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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / butterflies on: February 08, 2009 10:50:34 PM
I have always loved butterflies and think of spring when I see one. But really want to see hundreds right now!
So I made these earrings to help force spring to get here fast

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / the shipping box rates on: May 29, 2007 09:58:26 AM
I am just starting out with an etsy account and have a LOT to learn but this is one question I"m really stuck on.
I live in Canada and it is quite a bit more to mail parcels to the US and even more to mail parcels within Canada. What would I set on the shipping rates?
I sell my shoe purses and some are heavier than others. I also don't have a uniform packaging together for them. I am big on recycling packing materials.
Would 20.00 shipping sound too high and scare you off? I know in one case I sent a bag to the US last year and it 9.00 the same bag (very similar in size shape package and actually the other shoe) to Canada was 18.00.!
But I am afraid that if I put in it that the shipping will be specified after I have an address people will think that the shipping is free and therefore get myself in to a lot of trouble.
I plan to be completely fair in refunding any part of the shipping if it's grossly under the rate charged.
This part is a big issue for me because I have seen ridiculous prices set on ebay for someting small that would fit in a 4x6 bubble envelope.
I want to be fair but have my butt covered to because my purses are much bigger than a necklace.
It doesn't seem to have a way of putting 'up to 20.00' in there so I am really stumped here.  My purses are like the one shown in my avatar. Some bigger some smaller.
How do you purse makers deal with this issue. Mine are not all fabric so they definately have varying wieghts involved. Any thoughts? I would be so greatful.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / solution to my problem on: May 02, 2007 08:08:10 PM
I'm not sure this goes here but it is a spoon rack converted into a jewellery holder.
I finally found something that will hold all the necklaces I've been making and loosing because I've had them everywhere!
I found a three tier spoon holder and a bunch of push pins and I found that it held lots more than I expected. I can actually get about 50 of them on there. right now I have about 30 and 6 bracelettes hanging on it. Plus there is even enough places to put my cuff bracelettes too.
At the very top I have a little necklace holder that holds all of my turquoise rings! I have way too many of them  Wink

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / surgery-vest-shoe--- guess who!! on: April 25, 2007 08:58:13 PM
Marylin Monroe!
I had surgery last week and couldn't work so I shopped and found a marylin vest in Andy Warholl style with her face all over it in several colours. I have not made a new shoe purse in a while so since I had a big acrylic shoe already taken apart this just had to be!!
Here's a shot of the original shoe

wow sorry about the size of these pictures! I couldn't upload any of them for quite a while and thought I reduced them before I got it through.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / my crimps are crap! on: April 11, 2007 09:04:16 PM
I have been trying to make some jewellery with tiger tail but  my crimps all seem to get week and at some point during the day i'm wearing something at work the darn things will break dropping beads usually down into my bra or all over the floor! I seem to be very consistant with the same thing over and over. I can't figure out what I'm doing worng. I do the first crimp like the instructions say and then use the tip of the tool to round it out. But it never fails it all comes apart on me!
FRUSTRATING I'm just glad nobody else gets my work!
I don't have problems using toggles of clasps or anyting else with jump rings. It's just the stupid crimps.
Anyone have any idea what I am doing worng? I am sure wasting a lot of time and beads and not to mention the crimps themselves!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / art deco bar stools reupholstered on: April 04, 2007 05:56:47 PM
these are the stools I reupholstered. They had turquoise plastic and a ton of duct tape and were very ugly but the frames were in fabulous shape. They swivel too.

This is the bar that I redid the 4 stools to match. I sewed the silver and red vinyl together and stapled it all on on the inside then stuck a decal on it.
The whole set turned out really great
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / shoe purses acrylic heel pg 4 on: May 17, 2006 09:33:07 PM

uses a ring belt for the strap.

uses two pair of vinyl pants and original pockets . A gift to a female impersonater!

this one uses the original heal and front toe of the shoe zippered top recycled purse strap

  uses a belt for the strap

made from another pair of pants and belt for strap
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 10 ENTRIES / shoe revamp challenge on: April 06, 2006 03:00:00 PM
this is my shoe revamp entry

I used the other shoe to enter the nifty thrifty purse challenge so there really are two.
This was made using vinyl dance pants and another pair of reptile skin plastic pants. I used a belt for the strap.

I put this in the wrong place originally and now have to try and fix that. Hopefully this works for me this time.  

this is the shoe I did for the purse challenge

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / need to make a nipped in waist any ideas? on: May 19, 2005 04:53:48 PM
I am always full of ideas for others but this one I can't think of how to do it.
I am going to a forties dance and found the perfect dress that looks like a swanky forties  dress but it needs the nipped waist. It's  just below my knee and has room for the big shoulder pads. But I don't have the classic figure and need to figure out how to make it look shaped better. I have a waist cinch to wear under it but it could use the right look from the outside.
Any thoughts?  I can put some boning in it if I could figure out where or how to do it. But I'm concerned if I do it my waist will just bulge when I sit. (like usual)
I also have the absolutely perfect hat to match and just picked up the perfect forties shoes for 3 bucks!
The dress is completely sequined and swank and only cost 8 bucks so I'm looking like a million for next to nothing! Well in my mirror anyway!
ANy thoughts on what to do for the tighter looking waist?
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