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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Start saying goodbye to organic food! on: March 09, 2009 03:59:21 PM
Looks like the govt is pushing through some seriously flawed legislation. There's a bill in committee right now that I'm sure will get a vote because it's a response to the recent "peanut deaths". The language is so general and the reach so broad that organic and other safe and small farmers will be forced into chemicals and vaccines and other stuff, rendering organic and natural farms obsolete. These smaller farms cannot afford the additional equipment, supplies, lawyers, "experts" (govt-approved ones, of course), and workers needed to comply with such outrageous requirements.

If you care about the food you eat, I urge you to contact your reps now while it's still in committee. If it gets put up for a vote, it just plainly will be too late to stop it.

Read more, and links to the bill at my blog http://www.craftychefgraphicsblog.com/2009/03/new-cpsia-gubmint-is-taking-over-food.html. Sorry, it's too much to put all the links in here, I've been passing this word around several places.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Matching bag accessories - good idea, bad idea? on: February 07, 2009 05:32:58 AM
I personally love matching stuff with a bag, what do you guys think? I'm only doing cashless/card wallets and not more complicated ones because I can spend hours looking for the perfect wallet for myself and not find anything (I actually only carry a card wallet because I never carry cash anymore anyway), so  making a matching cash/change/card wallets have me in a bit of a conundrum.

Would you want just the bag, having a pile of your own accessories you'd want to use, or are you interested in matching stuff?
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / My first handbags critiquey time! on: October 05, 2008 05:21:46 AM
I am really excited to have gotten my new sewing machine out of its precious box (almost broke it getting it out - yippee!) and slapping together some cool bags. The material I used here were actually some dollar store vinyl-front pillows I thought were really cool. On the hot dog one I was going to put buttons on the ends of the handles, but sort of liked how the stitching added to the kitsch of it. What do you think? These are all reinforced stitching with interfacing and pockets and are rock solid bags. Picture below, but the link here will show back and insides (sort of; I didn't have an extra pair of hands to hold the bag open!):

http://s127.photobucket.com/albums/p140/chefmargt2e/The%20Pocket%20Shop%20at%20Etsy/



4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Anybody want a free logo/biz card design and Etsy banner/avatar? on: June 29, 2008 04:46:06 AM
Yes - free. I design, and you get all the graphics you need for an Etsy banner and avatar, plus your logo graphics in various formats, and a biz card layout you can take to a printer ( (pre-determined, because in printing, size matters).

First two who are serious get the work done. If you want to see my work, you can go to my etsy shop http://craftlicker.etsy.com which is quite small now, or go to the into the pan link in my sig to see my other graphic work. I've been in business for quite a while, so you'll be in good hands.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What materials/design do you use for marketing your business? on: June 24, 2008 08:28:33 AM
I decided I don't love food and cooking most, but actually share my love with crafty stuff, so I've plunked down a new etsy shop and will offer lots of stuff (graphic design, pre-made graphics, buttons, and will do some laser printing of marketing materials also).

OK, so here's an example of a pre-made design package:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12825415

I've put a bit of thought into it, but obviously I'm not going to fit every need out there. Now for the questions:

1. Is the current package interesting, attractive, and practical?

2. What would you like to see that isn't included? Feel free to be specific to your own business need.

3. If there was an added option (like the font or color change option, not necessarily a different product size or shape), what would you like it to be?

Thanks in advance for helping me out!
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / What the H am I doing wrong?? on: May 13, 2007 06:38:54 AM
So I bought the inkjet transfers from bestblanks, the regular light shirt stuff and the addl white stuff for dark tees.

Bought 50/50 cotton/poly shirts which they say are OK to use with their transfers.

I followed the home iron instructions exactly - EXACTLY for the light shirts. Even used foil under in case my iron wasn't hot enough.

After the initial time, I attempt to remove the paper backing. Well, heck this paper is stuck like glue to the transfer. It's stuck better to the transfer than the transfer is stuck to the shirt.

I tried a couple of others using various ironing times and situations. Each time the transfer would not be separated from the paper backing.

Anybody have a clue what's going on? There was no response from the bb guys.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need those zipper pull clip things on: April 18, 2007 01:37:54 PM
Geez, I don't know what they're called, but I'm looking only for the part that's shaped like a squat bowling pin (or at least the outline of it, since it's just bended metal), and clips onto your whatever-you're-using-as-the-pull. What are they called, or better yet, where can I buy them online? Many thanks! I can't find these in any local craft store and can't for the life of me give an appropriate name to them!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Critique my holiday card offerings on: September 17, 2006 08:29:13 AM
Sure, they're all food subjects, but in an objective sense, what do you all think of my holiday offerings for this year? My market is chefs and foodies, and being one myself, I have a fairly ready-made audience.

Do I offer enough styles? Pricing?

http://www.intothepan.com/page/groovy-greetings/christmas-slash-holiday-cards
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Recipe for Digital Happiness on: May 11, 2006 04:19:53 AM
Recently I've been adding more "art" to my clip art site, and though it's not hand-drawn, it's all original. What do you think?

http://cardsandcooking.com///4
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / In search of an adhesive on: August 01, 2005 04:58:06 AM
I'm looking for an adhesive that will stick to the back of duct tape, which I assume is some sort of vinyl. In any case, there's oil in it, which makes it slick.

Please don't "guess"; E6000 doesn't work, and I've tried many other things. If you've got an answer on this one, or another way you've solved the problem, I welcome your advice!
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