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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Looking into craft fairs and feeling overwhelmed... on: August 14, 2014 11:56:52 AM
Thanks for the response. I have been to several craft fairs as a customer, but never thought to ask the people selling questions so I'll have to do that in the future.

The more I think about it, the more I think I'm going to pass on this particular fair. They're definitely not looking only for crafters and I don't like the lack of information (I do know they advertise the fair on facebook, but after some digging I found their posts about the spring fair and they were... a little lacking, to be polite).

Thanks for the suggestion about looking for school craft fairs, I'll have to make a list of school districts and call them in a few weeks once classes start.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2014 Winter Holiday Crafting on: August 14, 2014 11:53:16 AM
I agree, starting the new thread immediately would be helpful. Maybe I'd actually finish my entire list then lol!

I'm crocheting all of them, I bought the "This Land is Our Land" pattern book put out by Lionbrand and I'm making a couple of those patterns. I'm also making this one that I found on ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/speed-hook-shell-afghan
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a Craftster when... (part THREE!) on: August 13, 2014 04:19:22 PM
YKYACW the first retail jobs you apply to are for craft and fabric stores, purely for the employee discount... and when you get a job at Joann's your family never lets you live it down.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2014 Winter Holiday Crafting on: August 13, 2014 03:12:51 PM
I've actually been waiting for this thread to pop up for a couple months now, and I finally have the majority of my list for this year finished! Of course none of it is started yet, but hey I'm still counting it as progress Wink

Mom: Hat and fingerless gloves
Dad: ??
Older sis: Boot cuffs
Little sis: boot cuffs
Grandma: Shawl
Nana: Lap blanket
Papa: Lap blanket
Aunt B: Afghan
Aunt R: Washcloths and scrubbies
Cousin: Afghan

General: Peppermint bark
GF: Fingerless gloves and a "Coffee Lovers" basket
Friend 1: Scarf
Friend 2: Scarf with owl applique
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Looking into craft fairs and feeling overwhelmed... on: August 13, 2014 02:59:10 PM
I sell various crocheted items online, some with more success than others. I want to try selling at a craft fair to see if things that don't sell well online (like hats, scarves, etc.) would do better in that environment. I found a fair that I'm interested in applying for, but there's so little information about the event online (besides cost for a table and when/where it is) that I'm feeling overwhelmed.

So with that in mind, I have some questions for you craft fair veterans before I take the leap and sign up for this fair myself.

1) Is it assumed that I will be bringing my own table? Or should I ask if they provide/rent tables and what sort of space I will be given? No information about table size and how much space I would have is given in any of the information I can find about the event.
2) Would it be rude to ask what sort of turnout this event has had in the past?
3) Do I need some sort of license or paperwork to sell at a craft fair? Would I need that paperwork in order before I apply to this fair? Again, no information is given about this that I can find.

And finally, a question about the fair itself, they're looking for arts/crafts vendors as well as antiques/collectibles, non-profits, commercial/business, and entertainment vendors. Is this normal for craft fairs or should this be a warning for me to look elsewhere?
6  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Donating physical items vs. selling to raise money? on: August 13, 2014 02:44:01 PM
Thanks for the response. My grandpa was a church minister so I was considering maybe donating to some church organization, either for a church fundraiser or if they're affiliated with any nursing homes. But I'm several states away from where he was a minister and not affiliated with any church in this area so I'm not sure the best way to go about looking into this.

Starting to think that selling the blanket and donating the money might be easier...
7  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Donating physical items vs. selling to raise money? on: August 09, 2014 05:57:53 PM
I recently lost my grandfather to skin cancer and I've been tossing around the idea of making a donation to a charity in his memory. I was planning on crocheting him a blanket for Christmas this year, before he passed, and I think I'd like to donate a blanket somewhere in his honor.

But then I was wondering, would it be better to donate the actual blanket or try to sell/auction it somewhere to raise money for a monetary donation instead? I feel like with the blanket I'd be limiting myself with regards to where I could donate it, but I'm not sure how successful selling/auctioning the blanket would actually be.

Does anyone have experience one way or the other, and which would people recommend?
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Spock and Kirk Amigurumi (image heavy) on: September 27, 2013 04:15:16 PM
I got really into Star Trek this summer. As in, watched a season of TOS in just over 2 days before realizing that hey, I should probably take a break from Netflix. At which point I dug into my stash and whipped up a Spock, complete with ears and eyebrows.

And then, because clearly one Spock isn't enough, I made a second based on the uniforms from the recent reboot movies.

And obviously, Spock needs a Kirk...

I had no idea what color Shatner's eyes were so, on the advice of family members, I went with blue/green. I think they're actually a bit more brown but oh well. Other note, I don't think these are exactly the right stripes on the sleeves (at least in TOS I think the second stripe is actually dashes and not solid??) but oh well it's close enough for me Cheesy

Technical details: Pattern is my own design, but it's sort of a "basic" amigurumi pattern. Ball for head, tubes for arms, oval body, etc. The feet are ovals with decreases to sort of curl the ends up into a shoe design, that I swear I crocheted differently every time I made a new plushie Tongue Spock's ears are [sc, hdc, dc] into a magic circle, two of those sewn together and then sewn to his head. His sideburns and eyebrows are ridiculous to get even but they're sewn on too. Everything crocheted with acrylic, RHSS for most of it and Vanna's Choice for the TOS shirts, because I am cheap. No idea what the metallic yarn is off the top of my head, sorry. Finished dolls are about 9" sitting.

And I think that's everything! Thanks for looking! Smiley
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2013 Winter Holiday Craft List - What are you making? on: August 31, 2013 08:04:27 PM
Here's my list for this year. There are still some people I'm trying to think of gifts for, and I REALLY need to get started on these...


Older sister- Tardis afghan (it's worth noting however that I've been working on this for the past three years and it's still not done, so we'll see if she actually gets it this year or not Tongue)
Younger sister- Pocahontas slippers
Dragonfly shawl
Dad- Peppermint oreo truffles (maybe)
Nana- ??
Papa- ??
Grandma- Crocheted pot holders
Grandpa- Crocheted hat and scarf
Aunt- Crocheted wire earrings

Friend #1- Crocheted bat and tea, maybe?
Friend #2- ??
Friend #3- ??
Friend #4- Sam and Dean Winchester plushies
Roommate- Probably food, but not sure what
Misc. acquaintances- Peppermint bark
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Scrubbies, mug cozies, and more! (AKA a productive spring break) IMAGE HEAVY on: March 25, 2013 03:08:42 PM
If I may ask, how did you sew the zipper into the crocheted clutch?  I'm making one for a swap and have never tried to include a zipper in any of my projects.  Thank you!

What I did was turn the coin purse inside out and flip the zipper over (so the actual zipper piece was along the inside). I then handsewed one side of the zipper to the coin purse, so the fabric-y part of the zipper is along the outside of the coin purse. Once I reached the end of the purse I opened the zipper up and did the same thing on the opposite side. Trimmed the zipper down to size, turned right side out, and you have a zipper sewn onto your crocheting.

A quick google search gave this website which has steps and pictures for pretty much the same process, if that's any help Smiley
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