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1  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?
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My First Wookie on: July 16, 2010 01:11:59 PM
This is my first time crocheting anything from just my mind. I even wrote down the pattern. I'd like some feedback, if you make him.   Cheesy

Chewie is about 7 inches tall, made out of insanely hairy yarn, and some imagination. Here is a tutorial for how I put him together.

You'll need:

    * one skein of Sensations Beautiful Yarn (found a JoAnn Fabrics) in brown
    * 5 mm crochet hook
    * a small amount of black or darker brown yarn
    * a little bit of white yarn
    * Safety eyes
    * optional stitch holder to hold your place

Head and body
Start with a magic circle of 6 sc.
Rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc (12)
Rnd 2: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18 )
Rnd 3: sc in each sc (18 )
Rnd 4 - 6: sc in each sc (18 )
Rnd 7: * sc in next two sc, dec in next sc* around (12)
Rnd 8: sc in each sc (12)
Add safety eyes and stuff the head here
Rnd 9: * sc in next sc, dec in next sc* around (8 )
Rnd 10: sc in each sc (8 )
Rnd 11: * sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (12)
Rnd 12: *2 sc in each sc * around (24)
Rnd 13 19: *sc in each sc * around (24)
Rnd 20: dec around (12)
Rnd 21: dec around (6)
Stuff body here
Rnd 22: dec around (3)
Stitch close, fasten off

Legs (make 2)
Start with a magic circle of 4 sc
Rnd 1: * 2sc in each sc* around (8 )
Rnd 2 7: *sc in each sc * around (8 )
Rnd 8: ch 1, then sc across top to close. Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing to the body

Arms (make 2)
Start with a magic circle of 3 sc
Rnd 1: * 2sc in each sc* around (6)
Rnd 2 7: *sc in each sc * around (6)
Rnd 8: ch 1, then sc across top to close. Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing to the body

Satchel and belt
Belt: Work a foundation chain about 7 inches long, then double crochet back to beginning.
Weave in a silver or white thread to make the bars.

Chain 8, then sc in second chain from the hook, work across.
Work as many rows as you want half the size, then attach the belt.
If you wanted to, you could probably make this an opening satchel, but I chose not to.

I made him hairier by brushing him gently with a cat brush. I don't know if a toothbrush would work or not. Try and see what you come up with!

Happy crocheting!
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