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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Resizing pictures for website on: March 18, 2007 10:41:45 PM
I'm a newbie to website building. I finally got my website back up but it is soooooo sloooow to load my pictures. They are huge files. I'm not really understanding how to optimize pictures for quick downloading without sacrificing quality.

What exactly is the difference between dpi, pixel size and resolution size anyway? I thought I could use the same pictures I use for my Etsy shop since they have been resized but apparently it's not the same thing.

And I'm using Publisher right now, which isn't really optimal for websites and has limited capabilities for resizing photos for web use.

Thanks for any help or advice!

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Tastey nuggets of entrepreneurial advice on: November 06, 2006 09:48:46 AM
I came across this e-book about a week ago and thought I'd pass it on. They used to charge for it but now it's free. It's a few years old now so some things seem out-of-date as the web changes so darn fast. But it's HUGE. And the author answers a lot of questions about just about every aspect of e-biz. It just takes a while to sift through it all.
http://myss.sitesell.com/

That book is a full meal, not a nugget but I thought this might be a good place to post books, articles, websites and other info that addresses a lot of e-commerce and small biz questions in a bit more depth than pearls of wisdom. Having it all in one place would be a nice little reference library!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Anyone use affiliate programs? on: September 13, 2006 09:03:10 AM
I've been toying with the idea of having book and music recommendations on my website with the Amazon and Tower Records affiliate programs. Has anyone tried something like this? These two don't charge for their programs up front. Is it worth the effort? Do you make anything from it or is it just pennies? What other types of (free) affiliates have you tried? I'm going to do it mainly for more content on my site, not for big bucks or anything.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / How did your shows go? on: August 29, 2006 08:13:46 AM
With so many people here getting ready for their first shows I was wondering how they all went? First timers and veterans. If it was your first show how did it go? Did it go smoothly or did your tent blow away? Did you sell everything or just enough to make back your costs? Did you enjoy it or was it stressful? Was it a large juried show or a small, farmers market type show? Did you feel your crafts fit in well with the fair in general? What did you learn from your first experience? Do you consider it a success?

Share your stories!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need fortunes for fortune cookies! on: August 18, 2006 07:42:25 AM
Help! I make these cute little fabric fortune cookies (they open and close with a snap, reusable) but I can't find any good fortunes to put in them. I thought it would be easy finding all those corny and goofy fortunes but I've had little success.

I want fourtunes, short quotes - funny and serious, general witticisms and anything that might be cool or funny to find in a fortune cookie. (I've been to many quotation libraries on line but the quotes are tooooo long and take forever to sift through)

Anyone care to share? Or know of a site that has a bunch? I know everyone out there has saved at least one good fortune at one time or another. Especially the ones that are really funny when you add "in bed" at the end!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Missing fabric website on: August 15, 2006 08:02:03 AM
I'm sure someone has already posted this website somewhere but I just came across it and got so excited I had to share. http://www.missingfabrics.com/index.htm This is a sort of fabric lost and found. Run out of fabric for a project? Post a pic here! Have a great stash and want to share? Browse to see if you can help. Pretty darn neat if you ask me!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Talk me in to donating all my yarn! on: August 14, 2006 09:07:37 AM
Several years ago I had the ambitious idea of starting and needlepoint chart design business and I wanted to stitch each design to be sure they really worked. Now, fellow stitchers, what is wrong with this picture? How fast can YOU stitch? I think I completed 2 designs of the 20 I made in a year. It just takes TOO DARN LONG. Well I needlepointed for years and years and I've since moved on to a new addiction, I mean, hobby.

SO, I now have almost 50 fat, yummy 1/4 lb hanks in a trunk. I just had a lame yard sale and no one even LOOKED at the yarn (can you BELIEVE it??). Stores won't buy it because of dye lots etc and it's several years old now.

Now I'm torn. I do I sell it on ebay and make a tidy profit or donate it to a local retirement center? I could really use the cash (each hank sells for around $10 but you probably already know that) since my new hobby has been putting me in the hole for about a year. But I'm also lazy and I love to donate things and I could use some good karma points. We have a lot of retirement homes around that would probably enjoy it.

You can tell by the topic title that I already kind of know what I'm going to do but I need a little coaxing to part with up to $500 in yarn! It buurrrns! It is the right thing to do, right? (Already having withdraw tremors)
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