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DsgndbyRJ
« on: July 08, 2005 08:38:00 AM »

I strongly believe that there can never be too many DIY/Craft sites out there promoting those of use who do this as a biz - and a few recent posts have got me to seriouslly think about taking action on something I've been mulling over for a while . . . I love all the DIY directories, the Sampler and Happily Handmade - but I really think there needs to be something Canadian out there!  So here's the question:

As a crafter/DIYer would you be interested in promoting your crafts through:
a) a FREE CDN directory?
b) a Sampler-type/Happily Handmande-type Canadian based project? (don't worry - not planning on copycatting!)

As a buyer of craft/DIY would you:
a) use a Canadian directory to shop?
b) be interested in receiving/winning Canadian crafts be it samples or gift basket-type giveaways?

I have read a few threads on starting up new directory sites & sampler-style projects - not trying to rip any ideas off, certainly won't be copycatting - but still think there is room for something similar and something Canadian!  Smiley

Please share your thoughts!
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2005 08:50:18 AM »

hi there. being a canadian crafty gurl myself, i would be interested in *any* of the above. i *just* discovered happily handmade TODAY, and the concept is quite interesting from what i've sussed so far. i'd love a way to find out about homegrown talent, and perhaps share some of my wares with others. there's certainly nothing wrong with international crafters, but supporting the locals is always more gratifying. so please keep me posted on whatever you decide to do! Smiley
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NessaGurl
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2005 08:52:03 AM »

I would definetly be up for that. Especially since there aren't very many Canadian shopping sites...well ones that I could find anyways... I would love to see something like that started...

I would like to set up shop in the next month or so, so something like this would totally benefit me. Although I already plan on doing the sampler and happily handmade, I would love to have the option to do something Canadian as well. I order a ton of craft supplies off the internet...most of which comes from the states (cause they have better selection...and we have VERY limited on-line stores) I have no problem with this, and I will continue to buy from US stores, but I have to admit, that it costs a lot more to buy it from the US then in Canada because I have to pay duty...I hate paying duty. For an example...I ordered some threader earings cause I couldn't find then anywhere in Canada. I bought $25.00US worth and the duty was $9.95  CDN  ...by the time I converted the currency and paid the duty it was $40.00.

Anyways, I think its a good idea...and I also think that there is enough room for everyone to play...I just think we need to promote Canadian crafts more....and it would also benefit US websites too...it just means more exposure!

Anyhoo, thats just my two cents.

NessaGurl
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DsgndbyRJ
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2005 06:28:15 PM »

Thanks for the replies ladies - I will definitely keep you posted!  Trying to come up with a way to offer samples of CDN crafts without ripping off the above mentioned biz's . . . tougher than it seems! *lol*  Think it will be easier to start with the directory and see what's even out there!  Cheesy

Edited to add: Check out the LiveJournal Directory at http://www.livejournal.com/~cdncrafter

If you are or know any Canadian crafters please add your listing (see the "Welcome" post!)  If there is enough interest generated I would deifintely love to move beyond just a directory into a newsletter, contests, promo sharing and samples, etc!   Grin
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2005 05:51:10 AM »

Just wanna let you know that it'll be about 1 month till I get my site up and running...and then I will definitely add my name to the directory...thanks for doing that...such a great idea.

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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2005 09:28:36 AM »

There aren't enough !!!! to express my interest and delight Cheesy

*off to lj friend the new journal*
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2005 09:45:43 AM »

DsgndbyRJ - i just checked the directory out and it looks amazing! good job! unfortunately i don't have a website, but a friend and i would like to have one up and going within the next year, so if we ever do get around to it i will definitely pass along the info. in the meantime i'ma send your link out to all my crafty friends. thank you for taking the initiative to do this!!! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2005 12:20:23 PM »

I think these are all good ideas. I'll sumbit my site to the directory.
Although, please keep in mind that if you decide to do something like the sampler/happily handmade that it is actually very different and a completely unique idea. People have worked hard on these, and it would suck to rip them off!
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2005 12:29:41 PM »

its probably ok if she doesnt use the actual names that they have been using. or if she really really must, she might contact the site owners?

anyways, Ive seen ideas like the happily handmade and the sampler kicking around for years, I dont think that its an idea anyone can claim to have sole ownership to. people have been conducting give-aways to promote things for eons!

ps I hope this post doesnt sound crabby, cause its not meant to! im just sharing my thoughts  Grin
also, like i said in another thread, its great to see Cnd craftsters coming together! woot!
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goodmorningmorning
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2005 01:00:19 PM »

Hmm, I'm not sure about that. I think it is a really touchy subject, and there is a fine line between being inspired by something and copying it completely.

Read this thread if you like: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=30113.0
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« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2005 02:09:32 PM »

I think these are all good ideas. I'll sumbit my site to the directory.
Although, please keep in mind that if you decide to do something like the sampler/happily handmade that it is actually very different and a completely unique idea. People have worked hard on these, and it would suck to rip them off!

Oh not to worry - I would definitely do something different.  I am aware of the touchyness of the subject and the close-knit aspect of the community - I was just using them as reference points/inspiration!   Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2005 09:02:03 PM »

Hmm, I'm not sure about that. I think it is a really touchy subject, and there is a fine line between being inspired by something and copying it completely.

Read this thread if you like: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=30113.0

it could be that I just dont know a lot about the sampler? I thought that it was something where artists submit stuff to one person, and she compiles it all together, and gives it away in a sort of raffle or draw or something, all in the name of increasing DIY-purchases and exposure around the internet? because if that is the case, then, theyve been doing that at school fairs, country fairs, yadda yadda for years and its not really an original idea.

but, it looks like Im wrong on this!  I can understand also, though, that it can sometimes really suck being a Canadian in terms of the damned border - it can really become a nightmare. I remember once a friend in the states bought me a dvd on amazon as a gift, and three months after it had been mailed to me they tried to charge me thirty dollars in taxes! man was I pissed. if someone went ahead and made something like 'sampler - the canadian version' i can understand that it would be really upsetting to the creator, because that would be taking her idea and hard work. but i didnt think that would be of concern because the original post seemed to just use these as examples/reference points, so people would know what she was talking about! and lots of people do give aways, even of larger magnitude like the sampler!

but, honest, im not trying to stir shizzle up! im new to craftster, and have yet to post my first project post, but i love it here and i dont want all the fabulous crafty chicas hating me because I dont think the sampler is entirely original in its idea..... Undecided some of it yes, but not all aspects! no disrespect of course, just kinda....pointing it out. er, yeah  Embarrassed
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