The Secret to Etsy Success

by DIY Maven

 

Etsy

Need to make some extra cash in these hard economic times? Maybe it's time to turn your hobbies into an income source via Etsy. To make your Etsy experience a successful one, let's turn to the advice of Kellbot who actually used to work for Etsy. 

  1. Take better photos.
  2. Make something people actually want.
  3. Make something other people aren't making.
  4. Build a cohesive line.
  5. Give up on the bad ideas and move to new and better ones.
  6. Take better...

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Coffee Filter Wall Decor

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-04-02

One thing leads to another when you travel through blogrolls and then you find coffee filter wall decor from Jennifer Jafarzadeh, a former lifestyle editor for Redbook Magazine.  As with the plate arrangement here, the trick with the filters is to tack them to the wall in a way that looks artistic and airy, not contrived. See

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The Obama Craft Project

by DIY Maven

Crafters are showing support for the candidate of their choice and Josh and Sarah at Sewer-Sewist are documenting it via their flickr group, The Obama Craft Project. Rather than being a commercial endeavor, their focus is to highlight ‘work created for personal use in support of the Obama campaign.’ For more information about the project, visit this page. Via.

Note: In the spirit of ‘equal time’, a search was made for such groups in...

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10 Ways to Craft on a Budget

by DIY Maven

Although I’m easily seduced by yarn, glue and paper punches and such, I do live by a few craft-buying money-saving rules. Daphne’s list of ten things to keep in mind when crafting on a budget pretty much sums up my approach.

  1. Consider buying kits. They give you just what you need without overbuying.
  2. Don’t buy patterns; get them free off the internet. Daphne suggests knitty.com, Sew Mama Sew, Purl Soho, Flickr (for embroidery...

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Sewing: Khaki Shorts Mend

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 06/13/08

created on: 06/13/08

When you blow out your very fav summer khakis, something has to be done.  DON'T discard just because of a little wear and tear.  These khakis came with the frayed hem for the broken in look, we won't mess with that.   The big problem happened later, as seen below, on the front and back of these well worn shorts.  The technique used to mend these tears is exactly like the Ottoman Tear Repair. Same technique-many uses.

created on: 06/13/08

 

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10 cool things to make out of dish towels.

by DIY Maven

created on: 06/09/08

Dish towels aren't just for drying dishes anymore. Case in point, TipNut has put together a list of ten clever craft projects using the familiar rectangular cloths.

1. Dishtowel tote bags

2. Dishtowel bibs.

3. Dishtowel chair slip covers.

4. Dishtowl window Valance.

5. Dishtowel potholder.

6. Dishtowel teatime accessories.

7. Dishtowel picnic rolls.

8. Dishtowel Grocery bag holder.

9. Dishtowel...

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5 Very Good Things to Make Out of Seashells

by DIY Maven

Seashell season is upon us. Instead of bringing them home from the beach and simply depositing them in a clear glass bowl, we might want to try a few of these really cool ideas from the Queen of Good Things.

How about making seashell string lights?

Or perhaps seashell candles?

created on: 06/05/08

Keepsake place cards for a beach side wedding--or beach-themed party--couldn't be more appropriate!

Large shells would make fabulous...

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DIY: Ten Minute Grommet Workshop

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/23/08

While helping a friend with her booth for a trade show, we learned how to install grommets simply and frustration-free.  If you are needing grommets installed for  a craft, drapes, shower curtains, drawstring totebags or your handsewn tent, DO NOT think that a grommet kit from a fabric store will be sufficient. Try to get a semi-industrial kit from the hardware store.  They are heavier duty and the pricing is more reasonable.  If you really...

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10 Ways to Reuse Old Sweaters.

by Chris Gardner

Your winter clothes are out of storage again, and some of your sweaters might not look as presentable as when you put them away last year. Farrah Parkes from DIYLife has assembled some of the best tutorials 'round the 'net for recycling you sweaters.

1. Simple instructions for using sweater sleeves to make extra long gloves 

2. Sew knit or felted mittens

3. Create a felted bag

4. A recycled sweater coin purse

5. Turn your old sweater into a...

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A Blast From The Past Craft: Pomanders

by DIY Maven

Remember pomanders? You might have made one when you were ten years old or so, sticking an orange full of whole cloves. It was a tedious project for a kid. After I re-did my front closet a while back, I started thinking about these fragrant balls, as I wanted to add one as a cherry on the top of my make over. So, I took a trip to my grocery store and bought the necessary equipment. Here’s a refresher too-easy-for-a-how-to how-to just in case you...

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