Saturday, February 13, 2010

Am I Nuts?

I just purchased a Silhouette SD Die Cutter from at a really good price. I rationalized it by saying if I make and sell 60 6-inch vinyl stickers at $5 each It'll pay for itself. That's perfectly reasonable, right? (On second thought, I may be asking the wrong people about this. haha) I chose this machine over the others available because it can use fonts already in my computer and it'll let me design my own shapes instead of always needing expensive cartridges. Those cartridges and stuff are what has kept me from getting a die cutter in the past. I don't scrapbook, but I've wanted one for stickers and stencil creation.

This is part of my scheme to make a bunch of things to sell at the Arkansas Fiber Arts Extravaganza this year. I've been a vendor there two years in a row, and packing store inventory to up the mountain is kind of a pain in the rear. Last year my best selling items were more gift things and do-dads than yarn or fiber, so this year I'm thinking my booth will be almost all gifts and do-dads.

I want to make a bunch of yarn bowls, stoneware buttons and pendants, one inch pins, resin pendants, have some travel mugs (which I buy from a place), some screen printed bags, the stickers, Addi Turbo knitting needles, ball winders, swifts, and a few high end knitting bags like Jordana Paige and Namaste. I can pack all that stuff up the night before so it's ready to go as soon as the shop closes on Friday, get to the location pretty early, and have plenty of time to relax in the cabin with my friends instead of spending the evening running around like a chicken with her head cut off trying to get the booth set up before they kick us out of the show space at 9PM to lock up. I'm thinking if I work on making things all year I should have enough come the first week of December, and it'll make Craft or Bust more interesting since I'll be working on a variety of things all year.


Cynthia said...

Gosh, that machine sounds so cool (I went to the site) that I want one myself and I have NO USE for it. Since you have sensible plans for it you are one up on me!

Elabeth said...

See, if you come up with a plan to justify it to yourself you can have one too! haha