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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  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to string HEAVY DUTY guy's choker? on: February 16, 2009 02:14:45 PM
Hi, guys,

A coworker of mine wanted me to make a puka shell choker for her guy, as a replacement for one he had and broke.  So I strung it on medium weight tigertail, and did TWO crimps on each end . . . BUT I got to work today, and she was like, "Yeah, he broke it already."  The tigertail didn't break, but somehow, he got it stuck in his hair or something, and BOTH crimps came off one end . . . I've NEVER had that happen before.  Any thoughts on how I can fix this?  Should I get larger crimps and heavy-duty tigertail?  Or possibly try stringing it on cord or leather, and using metal springs or cord-ends to finish it?  Thoughts/ ideas?  I felt really bad, cause this was only the third piece of jewelry I've ever sold, and I REALLY don't want people to think my stuff is shoddily made Sad
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Craft Fair--success stories and/or horror stories? on: December 16, 2008 02:00:39 PM
Hi, all

Of course, me being Ms. Wait-till-the-very-last-moment, I have missed all the wonderful holiday craft fairs in my area (then again, don't know when I would have had time, what with work and classes Wink ) But I am thinking I'd love to try some craft fairs next spring/ summer.  However . . . I have a few questions for anyone who has craft fair experience. Like, is theft an issue at crowded fairs?  How much do you make per day/ per fair, on average?  What was your BEST or WORST experience at a fair? 

Another question . . . in my area, they have a BIG Memorial Day celebration, that has live music, a juried art show, lots of space for various crafters and "merchants," food, kids' events . . . the whole she-bang, basically.  It sounds ideal, especially as the promoters claim that the expected attendence is 300,000 (I think that's a little high, considering the population of the city is only 100,000, but I've been there before, so I know it's a popular event.)  But . . . it's $550 to get a booth!!!!  Should I start off with smaller fairs, and work my way up, possibly doing this "big granddaddy" fair in 2010?  Or should I go for it? 
Sorry for the long post . . . thanks for reading!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Live Christmas trees--potted, not chopped down on: December 02, 2008 08:00:16 AM
I love real, live, piney-scented Christmas trees . . . however, they're usually a little expensive, AND I usually felt guilty when the grandmom used to get one . . . cutting down a tree just for a few weeks of enjoyment doesn't really seem to honor our beautiful planet . . . Soooo . . . my dad solved the problem a few years ago by buying a 3-4 foot POTTED pine tree (don't remember the specific variety).  We decorated it with small ornaments, kept it watered, and then in spring, when the ground thawed, we planted it in the yard. 
I plan on getting one for our apartment this year, then donating the tree to a friend or family-member who has a yard.  I'll try to post pics when I have time . . . . Just thought I'd share my idea, since I hadn't seen it mentioned in other posts.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Is now a good time to start a new Etsy "store"? on: October 30, 2008 01:40:31 PM
Hi, folks,
Recently I've been playing with the idea of opening an Etsy store and selling some of the crafty stuff I make.  I've done art and craft stuff for AGES, but have never been brave enough to try to sell anything.  Well, I realize it's approaching the Christmas buying season (those evil box stores have had Christmas stuff up for AGES!);  however, we are also in the middle of an ugly recession (the worst since the Great Depression, according to all the media).  So . . . GOOD time or BAD time to open shop? 
Maybe I should mention I was thinnking of trying to sell some hand-dyed silk scarves, candles (beeswax or regular), bath salts/scrubs, possibly some fine art stuff.  Any thoughts, feedback, and/or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated! 
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Obama o' Lantern on: October 17, 2008 11:56:01 AM
Hi, all.  I am totally addicted to MSN.com (despite the fact that they're evil, brainwashing, corporate-controlled Mainstream Media).  Today I found the most marvelous link to an Obama jack-o-lantern stencil . . . haven't had time to actually make one yet, but maybe this weekend I will.  Here's the link, if y'all want it.  (I think there's also directions for how to make a Palin-o-lantern, but if anyone does that, PLEASE add horns and vampire teeth!)
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Drilling holes in interior brick walls? on: October 09, 2008 11:38:32 AM
Hi, all . . . so I love our new apartment, BUT half of the walls are actual brick walls (possibly cause it's an older building, but they painted them boring white, so it doesn't look all cool like a downtown loft Sad  ).  So . . . what is the best method for hanging big, framed maps and art?  Is there a special brick/ masonry drill bit I need to get?  Special picture hardware?  I'm not terribly worried about drilling in the brick . . . it is admittedly, an old, rundown apartment complex, aka the ghetto of the suburbs Tongue  and I'm not TOO concerned about getting our measly deposit back someday . . .
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / We all live in a . . . pink submarine? on: October 03, 2008 06:49:04 PM
So . . . last year, for 2D Design, one of our projects was to do a set of 4 paintings, all of the same style, but with different colors (ala Warhol's Marilyn Monroe series.)  So, I was like, hmm, what would be fun?  Ah, ha, the Beatles!  So this is what I did.  (Sorry for the terrible/ wonky photos, all.  I recently discovered that my shiny, beautiful Mac has a built in webcam . . . unfortunately, it's kinda hard to hold images up in front of it with one hand and click 'enter' with the other ;P

Thanks for the kudos and feedback, guys!  Craftsters are so awesome!  Let's try this again Wink

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Living room theme: vintage safari or retro Buddha/ Asia-vibes? on: September 22, 2008 07:31:15 PM
Hi, all,
The good news is my bf and I have resettled into a larger space.  (Yay, I get my very own craft room at last!!)  However, I am trying to decide whether I want to decorate the living room in a vintage safari theme or an Asian theme.  For the "vintage safari" theme, I imagine dark woods, vintage travel posters, National Geographic style pics of locals and wildlife, possibly African masks, carved wooden artifacts, etc.  The colors I have chosen are dark brown, pale blue with a hint of aqua, and golden beige.  The Asian theme would also have dark woods, but with shades of mossy and emerald green, and possibly bronze and/ or marigold accents.  I'd really love to find/ make a large sized Buddha photo or print to dominate one wall.  Of course, I also have a funny L-shaped living room, so I may end up having one part of it being the entertainment center and couch, and the other side of it being a little reading nook--possibly with papasan chair and some cool mosquito netting for a fun touch.  What do y'all think? 
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / "Vintage eclectic world/ chic/ kitch" ideas? on: May 20, 2008 04:13:56 PM
Okay, sorry for the terrible title, but I really don't know how to describe my living room "decor" Wink  I have a vintage Guinness poster (toucan), and Jimi Hendrix with all the Hindu-looking deities and bright colors, and two slightly tattered vintage maps . . . the overall color scheme is dark brown and light blue, with pale gold-beige accents . . . sorry no pics, maybe I'll use tax rebate to get a digicam Smiley  Anyway, I'm trying to figure out a way to tie all these random elements together . . . I want something a little bohemian, a little chic, a little hippie, but I can't think exactly what to do to make it all go "Wow."  Any ideas would be great!!!  Thanks!
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