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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Starbella ruffle skirt on: December 12, 2012 09:53:43 AM
I made this starbella ruffle skirt after finding a free pattern.

It's actually more like a ruffle tutu. I purposely made it short for my 3 year old daughter for playtime. I am making another one that's a little longer (by spacing the ruffle a little further apart) so that she can wear it without leggings and as an actual skirt for Christmas. She really loves this one, so I thought it'd be a fun gift.

It's a unique skirt, certainly not one I've ever seen that you can buy in stores. I think I may be making skirts for all my friends who have daughters for their birthdays lol

I used one "Fly a Kite" starbella skein.

Here is the pattern I used http://bfranklincrafts.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-to-knit-starbella-ruffle-skirt_29.html
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: The Amazing BURGER CAKE! (picture tutorial added) on: October 25, 2012 11:00:28 AM
Oh my gosh, that is amazing! I have got to try to make this! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Oreo Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes on: October 25, 2012 10:59:04 AM
Those look delicious!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: I made a cake! Or a party. Maybe a partycake. on: October 25, 2012 10:58:28 AM
Wow, that's a cool cake! Love the little characters! So nice of you to do that for him Smiley
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Make a Geo mesh Christmas tree on: October 25, 2012 10:56:25 AM
I read that geo mesh is another name for deco poly mesh and floral mesh.

I've never heard of geo mesh either until this year. I've seen it in person as a wreath and it's quite a large roll that you work with unless you buy geo mesh ribbon.

It's like a plastic netting, but has a nice neat weaved pattern, not just a net pattern, if you know what I mean.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: You Made It Yourself: Now What? 29 Places to Sell Your Handmade Creations on: October 25, 2012 10:03:16 AM
In addition to selling online, you should sell within your community.

Make flyers showing your items with prices, along with your contact info and pass them out to friends to pass out, hang in workplaces, or ask businesses if you can leave a couple flyers at their business.

Selling online has its potential, but word of mouth in your own local town or city will probably produce more results, sales, and interest than waiting to see if someone finds your online store to buy.

Also, selling in person reduces cost of shipping and waiting. Set up a booth at a festival/farmers market is an idea. Some can be costly, but others can be affordable to do.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Where would you recommend selling? on: October 25, 2012 09:59:15 AM
I agree. Not everything has to be sold online.

There are a variety of ways to sell: farmer's markets, word of mouth, hosting craft parties, etc.

Make some flyers and hand them out, ask businesses if you can hang up a flyer or have your friends pass them out for you at their workplace. Not everyone knows where to find something when they look for it on the web.

I agree with the previous post that you should go out into your community to spread the word. You would get more immediate results than waiting to see who buys or views your item.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Tips for Taking Good Pictures of Crafts on: October 25, 2012 09:54:42 AM
I love taking photos and I can tell you that it's not always about the camera, it's the person behind it.

Natural light is best for taking photos, IMO. Get near a window, if you can, and turn your flash off. Hold your camera still or invest in a tabletop tripod to take the photo.

If you need to take the item outdoors to take the photo in natural light, then do it in a somewhat shaded area. You can use like a white posterboard to reflect light onto the item if it's too shady.

You can also use two sheets of posterboard (as the bottom and wall) and put the product on it to shoot. You don't need to buy expensive lighting, but instead use a daylight bulb to create that nice white light (instead of the yucky yellow).

Also, add a little creativity to your photos. I checked out your blog and you make the cutest things! Set them up in creative environments.

Good luck!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Feathery Barn Owl Felt Ornament on: October 25, 2012 09:47:15 AM
Thanks for sharing the pattern!

This is something that I could have in my house all year round. I love owls and love the neutral colors used for this.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Felt Applique Ornaments on: October 25, 2012 09:45:16 AM
omg that is SO cute!
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