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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / DOS in melt and pour soap base? And, what to do about unhelpful suppliers? on: July 27, 2009 01:02:12 PM
So I placed a large order through Wholesale Supplies Plus recently . . . I got my order yesterday.  Everything else looked fine, but when I went to use some of the 24-lb block of natural shea soap base, I saw, much to my displeasure, some orangish-brownish spots on two sides of the block.  I figured this was the Dreaded Orange Spots, so I called their customer care.  The lady there kinda hemmed and hawed, and tried to tell me that "soap bases DON'T go bad," to which I told her ANYTHING can go bad, given the right circumstances . . . she finally offered me a $10 credit, which I reluctantly accepted.  My questions are, One, should I have been "more pushy" and asked for a credit of the full price of that item, and Two, if I cut off the nasty orange spots, is the rest of the shea soap still usable, like she claimed, or not?  Should I call back their customer care, and tell them I want a full refund of this item?  I just really don't know.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Home Spa Party? on: April 10, 2009 12:55:48 PM
Hi.  I like the beauty to go or whatever idea, too.  You could market it as "beauty spa parties" (like Mary Kay, but maybe more fun?) or else specifically market it for bridal showers, baby showers, girls' night out, etc.  I would LOVE the chance to get a pedicure done at home, instead of one of those strip mall cheap-o nail places. . . Good luck!  (and if you're in the Denver area, let me know, lol!)
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: First time vendor with unusual scenerio, advice please! on: April 10, 2009 12:20:45 PM
Wow, I admit I have very limited experience baking . . . I vaguely remember my mom making up cranberry and banana bread for a seasonal/ Christmas catering business . . . seem to recall she ended up LOSING money doing it Sad  That was in California in the early 90's.  My suggestion would be to sell individual SLICES of bread, cake, etc as well as whole loves.  People who might balk at $11 or more per loaf might gladly pay $3.00 a slice . . . I mean, really, that's what places like Starbucks and Target bakery sells their stuff for here in the States, so I think you might be able to do $3.00 or even $4.00.  Good luck!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Baby room for DD! on: April 09, 2009 11:37:59 AM
Aww, your baby girl is very cute!  I love the little hat!  You did a great job on her room, too!
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 37 ENTRIES / Re: Crafting the Universe! One planet at a time! on: April 09, 2009 10:57:17 AM
Ooh, that's very pretty, I love the buttons and the embroidery stitches on Satturn.
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 37 ENTRIES / Re: Buttons = Craft room organization!! (PIC HEAVY) on: April 09, 2009 10:29:10 AM
Very cute!  I love the monochromatic whites and ivories;  makes it elegant and very pulled-together looking.  Great idea!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to Container Gardening - Where to Start? on: April 08, 2009 03:56:56 PM
My family has done a lot of gardening in Colorado (outside of Brighton, if anyone knows where that is.)  Here is what I'd suggest for your containers:

Compact/ smaller varieties of tomato;  lettuce/ salad mix; spinich, other greens;  chives and/or green onions;  radishes would probably work okay, they're not too big.  The herbs would probably work just fine in containers;  mint and rosemary tend to get big and rambly if you let them, so you'd probably want those in their own little pots.  With regards to the rest of the items on your list . . . most zuchini varieties I'm familiar with get to be pretty BIG, not sure whether they'd do so well in containers.  Ditto with squash (related species).  The beans and peas you are both vines, so you might be able to train to grow up a trellis or balcony railing.  I believe avocados grow on large, semi-tropical trees in California and warmer climates than the Mid-West. . .
In any case:  use large half-barrels or tubs for the tomatoes, and medium-to large for viney things, or radishes, which are a root crop.  You can get away with smaller containers for lettuces, herbs, and flowers.  Hope that helps!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My nerdiest creation ever-- the Picard Pendant! on: April 01, 2009 11:11:55 AM
Ooh, it's shagadelic . . . lol I think the shag carpet is doing things to my brain.  I vote to add some glitter! 
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Cameo Soap on: April 01, 2009 10:59:00 AM
Yeah, I was thinking that would make a cool necklace, too . . . maybe not with soap, lol.  But very pretty . . . wow, the macrame stuff today is like wigging me out . . . I feel like I'm in a 70's love shack, lol Wink
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Re: More from the farm trip on: March 24, 2009 06:01:14 PM
Those are very nice.  I love the "play" one . . . it's so well done, and you can tell everyone was having so much fun there . . . I think sometimes a good scrapbook (and good photos, which are a key element of scrapbooks, after all) tell pictures without words.  The whole "picture is worth 1000 words" kinda thing.  Although as previous posters pointed out, a little journaling is nice, so that some day, your descendants aren't like "who's this?" 
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