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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: what do you think? i need feedback! on: November 16, 2012 05:26:27 AM
i am going to say what i truly think.  only because you asked, ok?

1) prices are too high on several of the items. (the wreath with leaves is an example).
2) you need to iron/steam out the wrinkles on products better so they look crisp and fresh.  (perhaps starch?)
3) i don't think your bags are lined to stand up well on their own?  they look a bit 'floppy' to me.  folks like bags that are strong looking, not floppy - esp if you're comparing to the 31 table.
4) match/contrast thread colors better - the white doesn't look that great against the dark colors on the inside pockets.  it's a little thing, but it can make a difference on sales.

i do like what you've made overall though.  the styles are marketable.

it is a bad economy right now - so that is going to affect what folks are going to spend.  align your prices better with economy and 'cheap' outsourced stuff a little closer and then you'll have more sales.  when economy improves, you'll have customer base established as well as ability to increase sales.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Shower Clothesline help needed!! on: March 25, 2012 03:27:23 AM
make a pvc frame that will go on back of table.  then you can hang the clothesline from that as well as a banner on top.  you can easily cover the pvc with a tube of fabric scrunched over the frame as well.

just did a google search and came up with this:


as an example of a pvc frame.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Slotted Wallet WITH pattern & tutorial - Image heavy on: February 23, 2011 11:11:55 AM
YES!!  you rock!

very close!

5" wide; 21 1/4" long is the pattern piece

then seam allowance (5/8" - i use bernina foot for seam allowance size)

2 inches
2 inches
2.5 inches
2 inches
2.5 inches
3 inches
3.25 inches
3.25 inches

fold it up accordian style.  Smiley  then lay on 6" x 6" fabrics (2 pieces  one with interfacing).  stitch around, then clip corners and flip.  

i promise to make a new tute - i have no idea where the original pics went - i looked in all my discs and can't find them anywhere.  Sad  but i want a new wallet anyway, the froggy one from this tute is still going strong actually and i still use it but it's getting frayed around the edges from being laundered often.

edited to delete any reference to a picture.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Hibiscus Costume - Fancy Dress on: November 17, 2010 04:00:10 AM
couldn't find pics either on this post or on your blog.

pls post pics!  i would LOVE to see!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Denim pleated bag on: November 01, 2010 06:05:38 PM
cute.  only thing i'd do to it is add an embroidery cut out from the lining fabric and stick it on lower corner of bag.  but that's me.  Smiley 

i like it.  and it'll wear well - i love using denim fabrics they last forever.  Smiley
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / First project sewn by my 6yr old son - travel pillow w/handle on: September 01, 2010 03:16:03 PM
my son is 6yrs old and is now in kindergarten.  he has a rest period during the day.  he asked me to make him a pillow.  well, i could have,b ut then where would the fun be in that?  Smiley

since he's been interested in using the sewing machine, i thought this would be a PERFECT project for him.  he obviously wanted the finished product, so that would keep his interest level piqued through out the process.

so we went rummaging thru my stash of fabric and he found a fleece he liked.

then we did the pattern creation - wht size would he like; what accoutrements would he like, etc.  he decided he wanted a handle on his travel pillow and i wanted it to have a zipper - 'cause every pillow gets laundered and it gets lumpy in time.  this would make it easy to fix that.

so he did everything except the zipper.  he could have done that, but truly, i wasn't sure if *I* had the patience for him to do that, too - he sewed so carefully and slowly. . .

so here are teh pics!

don't know why pillow looks crooked - he sewed straight lines!

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Peekaboo Purse on: June 27, 2010 04:38:34 AM
that's just SO COOL!  you have to share what book this is so we can all go running to the library to borrow it!  Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: What can you do to a room you can't do anything to? on: June 26, 2010 11:12:22 AM
oh yeah and i forgot to mention that spray starch and tissue paper - the colored stuff - looks AWESOME on walls and windows!  we did that first before we did the fabric  - the kids peeled off the tissue paper too fast, lol so we redid it with fabric. ..
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: What can you do to a room you can't do anything to? on: June 26, 2010 11:10:25 AM
i second the suggestion of spray starch and fabric.  it works great to affix to walls like wallpaper.  just don't have little kids around til it's dry.  or it'll be smeary - i did it to windows actually to make their bedrooms darker.

and it peels off really easily and then you can wipe down the walls (or not, lol depending on  your mood)

simply launder the fabric afterwards and it'll be ready for your next project.

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Recovered car seat. :) on: June 26, 2010 05:01:08 AM
adorable!  i love your creativity and i like how well made those are - snug fitting and just plain adorable.

pls check the dates on your car seats.  they expire after 5-6 years (at least most seats do - some brands are longer life - check with manufacturer) - the plastic may appear fine but it can become brittle.  and accidents happen. . . so it's good to have a 'safe' car seat.  graco seats expire in december of the 6th year. . .

if the seats are expired, contact the local health dept in your area and ask about the car seat program - they should be able to direct you to a location for a new car seat free of charge as the child grows.

i am a big car seat advocate so felt i should say something in case you didn't know about car seats expiration dates. . .


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