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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Re: potholder t-shirt rug help? on: April 19, 2011 09:43:40 AM
It has been (mumblemumble) years since I worked with a potholder loom, but I can give you some advice on working with the tshirts. I cut them up and weave them into rugs. The best ones are ones that have a minimum of the stiff plasticky pics on the front. Start at the bottom and cut the hem off, but when you get around to your starting point, curve right and just begin a spiral that goes all the way up your shirt.
I have pics of the process on my blog: www.sonderbardesigns.blogspot.com, but sorry, I don't know how to get them on here.  Undecided Feel free to comment on there with any other questions. Hope that helps a tiny bit!
2  Illinois / Illinois: Central / Holiday in the Halls Craft Show on: December 08, 2010 09:28:28 AM
Saturday, December 11, 2010 at Decatur Christian School in Forsyth, IL. Hours 8 - 3; handmade crafts ONLY -- come see over three dozen craft vendors, pick up home made goodies at our Cookie Walk, and warm up with lunch: BBQ pork or cheese soup plus all the fixin's. Admittance is free -- door prizes hourly
3  Illinois / Illinois: Central / Christmas craft show on: October 14, 2010 11:07:01 AM
Vendors wanted for Holiday in the Halls, December 11, 2010. Held by Decatur Christian School in Forsyth, IL. Check out www.decaturchristian.net for more info. We are limited vendors to handmade items only, no franchises.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: GRAFFITI RESIN!! IMAGE HEAVY! on: March 16, 2009 12:40:19 PM
I'm guessing melted crayons. It kinda looks like when you were a kid and melted crayon shavings between waxed paper.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help finding handcuff clasps? on: January 30, 2009 12:44:05 PM
Well...I'm not sure what you mean by handcuff clasps. The clasp that's a circle with a part that is moved back and forth by a little toggle? Maybe you could link to a finished jewelry piece with a clasp like you want.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Designer Rip off Bags at a Christmas Craft fair on: January 13, 2009 09:03:10 AM
I guess this is why people were so excited around here when we advertised our craft show as 100% handmade items. I was the co-ordinator, and I must have gotten 6 emails a day from people who wanted to sell 'scentsy' candles or Pampered Chef stuff. I tried to be as nice as possible while I rejected them. HellOOO? HANDMADE!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: How to overcome shyness in dealing with customers on: October 29, 2008 09:38:45 AM
Oh, how I relate to this! I have been a teacher for 20 years (junior high and high school, mind you) and have no trouble talking to large crowds. BUT, if someone comes up to look at my stuff and I'm a stammering idiot. I also crumble if they ask the price of something and really want to just stammer out, "You can have it for free! Just don't ask!"
I have tried to overcome this by making pleasant small talk to the customers. "Great weather, isn't it? That's a lovely jacket! My, what big eyes you have!" It seems to make them more comfortable, and there isn't as much of an awkward silence.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / What pet-oriented crafts sell well? on: October 21, 2008 12:41:47 PM
We are having a craft show at our school in December and a friend of mine is a newbie to craft shows. She has designed and made some darling bandanna-type thingies for dog collars -- they don't tie around, you feed the collar through a loop of fabric. I can't describe very well, but she has done a variety of sizes and darling fabrics. But she's getting cold feet about doing a booth, and I'm trying to give her ideas of what else she could do that would be pet-related. We talked about doggie treats/biscuits (I have a whole book of dog treat recipes), but I'm stumped after that. Anyone seen anything that sold well?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bowlful of Beads ~great way to recycle those magazines~ on: October 01, 2008 09:23:39 AM
I'm not the original poster, but I too make paper beads. I use Mod Podge to seal the ends as I'm rolling them up (I use metal skewers because the glue doesn't stick to them), and after another coat of Mod Podge after 24 hours or so, I give them a coat of clear spray paint to keep them from sticking to each other.
The basic bead is cut out of a long skinny triangle of paper, but you can get interesting effects with a long rectangle with a triangle cut out of the end, sort of like a long skinny two-pronged fork.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recycled Gift Tags on: January 10, 2008 11:31:35 AM
May I ask where you purchased that punch? It seems it would make cool price recycled price tags, too!
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