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1  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
2  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!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Looking for ideas for a "green" wedding gift on: March 25, 2008 03:36:40 AM
Hi all!
I'm in need of advice about a wedding gift...

- a good friend of mine is getting married in July and I want to make her a supernice handmade gift instead of just buying something
- she used to be my boss one year ago, so I kinda know what are the things she might like or not
- I know she really loves handmade stuff, and many times she told me about how much she liked what I made (jewelry, cards, buns, stuffies..) so this is the main reason why I thought that I'd like to MAKE something instead of just BUYING
- she likes earthy tones, nature, walking/running, uses bike everyday, makes pizza with her boyfriend in wood-heated oven, they are both little over 30, they are going to live in a flat, but with woods nearby
- I would like to make something environmentally friendly, as she works on projects dealing with sustainable development, repurposed and recycled materials etc., he loves outdoor activities and I'm an Environmental Engineer  Wink
- I cannot knit/crochet, I can sew but I don't have a sewing machine at the moment
- I can needlefelt, paint, stencil, make jewelry...and I would try any craft I haven't tried yet!
- I live in Finland, she lives in Italy and I'm not sure that I will be able to deliver the gift in person (expensive flights...internship without pay...), so it should be something that can be sent easily in case I won't make it to the wedding, so not too big/heavy
- I was thinking about a "green newlyweds kit" with many items in a nice box, but I'm not sure about what to put inside: the only things I thought of so far are a couple of grocery bags and a box of washnuts(soapnuts), but that is something I can't MAKE!

do you have ideas about things I could add to the box or something completely different to go on its own?
The wedding will be in July, so I have time for time-taking crafts as well! Wink

4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Questions from a beginner on: March 14, 2008 10:17:03 AM
Hi everybody! First of all, thanks to those who wrote the tutorials: I found them very useful!
I haven't started needlefelting yet, but I have few questions:

1) I wonder how long does it take to complete a needle felted project..I know it depends on many things (size of the project, size of needles, kind of wool..), but, for example, how long does it take to make a simple ball/bead about 2 inches thick? (just to have an idea) and moreover, is it somehow quicker on average to felt 3D shapes(I'm talking about simple flowers, hearts or balls) than flat pieces, or viceversa?

2) I would like to try making a wall hanging with a simple picture on it (I'm thinking of a tulip), and I was wondering if I could use a sheet of craft felt as a base, and then needlefelt on it the background and design I want for my decoration. Otherwise, what could be a good base for such a thing? or is the only choice to make the whole decoration from scratch "base" included?

3) what do you suggest, apart from beads, as a starting project?

thank you so much for your help! Smiley
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Valentine, boyfriend, long distance relationship... a classic! on: January 11, 2008 12:21:35 PM
Hi everyone! So, Valentine's Day is about 1 month away and I'd like to make my bf something as long as I can enjoy this "I've just got my Master of Science and I haven't started to work yet" state  Wink

I don't know exactly what could I make, I'm totally out of ideas and that's sad  Sad

My crafting skills: a little sewing, photographing, jewellery and cards making... I cannot crochet or knit (I tried making him a scarf once and it took ages!).

Something about him: he's 25, soon getting his Master in Electronical Engineering, his favourite sport is orienteering (which he practices a lot), but enjoys sports in general, especially running, floorball, basketball and skiing. He likes rock music (big Jon Bon Jovi fan!), forests, National Geographic and other similar magazines, cooking, CSI, traverlling, action movies, computer games such as Call of Duty (which I hate..but hey, no one is perfect Wink) His fav color is blue, he likes handmade stuff a lot, he's a bit shy but very funny. We have a 10-month mini dachshund and he is in love with her, even if she's spending most of the time with me.

Something about us: he's from Finland, I'm Italian, we have been together for almost 8 years (this is partly why I'm out of ideas...I've used them all over the last years!) and I have no idea will we be together on Valentine's Day or not (he's working in Finland, I'm currently in Italy since I graduated few weeks ago and don't know yet will I go to Austria to work or will I move in with him straight away), so I would rather make something that I can send no matter where will we be.

I hope you clever craftsters can help me out!!! Thanks for your help!

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Mugs 4 colleagues on: April 13, 2007 10:13:58 AM
Hi all!
I want to make little something for two colleagues of mine and, since we usually drink tea/coffee together on breaks, I thought it'd be nice to make personalize a couple of mugs and maybe fill them with homemade cookies... Tongue
Do you have any idea how could I decorate the mugs? I've never done it before!
I bought a fine point balck pen, one of those that you can use for porcelain, you let it dry and then cook in your home oven, I thought of writing maybe some sencentes, songs.. better ideas? Huh
THANKS in advance!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift for a colleague's baby?? on: March 29, 2007 01:43:31 PM
Hi all! So here's my request for help. There's a colleague of mine who'll start her maternity leave in a week and, even if I don't know her that well, I thought it would be kind and nice to make something for her baby girl. Besides I love crafting, so this is just one more reason to do it!  Grin
I wanted to make something easy and cheap, and if it's useful that's even better! Any advice?  Huh

As I said I don't know the mother very well, she's almost 40, it is her first baby and the baby is a girl.
Any suggestion would be great! Thanks!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Simple earrings on: March 11, 2007 07:30:39 AM
I haven't been posting here for a while... Embarrassed

Here are two pairs of simple earrings I made in the last 24h: hope you like them!

I don't like pink much, but these are not for me
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Funny bunny! on: December 17, 2006 06:11:37 AM
Here is another Xmas gift I made, it's for a 9 months old little girl.
I think it came out rather cute considering it's just the second one I make.
Comments appreciated! Smiley

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hairpins for a little girl on: December 04, 2006 01:53:33 PM
I made these as part of a Xmas present for my bf's little cousin (she'll be 4 in Jan), I hope she'll like them!

The bears are totally handmade by me, for the flowers I just added the pink pearl in the middle and attached them to the hairpin.
I hope you like them! Smiley
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