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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Let me Make Your Craft on: September 12, 2004 06:41:54 AM
Whenever I have to think outside the box, I instantly think of vessels. LOL!! Have fun with it and anything at all will be much appreciated. I could keep doing swaps like this for years, I'm such a packrat!!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Let me Make Your Craft on: September 09, 2004 01:30:29 PM
Help section says we can't post pictures, we can only post links to images hosted elsewhere, so I have a jpeg of the items I sent out at http://www.art4change.com/makemycraft.htm if anyone's interested.

There's a dyelite (similar to styrofoam) body, two face cabs I made of polymer clay, some wooden beads, jet glass oval cabs,  cut glass iridized green tiles (they look black in the scan), prints of a couple ATC digitals I've been working on, some persimmon orange art felt, and some blackish brown looped fiber. It'll be interesting to see what my partner does with this stuff Smiley I actually have 50 of the 6" bodies that I purchased on an eBay impulse and never knew what to do with. LOL!!

Take care,
Lauri Jean Crowe
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Unusual beads for rosaries on: August 28, 2004 12:48:35 PM
Diane,

Thank you for the link. Alas, I am working on updates and revisions with the site this weekend, so things will be a bit haywire for a while. I guess I should have posted something to that on my homepage. Thanks. Lauri Jean
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:Internet craft businesses: taxes? on: August 24, 2004 07:24:41 PM
heehee, thanks much!  Yup, I've been working on my inventory lately and have building up my website while figuring out all of the legal stuff.  I might consider doing ebay first though, just to test the waters  Cheesy

eBay is great for testing the waters on new product lines, even if you sell them elsewhere. It gives you a good minimum of what the "flea" market will bear for items. You can use eBay sales as a baseline of what people are willing to pay and then go with that or mark it up for more of a retail thing. For craft items you can get a lot of special order requests and wholesale bulk requests through eBay, but I agree it is the smaller less pricey items or the way over the top expensive ones that do best. I've done best with selling parts to create crafts, rather than finished crafts.
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Freecycle on: August 21, 2004 07:12:30 PM
Connie -

Thanks so much for mentioning the cell phones. I do fundraisers for a local chapter of NephCure dedicated to kidney research and we are collecting cells and printer cartridges. I never thought of listing that want on the Freecycle list for my area. You may have just helped us get more funds for our program, and helped people suffering from nephrotic syndrome and FSGS. Thanks so much.
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Let me make your craft (Swap sign-up date: 08/20/04 to 08/30/04) on: August 20, 2004 01:29:54 PM
Have sent you my info and am collecting tidbits as we speak.... Smiley
7  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: protocal for charitable crafting on: August 20, 2004 01:15:08 PM
I do the payments to the charity quarterly. For example, I donate a certain amount for each of my eBay auctions/store items that sells. Then I just paypal a payment directly. When my sonmade a bunch of angel pins he made $49 and we just sent the payment when they had sold. It all depends on what you're doing. For me, I decided on quarterly as I am working with just the NephCure Foundation and it makes accounting simpler for me. I do keep records of what comes in, costs to list and shipping, etc. just like you would a business because it makes things smoother -- and I often use my craft/art business as a venue for selling them so need to keep it seperated out in case of a tax audit. I know others who just use the honor system and don't keep records. Problem is, without records you could always get audited and have to pay taxes on all of that -- which would defeat the whole purpose. Do contact me, if you do enough you may want to do your own non-profit so you can deduct all auction expenses, etc. I am looking into it.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Re: ATC questions on: August 20, 2004 01:08:10 PM
I got my xyron machine at 50% off through Joanne's. If you sign up to receive their mailing they send you coupons 40-50% off one item about once a month.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Selling crafts on e-bay... on: August 20, 2004 05:45:58 AM
Ebay selling is kind of a toss up. I have a storefront there that you can get for under $10/month and listing fees as little as 3 cents, so what I do is mix auctions and store items and cross promote the store in the auction listings. Usually I sell just enough in the store to cover the fee of it once the other fees are taken into account, and have been debating whether its a good tool or not. On auctions it widely varies. Sometimes I will get a ridiculously high price like $20 for a face cab I pulled from one of my molds and it took less than 2 minutes to make, other times a detailed pendant which took me hours and multiple bakings will sell for the .99NR I started listing it at. Eventually you get repeat customers though (I've been doing it just a few months). and I have gotten wholesale bids from my eBay site. Keywords are definitely important, and you have to be willing to constantly come up with new ideas and then stick firm on your base prices on some things to make money.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Unusual beads for rosaries on: August 20, 2004 05:27:23 AM
If you want earthy looking beads try herbal imbeds in polymer clay. If you contact me I will be happy to give you some tips and pointers. You can get great faux stone results. Also, you might want to check eBay for bead lots. I've gotten some great finds that way or even try your hand at making rose petal beads (although this is very time consuming).
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