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61  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / T-shirt into Satchel on: July 16, 2006 06:53:55 PM
In high school, I had a friend who said she was going to "fashion a satchel" out of things, so now I really like that word.

My neighbors got me this airbrushed shirt in Florida years ago, but I never wore except as pajamas because I think it's kind of creepy to wear clothing with my name on it.  I cut off the collar and top seams, sewed up the bottom, and turned in the sleeves to make pockets.  Now I have an overnight bag to keep useful things in my ghettomobile car.

Closeup of a pocket.

None of the buttonholes are finished off and most of the edges are raw because a) I like raw edges and b) I am wicked lazy. The drawstring is actually a toga tie from when I was in Latin club.  Someday when I am not poor I will replace it.  I know that this is pretty rough and looks like something a homeless person would carry, but it's useful and was and took me less than an hour; sewing the buttons on took the longest.  Most importantly, it was free to make!  I just used things I had lying around, because I never throw anything away.
62  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Website Feedback on two sites, if you please! on: July 16, 2006 11:53:28 AM
The color scheme of mediumreality.com is lovely.  I'm not a huge fan of all the boxes on the side; it might look better to keep them all in one table without footers and space separating each section. I don't know.  It could just be a matter of personal preference. 

The thumbnails are taking awhile to load for me even on DSL.  Do you have them compressed?

Your products are gorgeous and I love them.

Scrolling through the single-page setup of Pandora's Trunk is a bit cumbersome.  Maybe divide it up into a main page with a mission statement and news, a schedule, and then show lineups?  Having the other links at the bottom is kind of a pain, too, and overall the design is very plain.  The idea of these shows is awesome, though, and I wish I could switch coasts to attend one.
63  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: www.ilovefrock.com on: July 15, 2006 04:08:01 PM
I love it.  The graphic design is great; it feels like looking at someone's personal or graphic design site, only better because you can buy things.  The knitted things are lovely.   Grin
64  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Getting people to stay on my site longer than 5 seconds on: July 15, 2006 04:04:04 PM
The black-and-white theme works for a personal site, but when you're trying to sell things, you should use a bit more color.  Try using more red, perhaps for the links or in the logo.

Tips for cutting down on text:

+  Put the Myspace and Livejournal links with the rest of the links, perhaps separated by one of the little bats (which I love, by the way).
+  Same with the More News link.  You might keep it underneath the e-cards picture, or move it to the top of the sidebar.
+  You don't need the list of products; you already have them listed on the links sidebar.  Perhaps you could make the "alternative online store for the morbidly inclined" part of the logo.

Change the e-cards picture into picture(s) of things you're selling.  People being attracted to e-cards aren't going to make you any money, and most people coming to site are looking for products.

The central area with the text and e-cards picture is too narrow.  It feels claustophobic and crowded.  If you widened that, it projects the idea that you have more product and content.  You have cute things and a good start; play around with it and see what you like.
65  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: is this a good way to display my jewelry? on: July 15, 2006 03:54:22 PM
I think having a hand in each shot is a little distracting.  If you want to show size, just put the length or size in the description.  Photos of the jewelry alone look a lot more professional.

& I LOVE the clasp detail on the green necklace.
66  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: voldemort shirt (WARNING harry potter 6 spoiler) on: July 15, 2006 03:23:45 PM
as much as i love this shirt, i could never wear it.. i basically had the last book ruined for me because of some git, and im not going to ruin it for the slow pokes! but definately cute as like a uhm something only i would see.... Cheesy

The same thing happened to me!  Someone on my LJ friends list was all DUMBLEDORE DIED without any warning.  I wanted to shoot him.
But anyway, ontopicness.  I love this.  The "do lunch with Severus" is a punch line to a shirt that was already funny.
67  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Needed: QUICK gift for a friend! on: July 15, 2006 02:01:56 PM
The problem with painted drumsticks is that the paint will chip off on drumheads and cymbals.  If he has his own set that he transports, maybe custom paint cymbal or drum cases?  Or steal his "throne" and paint the seat?
68  UNITED STATES / Maine / Re: "Crafty hipsters" in Southern Maine? on: July 15, 2006 01:59:03 PM
During the school year I live in Brunswick.  I've just been getting into being crafty again after a long hiatus from when I was little, so I don't do much yet, but I'm looking to ease the strain on my wallet by making more of my own stuff.
69  UNITED STATES / Maine / Re: So how many people here are from Maine? on: July 15, 2006 01:57:03 PM
I'm from the Bangor area, but most of the year I'm in Brunswick, at Bowdoin College. 
70  UNITED STATES / Maine / Re: Consignment shops? on: July 15, 2006 01:55:31 PM
I go to Bowdoin College in Brunswick and there's a consignment store calles Esilo (I think that's how it's spelled).  It sells jewelry, and the woman who owns it is really friendly, so I bet she'd sell some of your work on consignment.  There's also a store called Loca upstairs featuring crafts from people in the area, but I'm not sure how it works/who gets to sell there.

Good luck!
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