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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Nintendo DS case with silly closure on: January 23, 2008 07:18:21 AM

Unable to find an awesome DS case on Etsy, I set out to make my own using some fleece I had lying on my floor.

The pompoms are sewn on because I wanted to know if they could be successfully sewn. The answer is yes, and it turns out it looks stupid.

I also regret my pom pom color choices.

My DS case is coming to eat you.

On the end, I cut notches in the sides so I ended up with two flaps. I sewed two pompoms onto one flap, and cut small slits (about 1cm long) in the other to correspond with the pompoms. It kinda looks like eyes.

This is what it looks like closed.

It took me about an hour total and was really easy to make Smiley


2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Any etsy insiders? just when can sellers use paypal to set up an account? on: January 23, 2008 12:05:20 AM
If you have a bank account with a check card, you can use that too.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial: Suitcase Earring Holder / Display on: April 21, 2007 06:00:03 AM
I have been through about 50 different displays for earrings, and I generally don't like any of them. Most recent was the Case Of Doom, a big acrylic spinny case, which works well for some things but kind of sucks because a) no one can figure out how to turn it and b) someone has to go in and get stuff out. Not convenient for group shows.
And so I present to you, my latest display, which is by far my favorite:

Also it was amazingly easy to make. Really, it took all of two steps, which I will share with you.

-A big box. Lucky me, Michaels had some cute vintage-wanna be trunks on sale for half price. If you're not as lucky, the local thrift store might have something to fit your needs.
-Ribbon that matches the big box. I got a wee little spool from Michaels that was just long enough for $0.99
-Glue Gun. Don't leave home without it

First things first. The box I got from Michaels had a little brace on it to keep it open when you set it down, and also prevented it from opening more than 90 degrees. Using the screwdriver, I removed the two screws holding the brace so I can open it up enough to see inside properly.

Then cut the ribbon in lengths that are *just* long enough to fit across the box. You don't want them to be slack at all. Decide  how far apart you want your rows, and cut enough ribbon for them.

Use your hot glue gun to secure the ribbon to the box. Start by gluing down all of one side on one half of the box, to get your spacing right. Then go back to the first one you did, and pull it really tight, then glue in place

Voila! An earring display.

Hang your earrings on it by the hooks, not the earring card. Just slip the back of the hooks over the ribbon. It's a little hard to see, but I took a picture with the ribbon twisted a little so you can see what I mean.

Its shown here with display cards since I plan on using it at a craft show, but you can use it to hold your earrings at home just as well, just slip the backs over the ribbon.

It works best with earring cards that don't have a lot of top weight, otherwise the cards tend to fall forward on the display and look silly. I haven't thought of a way to attach post earrings to it (except for peircing the ribbon), but feel free to share any ideas!

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: "not for commercial purposes" rant (long!) on: April 08, 2007 07:20:42 AM
The argument seems to be "you should license your patterns because you can't realistically keep people from stealing it" which is IMHO an extremely disappointing argument.

If someone creates a pattern, it is well within their rights and interests NOT to license it. The argument that there's no point in not selling it because people will make it anyway is a logistical point for NOT licensing.

A copyright is only as good as it is enforced (and no, changing something 10% will NOT necessarily protect your derivitive work, copyright law is much more complex than that). If there's evidence that you're only sporadically enforcing your copyright, it won't be honored by the court. So if I let all of craftster use my pattern for goods they're selling without any sort of contract or agreement, then there's nothing I can do if a large corporation does the same and farms the labor out to China.

By saying that no one can sell works from your pattern, it is relatively easy to manage. If you find out about someone selling work from your patterns, its clear how to deal with them.

When you license your designs, you have to keep much more careful track of who you've licensed to and what you're doing with them, so that if someone who hasn't paid to license the designs starts using them you can effectively combat them. If you're not keeping track of who is licensed, and half the people using your designs aren't, it will be much more difficult to persue against any one person because you haven't been properly enforcing your copyright over all the others.

I find the attitude that people have some sort of right (even if not a legal one) to sell goods made from someone else's pattern disturbing. An artists decision to license or sell their designs is a personal one for each artist, and you need to respect that both by abiding by their rules and also by realizing that they are well within their right to do that, and don't need to justify it to anyone.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: new site that look suspiciously like etsy on: April 08, 2007 06:54:30 AM
I'm curious to see what happens with this. Compared to etsy, their fees seem high. Etsy charges 20c + 3.5%, mintd charges 7.5% "plus paypal charges" which aren't stated on the site. For inexpensive items, the flat rate might be better, but for anything over $15 the fees are more on mintd.

There are a handful of etsy-clones poping up, and I think the only ones that will last are the ones providing a distinctly different service, like a juried site, or a jewelry-only site, etc. For all of etsy's faults, so far it does a good job at what it sets out to do... the site is much more aesthetically pleasing and useable than some of the other sites that are cropping up.

That said, I think competition is good! Companies start to go sour when they get too comfortable with their status at the top. Having other sites constantly challenge them will keep the leaders of the pack innovating and changing to keep up, which is great for the users.

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / RSS feed for craft shows on: April 08, 2007 06:40:24 AM
For anyone who hates having to check 10 different sites to keep up with the craft show schedule, indiecraftshows.com has released an RSS feed so you can see updates to the shows from your rss reader, firefox's live bookmarks, bloglines, gmail's web clips, livejournal's syndicated feed, and pretty much anything else that can handle RSS.

Shows will pop up in the RSS feed whenever they are added or modified, so you can find out about a show as early as possible.

The URL of the feed is http://www.indiecraftshows.com/events.rss

You can even embed it in another webpage if you're that technically inclined Smiley
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: DO NOT USE THESE PEOPLE TO HOST YOUR WEBSITE on: March 03, 2007 09:56:24 AM
I used godaddy for a while, and it's a perfectly acceptable service, but I found their control panel pretty irritating.

If you don't need SSL (necessary for ecommerce) and know your way around hosting, I've been happy with http://www.nearlyfreespeech.net/ which has a really cool pay structure. You only pay for what you use. So if you get less traffic one month, you pay less. It works great for small and medium sized sites that arent going to use multiple 20 gigs of bandwidth a month.

For bigger sites, or if you need SSL, I use A Small Orange (http://www.asmallorange.com). I've only been with them for about a month, so I can't really say one way or the other, but so far so good, and they have been highly praised by folks I know Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lined/Zippered Scooter Bag on: March 03, 2007 09:51:21 AM
Thanks Smiley
No intentions to sell them, I'm already swamped with my various crafty business ventures (they're mentioned in my sig for anyone curious). If I have time, I was thinking of putting together a PDF with patterns people could cut and print so the could make their own. Smiley
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Lime Earrings - with pattern on: February 24, 2007 07:02:11 PM
Thanks guys Smiley
I used to play KoL a lot at work, but now I actually have a job where I have to like, do work at work Tongue

I've made a variety of fruits, one of which will be printed in a book of patterns published by Lark Books! I'm not sure when it's coming out but I'll be sure to let you guys know.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Some pom-poms are fluffier than others on: February 19, 2007 06:12:23 PM
I may be the only person on the planet who has ever noticed this , but does anyone know why some pom-poms are fluffier than others?
I have two packages of the same brand, same size, same color pom poms. One has rather dense ones, and the others are much fluffier. I thought I was going insane until someone else said they could tell the difference too.

Has anyone else ever noticed this? I use pom-poms in some of my jewelry and the fluffy ones just dont work Sad

I of course asked the girl working at the craft store and she gave me a look like "you pom-pom loving freak"
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