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Subject: Too many crafts, too little space
Date Posted: 7/25/2011 7:35 PM ET
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There are just too many fun crafts out there.   I learn something new every day and it is always expensive, it seems...  I'm also running out of room in my craft room, I keep having to spend time to re-organize to fit in the new thing that I've just learned how to do.  I also have so many things that I need to get finished, and so many materials to use up that it isn't funny any more.  You should see the bunch of tangled zippers (I got about 250 of them at a yard sale for $3.00) hanging over my shower curtain drying from where I'm making zipper flowers and the box of vintage jewelry that is just waiting to be glued onto picture frames and other things. 

Here are a few of the crafts that I do/am learning to do:  Sewing (everything from pincushions to Renaissance dresses, I've made it), Embroidery (both hand and machine), Crocheting (I make potholders and scarves in the evenings while watching TV), Jewelry (beading and a bit of wire work, I've also made chainmaille, but not for a long time), Woodworking (I'm trying to learn the scroll saw and lathe, but my hand's still aren't quite steady enough), decoupage, scrapbooking (though not much...it frustrates me), polymer clay (just started last weekend, and I need more finishes to play with, but so far I like what I see).  I used to do drop spindle spinning, but wool is just too pricy to buy compared to yarn.  Isn't that a pretty sad list.  I'm planning on selling some things at a craft fair this fall, and am working on getting a booth at a local antique mall to try and subsidise my hobby.  Does anyone else have this problem? 

I'm thinking of starting a crafting group in my town...do any of you have any advice as to how to go about doing this.  I have some vague ideas, but need to get it set up.  The only group I've found out about is a scrapbooking group and a quilting guild, both of which are closed to new members, so I think that there are a lot of people who would be interested in a group.

Okay, I'm done...I feel better having confessed my crafting sins now.  Now I feel a bit better, even though I'm still planning on buying several supplies when I go to the city on Wednesday (it's not like I can run to a craft store every day...I live 2 hours from one), but I have a list and I'm sticking to the list. 

Date Posted: 8/13/2011 1:31 AM ET
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yes and no! all of my crafts are related, glass, polymer clay, resin, beads. I can do jewelry or mosaics with all the materials. I always seem to make room for yet another material. if you are feeling overwhelmed could you just focus on one or two things for a while? doing too much at once really isn't great for your creativity. btw, I see you just started polymer - awesome. there is a great book posted, you ought to snap it up. the new clay, nan roche. we all have a copy!

Date Posted: 8/20/2011 9:44 AM ET
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So true, too little time!!  I do quilting, sewing, stamping, painting, cross stitch, embroidery, and play with my glue gun.  Some days when I have a all day to play, I'll flit from one thing to another.  

And I am always looking for more books to add to the already huge collection.

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 3:22 AM ET
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I do too many and have too many going at the same time - right now, I have in the works 2 halloween pocketbooks, a Christmas jumper, a Christmas stocking, a full quilt top that needs binding and a baby quilt that needs piecing together and THEN someone posted on here about making rag rugs and I cut some strips for that. I also went scrapbooking last night to try to get my children's books through 2002. I think I need an intervention!

Subject: Oh ye who are of my heart!
Date Posted: 8/21/2011 2:01 PM ET
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I have so many P.I.G.S. (projects in grocery sacks) that I don't know where to start!

I am at this moment, well sort of, going through my yarn stash and getting it all in Space Bags.  At least I'll be able to see the colors.

And putting all my little crafty odds and ends in plastic containers. 

Look out upcoming craft fairs!

Jackie

Date Posted: 8/22/2011 12:28 AM ET
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Okay, I feel a bit better knowing that I'm not the only one doing this.  Right now I'm busy making things to go in my booth in the new shop opening up in a nearby tourist town in a couple of weeks.  It will cost me $25 a month, but I will keep all that I sell and the shop owner will take care of paying the taxes.  Today I varnished 60 hair sticks and inked a dozen dominos which are drying waiting for the next step (I love how different each one turns out).  I'm busy pricing and I am hoping that I'll make a bit of money, but who knows.  I've had several people in town comment on the things I wear, asking where I got them, so I think that's a good sign.  So far, I have 60 pairs of earrings made, 25 pairs of potholders, 4 scarves, the hair sticks, a couple dozen necklaces, and a few jewelry bags.  I also have a couple of quilt tops that I made a long time ago that I think I'll iron and try to sell.  I just wish I had found out about the store a bit earlier in the summer, I would have worked more...now that school has started I don't have much time to work. 

Date Posted: 8/22/2011 1:42 AM ET
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Vitallia,

That's a great opportunity with the store. What a sweet deal. My children are encouraging me to sell on Etsy. I really don't seem t be able to accumulate enough inventory to do anything like that. It would be nice to make some money from it.

 

Subject: Selling on Etsy etc.
Date Posted: 8/23/2011 8:45 AM ET
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I've just learned of an interesting web site...BooKoo. It's "local" and hand to hand selling/buying. Look it up & see if you have one near you. If not, there's always a chance to petition for one. It looks/seems easier than Etsy & Craigs List, There's no shipping involved either.

My daughter has just recently tried wood burning. She's a very good artist and so this has come naturally to her. It really is a very neat art/craft!

I'm still trying to work Uncle Tom's Cabin into my "crafting" time .. somewhere.....I dabble in crochet, embroidery, sewing, rag rug making. I also love plants and making terrariums and working with rocks. You can see my dilema with books being included in this list. LOL

Date Posted: 8/23/2011 12:39 PM ET
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Anyone have crochet books to trade? I'm looking for dish cloth patterns and easy stuff like that. I also have too much stuff....crafting and otherwise. I like tiny things but even tiny things take up space and need to be organized.

Subject: crafting
Date Posted: 8/25/2011 9:29 PM ET
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Boy are you busy Vitalia.  That' sounds great about the store.  I sell my stuff on Etsy.  Been there for 3 years.  I have 31 things to sell. Shawls, Ponchos, Scarfs, Hats, doilies, Baby items, Place Mats and Pot Holders.  I do crochet mostly with a bit of knitting thrown in here and there.  Crocheting is my passion. I have so many patterns it's ridiculous.  It;s like an addiction.  As soon as I see something I like, I want to stop and do it. But of course I can't otherwise I would get nothing finished. Right now I have about 5 different projects going at once. Anyhow, good luick. And you're not alone.  I think anyone who is in to crafting is like this.

Date Posted: 12/8/2011 1:06 AM ET
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I tat, embroider, and collect stickers (is that a craft?) I make and design paper crafts for children (like weaving paper baskets, origami, cards, et cetera.) I also enjoy carving paper. I have so many craft things that its easy to lose track of what is where... Anyway, are there any scrapbookers here that would like some stickers? I have some Violette Stickers (from Mr. John Grossman's design collections) that I would be willing to trade for credits or something else.

Date Posted: 12/10/2011 7:21 PM ET
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Well, in the first two months of the store I made about $200, which I promptly went out and spent on a Cricut, lol.  Oh well, I'm having fun and since I'm not making any money (the Cricut was for things to sell in my store), I shouldn't have to pay any taxes on it.  Today I went over and changed out my display, I think I need to do that more often and try to make some more seasonal things.  I've been focusing on Christmas gifts now, and am getting ready to finish up the gifts for my family.  The good news is that my craft room is finally organized and I know where everything is.  The only thing that is left to be done are my beads, they are nearly done, but I ran out of plastic containers so I'm waiting for an order from Joanne's (I want them all to match).  It's good to know that I'm not alone, and good to hear that those of us who are inclined to be crafty tend to be obsessed.  I am getting rid of lots of books, to compensate, though.  I have my Nook and am just buying new books on there (or reading free ones in between), so I don't have nearly so many books overflowing my shelves. 

Subject: Neat craft room. Define neat. For that matter I might need to define Craf
Date Posted: 12/22/2011 2:01 PM ET
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I did two craft shows!!!  Didn't make much money, but I have a better idea what to make for next year, if I can get the booth fees together!! 

SO glad you made money Vitallia!   Envious of your Cricut.  Used my daughter's some.  Love it.  Soon, Lord soon?

Everyone have a Merry Christmas, Hannakah, Kwanza and a Happy New Year!

 

Subject: craft closet
Date Posted: 12/23/2011 8:36 PM ET
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Hi.  I just came across your posts and thought I'd add a little about mine.

I love crocheting. I've been doing it for over 40 years.  I will crochet anything that attracts me at the moment.  I just finished an orange and white Place mat and Hot Pad Mat set.  I have a craft booth on Etsy .com under mzbellz if anyone is interested in checking it out.

I love to do thread and well as yarn crochet.  All my crochet yarn is in my closet, Which is way over packed.  I have to move my clothes into another closet.  I try to limit my purchasing, but sometimes it just gets too me and I have to buy.  I guess I am addicted.  That goodness that the only addiction I have.

I've been a member of pbs for 3 years.  It you would like to check out my books. Please do.   Everyone have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year. 

Thanks

Mary Alice

Date Posted: 1/22/2012 4:40 PM ET
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I'm the odd duck of this group but I used to fit right in.  At one point I was moving often and toting a large number of very large boxes of crafting supplies around with me.  To the point that I couldn't get into one of the rooms of my house.  That's when I decided to set myself a goal.  No new supplies except those to finish a project that I already had the majority of the supplies for. 

It took me 6 years 40 hours a week at my evening reception job to finally use up and complete the last of the projects.  I have to say that kind of grind wasn't any fun.  So now I have a couple of rules.  One, I buy supplies for the project I am working on only...no stocking up.   Two, I don't buy anything until I have room for it.  That means no books until I have a bookshelf for it.  No craft supplies until there is a free bin, drawer, or rod for it.  Three, As soon as there are enough left overs to use on another project I have to do that before I move on to a new project.  The nice thing about this system is I never thread the machine and find that the thread has rotted or anything else has become to old and frail.

I Design embroidery patterns, design crocheted clothing, knit alittle, Make Barbie Dolls crocheted and sewn.  I am currently working on making a barbie doll kimono with all the layers.  So if anyone has the directions for the obi pillow in regular size I'd appreciate them.  I intend to embroider and bead the obis since they really need to be stiff to wrap correctly. 

I've seen the things on etsy they are wonderful.  Very intimidating they are done with such skill but wonderful. 

Date Posted: 3/24/2012 1:19 PM ET
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Update:  My craft booth is still making money, I haven't put anything new in it for awhile, but I'm making new items today.  I'm also cleaning out some of my stash and am going to sell some crafting supplies and vintage jewelry over there.  The store I'm in is going to be under new management soon, and I'm hoping that it will be a good thing (the old manager wasn't terribly good at paying us on time or keeping great records).  I'm going to volunteer to work some days this summer in exchange for a larger space in the store.  I might even go over one day a month, or something like that, that should be worth more booth space...

I've been trying to stay away from stores and haven't been buying any new supplies, I'm focusing on using up what I have, though that will take a good long time.  I need to get to work, as there is a craft show coming up that I can participate in for the cost of an item.  It is at a local church, and not terribly well advertized, so I doubt I'd make much money, but it might be fun. 

Jackie...the Cricut isn't everything I thought it would be.  I got the Imagine and it won't sync to Craft Room so I can't weld words together, which is one of the main things I wanted to do.  It is pretty cool, but I think it is more for scrapbookers and card makers.  It also costs quite a bit in cartridges to get set up before you can get anything made.  I thought more would come with it, and I don't use it as much as I thought I would. 

Date Posted: 4/5/2012 6:04 PM ET
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That is so great that your booth is successful.  Hope you get your bigger space!