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1  Would you buy something like these? in Get Product and Website Opinions by athena394 on: February 02, 2012 10:55:38 AM
Hi all,
It's been a while since I've been around these parts but lots has happened like we have moved to India!
Well, even though we live in a different country, I still loooooove crafts and there happens to be TONS here.
I just love walking around the markets and checking out all the amazing hand work that people have done.
To that end, I was thinking about selling it to people back home and that maybe crafters would be a good audience. Some possible products are shown below

While most things aren't immediately wearable in the western world like sarees and large shawls I thought maybe crafters could use some as raw materials.
Could you please let me know if you would be interested in purchasing something like these and how much you would pay? For instance, the bottom left picture, I would probably have to charge $30-40 for a 1m x 2m piece of fabric but it's nice quality wool and its COVERED in HAND embroidery. The silk sarees are about 5m long (and quite wide) but I would have to charge about $100. It's a lot of material though and they come in beautiful fabrics and patterns not necessarily available in the States. Embroidered pillowcases for whatever reason go for a lot less, like $10.

So I have posted here only textiles but there are LOTS of other handicraft products (wooden carvings, bamboo paintings, leather paintings, wooden housewares, brass figurines, marble inlay, etc etc) but they aren't raw materials, just finished products. I was thinking of selling those too but due to the nature of this forum wanted to concentrate on the fabric. BUT, if you have thoughts on those things or would like to see them, I'm all ears (or...eyes Smiley )

So any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
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2  Re: I Heart Headbands! Swap in The Swap Gallery by athena394 on: October 09, 2010 12:44:26 PM
I received from ladyBB8 and purringcat!

From purringcat I got a cute science headband!

So cute! Thanks a lot!

From ladyBB8 I got a lovely lace covered headband!


Thanks a lot ladies! Smiley <3
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3  Re: I Heart Headbands! Swap in The Swap Gallery by athena394 on: September 13, 2010 05:47:24 PM
I received from PatchworkDragon on Saturday. Sorry for the late pictures, but here they are!

That's RIGHT a caffeine molecule beaded on the headband. I mentioned I liked science and worked in a lab on the questionnaire and she delivered! Grin  And it's covered with a lovely black fabric that's nice to touch.  Cheesy

And a half action shot:

Thanks so much patchworkdragon! I love it! Smiley
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4  Re: Wheel of Time Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by athena394 on: August 25, 2010 08:58:14 PM
Hey Alchemy!

I'm so glad you received and liked the items! I have a few other pictures so here are some. Not better light, but, you know. Who needs daylight anyway.

And for scale

Here's..not a better, but a more close up (and blurry) pictures of the ornaments

Thanks to my boyfriend for taking pictures
I forgot to mention, I got the list of hair angreal from here: http://wot.wikia.com/wiki/Cadsuane_Melaidhrin
That origami one is supposed to be the 8-pointed star, but I guess it has 10 points somehow :/  Also, the blue awesome fish I didn't make.

And the OTHER reason I need to upload photos is because I received my package from DeftAnn today!! Wow! I'm so impressed by the quality of these items! I need to take lessons from her in finishing things beautifully and professionally! AND she did it in the middle of moving?! OMG. SO LOTS OF PICTURES AHEAD BEWARE

All together:

It is a lovely bag, a set of coasters, and a set of hair pins. I will explain further as we go along....

First, a set of hair pins with charms a la Cadsuane. Lovely in their simplicity! And something I would actually wear! Take THAT saidin wielders

Second, a supremely well made set of coasters featuring different bits of "RANDLAND".

and just because I found the camera's macro lens...

But, as Deftann said in her note to me, there should be a moment of silence for the book she had to cut to make them. Understandable. May the characters find their way even without a map.

And finally a Cairhien bag!

As she says" dark on the outside (with stripes), and a little crazy on the inside." PERFECT CAIRHIEN. Wow, so this bag is so well made. I thought that maybe she got a fabric covered in nice colored ribbons, but no, I think she actually (somehow) attached them all on the fabric PERFECTLY parallel and with no visible stitching! How?! (fusible web? SAIDAR?!) WOW so impressive.  Like something you would buy. Plus there are like ten stripes so I would be pretty important in Cairhien. YUP. Ok so amazing stripes, then you OPEN the bag and BAM! AWESOME dragon lining (which coincidentally matches the silver and red stripes on the front) (and HELLO, an enormous dragon! woah). AND there are pockets which I show loaded up below (and you can see the lining):

Ok and may I once again mention how wonderfully these items are made! Superb craftsmanship!

Well, I guess I'll stop gushing because it's almost midnight. Thanks so much DeftAnn! You are AWESOME and so are your items!

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5  Wheel of Time Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by athena394 on: August 23, 2010 07:04:19 AM
Original Thread

Received (Not sent yet)
Sent and Received
Sending Late with communication
Contact me immediately!
Feedback given


Minathia (DC+)<-->How Lovely(DC+ish)

Alchamy513-->deftann-->athena394 (DC+)-->Alchamy513
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6  Wheel of Time Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED ; MAIL BY 8/20/10). in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by athena394 on: July 02, 2010 08:19:31 PM

Swap name: Wheel of Time Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: athena394
Sign-up date range: 7/2/10-7/20/10
Date to send item by: 8/20/10

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
This swap will be about the world of the Wheel of Time books by Robert Jordan! His complex world allows so many possibilities for creative crafting! From the characters, to the countries, the myths, and histories, artifacts, clothing (all described by Jordans notorious attention to detail  Roll Eyes), and cultures, anything is possible in this swap! Lets bring Jordans world to life!

Please post in the thread (this thread) at least once a week so I know you're still around. If youll be gone for more than a week, send me and your partner a PM.

This swap will be for 1 large, 1 medium, and 1 small item. If you would like to make extra items or switch the number of items, please make sure its ok with your partner and also notify me. Then go nuts!

Point Standards;

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

WOOHOO lets get this STARTED! Cheesy

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Feel free to put a WHY with your answer for any of these!

Who is/are your favorite character/s?
Least favorite?

Favorite Country or institution (e.g. Cairhien, Black Tower)?
Least favorite?

Your favorite Ajah?
Least favorite?

Your favorite items?

Which books have you read?

What is your favorite book or scene (because, who really remembers what happened in which book Grin)?
Least favorite?

Favorite colors?
Items you really want?
Items you definitely don't want?
Creative skills? (ex: knitting, papercraft, sewing)
Link to wist?
Do you have allergens like pets (list specific animal please) or smoking in your house?
Other things your partner should know? Anything goes in this question!


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


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7  Wheel of Time / Robert Jordan swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by athena394 on: April 22, 2010 01:28:09 PM

I am rereading through the Wheel of Time series now. What a great series!! I could see myself whipping up some crafty goodness relating to the series. There are so many rich possibilities for ideas since Robert Jordan's world is so complex! I saw that there were suggestions for this swap earlier, but none actually happened, so here I am, trying again.

I could do it in July or later probably....
I've never organized a swap but I probably could if no one else offers.

So...who's interested? Cheesy
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8  Re: The Summer Slamdance! IYP13 gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by athena394 on: September 21, 2009 07:52:54 PM
I received an awesome package from Mellermann last week and only just now got around to posting picture (shame on me!) Enough writing, here are the pictures!

First a lovely triptych matching the color scheme of my living room (black, white, red, hints of green)

Then an awesome composition to hang on the wall of my bathroom which is themed SCIENCE Cheesy YEP those are amino acid names : ) Smiley

And finally two totally cute picture frames that reconcile the clashing themes in my bedroom

I am sorry for the poorer quality pictures, mellermann, you are more than welcome to post your photos (or the original file) with your mad good camera/camera skills.

<3 Great swap!
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9  Re: Decorate My Themed Room Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by athena394 on: July 16, 2009 07:45:03 PM
YAY! I finally got time to take photos of the stuff psychonmemphis sent! ARE YOU READY?!

My bathroom is science themed....well, I haven't really done much for it yet, but it WILL be science themed and psychonmemphis helped me out a lot!!

A mad science toothbrush holder:

Complete with goopy green stuff. Thats from her, not our toothbrushes I promise!

A water shower curtain:

Obviously SOMEONE is happy to have it Smiley

A pair of zebra pillows (ZEBRA IS MY FAVORITE and i don't even think I told her) that matches the room perfectly

A little red bird candle holder. So cute!

(sorry for the flash)

and finally the cutest painting! really good for not having painted much!

Thanks so much psychonmemphis! I hope you like your stuff as much as I like mine!!

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10  Re: Fill-A-Box Round 8 - THE EPIC GALLERY! (USA Flat-Rate Box, Sendouts by 8/23) in The Swap Gallery by athena394 on: August 24, 2008 04:14:51 PM
Hi everyone,

Everyone's package is great so far!

Here's the pictures of the one I received from pinupmommy! There was a lot of stuff in the box! Sorry for the bad pic quality Sad I can't find any batteries for my camera so I used my computer camera.

Here is a lot of scrap paper...

Some pieces of colored cardstock...

More scrap paper...

Some square pieces of patterned paper...

Some blank cards

A few crafting supplies, scissors, sequins, googly eyes, some polymer clay...

And some tip sheets from joannes and two patterns...

Thanks pinupmommy!

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