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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: when custom orders get cancelled!! on: July 05, 2005 02:31:13 AM
Something like this happened to me only instead of wedding jewelry it was a maternity wedding dress for my friend's sister. I sketched out a design, she okayed it, she said she could pay $300, I told her I'd take $150 (I felt sorry for her). I made a mock-up out of a bedsheet, we tweeked the design, then I made the dress (luckily, I told her to find and purchase the fabric.) When I was almost finished she called and said, "Guess what! I found a dress at a thrift store so now I don't have to pay all that money!" I was speechless. I think she could sense my shock and she offered to give me $50 for my time (about 6 hours). When I picked up the money I gave her a piece of my mind (I'm usually very nice and accomodating) and it seemed that it never even crossed her mind that what she did was lame.

A friend of mine went to the wedding and told me she had copied the design I had made (lacing up the back with ribbon) only she just left the zipper open in the back and cut holes for the ribbon to lace up. Klassy.

Here was my dress:

I guess all you can do, Bead Bakery, is take the $30 and chalk it up to a learning experience. Stress to your friend that you LOST money in this deal and wish she would make up for it. Can you use the beads for anything else?
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: YEAY! thanks everyone,here are some photos! on: June 28, 2005 12:56:54 AM
Cute stuff!
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Odd Leafy-ish Shaped Purse on: June 28, 2005 12:55:37 AM
I love the fabric on that first one.
24  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Paypal and Other Shopping Carts on: June 22, 2005 02:24:04 PM
Wow. Thanks so much sweetpea! It makes much more sense now!
25  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Lobster Shoes! on: June 21, 2005 01:34:13 PM
Cute shoes! Although when I read the title I was picturing big claws and arms and legs attached to the sides of the shoes. I was wondering how you would walk in them.
26  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Paypal and Other Shopping Carts on: June 21, 2005 01:14:59 PM
Thanks to this thread I decided to go with Mals E-commerce and I really like it. My only problems are when a person goes to check out, their order title looks like this:


How can I get rid of those + symbols.

And the Voucher/ Discount section is very confusing. I want to give my customers a special discount to use on future purchases but I have yet tackle figuring it out. Any suggestions?
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Diaper Bag with Elastic Pocket TUTORIAL on: June 09, 2005 10:38:50 AM
Thanks! I got the dress for $4 at a thrift store down the street. As soon as I saw it I thought, "Look at all that material!" I never even considered wearing it. There's still a lot left too. It's funny because the people at that store probably think I love their clothes. I just love to cut them up!
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: my latest creation - messenger bag on: June 08, 2005 06:00:29 PM
That bag is awesome! So professional looking!
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial: Diaper Bag with Elastic Pocket on: June 08, 2005 03:22:35 PM
A few people asked for an elastic pocket tutorial when I posted my last diaper bag. I tried to explain how to do it in words but it got confusing so I decided to make another diaper bag and take pictures along the way.

First off, here's where I got my material and here's what I turned it into:

And here are the pieces you'll need (the 2 inside pockets are not shown).

Here's the side pocket tutorial:

Stitch together the outside and lining fabrics, fold them back so the right sides are facing out, then stitch in 5/8 of and inch along the edge. See how much space you'll need for the elastic and make a channel. I sew it with the elastic inside (just don't sew over the elastic!). You can also make your channel and insert the elastic with a safety pin.

Lay  this on top of your side panel for your bag and stitch one side to the panel. make two folds at the bottom unitl the pocket fabric is the same width as the panel. Sew the bottom and other side of the pocket to the panel,  making sure your elastic isn't too loose that it hangs open or too tight that the panel buckles and you can't get your hand in the pocket.

Sew front, back, and side panels to the bottom of your bag, then stitch up the sides. Set aside and start on the lining.

Here's how I do an elastic gathered flat pocket:


Use a piece of fabric that's wider at the top. Make a channel for the elastic (like on the side pockets). Gather to your desired width and lay flat on the fabric to which you are adhering it. Fold in the sides and stitch down. You can leave the bottom open because that will be sewn to the bottom of the bag.

Stitch up the sides and combine with outer fabric. Add the strap, make an opening in the middle of one of your lining sides and pull through.

I also made a changing pad/play mat filled with batting that goes in the inside flat pocket.

Alrighty then, I hope that wasn't confusing. Forgive me if I'm not very good at tutorials. If you have any questions I'll be glad to answer them.

30  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: PRICE ME! on: June 06, 2005 03:06:35 AM
I'd say $30. I completely understand how time and effort don't always equal the selling price. Sometimes, though, you have to price things affordably just to get your name and reputation for quality out there.
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