Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Scarecrows

There not just for scaring away birds anymore. I once picked up a book at the library about scarecrows and noticed as i sifted through them were not just cute figures made of stuffed clothes, some of them were kind of frightening on there own. The books writer showed a foggy field in the morning filled with scarecrows. They looked like Zombies stumbling through the field.

Step One
Cut a 10-foot bamboo pole into two pieces, one 4 feet long and the other 6 feet long.
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Step Two
Place the 4-foot section across the 6-foot piece, 1 foot down from the top.
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Step Three
Wire the two pieces together with floral wire, twine or raffia.
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Step Four
Place an old shirt on the short cross-piece of the frame and button the shirt in front.
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Step Five
Stuff the shirt loosely with straw, dry leaves or rags.
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Step Six
Place gloves at the end of the "arms" and secure them with rubber bands.
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Step Seven
Pull one leg of a pair of trousers onto the long bamboo pole. The other leg will hang freely.
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Step Eight
Tuck the stuffed shirt into the waist of the trousers.
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Step Nine
Secure the waist of the trousers to the pole with a rope or belt, tying the belt or rope to the cross-piece if necessary to keep the pants from falling down.
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Step Ten
Stuff the pants with the stuffing material of your choice.
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Step Eleven
Make a head for your scarecrow by stuffing straw into a pillowcase. Tie the pillowcase opening onto the top of the long stake with rope.
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Step Twelve
Draw a face with felt-tip pens, or glue on buttons for eyes and yarn for a mouth.
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Step Thirteen
Stick the scarecrow in the ground or tie it securely in another location

crochet pumpkin

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You know, I have some red heart yarn in sunshine that would make an ice pumpkin like this for fall decorating.

worsted weight orange,
and a small amount of dark green

3 1/2″ styrofoam ball

2 brown chenille stems

small scraps of black felt

Crochet hooks size H, F

The model was made without using the styrofoam ball, it was stuffed with fiberfill instead and no face was added.

So you can see this pumpkin can be modified to fit your own tastes. Enjoy!!

Finished size: approx. 5″ tall

Row 1: with orange yarn and H hook, ch 27, sc in 2nd ch from

hook, sc in next 6 chs, hdc in next 14 chs, sc in next 5 chs, turn. (26 sc)

Row 2-36: Ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in next 7 sts, hdc in next 14 sts, sc in next 5 sts, turn. (26 sts)

At end of Row 36, fasten off, leaving a length of yarn to sew back seam of pumpkin closed.

Take your stryofoam ball and cut 1/2″-1/2″ off opposite sides. One will be the bottom, the other will be the top.
Roll the top side on a table to “round” the edges into a pumpkin shape.

Wrap the crocheted pumpkin piece around the styrofoam ball, (rows will be vertical). Thread tapestry needle with the length of yarn you left and sew the back seam through front lps of last row and foundation ch. Then use two small scraps of yarn and weave one through the ends of rows at top, pull up and gather evenly to close. Repeat for the bottom.

Take your two brown chenille stems and fold together, half, then half again. etc.. until you have a thick stem about 2-3″ long.
You want enough to stick it into the styrofoam ball and still leave about 1″ sticking up. Twist it slightly to give it some “texture” and it will hold together better.
Push it down into the center top of your pumpkin.

Leaf and vine

With F hook and dark green yarn, ch 6, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, *[dc, ch3, sl st in first ch of ch-3, dc] in next ch*, sc in next ch, rep from * to * once in next ch, [2 hdc, ch 3, sl st in first ch of ch-3, 2 hdc] in last ch, working on opposite side of foundation ch, rep from * to * once, sc in next ch, rep from * to * once, sc in next ch, sl st to join in beg sc, ch 16, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 3 sc in each next 13 chs, sl st in next ch, fasten off.

Weave in loose ends. Find a “hole” in the center of the leaf and slide it down over the chenille stem in the top of the pumpkin.. you can glue this in place if you wish

Cut out a face from black felt and glue it on..

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Crafting when times are hard

When times get tough our hobbies often have to take a budget cut. Other things are more important than keeping hands busy after all. But there are easy ways to get cheap craft supplies.


Paper and card

Newspaper offcuts: A great place to get plain paper, particularly for kids crafts and drawing is a newspaper office. Our local newspaper has always had huge rolls of plain white paper available for around $10 - $15, that is a roll that is over a metre wide and 30cm in diameter. I believe it was over 100 metres of paper. Scrapbooking paper and card: If you are finding the scrapbook stores too expensive try looking in newsagents, office supply stores and department stores for paper and card.

Garage Sales

Fabric and wool: Second hand clothes found in opportunity shops and flea markets can often be a great source of fabric when you don’t need large amounts. Used knitwear is great for small amounts of wool for wool crafts. Leather: Look out for old handbags, belts and leather jackets for leather scraps and fittings. i have some leather topped tables that with leather from a 2 dollar used coat. Beading: Old jewelery bought for nickels and dimes can be easily taken apart and made into something new.

Mosaic Second hand stores and garage sales are often a great source of plates that can be broken for use in mosaics.

Nature Mother Nature has an endless bounty of craft supplies for free. Plus you get fresh air and exercise while you are beach combing, walking or fossicking. Shells, sand, driftwood, seedpods, pebbles, leaves and grasses are but a few things that can be used in many crafts.

Wood Sometimes small timber stores or hardware shops have a bin of offcuts that could fit many uses. Salvage yards and secondhand stores can be another source of wood and old furniture that may be able to be recycled too. Another excellent source is construction sites. You would be amazed at how much wood modern construction jut throws away.

Making your own Some of the things we use in crafts can be made instead of purchased. For example decent paper glue can be made with cornflour, beads can be made with salt dough and there are ways to make stencils and stamps yourself too. You can even make your own paints and wallpaper paste. There are recipes for these things all over the internet.

Theres no reason why harder times have to be boring.

More fall decorating tips and ideas

1. Use a taller pumpkin as a vase for fresh flowers. Clean out
the guts and seeds and use the pumpkin to arrange your flowers.
Taller ones work well, but so will squatly pumpkins if you cut
your flower stems short.

2. Make topiary out of a foam form (conical shapes always work
well) and hot glue a variety of large seeds � acorns, walnuts,
pinecones � to the form. Completely cover the foam. Easy and
makes a wonderful piece for any table or countertop.

3. Pick brightly colored fallen leaves. Rub a good moisturizer
onto the front and back of the leaves and let dry. This helps the
leaves keep their color and avoid curling. Once dry, scatter the
leaves on a table, around a centerpiece, or on a fireplace
mantle.

4. Fill a tall vase or extra-large brandy snifter with a variety
of colorful miniature pumpkins and gourds.

5. Make a centerpiece using pie pumpkins, gourds, and leaves.
Vary the sizes and colors of these squashes and fill in the gaps
with leaves, mini pumpkins, and gourds.

6. Arrange large pumpkins in a group (odd numbers work best) or
on stairs. Carve or paint designs or messages on the pumpkins.
For example, I saw white pumpkins used on stair treads, each with
a letter spelling "Welcome".

7. Carve a small hole, one inch deep in miniature pumpkins for
use as taper candle holders.

8. If you have a tiered cake or serving plate, arrange pumpkins,
gourds, or squash on each tier. Use a pie pumpkin or turban
squash (looks like two placed one on top of the other) on the top
level. Use smaller ones, even miniatures, as well as leaves and
nuts on the other tiers.

9. Cut a branch for a tree. Place lengthwise on a table. Nest
miniature gourds, pumpkins, leaves, nuts, and votive candles
among the smaller branches. (Whenever you bring branches in from
outdoors, spray insect repellent on the branch outside before you
cut it. Let it stay outside for a day or two. Then bring into the
garage or on a porch for another day or two until the smell is
gone.)

10. Soften a three-wick candle by blowing a hairdryer on it until
the wax is soft. Then press small colored leaves into the
softened wax to add a fall touch.

11. Take tall corn stalks and attach to porch columns or mailbox
or even trees with a large fall colored ribbon. Further accent
with pumpkins or mums around the base.

12. Cut long branches with colored leaves still attached (see
instructions above to prevent bringing bugs into your home).
Place in a tall vase or an umbrella stand. Be sure the branches
are proportionate to the vase or stand.

13. Use potted mums to replace your summer flowers in flower
beds, on porches, near fireplace hearths, in corner of rooms �
this classic never goes out of style. To give added height within
a group, place one potted mum on a miniature straw bale.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

More Gourd Ideas

This is an interesting use for a gourd. Its purely decorative. I don't think this one would have any practical use. It would be hard to get berries or nuts or anything out of the smaller rim. But its an interesting decorative idea.

Necessary stuff :
Piercing tool
Gourd of course!
This tutorial
Flat type of plaiting material, ribbon, pandanus leaves, I heard cat tails work, and Haida indians from Alaska used Cedar Bark for a flat plaiting material.
Time
Patience
And good hands.

The instructions for the rest of this project can be found here. Enjoy

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Growing Gourds


Gourds are very closely related to cucumbers, squash and melons. They dry out to have a nice hard shell and a hollow inside in which seeds rattle around in. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. For some reason they do well in the humid Arkansas climate.

If you decide to grow gourds give them a wall or trellis to grow on. They don't require a lot of water and in fact to much water will cause the gourds to rot. when growing gourds if you find that your getting more male flowers and no female flowers you need to snip of the first 12 inches of each vine. This will cause the vine to produce a new section and that will have female gourds on it. You can recognize them as being the flower with the small gourd shaped ball at its base. Hand pollination of gourds will result in a lot more gourds than if you just leave it up to mother nature. I often pick male flowers and put them in a plastic back in the refrigerator to ensure that I have males for pollination when the females open.

Most gourds have bright yellow flowers or orange flowers like squash blossoms but some of them have white flowers. Any gourd with a white flower will bloom at night to be pollinated by flying night insects such as moths. Beware of this when searching for female flowers because these will have to be pollinated by hand at night.


As you can see by the picture below. A little creativity can go a long way with a dried gourd.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Chunky Heavy wonderful Sweater


I love big chunky sweaters. Big heavy comfortabel stretchy things that are sooo great with a pair of bluejeans on a chilly autumn day. Here is a nice one that would be lovely in orange or cream.

The pattern is very long. To long to post the whole thing so I'm just going to post a link to it. But it doesn't appear to be complicated. As you can see the stitches are very very simple.

Chunky Heavy wonderful Sweater

Friday, August 10, 2007

Dried Apple Shrunken Heads


This one is a good one for Halloween parties or just Halloween period if your a little bit twisted like I am

You will need:

apples
whole cloves
a few grains of rice
1/2 C lemon juice
2 tsp. salt

Peel a large apple and coat with mixture of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of salt to prevent browning. With a potato peeler or small knife carve out eye sockets, a nose, mouth and ears. Don't worry about carving small details as they will be lost when the apple dries. Go for the big features and nature will take care of the rest.

Use whole cloves for eyes and raw rice grains for teeth (the faces also come out looking great without these extra props, just carve and let dry if you want to keep it simple). The photo below right shows our freshly carved apples before drying.

Sit apples on a wire rack in a warm, dry place for about 2 weeks. Shape the faces as they shrink and harden. You can speed the drying process a little by drying in an oven set at the lowest temperature. However, the process will still take several days.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Fall Mini Pumpkin Wreath



I ran across tis really nifty fall decorating idea today. This might seem a little expensive. After all those little pumpkins are usually a dollar a piece. But if you plan ahead in the spring you will find you have an abundance of those little pumpkins. For some reason those tiny little pumpkin vines seem to produce and produce and produce. When you finish with your mini pumpkins this year set them aside somewhere and let them get mushy and decay (it can take a while. Once they reach this nasty stage take them outside and cut them open with a knife (this will stink) and remove the seeds. Wash the nasty stuff off of them and let them dry and store them for spring planting. I do this with the mini lumina (white) pumpkins and the tiger stripe pumpkins also.

Holiday mini pumpkin wreath craft pieces

Supplies

* Twig wreath form
* Mini pumpkins to cover the form
* Hot-glue gun
* Floral Wire
* Black Pipe Cleaner
* Black ribbon (grosgrain, satin, or raffia)
* Plastic Spiders


Instructions

1. Start with an 18-inch twig wreath. You'll want to find one that has a fairly flat top section, so there's enough surface for the glue to secure the pumpkins. This size wreath took 13 pumpkins, but when you buy your materials at a craft store, be sure to lay out pumpkins around the wreath to see how many will fit.
2. Once your arrangement is set, start gluing each pumpkin in place and let it dry. We're gluing ours on so each one touches the next, but at the top we left about a 6-inch space for our bow.
3. Little plastic spiders are a fun addition as well. Just dot the legs with a bit of hot glue and set down on one of the pumpkins for a spooky Halloween touch.
4. Finally, you'll need a bow and I've got a great simple technique for that. You'll need to find wired ribbon in a 2 or 3 inch width. The wire helps you arrange the bow and the streamers easily and will help too, if you keep the bow from year to year -- you can just fluff it out as needed.
5. Lay a 24" strip of ribbon down on the table. Now, take about a 36" piece and leave a 15 inch streamer. Begin to loop the ribbon from side to side, beginning with smaller loops, gradually making the loops wider. End up with another 15 inch streamer. Lay down a black pipe cleaner or a 12" length of floral wire. Now you can pick up the ends of the 24" strip and knot it securely around all of the loops and the wire. There's your bow!
6. Use the wire to attach the bow to the wreath, or if you wish you can hot glue it onto the front. I know you -- and your guests -- will enjoy seeing this wreath. Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Silk Flower Party Lights


What a beautiful romantic idea this is and mostly free too if you know where to scrounge your supplies from. After all you can get those Cheap Christmas lights and use those. I get my silk flowers for crafting from a nearby graveyard (no I don't take them from the graves, thats always the first thing people assume). They let the sit on the graves for a while and then when they get a little bit faded or dirty they throw them into the garbage. I just go over to the garbage can and dig them back out again, ha ha.

This magnificent idea is from Martha Stewart.

These flowers look like the prettiest climbing vines. But they're not just sweet by day -- they're radiant by night. Despite their enchanted appearance, they are simply holiday lights covered with faux flowers (we chose flame-hued silk poppies).

Making this decoration doesn't require stitching, tape, or glue; all you need are silk flowers and a string of lights.

Silk-Flower Party Lights How-To
You'll need miniature holiday string lights for outdoor use, as well as silk poppies or other flowers (one for each bulb) with removable plastic stems and centers, available at crafts stores. Pull the heads off the stems, then use scissors to enlarge the hole to about 1/4 inch to fit over the base of each light. If your flowers have layers of petals -- as with a gardenia -- stack them onto the base from largest to smallest. Push the petals back, away from the bulb, so they don't touch it and overheat (for safety, be sure that each bulb is firmly connected to its base). Then hang the string of blooms just as you would any other decorative garland.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

popping indian Corn

Now I for one still remember how to pop corn in a pan pot on the stove. You just put a little bit of oil in the bottom of the pot (enough to have a thin layer all across the bottom)and turn on the heat. I use medium high. After you think it might be hot enough youth throw in a single kernel of corn and wait for it to pop. When this happens ad the rest of your Kernels. A little goes a long way.

But someone created a technique for popping corn in a microwave without buying the individual bags. In the instructions its done with Indian Corn.

Put the Indian corn cobs in a brown paper bag (lunch bag size) and place in the microwave with a dish of water for moisture. (so the bag doesn't burn) Microwave on high for 3-5 minutes and you have popcorn on the cob.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Leaf Magnets


This is a nice way to bring some fall color into your house. Most of my magnets have been broken over the years. I really need to get some new ones. But this is something I might try for fall.

What you'll need:

  • Leaf shaped cookie cutters
  • Acrylic paint in red, yellow, green, orange and brown
  • Paint brush
  • Toothpick
  • Acrylic spray sealer, matte
  • ½” round magnets
  • Hot glue gun

How to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Mix together, salt, flour, and water until a dough is formed.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.
  4. Roll out the dough to about ¼” thick with a rolling pin that has been dusted with flour.
  5. Use different sized cookie cutters to create as many shapes and sizes of leaves that you want.
  6. For smaller children, use a single shape to make it easier at painting time. For older children, you can double up and even triple some of the leaves for a 3D affect as we did (see photo).
  7. If desired, use the toothpick to draw lines in the leaves.
  8. Place all leaves onto an ungreased cookie sheet and place into the preheated oven.
  9. Bake for two hours.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  11. Paint with acrylic paints and spray finished leaves with acrylic sealer.
  12. Hot glue a round magnet to the back of each leaf and hang on the fridge!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

bleach spattered leaf shirt


This is kind of a cool idea. I don't see this in a t shirt though. I see this is a long flowing skirt made of comfortabel T shirt or sweatshirt fabric. Maybe pieced together pieces of different sweatshirts for something a bit warmer.

You'll need:

* bleach in a spray bottle
* leaves
* dark colored T-shirt
* large bucket of cool water
* newspaper

Put the newspaper in between the layers of the T-shirt. Spread your leaves out on the front of the T-shirt. Be creative!

Spray the front of the t shirt with bleach. Try and spray as evenly as possible, covering both the leaves and the empty areas.

Allow the bleach to stay on for about 5 minutes. You'll will start to see the color of the shirt fade.

Rinse the shirt in the bucket of cool water. Rinse it well to get out the bleach. You're all done!

I imagine you could create a more complicated pattern and a more in depth design using bleach water of different strengths, waiting different amounts of time, and doing several layers of design. You would have to allow the shirt to dry between each application.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Glittering Candles

Crafter and demonstrator Vivian Peritts show how to turn ordinary candles into spectacular works of art, using glitter glue.

Materials:

Low-temperature glue gun
Rubber hot-glue pads
Glitter glue
Candles of any color
Gold or silver foil
Star hole punch
White glue
Toothpick

  1. Drizzle gold hot glitter glue around a candle in a swirling motion. Turn the candle as you drizzle. With a red candle and gold glitter glue, the effect is beautiful (figure A).

  2. Try drizzling silver glitter glue over a blue candle. After the hot glue has dried, wrap silver hologram foil onto the candle over the glue, and press it to release the foil. Peel the foil away from the paper backing. If the glue is too warm, the foil will pull the glue off the candle (figure B).

  3. Add stars to the candle. Place a piece of gold foil shiny side down on top of a glue pad. Squeeze a puddle of glitter glue onto the pad. Place another pad over the glue and press, flattening the glue. Peel away the upper pad. Let the glitter glue dry, and remove the foil. Use a star hole punch to punch stars from the glue. With a toothpick and white glue, attach the stars to the side of the candle (figure C).

    Tips:

    • Keep in mind that glitter glue sticks tend to clog a glue gun. Be prepared to waste an entire clear glue stick to push the glitter glue through the gun, or purchase an inexpensive glue gun to use only for colored or glitter glue.

    • Glitter glue sticks are available in craft stores only during the Christmas season.

Friday, August 3, 2007

crochet snood

I think these are so beautiful. They are old fashioned and a bit out of style, but I love them. They keep my long curly hair neat without a lot of effort and they can be very beautiful.


1945 Loop-The-Loop Snood


MATERIALS:
3 60 yd. balls, American Thread Co. 'Star' Pearl Cotton, Size 5, Lt Emerald or desired color.
14" very narrow elastic
Steel Hook Size 5 or 6
INSTRUCTIONS:
With single strand of thread, ch 1, *pull up about a 3/8 inch loop on hook, thread over and pull through,
sc in single loop, ( a single knot st) repeat from * 32 times, turn.
ROW 2: Sc in 4th sc from hook, * pull up a 3/8 inch loop on hook, thread over and pull through,sc in
single loop, repeat from *, (a double loop knot st) skip 1 sc, sc in next sc, * double loop knot st, skip 1
sc,sc in next sc, repeat from * across row, work 3 single loop knot sts, turn.
ROW 3: Sc in center of sc of double knot st of previous row, * double knot st, sc in next center sc of
next double knot st, repeat from * across row, work 3 single loop knot sts, turn.
Repeat Row 3 - 20 times, break thread. Gather at each end. Join thread at side and over elastic work
* 5 sc,sc over elastic and into next center sc of double knot st, repeat from * to end gathers, 5 sc over
elastic, sc over elastic and into end gathers, 5 sc over elastic, sc over elastic and into next center sc of
next double knot st, continue in same manner across remainder of snood, join, break thread.
BAND:
Ch 125 and work 124 sc on ch, ch 1, turn.
ROW 2: Work 1 loop st in each st, (loop st: wind thread over index finger, insert hook in st, draw
thread through pulling thread from under finger, drop loop from finger letting fall to right side of work
and complete sc) ch 1, turn.
ROW 3: Work 1 sc in each st, ch 1, turn.
Repeat Rows 2 & 3, 5 times, break thread.
Sew band to each end of snood.

Amazing Freeform Crochet

For those who do not follow patterns there is the stunning beauty of free form crochet. Look Here

Thursday, August 2, 2007

A button on spider

From Crochet at About.com
Buttonhole Spider Pattern


Designed by Sandi Marshall

Click here for larger photo

This spider has a buttonhole in the center of its back, so you can button it to your shirt or coat for instant spider-crawling-on-you Halloween decoration.

Materials
Worsted Weight Yarn
9 yds. black
(2) size 11/0 white or off-white seed beads for eyes
Size G crochet hook

Click here for pattern

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Apple or Pumkin candle holders, Great for fall




This craft can also be done with the small table pumpkins ( or some folks call them squash) that are so popular right now in the grocery stores.

What you need:

What you do:

  1. If you are going to place the apple votives in the water check how they float first. Do this by filling the pot you'll be putting them in and marking with a dot the side that stays up above the water.
  2. Place a tea candle over the dot you have made in #1 and trace around its circumference with a utility knife, inserting the knife vertically as deep as the tea candle is tall.
  3. Set aside the candle, and cut the circle into sections and scoop out using the spoon. Squeeze lemon juice onto the cut surface to keep the apple from turning brown, and insert a tea candle

Where to sell your crafts online

Many crafters end up not selling their work because they just don’t know where to go. Online venues can be the perfect solution! However, in case you aren’t sure exactly how to find websites that will let you sell your handicrafts, I’ve decided to do a review of several places. Please feel free to let me know of any I’ve missed or your experiences with the craft websites listed here.

Etsy
This is a fairly new venue for crafters, but it looks good. Most of the products seem to be of very high quality and the prices are decent, so you won’t be forced to lowball your products. The layout is quite professional and sign up is free. You will need a credit card to confirm identity, they are very strict about security policies.

Fees: Free to sign up, 20 cents per item, plus 3.5% upon sale
Arts Efest
This site is fairly large, so you’ll have plenty of competition. It bills itself as an online craft show. The list of categories in the sidebar is almost too extensive, but will help people find exactly what they are looking for. Some items seem to be a bit on the cheap side, so you might need to drop your prices a little. Payment is through PayPal.

This site offers two options. You can sign up to be listed in their crafters´ directory if you already have a website, or you can sign up to get a webpage on efest.

Fees: Between $14-18 per month if you build a site through them, $8 monthly if you already have a website (discounts are available if you pay for the year)
Handmade Catalog
A nice, clean looking website that offers a very extensive variety. The prices here seem to be very decent, shipping can be included or you can charge separately. Payment is by check or PayPal.

Handmade offers three different memberships. The Basic package lets you try things out, where you can list up to 50 items. The Standard package allows up to 250 products, plus 3 listings per year on the main page. The Professional package is the most expensive and lets you have a special URL, features your business name on their Crafter’s List, plus you can list up to 1,200 products and have up to 5 products per year on the main page.

Fees: Basic is $4.95 per month, plus a 15% commission, Standard charges 7.95 per month, plus a 10% commission, and Professional is $12.95 per month with a 5% commission on top. Each package has a discount if you pay annually.

Craft Mall
This online mall is professionally designed and lets you design your own home page, complete with your own business logo. The nice thing about Craft Mall is that they also allow you to use your own domain name, if you wish.

Selling features are more advanced on this website. You can create your own coupons with expiration dates, set up sales that start and end automatically and sell in bulk or offer special discounts. Using these features can also get you a spot in their newsletter. Payment is through PayPal or your own merchant account.

Fees: Basic accounts range from $7.95-47.95 per month for 15-500 products, Premium accounts range from $14.95-54.95 a month for 25-650 products and include several benefits.

Kinfolk Crafts
This website offers fully customizable webpages where you can upload 10 products to sell. They maintain your site for you and payment is through PayPal. You can add your own domain name if you wish. You can also do an upgrade from a webpage to a website, but they don’t specify how many products this includes or how much it costs.

Kinfolk Crafts seems to lean more toward country style crafting and clothing, so if that is your niche, this may be a good website for you. However, if you are into Goth art, Kinfolk Crafts is not the place to sell your bat pins!

Fees: $75 set-up, $10 per month with a minimum of 6 months required.

Lilly’s Craft Mall
This website is run by a work at home mom who knows what it is like to have all your profits eaten up by auction fees. So, the website is free for listing your crafts. You get a website where you can upload 15 products to start off with (you can add more after 30 days). It is all customizable. Payment is through PayPal.

The only problem I saw with Lilly’s Craft Mall is that it’s not exactly well designed. There are errors on the main page and for some reason the categories are microscopic. If you are looking for a no-cost way to get started, this might be worth a try, though.

Fees: Free

Spsell
Spsell has more of an amateur look to it than the other sites reviewed here, but it is a bit different as well. Instead of categories, it has shops, so the name of your e-store has a lot to do with whether or not people will click on it. Within the shop, you have categories if necessary. Payment through PayPal.

Fees: Appears to be free

As you can see, you have a wide variety of options for selling your crafts online. And of course, you could always set up your own website as well. The advantage of going with an online craft market is that you can capitalize on their popularity.

Have you had any experience selling your crafts online? If so, please share in the comments. Feel free to include a link to your site, too, so we can see your products and website.