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51  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Painting pumpkins for cash, need advice on: September 29, 2004 10:50:32 AM
A pretty good friend of mine approached me and asked if I would be interested in a little job. He owns an advertising agency and is doing some big "thing" and needs his logo painted on a few hundred little pumpkins. The logo is pretty simple and he will supply a die-cut of it, space and paints. How much should I charge him? Should i charge by the hour? Help.
Consider the following:
The actually painting won't take much artistic ability
He has $ to spare
I'm a stay at home mom in need of some $
I feel real funny asking for any money because he's a friend, but he insists.
Thanks for your help!
52  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Sonny&Cher Nativity on: September 16, 2004 01:10:17 PM
I have sooo many botches but this one is pretty good.
I was trying my hand at paper mache many years ago and decided to make a nativity type scene using glass bottles as the base for Mary and Joseph. I thought I did an awesome job, I even made Mary holding baby Jesus. My mother came home and said "Wow you made Sonny and Cher dolls and you even made baby Chastity."

53  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / sewing kits on: September 13, 2004 01:43:54 PM
Not sure where this belongs.

I made these for a craft fair 2 years ago:

They were a big seller and a nice gift for teachers. You can make them with any fabric, these happen to be standard quilting type patterns. I found mini sewing kits for $1.00 each to fill them with.

I got the idea from:

54  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Chicken wire cabinets on: September 13, 2004 01:13:49 PM
I did this a while ago but just came across the photos on my computer and thought someone may find this interesting.
I hated my fugly dark-wood cheap cabinets in my pantry and new ones were not in the budget, so this is what I did:

I knocked out the inner panel on the doors (ok, my husband really did), sanded all the wood and painted everything with latex paint. After they were dry I stapled chicken wire on the backs of the doors (ok, hubby did that part too) and finally stapled fabric on the backs in a pleated fashion (I did this part, honest) and Voila! new cabinets! It's really cool because I can change the fabric whenever i get bored, I'm thinking cherries next.
55  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / blue beady jordy & others on: September 10, 2004 08:23:28 AM
Just when you thought it was safe...... The Jordy Bag Virus strikes again.

This one is made from a fabric sample piece and has a navy lining and a snap closure:

These were made from the remnant rack at JoAnn's and the patches were on clearance for 50 cents. One has pink polka dot lining and the other has a blue dragonfly print. I think they cost around $2.00 for both:

This denim bag (from a never worn jacket) has purple polka dot lining and the trim was on sale for next to nothing:

I have made so many of these bags! I'm hoping that they will sell at my table at a Christmas Fair I'm running..... if not, guess what everyone is getting for a Christmas gift this year?
Thanks for looking!
56  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Some of my cards on: August 05, 2004 12:34:31 PM
I had some fun today playing with paper, felt, ribbon and the sewing machine:
(the scanner takes all the life out of the color)

the following were my practice cards:

I plan on selling the winter ones at a Christmas Fair that I'm doing, hopefully my sewing skills will improve as I go along!
57  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / napkin inspired gift set on: July 31, 2004 05:28:06 AM
So.... I found a package of cute/funky  little girly party napkins on clearance for 50 cents:

I went right to work on a birthday gift for my 9 year old daughter's friend. (she's my little crafter and helped with everything)
Here are some blank note cards:

 and a tiny compostion notebook:

We made a matching cigar-type box to store these goodies (too fat to scan and the camera is still playing dead). We also included some gel pens, stickers and lipgloss. I almost feel guilty having spent so little money on this gift!
My daughter is a little bummed that we are giving it away so she's making herself the same thing.
58  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Need some new ideas for Christmas Fair on: July 29, 2004 01:33:28 PM
I'm not sure if this belongs here but here goes:

I was put in charge of my kid's school Christmas fair. (anxiety is setting in)
Anyway, we are a small Catholic school and this needs to raise quite a bit of money if possible.
Here's what i have so far:
A few Granny and Church Lady craft tables rented that tend to be popular
with the older more traditional fair goers.
A few hipper crafters (like me, dare I say I'm hip) renting tables that do well.
A cool jewelry lady that makes her own stuff.
Piontsettia and wreaths for sale (hopefully the vendor will give me on consignment).
A "cookie walk", like a cookie swap with a little twist.
pictures taken with a scrawny Santa.
activities for kids that they can complete quickly (think sand art and foam crafts, etc.) and also personalized stuff that they can buy.

So, there it is .... regular standard old Christmas Fair.
Has anyone seen anything different that would drum up some extra sales?
Any ideas would be so appreciated!!!!!

59  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Free online photo resizer on: July 28, 2004 07:08:48 AM
I'm new here (LOVE IT, BTW!) so i'm not sure if this is where to post or if this topic has been talked to death but here goes....

I have noticed that some people were having trouble with the size of their photos. I just wanted to share a cool place that can re-size them for free. It also converts different formats if you need to. I am not very computer savvy and i must say that this is really easy to use. I have been using it at work for months now and it has made my life much easier.


I use the JPG tab and set to better quality and 640 size and this is the size I get:

 I hope this will help someone else!
60  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / beaded book thongs on: July 26, 2004 07:52:58 AM
I found oodles of glass beads on clearance last summer and since I don't make jewelry I decided to make these beaded bookmarks (thongs).

This is the flattest book I could find that would scan. The scanner doesn't do them justice, really!

Using thin crochet thread/yarn, I took 9 pretty long lengths of it (24 inches maybe).
Knot one end together about 4 inches from the end.
Brade the 9 strands until you have a good book length (use a standard hardcover or paperback as a guide) and knot this end.
Using watered down glue, rub each of the ends of the 9 strands and let them dry, this will stiffen it for beading.
add beads to at least 6 strands of thread, knot the ends and add a drop of glue to be safe.

I gave these as Christmas gifts last year and sold some at a fair. They package nicely in little velvet or shimmerey cloth  bags. They were a big hit, especially among my big time reader friends.
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