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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! on: November 12, 2006 01:56:29 PM
I have been reading and reading and reading through all (or at least, most of) these replies.  There are so many great ideas here, but I haven't found any yet that strike me as appropriate for my man, and I need to give him a Chanukah present.  He is an adorable geeky boy.  He is pretty hard to shop for, so I'd really like to make him something.  Problem is, I'm a beader...and he doesn't really wear jewelry.  Anyone have any ideas for beaded gifts for guys?  I'm open to other things, too; but I don't sew or knit, and I'd need something I could learn how to do really easily. 

A little about him:
-He's a professor, working on his PhD in Shakespeare & film.
-He plays guitar reeeeally well, but hasn't been playing much lately.
-He loves music.
-He's far "mushier" than I am (meaning that while a mushy gift would be OK for him, I don't really want to go there--but I could consider some slightly mushy stuff, just nothing over-the-top).  Tongue
-He loves moose.  Yes, moose.  His whole family has a weird moose obsession.
-His family's nickname for him is "Moo."
-He wears a fanny pack, which we affectionately call the FOD (Fanny pack Of Doom)--I would love to make him some sort of decoration for it, if I could only think of what to make!

I really want to make him a mix CD, but I feel like that's something I'd do for him anyway; I don't know how to make it special enough to be a Chanukah gift.  (Oy vey.) Wink We've been together for just short of a year now.  He's in his 30s.  I don't have a lot of pics of the 2 of us yet, so not much to do along those lines.  Undecided

Help?
22  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Beading with a social conscience, part II on: December 09, 2004 07:12:58 PM
Well, I've finally gone and done it.  I've started an online fair trade bead shop (called The Fair Trade Bead Shoppe, appropriately enough).   Wink  It's at www.fairtradebeads. com if you'd like to have a look.

The beads are beautiful, and I'm so glad I'm doing this because in general it's been very hard to actually get the beads--someone not out to run a bead store wouldn't have the patience.  And what the heck is the point of fair trade if it isn't accessible?

For those who are unacquainted with the fair trade movement, there's a little description on the Bead Shoppe web site; but the basics, as far as I'm concerned, are that by buying fair trade you can assure that the bead makers are being paid adequately and treated well.  I'm not out to promote (or support) suffering.

So I've spent the past few months procuring fair trade, ethically made (maybe 1 step short of fair trade, or just haven't gotten the certification yet), and vintage beads for the store.  Business is going well...for a teeny-tiny startup that I've done very little advertising for as yet.  Wink

Please visit the site if you'd like, and try to spread the word if you would like to support the cause.  Hopefully one day we can get more of the bead industry to go fair trade (yes, my aim is to put myself out of business!).   Cheesy
23  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / HGTV "Crafters Coast to Coast" on: December 09, 2004 06:59:42 PM
Has anyone else ever been on this show, or know anyone who has?  They sent me an e-mail a few weeks ago saying they were coming to my area and wanted to know if I was interested.  They came and taped me on Monday.   Smiley  I am really excited about it! 

I'm curious to know what others' experiences have been, if they were happy with how their segment of the show actually turned out, if they got lots of customers from it or not, etc etc.  I won't be on until sometime in or after March of 2005, and I don't get to see anything before that.  *gulp*  In fact, they're not even going to let me know when "my" show will be on--I'll have to keep checking.  That's kind of a bummer.

But...yay!   Grin
24  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Displaying hair accessories on: October 07, 2004 09:51:08 AM
I have my first craft fair coming up on Sept. 11, and I'm looking for those little card sort of things to sell my hair accessories on. I'm looking for something kind of like the earring cards at: http://www.thunderbirdsupply.com , but for hair supplies (like the cardboard that sets of bobby pins come on at the store, but for only one or two pairs) . Does anyone know where I could find such a thing (cheaply, if possible)?

That's a good question.  Please let me know if you find them anywhere.  What I do, for now, is use a thick ribbon to clip barrettes onto for display purposes.  It looks pretty nice that way.
25  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Cash Boxes on: October 07, 2004 09:49:05 AM
I have a cash box.  It didn't cost me much at all.  I think it all depends on your situation...For me, personally, it works much better that way.  I don't want to have to carry all my money around on my person, and that is my personal preference; but I also sit or stand behind my table, my cash box is hidden by my displays, and I rarely if ever take my eyes off it.  When I'm feeling particularly conscientious, I even have a cord that I can use to attach it to the table--so no one could actually take the box itself without taking the table, too.  Wink

And I never leave my booth unattended.
26  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / Re: We got our craft on, and how! on: October 07, 2004 07:02:10 AM
I hate to be a bit of a damper but...next year, is there any way you could try to make Crafty Bastards on a weekend where there isn't so much else going on?  (If it's possible...I know there are a lot of craft fairs at this time of year, but, for example, I don't think there are any in this area on the 16...)  I was at the Ballston Art Market that day, where I usually do very well; and people just weren't there.  My guess is that it was because of CB, Art on the Avenue (in Alexandria), and the weather...But seeing as how the Ballston Art Market is always the first Saturday of the month, well, stuff like this happens. 

So you can ignore me if you want.  Wink  But if you could keep that in mind, please do.

Thanks!
27  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Koolaid/Capri Sun Bags - copyright issues w/selling? on: August 20, 2004 01:27:02 PM
Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum, but have been luring for several days now - it's fantastic!

Anyways, I've been making those trendy Koolaid/Capri-Sun handbags for friends, family, and a few neighborhood kids this summer. Many people have said I should definitely sell them at some local craft fairs this Fall. But my question is will I get in "trouble" for selling an item made from a copyrighted product like KoolAid Jammers or Capri Sun juice boxes?

So far all I've done is charge people for the materials, and its all been a "private" exchange - not publicly selling them for profit, I mean.

Any thoughts? Do any of you use copyrighted products in the crafts you sell at fairs? Thanks so much for your input!

Ditto what girlypirate said.  If you were just using Kool-Aid or Capri Sun's brand names or imaging, that would be copyright infringement.  But using their actual products is just fine.  Smiley

Lex
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: I got a real life consignment offer... now I'm unsure of what to do! on: August 20, 2004 01:23:53 PM
You seem to be on the right track.  However, one of the biggest problems with selling on consignment is making sure that you get paid!  Are you located anywhere near this store (assuming that it's not just an online store)?  If not, things get a bit more difficult, since you can't stop in and harrass them.  Wink  In any case, make sure that you have a consignment agreement that is signed both by you and the store owner, and hang onto it.  This will help to make sure that you get whatever money is owed you.

Lex
29  UNITED STATES / Maryland / "Crafters for Kerry" craft fair on: August 20, 2004 10:32:19 AM
I am a Democrat and want to be able to donate something to the Kerry-Edwards campaign, but I am also an impoverished artisan.  Wink  So I've been thinking about organizing a craft fair for which 25% of the proceeds would go to the Kerry-Edwards campaign.  Possible dates are the first Sunday in October, or the second weekend in October.

Would anyone else be interested in participating?  I want to do this in a venue that attracts people anyway, so we'd have some automatic potential customers.  Wink  I am a volunteer for the campaign, and there are quite a few of us around here; and you can post events to benefit the campaign on the Kerry web site, so I'm sure we'd get some customers from there as well.

I still don't know where the venue would be (I'm in Arlington; it would definitely be a place in the DC Metro area), or if we'd have to pay to rent one out, since I don't know what the date would be yet (it depends on others' availability).  If we do have to rent a venue, we'll need to all split the costs.

Please let me know if you're interested!  You can reply here, or send me an e-mail at lex@lexscreations.com.

Thanks!  Smiley
Alexis

(posted on the DC and VA boards, too)
30  UNITED STATES / Washington, D.C. / "Crafters for Kerry" craft fair on: August 20, 2004 10:31:37 AM
I am a Democrat and want to be able to donate something to the Kerry-Edwards campaign, but I am also an impoverished artisan.  Wink  So I've been thinking about organizing a craft fair for which 25% of the proceeds would go to the Kerry-Edwards campaign.  Possible dates are the first Sunday in October, or the second weekend in October.

Would anyone else be interested in participating?  I want to do this in a venue that attracts people anyway, so we'd have some automatic potential customers.  Wink  I am a volunteer for the campaign, and there are quite a few of us around here; and you can post events to benefit the campaign on the Kerry web site, so I'm sure we'd get some customers from there as well.

I still don't know where the venue would be (I'm in Arlington; it would definitely be a place in the DC Metro area), or if we'd have to pay to rent one out, since I don't know what the date would be yet (it depends on others' availability).  If we do have to rent a venue, we'll need to all split the costs.

Please let me know if you're interested!  You can reply here, or send me an e-mail at lex@lexscreations.com.

Thanks!  Smiley
Alexis

(posted to the VA and MD boards, too)
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