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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Help! Someone ripped off crafts at our county fair! on: July 16, 2007 08:00:40 PM
I am the superintendant of crafty stuff at our county fair.  This year, for the first time, two small quilts and a very nice peice of jewelry were ripped off.  The value amounting to about $250-300.  They were some of the nicest projects there.  Someone had been on guard in the building other years but this year they weren't able to be there all of the time.  We didn't know about this until after the fact.

The area is about 75' by 50' and we use about 25 folding tables between the (1 table)field products, (2)gardening, (5)flowers, (1)canning, (1)baking, (3)art, (2)children, (2)sewing, (3)needlework and (5)crafty stuff. 

Does anyone have any easy/inexpensive ideas to improve the security and cleanliness for the crafty stuff, whether it be for new cases or improvements to the existing folding tables?

Thanks in advance!

Previously the open class exhibits were in a hall of their own.  It was clean and there were glass cases for nearly everything.  What had to be left out wasn't easily accesible.

A new and improved hall was built, next to the barns.  The glass cases were thrown out because the area is used for boat storage in the winter and craft shows and the cases used valuable square footage.  We were promised a large 20' by 4' lighted and lockable walk-in case a few years ago.  It's another rentable space issue.  The area is extremely dusty.  Everything is displayed on tables or hung on the wall, on shelves, poles or bulletin board. 

The fair board (priority is NOT in promoting craftyness) recommends putting everything in ziploc bags. When you look at tables full of ziploc bags, all you see is the light reflecting off the bags, not what's in them.  The wind also blows them around and everything ends up on the floor.  The bags make judging difficult and during judging, the items typically get finger prints and smudges from handling the dusty bags.  The bags offer no security, of course, and finding bags to fit things like flower arrangements is next to impossible.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Swap Info and Questionaires on: June 18, 2007 07:43:09 PM
I never know what "additional info" to tell my partner when I swap and every once in a while I come across a great swap info page and think "hey - I need one of those!"  While I'm happy with pretty much anything I get sent, it seems like my most brilliant Cool swap send outs come from partners with the most information/inspiration. 

I went searching for info ideas tonight.  Some are ideas of information to post, some people have questionaires that they send out to their partners, but they all revolve around the same sort of thing. 

Here are a few to get started:

*Swap Questionaire Suggestion*

Coming up with ideas for swap packages

swap performance anxiety

So what do I make you?

What to ask your swap partner, please post suggestions

Swap Info websites

I'm sure there are more.  If you find any, have a great info page of your own or have other ideas, please add them!  Roll Eyes

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / clever ideas for dad's birthday invite? on: May 06, 2007 09:54:47 PM
Mid June my brothers and sisters and I will be holding an open house for my dad's birthday.  He's a farmer... wears bib overalls.  He's good natured and can be kind of a trouble maker  Roll Eyes  Does anyone have any fun ideas to make the invitations a little more interesting then the typical what, where, when deal?

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / My kid can craft TOO! Swap (3/21/07 to 4/14/07) on: April 09, 2007 05:15:18 PM
Okie Dokies... here's the gallery! 

Post it when you get it!
 Grin Smiley Cheesy Cool Roll Eyes Tongue Wink
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / My kid can craft TOO! Swap (sign ups CLOSED, mail by April 14 ) on: March 21, 2007 06:51:37 PM
Swap name: My kid can craft TOO! Swap
Sign-up date range: March 21 - April 1
Date to send item by: April 14
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kd (Karen)

This is my first time organizing a swap so if you  have any suggestions, let me know  Smiley

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: Yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: Yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: Yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: Yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: Yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: Yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: Yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: Yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: Yes

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
All ages allowed? Yes.... see details

WHO This swap is open to Craftsters and their children/grandchildren/etc. with the main intent to be children crafting for children ages 12 and under (if you're 13 you can swap under your own membership).  Members are welcome to contribute as needed. (see WHAT below)  Children will be matched up by age and if possible, gender. 

WHAT Item swapped will be at least one item crafted by child, with additional items added by child or member to approximate 3 hours of labor.  There are some great ideas in the posts below.  Additional items, crafted or store bought, may be added as desired/agreed upon. 

Member receiving will be responsible for risks involved with swap (making sure button eyes arent swallowed, candy doesnt contain allergens and such horrors not likely, but possible, and pretty much out of the realm of responsibility of the child.

WHEN The turn around is quick.  Remember to send out your packages by April 14th and PM me and your swap partner the DC number.  *** Due to the nature of this swap, package should be sent to (childs first name) in care of (craftster members name and address)***

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Questions  Huh  Feel free to contact me  Smiley


Name of swap: My kid can craft TOO! Swap
First Name of Child:
Age of Child:
Any allergies?
Do you have pets or smoke where it would pose an allergen problem?

In care of Craftster username:
Email address:
Craftster members real name:
Craftster members mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

These are a few of my favorite things:
Colors, toys, tv show, computer game, song, book, movie, animal, celebrity, hobby, place, season,
pop star, article of clothing, subject in school, school colors, sports team, sport, game, craft, other?
I collect:
My Size(s):
Other pertinent info:

childs first name(member)

Bree 2 (RueRue) {-----} Kolin 5 (kd)    

Keane 10  (kd) {-----} Alex 5 (ValSped)

B.J. 7 (JLOVEG) {-----} Steven 10 (ValSped)

Zoe 7 (snowwhitesuicide)  {-----} Kelly 8 (JLOVEG)

Rebecca 9 (dragonfly ducky) {-----}   Elora 11 (sammimag)   

Lily 5 (Lilylola)                Gregory 6(Brianaknits)
Mia 6 (Lilylola)    {-----}   Gavin 8 (Brianaknits)
Ruby 9 (Lilylola)                Jesse 11 (Brianaknits)

The gallery is here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=163059
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Way-2-Easy Zipper and Lining Installation with Funky Pouch Tutorial on: December 03, 2006 04:51:37 PM
Zippers can be kinda intimidating, but this way totally rocks it's so easy.  At the end are instructions for a few different ways of finishing the bag with all the edges hidden inside the lining.  I'm not big on handsewing so I try to figure out how to minimize it as much as possible. 

*If the pic is to small, right click and "save as" should help.  Smiley

a) Youll need two pieces of fabric (lining and outer fabric...mine were about 12 by 18) and a zipper a little longer than you want the bag.  If you need too, you can fuse interfacing to the lining.  Both of my fabrics were heavy cotton so I didnt use any.

b) Place fabric on top of each other, right sides facing. 

c) Sandwich zipper between both layers, with the top of zipper facing the outer fabric.

d) Pin and sew along the edge.  A zipper foot might help here but its generally not necessary.

e) Voila!

f) Open up fabric and press away from zipper.

g & h) Line up opposite edge of fabric and zipper.  Pin.

i) Sew

j & k & l) Turn and press!

Now decide how you want your bag to open, do you want the zipper on the top, the edge, or down the center?  For tutorial purposes I made it into a humbug bag, with each end going a different direction.  You can turn the bag inside out and stitch up the ends.  I like to have all of the edges enclosed, with as little hand sewing as possible, so I sew it like this:

m) Mark the centers of each piece, sandwich zipper between the center points and stitch across the end.

n) Dont forget to add a handle in there!

and /or this:

o) To make a typical pouch, with the zipper across the top, just fold and pin the zipper in place and stitch all the way along this edge.

p) Remember to leave an opening for turning and turn J

Tuck lining inside, adjust corners and stitch the opening closed.

This works great for college and travel, it sets on the counter nice and things are easy to get to, but not on public display.  I dont knit but I think a huge one would work great for yarn.  Smaller ones work good for crayons or markers and I have a friend that got one at a baby shower for keeping pacifiers in.  It folds flat and by tucking in the corners in different ways you make some really interesting bags.

If you have any questions, let me know!  Roll Eyes
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Quick question for someone from the UK... Thanks! on: November 20, 2006 06:33:19 PM
I need to mail some product to an address that was given to me like so:

John Smith
Propertyfinder, Bunion Hut 182-194 Bunion Street London, London SE1 0LH United Kingdom

(names have been changed...)

I'm just curious to know how I should format the address???

Thanks so much for your help!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / wrist wallet on: September 28, 2006 07:53:06 PM

I saw an idea for something like this in a news paper article.  I can't remember what it was called though  Undecided  It seemed like it would be really handy for shopping because the long handle wraps around your wrist and the loop goes over your middle finger so it's there but not in the way.  You can also just use the handle like a mini purse.  It has a pocket inside for cash or credit cards.  It's lined and between the lining and the heavy upholstry fabric it's kinda along the lines of bullet proof but it works slick!
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Picture Hosting Support / *~~~ a message from your friendly neighborhood pic hostess ~~~* on: July 30, 2006 05:04:29 PM
So.... I live way up here in the toolies and I patiently wait a few moments for my modem to dial and a smile appears on my face as my homepage... craftster.org... appears.  Grin

I bebop my way to hot topics...
5 minutes later I'm still waiting for the first pic to download.   Sad

I hit recent unread posts and scroll down the list..clicking cuz it sounds so cool and it has a tutorial too!
Wait...third pic half downloaded and I've timed out.   Undecided


I just found the perfect fabric and rush to do a search for "bowling bag".... saw it a few months ago and can't wait to make it. 
Darn it, they used photo bucket the image is no longer available.     Cry

WAYS TO HELP THE UPWASWDUAAATC (under privileged who are stuck with dial up and are addicted to craftster):

Pretty much every graphics program has a resize or resample tool.  Just click that good ol' help button at the top of the screen and search the index of your favorite image revamper.  Try....

MS Paint:
On the Image menu, click Stretch/Skew.
Under Stretch, type the percent to stretch your picture horizontally or vertically.

Download this resizer from Microsoft:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspxSave your image as a .jpeg not a bitmap.  Think of bitmap as that perfect guy with looks AND brains....  Bitmap essentially has a lot of background detail that makes it great for manipulating photos.   Jpegs are the hot guys that can't hold a job... total arm candy that "internets" well.

If you have an HP printer... image zone has a wonderful resizer under "edit", just select email and no worries!

So...please people... remember us hicks up here in the backwoods that are stuck with dial up when you post your pics on craftster!   Roll Eyes  A fairly large, good quality pic shouldn't have to be more than 50 kb.
If anyone has any other recommendations... please post!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Where's a good place to order crafting and/or sewing supply catalog? on: January 15, 2006 07:15:55 PM
I live out in the toolies and would really love to find a catalog to order general crafting and/or sewing supplies from.  I've done searches, but everything is online stores...    I'm on dial up and browsing through them to look for things is not in the least bit practical and I always feel like I'm missing out on products I could use, but don't know exist since I have to look one very long page load at a time... 

Does anyone have any recomendations of good sources that still carry a paper catalog?

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