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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / starting an e-mail list? on: May 12, 2008 10:38:23 AM
I just started selling stuff and a friend suggested I ask my buyers if they would like to be on an e-mail mailing list. Has anyone tried this? Did you get repeat business? How often do you spam people's inboxes with your crafts news?

I just really want business to pick up on my etsy.

Any and all advice would rock. Thanks.
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / potato soup (vegetarian or vegan) on: November 08, 2007 01:39:12 PM
Creamy Potato Fennel Soup

2 yellow onions, sliced thinly
2 Tbsp butter (or olive oil)
1 bulb fennel, stalks and greenery removed
2 lbs. potatoes (white or russet)
1 tsp. caraway seeds
4 cups water
1 cup heavy whipping cream (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

This is a one-pot recipe. I hate doing a lot of dishes. In your soup pot, melt butter/heat olive oil over low heat. Turn the heat up just a bit (enough to cook onions but not to burn butter), add onions and saute until caramelized and translucent, about 20-25 minutes. Finely mince the fennel bulb and add to the onions, keeping the heat low to medium. Add a bit of salt and the caraway seeds at this point. Chop the potatoes into bite-sized pieces, add to the onion mixture, and cover with 4 cups water. Turn up the heat and allow soup to boil 10 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are very soft and the kitchen smells deliciously soupy. Mash the soup a bit with a potato masher or big fork. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to low and add cream 5 minutes before serving. Serve with crusty bread or ciabatta crostini. (Slice ciabatta thinly, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and broil until crispy.)

3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES / crocheted farmer's market bag on: August 01, 2007 07:36:29 PM
i love shopping at farmer's markets and at the trader joe's where i work, but i wanted to make my own fun bag for such occasions.

i made this bag over the weekend and it worked up so fast! i didn't use a pattern.... i just kinda made it up as i went along. it's made of that cheap sugar and spice cotton. i love that stuff though!

there are no "during" pics. sorry... i had to work on it fast because the cat sure LOVES yarn! (she's been stealing balls of yarn and hiding them under the couch!)

i also think it would make a great beach bag.

thanks for looking! <3
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / is something wrong with me? on: April 24, 2006 09:29:20 PM
my boyfriend built me a spinning wheel. a kromski prelude. i've been TRYING to spin on it, but i'm getting so frustrated! the footman, for some reason, makes the wheel go backwards, and then when i push the pedal again, the footman is stuck straight up. i don't know if that made any sense...?

also... even if i have it on the tightest tension setting, the "yarn" is lame and not twisted at all. Sad

is there a good video tutorial i should check out? or a good book with lots of pics/info?

the video that came with the wheel wasn't helpful. the kromski man is like, "so basically, you just treadle it. it's easy."

any advice? :/
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / new wheel! on: January 24, 2006 05:39:53 PM
i just got a wheel in the mail for my birthday (it's next week, but it arrived early... hopefully my mom will let me use it. haha.)

it's a kromski prelude. it's unfinished. now.... this is a weird question, but... does staining a wheel ever mess with the fiber colour? like... if i were to stain it a dark cherry (which is my intention, so it matches my sewing table) will it stain my wool? or am i just paranoid?

ps- are wheels hard to put together? could i do it myself or would i need help? i'm soooo excited to get started.... not excited to have a lot of ugly beginning skeins, though.  :/

6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / thrift store fiber! on: January 21, 2006 12:25:21 PM
okay- i went to the thrift store and paid about $7 (US) for what feels to me like three pounds of fiber.

it's wool. it's lovely. i think i might dye over some of it, but i was stoked to find it at such a great price. here's what i spun from it so far:

7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / goats! <3 on: January 17, 2006 08:36:13 AM
so! my next door neighbors just got two adorable baby goat kids yesterday. one's a week and a half old and the other is four days old. they're freaking perfection!!! the little girl goat was licking me. and the boy goat fell asleep in my arms. soooo cute.

the younger one has super soft fur that i'm hoping will grow long because i would love to spin it. *crosses fingers*

they also have an enormous rabbit that sheds like mad... hmm...

it's like a petting zoo over there. i could spend ages in thair yard. they've got a couple dozen darling chickens (theyre fun to carry around and talk to in a chicken voice). has anyone ever spun feathers into yarn before? would that even work?


my parents are buying me a wheel for my birthday. i don't get it for another couple weeks, but it's already been paid for. *jumps up and down*

get ready for a ton of posts soon, guys!

yeah. how's that for a random topic?

8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / first yarns!!! on: December 12, 2005 08:51:17 PM
eee!! i got my drop spindle from ebay and had a blast over the weekend:

the first one i did was the dark teal one... then the light seafoamy one with the sparkles (my favourite) and then the natural one. i dyed the seafoam one myself, which was way cool.

9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / buying a wheel? on: November 26, 2005 08:17:43 AM
i made a purse out of hand-rolld/spun cat fur and now i want to spin wool.

on ebay i just purchased a drop spindle, but i want a spinning wheel for x-mas i think.

there's an 'unfinished' kromski prelude wheel.... it looks gorgeous, and buying it unfinished will save me a bunch of money. plus, i can stain it myself.

i guess what i want to know is....

will a drop spindle be enough or do i need a spinning wheel? i want to make and sell hand-dyed yarn. is a spinning wheel more efficient than a drop spindle? i mean.... seems like it would be... but i don't know.

any advice for a beginner?
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / from antique box to buddha shrine! on: June 15, 2005 12:04:23 PM
hello... i'm pretty sure this is where i'd post this. i went to an antique store and for three dollars got this awesome laquer box. (cat not included.)

in case you can't tell, the image on the box is a deer suckling it's mama. i find it charmingly disturbing. awww... hooray for breastfeeding forest critters!

to this lovely box i added fortune cookie fortunes, sea glass, jewels, a buddha, some decoupage paper, and some love and came up with this:

what do you think?

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