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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: How to deal with nudity in your work at a craft fair? on: October 16, 2005 05:56:47 PM
no, none of them are pornographic...here are a couple of examples of my magnets

I am including the links rather than pics, because I haven't resized them yet
22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! on: October 16, 2005 10:17:07 AM
Ok goils...what is with this whole TOAST thing?  I see it everywhere.  Random scratch art, crafted pieces of toast, tattoo's ?!  Where did this start?  Help this confused mama understand!
23  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: How to deal with nudity in your work at a craft fair? on: October 07, 2005 02:51:46 PM
after lots of hemming and hawing, I am doing exactly that Zaum...everything is incredibly tasteful, so it just seems so silly hiding it in a binder.  The human body shouldn't be taboo Smiley

Thanks so much everyone for your opinions.  I have about 30 more, out of 250 to make and they turned out BEAUTIFULLY!
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: What did you serve on: September 27, 2005 07:50:07 AM
Potluck all the way baby!!!

Rather than a big floral centerpiece on our tables, I had a basket of buns.  I was going for a relaxed, cozy atmosphere, and because everyone sat at their tables for the actual ceremony, and I knew there would be lots of kids there and it was falling right at dinner time, I wanted something for them to munch on.  I also made herbed butter for the buns.  I was able to make the butter a month in advance.  Take butter, knead in herbs (I made several different types.  Garlic butter, garlic w/ lemon zest, mixed herb, dill, garlic and lemon etc) roll into long roll then freeze.  Take it out of freezer morning of wedding.  Thaw for about half an hour, then cut into slices and put in dishes.  Voila.  Easy, and HUGE hit!

My husbands cousin gifted us with all of the meat.  Strip loins and chickens.  We had those on the BBQ right after the ceremony.  This would have been our biggest purchase had it not been gifted to us.

My parents brought tonnes of fresh fruit and veggies for platters
Friends brought tonnes of salads and side dishes
My closest friends all brought desserts for the dessert table as we weren't going to have a cake (my MIL brought a wedding cake for us afterall Smiley)

We had the wedding in a church hall...so there was a big kitchen.  We just lined up some tables in there, and sent people in when they were ready to eat.

Turned out to be VERY inexpensive, created the EXACT feel that we were going for, and people LOOOOOVED it.  Of course, most of the people that came to the wedding were from town here, so the potluck idea made it easier.  I didn't ask out of towners to bring anything, as it wouild have been difficult to whip something up from a hotel room Tongue.  My friends were all thrilled to help.
25  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! on: September 26, 2005 07:31:36 PM
because I have a lot of stretch marks on the inside of my arms, I think I am going to avoid wrapping all of the way around.  I am not a wuss, but I figure that if I am prone to stretchmarks there, and already have some there, I might as well avoid the most painful area while I am at it!  LOL

I really appreciate your feedback Smiley  And lurve your tats!
26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question for moms with tattoos on: September 26, 2005 09:53:28 AM
My body was RAVAGED by stretch marks through my pregnancy, but not during puberty...so no, there really is no way of knowing.

Some women get off easy with the tattoo looking normal after a pregnancy, but others are not so lucky.  It has everything to do with the elasticity of your skin...and further, how big you get when you are pregnant. 

Even something like a tattoo on the back of your hip isn't off limits to pregnancy.  I got pregnant from the asscrack out and my stretch marks (which are admittedly severe) reflect this.  Anything on my hips would have been destroyed as well.

If you are planning on having a child at any point, you might want to avoid breasts, abdomen and hips until after you are done.  It just isn't worth being stuck with a destroyed tattoo afterwards.
27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! on: September 26, 2005 09:36:18 AM
Thanks goils...you are right.  I don't know why I was allowing this to get the best of me Tongue  I can't wait for my appt on the 22nd of nov.  I will post pics after my first sitting Smiley
28  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! on: September 24, 2005 12:20:49 PM
Ok goils...be gentle with me.  I have a question that is just irritating the crap out of me (and causing some serious anxiety) that I need answered

I am a big girl.  Voluptuous, Curvaceous, chubbby, fat.  Whatever, I am ok with that.  I have 3 tats already an appointment for the first sitting of my next tattoo in november (my artist has a HUUUGE waiting list)

Here is the deal though.  The appt is to start my half sleeve, but I am having anxiety over having work done on my arm.  NOt because I don't love my artist (he does SPANKIN' work - he did the last the sun/baby tat on my leg  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12114.msg102842#msg102842), not because I am unsure about what I am getting...no, it is because I am worried that it is going to make my fat arms look bigger than they already do.  My arms are the part of my body I am most self conscious about...am I going to be making a huge mistake?

I see curvy women get tattoos on their forearms, backs, legs and hips....but I can't honestly say that I see curvy women, especially those with big arms, getting tats on their upper arms.  Is there a reason for this?  Are they avoiding that are for the EXACT reasons that are causing me anxiety??

HELP!!!  I need to figure this out like YESTERDAY. 

Sorry to cut in here...but I figure that if anyone will know the answer to this, it will be one of you crafty goils!!
29  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: How to deal with nudity in your work at a craft fair? on: September 19, 2005 04:29:31 PM
Thanks so much Fidget Smiley

Of course, this was much ado about nothing.  After talking to a few crafting friends, and finding out that in some places, nudity in work at a fair is completely banned, I decided I better call the organizer.  Afterall, I could get banned from future shows.  I had read the rules and regulations, but there was nothing in there about nudity.

The organizer laughed when I told her that it is banned in some places and she commented about how nice it is to live in one of the most liberal places in north america.  'Tis true...BC is about as liberal as it gets over here!

Anyhow, so long as it is only erotic, or nudes, and no porn, then we are a-ok.  I can even display it in the open.  She mentioned that there has been erotic work before at the shows, both in forms of painting and pottery, and there has never been a complaint BUT that I should keep an open mind in case anyone gets offended.  I think that what I will do is publicly display the stuff least likely to offend, and create a small binder for the rest of it, which I will keep on the table as well.  Then they have a choice as to whether they view full frontal nudity or not.

*whew* What a relief!!!!
30  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / How to deal with nudity in your work at a craft fair? on: September 19, 2005 01:11:32 PM
I am doing a big craft fair this november, and while I have done fairs before, this will be the first time where I am actually **REALLY** unsure how to deal with one of my products. 

I have taken vintage photographs and turned them into fridge magnets.  Many of these magnets are vintage nudes from the 1900's-1920's.  No spread legs, no men, just individual women posing tastefully/artfully.  There are breasts in almost all shots, some shots show pubic hair (full frontal), and there are some butt shots. 

In BC the law states
(2) Every person who, in any place, for a sexual purpose, exposes his or her 
    genital organs to a person who is under the age of fourteen years is     
    guilty of an offense punishable on summary conviction.

but, does this apply to art/crafts/pictures?  I mean, this isn't for a sexual purpose.  I suppose it can be construed that way, but I have no CLUE.

Some options i have been pondering...

1. Just have those magnets higher up on my board, and towards the back so that parents have time to censor children

2. Have magnets in a binder on the table, marked clearly with "Vintage Nude's, 18 and older only please"

2. Have magnets in a binder under the table, with a sign on the magnet board that states that there is a binder with vintage nudes, please ask.  At which time, if they aren't shy, they can ask and I can offer it to them if they are over the age of 18.

The thing is, there is art with similar photos, statues with similar poses and full nudity on them all in full view of any and everyone in stores and public parks.  So, is this any different? 

On one hand I want to call the organizer of this event, but frankly, then I am dealing with her personal bias, as well as a cover your ass mentality.  I worry taht she will just say that they aren't acceptable at all, and then I am shit out of luck for carrying these at this fair at all.  I would like to just come up with what seems like the best solution and go from there.

I would love to hear any advice, or BTDT Smiley

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