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2711  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Crocheted scrunchies? on: November 16, 2005 02:30:52 PM
I don't make or sell them (or buy them since my hair is only about an inch long!), but I imagine you can only get so much for a scrunchie. $3-5 at most. However...Christmas is coming up. You can fill jars with some homemade granola mix or something and wrap the scrunchies around the jars as a little skirt or a lid wrap.
2712  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: I need your help for school project! on: November 16, 2005 02:25:03 PM
1.Do you know any company which makes products from recycled items? If yes,what's the name of the company/brand?

A. Lots of companies use recycled products these days; the telephone company (Qwest in my area) recycles its telephone books to make new ones. Bottlers recycle. Homes in my area have recycling pick-up days. It's "everywhere".

2.What do you think about using recycled items for creating new design items?

A. That's a nifty idea; however, in order to make my own product consistent and affordable, I mostly use new products. I'll certainly buy recycled paper if it's the right consistency/purpose and I can get it on a regular basis; but to use something "I happened to find", well...if I can't find this product again, I can only sell "unique" items, which isn't desirable or profitable for me.

3.Do you find nature friendliness and recycling imporant? Why/not?

Everyone, to some extent, thinks it's "important", except for the kind of jerks who still throw their trash out the car window while driving. I guess my next question would be: What is your definition of "important"?

4.Your opinions about Secco ? (please visit ----> http://www.seccoshop.com/english/index.html

A. I think the stuff is cool - if you don't mind selling unique products like that, without the possibility of repeat orders (since you might not have the exact materials to make an exact duplicate of any given product), then more power to ya.

I don't necessarily care that the items are produced from recycled materials, and many people don't want to be "preached" to, so I was happily surprised it was very much in the background. However, for media purposes you'd really have to talk it up more. So goes the dilemma.
2713  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Any Ideas For Share House Cooking?? on: November 12, 2005 06:28:14 AM
Stuffed baked potatoes! Can't get much cheaper than that!

Get a big crock pot. Dump the stuff in in the morning and when you're ready for dinner it's all cooked. Tons of recipes on the 'net. http://southernfood.about.com/library/crock/blcpidx.htm

The casserole: http://www.dianaskitchen.com/page/casserole.htm

Your group might benefit from a membership in Sam's Club or some other warehouse type retailer. You can get tons of good meats at bargain prices (and other stuff!) there. Cut them up into 7-ish servings and freeze.
2714  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What to do with millions of beans and lentils? on: November 11, 2005 05:27:53 PM
Puree some of them and freeze the goop. Makes a good thickener for lots of stuff, add to soups to create some bulk, you can make sauce out of it by adding a few ingredients.

The lentils are great with some coriander, turmeric, a little more cumin, cinnamon, paprika, cayenne, a bit of lemon juice, salt and pepper. Serve with some chicken and yoghurt. Hits the spot!
2715  COOKING / Dessert / Re: regarding those cakes with photos on them... on: November 11, 2005 05:23:36 PM
If you've got a Canon printer, you might print them yourself:

2716  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: what should i name my site on: November 11, 2005 04:44:05 PM
I, too, am not making the leap from "retro" to "pirate" unless you heavily incorporate "loot" or "treasure" into your language. Which you could do, of course.
2717  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Suggestions on getting started on: November 11, 2005 04:23:11 PM
Finding individual buyers is easier if someone else with a ready audience sells them for you. Visiting local shops where your stuff might fit in and talking to the purchasing person or owner would benefit you immensely, not only in possible sales but also in business experience.

Local first, world later. Almost every successful business person I know started locally first. It works.
2718  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: what's in a name?/input on business name & logo please! :) on: November 11, 2005 04:11:48 PM
I'm liking the Twinkle Tree standalone tree (not the one that gets cut off on the side),  but if you decided to, say, make it small or have it embroidered you'd have some difficulty with those small branches. I'd go with fewer branches, and a few larger stars.

It's also a good idea to see how any given logo "works" in black and white. If you can get it to black and white and it still looks good, so much the better.

If the picture part of your logo can stand on its own, so much the better.

In any case, you can have a black dot as a logo if you market your butt off. So it's best to stick with something you like and gives you a spark of confidence.
2719  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Packaging PROBLEM!!! on: November 11, 2005 04:01:44 PM
Nuts, I was going to say that if you have a candy supply store around, they might have something as well.
2720  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Packaging PROBLEM!!! on: November 11, 2005 04:00:52 PM
Wedding favor packaging is nifty:


However, I like Lilly-Queen's idea of the nutritional facts thingie - that's almost too cool. You might mount your jewelry on cardboard, get a small glassine bag to fit, and use a gold foil seal or custom logo sticker to keep it closed. "Nutrition" label on the back.
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