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Curious since so many people on MDC sew/knit/etc. And also because if down the line we do any swaps it would be great to know what talented mama-made items we could swap! I just loved doing swaps last time around.<br><br>
Personally, I sell Stampin' Up! card-making and scrapbooking supplies from home, I am a big scrapbooker and make cards to sell on Etsy. I also make bibs and tag blankies as a team with my mother that I sell on Etsy and other places. Plus I'm a big gourmet cook (when I'm not wallowing in putrid morning sickness woes).<br><br>
What creative stuff do you all do?
 

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Sometimes I sell my soap. I used to sell diapers and covers that I made myself. Now I just make stuff for our family, but I'm not opposed to a swap.<br><br>
Crafty/artsy stuff I do:<br>
sew<br>
knit<br>
make soap (cold process)<br>
pottery<br>
draw/paint<br>
cook
 

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I sell camoflauge childrens clothing, both commercially(in stores) and at various shows.<br><br>
It looks like I am about to "get big or go home" with things as I currently have enough work to keep me chained to my machine for the next 4 months.<br><br>
I just got back from a show last night and met a wholesaler there and he said that he could keep me busy for the next year. I am also working on a contract with a promotional company making adult sized hoodies. Their first order is for 300. Frick!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It looks like I am about to "get big or go home"</div>
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Woohoo!<br>
What do you think you're going to do?<br>
I know I personally couldn't take on that big a project while my children are all so young. Do you have someone you could be partners with in your endeavor?
 

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I have a hyena cart where I sell cloth diapers, longies, handmade toys, dyed yarn, or whatever else I have the urge to make at the moment. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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i do a lot of crafts and projects, but the only thing i've sold is slings. i usually make them for friends, or friends of friends. so not too many, and i usually only charge for materials, so i'm not making much of a profit, so does that count? lol<br><br>
i've been thinking about setting up an etsy account and selling some more craft items. hopefully soon. it would be nice to have a reason to help me be more productive. lol<br><br>
i crochet a lot, and i've started knitting. i do a fair amount of sewing. i've been trying to get into making some waldorf type dolls. i've made a couple, but nothing big. i'm making one for my dd for christmas though, so we'll see how that turns out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
i used to do a lot of wood working, but i haven't had my saw in a while. i finally brought it to my house, but now it's cold and it sits in the back of my car. lol maybe in the spring i'll start making little wooden toys/puzzles again. i really enjoy working with wood.
 

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I'm a WAHM with a home sewing business thats just expanded to baby items like cloth diapers and cloths and other items -- some friends just opened a small store so I've got my first retail customers.<br><br>
I do lots of paper crafts that I'd love to actually make more money with, but the sewing has proven to be a better stream of income. Have done a couple small announcements/invitations jobs and look forward to get more at some point.<br><br>
Also a great cook as well with crazy thoughts of small catering jobs now and then. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Mostly, just volunteer catering at this point -- mostly cause I get tired of having food I don't like and so I volunteer to make it all.<br><br>
I just love doing lots of different things, mostly, and hate getting trapped into just one.
 

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I have my own little business- Enchanted Dandelions. I sell mostly on Etsy... Loopy Loveys, bibs, burp cloths, rag quilts, as well as felt play food.<br><br>
It's been tough because I have a TON of custom orders for the holidays, so I've been trying to muddle through them, when all I feel like doing is puking and hiding in bed. But, overall, sewing and selling is my own little piece of sanity. Something I do to focus on ME, for a change, since SOOO much of my time and energy goes towards the kids. Plus the extra money is nice as well! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">:<br><br>
VeganF... what's your etsy name? It's so neat to cross-meet people from various parts of InternetLand!<br><br>
Wow, Mamaterra! That's awesome... best of luck to ya!<br><br>
wendy and xixstar... you both sound like Jills of all trades!
 

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I sell dyed diapers and clothes, just depends on what I'm in the mood to dye. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Right now I'm knitting DD some longies with some yarn I dyed and I'm hoping to have enough left to make an itty bitty soaker! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/knit.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="knit">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Woohoo!<br>
What do you think you're going to do?<br>
I know I personally couldn't take on that big a project while my children are all so young. Do you have someone you could be partners with in your endeavor?</div>
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Not sure because we have a tried and tested system that works for us. Efficient time management and I don't watch a lot of TV.<br><br>
My three are 5, 4 and 1 and I work around them....meaning that whatever they need, I am at their disposal and when they get engrossed in a project, I do what I can.<br><br>
As I homeschool, it usually means getting them going on a lesson and then overseeing their progress from my sewing machine (it is at the kitchen table where they do their lessons)<br><br>
It means 5 minutes here, 15 minutes there, and then when my dh comes home then I can get some uninterrupted time.<br><br>
PS. I also cater on weekends.
 

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I don't do anything in particular to make money, although I've always wanted to set up a booth or something at a local festival. I usually just do stuff for DD or for friends. I like to make dresses for toddlers. I've also done some stuffed animals for DD but nothing like some things I've seen on Etsy. Man!I've never tried sewing dipes. Pretty much I know my way around a sewing machine and will try most anything.<br><br>
I also do a bit of photography on the side. I'm by no means a pro, but friends appreciate having decent photos done for the cost of supplies.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">VeganF... what's your etsy name? It's so neat to cross-meet people from various parts of InternetLand!</div>
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My user name is disposableaardvarks: <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5155763" target="_blank">http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5155763</a><br><br>
I haven't listed anything in months, so what's there has mostly been there for a while. I've got a pile of stuff ready to list but no motivation to do it right now. Sigh.<br><br>
Certain items always sell out immediately, but I like making a variety. I should get back to the things I know sell like hotcakes.
 

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You guys are so talented! I work from home but not as a a "wahm" per se. I read and edit / proof transcripts. (Posts don't count for grammar or spelling I'm usually Nakking)<br><br>
We should make a post with everyone's website for their wares and "pin" it... especially for all those needing tiny NB diapers soon. :)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We should make a post with everyone's website for their wares and "pin" it... especially for all those needing tiny NB diapers soon. :)</div>
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unfortunatley I think that's against the rules...
 

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Wow, so many WAHMs! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And such cool things!!!!<br><br>
I own this site <a href="http://www.heartfelted.com" target="_blank">www.heartfelted.com</a> But, I just do wholesale to toy shops now, because I hate the post office. It's much easier to mail 1 package of 30 balls than 30 packages to 30 different people... that inevitably someone doesn't get theirs on time or decides they liked the green-blue picture online better now that they've already bought the purple one, can they exchange and can you give them a discount because it looks like there's one spot that's a lighter green? Oy. Wholesale is just much better for my level of sanity.
 

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True, JuneBug.<br><br>
Maybe we could do a swap towards the end... with either handmade crafty goodies, or other baby stuff?<br><br>
A shower swap of some sorts?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">unfortunatley I think that's against the rules...</div>
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Is it against the rules if we have agreed to it? I thought that rule was mostly to stop spammers.<br><br>
In any case, I'm not very crafty but I do work from home. I run an online store selling birth supplies, home birth kits, breastfeeding stuff and later this month, I'm adding a bunch of organic/all natural mom and baby stuff (diaper creams, nipple creams, bamboo towels etc).
 

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<div style="text-align:center;">I have just started to sell patterns and instruction for making eye spy bags, nukkie holders, for babies and other fun crafts, I put the eye spy pattern up for auction on ebay last tuesday, but now one has bid or wonderd about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">My plan is to email the patterns to my customers after they buy them. Does anyone think that will work? I am so new with this internet stuff. I hope to get business, I have been sewing with my mother ever sence I was 5.<br>
Now i am a single mother hoping to succeed in this home business.<br>
If any one would like to make an order my email address is <span style="color:#FF0000;">[email protected]<br></span> I am realy looking forward to hearing from someone and knowing if anyone is interested.</div>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is it against the rules if we have agreed to it? I thought that rule was mostly to stop spammers.<br><br>
In any case, I'm not very crafty but I do work from home. I run an online store selling birth supplies, home birth kits, breastfeeding stuff and later this month, I'm adding a bunch of organic/all natural mom and baby stuff (diaper creams, nipple creams, bamboo towels etc).</div>
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What is your store because there is one called MamaGoddess Birth Shop that I totally adore!!!!
 
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