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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Looking for the name of Kitch-y mail online store - I forgot it!! on: March 02, 2008 08:02:55 AM
The other day I went to sacred kitsch to buy some yummy stuff and was way bummed to see that they are closed!   Cry  Sob.

Today I was looking for another online store that was kind of similar that I also liked to shop at that had sort of similar stuff to Sacred Kitsch (genuine vintage ephemera, old gumball charm toys, skull beads & Day of the dead stuff..) Does someone on here know the name of it? I totally blanked it out. 

Their website layout uses a background color that is a sort of grayish color with a hint of purple to it.  Their logo has the silhouette of a black bird (raven?).  Kind of a nice moody Poe-esque look to it. It's not studios blackbird that I'm looking for (although they rock incredibly) and it's not an etsy or ebay store.  My google searches are not yielding me anything that looks or sounds like this place ... anyone know the name/url of the store I'm speaking of?
2  California / California: South / San Diego Craft Mafia membership open for a limited time on: July 25, 2007 08:35:45 PM
I just wanted to give everyone a heads up about the San Diego Craft Mafia recruiting schedule. As you may have heard, we will be recruiting a limited number of friendly self-employed people at the end of August to join the San Diego Craft Mafia!!   Smiley

This is an awesome opportunity for folks who are self-employed to join an aggressive fast-paced success-oriented group that can help you reach for and attain goals that would be very difficult to do alone. It's also a great way to connect with other indie business owners on a personal level over time, and to help support one another in a variety of ways - both personally and professionally.

Aside from the impressive accomplishments of the San Diego Craft Mafia itself (The Punk Rock Craft Fair, etc.), our group also benefits from the support and association of a global network of Craft Mafias across the US and beyond (see www.craftmafia.com for more info)

Due to a family emergency, I have had to push new recruitment for the San Diego Craft Mafia out until the end of August. In the meantime though, feel free to shoot me an e-mail with your name, your business name, and your phone number, and one of us will get back to you to answer any questions you may have or to with you chat about what the SDCM is all about.

At the end of August, we will contact the people who have expressed interest and invite them to an informational meeting where we will go into greater detail about the group, it's history, it's obligations, and it's mission. Those who are interested will be invited to apply for membership at the end of the meeting if they feel the group would be a good fit for their current business. The San Diego Craft Mafia is a great source of traffic and publicity for self employed persons who already have a functioning and profitable business model, and we look forward to meeting new creative souls to work together with, learn from, and help to succeed even more!!

If you - or anyone you know - may be interested in joining the San Diego Craft Mafia - please shoot me an e-mail at your earliest convenience to nicole *at* astaarts.com with your name, company name, and phone number so we can include you in our informational meeting in August. Feel free to contact me in the meantime too if you have any other questions as well, and I will do my best to answer them.

Warm Regards,

Nicole aka 'Rattlesnake'

3  California / California: South / LA Derby Dolls bout - Sat. April 14th on: April 04, 2007 12:35:13 AM
The San Diego Craft Mafia is coming out to be in the vendor villiage.  Anyone on here gonna be there?  If so, come on over and say hi!!

4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES / "Man's Ruin" shrine in a baking tin on: June 01, 2006 06:34:13 PM
Hi all,  this is my first challenge, and I had a lot of fun!! This shrine was inspired by the old style Mans Ruin tattoos.  They pretty much always have a sexy girl sitting in a martini glass in the middle and other symbols on the outside like a skull, booze bottles, dice, poker cards, stuff like that. I also tried to work in other tattoo theme images throughout the piece. I should have taken pictures when I was making it I made a HUGE mess all over the place making this thing.  It took me 2 days to clean up!


Click here for a larger view

I was super excited when I realized that doll would fit nicely in a martini glass.  Thats where the original idea came from then I read about the challenge with the macaroni and such and it all came together in my head right then.  A lot of the little doo dads are just random things Ive hung onto.  I tore my place up trying to find all this stuff!

The doll is in a martini glass full of glass pebbles & silicone glue. In there with her are a winning poker hand of tiny cards, a black cat, and an 8 ball.  She has 6 arms and is holding beer, wine and a tiny roulette game.  Her pasties are skulls and crossbones.

The outer part of the shrine is a baking pan that I got on sale for a dollar.  Inside that, secured with gobs of silicone glue, is a cardboard lid from a copier paper box I painted black.  The backdrop in there features a border of gold pasta with gold pipecleaners along the edge, pom poms, fake roses with skulls glued in em, and a bunch of doll hands holding a skull, a devil, a heart, dice (rolling 7), and in the center, a winged hand holds a revolver (I had recently found a baggie of random doll arms at the thrift store by my house)  Behind the doll is an oval mirror I found in the target dollar section a couple weeks back.  Tucked on either side is play money.

The top of the shrine is made of popsicle sticks painted green, topped with wood rectangles I painted red & stuck tiny playing cards on (those were another target dollar ailse find!) Aslo up there is part of a busted roulette toy I had laying around, Barbie shoes from the aforementioned thrift shop, dice rolling a 7, and a hand in the middle holding a plastic skull charm and an american express card that says Your Name Here that I got in an ad they sent me some time ago.  I always wanted to use that in something.

I forgot to take a "before" picture, but here's a pic some of the leftover supplies - better late than never, right? Smiley


5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Misfits Skull in squins & felt on: June 01, 2006 04:33:54 PM
This is an applique (sp? - I think that's what its called!) of the Misfits skull I made using silver sequins & black felt:


I found a pretty decent jean jacket at a thrift store by my house, and I attached it to the back with 8 velcro spots so you can pull it off again to wash the jacket:


The pictures don't really show how shiny and silver it is.  It's very sequin-y.  Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A gift for the queen of sock monkeys on: January 01, 2006 10:38:44 PM
We had a secret santa swap in our little SD craftster group and I picked the super-talented "Mandy the sock-monkey fiend" of SappyMooseTree fame.  She is the QUEEN of wonderfully disturbing sock monkeys.  For "what I like" on the secret santa form she listed "socks, monkeys, and sock monkeys." Cheesy

I don't sew at all so I had NO IDEA what to make her. I started researching sock monkeys on the web and found some cool pictures that gave me an idea..

This is what I made her .. it's a little wood bureau for jewelry and such:




Inside was a necklace I made that had a pendant featuring one of the wonderful monkey creations that she had recently sold.

I finished it way before the swap and I was DYING to spill the beans as soon as I finished it.. if not to her, at least so someone else in our group.. but I was good and kept my yap shut.

There are images of sock monkeys on all sides.. even on the bottom... They look like pictures but they are actually thumbnails of actual *paintings*... incredibly, there is an artist who has done an extensive study of sock monkeys.  Apparently there is someone else on the planet who is as obsessed with sock monkeys as Mandy!!

BTW, the night of the gift swap we also had a contest for craftiest name tag and Mandy won ... you guessed it - she made a little sock monkey holding her name!!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Thread spool dolls can be sexy!! on: January 01, 2006 09:50:41 PM
This is my first thread spool doll - she's a dreadlocked gypsy.  I was trying to make her as un-cutesey as possible and give her some sass but I really had no idea how she would actually turn out when I put everything together... I think she's pretty dang cute so I thought I'd share:


Thanks for looking :-)
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Circus/Carnivale Book on: November 02, 2005 04:44:47 AM
I'm a big fan of 20s/30s/40s circus and sideshow lore and also of HBO's "Carnivale" so when my friend gave me this cool legal folder to alter (the company she works for makes them) I decided to paste all the goodies I had collected over the years into it.   It's a work in progress, but here's what I have so far...






...It's totally great to pull this stuff out of my dusty dresser drawers and give it life!!

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What did you do for day of the dead? Post a picture!! on: November 01, 2005 01:47:27 AM
Did you make a day of the dead shrine or altar?  If so, post a pic.. I would love to see it!!!!

I made a little one on my coffee table. The candle holder that the lit candle is on belonged to a friend who recently passed, and the day of the dead goodies are things I have collected from different cities in Mexico and  from San Diego. The other stuff is just random crafty stuff I made that I thought looked good there too.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Exene is a craftster!! on: October 06, 2005 02:47:17 PM
Like she wasn't already the coolest woman ever!

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