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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Someone wants my stuff....now what? on: October 26, 2004 09:57:30 AM
Crafty Business Grrrls,

I have a shop on Zazzle.com (similar to cafepress) where I sell my retro/kitsch designs. People have the option of putting them on tee's, posters, sweats, etc.

A woman contacted me thru my page on zazzle and would like to carry my stuff in her shop and on her site. I checked out her website-which is legit. She wants to know my wholesale info/prices.

The problem is, since I just do the designs and Zazzle does all the rest, I'm not sure how I would go about selling them by other means.... Huh. I would have to order them from Zazzle and then sell them to her....? But I'm not sure how I would do that and still : A. make money for me and B. keep them low enough for wholesale. Any suggestions on how to do this?

I also think that since I am dealing in wholesale & selling them outright I would have to get a vendor's permit, which I currently don't have at the moment...

Also, would it be worth it to invest the possible amount of $$ it woud take? I'm just changing jobs, so I don't have a lot right now!

I hope this makes sense!

Any help/ideas/suggestions/etc would be wonderful!

added: sorry for the double post! Embarrassed

Thanks in advance,
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Only on eBay..crochet links on: September 14, 2004 11:25:14 PM
Get a load of this.

This woman is selling a link to free patterns!


I hope to goddess no one is stupid enough to buy it.

I went into wench mode and complained to eBay about it. That's what happens when I'm PMSing!  Grin
(seriously though, selling a LINK?Huh c'mon!)

3  Ohio / Ohio: Central / Cols "Artsy" Festivals on: March 10, 2004 09:35:26 AM
Another place to sell your crafts!

(go to street fair section)

June 25, 26 & 27, 2004

Artists, Crafts-persons, Global Village and Contemporary Commercial Vendors:
After 31 years and 32 festivals, Comfest is still growing strong! Community Festival is a free,
three-day, outdoor, music and arts festival where local artists, crafts-persons, community
organizations, and political action groups can participate in the fun. Projected attendance in
is over 60,000 people.

Arts & Crafts: A $25 Application Fee and 10% of your GROSS sales, which will be collected each evening by the designated Booth Coordinator.

All applications must be RECEIVED no later than MAY 1, 2004.

Proof of a vendor's lic. is required.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery Sites on: October 08, 2003 12:57:29 PM
NeedleCrafter is one of my favorite sites. She has comparisons on the best way to transfer patterns onto fabrics.  In her "Library" section, you can also find tons of free patterns including ones of pin-up girls and flappers.


Classic Stitches Magazine is a UK based publication. The website has a very large glossary of stiches, with instructions on how to do them. Sharon B., an Aussie, also has a good stitch dictionary.


(or go to www.classicstitches.com under "stitching zone" tab and "know how" topic.)


Need to learn to embroider? Jenny Hart of Sublime Stiching did a tutorial w/pics on the GetCrafty website.

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Non Cheesy Baby Shower on: October 01, 2003 11:35:52 PM
Okay, I'm helping a fellow childless and single friend do a mutual friend's baby shower. (does that make sense?) We're both looking for some cool ideas for the invitations, games, entertainment, etc.  Non-cutsey/cheesy stuff. :-)

  • It is going to be a "couples" party--both men and women
  • The mother-to-be runs a cake/cookie baking service on the side, so were too damn intimidated to attempt to make anything in that department
  • They did not chose to find out the sex of the baby
  • She is a first-time mom

Any help would be oh-so-wonderful!

Thanks in advance!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Books for Retro/Kitsch Decor on: September 28, 2003 08:02:54 PM
Pad by Matt Maranian (and now Pad Parties is available). Some of the stuff is a little over the top, but there are still some good projects here. An LP Desktop Box, Porno Chic Love Lamp, Toilet Seat Art, and Cousin It Tissue Cozy are some of the ideas that you will find. Maranian also gives hints on what household plants are right for you, includes cocktail recipes, and gives general decorating tips. Tons of pictures and profiles of those living the "Pad" life are throughout. A list of suppliers and retailers is also included.

Retro Style by Marion Haslam.
This British book containes a brief history of Mid-Century modern design combined with how-to projects. Space-age placemats, the must-have boomerang coffee table, a frosted glass vase and a no-sew wall hanging are some of the included ideas. Illustrated throughout with photographs of original designs from the period.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Embossed Felt on: September 21, 2003 05:40:31 PM
I recently borrowed a book from the library that used embossed felt for a purse project. It was really cool, since they used two different kinds--snakeskin and a flower type pattern.

The problem is that the supplier, Kunin Felt, does not sell retail....all of the suppliers listed sell Kunin's other kinds of felt, but not the embossed (called Classic Impressions).  Cry


Web searches on Google haven't turned up anything either....

Long story longer.....my question is:
  • has anyone ever seen this product locally, or
  • does anyone know how to emboss felt? can you do it w/an iron, spray bottle of water and stamp (like velvet)?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bottle Cap Jewelry: Bottle Cap Bracelet! on: September 14, 2003 04:06:34 PM
Bottle Cap Bracelet

What you'll need:
    [*]several bottle caps (I got some cool unused vintage ones on e-bay)
    [*]6 mm jump rings
    [*]4mm jump rings
    [*]dremel or other rotary tool
    [*]sand paper or nail file
    [*]crazy or super-type permanent glue
    [*]clasp/closure of your choice
    [*]tape measure
    [*]scrap piece of wood
    Using a tape measure, measure your wrist holding the tape measure snug, but not tight. Lay down the tape measure on a flat surface. Lay the bottle caps on top of it until the number of bottle caps matches your wrist measurement (FIG 1). Remember that the jump rings will add a small amount of length.

    Lay the bottle cap on your wood scrap. Using your rotary tool and an extremely small bit (mine was about the size of a toothpick) drill two holes on opposite sides of the bottle cap. You will find it easiest to drill next to the crimps in the cap. (FIG 2) Turn the cap over and sand the holes to smooth down the rough edges. Do this step for all of the bottle caps.

    Take the 6mm jump ring and twist it open. Holding the two caps together like a sandwich (FIG 3) insert the jump ring through both bottle caps. Close the jump ring and repeat this step on all of the caps. Seal all the jump rings (except for the ones on each of the ends) with the glue.

    The bracelet should be flexible where the jump rings are attached (FIG 4). If for some reason yours are not, you may need to use bigger jump rings.

    Attach a 4mm jump ring to one side and attach the clasp to the other. Seal the remaining rings.

    Tahdah....You have made a unique new piece of jewelry! Wear it with pride....

    9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Budget Living on: September 11, 2003 12:19:38 PM
    Budget Living
    Published 6 times a year. US subscription $14.95.

    Lately I've been a bit disappointed in Ready Made, but this mag (aimed at the same audience) has yet to let me down!

    This magazine has a DIY section that includes prices of the materials used. Some of the ideas are retreads (record bowls, etc.) but unique projects are included as well (hot dog eyeglasses case). They frequently use recycled objects.

    They also have a theme party section in each issue that includes decorating tips and recipes.

    Fashion, travel, gadgets, and money advice can also be found.

    Along with Bust, one of the few mags I read from cover to cover! Smiley
    10  Ohio / Ohio: Central / Central Ohio Craft Stores on: September 10, 2003 11:07:04 PM
    When it comes to chain stores, Central Ohio is a great place for the crafty/arty gal. JoAnn's, Hancock Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Dick Blick are located in several places around town.

    Quilters and Fabric Freaks will like The Glass Thimble/3434 N. High St. They have a large selection of cotton fabrics as well as stained glass supplies. Although I don't quilt, I go there a few times a year with the Mom and manage to find one or two unusual fabrics.

    Prizm/ 1270 E. Powell Road (near Polaris mall) is a great place to go for artist's stuff and craftster-type craft supplies. Very nice and knowledgeable staff, comparable prices.

    Central Ohio is also home to several stores and craft malls that sell ready made craft items. The majority that I've run ito have been of the "kuntry kute" variety though.

    The Short North area (located on -surprise-North High Street near downtown) is the place to go for artisan and retro inspired goods. But remember, the prices often reflect the high rents in this artistic disctrict!

    If you are a crafty gal who live in or is visiting Ohio, feel free to email me!

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