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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Website Feedback on two sites, if you please! on: July 15, 2006 09:15:05 PM
Hey guys,
I am launching the websites for two sister projects of mine, Medium Reality ((Broken Link))(a web store) and Pandora's Trunk(a site about trunk shows that I throw).

I'd love to hear some feedback and advice.  thanks!
12  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / wet-felting with bubble wrap on: June 24, 2006 11:05:08 PM
I was trying to nuno felt today, and failed miserably, but learned a new variation on what i've been doing.  I've been making small flat wet-felted scarves, and felt dreadlocks.  I've been rolling the dreadlocks on a towel folded on a table or on my knees.  Rolling them on the bubble-up side of this bubble wrap makes them happen so much faster.  It's easier on my hands, too.  Hand-rubbing the scarves on the bubble wrap works a lot faster than rolling them in it, too.

maybe i'm late to the bubble-wrap party here, i don't know.  i thought i'd mention it in case someone else is later than me.
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / The Finer Points of Pricing on: June 06, 2006 02:01:07 PM
A lot of people talk about setting prices for items based on hourly and materials.  This is a goal that I would like to reach but right now I am setting prices completely based on what I think will sell - I need to get things moving through and see what people do and don't respond to before I start driving some of them away with the real cost of things.  Balancing the desire to be compensated as much as possible with the desire to recieve any money at all is one of the hardest things.  I was hoping to hear some other opinions about this issue.

Also, I am wondering about wholesale pricing.  I heard someone on Craftster say that they thought selling things for less than they sell in someone else's brick-and-mortar store is a big no-no - but when people come to a street fair, they put up with shoddy dressing rooms, blowing grit-bearing wind, blazing sun, and threats of rain to get cheaper direct-from-the-artist prices.  what to do?  I want to be fair to the people I am consigning with but the venues I am selling in are different than the venues they are selling in.  opinions?
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Trunk show at my house 3/26 - freakout time! on: March 19, 2006 02:48:03 PM
It seemed like a good idea in December.  Hell, even now it seems like a good idea... on the good days.  On the bad days I am certain that nobody will come and the ones that do, my friends, will find everything has fallen apart by the time they get home.

We are trying to do last-minute things (exactly one week left till it starts) and I am trying to keep my shit together.  Anybody got any last-minute advice, commiseration, pep talks?  I think I need them. 

15  California / California: Central / Pandora's Trunk: funky warehouse trunk show in SF 3/26 on: March 11, 2006 10:15:25 AM
I'm throwing my first ever trunk show and am really excited about the lineup of people that will be there.  Massage, spa, chocolate truffles in addition to handmade crafty goods.  A violin serenade!  It should be a fun scene even without buying anything and I encourage any of you who are interested to come by and check out my house and the stuff I'm cramming into it.

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / 115 Gallon Anole Terrarium on: February 12, 2006 11:44:06 PM
there are only three lizards in it right now - they are the hardy pioneers, the ones forging the way and risking their necks for the ones to come.  most kinks are worked out, and i am waiting for a shipment to my pet shop to get some more.  Eventually i will have 10-12 in there.  I'm hoping they make babies.

the lizards are anoles.
you can read lots of good info about anoles here:
they are pretty small, and a little shy.  they change color, through a range of greens and browns.

the plants are mostly from the grocery store run by asian people on my way home from work - i'm not really sure what many of them are, but most of them are faring well.  the ivy is growing visibly from day to day.  the stuff on the second tier is not doing so hot; one of the cactuses is a goner for sure.
 the bromeliad up above i got from a fancy-pants plant store.  it's blooming for the second time now.

there are two ports in the lid of the tank where i pour water into a drip system i made.  i feed them mostly crickets, although this weekend i went to the pet store and came home with a backpack full of several different kinds of bugs.  They've all been laying about fat and contented ever since.  i've become a bugkeeper in addition to a lizardkeeper, but i'm pretty pleased with my setup.

this is the smaller of my two males.  he's always a little sad because the one chick in the tank doesn't want to be his girlfriend.  The two males had some chest-thumping early on but this one seems to have settled down into a secondary role.

His name is Hedwig because he has a stripe down his back, which typically is only seen in females or juveniles.  When I first got them I saw him do his display a bunch of times.  What they do when they display:  they have a flap of skin on their throat called a dewlap.  He'll stick it out and bob his head up and down (kind of like he's doing push-ups).  They'll do it to each other in anger, or to a female to attract her attention.  I saw Hedwig do it repeatedly to his reflection in the gazing ball, and i swear once or twice he did it to me.
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Stuffed bird, larger than the kid it's for will be for years. on: October 11, 2005 11:31:17 PM
I kind of like the idea of my incipient niece having a stuffed animal that she can climb over and nap on.  The blue fabric is a really great chinese silk brocade.  The white's an old pair of pants.

18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Big painting on glass, painted mannequin, small paintings on board. Many .jpgs on: October 11, 2005 11:16:06 PM
This is one of a pair of doors that I found on the street half a dozen blocks from my house.  I drew a quick sketch on the front in grease pencil, painted black lines in first on the back, and went from there with colors.  If you look closely, you can see that the windows in the submarine and in the skyship are open - left totally unpainted.  light should come through them once i hang the doors.  everywhere else has umpteen million coats of paint.

This mannequin has been an off and on pain in the butt for ages now.  I'm planning on suspending her from the cieling, soon.

The first one I finished a while ago, the second one just recently.  They are both paintings that i've had trouble telling when they're done.  I may yet go back and do more work on the second.  Anyone know who the painter was (he painted something dark called "The King") who said that we don't really finish paintings, just give up on them?

19  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Space Pirate costume - real skulls. big pictures. on: October 11, 2005 11:03:19 PM
I got this jacket at an opera costume sale.  i did all of the ridiculous embellishment - they are real mouse skulls.  i ordered them on the internet and sturdied them up with hot glue.  The glass on the back is a bunch of pipettes (lab glass).

20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / The Amazing Knicker Swap -- Signups CLOSED -- send by Nov 14th on: September 30, 2005 09:19:33 PM
Swap name: The Amazing Knicker Swap

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Rachelyra

Sign-up date range: 10/01-10/14

Date to send item by: Nov 14th.

You will have the option to make a pattern for people to sew from, and there is a one week period for this - either post it on the web or PM that you've mailed it to me by the 21st.   

You will need to send out all finished knickers by November 14th.

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 14, but each person won't be making 14 pairs of underwear.  I'm thinking to limit that to seven.

Non-U.S. participants absolutely allowed!

All ages allowed!

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders" list and will not allow those members to participate: YES

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap:

Hooray for underwear!  Everyone will make or buy and embellish knickers, one pair each for seven different swappers.  Please please please take the time to make a pattern - I'd love to complete this swap without buying sweatshop panties.  If you don't sew, though, don't worry - you can go ahead and buy them.  This swap is open to both methods.  If you can, try to find some that are made in a conscientious fashion - check out http://www.americanapparelstore.com as an example.  They are pretty pricey, though - and don't think i'm down on you if you buy normal ones.  i buy normal clothes all the time.  I just love the craftster revolution in the way it neatly sidesteps this issue, and want to encourage you guys!  Thinking globally, acting, well, sometimes.

If you don't have a way to digitize your pattern, you can mail it to me and i will scan it. 

keep it machine washable, please!

Let's see how many people sign up for this swap, and I'll figure out exactly how it'll work.  nobody will have to make more than seven pairs, though.  I'm sure that at least some of the people you send knickers to will send them back to you.

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

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?

do you prefer light or dark underoos?
What's your favorite cut? any cut that you hate? (ie, boyshort, bikini, granny, bloomers, thong...)
what are your favorite colors and themes? (ie flash art, pinups, preppy, rainbow brite...)
describe your personal style in ten words or less.
are you willing to cold wash/hang dry your underthings?
How do you feel about artificial fibers?
Any other preferences/thoughts?
will you be handmaking or embellishing?  preferences on what you recieve?
Will you be posting a pattern?  What size do you wear?  It'll probably be helpful to include both a hip measurement, dress size, and small - medium - large size.


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


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