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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / 3rd&4th Scrapbook Pages ++ 4 questions. =o\ on: March 28, 2009 06:57:05 PM
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Question about taking custom orders on: March 27, 2009 02:41:56 PM
Oh, thank you so much for your response - it is very helpful and I'm so glad thatI'm not the only person who plans WAY ahead.  [I have a 4 month old baby as well and I plan things I can do with her when she is 4-5 years old.  I think that I may be a little OCD]  Is there anything else you would recommend me planning ahead of time?  I have some idea - like what I will make/carry, what I will make custom.. etc.  +shrugs+  But anything else, I'm not really sure.. as I've never had my own business before.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / My second scrapbook page ever! on: March 23, 2009 02:40:32 PM
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: My Labels plus Business Card Tutorial on: March 23, 2009 10:01:35 AM
I love this, do you use a regular printer to print it out??  Or do you use something special?  I just have a printer I got free for buying a pc.. so.. not sure if it will work or not.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Question about taking custom orders on: March 23, 2009 09:54:23 AM
I am planning on opening my business next year [yes, I plan ahead.. if I don't - it will never get done.  +sigh+]  Anyways, I've already had a few people in various places ask me if I take custom orders.  So, I have always wanted too.. but I have a few questions on it:

1.)  If you take custom orders, do you price it the same as you would if you were just making it to put up or do you charge more because it is custom?

2.) For those of you who do custom orders - and have fabric for people to choose from, how much fabric do youget?  Say I likie fabric x, and I want to put it on my custom orders form that shows everyone the fabrics they have to choose from.. do I ger 10 yards of fabric x, 20 yards, or try to ge ta whole bolt of it??  I know that this is not anything I will do in the near future, as I want to get some business out and it is mostly friends who want custom orders now, and so I can let them pick their fabric andI can buy however much I need [maybe a bit more in caseI mess up] and go that way, and is there a way to get a discount on fabric if you do it for a business???
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yay, my first apron - my first BIG project, plus a question? [7 pictures!] on: March 22, 2009 02:50:58 PM
oh man that's totally awesome. number 4 is hilarious XD

This is probably one of my favorite apron designs to date - you know what would make it even more amazing? If it were turned into a summer dress. Tongue

+laffs+  Yeah, it took a lot for me not to go crazy on him.. but he gave me his little screwdriver plus a pair of pliers I don't need.  +laffs+

That's what my husband said.. I should use that pattern to make it a dress +laffs+
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yay, my first apron - my first BIG project, plus a question? [7 pictures!] on: March 22, 2009 02:32:27 PM
I have been workin on my apron for a week, off and on [mainly the weekends].  I finally finished it about an hour ago and I'm totally stoked as it was the first time I used a pattern in 8 years and the first time I have ever completed such a complex item [which isn't that complex compared to some of the things you all do] and had it look good in the end.  Yes, I made mistakes and I see them but I won't point them out because if you don't know they are there - I am hoping you don't notice them.  +laffs+

I showed Brian [my husband] the pattern, and he was like 'eww, that one is ugly, don't make it' and I was like 'I know the fabric makes it look  bad, but I REALLY like it -  just imagine it with different fabric' and he wa slike 'don't make it, seriously, make this one +points to the other full apron' and then I was done and I put it on and he was like 'OH MY GOD, that is so awesome - it is so flattering and super cute and I can't believe you made that, it look sos good!'

1.) Sewing curves isn't as hard as it looks
2.) Sewing bias tape onto the edges is harder than it looks
3.) Sewing bias tape around curves is demonic
4.) Never tell your husband anything about your tools or show him how it is funny that the sewing machine company gave you a screwdriver to remove x and y screws yet it doesn't fit because it is too tall.. as he will run off with it and cut it in half ot make it smaller - thus, not being able to turn the screw driver at all it would not work.  =o\
5.) I CAN complete a complex project and actually like how it turns out.  =o)

^progress shot

^artistic progress shot

^my craft workspace that sucks horribly in the dining room tabl

^finished product

^close up in an attempt to show the colors, it failed.

^me wearing it, I look wonderful, I know - my hubby took the picture and our dogs are watching me to make sure I'm safe in my apron.  haha.

^as with everyone else, I have a helper with my sewing projects as well, meet my dog DOT, who is a great dane puppy.  +laffs+


I used this pattern:
but there is a free one here:
this is the flower fabric:
this is the dotted fabric:

QUESTION:Does anyone know of a website or something that lists all the things tobuy for a home - preferably divided into each room.  Iknow that sounds crazy but I hope to make things for our home to decorate.  For every room.  So far, I know dining room = table cloth, napkins, placemats and kitchen = oven mits/hot pad things to put hot places on & tea towels.. Or for those of you who happen to be doing this as well, maybe you all have a list you could share with me??
8  UNITED STATES / Oklahoma / craft circles or something similar??? on: March 04, 2009 05:07:10 PM
I live near OKC/Midwest City/Moore area [in the middle of no where] and I was hoping to join a craft circle or seomthing.  I sew and I want to learn other things too [especially crochet - scrapbooking - papercrafts..etc] - I was just wondering if there were any crafting circles I could join.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Re: the scrapbooker in me (img heavy) on: February 25, 2009 02:42:46 PM
I really like your 'visit me'; 'new york' and 'valentines day' pages - they are so creative - love that you used those candy hearts for your vday page!  Did you write the cover [the last page you did??] - if so - your handwritting is amazing!  Awesome job, I really like it!!  I would do something like this for my hubby and me but we have like NO pictures of ourselves together.. and he is the photographer so he is usually behind the camera.  =o\
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Re: some of my layouts (lots of images!) on: February 25, 2009 02:26:19 PM
That's really good advice!  I look forward to my next page and adding embellishments and really letting my imagination run wild.  =x
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