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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: DIY/Crafty/Zine fundraising ideas (trying to be a KaosPilot) on: August 31, 2008 03:27:56 PM
No I didn't Sad
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Birthday ideas for 23rd on: July 25, 2008 11:27:25 PM
I'm turning 23 in September. I haven't had a party since I was 11, and I'd like to do something special.

I'm not a big fan of alcohol, so the typical 20-something party idea of going to a club and drinking the night away is out. I'd rather that the party be close to what I enjoy, be meaningful, and also be fun in different ways.

One of the best birthday events I was a part of was for a nature-loving Japanese friend. She brought us to her boss's house in the mountains (a self-built lodge where he grows his own food) and went hiking. After the hike we had a homemade Japanese dinner. It was AWESOME, and completely reflected her personality while allowing her closest friends to spend time together.

Some ideas:

* It's one of my biggest fantasies to spend a night at a bookstore. I asked the city council libraries if I could borrow their space for a night but no dice. I've emailed Borders and some other bookstore/cafe places to see if they're good with it.

* Something creative - a craftanoon? (Not all my friends are crafty though and I don't want to alienate people) A zine workshop?

* Volunteering somewhere? I'm not sure where we could go that could use a big mass of volunteers at once but just for a day.

* I was originally going to have a Paper Plane Party as a fundraiser, but the original point of the fundraiser has fizzled. I could still do it for a birthday though.

What other cool birthday ideas can I explore? For reference, I am in Brisbane, Australia.

B*B, Tiara
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Reselling your crafts - your opinions? on: February 20, 2008 04:28:24 AM
Hmm, but what about when someone buys it for their own use, then decides to sell it off later (like in a garage sale)?
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Reselling your crafts - your opinions? on: February 20, 2008 01:40:28 AM
I recently caused massive drama amongst zinesters when I suggested selling my zines for cost price. Turns out some zinesters have a BIG taboo against their zines being resold, ever. I was called a "tool of the Man" and "f*ed up" just for suggesting it (I'm trying to raise money for education).

I have not seen such vitrol against reselling work you've bought, and I'd like to know how people in other crafts/arts think about it. If someone buys your knitting/jewelry/painting/T-shirt/etc, and then resold it, would that matter to you? Would it depend on how much they sold it for - below cost, at cost, small markup, big markup?

I asked about used books and CDs and the zinesters retorted that zines aren't like books and CDs because they were "made with love and passion". But books and CDs were made with love and passion too! So what exactly makes zines stand out in this regard?

How is it like with your craft? What do you feel about things being resold?
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / DIY/Crafty/Zine fundraising ideas (trying to be a KaosPilot) on: February 18, 2008 04:31:10 AM
I'm applying to the KaosPilot social enterprise school in Denmark, and I'm looking for creative fundraising ideas to cover my costs (mainly tuition and travel). Im a fan of zines and crafts, and while I'm not actually very crafty - Ive made a few things (fashion, zines, mail art, the odd trinket) but Im more of a amateur hobbyist than a professional - I would like to incorporate the zine/craft worlds into my fundraising though.

Some ideas:


  • Making and selling a zine - though Im not yet in the school, so I dont know what to make a zine of. The application process?
  • Distroing and selling zines - I could try to sell some Australian/Asian zines to overseas buyers, though Im not sure where to get people to contribute. How much should I charge and how much goes back to the zinester?
  • Selling my zine collection - I know this is particularly controversial amongst zinesters, though I think I could get a little bit out of it. Perhaps the bigger book-zines would work better. Any way to do this ethically, or am I better off donating this to the local youth center (which has a great zine library)?
  • Holding a zine workshop - a little more process-intensive, but doable, perhaps with a gold coin (AUD1 and AUD2) donation

  • Craft fair, with proceeds and portion of profits going to my cause
  • Making something to sell, though Im at a loss for what I could make that people are willing to buy. Im thinking of making a few bat plushies, but Ive never made them before so I dont know if theyre any good. Felt badges/pins/etc are easy but itd be a ripoff of other peoples ideas (I learnt how to make them from another craftster). Am playing around with custom Do Not Disturb door hangars, but need a good printer. I also got some custom badges made for uni which were really cool - time to work out collaborations with a badgemaker to make & sell them on my behalf!
  • Craft workshops, like the zine workshop above
  • A Craft-a-noon, with gold cold donation for entry. Ive been to a Craft-a-noon in Brisbane (are they still on??) and it was great fun, and it would be a great way to meet people. Need an incentive for people to pay, though
  • Distroing crafts, just like the zine idea

As far as distroing - I wonder if its possible to sell things on commission, or something like commission. I scout out for crafty things I like (Ive bought plenty on Etsy so I have a list) and promote them on this blog. Any proceeds/profits from sales (say a small percentage) goes back to me. Itd be like the Amazon Associates program, because I choose what goes in the shop based on my preferences, not based on who would give me tons of money. Is this workable? Ethical? Has anyone done this?

Selling localized versions of Samplers would be good as Im supporting local crafts, though sourcing them would take some time and Ive already caused some drama about ownership of business ideas so may have to steer away from this one

What else could I do?
6  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: Projects incorporating multiple crafts! on: January 10, 2008 01:37:34 AM
I was going to come here to suggest something similar - combine two or more seemingly unrelated crafts. Like amigurumi and millinery. Or t-shirt surgery and mail art. Something random like that.
7  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Amateurs Challenge: A Craft You've Never Done on: January 10, 2008 01:36:51 AM
Challenge: Make something in a craft you've never done before. If you've never crocheted, crochet something. If you've never sewed, sew something. If you've never made a hat...you get the drill.

Of course, the real challenge is to prove that you've never actually done it before, but I suppose we have enough trust in each other Wink
8  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: Craft Your Non-Profit on: January 10, 2008 01:35:10 AM
Ooh, I like this! Or Craft Your Cause, if you can't choose just one organization.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Engagement gifts for a artsy/design/crafty duo? on: December 31, 2007 10:08:30 PM
Hi all,

Happy New Year  Grin

My sister just got engaged - yay!! I want to get the couple a cool engagement gift that's not flowers (I think they'd be well taken care of on that end) and doesn't scream "WEDDING!!". They live in Bristol and I live across the world so making something is a bit difficult (though possible, given more time).

My sister's really artsy - she's doing a degree in illustration (here's her art blog) and she used to dance. She's REALLY good. Her fiance is teaching product design but his true love (besides my sis!) is contact juggling.

I was thinking of getting them subscriptions to Make & Craft but that's rather pricey and I have to clear it with parents first. I tried looking on Etsy but nothing looks suitable. They recently moved to a new house so I would like to get them something that would be good decor (and perhaps be functional).

any ideas? Smiley

B*B, Tiara
the soon to be bridesmaid, hehehehhe
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: another sampler site.........? on: December 21, 2007 07:50:49 AM
Hiya Alison,

Thanks for the very prompt reply! I wasn't expecting it (it is an old thread!) but I quite appreciate it.

Having never bought a Sampler before (though now that you mention Australia's on it I'll check that out! I seem to remember actually being so close to buying it once, don't know how I missed out the last time! o_O) I can't really say I've had an "experience" per se. However, what bugged me on this thread (and led to my Ask Mefi post) was:

a) People assuming that doing another Sampler was some sort of legal issue, when it isn't - there are no laws broken for doing another business that does essentially the same thing as the Sampler does (perhaps with some differentiations, like locale or focus or something)
b) Marie's replies saying that another Sampler would "hurt her feelings" - I understand that there is some emotional attachment, but as far as business goes that is an absolutely ridiculous and stupid statement
c) The verbiage on the Sampler website saying vague things about "laws that protect businesses" when again, The Sampler cannot stop anyone from making another Samplereqsue business (the only legal recourse you may have is if they name their thing The Sampler too)

To me, all those only come off as threatening and doing a disservice to the crafting community. As you can see here, there are other people that have ideas for something similar to The Sampler but have been shot down because of the "it'll hurt Marie's feelings!" rhetoric. Such things only dissuade creativity from flourishing.

People don't always want to make new versions of something because they had a bad experience. If they had a bad experience, they'd more likely complain or avoid the product/service instead of going through all the trouble to recreate it (a few might, but that's just a few - it's easier to complain than to do something about it!). As we can see from the Sample example, many people want to make their own version of it because they love the idea and want to adapt it for their own special circumstances or preferences. It's because The Sampler is such a great idea that we need more of it. Specialized Samplers! Local Samplers! Food Samplers! Horror Samplers! Samplers of Things that Go Bump in the Night! whatever they can think of. Of course, calling it something else other than a Sampler would help.

And honestly, if people are going to get upset that someone's asking to "make another Craftster" or "make another Sampler" or "make another Etsy" or whatever, they need to get better priorities. A lot of business centers around making the next great X - whether that's the next great McDonalds or the next great Harry Potter.

One thing you could do is to change the section on the "can I make another Sampler" so that it is less legally ambiguous. As it stands, it sounds a lot like you guys don't know what you're talking about legally and that you haven't done enough research on patents, trademarks, and copyrights (and whether any of that applies to you). One of the Ask Mefi posters suggested the following:

Can I start my own Sampler?

Of course! Just do us both a favor and find a way to distinguish yourself from the Sampler. Put your own spin on it. Call it something clever (obviously I didn't try too hard and I'm sure you can come up with something better!)!

heck, you could even take this opportunity to make a Sampler Network. Link up the different varieties of Samplers out there, exchange samples, get wider exposure for the samples that come to you. Create a community of sampler makers. Make a multi-company sampler for special events. There are so many ways this could be used to your advantage.

I just learned that you were very recently the new owner, so I wish you all the best. I'm going to get myself a miniSampler now that you mention Australia's there! As for the countries: how about just adding every country in the world there? There should be a ready list you can import from most webdesign resource pages.

Also, I really do recommend reading the Ask Metafilter thread I linked: http://ask.metafilter.com/79222/ . It's a bit snarky but people have been posting excellent resources for business law that I think any crafter could benefit from.

Thanks for listening and have a good day Smiley

B*B, Tiara
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