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1  California / California: North / Berkeley, CA: Color: A Fiber Festival on: September 04, 2008 10:57:04 AM
Join us!
Saturday, October 18th, 2008
10am - 5pm
Pacific School of Religion
Berkeley, California
The Pacific School of Religion has a beautiful lawn overlooking the Bay. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere to partake in your favorite fiber activity, be it knitting, spinning, or otherwise.

Local vendors will be selling unique, hand-crafted yarns, fibers, and knitting notions.

There will be classes teaching spinning, knitting and weaving, as well as fiber tastings.

This event provides a great opportunity to meet others, purchase beautiful fiber and yarns, and learn new skills.   
2  California / California: North / Berkeley, CA: Color Fiber Festival, April 26 on: April 08, 2008 05:03:05 PM
You are cordially invited to an all day spinning and knitting extravaganza!  Come join in on the fun of outdoor spinning/knitting with great views of the bay.  Local indie dyers and crafters will be showing and selling their wares.  We are also presenting how-to drop spindle and fiber tasting sessions.  Entry is free, sessions are material costs only.  Please see our website for more details and to register for sessions.

Indie dyers and crafters:
A Verb For Keeping Warm
Pigeon Roof Studios
Tactile A Fiber Arts Studio
Girl On the Rocks

Fiber Tastings:
Learn to spin new fibers!
Exotics - 11:30 am
Rare Wool Breeds - 1:30 pm
Cellulose and Blends 3:30 pm

Free How-To Drop Spindle Sessions:
Sessions at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm

Free! Learn to weave on a hand loom:
Sessions at noon and 3 pm.

Learn to Knit Sessions
See our website for more information

Located at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley at 1798 Scenic Ave.
Free parking available on campus
A short walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART station
See colorfiberfestival.com for more details
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Help with Charging Tax at craft fairs and via PayPal on: November 08, 2007 02:51:48 PM
You found out the same thing I did... I am in CA, and the nice lady in our office told me that after I get my business named settled, I can amend the tax info to match.

As far as tax on paypal.. i have a premier account (don't kno if it works with the basic one).  go to your profile and under 'selling preferences' there is a link to sales tax.  Is that what you wanted?

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Blythes and Pullips Swap Round 5 Gallery on: September 10, 2007 12:29:05 PM
FINALLY I was home when it was (almost) light enough in my apartment to take some photos.  My little Apple was spoiled by CSI_Princess.  She loves everything! I only have a photos of a few so far.. . Apple was spoiled with TONS of outfits!

The a-line skirt that csi_princess made looks awesome with her favorite tights and boots.

Babydoll top and flare pants:

And my favorite - a green dress with pink flowers that looks oh-so-cute with her new crocheted pink apple.

An apple for Apple! How awesome is that!!

Thanks csi_princess!  I am a new blythe owner and a first-time craftster swapper and you made it awesome!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Custom rubber stamps for resale on: August 23, 2007 03:01:26 PM
Thanks!  I just found Picture my Stamp and I think they are exactly what I need.  There are some setup fees, but i think everythign works out to a reasonable rate, even for resale.

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Custom rubber stamps for resale on: August 19, 2007 12:48:15 PM
Hi all,

I have several designs that I would like to produce into small (1 x 1") rubber stamps to package into sets and sell (like the awesome sets over at The Small Object).  Does anyone have any ideas on a good place to get the stamps made?  Most of the custom stamp sites are too expensive to produce things for re-sale.  I have found one (Picture my stamp) that explains how they will make a mold for your stamps  and reproduce them from this mold, but it is a big initial investment...  Any other ideas?

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Shrinky Dinks help? on: July 26, 2007 02:14:03 PM
Cooking them on a brown paper bag is my preferred method.  It also prevents the side that is face down from getting ultra sooth and recording the wrinkles in the foil.

i use clear embossing powder to seal the images after the shrinking is complete.  Sprinkle the powder on (thick layer totally cover the image), and back into the over for a few minutes.  It works FANTASTICALLY with colored pencils and does a good job about 90% of the time with sharpies (if there is too much ink, it bleeds a little).  It is a little thick and adds some thickness to the finished object, but it works great.  I have been toying with the idea of using different colors of transparent embossing powder, too.  Doing this on the brown paper bag is also awesome. The extra powder (as it melts) is absorbed into the paper... When I used to use it on foil, I would have to clean the embossing stuff off of the edges and back of my pieces, but I don't with a paper bag.

Warning with paper bags:  If the bag has a lot of ink on it, dont use that side.  the bag ink will come off on your shrinkies.  Also, if tha bag has a handle glued onto it, cut off that part.  The glue melts and is nasty.

8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: We Love our Blythes and Pullips Swap Round 5 on: July 09, 2007 04:54:04 PM
Holy cow... I finally find one of the Blythe swaps before the closing date - I am so excited!  I am a pretty new blythe owner, and a crafter.  Just finished knitting this:

hmmm.. now that I look at it I can see all the ends I haven't woven in yet Smiley
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: pricing your goods on: April 08, 2007 09:38:15 AM
I was just recently approached with a wholesale inquiry to sell some of items.  Since the wholesale price is so much less than my sale price, I would need to take a big hit to do it.  So I am left deciding whether I should raise all of my prices, or turn down the wholesale order...

The lesson:  If you think you might ultimately want to sell some of your items to resellers, make sure they are priced so that you will be happy with your profit margin at 60% of the total price.
10  California / California: North / Re: spinning classes in the SF Bay Area on: March 07, 2007 08:18:23 AM
I think they are still classes offered  at Deep color studio.  She also rents wheels at a reasonable rate.  My friends took an all day class (with wheel rental) at West Valley Alpacas and liked it enough to run out and buy wheels!
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