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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Origami Bookmark Dolls on: January 08, 2008 05:48:29 PM

Oooooooohh! Very very lovely!!!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: make your own souvenir craftalong on: September 02, 2006 07:05:49 AM
Tenessee is one of the coolest places ever! I remember spectacular autumns there! Is there some kind of candy that's made there and nowhere else?
What about:
mockingbird - state bird
Davy Crockett
Iris - state flower
the three stars in the state flag
Clingmans Dome
Yellow Poplar (state tree, I think)
Any juicy local scandals going on...
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: japanese cloth doll craftalong?? on: August 31, 2006 10:47:26 AM
White jersey would be better - get the kind that used for pajamas as it is a lot thinner than T shirt jersey. Or you could get a pair of white hose and use that material - that's what I'm gonna do...
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: japanese cloth doll craftalong?? on: August 30, 2006 10:21:52 AM
Hey - count me in! I'd love to try one of these! I've recently been collecting pieces of chirimen which is the Japanese crepe fabric used for making the kimono for these dolls...annnnnd I've found a source for books on this technique - the books are pricey in shipping since they come from Japan, but look so intrguing...
If you need some scraps of chirimen let me know...
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ikea Dressers Revamped (first post!) on: August 11, 2006 07:27:29 AM
Lovely job .You're so right about how tacky the shiny Modge Podge stays. Varnish should seal it just fine.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Renaissance Faire Crafts? Guitar Show Crafts? on: August 08, 2006 07:46:20 AM
I think the hair ribbon wreath thing is kind of over done or at least it was 10 years ago. And unless you can provide a better product for cheaper than the last vendor, I'd give it a miss.
But really, you need to go to a faire and see what's there and what isn't. If you don't see any hair wreaths like the kind you want to make, go ahead and make some!

Writer 78 nailed it with the little potted plants idea - they're probably too hard to carry around without spilling the contents. Dried herbs might be something to consider, though.

Pomanders might be a possibility...usually they're made with either lemons or oranges and have lots of cloves stuck in them in neat patterns (like lutes or guitars, hint hint)
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Origami Bookmark Dolls on: August 07, 2006 07:00:41 PM
Ooh...I love those..I would love to try making them..I am insane because I bought all these books on making things out of paper and have yet to follow any directions in them..I just wing it from the pic...I don't think I have this book...could you tell me the name of the book you bought? Please.. Smiley I wonder if they have one in English..my Japanese is a little rusty..well absent, really Grin

here's a link to the book's auction on eBay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=015&item=250012158015&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1 The title is in Japanese and I tried to find it on Amazon but to no avail.

There are other Japanese craft books out there that have shiori ningyo in them. Sometimes you can find them by googling:
Origami doll
Washi doll
Bookmark doll
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Renaissance Faire Crafts? Guitar Show Crafts? on: August 07, 2006 06:45:53 PM
The only way to tell ether some of your ideas will sell is to go ahead and make some up and see if they sell. Each faire is different, but after a while you'll know what people will buy and what they won't.
And there's no hard and fast rule about it; fashions and fads change. I have one friend who still sells only Shakespearian items - mugs, books of plays, stationery, little pewter figures, whathaveyou. He's focused on a theme and it works for him.

I'd check into seeing what kind of permit - if any - you'd need to sell food crafts. Every so often I'd see a vendor selling short bread type cookies - made with medieival or renaissance molds. They were sooo cool! Don't know how well they sold, though.

And also, if you guys are selling guitars, consider it concert or demo time! Have at least one person on staff willing to play some renaissance music every so often.

Having lower priced items for sale is a necessity for reasons mentioned by Writer78.

Good luck - let us know what you come up with! I'm so inspired I'm going to check out a local renny faire next week and see what they have going these days!


9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: More House Elves on: August 07, 2006 07:09:40 AM
They are fantastic! Love them! The imp is a delight!
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Faerie Wings on: August 07, 2006 06:55:00 AM
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! What kind of wire did you use for the frame? And did you use pantyhose for the fabric?
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