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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Spinoff on expensive light on: September 08, 2007 09:58:53 AM
I saw this amazing light fixture and fell in love, but the price tag was ridiculous, a few thousand dollars. So I decided to try and make something along the same lines. This is what I came up with. It's more of a sculpture than a fixture, but it's very cool I think.


I took a small piece of window screen and made it into a cylinder which is closed with some wire. Then I took stronger wire and threaded it through, bending it here and there. Then I took some of those small black clips you use to hold papers together and on a 3x5 index cards, wrote some quotes that I like. I hung the whole thing on fishing line so you can't really see it. Below I put a light that I'd bought for some reason and never used. It's an uplight that is supposed to be used behind a plant. Aside from the general idea of this, it's really neat at night when the room lights are low and the outline is reflected against the wall. And when the heat is on, it revolves too.

Hope you like it.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Old silk tree into modern art on: September 08, 2007 09:46:08 AM
I'd been lugging this silk tree around from house to house for more years than some of you have been alive. Finally decided I couldn't stand it anymore and that I would have nothing to lose if I stripped off all the leaves and replaced them with paper which is what I did.

Actually, this photo was taken before I totally finished. It's now THICK with leaves. It took me two winters of work though. I made a template, then used magazine pages because they are thin and stick together. I cut two leaves, put glue on them, put one on top and one on bottom of each little "branch" where a silk leaf had been.

Here's a closer look at the leaves:

I started out using photos, but it was too hard to get them to stick. I still lose a few leaves, just like real trees in the fall!

But from something that everyone ignored, this has turned into an art and conversation piece.



3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Is anyone doing digital scrapbooking? on: May 15, 2007 06:11:29 PM
I got hooked last summer. Didn't even know digital existed then found a huge world out there. It's a lot of fun, a lot less expensive and less messy than regular scrapping. I still use all my paper and other materials, but don't scrap with them anymore. Instead I do other paper projects, but as for scrapping, it's strictly digital for me.

Let me know if you do it or would like to. Maybe I can help.


4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Press releases on: May 09, 2007 09:31:01 AM
I don't know how many of you take advantage of press releases, but I just had a good experience and thought I'd relate it to you. I wanted to get out some information about posting my free Mother's Day video on You Tube.

Luckily for me, I had recently acquired a $200 credit at PR Web. For anyone who doesn't know, this is a company that distributes press releases via the web. They reach literally thousands and thousands of news organizations and well as other types of organizations and individuals. Their releases also are immediately on the search engines.

You used to be able to distribute them in a limited way for free, but that no longer applies. I had done a couple when they were free, but when this opportunity came up, I figured I'd give it a try.

All I can say is that if you want to sell an item nationally and can create a great release (or have someone else do that for you), this is a terrific vehicle. Check out what they offer at each price level. Yes, it's expensive, but I know someone who did this two weeks ago and they have already been on six TV programs, locally and in their area, have had dozens of write-ups in online publications and are still fielding calls. So it does work.

I don't work for them or receive any payment for saying this. I'm just encouraging you to consider it. Their entry level is $40 for which you don't get as many bells and whistles like a photo and the direct link to you website. If you're interested in seeing what you get for $200 feel free to do a search for my release.

And if you have any other questions on this topic, let me know.


5  Washington / Washington: West / If you make baby things... on: May 09, 2007 09:04:28 AM
I came across this opportunity. It's in Seattle and you have to pay to be either a vendor or in their packet. You don't have to be a vendor to be in the packet though and the cost is $50 so if these people you might want to sell to, it might be worth exploring.

Along the same lines, I was thinking that if a group got together, you could have a booth or do a large ad or both?

Just a thought.

Below is the email I received.



Greetings! On behalf of the Board of Directors of Postpartum Support International of Washington, we would like to announce our annual Conference on Friday September 21, 2007, at Meydenbauer Center, in Bellevue, WA.

The target audience of this conference, Beyond the Birth: Current Trends in Treating Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders, includes professionals working with families in their childbearing years, such as OB/GYNs, Pediatricians, Psychiatrists, Family Practitioners, Naturopathic Physicians, Midwives, Psychologists, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Mental Health Practitioners, Social Workers, Lactation Consultants, Doulas, and Childbirth Educators.

We are offering exhibitor space to selected vendors and organizations to show, sell, or distribute information about their products and services. We are interested in securing a wide variety of vendors whose products and services would be of interest to our conference participants. The conference schedule allows participants several opportunities to view exhibits: during morning registration, mid-morning and afternoon breaks, and at lunch. This year we are also offering two new options. We will be assembling conference packets to be distributed along with other conference materials, which will include an assortment of flyers or brochures provided to us by interested vendors and professionals. Our other new option is to place a print advertisement in our spiral-bound conference proceedings book.

Last years conference was a wonderful success, with sold out seating. This year we are expecting an even larger turnout, with upwards of 250 participants anticipated.

Please see the attached documents, which include general conference information, vendor information, and a vendor application. Details on the conference will be available in late May on our website, www.ppmdsupport.com. If you have any questions related to vendor or advertising options for this event, please feel free to contact me at juliana@chrysalis-counseling.com.
6  Washington / Washington: West / Crafting fun in Seattle area on: September 06, 2006 04:52:00 PM
Hi all,

I'm starting a bi-monthly crafting night out at my home studio in Renton WA. I have a bunch of women already intersted, but am open to more (especially Craftsters).

I have a huge variety of materials of all kinds at hand. There will be no cost involved. This is an opportunity to try out something different, chat, laugh and learn too. If anyone wants to teach the group a new craft and the group is willing, hooray! Otherwise, we can each do our own thing, but share what we're doing.

We'll meet every other month on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. starting September 13. If you're interested, email me.


7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Mother's Day inspiration- video link on: May 11, 2006 09:13:25 AM
Last year, a fabulous photographer and I put together an amazing "video" for Mother's Day. I know there isn't much time, but if you have a bunch of photos handy, you could do this for your mom too. We shared our video with whomever wanted it and the overwhelmingly positive response made me realize once again (no big surprise), the power of words and photos. So whether you do a "video" or slide show or just a card with photos, think about doing something like this. You can view our "video" at http://www.bloomngrow.net/page/page/1948002.htm

WARNING: For reasons I won't go into here, this is an exe file. It is completely safe, having already been downloaded by lots of people. BUT, if you have dial up, you won't want to download it as it's way to big.

Hope you enjoy it and it stimulates your own ideas for Mother's Day.


8  Washington / Washington: West / Starting general crafts group in Renton on: April 10, 2006 03:12:24 PM
I'm new to the Seattle area, have a large craft studio in our garage and would love to share with anyone interested in joining me. I'm organizing (loosely) a meeting, the 2nd Wed. of every other month at 7 p.m. If you're interested, email me, Lynn@bloomngrow.net for details.

Join me!


9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Tree with paper leaves on: April 10, 2006 03:02:42 PM
We moved and I almost didn't take our old silk tree with us because we were going to go for a modern look for our new house. But at the last minute we squashed it into the moving van. One night I had a flash! I took off all the leaves and made paper leaves and some from old photos too. It is SO great looking, a real conversation starter. I'm not quite finished, but it's easy and saved the tree from the dump Smiley

If I knew how to add a photo here, I'd post one.


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