handmade items

Textile Majors

Theres a special magic in hand made fabric items. Handmade items in general, yes, but specifically fabric items.

There are two aspects to this. One is the level of relationship between the artist and the recipient. The knitted beanie purchased off Etsy is going to be nowhere near as powerful as the Fair Isle sweater your grandmother made specifically for you.

The other is the level of involvement of the artist. The more involved the artist is in the creation, the more powerful it is. That quilt made from store bought fabric, pieced together and quilted with protection symbols, it will keep you safe. The gloves whose yarn came from sheep you raised, whose dye came from berries picked from plants you tended and nourished, sheared and cleaned and dyed and spun and knitted by your hands, those will save your life.

Textile art majors come to the school knowing the basics of their craft. They can knit a sweater, or sew a dress, or started with those little bracelet looms and now are never found without some sort of weaving project. They come, because they want more. The history of the art, the depth and fullness of it. They come because they want to be fashion designers, or because they want to be conservators at museums. They come, with their portable sewing machines and card tables to stand them on, with their knitting needles and crochet hooks, their looms and embroidery hoops and infinite boxes of fabric, fiber, yarn, threads and notions, pins and sewing needles, measuring tapes and rulers. Their bags are full of pattern books and their rooms are cluttered with their projects.

They’ll go on, those that succeed, to be the top of their fields, whatever they choose to do. They’ll credit their blessings on their time at Elsewhere, the lessons they learned and the influences they found.

Items made at Elsewhere have a special power. While all handmade items absorb some of the emotion and intentions the artist has while creating it, items made at Elsewhere take those feelings and make them magical. This can be a blessing, or a curse. There is a tradition of burning projects that frustrate too much. Every Freshman is shocked and appalled when, at the new moon, all the older textile majors gather together to burn any project that is causing them problems or resulting in negative feelings. They learn, after their first or second frustrating project causes them such discomfort after they make it that they can’t actually use the thing.

The professors prioritize quality over quantity for a reason. New projects are always assigned at the start of the waxing moon, and due before the new moon. They have a special form for projects that have to be redone because they were burned. They will provide the materials and time to make up the projects, but only three times. Some will offer deals for a fourth.

Gifts are a mixed blessing.

That one sophmore that knits six pairs of socks every weekend? She’s avoiding calls from her parents and they’re full of her anxiety. The one person that wore them ended up running like the hunt was after them until they collapsed sobbing in the quad. Now, we accept her gifts, and put them away. They’re be useful for trade with the Folk.

The boy from the equatorial country who weaves those lovely blankets? Only use them in the depths of winter, or you’ll roast. Take the blanket with you if you have to go out in the deep snowy areas for ANY reason. They’ll keep you warm and dry. It may look as light as your sheets, but he started making them in his first winter here, when he thought he’d freeze to death for sure. Now he jokes that they’re a brilliant ice breaker.

The person that ignored the proverbial ‘boyfriend curse,’ made xir boyfriend a sweater, then begged him to wear it. Nobody knows exactly what happened to him, but xe is so much happier now, since he disappeared.

There are legacy students here, whose tools came down from their parents and grandparents, you’ll know them by their iron needles and hooks, and the runes carved in their old looking looms and hoops. The items they make are often high quality, even as freshmen, and they know the ways of trading. We’ve all learned to look for them when having an issue with a project, they have a way of getting to the heart of it and guiding us through. Trades with them will be dear, but what you get will be worth it.

The senior project is a group affair. Every senior contributes something they’ve made. The fabric is made by students talented with the loom, the lace by the best crocheter in the class. Every piece is made by students, from the earliest bud of cotton or flax, the hand raised lambs, goats, rabbits or alpacas, to the final glass bead. Each year the product is different, but the ritual is the same. At the final full moon before graduation, the product is displayed on the quad, surrounded with flowers and hand made accessories. Nobody knows what happens to it after that. It disappears before dawn, and the artists go out in the world to make their fortunes. Only once has the project met the light of the morning sun, and that class never saw any success.


anonymous asked:

can you tell me some inexpensive vintage shops maybe on etsy etc

I don’t really know what inexpensive is to you (it varies person to person, someone is happy to drop $60 on a jacket, others not) but here are a couple I know of/found! Prices may vary depending on your location + shipping as well, so keep that in mind. 

You can also search by price limit on Etsy, this might help you too. On the left of the screen is a menu w stuff like shop location, item type (handmade, vintage), price and even colour + payment options.

Hope this helps!


Dwarven Trade Stone

Another Dwarven Trade Stone now on the store

I am hoping to get another faerie ready for adoption that I can introduce to everyone by the end of the week but so far the weather is not looking great but one can hope.

Just a little tease as well I have some pretty big plans as we approach Halloween, If everything goes to plan their will be some very interesting and unique faeries who are very eager to meet everyone.

~Burned Raven~

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/530568022/dwarven-trade-stone-handmade?ref=shop_home_active_1

This spell is designed to increase your self-love, self-confidence, and self-esteem. In particular, it may help you to have the confidence necessary to perform important tasks that might otherwise make you feel nervous or unsure of yourself. 

I myself found this spell very helpful in preparing for several new projects I’ve been working on, and I can imagine it would work great in a variety of situations.

The only object needed to perform this spell is a bit of jewelry or something else you can wear, specifically a piece made up of beads. If you like such things, pearl necklaces work well (I used one for this), but also handmade items are a nice touch. 

There are many tutorials out there for making your own beads with inexpensive materials, too. You needn’t spend a lot of money on this - any small article of beaded jewelry will work, regardless of where you got it! 

You’ll want one with at least ten beads on it, but I don’t recommend trying this with more than perhaps fifty or sixty beads. Put bluntly, the more beads you use, the more powerful the spell will be, but as the number of beads increases, so does the difficulty of the spell, so keep that in mind! 

You’ll also need to actually wear the beads, so be sure to choose something that you like to wear!

Beginning at the spot where the jewelry clasps together, hold a single bead between your fingers. If your jewelry doesn’t have a clasp, you can really start this process anywhere along its length - just be sure to mark that point (with a bit of yarn, perhaps) so as to not lose track of where you started. 

Hold the bead in you fingers and, aloud or silently, compliment yourself. Do this in a very specific fashion. “I am clever,” is good, but “I am adept at learning new things,” is better. Try to be as specific as possible. 

Move, then to the next bead, and supply yourself with another unique compliment. Continue moving along the length of your jewelry, holding each bit in turn and reciting a compliment to yourself as you touch each one. 

I realize this is a somewhat daunting task, and all he compliments must be unique. Thus, it’s best to do this spell when you have a lot of time to yourself, and are not feeling stressed, in preparation for more difficult situations.

Once you have reached the end of the beads, where the clasp is (or at least where you started), you piece of jewelry is charmed and ready to wear! Don the beads whenever you need a boost of confidence. If you’re unable to wear them openly, tuck the beads into your pocket or another hiding place, but keep them on your person to experience the spell’s effects!

Thanks for reading! I hope you find this spell useful, and that your life is full of wonderful magick!


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I’m on a plane headed to San Diego for Comic Con International. I will be speaking on panels, exhibiting my work, debuting 2 new costumes and supporting other women of color at one of the largest conventions in the world.
I am shaking with pain, tears streaming down my cheeks as my permanent disability flares and my body destroys itself. I have fought this debilitating disease for over half my life. I don’t remember what it’s like to not be in pain.
I’m so excited to see other fans and creators, to inspire and be inspired. No matter how many events I am invited to attend or projects I have the privilege of contributing to, I will always be a fan, thrilled to have so much media to digest and share with others.

I take on as much work as I possibly can, to pay the rent, bills, food and most important, maintain my mobility device. Without it I’m trapped in my home. I can walk a little without assistance, but the pain and damage overwhelms me eventually. I edit comics, do consulting work–this is ideal, I can earn money without leaving the house!–I sell handmade items–this is getting harder as my body deteriorates–I work outside the home as much as I can, at dehumanizing jobs that pay too little to make a dent and slowly suck the joy out of life with every interaction.
I cannot wait to temporarily shed the anguish of real life for the all too brief bliss of con life. I can’t really leave it all behind (the pain is always there, still broke phi broke lol) but for a brief moment in time everything is wonderful, there are reunions and hugs, drinks and laughs, everyone is your friend and we’re all just a bunch of nerds having a good time.
The imagined bubble of safety fandom provides is inevitably burst when someone says ‘You’re too Black to cosplay’ (because race is a limitation if you’re Black) and 'Women don’t really read comics, you’re just trying to get a boyfriend’ (because women can’t be geeks) and 'Why do you have to make everything gay’ (because straight is the default) and or 'You’re not really disabled, how do you get to all these cons then??’ (because disabled people can’t be independent) all ridiculous things that have actually been said to me (and countless others) at conventions.
These kinds of comments make cons & fandom a toxic environment for so many people who are desperately trying to escape the same treatment in the other facets of their lives, who just want to have a good time, to create and share and love. To find other like minded nerds, to build a community of acceptance, tolerance and warmth.
I don’t know how much more my body can take, how long I can stay afloat, how much time I have left. No one does, really. But I do know that I’ll never stop working, never stop encouraging others to be themselves and to put their work out there. Every time they try to silence you, we will boost your voice and be even louder. Every time they try to shut you out, we will find you another way in. Don’t let the negative voices talk you out of reaching your goals. Be a positive voice instead and speak your love even louder than their hate.

Love, Jay Justice

I am so here for witchcraft small businesses. Handmade items infused with magic. Crystals. Unique candles. Spell kits. Grimoires. We need to all support each other in this community when we can. If you have a picture of some witchy products you’re selling that needs a signal boost, give me a shout. I will happily spread the witchy goodness on my blog for my followers. :)

How Should I Price Handmade Items?

I am not quite sure of how I should price my items that people want me to make for them.  For example, this girl at work gave me an order of 20 child size hats to make.  I think 7 dollars is reasonable for each hat, which includes cost of materials and my time. Or, I made a Hello Kitty Amigurumi, which took a while to make and I wanted to sell it for 12-15 dollars. Or I sold a hello kitty beanie for 10 dollars and people are acting like I am selling them for way too much money.  So, I am supposed to sell hats that I crocheted myself for a 1 dollar or for free?  I look on Etsy and see the prices that a product similar that is going for, and I believe I am pricing fair.  Of course, not all people are like this. One of my classmates from high school wanted me to make her a turtle outfit for her newborn baby.  The materials cost 15, so I priced it at 30.  She was even offering to pay more for it. I have seen a few blog posts on pricing handmade items…but I am still a bit unsure of how to price my items?…especially since the craft fair is coming up soon.

Knitting Spell (for protection)

This poem/spell came to me earlier while I was cooking, and I hurried to write it down. I knit, but I think anyone who knits, crochets, embroiders or does some other kind of fibercraft can use this. I tried not to use language specific to knitting. I would envision the person the handmade item is intended for, wearing the thing, its protection forming a web around them, as you chant:

May this garment be as armor

a shield against the woes of life.

Bring peace and steadiness of mind,

snatch good fortune into your loops

even as I weave you.

Give him/her/them shelter from the winds

the biting rain and cold,

and bring him/her/them back, as day ends

to the warmth of home.

You could add a line or two, invoking a protective deity or spirit (especially one associated with crafts). I feel that it would be most effective or most appropriately used as you’re starting a project, though you can repeat the chant continuously and meditate on your loved one.


Japanese UNDERTALE fandom has appeared…

If you live in Japan or some country with doujinshi stores (like Mandarake), it’s OK if you sell doujinshi to them.

Small online doujin sales are OK too.

Similarly, if you live in the West, and want to sell a run of a fanzine online, go for it. Since I’ve seen fanzines online recently.

Still can’t do Kickstarters, etc.

Also, I don’t care about the sale of handmade items by individuals, even online. Like those perler bead thingies. Or if someone makes a hand-knit scarf or something. No shirts/apparel (beyond literally handmade objects).

I really don’t want to stop fans from having fun or expressing themselves. So, apologies for not saying something about the rules sooner. My worry is really if somebody (such as a company) tries to mass-produce or publish UT items for profit.


Stim Toy Storage - At Home Stim Kits

Something I don’t see discussed too often is storage of stim toys, so I’m going to talk about some photos of the ways I’m storing my collection, now that I have a fairly large collection of toys. How often I use an item and how reachable I need it to be impacts a lot on how I store it and where.

Some degree of organisation can help with acceptance, I’ve found, as there’s less feeling of “things everywhere” and “toys for kids” and a little more sense of purpose or focus.

This is my “left over” or “spare” kit - comprised of items that are extras, usually from buying multiple items in a pack because I can’t find them for individual purchase, making too many of a handmade item (I tend to “samemake” in the way I samefood, once I find a pattern or design that works), gifts, or items I reviewed that I just didn’t click with. I like having an extra kit because I dislike other people touching my toys, so having toys meant for handling by others is great for sharing if I’m stimming in front of guests. It’s easy to put a box like this on a table, too, or bring to a community gathering. It’s also something I can show other people, with everything neatly laid out, and a full kit like this is great for introducing people to the idea that stim toys exist.

(I struggle to communicate stimming in the abstract, but putting someone’s hands in a box of toys and letting them explore while I talk is so much easier. I’ve found that NT folks new to stimming don’t necessarily click with any one or two toys I’ve showed them, but having lots of options means at least one “gateway” toy, and once they’ve happened across something that provides a positive/pleasing/relaxing sensation for them, they’re more open to other toys. It happened this way with Mum: she wouldn’t touch anything until I made my marble mazes, but she’s now got her own spinner, massage balls and hedge balls…)

This kit is housed in a cardboard box and two plastic trays which fit inside it. The smaller, more tangly and rattly items (like bead fidgets, marble loops, Tangles, spinners, hedge balls, telephone cord bracelets) are housed in the trays, as I can stack one tray on top of the other and simply lift the top tray out of the box, meaning I don’t have to burrow through as many little items to find things. Some things will still take some burrowing (there’s a marble maze in the top basket, hidden by everything on top of it) but it’s a lot easier to use, and less overwhelming, than my previous method of stowing everything loose in a box.

The larger items like Play-Doh tubs, stress balls and plush are stacked in the other half of the box, with large pieces like plush keyrings and bean bags sitting loosely on top, so I don’t have to move too many things to reach the tubs underneath.

Slinkies are great for neatly containing smaller items, just like a pen caddy or cup: the one in this box holds a stress ball and two makeup blending sponges. I’ve got one on my desk holding several Tangles, a sponge and a few Hama bead loops!

My cardboard box is 31 cm long, 24 cm wide and 11.5 cm deep. It’s deep enough to hold a full-size plastic Slinky and a full-size snake puzzle standing on its shorter end. I paid $2.50 AUD for this from Fantastic Variety, a local dollar shop, but I more often see boxes of this size between $3-5 AUD. The plastic trays I bought from the same store in a 3 pack for $2 AUD, and they’re 23.2 cm long, 15.5 cm wide and 6 cm deep. With all the toys in it, the box is quite heavy.

For this sort of thing, it’s often better purchasing in person (if possible) as you can check that any inner trays fit inside your intended box. For this kind of storage, with a variety of toys of many different shapes, you ideally want a box deep enough to fit two trays on top of each other, leaving the rest of the box for taller items.

There are sewing and gear boxes designed to take larger items, many with compartments and removable trays, but most of these are very expensive. This set up cost me less than $5 AUD and is easy to use.

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Diy/Cheap Stim kit

One of my friends (who is also autistic and super freaking cute) is having a birthday in a few days (three days before mine) and so for part of their present I’ve been trying to put togeather a Stim bag. 

I made a large drawstring bag out of some soft star print quilting fabric (as it’s a little thicker) that was in my fabric stash.


this was being sold as a “massage roller” for five dollars at KMART but I bought it because the purple color is this amazing subtle gradient and it’s basically like a giant rollerball. i will probably go and buy myself one 

A zipper bracelet (like a dollar in the clearance section of Spotlight) and a pony bead bracelet I made that has their pronouns on it (they/them) which is also very stimmy.

a Small marble maze and one of my bead fidgets (handmade from items in my craft stash so didn’t cost anything) 

a spike ball that glows (i love these but I’m not sure on the lights as they flash but if you rummage in the box you can usually find one that has broken or run out of batteries as people tend to play with them in the shop a lot) 

and a fluffy rainbow key chain from the dollar section as well 

a mini snake puzzle that was only a dollar or so very small but nice I think it’s slightly magnetic (not sure if they are all like this it’s only this one) which makes moving the links nice.

Also, a Harley Quinn “kawaii cube” beanie, (Harley is a Special interest) and the fabric of these cubes are very soft and they are nice to squish because they have little beans in them. bought from The Warehouse I think for under ten dollars.

 a star shapes plastic slinky with nice pastel colors and a small squishy basketball. ( these two are taken from a bag of swag I have for geo-cashing but were originally in separate party favor supply bags in Kmart for a few dollars for a bag (this isle is full of cheap stimmy stuff) 

lizard-kid  asked:

hey could you recommend some of your favorite thrift shops in Massachusetts or NH?

For weird, any Savers.  I find they have the strangest stuff on the shelves.  I’m especially fond of the one in Natick and Worcester.

For unique, try Boomerangs, there are a few of them in the Boston area that I know of.  A little pricier than other shops but you can find some truly unusual stuff there.  All proceeds go to fight AIDS.

For deals on good, new clothes, I love St. Anne’s thrift store in Shrewsbury, MA.  The churchgoers donate a lot of really nice stuff and the prices are generally reasonable.  Go on a Wednesday to get first dibs.  They have a lot of books and handmade items donated too, like quilts and such.  They’re only open Wed, Thurs, and Sat.

This website is where I go when I feel like going on a thrift adventure.  It’s got listings for just about everywhere!