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1  Table Coverings in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by StarFire on: June 09, 2014 11:49:21 AM
I participate in a few shows a year, mainly selling handmade jewelry.  I like my display pretty well, but the thing that drives me batty the most is the fact that no matter what I do my table cloths will end up pretty wrinkled when I put together my setup.   I usually use flat bed sheets as the bottom layer of table covering since the length is good and they are on the inexpensive side (I only do 3 or 4 shows a year and really don't want to pay a ton for table cloths).   Then, I put an actual table cloth over them in a contrasting color.   The top table cloths are not really the trouble, it is the bed sheets that drive me batty.  I can spend tons of time the day before laundering and ironing the sheets, but the next day its wrinkle city.  I'm not talking about creases where the sheets were folded, I'm talking it looks like they were balled up and tossed in a trash bag.

Does anyone have any suggestions on a way to pack and travel with the sheets, or should I try a different fabric?  What fabrics are resistant to wrinkling?   I know velvet is, but I really hate velvet of any kind. 

Does anyone else have issues with this, or am I just super OCD?

Here is a photo of my booth at a Christmas show last year.   It was a double-sized booth with another gal, so they are not normally so large.
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2  Re: Put a Bird On It! Swap - Send out Friday July 27th in The Swap Gallery by StarFire on: August 10, 2012 05:21:19 PM
My partner, adrienne_bowers, recieved from me last week and gave me the go ahead to post pics of what I sent her.   So, here they are:

First, a bluebird hoop.    Its a 7in hoop and stitched on printed cotton.   This was my first time using french knots and lazy daisies!

Next, an owl necklace.   Its about 26in long,

Then, a bird nest ring.

Some owl earrings. 

A little owl stuffie.   I was aiming to make him ornament sized.   He was my first stuffie.  Yellow and grey was one of Adrienne's favorite color combos.

And, all the store bought goodies.   There is an owl tin I found in a thrift store, two packs of bird stickers, a pocket notebook, a magnetic notepad, a 2013 datebook (I put the swallow on it), and a big swallow magnet.

Bonus pic of owl necklace just because I liked  the way I packaged it.   

It was a great swap for me.   I hope adrienne_bowers enjoyed her items as much as I enjoy mine!   Smiley
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3  Birds on the Brain in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by StarFire on: August 05, 2012 09:34:10 AM
Here are the pieces I made for the Put a Bird on It swap.   

Here is an owl necklace I made.   The stones are pink rhondite (I think).   I forgot to get an official measurement of it, but in the process of making it I measured it at over 24in. once.   I'm roughly guessing it is about 26 in.   So, its a long one.

Here he is boxed up to go!  I just love this pic.

A bird nest ring I made.   The nest is made from tarnish resistant silver plate wire and the eggs are freshwater pearls.


Owl earrings.   I found the charms while vacationing in Indiana and the beads are vintage German glass.

C+C welcome!
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4  Pretty Little Bluebird in Needlework: Completed Projects by StarFire on: August 05, 2012 07:20:18 AM
Here is a cute hoop I made for my partner in the Put a Bird on It swap.  I got the image from Needlecrafter and transferred it onto the fabric.  Everything is stitched in backstitch, lazy dasies and french knots.  It is in a 7in hoop which I pained the edges white and put ribbon along the sides. 

This was my very first time using lazy daises and I FINALLY figured out french knots!

This is how I finished the back.   Sadly, it came out a bit sloppy.   I usually add stuffing to the back to make the piece pop a bit, then use a running stitch to pull all the excess fabric into the hoop.   After that, I use a little bit of Alieene's fabric glue on the hoop and edge of fabric to glue scrapbooking paper down.   This time I had a brand new tube of glue and I think I used way too much and also, the paper was thinner than I usually use.  :-/   So, I have the greasy looking staining on the paper. 

C+C welcomed!
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5  Re: Put a Bird On It! Swap - Send out Friday July 27th in The Swap Gallery by StarFire on: July 31, 2012 10:51:35 PM
I received from Adrienne_bowers a few days ago and here are the pics of my great package!

She made me a cute birdie pouch:

A super cute and fuzzy knitted(?) or crocheted(?) owl.   He is so cute!

A handmade ceramic pink egg, framed fabric owl, and owl pin.

A very pretty pink and grey bird box.

Two necklaces!   Pink owl and peacock feathers.

And, last but not least, a vintage owl glass!   Isn't it great?!

Thanks so much Adrienne!   It was a wonderful package. 
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6  Papercuttings (IMG Heavyish) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by StarFire on: May 28, 2012 10:22:19 PM
I made a couple of things recently and wanted to show them off!

I made this girl/deer papercutting for sweetyetevil in the 4x6 Rd. 2 swap.   I used a template from http://papercutting.blogspot.com/ and altered it slightly since I am a novice at papercutting.   The entire piece is only 4x6, so the girl is small!    Cheesy   I'm kind of proud of it, since I had never attempted to paper cut before signing up for the swap.  I went through several practice pieces before this finished piece. 

You can't really tell in the photo, but the solid colored papers have a metallic sheen to them.  I layered all three papers you see on some cardstock and inked the edges to give it an aged look.

Also, I made this castle as a practice piece.  I used a template from this site:  http://www.papercutters.info/SA/Galleries/index.php?dir=./Back%20Street%20Designs%20Pattern%20Books and cut it out of a pattered paper in a creamy yellowish color. 

The castle hasn't been mounted on anything yet.   Everything was cut using Xacto knives and fine tipped paper scissors.   

C+C is more than welcome and encouraged!
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7  Gir Hoop! (IMG Heavyish) in Needlework: Completed Projects by StarFire on: May 28, 2012 10:07:40 PM
I made this for my sister's birthday in April.   

Its Gir!   He is a favorite of hers.   Basically, I found a coloring page of him online, re-sized it, used my light box to trace the image onto white fabric, and stitched away.   He was a pretty quick stitch-up, about 4 hours or so.   


This is how I finished the back.   I used a running stitch along the edge of the excess fabric and pulled it all in on itself.   Basically, it looked like a rosette inside the hoop.   Then I used some Aileen's fabric glue and smeared it on the edge of the "rosette" and hoop.  While the glue was still wet, I dropped the hoop backside down on some hounds tooth scrapbooking paper.  After the glue dried, I trimmed off the excess paper and viola!   All done! 


Oh, I also pained the hoop with a sharpie paint marker and added a lime green glittery ribbon to the edge. 

As always, C+C is welcome and encouraged!   
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8  Re: 4x6 art swap rd 2 **gallery!** in The Swap Gallery by StarFire on: May 16, 2012 06:29:11 PM
I received from my mystery partner today and here are the pics!

Its a 4x6 mini quilt wall hanging!   Smiley
One side:

The other side:

Its so cute and I love it so much!   I have no idea (other than her real name) who sent it, but thank-you!

Also, I revealed myself to my partner in my package.   I thought you were supposed to!  lol.   
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9  Hello Kitty Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by StarFire on: April 05, 2012 09:23:26 PM
Here is something I whipped up for my friend's birthday.  She loves Hello Kitty.   

The entire thing.   I painted the hoop purple with a paint pen and glued matching glittery ribbon along the sides.

Close up.   Everything is stitched using back stitch and satin stitch.

Close up of the bow.   I think this is my favorite part.  I like how stitching in different directions looks.

Thanks for looking!  C+C Welcome and encouraged!
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10  Re: Bookmark Swap Round 5 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by StarFire on: February 24, 2012 03:40:41 PM
I recieved my first bookmark from Noooitaremybirthday yesterday!   Its soo cute!   She went with my colors (any and all shades of aqua/turquoise) and birdies!   The little bird even has cute aqua Chucks on...like the ones I have on my Pinterest.  ^_^

Thanks for the great bookmark, Nooo!   

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