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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Looking for honest opinions regarding my items on: November 20, 2006 01:26:32 PM
Hi Sue! wildwood here....I just found this post and wanted to chime in with some words of wisdom (yah, right!)  but, seriously to me it seems like you haven't tapped into Your Market.  I'm in the same boat (with older buyers)  Offer them nostalgia, tradition and Americana!  One of the most appealing aspects of your work IS the old-fashioned charming household goods...use that approach. Give your listings a real old-timey look (photos, titles) and give ;em what they want...to hold onto to past. I've tried to honor the past in many of my creations, and plan to take the road less traveled and tap into the over 40 buyer. They're out there, and they enjoy spending money like everyone else! right?
spoken like a true old fogey!!LOL
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: cleaning woodburning tools? on: November 19, 2006 08:07:16 PM
I use a 200 grit sandpaper that's stapled down to my practice board. The carbon from the burning process builds up on the tip, and even when it's heated you can quickly scratch it on the sandpaper surface and remove the buildup!  but, not the 3M (purple) sandpaper, it melts!!  This is also a way to reshape the tips when they're cooled off...just sharpen it on the snadpaper like you would a tiny knife.
 you can find lots of advice on woodburner.com, too
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: woodburning - how to dry out the wood? on: August 11, 2006 08:20:58 AM
I wouldn't try it---you're more likely to split, crack and warp the wood than you are to dry it.  Esp with pine!  so much sap.  ewwww.  The commercial drying kilns for lumber have high velocity vents and carefully regulated temps and moisture sensors.  Using a BBQ pit would even be more challenging to get the temp even.
If I were taking on a furniture project, I'd go buy some kiln dried lumber for it.  The woodburning is difficult enough with processed lumber---dont waste your time with green wood.  A soft pine or poplar would be just the ticket!  Good luckw ith the project, I hope my advice helps.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: what should I do with this???? on: November 19, 2005 01:13:45 PM
could use a few in crapbooks, if ur so inclined.
I'd use them for anchors for re-using package bows from last year.  maybe when we saved bows from last year we might've ripped off the sticky pad on bottom of the bow.  But don't fear, cuz crafty witch has just the right thing.  Punch a hole, cut a slot and off you go.
I don't do much paper crafting, but I do like to re-purpose and re-use.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: After staining wood, can you just spray-laquer it? on: November 19, 2005 01:05:55 PM
was this Last weekend?  I dunno if you've trying the clear coat sealant (spray paint) yet, but I would have a word of advice:  light, even coats.
If you try to apply too much, it'll drip.  Since it's clear that makes it tough to tell how much you're applying.  I try to get angle it to catch the glare so I can see the wet paint.
Better to do several light coats because over doing it is hard to correct.
Let us know how it comes out!
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Glass Wine Bottles on: October 08, 2005 08:52:01 AM
I've been saving some wine bottles to create genie bottles!  I look for the bottles with a pear shape and long neck (like Chianti).  Some liquor bottles might work, too.
Once I work the labels off, I'd like to glue glass beads of various size and color into a swirling pattern.  Then create a stopper out of the cork, using more beads.
I just checked the THIS TO THAT website and they recommend Loctite Impruv, found at elctronics stores.  alternative glue is Houshold goop.
So, the question is---how can I make this look more like a genie bottle and less like a pretty bottle with some beads on it?
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Woodburning for 8yr old = no more house. on: September 01, 2005 09:49:05 AM
I just gave my nephew, Nick a complete wood burning kit for his 14th birthday---let's hope he has some sense!  The nice thing about this tool is that it has and on-off switch on the cord, along with an indicator light.  Simple improvements make the difference...  I also included and extension cord and pliers (to remove hot burning tips).  Nick was so excited about my wood burning projects, and that's all he wanted for his birthday.   ANYTHING to keep that kid away from video games is  a good thing.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! on: September 01, 2005 09:40:32 AM
Safety first!  Woodburning is a dangerous sport but one I'm destined to master...  the occasional finger blister is expected.  The real danger lies in working with the wood.  I recently visited a realitve who has been doing woodworking for decades;  he accidently sawed off four of his fingers!  His surgery lasted 8 hours and took 5 skilled doctors to reattach.  After hearing the gory details I decided that saws and drills are not for me.
I had to admit to him that I had a serious hand injury, too.

Trying to seperate frozen patties, I reached for a knife to wedge in there and crack 'em open.  Too much pressure and the sharp pointy knife slipped and ran through by palm.  not very painful, which meant I'd severed some nerves.  Several months and surgery,  wearing a cast, etc. and the nerves never retruned.  2 years ago and I'm still numb in my finger and part of my palm. 

The worst part was when people would say "What happened to your hand?"  I made up stories about a knife fight in a biker bar, and other outrageous claims just so I wouldn't have to tell them what really happened.  But I'm over it now, and want to warn folks about the danger of serperating frozen foods with sharp objects.   Come to find out, it's not all that unusual!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: WALL MURAL IDEAS on: August 29, 2005 08:35:21 AM
nice skills, doodlebug!  I'm working on a few mural projects and wanted some fresh ideas...  a few months ago I did a yin-yang symbol in my husbands karate/fitness space.   Something to focus the che.   And I'm working on a diamond design for my new crafting area that should be finished in a few days.  IT's floor to ceiling diamond shapes along a 26' wall and continuning to a 22' wall. Cream center with periwinkle background.  16.5 diamonds in all.  that's a mighty big area, not all of it will be for crafting.
Maybe that would work for MissThang....  even with keeping the furniture against the wall!  Borders, stripes, or a repeating pattern in the background would add color and wouldn't require that you clear out the room just to view it (like a landscape mural would be)  Graphic shapes and bold, but not too bright color.
I also have a friend who wants a dove design (it's a logo) for his karate studio, that project should start in a bout a week.
Having problems with my camera so I can't post pics right now--but I'll get some completed shots.
10  UNITED STATES / Tennessee / Re: Crafters wanted for fall festival... on: August 29, 2005 08:14:33 AM
I called the church and they already had a woodburning craft booth planned.  I couldn't put up $30 for a booth anyway.... but I'll havta go check it out on Sept 17.
Thanks for posting the info!
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