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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can I use screenprinting paints as regular fabric paint? on: June 17, 2004 12:21:56 PM
I am using speedball paints.

Do I have to do anything to heat set it afterwards so the paints don't wash out?

Thanks,
Maria
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Can I use screenprinting paints as regular fabric paint? on: June 11, 2004 08:31:42 PM
have any of you used screenprinting paints as regular fabric paints - just brushed on and left to dry?

Do these need to be cured in any way? I don't know much about screenprinting and couldn't find this answer anywhere.

Thanks,
Maria
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:Has anyone else gotten a "payment reversal" from a Paypal buyer? on: April 12, 2004 06:35:22 PM
I have had a chargeback from Paypal, but it didnt go through because I had proof of delivery (It was an expensive item on ebay and I made sure I sent it registered mail).

Now is this person claiming they never received it, or that their credit card was charged without their knowledge?

If it's them saying they never received it, then you will need proof of delivery. If you sent it by Priority Post, you should have it. If you didn't, you're out of luck.

If they are claiming their card was wrongly charged, then you have a fight on your hands, probably one you can't win.  If you shipped to a confirmed address, this may be proof that you did ship it to them. But still I have seen credit card companies do chargebacks against Paypal, who of course come after the seller for the money.

Send Paypal any proof you may have.


4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / What is crafting felt made of? on: April 08, 2004 11:44:31 AM
Hi,

I am trying to figure out what felt is made of. It's the crafting felt that you buy at any arts/crafts store.

Is it polyester" Acrylic? Or wool? I have no idea!

Thanks,
Maria
5  CANADA / Ontario / Canada Day Craft Show at Jimmy Simpson on: April 08, 2004 06:32:49 AM
In my neighbourhood in Toronto I have begun to see notices posted up calling for crafters for this event.

I remember going last year and there didn't seem to much buying action, but it still might be worth checking out if you have some lower priced items (I dont think higher priced goods would sell). Or maybe you want to try your hand at a craft fair and this might be a good show to start at.

Most of the items for sale were jewellery and kid's stuff. Dog stuff might be good too.

Maria
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / So how do you make a web banner exactly? on: April 07, 2004 07:46:40 PM
Hi,

I'm trying to figure out how to make a web banner. Is it just my logo in gif format, and the person putting it on their links page adds the html?

I'm not quite sure what to do.

Maria
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Spam and e-commerce sites on: April 03, 2004 04:30:09 PM
Since I've had my site up, Ive been getting lots of spam in my email. Almost all of them are for logo companies Like I would buy anything from a spam email, let alone make a business decision based on them!

What is the best way to keep them from getting my email and stopping the spam? Is it ok to do a clickable phrase, like Contact Me, or should I spell it out like "info at urbandestiny.com"?

Thanks,
Maria
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:Introduction on: April 02, 2004 10:31:03 PM
Hey UB,

Welcome!

Those are great ideas you have, but I think it may be too much for one, even two people.

Can you start with a core idea, like the wedding/event planning, and slowly branch out from there? (I call it The Baby Steps Approach to Business!)

After you have your event planning business underway, you can introduce the other services (like giftbaskets) as a value-added service for events.

You will be spreading yourself thin and never really have the time to devote to any one area if you take on too many tasks. Also, you may confuse potential customers who never may figure out what your business is about.

Were you planning on designing the brochures/business cards? I would contract them out and just consult with the designers/printers.

My advice (since you asked!) would be to decide what you really would like to do, do market research to see if it's viable, and concentrate on that. I'm sure some of the craftsters here will tell you that running a soap/printing/woodworking business is a full time job in of itself.

I don't mean to discourage you - just the opposite.  I think if you try to do too much, you will be overwhelmed and may end up failing, when a focused business has a better chance of succeeding.
 
To me, it seems like the event planning is a great idea, and the gift basket and the invitation printing a valuable add on.

I think you have the beginnings of a great business idea.People today are time-poor, and any business that addresses this can be a definite success.

Good luck,
Maria
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re:Sewing Machine / Serger Recommendations on: April 02, 2004 08:40:13 AM
I too am contemplating getting a sewing machine, and I know absolutely nothing about them.

I am looking for a basic machine. (What exactly is a serger?).

What features can I get away with on a beginner machine, and what would be nice to have if it's not too expensive, if I get over my needle through the thumb phobia?

For now I am mainly looking to sew patches and fabrics on bags and fabrics. I probably won't be constructing any clothing/bags from a pattern.

I'm liking the pink one...

Thanks,
Maria
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re:The fetosoap.com Online Store is live! on: April 01, 2004 08:55:22 PM
Right now it's just tote bags mainly, with set designs and some personalized.

here is my website:

www.urbandestiny.com

maria
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