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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Donating food? on: May 23, 2008 02:01:42 AM
do you think you would be allowed to organise a "cake party" in a local park maybe?
you could prepare some flyers and deal them to homeless people or ask them to spread the word, so that they would all gather and eat your cake/cakes...
Just a suggestion, in case the shelters wouldn't accept them..
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Looking for suggestions... on: April 03, 2008 01:45:25 AM
Hi all!
Yesterday, thanks to my dog, I was very happy to find a "ksitytori" (for the non-Finns is a "handmade works market") not too far from where I live. I asked some info to the owner and she said you can pay a weekly rent (from 6euros to 23euros according to how big is the shelf/table) and then you will get 100% of the money if you sell anything. They have a wide range of things, from felted wall hangings to fused glass earrings, everything with a rather high quality standard.
I thought that, working as a non-paid trainee, it would be nice to try to make money out of my crafts, so I am seriously considering the option of selling something there (I make needlefelted accessories, cards, jewelry with repurposed paper stripes, wire earrings...)
I already tried to go and sell my things at the local market two summers ago, but it costed 3euros per day and you had to spend the whole time there!
So, I am asking you for some suggestions, as I have almost no experience in selling what I make...with how many items would you start? and would you invest in a bigger shelf or in a longer time? (let's say: a 12euros shelf for 1 week or a 6euros shelf for two weeks?)
Any advice on how to "stand out" from the rest? The smallest shelf is not very big (15x40cm more or less), os I think that good display and presentation of the items is essential... Huh
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: maybe it is a weird question... on: April 01, 2008 05:49:40 AM
thanks for the suggestion!
but I don't think that would be an issue in northern Italy: trees like oak and maple and most common conifers are widespread there as well!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / maybe it is a weird question... on: April 01, 2008 05:31:41 AM
hi all!
first time for me in this board.  Wink
I have a question for those of you who have a green thumb: a couple of friends is getting married in July and I was considering giving them an eco-friendly gift, something like a "green newlyweds kit", as they are both outdoorsy and careful about the environment. I would like to include a tree seedling/tree seeds in the kit, so I searched the web for tree-in-a-box kts and similar things but so far none of the companies I found would ship to Europe (I am in Finland, the couple is in Italy)  Sad  I found one company which is based in the Netherlands but they request that you order a minimum of 50 seedlings! So I tought maybe I should forget about buying the seedling, and here's my question: is it possible to grow your own seedlings in 3 months? and how should I do it? or is it better to try and look for them in garden centres?
Also, take into account that it is possible that I will have to ship the whole gift (I am not sure that I will be able to fly to Italy for their wedding).

I was thinking of common oak or maple, or maybe some nice fruti tree, for example apple...they will live in Northern Italy, not far from Como lake, should be fairly easy to grow trees there.
I hope this question of mine doesn't sound too weird!
thanks for your help!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Looking for ideas for a "green" wedding gift on: March 31, 2008 06:08:37 AM
thank you for your suggestions!

I was thinking, maybe I could include something like this in the potential "green newlyweds kit":

I think it would be really nice to plant a tree (especially an oak which grows really big!), not only for the environmental side of it, but also as a symbol of their marriage growing day by day thanks to their love and care for each other...
BUT: I did a little search on-line and all the sites I found so far do not ship to Finland or Italy  Sad (the one above is only for UK)
I tried on Etsy (would be nice to find an handmade kit!), but I found nothing.
I would like to find a kit connected to some environmental/global warming initiative, I'm not a big fan of those online shopping websites where you have no idea where is the stuff coming from (don't know if you get what I mean..). Does any of you know any good website/etsy seller for this kind of items?

thank you!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Looking for ideas for a "green" wedding gift on: March 28, 2008 02:09:25 AM
thank you so much for the suggestion!
many links were really interesting, not only for my gift search (still working on it...anyone else any ideas??), but you know, in case my boyfriend ever decides to pop up The Question...  Wink
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! on: March 26, 2008 04:48:34 AM
not crafty:
-tickets for a photography exhibition to go and see together as a "reward" after the finals
-pro account to Flickr (I know I'd love that!)

- a messenger bag with an outside pocket made of transparent vinyl where he could place any picture he likes and change it whenever he likes (don't know if you got the idea..)
- a film-like stripe of little pictures of you two together

other ideas:
-send him a little gift each week in the period you won't be seeing each other
-ask someone you know and who lives near him to deliver little notes written by you every now and then in the period you two have to be apart
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gift for my Musically Minded Boyfriend? on: March 26, 2008 04:35:01 AM
what about a personalised guitar case?
you could buy a plain balck/blue one and decorate it in the way it suits your bf best... put a picture of you two together inside with some iron-on transfer... make a nice applique of his (or yours, or both) initials... stencil the animal/number/name of the band he likes best in the color he likes best...hope this helps! Smiley
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: fathers b-day with no idea what to make on: March 25, 2008 05:13:04 AM
what about a fimo-clay mini version of his mini cooper?


an embellished guitar case (his initials, names of fav bands...)?
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions from a beginner on: March 25, 2008 03:58:29 AM
Thanks! Smiley
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