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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Tax question on: March 26, 2008 08:12:25 AM
You should be able to go to your state tax & finance site and sign up for a tax license. I signed up for one in NY, it was pretty easy, i went on their site, they had different options depending on what you're selling and where you're selling it (craft fairs, stores, etc), and I got my tax license with my company name on it a few weeks later. Mine was more simple tho, because I only sell at craft fairs, but it wasn't as hard to get as i thought. Then, I just keep track of my sales and tax collected, and report & pay it on a quarterly tax return. Hope this helps!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Question about dog bed construction on: February 20, 2008 07:01:47 AM
I'm going to be making my bull terrier a new dog bed (because she just chewed up her old one - store bought ones aren't very durable) My plan is to make it so the cover can be removed and washed. The inside pillow will be covered with fused plastic bags. The outside cover will be made out of something durable that should be harder to chew & dig into - i was thinking something like denim or burlap. Anyhoo...my problem is the closure of the cover. She has had ones in the past with zippers, and that seems to be what she knaws and chews off first - and a zipper pull or pieces of the zipper isn't something for a dog to swallow. So I was trying to think of some kind of closure that would do the job of keeping the cover closed so that she can't chew up the pillow, but also something that she wouldn't be so apt to knaw off again. Buttons would be eaten, so that's out of the picture. Maybe sewing it up with hemp cord so that it can be re-opened, but then i would have to sew it back up every time i take it off to wash it. Then i thought velcro, that might work. Any suggestions?Huh would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!:)
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Look what you can make with Christmas catalogs on: December 20, 2007 07:07:37 AM
Ok - so i figured out how to make these and i'm addicted - I have made 3 little ones, 2 huge ones, and modified the design and made 10 huge flowers out of them - once i get a pick of all of them i'll post. Instead of a rubber band though and string, i used thin wire and small buttons. And for the flowers I used a button for the middle of the flower and pipe cleaners for the stem - I'll post pics as soon as i take em'.
Awesome project!!!!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Crafting for Men on: December 13, 2007 07:13:28 AM
If your man loves beer as much as mine does - Make him a beer holster - like a gun holster but for a beer - made to attach to his belt.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Crafting for Men on: December 13, 2007 07:02:41 AM
I'm going to pick up some man-hand size cleaning gloves and decorate them with permanent markers all "manly" so my BF will actually clean the bathroom!!! Also - I was going to make him a manly garbage holder for his truck - you know how messy guys vehicles get! Another idea - maybe pick up a bunch of car/vehicle stuff that your man would use & decoupage or paint a box to put it in. Or if your man cooks (or you would like to hint that you want him to - if it's safe) make some potholders & oven mits in some masculine fabrics.
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Wine Bottles on: December 13, 2007 06:13:12 AM
I had a bunch of empty wine bottles and a little extra space between my top cupboards and ceiling in the kitchen, so i put them all across the cupboards with clear christmas lights behind them. Gave a really cool glow to the kitchen - especially from the colored bottles.
7  New York / New York: North / Re: Any Northern NYer's out there? on: December 13, 2007 05:59:11 AM
yAY - OTHER PEOPLE FROM THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE!!! I'm seriously upstate - like border 5 minutes away upstate. Ya - makes it hard around here to be crafty, not having many resources. I've been mostly doin recons - from salvation army stuff cause there isn't any really good craft stores around here. Joann's is ok, but I have to drive all the way to plattsburg to go to michael's if i need some stuff:( With this weather i just wanna hybernate!!!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: tiny puppy sweater help? on: December 12, 2007 01:57:23 PM
Try cutting up an old sock - like one that you can't find the match to or go to the dollar store and pick up a cheap pair. That's what I did for my little rat terrier - when i got her she was less than a pound. Cut the tip of the toes off, and make 2 holes where the heel would go, and the head goes where the ankle would go into the sock. You can stitch around the holes so they don't fray. They also have really really teeny sweaters at walmart for like 4-5 dollars, but since the pup is going to grow so fast, no point in spending too much on something they're only gonna fit for alittle while. With the socks, they're normally strechy, so they will last longer as the dog grows, and since you don't spend alot, you don't feel bad throwing them away after. Or, you could use the sleeve of a sweatshirt or sweater. Hope this helps Grin
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help - waht can i make my jack russell/staffordshire bull terrier cross??? on: December 12, 2007 01:44:34 PM
With Jack Russell being part of the mix, he needs lots of exercise - like the amount a lab would require. If you can let him outside to get some of that energy out regularly, like for a walk or on a run if you have the space, you'll find that he will be a lot calmer when inside, in which makes it much easier to train to be around your son (he won't be so hyper and jumpy). I have a bull terrier that's almost 50 lbs and after some play outside, she is more calmer and docile inside. (If i don't let her get her energy out outside - she does constant circles around the living room and kitchen) Also, I would reccommend making a toy that can keep her busy and occupied for long periods of time (saving the rest of your stuff from getting chewed) I have friends that own 4 pitbulls, and they love to tug along with my dog. One thing that i found keeps their attention for awhile is attaching a tug toy (tug rope or make a flece braided and knotted rope - there are tutorials on here for those) to a bungee cord - that keeps my dog busy for hours. Rawhides are great for that too - just be careful cause the dogs sometimes eat too big of pieces and leave a nasty mess about 10 minutes later  Tongue The Kong idea is good too, just be careful if your dog is territorial - might not be safe to have a little one running around if your dog is having at his Kong and doesn't want anyone else to get it.
As for making clothes for your dog - you can use kid's clothes and sew them to fit - you could use hand me downs from your son if they will fit - If not, go to the local goodwill or salvation army - they normally have tons of kids clothes. I found a kid's old navy shirt with dogs all over it that fit my dog perfectly - it was even long sleeved in the front to keep her legs warm.Smiley hopefully some of this helps:) You should post a pic of your pup - i'd love to see it:)
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded foot thongs beach wedding on: December 12, 2007 01:18:58 PM
This is my first post, hopefully i'm doing it right.
Here's some jewelry I made for my sisters wedding last year in the virgin islands. The ceremony was right on the beach, so we all were barefoot (alot better then those uncomfortable bridesmaid shoes!!) So I made these for myself and the other two bridesmaids - with white see thru ribbon and orange/coral and clear glass crackle beads. The ribbon was made to wrap up the leg - but it stayed better when just wrapped around the ankle. The bride's (left) was made out of turqoise, pearl and clear glass beads. This one was made to clasp in the back of the ankle instead of the ribbon(more expensive beads - don't want them to fall off) and my sis (bride) has the same size foot as me so when I made it (i live in NY - so I had to make it before I went down for the wedding - my sis lived there), i used my own foot as a template and it fit her perfectly. With the ribbon ones, the other bridesmaids were also states away, but with the ribbon, it just wrapped around the back of the foot, so no specific size was needed, one size fits most (unless you have sasquatch feethehe). I also made the bridesmaids jewelry - earrings, bracelets and a necklace out of pearls & coral colored mother of pearl type beads- but I don't have any  pictures of those - I will post them if i can find them.
Hope you enjoy my first post.....many more to come  Smiley

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