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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Deranged (Gothic) Dorothy ...and her little (skeleton) dog, too... [IMG HVY] on: November 09, 2010 05:14:20 AM
I love this - never heard of a gothic Dorothy before - fabulous outfit and Kansas will never seem the same.

Babs.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Pirate, Mermaid, and Protector of the sea on: November 09, 2010 05:11:38 AM
That pho on the swing is fabulous - I just lovethe idea of "a mermaid with pants so I can walk run and jump" - isn't the world of possibility where our kids live just fantastic  Smiley

Great job on the outfits.

Babs.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Lacy Cropped Cardi on: October 26, 2010 05:51:34 AM
You've done a great job there, I love the way the cardy hangs on you - real sign of quality  Wink

IT's great to see a project so well finished, I really value this because I had a real hard time with procrastinating especially when I began to get near the end. I finally got sorted when I discovered the free tips from a UK coach called Anth Quinn - you can find them here if you're interested. http://www.stopprocrastinatinghow.com/ I went though the whole series and loved tham  Cheesy

I'll look forward to seeing your next project completed - thank you for the inspiration.

Babs.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to make an oil based lotion on: August 31, 2010 02:17:10 AM
If you need a natural emulsifier, for a water in oil emulsion then you could experiment a beeswax/borax combination both are entirely natural and will give good results.

If it's a little gritty you just need to add a little more beeswax.

Hope this helps,

B.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What weird meals have you made while totally broke? on: July 15, 2010 02:47:19 AM
Cous cous and a tin of mackerel.  Tongue

Started off because cheap and quick - but, I got to like it because I noticed I felt like an explorer when huddled over it. Seems I relish "controlled" hardship.

Babs.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Where can I sell my crafts/supplies? on: July 12, 2010 05:09:53 AM
If you're creating nichy items then one great strategy is to look for non-competing joint ventures. Get together with a few friends and brainstorm out as many different types of business and professionals that your items align with.

Then call in and see them, and ask if they'd like to try a few items on sale or return. Offer the first few a VERY HEALTHY commision - say 70% of your profit. Then once you've got them in their outlets, you can use them as testimonials for future partners and lower your commision rates to new partners

Hope this helps,

Babs.
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Bath and Beauty Featured Member--smittenheart! on: July 12, 2010 05:03:58 AM
Congratulations on being highlighted, looking through your projects it's obvious you've worked hard and developed your gifts. I just love your shrimp sushi bag  Smiley

Well done more pics please - inspirational

Babs.

8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Facebook fan pages as a promo tool on: July 07, 2010 05:09:11 AM
Many people have set up facebook groups and found they get no workfrom the. But, Facebook can be a great way to build up leads who might be interested in your products and one new development is turning your fan page into a squeeze page (like a lots of websites do now) basically you offer the people who come to your page and "ethical bribe" and they give you there email address in return.

I have friends who have used facebook to build huge mailing lists using this strategy. The key is understanding what would be valuable for the people interested in your market.

So if for example you knit baby clothes and sell, maybe you could offer "7 great tips to saving money when buying baby clothes" etc.

It's important that you add real value here as you are intending to build an ongoing relationship with the people who sign up with you.

Then you've got to get the word out to bring visitors to your pages.

Depending how techy you this can be done reasonably easily If not you could hire a coder from elance.com

Have fun.

Babs

PS: The more specific you are with who your Target market are, the better you'll do ;o)








9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best beading websites? on: July 05, 2010 08:33:17 AM
Personally I like to shop at car boots, local craft stalls and hunt around the backstreets for theat elusive beady heaven.  Roll Eyes But http://www.jewelrysupply.com/ seem to be the biggest on the internet if you need to order from a distance.

Babs
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: A Beginner's Supplies.. on: July 05, 2010 08:28:26 AM
Can I hop onto your thread and ask if anyone knows of a place to find a bead spinner (do these actually work?) for less than $50?  Can I make one?

I think bead spinners are an aquired taste but if you haven't got one already just search on amazon they have them for around $25 Smiley

Babs
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