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31  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: September 08, 2008 10:14:58 PM

I've been selling for a few months, and I'd love some feedback - I tend to be wordy - am I too wordy? LOL

Any advice will be much appreciated -

32  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: closing a brand new shop ? what should i do on: September 08, 2008 10:02:45 PM
Cute stuff! 

I was going to mention that I opened an etsy store a while back and hated the name, too.  I ended up changing my email on that profile to an old unused account and then using my main email to open up the new shop.  It worked just fine, though I guess I'm a little late in the telling. Tongue
33  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Etsy Sellers, how do you feel about on: September 08, 2008 09:58:03 PM
I do what the above poster does, too, and when I sold commercially made jewelry on my own website, I did the same thing.  Buyer's remorse is usually a no-go.  If I'm feeling generous, or the buyer made a mistake and thought they were buying something they weren't, and they are polite about it, I might refund the product price, but not shipping, since I didn't get to keep that money. Smiley

But with my items I sell (under the name WeeEssentials) I will take returns for defective merchandise.  It's a bit hard for that to happen since I'm checking everything as I make it.  And with Etsy, people know they are getting imperfect, handcrafted items.  Smiley
34  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I'm not even sure what to call these stitches - irregular, maybe? Help! on: September 08, 2008 09:57:26 PM
So today I cleaned the lint out of my bobbin case, and when I put it back, I wasn't paying attention and I put it in wrong, so that when I started sewing, it broke a nice chunk of plastic off the case.  I was able to epoxy it together as I ordered a new one off ebay; thank goodness it was a clean break! 

But now I'm noticing something funky with my stitches.  I've always had this problem ever so slightly with this mix of material, but I'm really noticing it now.  I've messed with my tension to no end with no luck.  I wouldn't call it crooked, though, it's as if it's some weird zig-zag (and I've tried resetting my straight stitch, too. Sad  )

Here's what I mean.  This is the bottom of my project:

The top stitches are acting about normal, which is always just a little crooked looking on only two layers of flannel:

And by the way, does anyone know why I'm getting this thread vomit where I'm stopping and starting?  My only thought is it has something to do with the way I'm reversing the direction to lock in the thread.


35  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Paypal fee + Etsy Fee? WTH? on: September 08, 2008 09:54:02 PM
Yeah, I hate paying the pp fee, too, but it's a lot better than having just a personal account.  I tried that for a while (no fees, but you get hit with super big ones for the 5 credit card transactions you can accept.)

For the record, it's still cheaper than accepting credit cards through any of the merchant accounts we looked into. Smiley
36  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: what is going on here??? (pic) on: September 08, 2008 09:19:05 PM
At the very least Coats & Clarks, Gutterman & Melita for fancy days/ items. Singer thread, Walmart brand thread and anything 'vintage' on a plastic spool with a price tag of 20 cents or cheaper should be avoided like the plague!

Just for the record, Walmart sells only Coats & Clark, at least as far as I've seen.  Oh, and some cheap 100% poly thread from "Mainstays" which is one of their store brands, but they don't stock that at the thread display, so you have to hunt for it. Smiley  I've pretty much always bought from there, after realizing that the C&C I bought for twice as much at the sewing store was the exact.same.stuff.  I've never had an issue with Walmart thread.

But you do want to make sure that the thread is solid - it shouldn't be brittle, it shouldn't break easily when you pull on it. Smiley
37  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm Super Shiny. :( on: July 18, 2008 03:08:00 PM
It's helped me a lot to stop using commercial facial cleansers for the most part.  I started using St. Ives facial scrub only when I shower (usually every other day) and just using a wet washcloth on other days.  After washing, if my face feels dry, I use Burt's Bees Renewing Serum (not that age defying stuff -I think they may have stopped making the stuff I use after they were bought out.) When I run out, I'm going to switch to jojoba or sweet almond oil - just a little, rubbed in. 

For the first time in my life, my skin is soft, not oily or dry, and clear (I had really oily skin that broke out like crazy!)  Turns out all the ways I tried to "fix" my skin only made it worse. Smiley Same with my hair - showering only every other day or when necessary has made a huge difference!
38  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Allergy issues on: July 12, 2008 07:20:04 AM
I'm definitely not an expert, but if she's looking for scents/perfumes, I'm thinking she could just use essential oils.  Some of the oils can't be put directly on the skin, though, and she'd need to mix them with an oil like jojoba oil.  Actually, for a perfume, I'd mix it whether it's skin-safe or not, because if you put it directly on the skin the smell may be too strong.

But I'm just starting to learn about oils and essential oils, so maybe someone here could correct me if I'm wrong. Smiley
39  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: A quick question about homemade soap from a newbie! :) on: July 04, 2008 06:22:23 AM
Thanks - I'm always so hesitant to experiment because I'm afraid I'll screw up everything. Tongue  And this one had me completely stumped as to how it was done.  When I sew, I can figure out the end result in my head - making soap is a total unknown. Smiley 

I think I'm just going to have to get creative and go for it, lol.
40  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: perfume bottle collecting on: July 03, 2008 06:13:25 PM
I used to see them a lot on ebay.  Now, with how hard ebay is making it for people who sell antiques/collectables/used stuff/junk I don't know if you'd find any. Smiley  You might find vintage ones on etsy, or handmade ones, but you wouldn't find newer mass-produced ones like you might pick up in a glass store in Venice. Tongue
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