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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / business name problem on: January 21, 2008 07:38:10 AM
I've pondered over a name for the past year and a half, and I finally came up with Avocado Creations. I googled it, found nothing. I googled it along with "craft, crafts, jewelry, crochet, sewing", etc (all individually, not together in one bunch like that), and got nothing. So I made a gmail account under that name.

I got to Etsy, and just for kicks I searched for "avocado" in the username field (I don't know why I didn't think to search there first). And there it was, glaring at me, "Avocado Creations".

I'm not sure if I want to sell on Etsy, but I am planning on selling elsewhere (stores, other online vendors, etc.)

I think I already answered my own question, but just for the hell of it, I wanted to ask some fellow crafty-folk their opinions. Do I delete my gmail account and try to come up with a new name? Hopefully this time it won't take as long.

*EDIT* Could I get away with still having "Avocado" in the name but adding something else to it, and dropping "Creations"?
- Avocado Ivy
- Apples and Avocados
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / buying fabric for the first time on: September 11, 2007 10:32:17 AM
I finally dusted the cat hair off my sewing machine and went to town on some fat quarters from Jo-Ann Fabrics to make some wallets and a bag, but I decided that I wanted to move onto skirts (which was why I wanted to learn how to sew in the first place).

In Philly, there's a stretch of fabric stores on 4th street called Fabric Row.  Somehow I seemed to gravitate towards the most expensive stores first, and THEN after I bought something there, I'd wander into the less expensive stores where I could get what I just bought at half the price.

Moral(s) of the story:
1. Always shop around before you actually buy stuff.
2. Only buy from places where the prices are clearly marked on the roll of what you want to buy. (the phrase "I can sell it to you for..." makes me think that after I leave, the shop people laugh to themselves thinking "GOD I can't believe she fell for it!")
3. It's very very dangerous having cheap cute fabric for sale only 10 blocks from my house.

Feel free to post stories from the first time you ever bought fabric (and I'm not talking the scraps / fat quarters kind, I'm talking the "take the roll up to the counter and they cut it for you" kind of stories.)
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Amigurumi: Hagrid's Pets Norbert, Buckbeak & Fluffy on: July 11, 2007 10:52:54 PM
EDIT: I'm adding more pictures of the individual animals.
the final pet: Norbert

I like his jaunty cocked-to-the-side head.

I'm so proud of the wings! It was my first time using felt, and I LOVE IT! It was also my first time using the buttonhole stitch and I LOVE IT!

Fingers + Wings!


And now the family:

Comments / criticisms appreciated.

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Hagrid's pets Part 2 (img heavy) on: July 03, 2007 07:38:34 PM
EDIT: Updated pictues (aka better pictures)
Here's the second installment of Hagrid's pets: Buckbeak

I'm so proud of the back legs on this guy!

It took me nine and a half years to figure out how to do the head (I never exaggerate).

5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / amigurumi wings / feathers? (2 imgs) on: July 02, 2007 12:48:26 PM
I need to make a hippogrif for a Harry Potter art show, and I need some help with the wings. I bought some yarn that I think I can crochet w/ the main color of the body to make it look more feathery, but I would certainly like some input.

First of all, here's the yarn (with a very curious and confused dog in the background):

And here the yarn crocheted with the main color:

Does it look feathery at all? Or just weird and spotty. Any should I go for an all white accent fluffy yarn, instead of the brown / black multi?
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Hagrid's Pets from Harry Potter (img heavy) on: July 02, 2007 12:26:43 PM
My friend is putting on a Harry Potter Fan Art show in a few weeks where there will fan art of all sorts, a screening of Brad Neely's "WIZARD PEOPLE, DEAR READER" and tasty wizard snacks.

When I first found out about it, I said to myself (in an Eeyore-esk voice) "Hmph. I love Harry Potter and would love to participate, but I'm not artistic. Ho-hum". Then my friend asked me if I wanted to contribute anything, and a lightbulb went off in my head. "Hello, amigurumi Harry Potter characters?!".

I didn't want to do the normal main characters, so I decided (with the help of my roomate) to make some of Hagrid's pets.

The first one I have done is Fluffy, the 3-headed dog:

I personally think his body is a little too large. But then again, I'm guessing a 3-headed dog would need to have some extra organs inside of the chest cavity (like extra sets of lungs and whatnot), so I suppose it works. (Even if it didn't work, I'm NOT about to tear this damn thing apart).  Wink

I'm working on Buckbeak / Witherwings right now, and the last one I want to get done is Norbert. You know they'll get posted here when I'm done with them.
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / stuffing for amigurumi on: June 30, 2007 08:19:58 PM
Does anyone know of stuffing / polyfil that isn't stark white? I'm making something with dark brown yarn and I don't want teeny-weeny white dots between my stitches. Any hints would be greatly appreciated.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / amigurumi horse leg (realistic, or close to it) on: June 28, 2007 10:23:09 PM
I'm participating in a Harry Potter Fan Art show in Philly in a few weeks, and I got the idea from my roomate to make crocheted creatures from the movie. I think I want to start with Buckbeak / Witherwings. Then maybe Fluffy. But first, I need to know how to make a somewhat realistic-looking hind-leg for a horse. I can't seem to find any patterns online. I could just resort to the old stand-by of "try stuff until something works". But, before I start, I thought I'd check with you crafty folks to see if you had any suggestions for me. Thanks!

So I made up a pattern for a horse leg, and I'm damn proud of it.

Jointed goodness!

I've got a pattern for both a left leg and a right leg (The top of it flares up where you need to attach it to the body, and if I made the same pattern for both, it wouldn't sit right). If anyone is interested in the pattern, let me know.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Wool mittens + washing machine / dryer = ARGH! on: June 27, 2007 08:17:23 PM
My roomate shrunk one of my first mittens I ever made. She didn't do it on purpose, and I'm not planning on telling her, because I know she'll feel like shit, but still... ARGH!!

And it was one of those projects where I made it up as I went along, so making a matching mitten for it is out of the question. And since I know the other mitten will be sad without it's mate, I'll have to tear that one apart and make something else with it.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / crocheting lessons on: June 18, 2007 06:33:13 AM
I make little amigurumi Cthulhu dolls, and 2 of my friends flipped out over them and want to learn how to make them. They're both knitters. They're also both yarn throwers, which means holding the yarn in the left hand for crocheting will take some getting used to.

My question is: Should I start them out with the basics; single, double, triple, and let them get good at that, and then go into how to do spiral crochet and increases and stuff like that? Or should I just get them to learn single crochet, and jump right into elder-god-making?
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