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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Pinterest: good marketing idea or best to avoid? on: July 14, 2013 07:41:23 PM
Hi, all,

I'm gearing up to start selling some of my jewelry designs on Etsy, and I've been wondering whether to create a Pinterest board of my work to spark interest and sales, or whether that's just inviting copyright/ design theft. Does anyone have any thoughts/ experiences from the trenches?

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Ideas to display vintage doilies, handkerchiefs, etc? on: February 24, 2011 08:41:33 AM
So, I've inherited an assortment of vintage hand-tatted/ crocheted doilies, embroidered hankies, and some vintage silk scarves (from two grandmothers and one step-great-grandmother).  Right now, they're sitting in little plastic storage crates to keep them reasonably clean, but I'd really love to find a way to display a few of them--hopefully in a way that doesn't damage them.  Should I look around for frames or shadow boxes, and mount them with acid-free paper as a backing?  Are there any other cool and unsual ways y'all can think of to display these keepsakes?  I'm also thinking that if I do mount any of these, it would be fun to include a card with as much as I know of the background of these items (which is admittedly not much.) 
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Recipes to use up some wine? on: December 29, 2010 06:20:38 PM
So . . . my sister got me some red wine for Christmas.  Really sweet idea.  Unfortunately, the wine is not very good.  I'm hardly a connoisseur but . . . it's just not very much fun to drink.  But I am having a little New Year's party on Friday, so I thought I could maybe mix the wine with something, to make it, uh, drinkable.  Does anyone know of any wine cocktails I can make?  If I add enough sugar and spices to it, can I make a decent mulled wine, or do you really have to start out with a half-way decent wine for that to work? 

Thanks, all, and happy New Year's!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone know how to fix a lamp? on: July 07, 2010 11:30:36 AM
So . . . when I lived with my grandmother, a few years ago, I found a really lovely antique table lamp languishing away in the garage.  I found a PERFECT shade for it at Ross (only needed to cut off the fugly plastic bead fringe.)  Unfortunately, a while back, my bf knocked accidentally it off the end table (throw pillow fight gone wrong!)  The ceramic lamp base is still intact, but now the light socket part is leaning at an angle, and wobly.  Does anyone know how I would go about fixing such a thing?  Should I get a new socket kit and try to fix it?  Take it into some sort of repair shop and see what they can do? 

5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / "No Kiln" Ceramic Paint? on: November 24, 2009 06:14:12 PM
Hi there!  I admit I'm pretty much a noob to most ceramic and glass arts, but bubblegum_phoenix's awesome WoW coffee mug has inspired me to try to create a Horde version for my WoW-fanatic bf for Christmas.  However, I don't have a kiln or anything, so does anyone know if there are any "no kiln required" ceramic/ glass paints I could use?  We don't currently have a dishwasher, so it doesn't have to be something that's "dishwasher safe", but I would prefer something reasonably durable, 'cause he's pretty hard on stuff . . .
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / "Salt effects" with natural dyes on: November 12, 2009 02:48:05 PM
Hi there,

I have experimented some with natural dyes . . . everything from red cabbage to cochineal and indigo.  I LOVE the colors I can get with some of these dyes . . . as well as the fact that they're natural . . . but does anyone know whether you can use table/ kosher salt with natural dyes, to create those pretty "speckled" effects on silks and other fabrics?
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / What to do about misinfo disseminated from a fellow soaper? on: November 11, 2009 04:20:29 PM
Okay, so this past weekend, I did my first big craft fair . . . was kinda a major disappointment, BUT a learning experience, as EVERYONE keeps reminding me Tongue

My question for all y'all is this:  at this fair, during a break, I went with a co-seller friend to browse the other booths.  There was a lady selling about two dozen different types of soaps, probably glycerin/ melt and pour, from the relative traslusence of the soaps.  I picked one up and glanced at the product label.  It literally said:  "glycerin, herbs, scent, color"  Now, I know, technically, soapers Don't have to label their stuff (unless they're claiming a medical benefit, etc) but . . . . her labels were inacurrate.  I asked her how large her soaps were;  she said she didn't exactly know;  she just "made them as big as possible."  Even worse, when I asked her if her soaps had SLS, she proceeded to tell me that "well, soaps have to have preservatives;  otherwise, they can get moldy, and that can be Really Deadly!"  I just looked at her in astonishment.  I will freely admit that I am still somewhat of a "newbie" when it comes to making soaps and bath/ body care stuff, but I've done enough research to know that:  A, SLS is "sodium laureth sulfate," which is a foaming agent, NOT a preservative, and B, if soap gets mold, aka Dreaded Orange Spots, it looks fugly but it's NOT "Deadly."  After all, one does not EAT soap!

So . . . sorry for ranting and rambling . . . but what can an honest, hard-working crafter do in the face of such blatant misinformation?  I mean, the unsuspecting public would hear her spiel, and could very well believe her BS!

P.S. . . . I felt that this was more in the vein of soap-related questions or issues, but if anyone feels it should be posted in the business/ crafty section, please feel free to move it.

8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Problems with layering MP . . . and ingredient label question on: October 23, 2009 10:12:15 AM
Happy Friday, all!!  Is it just me, or is it unbelievable that we're almost to Halloween, already?

On to my questions . . . I used an old tupperware as a loaf mold, and tried making a 3-layer MP soap.  Unfortunately, when I went to slice it (with a big knife, as I do not have a miter box/ slicer), some of the slices fell apart into their component layers.   For one of the layers, I used a shea butter MP base;  the other two were the clear all-natural base . . . would that have anything to do with it?  Or would pouring temperature/ temperature of the layer already in the mold have more to do with it?   What did I do WRONG?

Also . . . as I'm gearing up for this big craft fair here in a few weeks (SQUEEE!), I am starting to create labels, including ingredient labels/ lists for my soaps.  Do I have to do the ingredients in the Latin/ scientific "unreadable-ease" such as "sodium cocoate," or can I just do it in plain freakin' English like "coconut oil"?  I'd prefer to make it easy for people to actually read and understand what goes into my soaps, and having everything in the technical language seems to defeat that purpose.

9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / lanyard/ keyring-lip balm tube supplier on: October 12, 2009 05:41:25 PM
One of my friends suggested that making some lip balms in those lip tubes that have the attached lacing that you can wear over your neck, or keychain-style fob or fake mountain-climber carabiner would be an awesome holiday idea for the craft fair I'm doing.  Ack . . . does that sentence make ANY sense?  Sorry, getting over the flu (swine or regular, no idea).  Anyway, does anyone know of any suppliers that carry those?  All the sites I've been to have normal lip tubes and pots, but none of the little lids with the holes for a lace or keychain . . . Thanks, and sorry for the worse-than-usual, uh, syntax or whatever.
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / All natural bubble bath recipes? on: August 10, 2009 05:46:10 PM
So, I have been looking around for all natural bubble bath recipes, as I've heard that some of the chemicals and additives in commercial bubblebath are bad for people--or at least for women.  Unfortunately, all I've found, either online, OR in a book of "supposedly" all-natural soap and body-care recipes, are variations that call for liquid DISH SOAP.  Hey, wait a minute!  Since when is liquid Dawn all natural!!??  Does anyone have any alternative ideas?  Or is sitting in a tub full of soapy suds just not good for a woman's, uh, body and stuff?

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