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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Pricing a bracelet?? on: January 01, 2008 08:47:16 PM
I hope this is a good place to put this -

I made this bracelet and will pout if it actually sells and it's not longer mine


I haven't made much jewelery so I don't have a good handle on pricing.  I don't want to undercut myself but, to be honest, I consider myself a novice and it took me ten minutes to make this.  It's made with that elastic clear 'string' that I knotted - there's no clasp.  The bigger beads are glass and the small ones are a coppery metallic sead type bead.  It's hard to price the materials because alot of what I do is re-con and these beads came from two necklaces I had in my stash.

I tried looking on etsy but there are hundreds of pages of bracelets with every price you can imagine.

Any opinions???

Thanks in advance for your help!
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Question about leather on: December 17, 2007 10:50:05 AM
I have no idea where to put this so, if it should go somewhere else, please feel free to let me know Smiley

Can a wood burning tool be used on leather?  I have an old leather satchel that I'm dying to adorn and I'm thinking it would look way cool to use the wood burning tool.

Or, if not that, what works good to put designs on leather??

Thanks in advance for your help!
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift ideas needed for son moving away on: December 17, 2007 10:45:12 AM
Man, this is gonna be a killer......

My first born 21 yr old son is moving away.  It's definitely time and I'm happy for him and helping make plans but.....geeez......I can't imagine him being gone.

Anyway - he is going on a 'journey' - that's what he's calling it.  I'm excited for him!  He's going to travel around the states to find what he can find.  He's starting off by buying a one way bus ticket to St. Louis Missouri, staying in a hostel and he'll see what happens from there.  He's selling his car and taking his clothes and bare essentials.

I would love to make him something special but it needs to be functional.  My son would probably be considered a 'minimalist'.  He likes things simple and functional and if there is some artsy-ness in the function that's fine but he doesn't go for something that's only function is to sit around and look pretty  Cheesy

I'm wondering if anyone else has gone on a journey or knows someone else who has and could give me ideas on some things that came in very handy on their trip and would recommend.

My first thought is a sturdy holder of some sort for important papers.  So, 9x12 or something like that, made of vinyl or leather so the papers would stay in tact and be in a place that could be easily accessed.

My other idea would be collapsible containers of some sort.  Like one of those clothes hampers made of mesh with sturdy tubing in the edges that can fold flat.

Are those good ideas?  Does anyone else have good ideas?

Thanks in advance for your help
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Any Gift Ideas for very ill Dad? on: December 15, 2007 09:06:23 AM
Hi - I don't want to be a downer or be too negative but I need some ideas - and so do other people in my family!!

My dad is in his last weeks.  He was supposed to have been 'gone' two years ago but between the doctors care and him being a stubborn ol' coot  Smiley he's outlived all of the predictions.  In fact, the latest prediction, given 4 months ago, was that he would only live about 4 more months.  Well, he's still here and it's a day by day thing.  Some days, he's not doing too well and other days he's up and about, and plays scrabble. Smiley

So, what do you get a man who is in his last days???  We're all asking each other.  The best idea I've come up with is to get him a container of some kind of sweet treat that he may be 'into' - his preferences change often.

So, I'm thinking maybe someone has gone through the same thing and has some good ideas that worked for them or just anyone in general.

Thanks for your help!!!!

25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Please help with Charcoal themed Christmas Present! on: December 10, 2007 12:59:16 PM

At lunch yesterday, my 17 yr old daughter and I were talking and she suddenly stopped eating and said, with eyes wide and sparkling - -

I have found......my medium!!!


She comes from a line of artists - my dad likes paints and water color pencils, I like pastels and colored pencils and my sister paints with acrylics. My daughter  has dabbled in a few things but hadn't found what works for her.  She is now taking an art and design class in school and has discovered CHARCOAL!  I, personally, haven't become too chummy with the black sticks myself - no offense to anyone!

So, I would LOVE to spur this on in her but - since I am unfamiliar with the medium, I don't even know where to start!!

Does anyone have some suggestions for a 'beginner's kit' of charcoal drawing supplies that I could put together as a Christmas present?  I want to spend around $50.

Thanks in advance for your help!
26  COOKING / Dessert / John Deere Tractor Cake! **IMG HEAVY** on: November 29, 2007 04:53:12 PM
Ok, my camera is dying so the colors are awful but i just had to show you!  My plan worked!!  Bwaahaahaa!!

Here are some 'work in progress' shots

The small wheels are regular size cupcakes, the big ones were made in a large muffin tin.  The body is made from a mini loaf pan!

I cut the wheels to make a notch for the body to fit in but I knew that the body would be heavy so I added 2 dowels and a piece of plastic to hold it up

Thanks for looking!

27  COOKING / Dessert / Detroit Tigers Cake on: November 29, 2007 04:35:37 PM
This one was fun!  It was the idea of a friend of mine for her boyfriend's birthday:

I made the "D" with colorflow - which is basically thinned down royal icing.  Unfortunately, a few corners broke in transport.   She wanted to surprise him so she came up with this idea:


Total fun!!!  I used almost a whole container of icing color to get that blue!
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Noticeable results with Etsy Mini! on: November 27, 2007 05:11:38 PM
Ok, first of all - how do you spell that word??? Noticeable?? Noticable??


By noticeable, that doesn't mean a sale YET but, at this point, I want to make note of ANYTHING positive!  And, also, hopefully help give you guys an idea of something else to do for more exposure.  Now, I know that some of you have already done this but I would guess that some haven't -

I put an Etsy Mini on my myspace profile!!  I had heard it mentioned a few times but it hadn't sunk in (there are sooo many things about etsy that they seem to sink in slowly, one at a time).

Well, I decided to make note of the number of views of my items.  For the last 3 days or so, I hadn't seen any change in the number but after I put the Etsy Mini on myspace, the numbers have gone up on almost all of my items!!  I thought that was pretty cool! 

Like I said - no sales yet but it's still encouraging to see that something worked!  I think it'll spur me on to continue solving my broken camera issue so I can get some decent pictures of my new items and get them posted!

I tried to find some info on the etsy forums about how the etsy mini thing works but I couldn't seem to find anything but it's pretty self explanatory.  on 'your etsy' page, go to the bottom left, under "view shop" you'll see "etsy mini".  Click on it and you should be able to figure it out.

Let's see what results you get!!
29  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Number of Etsy Sellers on: November 26, 2007 04:34:48 PM
As of 2 minutes ago, the number of sellers on Etsy is 97,858.  My first reaction was discouragement but I'm thinking maybe it's not worth getting too excited over.  I guess I'm not sure how to react.

Any opinions?
30  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / etsy chat ettiquette -or- another buyer turn-off on: November 18, 2007 02:36:22 PM
I think this is worth mentioning -

I was in the chat room on etsy recently and there was a seller that was doing something that could be a big deterrent to selling.

Whenever anyone would bring her item up on that little side thing they have (which is way cool), and someone would give her a compliment on her item, she would ask them if they were going to buy it!


I think it's great if someone ends up buying something from another seller on ebay but I think it's a bad idea to blatantly come out and ask someone to buy something every time one of your items is mentioned.

Something to keep in mind.
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