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1  Building a craft fair booth in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by LiliDesign on: March 13, 2009 04:37:47 AM
Hmm I wasn't sure where to put this!  Anyway, instead of doing the usual boring table display I've decided to create something a bit more interesting.  This is my original idea (drawn in word lol!)  The middle panel will be covered in wallpaper, with a big mirror in the middle so people can try things on (I sell jewelley) and some pretty frames with information written in them, or photos of products.  On the two folding out panels, which are on hinges, I will put interesting hooks for hanging my jewellery from.  I want it to look a bit vintage eclectic, but also encourage people to touch things and try them on.  I'll put a small desk to the side of the booth where people can pay and I can wrap purchases.

So what do you think?  Do you think it will stand up ok, or is the whole mirror idea a bit risky?  Any crazy ideas to add to it?
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2  Meeting Jewellery Professionals in Crafty Business Discussion by LiliDesign on: February 26, 2009 08:41:13 AM
I hand-make and occasionally sell beaded and fabric jewellery.  I've decided to turn my hobby into a business to support my studies at university.  I contacted a fashion trade organisation to ask of they could give me any advice on where to start.  Amazingly, they liked my ideas and invited me to their London office to talk to the head of marketing, and an expert in sourcing ethical materials.  I'm only 19 and really have no idea what is expected of me.  I've started putting together a short business plan, and I'm going to take nice photos of my jewellery and make a portfolio.  Below is what I'm thinking of wearing, do you think it's appropriate?  Should I wear more / bolder jewellery?  Yes or no to heels?  I can walk fine, but the journey's going to be almost 2 hours so maybe not...

This is what I think I might wear (I love photobooth!)  Grey slouchy trousers, cream silky shirt with puffy sleeves, and a necklace I made.

Here's a lovely blurry shot of the necklace.

And here's a picture of the necklace that will go in my portfolio.

Sorry, more questions!!
Anything I should prepare for/take with me?  Any tips on business plans?

Thanks for reading!

[edited because most of what I'd written was a load of gobbledygook!!]
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3  My tiny new bedroom (6 foot by 6 foot)! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by LiliDesign on: August 08, 2008 01:11:15 PM
Ok so I posted here before asking for help to transform a dingy box room into a nice bedroom - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260311.0.  I've had the big room for 5 years now, and because I'll be living out at university for most of the time it's only fair to let my brother take over.  So now I get the tiny room!
The room was originally dark beige and brown with lots of dark wood.  I wanted to make it look a little bigger (it's just over 6 foot by 6 foot).  My mum is a bit mad at you craftsters for putting ideas in my head - I've never attempted anything DIY before but was convinced I could do it!  With a lot of help from willing, but equally clueless volunteers we managed to strip the wallpaper, re-plaster the walls, paint the walls and strip and paint the woodwork in 4 days.  Here are the results below - now I just need to make it look more personal...I feel some more craft projects coming along!

(not the best pictures because they were taken on my webcam)
Newly laid carpet (thanks Grandad!)

Straight ahead as you come in the door - bookcase with dressing table things on top

View of my bed from the door (only just managed to fit it in!)

Top of the teeny tiny wardrobe

Pimp my headboard - wow I found battery powered fairy lights!

I haven't yet managed to move any of my crafting stuff in, but I'm hoping to get some nice boxes and put it all under the bed.  The next project will be my old room, for my brother.
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4  Help! New bedroom is 6 foot by 6 foot...now with a million pictures! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by LiliDesign on: July 30, 2008 09:05:13 AM
...Ok so after 5 years of bliss in my beautiful big airy bedroom, it is now time to swap back with my little brother.  I'm going to be living in university halls part time so it's only fair that I get the box room - which is just over 6 foot by 6 foot, about a quarter of the size of my current room.  My brother's going away for 5 days next week so I was hoping to swap our rooms round in this time....here's where you come in!  I'm going to need your help!!  I need ideas for:
*how to decorate my lilac room for a 14-year-old boy
*how to decorate his cream textured walls and brown carpet (never decorated) room into a cute, compact (ahhh 6 foot by 6 foot) space for my bed, clothes and craft stuff...
*how to create storage for my craft stuff, maybe something that could fit under my bed?
*also any links to tutorials for home decorating stuff would be great!!
*what to do with the textured wallpaper - it's too disgusting to paint over, and my brother's pulled half of it off...should I just pull the rest off and wallpaper again?  How do I do this??!

I already have a single bed which just about fits in the room, and takes up half of it.  My brother will be able to keep the furniture in my room - built in wardrobes and a desk and bookshelf.  He can take his bunkbed with him if I can work out how to take it apart to fit it through the door!

I have a team of willing friends to lend a hand so I really hope I can get this done!  I'll post some pictures of the rooms later to give you an idea of what they're like.  Thank you for reading all this (wow I'd have given up by now!!)

Edit: now with pictures!
Please excuse the disgusting state of my room...

View from my door

View from my window

Desk and built in wardrobes

My brothers room (which will be mine!) from the door

Cool windowsill, big enough for a couple of people to sit in (could i do anything with it?)

Horrible textured wallpaper

Oooh look what I found when I pulled up the carpet...cool tiles!  I could keep them or get my friend to lay a new carpet (he's a carpet fitter)

Wow you're patient!  Byeeeee!
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5  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by LiliDesign on: July 18, 2008 06:31:06 AM
Hey I was bored so I cut sum layer-y bits around my face, what do you think?

And here's how I like to wear it - precocious ringlet curls!  Modelling one of my necklace designs as well.

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6  Pink leather flower cuff. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by LiliDesign on: March 27, 2008 07:33:51 AM
I've had some leather offcuts in my scrap box for aaaages so I decided to do something with them while watching desperate housewives (new series yay!)  I also made it so people stop asking my how I got the hideous scar on my wrist (okok i was baking fairy cakes!)

I cut the petals out and sewed them on separately, then added sequins to cover my messy stitching.  It closes with a button at the back!  I made a template if anyone wants it...

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7  Lovebirds in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by LiliDesign on: February 06, 2007 01:07:11 PM

Well here's my design, looks simple but took a while to do.  Sketched it all first the scanned it into my computer and added the block colours and text.  I heard this is what they do for some magazine illustration.  What do you think?  Btw this is my first challenge, so b nice!

Luv Claire xox
*modified to change what I'd written!*
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8  Re: ATCing on the go in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by LiliDesign on: February 05, 2007 10:55:28 AM
You should set yourself a challenge of making some really simple ATCs using just one medium eg pencil or biro.  I had a go, here's what I came up with:

Come on, I know you can do better than that!
Luv Claire xox
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9  Re: JANUARY ATC GALLERY in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by LiliDesign on: January 23, 2007 03:29:25 AM
This is my first ATC post so be nice...I thought I'd set myself the challenge of making two really simple ATCs - one from pencil and one from black biro only.  Here's what I came up with:

Claire xox
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10  Photography...(lots of pictures) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by LiliDesign on: November 24, 2006 12:57:35 AM
Here are some gulls I saw on Brownsea Island (tiny island, just off the south coast of England):

Sunset in Richmond Park, London. (don't know if any of you have heard of it, it's kinda famous)

The view over Surrey:

Light filtering through trees:

A bee in a flower:

A bee on some lavender:

Thanks for looking!  Please don't steal, if you want to use them then PM me.
Thanks, Claire xox
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