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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: A few pieces (4 images) on: November 16, 2009 04:34:05 PM
i agree with the macro setting. see if your camera has an icon that looks like a little tulip. i also find lighting things with a bright desk lamp or something helps.

beautiful stuff, i love the earrings!
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Looking for Feedback on Website/Product Packaging on: November 15, 2009 08:11:57 PM
thanks. the names are meant to be bolded. i can't make sub-categories unless i pay for an upgraded site. as is i get 5 pages, although i could organize stuff by category.  as i make more product i'll take pictures for each flavour, right now i dont have much stock, but will be canning all summer. i just wanted to get the site going now when im not that busy and also to give myself some credibility when dealing with people.

thanks for the comments on the packaging! i'm so happy with it. i was showing it to my brother today and he said "it looks old-fashioned...but sort of modern because it's so simple." if my brother can grasp my aesthetic concept then i think i did well Tongue
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Photo Fogginess on: November 14, 2009 03:57:47 PM
the OP is old, but if your camera has a "macro" setting, the icon is usually a little tulip, your pictures will be a lot clearer and more detailed.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Looking for Feedback on Website/Product Packaging on: November 14, 2009 01:05:37 PM
hey all, i launched my website for my preserve company last night and i'm super excited about it. i need to take and add more pictures and what not but i'm off to a good start.

http://www.sweetandsourpreserves.com

next summer i'll pay to have that add removed, but i wont really be selling anything until then (going to make preserves all spring/summer and sell in the fall/winter).

i also made a mock-up for my jars today and i'm pretty happy with it.

lovely modeled by a jar of rosemary apple jelly.

it's grey cardstock with raspberry writing, and raspberry paper ribbon. I'm going for a simple, old fashioned asthetic. The circle on top of the lid has the flavour, amount (250ml) and refrigerate after opening. on one side of the tag it has the company name, moto and website. the other has info about how our produce is locally sourced and the ingredients of that particular flavour.

in the future i may replace the piece of card stock on top of the jar with refrigerator proof round labels but they are too expensive at the moment. the shipping to canada is a killer!

anyway thanks for your advice and comments!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Realizing selling crafts isn't for you... on: October 24, 2009 12:31:43 PM
i think its totally fair. crafts, when done to unwind, on your own timeline is an awesome de-stresser. trying to make stock, attend craft sales, and make the same thing over and over again is not relaxing!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Business Name thread - Get opinions and ideas about names for your business! on: October 23, 2009 10:29:48 PM
i'm starting a jam/jelly/preserve/pickle company and my name is:

SWEET & SOUR PRESERVE COMPANY

because the two main ingredients in preserves is sugar and vinegar Smiley i added the "company" because i want a bit of an old timey feel, like you could buy it at a general store, but the sweet and sour keeps it fresh i thing.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / tips for starting up your own jam/preserve business on: October 23, 2009 10:10:49 PM
hey all,
i'm wondering if any of you have started your own preserve business?

I am currently working on getting things set up. I am writing a food safety exam so i'll be certified by the province, and I am calling around to local churches that have kitchens which are certified and inspected.

i plan to sell my jams, jellies, pickles and preserves and craft fairs and farmers markets as well as Etsy. There is also a few food delivery services which i might consider approaching once i am able to produce larger volume. My Niche is that i am using exclusively locally grown fruits and veggies in my product.  local food is extremely important to me and i love to preserve so why not make some money at it!

anyway i'm wondering if any of you have a similar business and what advice you may have. how much product should i make in my first year? is it better to hit up a few large (and expensive vendor fees) craft sales, or smaller community ones? what about pricing? i am thinking $5 (canadian) for 8oz jars of jams, jellies etc and $7 for 16 oz jars of salsa, pickles, apple sauce etc.

thanks for your advice!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: manual credit card imprinter on: October 23, 2009 09:54:24 PM
my mom used to do those home parties selling table clothes and candles and stuff. anyway she had a manual credit card thing but it always jammed up so instead she would put the carbon paper over the card, and then with the side of a pencil, rub very hard until the numbers imprinted on the carbon paper. not the most professional, but it works when you are in a jam.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial on: May 19, 2009 09:03:26 AM
Anyway, thanks again for this thread, I am even more excited now about my wedding now that I don't have to stress about shelling out a lot of cash for a dress.

hey tally, glad to see i'm not the only one crazy enough to rock an infinity dress for my wedding! can't wait to see your finished product.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / infinity wedding dress? on: May 05, 2009 07:04:51 AM
so i'm thinking about making this dress in an ivory stretch jersey as my wedding dress! i'm having a casual back yard wedding and really hate traditional wedding dresses, plus they are so expensive.  I could make this dress floor legnth and then after my wedding cut it down and dye it a fun colour.

my questions are: i'm plus size, around 20/22 so would need to do an a-line instead of a circle skirt. how much fabric should i buy? i am a total novice sewer beyond hemming pants and what not. how much of this fabric should i buy? http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=75250ab4-38b8-4d06-879d-544b7969b2f7 it's really on sale!

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