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261  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Put 'em Up Gloves on: January 11, 2005 05:45:20 PM
Hay all,
  these are just some gloves I made with Jo-Ann Sensations 100% wool yarn. The yarn is called Licorice, and the color is GREEN!  I used a pattern I found for some bulky fingerless gloves, but I had to change it to suit my needles and yarn.  Whipped these up on size 11 dpns I made from wood dowels at the grocery store!  Hope you like!
262  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Groovenmama's new *competition* ;0) on: January 09, 2005 11:52:22 PM
Wow, still more awesomeness. Sorry for the type-O Groovamama!  I think I've heard of groovatron somewhere in the recesses of my mind...I'll go to the site next!  Since the breakup, I'm feelin kinda lost. Not to mention the loss of business goin' around sice then.  I'm just sorta waiting for something else to come along, although nothing else in the world can fill the void in my heart that Phish did.  ***sigh***
  Yeah, I did sew all those tiny squares and rectangles together.  I work with a *LOT* of graph paper and colored pencils, and then I make the patches in sheets, and then so THEM together, etc.  It is a very tedious process.  Especially the part where I have to sew over all the seams twice, and then zigzag 'cause I haven't got a serger yet. I do a lot of chain-piecing, if you couldn't guess!
  For all those who haven't gone to the site to check it out, I WAS tryin' to get close to $200 for the dress, and the matching bag I stitched up.  A high price to pay, I know. But I've seen other things sell for that price or even higher and I know those items didn't take nearly as long to make, and frankly- they didn't look like anything I would spend that kind of $$ on!  It's weird sometimes what sells. I wouldn't be so sad about it if the dress actually FIT ME!  But it's made for a more *busty* gal than myself.  =0(
  And no, I never got to sell at any shows!  I was plannin on it, but I didn't know that time was running out, so I didn't think I had to rush it.  Now I wish I had. Besides, all the shows I went to, I went with my best friends, and who wants to run around lot trying to sell clothes when they could be kicking it with a brew just soaking up the sun!  NOT ME!
  And hay- GroovAmama!  Your patchies are awesome!  I can't believe there aren't more mamas like us here at craftster!  I'm also part of a group at yahoo called "hippiesew" or "hippiesewing" one of the two.  It's a whole group of just mamas and maybe some guys who love making patchwork! Check it out!  I have loved everything I've seen of yours, and just thought I'd share.  I mostly sketch out my work so it's really planned and organized, but I'd love to make stuff that's just random and crazy- I think a lot of random patchwork looks better than the cookie cutter style that I do!  Keep it up, mama!
  And thanks for the compliments on my hair!  It's been with me for about 4 or 5 years now, and I'll be dammed if I'm going to cut if off any time soon!  I think they'll be to the floor before I get rid of 'em! 
  Let me think, I'm trying to answer all the questions here.. OH.  Where am I?  The short version: I'm in Portland. Oregon.  But I was born in Michigan, moved out to northern California (bay area), then moved to Santa Cruz to go to school (go slugs!).  We moved up here to portland so my BF could go to art school.  He's awesome!  =0)  But we CAN'T WAIT to get back to Santa Cruz.  No where else seems like home to us, so we'll move back ASAP!  Even if we have to live in a cardboard box, dammit!
263  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Groovenmama's new *competition* ;0) on: January 07, 2005 03:54:37 PM
thanks, you guys!  Everyone on these boards is sooooo nice!  I've been looking around for a little while (since I found this treasure trove or crafty goodness), and I have YET to find any negativity!  which I find exceedingly refreshing.
  Anyway, as for the colors in this dress, they (of course) don't show up exactly as it appears in person.  It's actually not a 'light" or "pastel" dress in any way.  There's just a couple different browns- from very dark, to a tan color, a nice bright green, and a beautiful and bright yellow or two! 
  I tried so hard to get the pics to show up better when I was making them for the auction (yes ebay), but that was a good as I could get.  I'm not waiting on a *NEW* digi camera to arrive for x-mas!  THANKS BOND'S MOM!!  (she's pretty much my mom-in-law at this point)
  So, it's "on time scheduled delivery" is early next week- I'll take a few more pix with that camera and post again. We'll see if they come out better!
 Well, thanks again, and PEACE!!
Sarah Grin
264  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Groovenmama's new *competition* ;0) on: January 06, 2005 09:56:15 PM
Hay everybody!  I'm kina new here, but I think I've found my new home.  Cause I'm pretty much the craftiest gal I know.  I love EVERYTHING crafty.  Knitting, sewing, crocheting, beading, etc.  So, for a first post of my finished projects, I'll show you guys a dress I made but never sold!!   >=0(
  I think it's totally the bomb, but that's probably cause I spent a MONTH on this one. ;0)
Let me know what you think!  P.S. Although I sound cocky, I'm really just overcompensating for my insecurities.  I had a rough childhood, OK?  Sheesh- do you have to grill me so hard?
[Oh, and by the way, the Liger is "pretty much my favorite animal."  ;0)
265  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: !!TUTORIAL!! Making Your Own Patterns From Existing Clothing on: January 05, 2005 01:36:44 AM
  Thanks for directing me to this post!  I think I understand the just of this concept. Which is- we're trying to trace out all the pattern pieces without having to actually take apart all our favorite  clothes (cause that would totally suck!).  Am I right?  But I have a couple questions.  For example, when doing sleeves like you talked about, when you draw a line where the fold is, do you then flip the sleeve over (like the line is a mirror) and trace along the same seam to get the full size piece? And when do you trace the sleeve cap? Can you do it as you trace the first seam, and then along the soulder? I think I may be having some trouble picturing this b/c I'm not sitting in front of it, you know?  But if you understand what I'm saying and can add any advice, I'll be your best friend! Kiss
  The main thing I want to try and copy with this method-aside from EVERYTHING!!!- is a jacket I got from target.  It's like a long-ish "buffy" coat as I call them. Cause I love "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and she wears them all the time in the searies.  It's just a fitted jacket with a double-breasted type front, and a nice collar, and little side flap pockets. The one I have is done in a black corduroy cut on the bias so the stripees look cooler.  DO YOU THINK I CAN MAKE A JACKET LIKE THIS?
THANK YOU SO MUCH!  I knock, you rock.  =0)
266  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pants..help!! on: January 03, 2005 10:46:08 PM
Hay! I'm sure others would love to read about this "copy all your favorite clothing patterns" tutorial, too!  I have a bunch of jackets, pants, vests, etc. that I would *love* to copy, but didn't think I could without actually taking the articles apart to use as an actual pattern!  If you've got the knowledge, KICK IT DOWN!

267  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Steps to Owning Your Own Internet Business on: January 03, 2005 09:39:49 PM
HI! I saw you were wondering about how to protect your new company name, and images, and probably the content of your website, too.  Well, as far as I've been able to tell, a "trademark" is usually used to refer to a company name or slogan, and a "copyright" is used to refer to the exclusive rights to the designs or content of your site (or any other creative work- you cannot protect an IDEA!!). Like, my site is called "Patchwork Army." So, I could try to "register" that name with the US and other governments, however, this costs MUCHO $$.  So, to protect  poor girls, like me, there is a clause in affect stating that as soon as I use this name in conjunction with my products or services, it is my "TRADEMARK."  It's just not my "registered Trademark," or .  You can't use that symbol unless you pay THE MAN.  But I can say" Patchwork ARMY."  Because with my site and ebay sales, etc. I"ve established myself as the owner of this name. 
  As far as your personal designs and content of your site, the copyright laws state that no one needs to apply for a copyright to be protected. As soon as a creative work is finished (a song or play is written, a piece of art or sculpture is finished, or ( like my work) a piece of clothing is sewn together, YOU OWN THE RIGHTS TO THAT DESIGN.  Your work is your own, and no one can take your designs or content without permission from you!
  If you want to be absolutely certain that you can prove your ownership, though, it is advised AGAIN that you register every new creative work you create.  Luckily, applying for copyright protection is a lot cheaper than a trademark. It's only about $30 or so, whereas a mark after your name or slogan will cost you in the neighborhood of $400-$500.  There are lawyers and sites out there who will handle this for you for a fee.
  Just remember, if you're going full fledged business (even if it's small) you'll want to register your business name with the chamber of commerce.  I think registering as a soul-proprioter will cost about $30.  As opposed to registering as a partner business, or an inc.
  There's a good book called "Starting an Internet Business for dummies."  It has tons of info on how to make your site work for you, and all these details, as well as info on taxes, etc. Check it out.
  Hope this helps!
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