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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / To receipt or to not receipt? Do you give receipts when you make a sale? on: July 17, 2010 04:04:09 PM
I recently bought this:

I love it!

But when I went to a recent crafty show I bought two things and neither place offered a receipt of any kind. I paid cash both times.

So now I'm thinking that receipts are silly... but I really want to use my awesome new receipt book.

So my question is...
Do you give receipts for purchases at craft shows?

Thanks in advance for comments.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Need help... should I hire an intern? on: June 03, 2010 07:18:36 PM
I'm small potatoes still... but I'm overwhelmed this year with custom orders & craft fairs. I'm not able to put out as much new product as I'd like (I'm averaging 1-2 things a MONTH... instead of my usual 5 a week) and I don't want to turn down custom orders because that is where most of my sales come from.

I thought it would be great to hire an intern, but legally I don't know if there are things I need to do... I can't pay them, but they will learn a lot and I'm happy to write a letter of recommendation for a future job or college.

Has anyone done this before? What did you have to do to legally prepare?

I was thinking a teenager would be the best fit (4 hours, one day a week)...

I don't have any friends that can help me out so this is the only solution I can figure...

Any thoughts, suggestions or warnings?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Equipment Bag with Foam (having a little trouble) on: May 01, 2010 03:17:27 PM
I'm thinking I did this all wrong and I'm gonna have to start all over, but here is what I've done (and how it's not working):
I'm making a large bag that zips on three sides and has foam in between the outer fabric and the lining. The foam is to protect what goes inside.
A friend of mine mentioned using spray adhesive to attach the foam inside (to prevent shifting). When she first said that I thought that was a little crazy but she's an experienced seamstress (she went to college to be a costume designer)... so that is how I started the bag.
But now I'm only a small way through and I'm having all kinds of trouble... I adhered my lining to the foam and I'm sewing my zipper on (in between the foam lining & outer fabric) and the adhesive is gumming up my machine's needle. I'm having to clean the needle every inch or so with alcohol on a Q-tip. The thread is even breaking.
Has anyone ever done this before? I'm thinking I shouldn't have used adhesive on the foam and just sewed it all together.
Any thoughts?
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Orange prescription bottles... on: May 10, 2009 11:39:21 AM
I am one of those types that has a lot of prescriptions and refills... so in turn, I have tons of these empty bottles lying around.
I can bear to throw them away...
Any thoughts on what to do with them?
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