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71  UNITED STATES / Rhode Island / Re:providence knitters on: March 19, 2004 05:20:05 PM
oo, i agree, i always feel like they think i'm going to steal something!  to be honest, i never have the patience to knit, i just think yarn is so damn pretty.  it's strange how i can make quilts, but not have the patience to knit...  are there any rhode island quilters on this thing besides me & teresa?  there isn't even a category for it...
72  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re:baby book on: March 19, 2004 05:15:09 PM
are you binding the book yourself?  i'm not sure how technical to get, but if you make it a sewn-to-spine album she could add lots of things to it.  it'd be nice if you didn't fill it, but put headlines on some pages like first words, first photos, more like suggestions of what she could put it.  maybe even photo corners in place to just slip picture into...  and a little envelope for first lock of hair, i always thought it was cool that my mom had a lock of my hair in a little glassine envelope in my baby book!
73  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / school schmool on: March 19, 2004 05:02:11 PM

i'm a disgruntled graphic design grad with a big fancy degree & lots of debt.  (note: i did not say "disgruntled graphic designer")  i spent my years in school learning what i don't want to do - a big fancy corporate design job sitting in front of a computer all day with an expensive apartment in manhattan working on projects that don't mean anything to me.  i wanted to make stuff.  and fix stuff.  i want the things that i make to last years, i want to feel like i exist in this world and that i have an employable skill & worth.  but you asked where i went to school, not my life's purpose: rhode island school o' design.  it was a wonderful atmosphere full of wonderful creative people, but not the place for me.  don't get me wrong, i don't regret going there, the experiences & friends made me who i am today.
74  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / and another thing.... on: March 19, 2004 04:49:54 PM

i used to feel self concious about the things i made once they left my hands.  i mean, what if that stuffed animal fall apart?  what'll happen when they wash the quilt?  but look around, there's a lot of crappier stuff out there that people are buying from wal mart!

i have a really hard time with my pricing - i want people like me to be able to afford the things i make, but it also needs to be worth my time.  i allways put it off until the last possible minute.  i try to estimate my costs & how long it took me to make then figure at least $10 an hour.  i've been finding out this weird thing where, mostly for people who don't know anything about crafting, the more expensive something is priced the better they think it is.  i use my non-crafty sister as a gauge & it's true!  creepy, but true...
75  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re:Recommend me a sewing machine! on: March 19, 2004 04:32:06 PM
i got my little $50 Necci sewing machine at a local store (used & at least 40 years old!) and what's great about that is when ever i have questions or problems i can go back there.  when a 40 year old rubber o-ring broke he just replaced it for free.  & a store like that usually don't try to sell you something you don't need.

i like older machines because they're made of more metal parts & really tough - mine'll sew over almost anything.  but if you don't have a local guy around they can be hard to get parts to.  

just make sure you try out the machine, don't just pick one out & take it home!  if there's a specific project or type of fabric you use just bring it with you.  that way you'll know if you're really comfortable using it.
76  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:pearls of wisdom: on: March 18, 2004 12:36:37 PM

it's really important to enjoy what you're doing!  that's why most of us go into business for ourselves, but it's easy to get overwhelmed with production.  you need to set your own limits so what you make doesn't become a chore...  if you are your own boss then you get to say no!
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