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1  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: ACTIVE: Part 3: The Finale!!! on: December 16, 2010 07:29:31 PM
I feel you, SpookShowBaby. My reasoning is actually school. But, after Sunday I shall have time to dedicate to at least putting supplies together. =D
2  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: ACTIVE: Part 2: I showed you mine, show me yours!!!! on: December 05, 2010 06:33:00 AM
I fell off the face of the planet dealing with rubbish in daily life. Needed to be done, and I couldn't escape to my world of hooks and yarn (or in this case, plarn). I'll be starting mine today!  Embarrassed
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Craft booth manager problems -- advice needed on dealing with a situation on: November 30, 2010 04:30:52 PM
I don't think it is a matter of "forgetting". See, I have been in email contact (she doesn't answer her phone) and asked twice, AND I included a photocopy of the receipt showing that I paid for all of November.

I'm going to talk to her in person on Friday or Saturday. It is like talking to a wall since she never actually responds to your questions. She literally will say something else on a different topic. I don't know if she actually listens. . .

But, I'm going to try to get this squared away this weekend.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Material of Clothes when selling on: November 30, 2010 01:52:35 PM
I came across the same thing with my stuff. I use yarn, not material though. My solution has been to put information on when I have it. About 80% of the time, I've lost the label to the orphan balls of yarn, so I'll just say "made from mixed fibres, hand wash and lay flat to dry."

It might be a good way for you to label things, then explain them if you can.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Craft booth manager problems -- advice needed on dealing with a situation on: November 30, 2010 01:41:31 PM
OK, I've come across a problem and I'd like your input, feedback, and advice. This is a bit long, and a bit confusing since I don't know all the proper terms, but bear with me.

In October I got an exciting deal to open a craft booth in a physical store. This would be my first time selling my items, so I was excited. They were going to be new to town, and they said they were going opening on 1.Nov. Being the good person I am, when I signed the 6 month contract, I paid the first month and deposit ahead of time. That really just the way I am. I like things paid early.

Now, they didn't open on 1.Nov. Instead, they opened on 12.Nov. and said they were prorating November's rent. I asked if I could apply that to December, and they said, "Yes".

A month's rent is $60, and they charged $30 for Nov. So, I was $30 up.

December comes up and I pay my rent early (today, in fact) for $30. I was even smart enough to include a photocopy of the receipt for the November's rent as a reminder that I already paid up extra.

I get an email later that day from the person in charge stating in a rather snobby tone that she was only prorating November, and I owe an additional $30.

Now, I've wasted half a day on the phone trying to find free legal advice on this matter. $30 is a lot when you don't have a real job and live on financial aid. (Two weeks worth of groceries, in fact.) Most of them won't touch the case unless it is in the thousands of dollars, but I still want to know what I can do to protect myself. Answer: make sure you get everything in writing, and yes, email counts. Would be better if it was snail-mail though.

Now, the part that I want your advice about is what would you do in my situation?

Since I have the option, I'm seriously tempted to give my 30 days notice and quit. (That is what the contract asks for, no sub-leaser, which surprises me...) Would you stick it out for the full 6 months?

Really, what would you guys do if you were in my shoes?
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Hat stand in progress (long post!) on: November 29, 2010 02:25:35 PM
I just happened by this thread as I'm looking for various ways to display my things in my first booth. (Coordinator of the place is impatient, and I'm a perfectionist... it isn't working out well yet...)

This has given me the BEST idea for what to make for the booth. It looks like I can make two and use it around the house for all my millions of hats. xD
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Bo/dy: My Sculpture of Sorts. Sorta Pic Heavy! on: November 27, 2010 06:40:36 PM
That is bizarre and wonderful! It looks like it was super fun to make. And it looks great too! I love the little detailed ornaments. ^___^
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: An Underselling Discussion: crafting problem everywhere... on: November 27, 2010 03:50:03 PM
I'm a bit quirky when it comes to pricing my stuff. I have a spreadsheet that I have set up where I enter in various fields and it tells me what I should price it. Here's how I have it set up:

1.) I have a set of fields for materials. Each material gets its own field where the unit price is multiplied how much I estimate that I actually use. Yarn + filling + eyes + embroidery thread = cost of materials.

2.) Then I figure in labour costs. Currently I'm paying myself $5/hr as I'm brand new to my hobby (read: unskilled, not knowledgeable, and things are bordering on crappy looking when I get in a hurry...). I'll be raising my labour cost to $10/hr when I feel like my skills have sufficiently increased -- when things no longer have obvious flaws.

This is my base price that I'd tell someone that something costs if they ask me for it in person without a booth or anything else associated with it.

3.) I then factor in other costs like booth rent, travel, store owner commission, etc and add this to the cost for each item as needed.

This means that the stuff at the physical store is going to cost more than the stuff on my website as I don't have to pay their commission. It seems to keep the prices reasonable for handmade items.

My way seems complicated, but logical to me. Someday I'll figure out a way to simplify it or be awesome enough to well known enough not to do a physical store, but until then, I'll stick with this.
9  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Count Down Begins: 2 days left before 1st pattern instructions are posted!!! on: November 27, 2010 02:01:20 PM
You answered my question!

Though, I have to admit that the type of bags I was thinking of were more of a combination of the generic thank you bags with a left over leaf bag. They are hugely different on the texture and toughness front.

You did give me an idea of which bags to use though. Good thing we had to go grocery shopping yesterday!
10  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Count Down Begins: 2 days left before 1st pattern instructions are posted!!! on: November 25, 2010 05:24:24 PM
Actually, I do have a question now that I get started.

I noticed that many of my plastic bags are of different "sturdiness". I really like the colours of some of them that are quite tough. How, if at all, will this affect the project if I were to mix the weak bags with the tough bags?
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