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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Describing your Etsy shop? on: July 12, 2011 11:35:07 AM
I've got a friend of mine preparing to design a logo for me for my Etsy shop, because I'm hoping someday to outgrow Etsy (someday!) and I want a solid brand to move forward with. I have a lot of branding already done--colors established, the general look and layout of things, etc. But no logo and no ability to design one (out of my range of skill/talent!), hence the friend helping me out.

She has asked for adjectives describing my Etsy shop, to establish what kind of feel I'm going for with this logo.

But I'm stumped. I'm having trouble describing my own shop!

Any ideas? If you look through my blog and shop (agnesandamy.etsy.com, agnesandamy.blogspot.com), you can get a feel for it.

All I can think of is what it's NOT: it's not funky, it's not alternative, it's not kitschy. There are a lot of things it's NOT... but... what IS it?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Arty birthday party for soon-to-be 8 year old. on: April 11, 2011 06:12:56 PM
My stepdaughter is turning eight at the end of next month and I wanted to get a jump start on planning her party. This will be the third party I've thrown for her and I'm pretty excited about the theme. The first party I did for her was Dora, then Strawberry Shortcake, and now I wanted to get away from the characters themes a little bit so I'm throwing her an art party. She LOVES art in must about all forms, has her little heart set on being an art teacher when she grows up (lol). I think it'd be neat for her to have an art party for her eighth birthday. Last year I was going to throw her a bug party, while she was in the midst of a bug-obsessed phase; she LOVED going out and finding bugs in the yard and playing with them, putting them in a little bug kit thing. We ended up cancelling the party, but not before I had already bought a bunch of bug kits like these:

So now I'm trying to figure out how to swing it. It's obviously going to be more complicated to plan than the character parties of the past since there won't be any obvious colors or images to play with (Strawberry Shortcake party, for example, was pink, red, and green with lots of Strawberry Shortcake stuff). Activities might be a little more challenging to plan, too... but maybe that's just because I can't think of anything!

I still have a stash of those bug kits (quite a few of them--ten, I think?), so I'm also trying to think of a way to work those into the art theme, since she's outgrown the bug thing. If anybody has any creative ideas of how to work those in that'd be awesome.

I'm still brainstorming... her birthday isn't until May 27th, and her party will be probably the week before since her birthday falls on Memorial Day weekend.

Any ideas?
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Felt turtle? on: August 16, 2010 06:44:32 PM
I've made a few little animals out of felt for my nieces--owls, a penguin, that sort of thing.

My youngest niece, Tori, is 10 months old and I call her Tortoise. So, naturally, I would like to make her a tortoise out of felt Cheesy

But I've been digging around the internet for a while, and looked through the patterns here on Craftster (including the list in this board) and haven't found a pattern yet, or anything to use as a jumping off point to freehand one.

Any suggestions? Anybody know of a pattern I've missed somewhere?
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / boring jewelry box... on: April 09, 2010 01:33:53 PM
I got this jewelry box for my birthday a couple of months ago... and I don't like it it. I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but ya know, if you're going to give somebody something for their birthday, at least do a few things: 1) Find out a little about their interests and then find them something within those interests, and 2) take the dollar store tag off the bottom of it.

I think it's boring. It's not my style at all. I'm not a floral, fancy stuff kind of gal.

I thought about just regifting it, but I don't know of anybody to regift it to. So I want to do something with it to make it... better. But I'm not sure what. Decoupage? Repaint it with wilder colors? Glue stuff to it until I get bored and throw it in the trash?

What do you think?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Adding pockets to a store-bought bag? on: July 30, 2009 03:53:23 PM
My sister got me this AWESOME bag (it's huge and thus is awesome) for my birthday back in February. It's a "crossbody hobo" according to the Old Navy website.

Problem is that it only has like, one pocket. Bags should have more pockets than that Grin Every time my cell phone rings, if it's in my bag, I miss the call 'cause it's so hard to find in there. If it had pockets along the inside, I could just stick my phone into a pocket and know exactly where it's at.

So I want to add more. I'm thinking of adding a cell phone pocket, pen "pockets," or whatever you'd call them, and maybe a few other pockets. Or something. Problem is I've never done that before to a bag that's already been made. As a matter of fact, I don't think I've ever added pockets to ANYTHING. Weird.

 The bag is cotton, I believe, and lined.

Any suggestions of how to go about it? (I don't have a machine and thus do my sewing by hand, so be gentle! Cool )
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / hi folks! on: July 11, 2009 08:01:46 PM

I've been kind of... er, lurking around for a while. Getting ideas and LOVING looking at people's crafty work. LOVE it.

A little about me: I'm 20, married for almost two years, and been living in the pacific northwest my whole life. I'm a college student, though not full time. I also take care of my husband's 6 year old daughter. It's a rough life, but crafting keeps me sane. Of course Cheesy

I guess I never grew out of being a CampFire girl. We did a lot of crafty stuff back then, and I've pretty much never stopped. When hubby and I first got married, I tried to be super domestic, and joined a "homemaking" site. Sometimes they talked about sewing on there, so I gave it a shot one day.  I ended up making a couple of hand-sewn quilts. I tried using sewing machines, but I haven't met one that I like yet. So I do all my sewing by hand. I've had to learn a few things the hard way with sewing, but it's been an overwhelmingly positive pursuit. I like making felt food and quilts and blankets and stuff. I'm sure I'll branch out the longer I work at it! Cheesy

I'm also pretty big on paper crafting.
For hubby's birthday, I made him one of them "52 things" deck of cards books. He LOVED it. For Mother's Day I made some inchies and framed 'em for MIL. And then I made some to decorate my bathroom with.

I only got into paper crafting a few months ago and I have NO idea why it took me so long to get into it! Gah! So fun.

So that's me.

Oh, and my name's Amy Wink
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