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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  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / My second scrapbook page ever! on: March 23, 2009 02:40:32 PM
3  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???
4  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??
5  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.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / My first scrapbooking page on: February 25, 2009 10:12:59 AM
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first wallet // completed sewing project of the year! on: February 22, 2009 01:46:43 PM
Yesterday I sewed a wallet.  =o)  I'm impressed, so is Brian [hubby] - I have a lot of things I would fix, but it really isn't bad for my first sewing project of the year - that I completeD!

-how to change a needle in my sewing machine
-ripping out stitches IS okay
-I can complete a sewing project!
-I can sew a straight line if I have a straight line as a guide somewhere on the fabric.

-white thread for over the velcro
-make sure all cuts are straight!
-add another peice of velcro at the top of the wallet to hold it in better.
-make sure all the seams are closer to the edge [I did a pretty good job at this, but I can do  better. =x]
-make sure the fabric is more snug so it isn't  baggy and I wouldn't have to worry about things falling out!
-add something to the cover so it isn't so boring.  Design from fabric; stencil; something!!



Money goes in here..
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / yep, another deck of cards v-day present on: February 13, 2009 02:36:36 PM
I made my husband a vday present and thought about posting it here, I copy/pasted the v-day part of my journal entry, so that's why I sound nuts.  =x

I SPENT NOTHING ON HIS VDAY PRESENT!!!  I had all the supplies around the house.  I was going to use three ring binder rings to keep it closed but I couldn't find any that were easy to get out so I used key chain rings because I used to collect keychains when I was younger and I had tons of different sizes, they are of my two largest rings.  =o)  I planned on doing tons more - but that's okay.  I also wanted to use a red deck of cards, hwich I also had but it was for pinuckle??  and they only havelike 47 cards or something... so I had to use the only new deck of cards I happened to have lying around.  =o\

husband = Brian
daughter = Verlina

^card I made Brian - I colored it with crayons - it says 'it's not much but it's all I got' and 'vday 2009'

^the cover of his vday gift

^a random 'page' in the vday gift

^the end two cards I wrote him a note.  =o)  It says 'Brian, I love you so much that this list doesn't do justice.  I appreciate everything..' [it continues to say:] '..you do for Verlina and I.  I'm so glad I met you.  Love, Jessi'

^I cut out heart shaped holes in the cards, kept them... cut out hearts from the red paper I used for the cover behind the words.. and kept them too - put them on top of the card on top of the tissue paper.

^the final package.  I used tissue paper I saved from a victora secrets purchase to make a package, then the card I made is the 'tag' and I used ribbon that says 'love' bunches of times to tie it all shut.  So, when he rips into it - heart shaped confetti will go everywhere! YAY FOR MESSES!! Makes it more fun, I think!

<a href="http://www.cheekymagpie.com/?p=500">REAL HEART SHAPED VDAY CARD PATTERN</A>

I've never posted here before - so I hope I did everything right, I'm still trying to figure it out.  =o|  I hope to be more active as I am trying to be more crafty from now on.  I like crafting.. love crafting, so I hope you all will see more of me.  =o)
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