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41  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Binder Rings on: February 12, 2004 04:29:17 AM
MissRoo made a lovely organizer type book with them -


42  UNITED STATES / New Jersey / Knitting at Borders on: February 11, 2004 06:38:13 PM
I think they do this at some of the other stores as well, but the Borders in Ramsey has a sort of S-n-B on Monday nights - I don't knit, so I've never been, but they advertise it a bit, so it might be worth checking out -


43  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re:Rotary Fabric Cutter on: February 11, 2004 04:48:08 PM
Leah, don't know if you have a Joann's Fabric near you, but their sales flyer says all their Olfa rotary fabric cutting tools are 40% for 3 days for Presidents' Day sale -


44  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:drills? on: February 11, 2004 04:43:40 PM
If you know someone who has a Dremel, I think that would be perfect for what you are doing. You might be able to rent one as well, if you have a tool rental place around. They have endless uses ... here's a thread about them ...


45  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:What to do when someone takes your business name? on: February 11, 2004 10:20:27 AM
I agree with everyone else - talk to her about it, don't talk to her about it - that's your choice. But going forward, do these 2 things first - check to see if the domain name is available, and that it is available with the county/state (depending on where you live). Then, and only then, should you start to work on logos, business cards, letterhead etc.

Good luck, and remember - if this is the worst thing that happens to you while starting up your own business - you won't be doing too bad!!!
46  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:promotional trinkets for biz on: February 10, 2004 08:26:11 AM
cinnachick, I think the website is www.busybeaver.net, not .com - and you're the second person I know who has recommended it - I'm definitely gonna use them next time!  

47  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:Does it take a superbeing to moonlight? on: February 10, 2004 08:12:14 AM
plainmabel, I think the telcommuting thing is a great idea - commuting is such a waste of time! Or, if that's not possible, does your company have any sort of flex time plan - can you work 4 days a week for 10 1/2 hours a day, thus giving yourself one extra day at home? It's a lot of juggling, I agree! I do some sewing/repairs on the side, and it's difficult because I have a bunch of kids, and I sew at the dining room table - and it's the only place in the house to eat, do homework, etc. So yes, we all juggle!

Make your workspace as efficient as possible - very key. Double the portions of the dinners you cook, so that you have a full meal already made at least one night of the week. Have your spouse/significant other be responsible for dinner another night - and don't be critical of what you get - for one night a week, the meal doesn't have to be a culinary delite or nutritional wonder! Try to keep your bookkeeping/administrative details to one night a week, if possible - less disruptive to the creative juices. If that's not possible, do the accounting stuff first, then your craft - you're more likely to keep up with the paperwork that way. Consider enlisting help in that area if possible - even a teenager who has some basic computer knowledge can relieve you of 3-4 hours of paperwork a week or web design work a week - and it will be $$ well spent, as you will be using that time to create instead of adminstrate.

Finally, I echo everyone else - 2 most important things - don't be afraid to delegate, and if at all possible, make sure you have 1 day/night to just veg - watch a movie, read a book, go out w/friends - sleep! Burnout is a tough thing to overcome once you're there. Good luck!
48  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:photographing your wares on: February 10, 2004 07:52:20 AM
I've also always heard that not using your flash is best, when possible. Also, my sister-in-law is a graphic artist who has done a lot of catalog and magazie work - she says - there is not a picture you see in a professional catalog or magazine that has not been re-touched or altered in some way! So don't think you are not doing a good job taking pictures because they don't look like the pros - the pros have a lot of help.

If you don't have/can't afford Photoshop to work on your photos, try either Paint Shop Pro (I think it's under $100) or check out this article at TechTV.com about free image editors - Gimp is supposed to be almost as good as Photoshop!

49  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Re:Xyron 900 on: February 10, 2004 07:05:07 AM
Until recently (when I lost my job!!) I had free use of a pouch laminator similar to this one -


I loved it because you could do large as well as small items - I think the extra width was a great asset! Of course, it totally depends on what you are using it for ... I'm sure you can find some cheaper than this, but I think if I was going to buy my own, I'd hold out and save my pennies for a big one!

Of course, I haven't ever used a Xyron, but everyone that I have heard from said it's great!!!
50  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re:spiral binder on: February 10, 2004 06:57:24 AM
I agree with aryn - I just priced a spiral binding for work at Staples - they have either wire or plastic - under 25 pages it is under $1.75 - it's a little more if you are doing more pages than that. Sometimes they can do it while you wait - I've never had a job take longer than 24 hours.  Very cute idea for gifts, ditzyred!
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