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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainbow Patchwork Skirt on: May 19, 2009 06:00:05 PM
I really have to chime in here and agree that this is an amazing skirt, and don't let anyone tell you any different!!! 5 months is a long time to make something, and I think it was well worth the effort! You've got something wonderful and beautiful to keep for a long time and you made it with your own hands!  Don't let anyone put you off creating beautiful things - it was very rude and insensitive of them to mock your creation, it's not as if you'd go around mocking the fact that they wear store bought clothes!!  Loads of people mock me for my knitting, but I really don't care because I love and adore the things I make and that's all that matters.

Keep up the brilliant good work!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Social Stigma of Public Display of Knit-fection on: November 03, 2008 09:33:49 AM
I've only been told off once for knitting in public by some old friends of mine (they were rather disgusted and embarrassed that I would want to do something as twee as knitting in a pub...).

Nowadays I usually knit in coffee shops, car and train journeys as well as friends houses (as well as on my own). Most people, especially friends, are curious then let me get on with it. (An engineering friend of my boyfriend is always interested in the different techniques of knitting, so he's always up for a knitting chat!).

Not many strangers have asked me about my knitting. Only two actual knitters have ever come up to me, and we had a good old chat about knitting so that was nice! One old lady did talk to me about my knitting on a bus, and was pleased that 'youth' were still doing stuff like that!

So yeah, only positive responses from people really. 
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair! on: November 25, 2007 01:58:51 PM
Ooooh, I finally get to post in the hair thread!

Having decided to go to University at the ripe old age of 27, I can now re-live my youth by dying my hair stupid colours!

Now I'm bored of short hair (needs getting cut too often, and clashes with my need to dress like a boy too), I'm hoping that dying it all the colours avaliable in the Stargazer range (cos that's what's avaliable locally, and it's cheap) will keep my ammused and stop me getting my hair cut before it reaches past my shoulders.

Here's Hot Pink + Magenta:

And when that had faded to dirty pink (took about a month) and I had 0.5" roots, I bleeched it all again and went turquoise:

It's alright, but not blue enough (it's far more green than in the picture). I also dislike the fact that I get green nails ever time I scratch my head!

4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Show off your hair! And questions about hair styles! on: February 18, 2007 03:50:36 PM

I'm so happy I finally did somethnig with my hair Cheesy

Oh My God.

I soooo need to know how you get hair like this!!! I've been looking for ages on Google, and I can't seam to find any how-too's. The only one I can find, http://www.nocturne.com/swing/hair/hair.html, is broken and none of their images show up. I've e-mailed them to ask if they can fix it, but otherwise I've been divoid of any help online! I even tried 'How to get Gwen 'Hey Baby' hair' and nothing..

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: The String Doll Gang - A question... on: January 09, 2007 10:00:42 AM
Hrm, I have no idea how this ended up in the Polymer clay section! I was aiming for the Toy section!

My bad...

But yeah, they look so easy that I was sure someone else had figured it out already!  I shall have a look around for armatures etc..

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / The String Doll Gang - A question... on: January 07, 2007 04:51:22 AM
Has anyone figured out how to make these?


They look simple, and me and a friend have had a few goes, but I was just wondering if anyone had a sure-fire way of making them!

7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Buyer Turn Offs on: December 30, 2006 11:55:59 AM
Ooooh! And about 'damaged' items, I agree in selling them as long as you're honest about what the damage is. You'll be surprised at what people are willing to buy!

I sold a hardback Batman collectors book ages ago, the cover was practicly falling apart and every page had that weird tell-tail wrinklyness that suggested water damage (I dunno, I got it second hand myself). But, I took pictures of all the damage, and stated specificly what the damage was (including random pen marks and so on) and someone bought it for a very reasonable ammount.

The same with my old SLR camera. The lens was broken in several places, but I stated everything and it was sold for a lot of money.

However, those are two instances where I knew the chances were high of people bying those things anway. But yeah, if you just state everything that's wrong with it you can hardly be caught out.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Buyer Turn Offs on: December 30, 2006 11:43:36 AM
A real turn-off for me is when a seller is obviously trying to make their money from the shipping.  I won't buy an item no matter how moderately priced if I see the shipping is something like $11 for a small light item.  I realize there are costs in handling and packaging but sometimes it's ridiculous!  Shocked


I can't remmeber if i put it in this thread or another one, but shipping CAN get expensive on even lgiht items, especially when you add Delivery Confirmation and Insurance.  Insurance is $2.30 for up to $100 (i think?) and D.C. is .25, so that adds on another $2.55 to shipping costs -- sending a scarf has a base price of $4.80, i think.  Add onto that the DC and the Insurance and it's aproximately $8...charging $10 would mean a little under $2 to cover packaging supplies and "handling fees". I suppose depending on how you have to GET to the PO that could include things such as gas or bus fare, right?

I also have to chip in about postage. With the new Royal Mail way of costing something, even if your item is as light as a feather, if it's big and bulky it will now cost you more, because Royal Mail now takes size into account, as well as weight.

And I just have to nit-pick about people who complain when they've been sent something (this is more an ebay complaint though!) that "I was charged 4 postage, but item has 2.50 stamp on it."

Yeah, it's Postage AND Packaging! You think boxes and tissue paper grows on trees??!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: I don't want to be the latest trend!! on: November 26, 2006 08:05:01 AM
I have a kind of opposit problem!

Well, almost. I've always been crafty, but also very lazy.

Anyway, there was a new girl at work, and we got along well and started talking and it turns out she's very crafty too. She makes bags and dresses and things and all her crafty talk got me inspired again!

I took up knitting first, and she doesn't knit so that was ok. Then, talked about getting a sewing machine to make stuff and she was very unimpressed! You could tell she was cutting my craft chats short because I was probably stepping on her toes as the company 'crafter'.

It doesn't matter any more, because I've left so I can be as crafty as I please! Mwahahaaa!

But yeah, this 'trend' girl will soon give up I suspect so I wouldn't worry, and certainly tell her you'll help her outside of class (then run away as soon as you finish class!) and basicly, ignore her. YOU know where your crafting heart is, so you don't need to worry!

But then again, a little bit of competition never heart anyone!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: November 26, 2006 04:06:00 AM
I'm 22, and I suddenly have this desperate urge to make a prom dress for a prom that does not exist!


Me too! I'm 26, and will be going to university next year, and thread has got me thinking:

"Good GOD! What can I make for my graduation ball when I'll be 29? I've got ONLY THREE YEARS TO LEARN HOW TO SEW!"

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