if the only thing the artist does is nudes, I don't see that as being family friendly. But, when a wonderful artist has a small portion of their pieces that leave nothing to the imagination; I worry that I might be straying from being family friendly.

So, I wonder; how do you define family friendly? Is it 100% free of T&A or is there some percentage that is acceptable? If the exposed pieces are only a tiny percentage of the works and are not showcased in such a way that identifies the piece somehow as "realistic" would you still consider that artist and their work family friendly? Is a display of male anatomy less family-friendly then a display of the female's in your opinion?

Please let me know your opinion as to when something, no matter how beautiful, strays into something you would not want to see on a "family-friendly" website. I don't want to be a prude here, but I do want to maintain a certain standard.

To give you a bit of perspective about where I stand. I think the Demi Moore Vanity Fair cover when she was pregnant is one of the most beautiful pieces I've seen. Racy? Sure, but all of the vital parts were covered and I do not see it as objectionable in any way. My mother firmly disagrees. I also don't have any of my own children, so I don't have a basis for how much they know and when they know it.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi-ish Santa - Now with Link to Pattern on: November 19, 2007 08:51:07 AM
Finished this little fellow last night. Would love to hear what everyone thinks.

10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / How do you buy/sell patterns? Would this work? on: November 04, 2007 09:25:41 AM
I'm working on launching a new site that will hopefully be chock full of great free patterns and stuff. My current and long-time passion is crochet, so at least in the beginning there will be more crochet stuff than anything else - which is why I'm asking my question here instead of the business forum.

I'm a firm believer in licensing patterns - the idea being that if a pattern is used for items to sell that the pattern designer is within their rights to expect some level of compensation from those who sell finished items from their patterns.

My idea is to post free crochet patterns that can be used for unlimited personal use and then anyone wishing to sell items from that pattern could pay a licensing fee.

My thought is to post the full pattern on the site and then have a PayPal button where for say a $5 fee (to essentially buy the pattern and a beginning license for x pieces) along with a say 25 cents (or some other posted amount depending on the price potential of the finished items) per piece license after the first x pieces. I realize this would be totally dependent upon the honor and truthfulness of the pattern purchasers, but I think many here want to do the right thing and are frustrated by pattern designers who don't provide this option.

Is this something you would consider buying? It would be a way to have free patterns available in a try-it before you buy-it situation and allow those crocheters who are not designers to sell stuff they make while respecting the copyrights of the designers.

Would you buy patterns like this?

Would you consider sharing and selling your patterns on a site like this?

Any thoughts or other comments?
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