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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Logo Design How-To? on: February 06, 2006 06:16:47 PM
I have a basic idea in my head for a logo...but no knowledge of how to put it together...
   How did you all get your wonderful logos/banners? Is there some fabulous cheap and easy do-it-yourself website? The cheapest site I have found so far is $99...which may be reasonable...I don't know.

Any thoughts?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn-A-Round thing on: December 03, 2005 05:28:13 PM
I picked up a New Yarn -A-Round thing. It's made by Lion Brand ( I think). It's supposed be for knitting basically, but without knitting. (that doesn't make any sense!) Anyway, it's basically a hoop with pegs. COmes with a pattern booklet to make hats, scarves, etc. I got it at a church sale for a quarter! Has anyone ever used one? I'll probably try it tomorrow.

BTW-(don't hate me) I also got a Badge-a-Minit press with supplies for a dollar!! I've already put it to use! Grin

3  COOKING / Dessert / Anyone remember the movie "Steel Magnolias"? on: December 03, 2005 02:26:46 PM
Okay, so I am collecting super cheap and easy recipes for a present for my cousin. I remember in the movie Dolly Parton spouted off a recipe for "Cupa Cupa Cupa". All I remember is a cup of something, a cup of something else "with the juice" and a cup of something else. And you bake "until gold and bubbly". Anyone have a better memory?   

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Problems....Need Help....May Be Long! on: December 03, 2005 10:36:27 AM
The problems keep mounting and I am already stressing out! Oh, how I wish there was a Starbucks nearby! Embarrassed

Problem #1--My dad's side always draws names for gifts and sets a price limit, but I always fill stockings for everyone "from Santa" which usually includes candy, chex mix, little wrapped gifts, and of course candles and soaps that I make. This year my step-grandfather has had a terrible time with his health recently and has an oxygen tank, so nothing scented! AAHHH! He is also diabetic. He can crochet and knit wonderfully, so he doesn't need anything in that area. (He actually knits socks and blankets for elderly people in hospitals and nursing homes everyday!) Last year he gave me a really nice sewing kit. So I was thinking it would be nice for him to see that I put it to use..but what?!?!?!

Problem #2--My cousin and I usually don't exchange gifts, but I thought I would I would put together a little stocking for her. She is 20, has a one year old, and is on a budget, so as one of the gifts for her stocking I am making a bunch of recipe cards and a recipe box for her. All the recipes are VERY VERY cheap and easy to make. I have found a bunch of Ramen noodle recipes (that's about the extent of her cooking ability) but I can't find any others that don't involve a cup of this, a teaspoon of that, etc, etc. I wish I could find my "4 Ingredient CookBook"! Angry  Does anyone know of any recipes like this or where on the net I could find some? I've done searches, but didn't really get anywhere.

Problem #3--The BIG PROBLEM(S)--Boyfriend's Family--(Some background-we have been together for over 5 years, have a 3 year old daughter, live and work together. His family hasn't spoken to me or daughter since her 1st Birthday) In October, I sent out "cards" to everyone asking for what they would like for Christmas and their current hobbies/interests. It was very nicely done and everyone in my family thought it was such a good idea. Lips sealed Well, of course I sent the cards to his family (even though I don't speak to them, nor they me) along with a letter that nicely explained I had to have all my Christmas shopping done before Dec 15th, because my Dad has to have surgery the 16th. I have not heard a word back from them! His mom told him she wasn't going to fill it out and to get her a small toolbox. His family consists of his mom, sister, her husband, and his daughter. I have no idea what to get them! My boyfriend suggested not getting them anything if they were going to be like that, but that feels so mean to me! I would like to at least get the daughter something, but I don't know her at all! I am not even sure how old she is! I think 12-14. TO give you an idea of how rude they are... At Thanksgiving....his sister wanted to have dinner Friday at lunchtime. My boyfriend told his mom that wouldn't work for him because he HAD to work. He said Thanksgiving day or Saturday after 5:30 would be best for him, he had to work Sat. but would be done by 5. His mom said okay Sat evening would work. Well, Saturday rolls around and at 12:30, his mom calls him and says "we're eating in 30 minutes, you better get here". SO he obviously missed out on dinner!
Maybe I should get them gift certificates?? They will probably send me a very generic bath set from Wal-Mart and my daughter clothes that won't fit and are hideous!

Sorry, this has been so long and ranty! Any help is highly appreciated!  Huh Huh
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Ideas for promoting a flea market?? on: October 26, 2005 11:07:30 AM
I hope this is the right area to post this.

Since July, I have organized an outdoor flea market that gathers twice a month in a large parking lot.
I had talked about it for several months beforehand and everyone was just thrilled with the idea! The parking lot is huge and adjoins a shopping center that includes an antique mall, dollar store, movie theater, retro diner,  and others. It is located just 2 miles from the Interstate, but the town has only about 10,000.
Being born into the antique business/flea market circuit I know a lot of dealers, so I spent literally hundreds mailing out flyers to various people and businesses I thought would be interested. I spend about $150 every month in newspaper ads. The only newspaper I haven't advertised in is the one in the large city 20 miles away, but a 4 day classified ad was going to run me $400 Shocked. I just don't have the kind of money!
The rates for the market are cheaper then others and I let them set up from dawn til dusk if they want.
Here's the problems:
1. the dealers usually set up between 6am-8am and then it is just dead til 11am. I mean NO customers! How can I get customers out early?

2. All the dealers seem to want to go home between 1pm-3pm but then a new flood of customers come about 4-5pm and the market is all but bare, so the customers get mad that they travelled and no one is set up.

3. The weeks when I have a lot of people set up, there seems to be fewer customers. Then the opposite is true-when there are more customers, there are fewer dealers. How can I reach out to both??

Any ideas would be appreciated. I have another market coming up on Sunday.....

Ideas??? Anyone?Huh??

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