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1  CANADA / Ontario / Craft stores in Toronto and other concerns on: October 22, 2006 04:17:00 PM
I'm moving to Toronto next month and will need to stock up on craft and art supplies.

Does anyone have an updated list of stores in the GTA? Anything in or near Bloor West Village or Humber College?

I'm specifically looking for things on my art supply list for school (graphic design program). If you know where to find Prismacolour markers, illustration boards, and a 24" T-square with a detachable head, it would help me feel less panicked on my first day of school in 10 years.

I'm also hoping to meet other crafters in the area for networking, hanging out and such. IM or PM me for introductions and details.

Thanks!
Katharine

WHiRR
http://www.blissfullybitter.com
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / tileboard art on: July 14, 2005 08:33:44 PM
I found some tileboards at Michael's for cheap and decided to affix some of my artwork to them. With the help of some black paint and Mod Podge, I did just that.
http://www.blissfullybitter.com/robots/tileboard_balloon.jpg

http://www.blissfullybitter.com/robots/tileboard_parade.jpg

http://www.blissfullybitter.com/robots/tileboard_pillow.jpg

There are a few more on my website. I really dig the grooves in the boards. And the Mod Podge coating add the texture that I miss out on by coloring my art digitally instead of using paints.

The one problem I have is storing these. I've had to redo a few of them because the humidity in my apartment caused them to stick together. Any solutions? Should I try coating them with something else?

Kat.

WHiRR
girl loves robot
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Martini Glass IDs on: July 14, 2005 08:20:59 PM
I'm beefing up the inventory in my online shop  and just made these wine/martini glass IDs. The photos are a little too blurry, but the products are fairly awesome.

http://www.blissfullybitter.com/robots/martinicharms_mudflap1.jpg
http://www.blissfullybitter.com/robots/martinicharms_mudflap2.jpg
http://www.blissfullybitter.com/robots/martinicharms_boris1.jpg
http://www.blissfullybitter.com/robots/martinicharms_boris2.jpg

The charms are Shrinky Dinks of my own designs. I was unhappy with the pre-made wine charm loops, so I got some jewelry wire and cut my own loops. The downside is that they may not keep their perfect circular shape.

I also made some magnets, buttons, and some handmade birthday cards. The cards (http://www.blissfullybitter.com/robots/bday.html) were inspired by something I saw in the Dollar Store challenge a few weeks ago. Hopefully I didn't rip them off too bad.

I heart crafting!

Kat.
4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / international consignment/craft fair rules? on: May 20, 2005 04:45:48 PM
I'm interesting in selling my wares in Canada, either through consignment (online or B&M) or at craft fairs. My boyfriend and I (both Americans) are in various stages of preparing to relocate to Canada (he's much further along than I) and have been debating whether I can sell things legitimately.

So, here are my questions:

1. Is the international consignment process relatively the same as consigning within the States? If not, what are the differences/requirements?

2. Can Americans participate in Canadian craft fairs? Is it possible to do so on a visitors' pass? How about with a student visa?

3. If you're on a visitors/student visa, is it still possible to build/maintain consignment relationships with shops on either side of the border?

At this point, I'm just exploring all the options and looking for some friendly advice or suggestions. I'm also looking for some consignment opportunities in the Toronto area.


Thanks!
kat.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / international consignment/craft fair rules? on: May 16, 2005 11:54:15 AM
I'm interesting in selling my wares in Canada, either through consignment (online or B&M) or at craft fairs. My boyfriend and I (both Americans) are in various stages of preparing to relocate to Canada (he's much further along than I) and have been debating whether I can sell things legitimately.

So, here are my questions:

1. Is the international consignment process relatively the same as consigning within the States? If not, what are the differences/requirements?

2. Can Americans participate in Canadian craft fairs? Is it possible to do so on a visitors' pass? How about with a student visa?

3. If you're on a visitors/student visa, is it still possible to build/maintain consignment relationships with shops on either side of the border?

At this point, I'm just exploring all the options and looking for some friendly advice or suggestions. I'm also looking for some consignment opportunities in the Toronto area.


Thanks!
kat.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / mini robot valentines on: January 15, 2005 08:33:41 AM
I created these mini Valentines because I was nostalgic for grade school. I haven't printed them since I don't have many people to share them with. So, I thought I'd share them here.

Does anyone know of any sturdy/inexpensive cardstock to print these on?

I'm not really sure what to do with them, so I set up a page of my website so people can download them.

Kat.

http://www.blissfullybitter.com/art/valentines_2005.jpg
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Robot Stationery on: November 09, 2004 07:34:51 PM
A few months ago, I created some stationery designs with robots on them. I finally figured out a way to package them, so I thought I'd show them off.

http://www.blissfullybitter.com/bb/kat/stationery1.jpg

http://www.blissfullybitter.com/bb/kat/stationery2.jpg

http://www.blissfullybitter.com/bb/kat/stationery3.jpg


Katharine
-amateur robot lover
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Eyeglass pouches on: November 09, 2004 07:28:52 PM
I made these for my boyfriend's birthday. He has reading glasses all over his house, so I thought these might be a nice way for him to keep track of them.

http://www.blissfullybitter.com/bb/kat/eyeglass_pouches.jpg

I was inspired by the ReadyMade article from a year ago that had pillows with various embroidered designs.

Most of the designs are pretty straightforward:
gray - Apple (for the office... boyfriend's a Mac nut)
red - bed (duh)
black - briefcase (for work)
blue - compass (for the car/restaurants/stranded on the highway trying to read a map)
green - television (living room)

Making felt pouches has become my new favorite hobby. I've made a few for myself with embroidered designs of obscure cartoon characters. And I just made a pouch for my friend's new Ogo.

http://www.blissfullybitter.com/bb/kat/ogo_pouch.jpg


Katharine

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / plaid purse - fisherman bag on: November 09, 2004 07:13:39 PM
I made this purse a couple of months ago for my best friend's birthday. It was my first project of this sort and I'm pleased with the outcome. My friend has carried it around a couple of times and it hasn't fallen apart yet.

http://www.blissfullybitter.com/bb/kat/plaid_purse1.jpg

http://www.blissfullybitter.com/bb/kat/plaid_purse2.jpg

I used a wooden fisherman bag from Michael's and glued the plaid fabric very carefully. The inside bottom of the purse and the inside of the lid are lined with black felt. What you can't see in these photos is that I added black cord piping around the edges of the lid and the body of the purse. The photos were taken before I came up with that solution.

I would love an excuse to make more of these because it was insanely easy. But I have too many bags already and carry far too much stuff to fit in this purse.

Katharine

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrink Art Robot Charm on: April 26, 2004 08:33:00 PM
I bought a shrinky dink machine, but it is currently sans lightbulb, so I decided to experiment with the paper and my oven.

The result was this charm.

http://www.blissfullybitter.com/bb/kat/borisnecklace2.gif

I baked it at 285 degrees for about 10 minutes.

K.
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