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09:24pm 15/02/2008
  Business has grown to the point where I need to stop making my own product labels. I make bath & beauty products. Does anyone have any suggestions for professional yet affordable product labels?  
Atlanta Craft Mafia! 
12:37pm 16/01/2008
  The rumors are true, but don't worry, there won't be any glue-gun wars! The Atlanta branch of the Craft Mafia has indeed changed hands, and we're throwing a party to introduce ourselves.
You are invited!

When: Saturday, February 2nd 1-6pm
Where: Park Grounds coffeehouse in Reynoldstown
Who: The 7 friendly faces behind the new Atlanta Craft Mafia
What: Tasty treats to eat and drink, Crafty demos with a make-and-take table, Meet the "Family" and learn what we're all about.
Why: We'd like to make you an offer you can't refuse!

The NEW Atlanta Craft Mafia was re-formed in the fall of 2007 by seven local independent crafters with a strong DIY ethic, a shared love for all things crafty and a belief in the beauty of all things hand-made. The Atlanta Craft Mafia seeks to provide support and resources for other members of the Atlanta crafting community through public events, networking opportunities and collaborative marketing.

To learn more, please visit our website:

or check out our LJ Community atlcraftmafia

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Craftin' Outlaws is looking for you! 
05:57pm 08/07/2006

Do you or anyone you know make cool stuff such as handbags, jewelry, clothing, art/prints, plush toys, lotions/soaps, handbound books, etc ? We are looking for you to sell your wares at Ohio's largest alternative craft fair!

Craftin' Outlaws is now accepting vendor applications for this year's event on September 23 at Skully's in the Short North of Columbus, Ohio.
Deadline for complete applications is August 1.

Check out the website for more info and to apply~ http://www.craftinoutlaws.com

Don't live close enough but still want to participate?

Submit samples and/or promo materials (such as coupons, buttons, fliers, etc) to be included in the goodie bags given out to the first 100 people through the door.

Advertise in the the event program for only $10! Get yourself known at a very affordable cost to a large crowd interested in buying diy/handmade stuff.

For more info: email craftinoutlaws@luckykat.net
Painting Fans 
12:04am 10/05/2006
mood: contemplative
Hi, all! I've got a question - a friend of mine is in a band (http://www.bedlambards.com), and he and his partner have bought some raffia fans for their fans (get it? Yeah, yeah, yeah...) to use when the sun outside just gets too darn hot. They're trying to paint their logo on the fans, but spray paint and a stencil doesn't work, since the fans have an uneven surface. I'm thinking hand painting might be the way to go, but they have to paint 288 of them. The stencil is made from card stock, by the way.

You can see the fans here - http://www.orientaltrading.com/ - do a search for 10" COLORED RAFFIA FANS.

Does anyone have any ideas on a quick yet accurate way of painting these things? Thanks!
10:50pm 13/03/2006
  This was actually my web design project, but I have some crafty stuff like scarves, blankets and pillows in it.
portfolio site
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Opening A Meatspace Storefront... 
10:21am 23/02/2006
  Hello all, I do hope that I'm not breaking community rules by posting this. I do apologize if so. I've cross-posted to a few select places, and I tried to check everyone's rules and regs, but I'm human and I get scrambled.

Anyway, I am opening a store within the next week or two. It's called Althaea Soaps and Herbals, and I'll offer handmade soaps, emulsifying scrubs, massage oils, lip balms, customized lotions and creams, and will have a make-your-own-fragrance center. I'll also have framed photographic art on the walls for sale. The emphasis is on the natural, the herbal mostly. I'm looking to avoid being too "girly", too "sanitized scientific" and too "burlap dress rustic". Somewhere in the middle. :)

The reason why I'm posting is to see if anyone might be interested in working out a consignment agreement with me, to place products in the shop. I'd like to talk to you if you're interested. Photos of the storefront-in-progress are in my journal (melanie) if you want to take a look at the format of the place. It's located at 504 West Oakland Avenue in Johnson City, Tennessee. We're the largest city in the region, and the store is located on a small piece of road that joins the two most commercially busy streets in the city. Very good location, nonstop traffic flowing past day and night.

Please contact me at althaea at althaea.biz if you'd like to discuss the possibility of setting up a consignment display in the store. Thanks.
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07:48pm 14/02/2006
  I had the idea to sew wash clothes together like you would a quilt
and I wondered what you could make from sewn together wash cloths. I
also want to get cute reciving blankies and piece them together but
three blankets at walmart are 10 bucks:(
pay pal questions 
11:09am 09/01/2006
  To anyone that uses paypal...
Say I was wanting to upgrade an account to either "premier" or "merchant" level to start accepting credit cards. What are the associated pros and cons? Would it be stupid to not get a seperate bank account to use paypal at this level? (I don't have a seperate account now) Do they ever even place holds on money in the linked bank account or is that limited to money in the "ebay" account? I'm reading through all the fine print on their site but would appreciate answers in english, not legal-eze.

thank you.
02:57am 07/10/2005
  I felt like drawing tonight. They are just little sketches... nothing magnificent.

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Craft Fair alert. 
06:40pm 30/10/2005
mood: Keep her down
I couldn't find a post about it but I thought, if nothing else, it's a reminder. So...

BUST magazine is having a craft fair in Brooklyn, NY. Deadline to apply is November 9th.
http://www.bust.com/craftacular/index.htm <- linkage

Please note I don't work for BUST or recieve bribe money for this. I just thought you'd like to know. :p

To check out more Craft Faires, or submit your own, visit the Independent Database Project (under "Events").

Crossposted like a crossposted thing.
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I don't want my final jig in the belly of a squid. 
02:39am 17/09/2005
mood: Whispering of peace
That frog prince necklace took FOREVER. So worth it. It's gorgeous (pardon me while I toot my own horn for a moment, will you?).

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I'd love some feedback. ::smooches:: Cross posted like yo mama.
09:17pm 17/07/2005

hello :)

i've been stenciling for over a year and sewing ever since i was very little. i have a DIY sell journal- _dino_combat. you guys should check it out sometime.

these are some examples of my stenciling


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x-posted a little 
11:24am 20/07/2005
  I'm still researching the best options for health insurance for self-employed people. I've found what I think is the best for us, but I'm wanting to make sure I've left no stone unturned. Anybody have suggestions for what has worked for them?

We're both thirtysomething, with some preexisting conditions that require medication that can be quite expensive without some prescription help. And two kids. I've found a Blue Cross plan that is in the mid-$300's range per month, at least in their preliminary estimates, which isn't terribly different from what I'm paying out of pocket now, as a federal government stiff.
02:20pm 03/09/2005
  I finally started doing some beadweaving a month or so ago, and I finished this spiral-stitch lariat recently. I am way too proud of it, so I have to brag. ;) Please click on it to see it close up.

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(x-posted to some relevant communities)
design etiquette 
11:53am 09/08/2005
mood: curious
I know several of you guys design for other companies, or know people who do.
It looks like I may be doing this soon, and I'm a little new to that whole process and what it entails. Anyone out there have good advice/resources?
for instance... what is a typical range for designers fees/commissions? where does this fit on your resume/portfolio/website? how do you differentiate design for others from your own works for sale? what are the pitfalls? what are the benefits?

thank you.

eta: what I mean is designing products (in my case knits) to be sold thru another company... sorry for the confusion!
06:52am 08/07/2005
mood: Craftastic
Hullo, new member.

I love to make jewelry. Honestly, anything crafty I can get my hands on makes me happy (crochet! <3). I own Seven Sirens Studios, and I run the Independent Database Project, which is a free resource listing any and all independent businesses, record labels, musicians, etc... I have a fair sized section for craftsters under 'Resources' but if anyone here has anything they'd like to see listed lemme know and I'll put 'em up.

Two of my favourite crafty business resources.

PDX Supercrafty has lots of great business information and advice.

The Sampler "is an ever-changing monthly collection of samples, goodies, promos and more from indie crafters, record labels and zines - mailed right to your door!" And also a great way for you to promote your crafty business. Hopefully I'll be able to send in a contribution this month.

Examples of my work under the cut: Image HeavyCollapse )

I just created a new community, promoswap.

Promo Swap is a place where small business owners (anyone from the makers of fine indie goods, to record labels, to zinesters) can swap promotional materials.

Note to the mods: if the community promo isn't cool, let me know and I'll edit my post. I didn't see anything specifically saying I couldn't but just in case.
Craftin' Outlaws Wanted! 
05:00pm 10/06/2005
Anyone feelin' crafty?! I am hosting Columbus, Ohio's first "alternative craft fair" downtown this fall to showcase the most original and unique local and national crafty DIYers. The deadline for vendor applications is July 20, so get to it and spread the word!
For more info: http://craftinoutlaws.luckykat.net
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state of the craftypros address! 
02:24pm 26/04/2005
  Sorry about some late posts, guys... it seems the moderation queue has not always been sending me emails to tell me that someone submitted something. However, I got the queue out; everything in it has been approved, albeit a bit late. If you haven't just seen three nice posts, two about accomplishments and one with a display query, pop by the community page and check them out.

I am considering discontinuing moderation here, but I'm not sure, because the last time this comm was unmoderated, people abused that status and were taking the community offsubject. I allow a lot of the kinds of posts that I initially said I wouldn't - question posts - because mainly they are sourcing questions, and that's pretty legit. I'd rather people used Google, etc, for that kind of thing, but given the wide variety of info online it can be hard to find what you want even with google and froogle. So I think those kinds of questions are OK. I don't really like moderating; I tend to be pretty hands-off about the comms I run.

I just don't want to have a community devoted to what glue you use to glue stuff to magnets or Altoid tins, or where you can learn to knit/crochet. This community is basically for people who already know that stuff, and know professional technique, and want to show off what they've done. I don't want to say it's an "elite" community, cos it's not like I'd make people apply or anything. I would just prefer that the people who post be pretty confident that they mostly know what they're doing.

I heard on the news the other day that cross-stitching is, statistically, still the most popular craft in the US. You wouldn't know it to look at bookstores, etc, and I'm surprised it's cross-stitching full-stop. (If it were the more encompassing "needlework/embroidery" - including needlepoint, crewel, cross-stitch, blackwork, whitework, etc - I would totally believe it.) I used to do some cross-stitch but often got bored with it. I'm thinking of trying needlepoint, where you get more durable results with less labor (you don't have to go back over a row of stitches to "cross" them). Anyone else interested in branching out with their crafty ventures? It's spring - always a good time to try something new! :)
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Art Quilt # 2 
10:28am 25/03/2005

2nd in a series. Fussy cut from a pieced quilt top, 11" in diameter.

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Professional Keychain Display 
09:05am 28/03/2005
  Hello all,

I'm working feverishly toward a show in June. My sales these last two weekends were good, and I noticed that my keychains made up the majority of said sales so I'm thinking I will focus on them more.

I'm looking for professional display for these. I've seen rotating necklace displays with T bars, but would this be feasible for a one sided piece? Are people willing to actually search through rows of things, and in the end have to remove the entire row to get the one they want??

I'm hoping I'm making sense with this...I'm thinking something where each could be seen and removed individually is the way to go..but I want something more than just laying them on the tables. Thank you!