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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: "oh... thanks" (the worst thing to hear!) on: July 04, 2007 01:18:03 AM
Penlowe, I definitely think there's value in giving constructive criticism to another crafter - I imagine most people are like me and are overly critical of our own items, if it's a first-time project and someone can offer help and tips on how to make it good/reliable/strong/pretty, it can only be good.

mandodeb, since I now know that about her, I'm not letting it hurt my feelings. You're right, a gift voucher to some store where she buys more things she'll never wear will be easier for me!

Knickertwist, you got that right. I'm pleased that MOST people I craft gifts for appreciate the thought and effort that goes into it. I try to pay attention to things they've said as well, so I can try and make something they want.

My sister is more brazen. She says, You made that? I want one! Make one for me! She's getting something special and nostalgic for her birthday next week. Grin
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: "oh... thanks" (the worst thing to hear!) on: July 03, 2007 04:16:23 AM
Just thought I'd add another tale to this thread. A year ago, my boyfriend's sister asked me to make a bag for her, and said she'd pay for it.

I made one, a lot of blood, sweat and tears. When I passed it to her, she was extremely disgruntled about paying what she said she'd pay (it was made well, it is not crap at all) -- it's not that she won't pay for things, the amount of shopping she does attests to that, it's more that she doesn't think she should have to pay for something handmade (and not bought). Also she's such a beautiful person that why wouldn't I spend hours on making something for her free of charge?

A link to a page with pictures of the bag: http://www.twistedsockster.com/?p=14

And when we were cleaning up one day, I found the bag stuffed into a plastic bag of other bags she's put away 'upstairs' (where stuff she can't be bothered with lies around untouched).

She's not getting any handmade things from me ever again, except when they're easy and fast to make. She only values branded things and if you spend money (not time) on her. Angry

If she has any insight she might notice that everyone else will be getting thoughtful handmade things for Christmas, but not her. I can only hope.
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Sweat shoppe swap round 8,9 and now 10! Links in first post! on: June 29, 2007 04:44:33 AM
I was gonna sit this one out, but it's really tempting to jump in again. Grin

I crocheted tigertail and beads into a choker for myself, and the boyfriend said they could/would sell, so would an item like that be of interest to swappers? I only have three colours of wire, though. (Lots of beads.)

I could also customise them according to length (naturally) and thickness - some may be more into thin chokers and others into more goth-y neck 'bands'.

If there's no interest I will sit this round out and take a crafty break... which may not be a bad idea!
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Gallery - Round 9 on: June 27, 2007 01:32:09 AM
I sent to xladyluckx well over a week ago... if it's got lost and isn't received in a week's time (the poor turtle must be so scared), please PM me and I will make another.
25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I remove screenprinting from a tshirt????? on: June 15, 2007 01:36:15 AM
I have a similar issue, although it's not for a business. I have two long-sleeved t-shirts with a huge silkscreened design in the front. I got them as part of a job, and I've been wearing them inside out because the design of the print is hideous (promotional t-shirt). However, the actual t-shirt itself seems to be quite good quality, so I want to find a way to remove the print.

The catch is these shirts were commercially produced, so I'm not sure if it's even possible to remove the print.

My other option would be to applique something huge over it to cover the print up. The catch there is my (hand) sewing is quite bad (no working machine within reach), and I'm not sure what I should do - sacrifice another t-shirt or other stretchy material? I have no artistic skills whatsoever, so pointers in the direction of sites I could get some inspiration would really, really, help.
26  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Sweat shop swap (SSS) round 9! Closed on: June 05, 2007 01:44:27 AM
I'm in a seminar all day tomorrow, so I'll only be able to send to my two remaining greenies on Thursday. Terribly sorry for the delay.
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Gallery - Round 9 on: May 31, 2007 01:08:44 PM
Here's what I've received so far:

A couple of days ago, it was a lovely, bright, and happy bag from Homerof2.

Today, it was a zippered pouch from Avesthel. I've already said in my PM is I'm going to be using this every single day.

POSTED 6 JUNE: A brilliant pocket mirror from hertrigger. It came in a sorry it got ripped USPS bag, but I think everything was in there.

POSTED 11 JUNE: Chocolate bath salts from Mlsocci74. Useful at the end of a stressful day.

Only one more!
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part TWO!) on: May 28, 2007 11:46:39 AM
... your boyfriend brings home a bag of silica gel, salvaged from helping to install a relative's LCD TV, "just in case you can find a use for it."

Silica gel? WTF?
29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Sweat shop swap (SSS) round 9! Closed on: May 23, 2007 08:44:56 AM
I hope you're posting locally, the postage on those would be killer! Shocked
30  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: New blog/jewelry line up for critique. on: May 23, 2007 02:34:23 AM
I don't see your site as shop-centric, it's more blog-centric. So it depends on what your focus is.
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