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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: DIY deodorant... does it work?!? on: July 23, 2010 01:30:59 PM
I make my own, though i notice that as long as I'm eating well and don't have PMS, my odor is not bad or strong, so I actually rarely use it at this point. It's of course not an antiperspirant.  http://blvddesigns.wallypop.net/?p=157  I use Amy's recipe from Angry Chicken blog.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP I want to quit shampoo! sulfate-free or baking soda concoctions or...? on: July 23, 2010 01:28:45 PM
My hair is the OPPOSITE of yours, but a (former good) friend has your same type of hair. (It's not that she's no longer a friend, just we kind of lost touch.) Neither of us use shampoo. I use baking soda (damp, scented with EO just for fun, and in the shower, as a scalp scrub) with an apple cider vinegar rinse (diluted and, again, scented), as does she. The key to making this work is to brush your hair with a natural bristle brush every day, and brush it well. You're distributing the oils from your scalp down to the rest of your hair.

She (and another friend with dreads) would also sometimes dust her hair with dry baking soda (not in the shower, and on dry hair) and then brush it out or give a quick rinse with the vinegar. The baking soda helps sop up extra oils.
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / LATIN AMERICA / Caribbean? on: June 12, 2010 09:30:21 PM
We'll be cruising to the southern Caribbean next March. I wasn't really sure if that fit with Latin America, but it seemed to be the closest.

We'll be in:
San Juan, Puerto Rico; Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; Roseau, Dominica; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

Are there any yarn stores in these areas that we can realistically get to while docked?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: sewing questions: topstitching and spaghetti straps on: August 27, 2009 12:25:24 PM
And, yes, you could probably also get away with using the "stitch in the same place up and down several times" function, as well. That's technically what it's there for. If your machine has an autocut function, you can really get away with just the one backstitch and then autocut - the autocut will do a sort-of tie-off (or at least that's how it's worked in the machines I've used) that help prevent unraveling.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: A few questions about Propay... on: August 20, 2008 08:58:05 PM
That's funny, I was just hopping on to say that I've also in the past just written down the CC number for smaller purchases to run them at home if people are nervous. It's a small risk, but I've not had a problem yet. I make sure to get a phone number in case there's a problem.

Obviously, less of a concern if it's people you know.

Glad it worked well for you, even if not completely needed.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: A few questions about Propay... on: August 19, 2008 03:38:27 PM
re: phoning it in. Honestly, I haven't had a problem with it, but I live in Iowa and we tend to be a trusting bunch. I tell people what I'm doing, that I can accept a credit card but the only way I have to do it away from my office is to call it in on my cell phone. I've had a few people balk at the cell phone part (which is the part that bothers me most) but nobody with a problem with using the phone per se.

I really like Propay. I've found them to be cheaper than all of the alternatives I checked into, and very easy to use. I have enough volume to have their Premium account, but not so much volume that doing the manual entry of each cc transaction is a huge issue.

The phone processing isn't difficult. It takes a minute or so. I've not had a problem with people wanting attention and then leaving because I'm phoning in a CC, but the shows I do aren't that crowded, either. (lots of browsers, not many buyers.) You can also, once you've done it a few times, pretty easily take care of basic customer service things while completing the phone transaction. I've been able to list the basic features of an item people were looking at, or mention that I have more colors/designs available if they don't see something they like, or even just eye contact and a "hello!"
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Baby Sling? on: December 08, 2007 05:38:02 PM
I honestly would only ever use rings from slingrings.com  There have been SO many problems with people using rings manufactured for other purposes pulling apart or slipping through. It's not that there aren't other (very heavy and metal) rings that will work, but the problem is that many people don't know what's good and bad when shopping for rings for a ring sling. The rings from slingrings are a bit more expensive, but I think a few bucks are worth the safety factor, particularly when talking about a baby.

Just my two cents, as someone who has absolutely nothing to gain from you buying rings from slingrings.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: question for diaper makers on: December 08, 2007 05:34:24 PM


You can also buy your own fabric from wherever and go to Fabrite.com (email Denise-I think she is the one) to get the price list for putting PUL on your own fabric.

Only if you want to do a bolt of 50 yards. (new rules)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any ideas where to find fabric that meets children's sleepwear regulations? on: December 08, 2007 05:28:57 PM
Joann currently has a large-ish section (like 15-20 bolts) at our largeish but not a superstore location. Sometimes you can find it at Walmart, though it's been a few years since I've seen it there.

Most people who I know who make/sell children's sleepwear call it "loungewear" as suggested above. I know many, many people who won't buy the federally-approved stuff because those chemicals aren't doing our kids any favors, either. (But most of those people also have kids who sleep in the same room with the parents, so they're not super worried about their children burning in a fire, either.)
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for sewing while tending kids? on: June 19, 2007 10:01:02 PM
Yeah, keep a close eye on those scissors.

One email from a customer asking if I had any idea how her wool diaper cover got a two-inch cut on one side and I started being REALLY careful about where I tossed the scissors while I was working.

I'm actually going to remodel the office this fall and I'll be making one corner into an activity corner for my kid. He'll have a small set of shelves with small boxes with different acivities in them, and then a craft table as well as his easel. Spoiled, that one is.
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