Reminiscing On Our First Big Commission...

May 20, 2014 by

Early in November of last year we received our first major commission: 25 flowers with pin backings. Needless to say we were pretty psyched! Only problem was they were all Star and Stripes flowers which are my design. Though Sam and I are capable of folding each other’s designs, for the sake of simplicity we prefer to keep to our own flowers; so this was all on me. On the upside, there was plenty of time: about a month. On the downside, I was in the middle of my first NaNoWriMo and was seriously lacking in free time. We decided since the flowers weren’t due till the third week in December that I’d finish off NaNo and then hit the flower-folding really hard come December 1st. This actually worked out well – I was...

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But Why is it So Expensive?

May 6, 2014 by

When we go to the mall, we’re often prone to do a little price-shopping. Why buy a shirt at the Bon-Ton, when you can get something that looks almost exactly the same for half the price at Rue 21? This is natural for us to do. We clip coupons, shop around, and question our needs vs our wants to save every penny we can; mostly so we can afford gas. It comes as no surprise then that when we get customers at craft fairs, we have people who are a bit put-off by the price of goods. This is especially true if it’s more of a vendor fair, and we’re not only having our prices compared to similar crafters, but to direct-sale companies like Avon and Silpada that have the advantage of mass-produced items...

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The Crafting Box

Apr 20, 2014 by

So few crafters can “just craft” for a living; they’re usually “making a living” and crafting on the side. This often means there’s precious little time to actually sit down and craft. The solution I’ve found is taking my projects with me if I know I’ll be sitting in a waiting room for more than five minutes or have a half hour or so to kill between activities while I’m out and about. Those few minutes add up, can be surprisingly productive and they make the time go faster! (Just make sure bring a watch or set your phone if you need to be somewhere!!) Behold! My mobile crafting unit! It’s just a file box you can pick up at any old office supply store and I tied a string around the back of...

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Beads, Beads Everywhere

Apr 14, 2014 by

When I was perhaps 11 years old, I was introduced to my first bead shop. A friend’s mother took myself, her daughter, and a few others out for a Girls’ Day, and we went beading. Naturally, we didn’t do anything elaborate at 11 years old, but we were happy and I was in love. After achieving not only a license, but a job that could pay for the supplies, I went on to frequent the bead shop and make what I thought were awesome necklaces. In reality, I had a lot to learn, but again, I was happy. This bead shop went on to close, and unfortunately I was unaware of any other reasonably-priced places in the area. Color me depressed, because I really loved that place; even if I didn’t frequent it as...

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Craft Fairs: Behind the Scenes

Oct 6, 2013 by

So I’m sure many of you reading this have gone to a craft fair or two in your days. Perhaps a few of you have attended one as a vendor selling your carefully crafted wares, hoping to turn a profit. If that’s the case, then you’ll probably already know all about what I’m about to talk about. Craft fairs are hard work. Not just because you have to make the product (do not confuse us with consultants please), but because you have to prepare for the craft fair. Some of you are probably saying “Well, duh, making the product IS preparing for the craft fair.” Hahahaha, I wish that were all of it! When we get ready for a craft fair, the first thing we have to ask ourselves is “Can we feasibly make...

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Front Street Art Festival

Aug 4, 2013 by

So yesterday was the first annual Front Street Art Festival in downtown Ballston Spa. Originally, myself and Gwen had opted not to attend, as we were unsure about the whole thing (there were a lot of questions). However, when friend and fellow dancer L came forward, asking if we wanted to join her since she had gotten space, that changed things. Gwen already had a trip planned for the weekend at this point, but I was free. So, after some discussion I decided I would go and be booth buddies with L, and Gwen helped me prep for it. After all, I wasn’t about to ask her to cancel her trip since originally we hadn’t planned on doing this particular craft fair. The fair itself was interesting, to say the least. Due to the...

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