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11  California / California: South / PUNK ROCK CRAFT FAIR, San Diego, CA July 29-30th (APPLICATIONS DUE JUNE 15) on: June 09, 2006 04:19:30 PM
HEY So. Cal!  The San Diego Craft Mafia and SD Bad Girls of Craft are organizing a two day punk rock craft show JULY 29 + 30th and are looking for vendors of all kinds and performers of all kinds...Applications are due by JUNE 15!

The event will be held at UCSD's Che Cafe off Gilman Dr, in La Jolla, CA and promises all kinds of interesting performances, music and shopping throughout both days.  Vendor spaces are only $15, but limited space is available.

The application is available for view here  (word document):  http://www.punkrockcraftfair.com/apps/PRCF_2006_vendorapp.doc

Please join the Punk Rock Craft Fair myspace here:  http://www.myspace.com/punkrockcraftfair

More info about the event, how to apply, be involved, and attend are here:  http://www.punkrockcraftfair.com/

Any crafters interested in participating but not in the area are also invited to contribute to SWAG BAGS being given to the first 100 attendees.

Questions?  Contact info@punkrockcraftfair.com

Thanks for reading!  Pass it on!

12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / hotlinking: good or bad? on: January 05, 2006 11:17:38 AM
people are always hotlinking images from my website, using them as their avatars, eating up my bandwidth, not giving credit, etc.  it drives me nuts, but it's also flattering that people want to share images from my site, use them for themselves, etc. what's a solution to this dilemma?  does anyone else have this problem?  i'm interested in two cents!

i was thinking it would be really great if there's something we could do so anytime someone steals an image from a website, it just redirects them to the website instead.  that would be sort of sly!
13  California / California: Central / stolen artwork from giant robot in san francisco on: December 16, 2005 07:35:58 PM
hi, i know this isn't really a craftster oriented topic, but it is a pretty tight community of individuals who know how hard it is to make things for a living.  so, here is some bad news of mine, and if anyone can help (i'm very hopeful, i know) please, please do.  please spread the word:


my name is susie ghahremani, my email address is susie @ boygirlparty.com, and i just received word from san francisco that six of my pieces from my show at giant robot right now ("let's share" at gr-sf) have been stolen.

if you know anything about the theft or can spread the word to help return the pieces to me or the people who have purchased them, please help.

among the pieces stolen was one of my favorite pieces to date, this miniature of a baby chicken:

giant robot can be contacted at gr-sf.com, they are located at 622 shrader st. in san francisco.

thank you for any help finding these works.
14  California / California: South / san diego, holler back! on: August 24, 2005 05:39:42 PM
i'm moving to san diego next month.  any craftsters, holler back!

looking for:

- good tofu scramble
- secluded beaches
- fabric steals
- ice cream
- good craft fairs to participate in
- good places to get vintage housewares and furniture
- craft pals like you!
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / credibility/feedback on: May 23, 2005 07:04:14 AM
if you run an online store, do you find that being featured in magazines, customer reviews, etc. have lended to your credibility as a business?  i wonder if people feel intimidated shopping independently because they're not guaranteed corporation-like customer service on account of businesses usually being run by one or two people.  does it eases anyone's minds, or do they ever read, the press/testimonials page that independent businesses sometimes offer??  does it encourages them to shop independently, appreciate the handmade and hand designed quality of items, understand the care that goes into the operation, etc.?

once in awhile, i'll feel like i'm being treated like a corporation and it just totally freaks me out.

also, related!:
if you've previously shopped at my site, i would super appreciate any sort of feedback for possible inclusion on the site!
the new testimonials page is:
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / paypal overseas shipping solutions? on: April 04, 2005 06:51:04 AM
i've tried out two different methods for overseas shipping with paypal's shopping cart, and both have been less than awesome:

originally, i had a button that said "click to add $2 to cover international postage", which sort of worked, but sometimes people were so grossly over or under charged for shipping to their destination!  and of course, not everyone clicked.

it looked like this:

and said:  "international shipping :: $2 :: for destinations outside the u.s.a. and canada. if overseas shoppers don't select this, i reserve the right to ship via donkey on an inflatable raft"

now, i have in my FAQ under shipping rates that the website only accepts orders to the u.s. + canada, but international orders should contact me for a custom shipping quote (which i give based on weight and destination, so it is precise!) but people are just sneaking by and ordering with the u.s. + canada shipping rates, and when i invoice them for the difference, sometimes they don't even reply or follow up!

it's extremely frustrating, not to mention an incredible waste of time!

has anyone found a solution??
also, is there anything i should know about permits to ship internationally, customs or tax stuff or anything?
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / taking off our hats/illustration friday on: April 02, 2005 06:17:01 AM
it is so incredibly cool to see so many painters among the craftster community!

here is some of my work:

i have a solo show coming up on april 15th in seattle, WA at a place called schmancy, if any of you are in the area!

does anyone out there participate in http://www.illustrationfriday.com?
i just started, it's a fun little exercise!
18  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / out with the old, in with the new? on: April 01, 2005 06:44:02 AM
there have got to be people out there who are sick of doing craft fairs and want to get rid of their EZ up tents, folding tables and chairs, display products, etc.  but where are they??  I know i'm looking for all of the above around here in new england!  it would be so great if people could recycle these materials back to other crafters instead of at yard sales or whatever!
is anyone out there parting with any of these things?  or any suggestions of a craft-related place to find them?
19  UNITED STATES / Rhode Island / bizarre bazaar @ as220 on: September 13, 2004 07:04:51 AM
hey!  has anyone been going to/participating in the monthly bazaars at as220?  i participated in one back in early spring, i was wondering what they're like lately.. i had fun participating, but it had some details that needed to be ironed out and cleaned up.  what has it been like lately?  please share!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / hummingbird tote! on: September 10, 2004 08:19:45 AM
i got a print gocco a couple days ago and have been having so much fun learning to use it, and screen printing at home, something always hated doing before because of the huge mess it makes.  so i whipped up an ink jet printout of a drawing i had done of a hummingbird and started printing:

okay, so i still made a bit of a mess...

but then i started sewing with my little prints and here's what i just finished:

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