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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Please critique my site- Hot Pink Zebra! on: July 05, 2005 06:45:23 PM
I purchased my hosting plan waaaay back around Christmas, but just got around to finishing most of my site, and getting it posted. I've never created a web site before, so please bear with me. I'm looking for any opinions, html advice, etc. I'd like to know if you find any bugs or broken links within the site. I am using the latest version of Internet Explorer, at a 1152 x 864 resolution on a cable connection- I'd really appreciate comments from users of firefox, mac, opera, dial-up, etc.- even if it's just to say that it worked for you. Also, do my shipping charges and consignment information seem fair? I am so used to selling on ebay, I'm not sure what's too high or too low in the "real world"!


Known problems/missing things that I plan to change:

- no meta tags
- some of the links are pink (which I want them to be), while others still show up in blue
- the *'d notes at the bottom of the Shipping Info page are way too close to the paragraph about international orders.
- the shop is empty!

Known problems that I'm not entirely sure how to fix, and would appreciate any advice on (save me from days of google searching!):

- banner at the top of page opens home page in a new window, instead of in the same frame

Thank you!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Suspenders on: November 30, 2004 09:05:07 PM
I tried searching the forums, and google for instructions on making Suspenders. I'm sure it's probably an easy process, but has anyone ever made their own suspenders? Do you have any tips, suggestions, tutorials, etc.? I'd appreciate any info at all. Thanks!
3  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Southwest / How to start a rather small, legit business in PA? on: October 09, 2004 07:57:14 PM
Well I have browsed the crafty business ventures section, but I've found that the rules & regulations seem to be area specific. Could anyone from PA lay out exactly what I need/ how much it would cost to start an exceptionally small at-home business in Johnstown, PA? I'm currently selling accessories on ebay, but I've been getting a lot of emails for custom orders. I've also done a craft fair recently, and would like to do more in the future. I also have a small business that would like to sell my items in their establishment. I would like to be able to do business in a clean, legal fashion, hopefully using the name I've been using on ebay. I know the domain name is still open, and have also been considering buying that. I'd love to have any information on reporting/receiving sales tax, paying/reporting income tax, registering a business & business name, how much these things would cost, etc. Thanks in advance!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What is the average waist measurement for a size 1? on: September 20, 2004 08:44:12 PM
I have a customer who wants to buy a belt from me for his fiance, who is a US size one. He doesn't know her waist measurement in inches (and it would give away the surprise if he asked). I am not a size 1, and haven't been for quite a while. I tried to google search and see what the average measurement of a size one was, but didn't find anything useful. Sooo, if you are a size 1, or know someone who is, could you pleeeeease post your/her waist measurement (or the measurement of a belt that fits well) in inches? I would really appreciate your help. Thanks!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Boring Plaid mini into cool new bondage skirt on: September 16, 2004 10:48:37 AM
My first post of something I made! I stumbled upon these two slightly boring wool plaid mini skirts from the Limited. They were both in excellent condition (like new), and I felt like I could give them new, much cooler lives. I had several yards of really sturdy, stretchy lingerie lace lying around that I had purchased for no real reason. A trip to the hardware store, and a couple of d-rings later, I came up with this for the first skirt:

The skirt before I began...

The front, pinned to fit my freakishly skinny mannequin.

Any opinions? Do you think it's worth trying to sell (It's a size 6, and I'm, well....not)? Please be gentle, this is my first time posting anything like this...
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Ribbon Belts on: September 01, 2004 07:56:43 AM
I have a booth at a festival in a little less than two weeks. One of the things I've been making a lot of is ribbon belts. I'm experimenting with different styles, widths, etc. I personally prefer to wear ones that are 7/8" wide,  and only one layer. Obviously I know not everyone likes them the same way, so I thought I'd ask what kinds you craftsters prefer...1 reversible layer(made with ribbon that already has two different-looking faces), two layers so it's reversed side can be worn for a completely different look (made with 2 different kinds of ribbon sewn together), 7/8", 1 1/2"? I hope this makes sense, I'd really appreciate any opinions you can give me. Thanks!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Displaying hair accessories on: August 30, 2004 06:44:53 PM
I have my first craft fair coming up on Sept. 11, and I'm looking for those little card sort of things to sell my hair accessories on. I'm looking for something kind of like the earring cards at: http://www.thunderbirdsupply.com , but for hair supplies (like the cardboard that sets of bobby pins come on at the store, but for only one or two pairs) . Does anyone know where I could find such a thing (cheaply, if possible)?
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Brayers... on: August 18, 2004 10:23:04 AM
I bought a speedball silkscreening kit on ebay, and it should be arriving within the next few days. It includes everything (screen, ink, drawing fluid, etc), except a brayer. I've never done silkscreening before, so I was wondering...do I really need a brayer? Is there anything else I could use that wouldn't sacrifice quality? Also, if a brayer is necessary, what kind should I purchase? Everywhere I've looked online has hard rubber, soft rubber, and testrite lucite. I'll be screening mainly t-shirts and skirts, if that makes any difference. Thanks for your help!
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Issues with RIT on: August 01, 2004 01:09:47 PM
Sooo, I bought some light pink RIT (the powdered kind) for 75 cents from a discount store. Today I decided that I wanted to dye a white shirt that I had laying around my room. So, I loaded it in the washer and went off to assemble my new desk. The directions say to keep turning the soak up, until it's been soaking 30 minutes, and not to let it get to rinse. Well, I happened to be very engrossed in my desk assembling and forgot about the shirt til I heard the washer start rinsing. By the time I got to the basement, all the dye was already out of the washer. I just took the shirt out and rinsed it in cold water, I figured there was no reason to keep soaking it since the dye was already gone. I'm fine with the color, but I was wondering if the fact it was only rinsed for 1/3 of the recommended time will affect how colorfast it is... I mean slow fading over an extended period of time, during washings and such is fine with me. However, I plan on wearing it to Warped Tour this Thursday, with a pair of light blue jeans, and I don't want my body and pants to be dyed pink if it rains. WOW, I'm sorry this is got so long, but can anyone help me out? Thank you!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making a Corsety shirt out of a BIG band t-shirt on: July 22, 2004 10:10:12 AM
First off, I want to apologize if this has already been discussed elsewhere. I used the search and browsed the boards, and couldn't find a thread that explained exactly what I was looking for. So, I'll start by apologizing if this is a repeat. Anywho,  I've been coveting shirts like this http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=63868&item=5311524300 for quite some time, but I don't have nearly enough cash to beat the steep winning bids on them. I also have TONS of oversized band shirts from various shows I've attended over the past few years. I'd like to take a shot at reconstructing one (or all) of them into that corset style. I'm looking for advice as to how exactly I should go about doing that. Do I just cut panels, and sew them together? Do I need to use boning, since it's only a t-shirt? I'd really appreciate any tips or tutorials that you'd be willing to share. Thanks in advance!
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