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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / What do you do when you run out of motivation? on: January 07, 2009 07:34:55 AM
I'm struggling with several unfinished projects and I don't know what to do.

These are projects that I've had on the go for ages now, months and sometimes years.  I've got no motivation to finish them because for whatever reason they didn't end up being as exciting or interesting as I thought they were going to be. 

But now I don't know what to do.  Do I just force myself to finish them and then give the end product away?  I won't want to keep it since it'll just remind me of how dreadful it was to make but somehow that seems like a waste of effort, to just make something so you can say you did it and then get rid of the end product.

Should I try and sell on the materials to recoup some of the money?  One thing I'm worried about is the fact that I paid good money for material, wool and patterns to sew or knit these projects and so to see them unfinished just seems like a waste of money and resources.  If I could sell on the half-finished attempt maybe someone else could use it?  Or I could take out the stuff I've done and sell on the wool/material and patterns so someone else can make use of the resources?

Having them all in a big pile is bothering me, it's stopping me from starting projects I do want to get on with and making me feel guilty about the money and time I've spent that's essentially going to waste.  It being the new year I feel like to get rid of them would be at least wiping my slate clean for crafting in 2009 but I thought before I was rash I'd ask here!

So, anyone got any advice?  Or does anyone at least go through the same thought processes as me? 
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Soap box, bath tea bags and drawer smellies! on: May 01, 2008 02:32:17 PM
First up, a friend's birthday soap box complete with hand made bath tea bags (including the spices inside!) and hand made green tea soap and honey soap and a thrifted tin:

Tea bag innards before being put in the bags:

Drawer smellies!  Each one is full of old Lush bath bombs Smiley

My boyfriend and I are in the process of making some chocolate and oatmeal soap and some oatmeal, honey and cinnamon soap, photos to follow!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 2 wedding blankets! on: May 01, 2008 02:27:22 PM
I seem to have a whole rash of friends getting married at the moment and as a student, I can't afford lots of expensive presents Sad

So I thought instead, I'd get to-crochetin'

Blanket 1:

Blanket 2, complete with my new labels!

Action shot by panda...

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lots of mobile socks! Image heavy! on: May 01, 2008 02:24:35 PM
I've been going slightly crazy making mobile and ipod/mp3 player socks recently!  It's such a good way to use up little odds and ends though Smiley

Plus a whole nautical themed set for a friend!

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 2 simple purses - anchors and hello kitty! on: May 01, 2008 02:19:19 PM
I'm trying to build up my sewing confidence towards starting to make some of my own clothes and where best to start than with a nice simple purse! 

I made the anchor one for a friend who likes nautical-related things and the hello kitty one just because I had the material.  I'm not a massive hello kitty fan but I liked how this one turned out so I'm keeping it!

Nautical one first:

Stripy blue and white innards:

And the (slightly wonky) felt anchor!

Next up, hello kitty:

Action shot!

6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Bum-tastic silver glittery wiggle dress! on: April 01, 2008 12:41:55 PM
I've had this dress for ages, I bought it on a whim from Cancer Research (a charity shop for those of you not from the UK, though I'm sure you figured that out yourself!) for a fiver, even though it was horrendously ugly, it just screamed 'potential alteration project' to me!

Seeing this challenge and having a hen party to go to next week with nothing to wear, I set about altering it.  The material is really stretchy which is great, it's so forgiving on your figure (hence the 'bum-tastic' title!), but at the same time, it didn't really fray, which I thought would be the main problem when I came to cut it up.

I cut off the batwing-style top and used a tutorial I found on Craftser to make the ruched top part.  I'm so pleased with how it turned out, I was going to give it a halter neck but I really like it just the way it is! Smiley

Please excuse the before photos, I was slightly pissed whilst taking them *hangs head*



I was proud of my first attempt at rouching, so it gets its own photo:

The amazing label on the inside, although looking at it, I hope I haven't cut up a priceless vintage dress, however hideous it was to begin with!

It looks much better in real life, I'm not the most photogenic person in the world!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Pinkdoodle.com? on: February 26, 2008 09:21:32 AM
Has any one here heard of the website http://www.pinkdoodle.com/ ?

I was just linked to it from a friend, it seems to be the British version of Etsy in that it's a place for creative people to sell their home-made wares but it looks *really* new.  There don't seem to be a great many people selling things, though from what I can gather, most bits being sold are of reasonable quality.

I was contemplating signing up to see if I can start selling a few bits I make but I'm worried about giving my debit card details away on what doesn't seem to be a particularly well-established site.  It seems like it's got all the right security bits though, but is it worth setting up a shop if it's so new and barely anyone knows about it?  Though saying that, in signing up I could be helping a new craft business venture off the ground so I guess that's a good thing!

What do you guys think?  I'm totally new to the world of selling craft things so I'd be interested to see what a seasoner seller makes of the site.  Has anyone bought or sold anything off there? 

Thanks in advance m'dears! Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hello Kitty purse/make up bag! on: January 31, 2008 04:14:17 PM
So I took this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=40505.0 tutorial but modified it a bit and came up with this:





I'm quite chuffed with it, I'm planning on making 3 more to give to friends Smiley
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Recycled bag selling help! on: January 16, 2008 07:35:14 AM

I'm asking this on behalf of my uncle who is filipino.  His family have a large area of land bordering their house out in the Philappines and in the past year they've had problems with squatters living on this land.

My uncle doesn't want to kick these people off his land as they've got nowhere else to go but he doesn't want them there indefinately.  So he's trying to start up a learning centre on this land where they can go to use books and computers and to act as a base for them to start looking for jobs.

Several of these people keep themselves fed by making bags from recycled paper and selling them on the streets.  My uncle wants to encourage them to do this on a larger scale and is looking for places in this country, both bricks-and-mortar shops and online sites that will commission a number of these bags.  I've posted some photos of these bags at the bottom of this post.

I didn't put this in the 'Crafting for good not evil' section because these people aren't a charity, they want to work and support themselves and my uncle is hoping he can provide the means by which they can do that. 

So my question to you guys is, where should he start looking for places to sell these bags?  Do any of you know of any online craft shops that might be interested in buying say 50 or 100 of them to see how they sell?  He's approached Oxfam and Fairtrade so hopefully one of them will take to it as well but in the meantime I said I'd spread feelers in the online crafting community to see if there's any interest there! 

Also, what prices would you suggest?  Apparently each bag only costs between 2 and 4 to make but the costs of shipping them across to this country would bring this to somewhere around 15 per bag.  My uncle doesn't want to make any profit on these for himself, he just wants to cover his costs as he'll be paying for them to be shipped over here.  He's looking into getting companies to sponser crates that will be packed in this country with books and old computers, sent out there and then return full of these bags for selling.  Does anyone know of any businesses that might be interested sponsering a crate?

So if 15 per bag would be on covering costs, would it be unreasonable to charge between 20 and 30 per bag, depending on the size obviously? 

Here are the photos, see what you guys think!  Any advice or feedback would be most gratefully received!

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Enagagement napkins Kurt Halsey embroidery! on: August 28, 2007 01:41:46 AM
I got this embroidery pattern in a trade with a girl on t'internet and thought it would be perfect for my friend's engagement present.  The material for the napkins later caused a bit of contention in the family because my gran gave it to me and my mum later recognised it as a rather expensive tablecloth she gave my gran for their 30th wedding anniversary!  In my defence, it was cut into pieces when I got it so I'm staying well out of this one!

Anyway, here they are...

I'm quite chuffed with them though one of them is upside down and on the last one I ran out of yellow thread for the writing and ended up using white instead.  It's not that noticeable though!  Or so I tell myself....
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