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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Our New Holiday Cards! on: December 05, 2006 11:16:20 AM
It's been a long time since I've posted (except for the Gilmore Girls vs. Craftster thread). But work has been particularly hectic.

My wife came up with the concept and I illustrated it (Adobe Illustrator). They're printed on a professional offset printer, so I don't know if they officially count as paper crafts.

But I did want to see what Crafster members thought of it.

On the outside, you see our snowman suffering through spring rains, summer heat, and autumn leaves. On the inside, you see him in an impressionistic snow scene saying, "Tis the Season!"

The name of the card is "Four Seasons."

Hope you like it!

Four Seasons (Outside) by Magnolia Design

Four Seasons (Inside) by Magnolia Design

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Record Keeping and Taxes... on: March 14, 2006 01:30:43 PM
I just finished my taxes and I found out a couple of things I did not know before.

1.) There are two separate line items for Materials and Supplies.

2.) You are expected to record the value of the materials that you purhcased and used during the tax year.

3.) You are expected to record the value of the materials that you purchased and didn't use during the tax year.

4.) You can depreciate your mechanical equipment (e.g. your sewing machine). Actually, I knew that.

In preparation, I had saved all of the receipts for materials purchased in 2005, but I didn't think that I would need to record how much went to producing my product. If you keep product in stock, you are also expected to record this as well, which is separate from supplies purchased and not used. There's also a line item for incidentals for stuff like scotch tape, etc.

Does anyone else who has been running a DIY business have any other suggestions on how to manage the operations side of things?


3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Bulk Needles! on: September 15, 2005 08:11:22 AM
I had just ordered some new presser feet for my White machine at The Sewing Supply Company (www.thesewingsupplycompany.com) when I decided to peek in their needles section.

They have Schmetz needles of a few different sizes in BOXES of 100 for under $30. That's a pretty good savings from buying them in packs of 5 or so.

Click here to see!!

My machine is finicky when the needle gets just a little bit bent, so I'm thinking a box of 100 might not be a bad idea.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Where to buy iron-on transfer in bulk? on: September 08, 2005 06:44:38 AM
Has anyone used www.thepaperking.com to buy iron-on transfers? They have a package of 50 for $40 which makes each sheet only $0.80 which is the lowest I've seen so far.

Where does everyone else get their transfer paper and which brands do you use?

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Question: Muslin, Duck, or Buckram? on: August 30, 2005 01:14:53 PM
I'm making a bunch of simple tote/shopping bags for a book store and I need to buy a lot of fabric.

Which would be better to use Muslin, Duck cloth, or Buckram... as books can often be quite heavy?

I'm also planning on using iron on transfers for the logos, so finish would also play a factor.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New "Janet" Tote Bag on: August 02, 2005 06:01:53 PM
Here's my new bag, crafted and named for my mother-in-law's birthday.

Janet Tote
Dimensions: 10" x 6" x 11"

The Janet tote is made of heavy bottom-weight canvas supported by craft interfacing by Pelon. This was the first one I made in this size. (The other was purse size.) To draft the pattern and cut took about an hour and it took about another 5 hours to make.

Other details:
- two 6" external 'invisible' pockets (invisible, b/c I matched the pattern)
- two 5" internal pockets (good for PDAs and iPods)
- two 3" internal pockets (good for cell phones and misc)
- one 7" zippered pocket w/ contrast lining (good for items you want to keep secret)
- 30" shoulder straps
- magnetic snap closure

Cell phone, PDA, and iPod not included! Smiley

Model/Wife also not included!  Grin

Please let me know what you think... Will this sell or are there too many inexpensive tote bags available from Walmart and Target?
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / B-day Shirts for the Car Enthusiasts! on: June 22, 2005 07:19:52 PM
I made these shirts for my wife's two brothers. You don't see too much stuff around with this logo anymore. So I bought some vintage stickers from eBay, scanned them at a whopping 1200x1200dpi, color corrected them, and made these shirts for their birthdays.

I had bought a T-shirt, not dissimilar from these, from eBay... but it turned out that that guy just used iron-on transfer paper. I figured I could do just as good of a job. And I did!

I surrounded the logo in the oval, b/c I didn't want to have to X-acto around all the small details. Much less cutting!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wedding Tote Purse on: June 19, 2005 07:28:06 PM
Here's the bag I made for my future sister-in-law-in-law (i.e. my wife's brother's future wife... huh wha?) Smiley

It is tote bag style, but smaller purse size in her wedding colors...

I custom made the label with their names and wedding date...

It has two outside pockets...

And one inside zipper pocket...

I reinforced the bottom and added feet just like the pros...

Close up detail...


So what do you think?

PS: I also have a matching cell phone cozy that I haven't finished yet. I'll post pics when done. Thanks!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine Tension Issue on: June 15, 2005 10:15:23 AM
I've searched on the Craftster forum and got some initial suggestions, but would like a current opinion.

I have a White 1888 machine, purchased new. And when I'm sewing some fabrics... usually light or stretchy fabrics... the bottom fabric passes at a different rate than the top fabric.

B/c I pin my pieces together, this means that the top fabric will start to bunch. I will then have no choice but to remove the remaining pins and hand guide the rest of the way.

I've tried adjusting the top tension and it doesn't seem to make a big difference either tighter or looser. There is somewhat of a manual adjustment undernear near the bobbin, but it seems to be an 'all or nothing' feeddog lever.

It was suggested in other posts that with delicate fabrics, the stitch length should be looser, also with fabrics like leather or vinyl. However, a shorter stitch length will provide more control and less 'creep." Is this right?

What else should I be examining?

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Bags! on: June 12, 2005 08:44:42 PM
I've finished 2 bags and completed 95% of another 5 bags in about 3 days. There are three types. The "Devon" bag is the bag I designed as gifts for my wife's bridesmaids. Although these aren't the ones. Those were brown and pink and I won't be making those again, but these brown and lavender ones were made for people who loved then and had to have them. There's also the "Devon, too" which is just a variation on the theme and the most loved bag on Craftster... the Jordy.

Here's the Devon Bag...

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