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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Ontario crafter and the new HST tax - Any advice? on: June 14, 2010 02:50:00 PM
I make and sell crafts at craft shows, and etsy and I currently collect PST only, as I don't make the $30,000 a year from sales that requires me to collect GST.  I have no idea what's going on now!  I checked out the ontario website, and the federal CRA site, but they aren't telling me much.  Have I missed a link?  I am signing up for a free seminar, but I'd love to find out what I can now.  I don't have an accountant, I am pretty small potatoes, should I get one now?  I'm not sure I make enough from sales to pay an accountant and make money still.  How much does an accountant cost?  I guess this questions encompasses HST, as well as what type of book-keeping people do if they do their own.  I know I should have looked into this back when I started selling and collecting PST, but I'd like to do it now (better late than never, right?)  I'd appreciate any info/advice anybody has!  Thank you very much!
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / tree mini-quilt on: June 09, 2010 03:36:08 AM
Hi!  I made this for myself as part of the One-for-me, one-for-you swap.  It's raw-edge applique with new cotton, some recycled fabrics (bed-sheets, old t-shirts), hand-sewn buttons for flowers, and machine stitching for stems.  I also did some clouds with white thread, which was the scariest part because I wasn't sure how it would look, and I hate ripping out stitches!

And some close-ups:

Thanks for looking!
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / beginner fabric wall art on: May 31, 2010 05:08:01 PM
I'm not sure if this belongs here, but it is my best guess.  I made these 2 pieces for a swap, and wanted to give them their own post.  There's not any traditional quilting, but there is rough edge applique (is that what it's called?) and some thread-drawing/drawing with stitches, and a bit of quilting.  Anyhoo, here they are:

I got a tutorial for binding on Heather Bailey's website.  And I used a technique for the applique from a quilting magazine where you use a glue stick to adhere applique before you can quilt over it to keep it sewn down.  My kind of quilting!

Close up of the larger piece:

The smaller piece has no applique, but is just thread - drawing with stitches!  All free-motion. I really enjoyed doing this, and it was my first time doing it.  I will definitely do it again!

I would have done some free-motion quilting on the larger one, in the blue portions but I ran out of time.  I also wasn't sure if I should use white thread and done swirls like clouds, or use a blue thread to blend in and add texture, but not colour.  Thoughts?  Suggestions?  Also, I don't know if my terminology is correct, so please excuse it!  Thanks for looking!
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / balls on: May 09, 2010 11:41:22 AM
I just made these fabric balls for some baby gifts.  I used 100% cotton, some of them from Heather Ross's Far Far Away collection.  I stuffed them and added a small bell inside.  It's kind of a muffled jingle, but you can still hear it.  I put a small circle as a cap on each end of the balls.  I maybe wouldn't use the Far Far Away again, just because the gauze is a looser weave, and I want these to be very durable.  It did stand up to a machine wash and dry though!  Thanks for looking!

15  COOKING / Dessert / Grover cake on: April 11, 2010 06:41:57 AM
My daughter loves sesame street and Grover, so for her second birthday I made a Grover cake.

I made a chocolate cake (nice and moist because it has sour cream in it) and I decorated it with butter cream icing. I know Grover is darker blue, but I was using Wilton's paste food colouring and had put so much in already, and I thought it wouldn't get much darker.  Maybe because the buttercream is an Italian buttercream, with almost 2 cups of butter, and colouring wouldn't take as well?  The fur and eyes and nose went well, but I kind of screwed up his mouth.  I did red sprinkles for the red mouth part, but the black area stumped me.  I couldn't find chocolate wafers in the store, and at the time I wasn't in the mood to go to another grocery store.  I used chocolate chips, but there were still gaps, so I tried to use cocoa powder, and you can see how that looked.  I just gave up, since I left the decorating to the day of the party and I still had to make pizza and shower.  My daughter knew who it was, that's the important thing!  And it tasted great!  Thanks for looking!
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / pot holder on: March 12, 2010 11:49:41 AM
Hi there!  I made this back in January, but I thought I would post it!  It's a pot-holder/trivet, made with new fabrics, and some vintage linens.  The tree applique is made of old t-shirts.  I used 4 layers of quilt batting (may use more next time) and did some free-motion quilting.  Now it just needs a little hanging loop.


17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Canadian online stores? on: January 09, 2010 05:34:37 PM
I'm looking for more Canadian online fabric/sewing supply stores.  I have been happily shopping at PinkPandaFabrics, but would like more selection from a Canadian source.  Any shops you can tell me about?
18  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / elna F4 overlock help please! on: September 18, 2009 06:06:58 AM
I got a great deal on an old elna overlock machine, and it worked great!  Something has gone wrong though.  I was last serging a few layers of felted wool (probably too many layers, but anyway) and now it won't serge.  I re-threaded the machine, and it looks fine, and the hand-wheel turns and all the parts move and everything, but the threads aren't catching and stitching.  It looks like it's working, but it's not making the stitch.  I don't know if it's the tension, but I don't know what else it can be, unless I broke something somewhere.... Any ideas?  I don't have a manual either, so if anyone has one to help me out, that'd be great.  If I can get one for free, that'd be great, but I don't know where to find one online, if it exists.  Thanks for any help!
19  COOKING / Dessert / dragonfly cake for daugher's first birthday! on: April 07, 2009 06:21:41 PM
So, my daughter's first birthday was coming up, and I decided I wanted to craft with food, not just decorate a rectangular cake, but a cake shaped like something.  It's my first attempt at something like this, so I was really pleased with the results! 

This is how it looked pre-icing:

I baked a cake in a 9X9 silicone pan, which was really nice when I had to get the cake out of the pan, and then I cut 4 wings.  I used cupcakes for the body segments, and a small round aluminum pan for the head - the head wasn't planned, I just had too much batter and not enough things to bake it in, so it worked out well!  I really wanted the background to be chocolate icing, not white, but I ran out of time! My husband even helped with the colourful sugars. I didn't plan enough time, and I still had to prepare food for lunch and do more cleaning!  The last minute cleaning didn't happen, but the lunch did, and the cake was a hit!  My daughter didn't like it, but she made a mess for a photo opp, which was the important thing. Next time I'll decorate the cake the night before...   
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Is it possible to have too many different types of things on sale? on: January 10, 2009 05:53:18 AM
Hi, I'd love some feedback on this question.  I usually sell either my jewellery, or painted glass at craft shows.  When I bring mostly one type of craft, and only a few pieces of the other craft (eg, mostly glass, and some jewellery) I always sell more of whatever my main craft item is.  I've never brought equal amounts of both.  I also want to start selling clothing, and I do other crafts (bags, purses) that I feel are of the same sell-able quality.  Does anyone else sell multiple types of crafts at a show?  Do you find it is as successful as if you have only one type of craft, or do you feel it is too much for people to look at and gets distracting?  At one show I have an 8x8 foot space, so it is not a lot of room.  Would a larger booth make a difference?  Thanks for your input.
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