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101  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: pearls of wisdom: what do you know now... on: June 05, 2013 05:49:33 AM
4. Personalize your services... at my "day job" (retail bead store), we take plain brown paper bags and decorate them. Not much, just a little handmade paper (not by us, that would be a bit too much work! lol)  mod podged on with a puffy paint squiggly on top and our name stamped... doesn't take more than a few seconds for each one, but customers DEFINITELY notice. We started decorating plain brown gift boxes the same way, and customers are requesting them. 

I bought some plan brown bags with handles and stamped my logo on them.  Turned out cute.  I need to get some curly ribbon to add a spark of color though.  This personalizes it but I don't spend a ton of time on it.

102  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Stencil On Ceramic Mugs on: March 10, 2013 04:31:27 PM
I have been making custom coasters (tumbled travertine) using stazon ink.  I sell my coaster sets and am now beginning to get specialized requests.

Recently I had an inquiry about stamping/stenciling on ceramic mugs for a local business.  They want their business initials (monogram) done on the mugs.  I know I can stencil it and I would use stazon ink and then bake the mugs for 30 minutes.

My question is this ....
The stenciling would only be on the exterior of the mugs.  Would the mugs still be food and beverage safe?  I need an answer to this before I agree to do the mugs.  Thanks in advance.
103  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Displaying Tile Coasters on: March 10, 2013 02:36:52 PM
I make custom travertine coasters and have begun selling at craft shows.  I buy 4"x4" tiles and sell in sets of 4, which are tied with ribbon or twine/jute.  I use only ivory colored tiles.

I have been using 2 six foot tables and a 4 foot table with a dark brown sheet over each table.  I display most of them laying down on the table.  I have found one wooden tray that allows me to display some sitting more upright/angled.

I also sell 8"x8" trivets that are decorated as well.  I found a plate display that holds about 6 so I use that for trivets but really only the one in the front has it's design visible.

The weight of the coasters makes them too heavy display on a wall like you would jewelry or other light weight items.  Any ideas on how else to display?
104  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: How much would you pay for a stall? on: March 10, 2013 01:33:51 PM
I just began doing craft shows in the last few weeks as a vendor but have attended them for years.

In our area, south Louisiana in the USA, it is typical to pay $35-50 for a one day event that is held outside, rain or shine and you get NO tables, tents, chairs etc.  Everything is provided by the vendor.  Electricity costs $5-10 extra, if it is even available.

There is one show in our area that is huge, over 300 vendors, that is $120 for the day (8 AM-4PM) and nothing is provided, except HUGE attendance, which is a big pay off.  I have not done this one yet as a vendor since I have just started but considering it in the fall.  This show is a fundraiser for a local plantation/museum.  It is a historic site.  The show is historic as well.  People come from all over.

I am willing to pay that much for that particular show due to the large atttendance in the 1000's.  However, in general, I am willing to pay about $40-50 for the day.

Let me just say I am the typical American who is totally thrown off by prices listed in other currencies besides the US dollar.  Is it possible for members who reside outside the US to note the US dollar equvalent or exchange when posting?  Can you tell I am new to this board?  LOL
105  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / Houma, Thibodaux Arera on: March 10, 2013 01:23:24 PM
I am new to this board but would like to meet others in my area.

I have started making custom coasters (www.facebook.com/customcoastersbycindy).  I have them for sale at our brick and mortar business and one owned by a friend.  I also have done 3 craft shows, 3 weekends in a row, Saturdays only.

I am interested in meeting others who make similar items or those who do craft shows in my area.

I also scrapbook and am in a group that meets 1-2 times per month.  Other crafts welcome.  If you want more info, please email me at shadojake@comcast.net.
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