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21  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Faux Crow Taxidermy on: September 29, 2011 05:26:13 PM
I love this. The back end makes me laugh. I was planning on doing something similar. (I was inspired by the same post)
22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Digital Art Collage - Bottled Memories on: September 20, 2011 06:26:40 PM
Just completed a new digital art piece. More about the how-to at my blog, http://makedocraft.com/2011/09/digital-collage-art/.

23  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tell me I am not wrong! on: September 17, 2011 05:01:06 PM
Ok i'm coming late to this discussion, but If you decide to have kids, or end up with alot of company you might find the french doors don't provide enough privacy. If you went that route you would need something to add privacy when needed.
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Doodle Art Notebook (with tutorial link) on: September 12, 2011 12:07:29 PM
The other day I combined my love of doodling and my need for a portable notebook and in less than half an hour, ended up with this;

I've posted a tutorial on my blog makedocraft.com. (Recently re-launched after a hack destroyed everything) Sad
25  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: What are you making for Halloween 2011? on: August 28, 2011 10:22:29 AM
My daughter wants to be witch, a pink one. And we decided the baby needs to go as her familiar, a black cat.  I'll likely be making a few more tombstones for the graveyard, another giant spider or two, and i need to paint the giant spiderweb I made in glow in the dark paint. I'd also really like to rig up a life sized witch for the front yard too. I've got a few dozen halloween projects on my wists, so we'll see what gets done.  I'm still hip deep in ren faire costumes at the moment.
26  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Dear Oregonians, please advise me, for I am baffled. on: May 26, 2011 02:07:40 PM
 (I don't live in Oregon, but here's what i would do...)  Contact the county offices and ask about business licenses.  hopefully they can refer you to either a real live expert to help you or a webpage that should explain being a small business in that county.  good luck!
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swapping Craft-along (ongoing) on: May 18, 2011 11:52:17 AM
Finished three swaps:

OTT world of warcraft:

Murloc ornament.  I love this, really I do.  Hope DH likes it, stocking up for the winter holiday!

cuff bracelet:

how bizarre, I swore i took a picture of this...   It's all pink and black goodness with corset ribbons, lace and flowers.  Hmmm, will have to put this pic up later.   Undecided  I really like it and it feels comfortable to wear, which is what I was hoping for.

and jar of whimsies:

The jar is a fairy urban rescue habitat jar. You may scoop up a fairy inside the jar.  The top is filled with synthetic foliage including a soft place for recovering fairies to sit.  Beaded ants and dragonflies should make a fairy feel at home.  If the fairy decides to stay the jar may be used for all her trinkets.  It also comes with a guardian miniature unicorn.

The top of the jar is a pincushion with hand made pins

The crafted goodies (wrapped in the doily next to the jar, cause I changed containers and the crafted things wouldn't fit. )  A round container with a screw top lid in poly clay with the Game of Thrones house Stark motto "Winter is Coming" and a direwolf on the top.  And two hair clip holders, one for each dear daughter to match their rooms.  Also came with doily and vintage handkerchief.

All the other non crafted whimsies: vintage jewelry, steampunk bits, dominoes, cat stamps, champagne tops, bunny applique, and those plastic things for attaching kids toys, lace, beads, stick on rhinestones, antique spoons, a small oil can, rulers, a jack-o-lantern spreader, and a needle threader.   The awesome part of this was that I got most of it for free.  It coincided with my Mom's yard sale, so at the end I was encouraged to take whatever I could/might be able to use. The next weekend was the schools relay for life sale and everything is always priced good, so even with buying a good chunk, I still only spent maybe $1.50.  I love how the jar turned out and I think I collected enough stuff to fill 3 or 4 jars.  Yay i have lots of whimsies now! 
28  UNITED STATES / Virginia / Re: Craft Shows/Fairs on: May 16, 2011 10:23:00 AM
check out local schools, churches, and rotary/elk lodge type places.  they often have a fundraiser or two through the year that includes a bazaar or craft faire.  These are usually cheap to attend and if they've been going a while will have good turnout. (beware of a 1st annual anything.  these typically are under-advertised meaning you are seeing more vendors than customers.  Don't pay big bucks for this unless you know you by yourself can bring in enough customers to break even.

Then look in the local arts section of the paper and start getting contact info and approximate dates for things for next year.
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Record cabinet to paper cart on: May 08, 2011 03:19:25 PM
ok, i think I'm drooling over this.  I'd love a wood (er wood look) to my crafty area!
30  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Start as hobby or business? on: May 06, 2011 01:14:16 PM
I've done a couple of businesses, both started as hobbies.  The main things you need to form it up into a business aren't hard, but can get tedious.  You need to keep your receipts for taxes, both for supplies and your sales, report income monthly (at least in my state), and advertise, advertise, advertise. (If online, then you need to deal with web design, and making sure you have a way to collect money securely and have good descriptions and all that too.)

My county loves small businesses so it's a dollar to register as a business and another 10 to register a business name. I hated dealing with the monthly income receipts (especially when the amount was a big fat goose egg).  And I'd rather be crafting than doing marketing. So the last time i started a jewelry business, I did a little better than breaking even, but eventually closed down as the paperwork became overwhelming.  But i know whenever I feel up to the challenge again, $11 later and I'm in business. 

If you love making something and think it might sell, go for it. you can start small with very little risk.  My advice would be to either team up with someone that likes doing parts you hate (marketing, web content upkeep...whatever) or at the very least educate yourself in the basics of whatever you plan on doing yourself.

You may start and sputter along and close, but the experience alone will likely be worth it.  That way next time you understand the obstacles you faced before. 
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