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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: professional looking? on: July 26, 2004 07:52:17 PM
wow, awesome.  totally not my thing, but awesome!  the write-ups you did are great & i think the website has a definite vibe to it.  so, yes, i think the colors are awesome, too!  i mean, i'm not saying i looove them, but it works.    Grin 

hmm, that's the first time i've used a smiley-face.  i think you've infected me with your brightness.  oh, and those little blocks on the top & bottom, i wanna click on them!  maybe it's the whole video-game-ness of it all, but i wish they had rollovers or something fun hidden in them for weirdos like me... 

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22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: help! i'm a mess. on: July 26, 2004 07:07:12 PM
that's awesome sarah!  i'm glad it worked for you... eventually!  (i've had years of putting together Ikea furniture)  another thing i think about doing is making boxes to fit in the cubbies for things like ribbon & buttons & scraps...  someday!  for now i have a wicked lot of sewing to do. 

i'm also having a friend build a huge work-bench for the other side of my studio so i can get back to bookbinding.  i'll post some pictures when it's done & then maybe i'll have books to post pictures of, too!

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23  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Approaching local shop owners on: July 23, 2004 03:23:22 PM
i, okay, well, i collect typewriters, but i've found that the small portable cases work really well for transporting stuff.  it looks more professional if you can find something briefcase-like (but cooler).  it would be appropriate if you got an old ladies makeup case, one of those little travel ones with all the comparments...  that'd be slick to show up with it, nicer than a tacklebox, but just as useful... 

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24  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Labeling on: July 22, 2004 04:26:24 PM
i've made labels for pillows out of ribbon or cloth & stamped my logo on it with a fabric ink pad.  i think it was called the crafting pad, or something...  after stamping, you iron it to set.  i only melted one ribbon & the rest looked really nice!  the screenprinting is a great idea, they make ink specific for clothing that's supposed to set better, but i've used the regular stuff & it doesn't fade too much.

*e
25  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Does anyone know where i can find this...? on: July 22, 2004 04:20:43 PM
i love that paper, it's from the PaperSource in boston:  http://www.paper-source.com/  the 8.5x11 stardream coverstock.  ink jet printers won't work on it, you have to use a classic office laser-type printer, a photocopier might work, too.  to stick the embossing powder i use a Color Box pigment stamp pad, it's really thick and doesn't dry well.  sprinkle the powder on, tap the excess off & funnel it back into the jar.  i finally bought a heat gun for $20 and it is amazing.  i can stamp & powder a ton of cards & then melt them all quickly.  otherwise, it takes some practice, but a small candle works great.  i've heard you can use an iron or the stove, but i've never gotten the hang of it!  'cause i make them myself, i can make little matching hang-tags to stick in the pockets of my stuffed animals.  i was going to post some explanatory pics, but, alas, the camera batteries are dead!

*e
26  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Does anyone know where i can find this...? on: July 21, 2004 04:32:35 PM
depending on the look you're going for, you can make them yourself.   just print out the text then photocopy onto cardstock.  i cut a little rubber stamp with my logo on it & use embossing powder.  then i can get a super-fancy look to it that didn't cost much!  and i like to change them, not my logo, but the format of my business card.  for a while they folded in half because i had so much info on them - i could never afford that professionally done!



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27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: scent-free hands! on: July 08, 2004 03:04:57 PM
i have no idea how this works, but it does:  rub your hands on something stainless steel while rinsing them off.  it even gets the smell of garlic off your fingers!  you can use a spoon or get something fancy like this:

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/itemgroups/2774_1.asp

does anyone understand how it works?  i'd like to know...

*erica
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Where do you buy custom made stamps? on: June 03, 2004 03:10:16 PM
i've used the little letter-kits from Staples & they're fun if you want to write a very short line of text like for a tag, but not very exciting.  some times i buy the speedy-cut lino stuff & cut image-stamps with an x-acto.  usually i just cannabalize my magic-rub erasers!  but if you're looking to get a logo & text made you can get them at Kinko's.  or, even better, if there's a little local stationary/office store nearby, they might be able to make one for you.  and maybe cheaper.  just bring them the design in black on a piece of paper.
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29  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: handmade vs. handsewn on: June 03, 2004 02:59:52 PM
i think it definitely qualifies as handmade when you sew something on your machine!  i make little stuffed creatures & they're machine sewn, but cut with my hands.  stuffed by my hands.  it takes my hands to run it through the sewing machine.  hand made!  a big difference is that I made it myself, not that you can't have a friend help out, but they aren't assembly-line mass-produced conveyor-belt shrink-wrapped indentical creatures.  hand-made implies one-of-a-kind, even if you make similar ones & re-use a pattern, something hand made will be slightly different every time.  unless you're a robot. Wink
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Blankets on: May 31, 2004 10:58:56 AM
i like the fringe you did, i usually get lazy & just leave the raw fleece edge.  i made fleece blankets for a group of my friends that live in a warehouse they can't afford to heat.  i appliqued bombs & skulls & unicorns on them.  the boys walked around the warehouse wrapped in them all winter!  if you have a cat, too, they love fleece blankets... sometimes a little too much...

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