faq

Q. I love your handmade (fill in blank here), but I don't sew. Do you sell ready-made or custom order (fill in blank here)?

A. Pretty rarely. Right now time does not allow for any commissions or custom orders. Occasionally I might crank out some samples or needle books for the shop, and if I ever do I'll be sure to blog it. If you would like to find someone who sells handmade items from mmmcrafts patterns, a great place to start is the mmmakers list on my site.

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Q. Are you going to make more needle books to sell? When? Can I reserve one ahead of time? 

A. Yes, I plan to make more. When, I can't say. I'm so sorry! I'm not on a production schedule. I just make them as time allows. I try to have at least five or six completed before I list them in the shop. I cannot take custom orders or reserve any for you since the demand is high and the listings are few. The fairest way I know how to do it is to list them and let everyone know they are available via my blog and facebook page.

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Q. Where can I find empty Altoids® tins for the Wee Mouse Tin House pattern and the TravelWees pattern?

A. If you live in a cruel part of the mint eating world where you can't just go down to the corner drugstore and buy a delicious and refreshing tin of Altoids® Curiously Strong Mints, then you can buy them online directly from Altoids® or you can usually find them (fulls or empties) on Ebay.com.

If you are looking for generic tins, there are blank same-sized tins sold at various shops on Etsy and Ebay, for example at this shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tinsupply
A quick search will turn up several options.
(Disclaimer: Use due caution and read the fine print, like you would with any internet purchase!)
 
Also, there seems to be a good substitute in Barkleys® mint tins, or so I hear.

I'm always looking for good tin substitutes for any part of the world that is unlucky enough not to have Altoids® readily available, so let me know if you run into any!

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Q. Where can I find faux shag fur for the TravelWees pattern?

A. Remnants are great for this pattern because the actual amount of fur needed for each TravelWee is quite small. Etsy.com and Ebay.com are ideal resources for that! Use 'synthetic shag fur' and similar terms in your search field and see what you can find. There are also some online fabric retailers that sell a good selection of synthetic furs.

Here are some I ran across with a quick search: (Disclaimer: Use caution and read the fine print, like you would with any internet purchase!)
www.fabricdepot.com/index.php?page=CatalogPage&pageid=44
www.fabric.com/SearchResults2.aspx?Source=Header&SearchText=shag+fur&Cat...
http://mendels.com/home.php?cat=3

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Q. Where do you get your wool and wool-blend felt? And why do you recommend it, anyway?

A. Here's the skinny on wool felts:

Wool-blend felt is a mix of rayon and wool. There's a much MUCH wider color selection compared to acrylic felt, and large pieces are still an affordable price. I find it works well for lots of projects. I usually purchase my wool-blend felt from these wonderful vendors in 12 x 18 inch pieces:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BenzieBazaar
http://www.prairiepointjunction.com/12x18.html
Note for buyers: Benzie Bazaar ships domestic and internationally, Prairie Point Junction ships domestic USA only.

100% wool felt comes in such rich colors and has a slightly heavier texture and more substantial feel than wool blend. I find it does especially well for detailed projects, like my needle books. I can personally recommend Felt On The Fly as a great source:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/feltonthefly 

Why not acrylic craft felt? I don't usually recommend acrylic craft felt for use in my patterns (there are some limited exceptions!). While it is the most economical option and the most readily available at your local shop, the colors are typically limited, the texture is not great, and it is not very durable. It gets an unattractive halo of fuzz and pills after a short while. Small pieces will fray and pull apart. It might also melt if you iron it. Doh!

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Q. Can I sell items that I make with your sewing patterns?

A. Yes, if you are a home sewer you can sew up a storm with your own little hands and sell the items, with some limitations. Please read them here!

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Q. If you are a home schooler, how do you have time to blog and create patterns?

A. I don't watch much TV. I don't garden. I am a night owl. And being creative wins out over housework a lot. sigh. A lot.

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Q. What kind of software do you use to make your patterns?

A. I use Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Unfortunately, there is no magic button you press that writes the pattern and draws the diagrams. All the diagrams and drawings are done by me, either digitally or by hand. But I like doing it. I'm weird that way.

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Q. I really like that No OMG graphic in your sidebar. Can I copy that on my blog?

A. I'd love for you to. Help yourself to that image by right-clicking and saving it. Use it and feel free to share it. It's a sentiment I'd love to see popping up everywhere.

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Q. What exactly is a 'follower of Christ'?

A. I'm simply a Christian – 'follower of Christ' is a description of me, but not the name of my church. The church I worship with has "Church Of Christ" on the sign, but that is more of a description of who we are and who we worship than an official label. You can read more about my faith here.

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Q. What curriculum do you use for home schooling?

A. Love love love Sonlight. But I've never used anything else, so I'm not the best source for comparisons. I supplement here and there with random other things I find and get, but Sonlight is used for the core.

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Q. I asked a question in your comments but you never emailed me. Are you too busy?

A. I try to answer all the questions I get from your comments within the comments themselves, so that if someone else has the same question they will get their answer before they have to ask. If you would like to get an email response, check the box that says "email follow-up comments to..." in the comment form. If you did that and I still didn't answer your question, I'm sorry! Sometimes I get distracted. Well, a lot actually. Sometimes I'm functioning on dangerously low caffeine levels. Just ask again, or you can always email me at me(at)larissaholland(dot)com.

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Q. If I send you my fabulous product for free, will you give it a rave review on one of your posts? *wink wink*

A. Everyone likes free stuff. No guarantees I will post anything about it. This is a personal blog. I don't post about things that aren't meaningful to me or that I'm not truly jazzed about. It's all about me. (Circling head with index finger)

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Q. I'd love to post about one of your projects. Can I link to your blog/borrow a photo of it?

A. Links are always welcome, thank you! If you would like to borrow one of my photos, I'm happy for you to if you play along with the rules: Please only borrow a photo or two of a completed project. No in progress or tutorial photos/diagrams. And please always credit me with the photo, Larissa Holland, and provide a link to mmmcrafts.blogspot.com. Thanks.

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Q. Can I republish one of your posts on my blog? I'll provide a link and everything.

A. Nope nope nope, thanks. I appreciate your interest and your links, but keep all my posts right here at ol' mmmcrafts.

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Q. {Your frequently wondered question here}

A. {My pithy and possibly amusing answer here. Leave a comment below to start that ball rolling.}

13 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing the OM* button, I will be posting that asap!

    I hear ya on crafting winning over house work!

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  2. First of all, a compliment. You make lovely things. And you share them, which I appreciate.

    Secondly, a request. Last year you had a link to a tutorial on making retro stars on your left sidebar. Any chance you still have the link to that, because I've been thinking about it for a year?

    Thanks.

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  3. Ruth M, Hey there, and thank you. Alas, I took off the retro star link when a helpful reader said it was broken. It's now a private blog. Here is a link to it from How About Orange, maybe you can swing an invitation.
    http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2006/12/retro-star-instructions.html

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  4. No question, only comment: Those baby bunnies are the most adorable things I've ever seen.

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    1. Hey, HiLLjO, even though this isn't a question I still have a reply: a big THANK YOU! What a sweet thing to say.

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  5. I was curious to know where you buy your felt - none of the craft stores in my area have a good color selection and since you use it often (it seems) I figured you had found a place with good colors or a good price or both. Thanks!!

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  6. Hi, none!
    That's an oft-asked question. I think I'll add it to the FAQ! See above for your answer.

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  7. Hi Larissa
    I bought your Binky Bunny pattern some time ago and finally had some time to sit down and make one which I slightly tweaked as Masquerade Ball Bunny. I shared it and my blog and have referred you and your shop for the pattern. If you are curious my Bunny turned out..here is my blog:http://notaisihati.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/mmmcrafts/. God Bless from Melbourne, Australia

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    1. notaishati, your bunny, mask and tutu turned out super cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Hey there! :)
    I just wanted to let you know that your blog is awsome! :D I can't wait to try out things and see more^^

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    1. Jessica, how nice! So glad you like it here. Thank you!

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  9. I love your simple, straightforward witness for Christ, sister! Oh, and your designs are beautiful, too...

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    1. Hi, Junetta! Thanks so much for being my Barnabas today! I try to wear my faith on my sleeve and give the glory to God. Thanks for the encouragement!

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