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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Teddybear wedding sculpture on: March 12, 2009 08:44:15 PM
This is an edible sculpture that I made. The buildings and flowercart are made from gingerbread (I drilled holes in the gingerbread for the flower bunches to sit in). The teddybears and the flowers are all made from fondant. The bushes and roadway are made from (various) cereal marshmallow treats and the grass is dyed coconut. Allthough it is edible it wasn't really intended for consumption, it's just something I enjoy doing that allows my imagination to flow. This is my second project that I have done like this.

I sure hope this worked
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Where to find paper bags... on: June 02, 2007 09:14:43 PM
you can also try orientaltradingcompany.com. They sell bags in several sizes at decent prices. (They also have all sorts of fun cool stuff)
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: interested in fairs but nervous on: June 02, 2007 08:48:58 PM
First off make sure this is something you Really want to do. Because it actually cost a lot to do these things as I'm currently finding out my self. I live in NY and you just can't put up a table and sell your stuff (which I naively thought was the way things went) You have to apply for all sorts of annoying legal things like tax id numbers, Doing business AS name and a host of other crap I had no idea about. Then there is the cost of tents and tables and displays, not to mention the fortune I have paid for my suppies for my craft. OK... you say you have all of that taken care of and it's no problem, now you have to find the right shows for your work. I am currently doing my second show, both of which were billed as "Craft" shows yet I seem to be the only merchant with actual handcrafted items.

If this all seems daunting let me tell you...it is. I'm starting to wonder if it was worth all of the headaches with the legal stuff and such and finding the festivals that actually bill themselves correctly.  But hey I'll let you make the final decision, just be aware that there really is a LOT of (unexpected) work involved in doing these shows.  Good luck and I do hope you are successfull. Take care, Joanie

P.S. One more word of advice (and I wish I had read this before I started on the road to craft shows) If you are going to buy a tent make sure it's white. I bought a pink one (hey it was pretty and I thought along with the white trellises that I was using  would give my display of  floral wreaths a garden party look) But in fact it now gives everything under the tent a strong pink hue. Go with white, it's the best. Once again good luck and best wishes.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / How can I be certain it's an actual CRAFTS fair? on: June 02, 2007 08:34:20 PM
I am new to craft fairs as a vendor and was wondering...Does anyone have a sure fire way for finding out if a craft fair is actually a real "CRAFT" fair?  I have done one "craft" festival already and I am currently in the middle of a two day show. The very first rule (in both fairs) stipulates "no commercial products" But that is all anyone at either "craft" festival sold.  Out of over 100 hundred vendors I am the only one with anything actually handcrafted. (This happened at my first show too.) What's the deal? Why aren't the rules adhered to and how can one tell if a show will actually be featuring "real" handcrafted items? Any one have any ideas?    Thanks, Joanie
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Nom de plume (pen name) on: April 26, 2007 06:02:08 PM
I'm not really planning to take checks (I have already signed up with a service to take credit cards at shows using a touch tone cell phone) they will send the payments to my (Joanie McGuiness) bank account. So money matters are not the issue. I am also applying for my state sales tax # under my real name. I just want to use the Joanie James name on my web site and business cards. And I will be using "Seaside Gardens Decor" as my company name.

Craftychef you mentioned filing a dba as my new name. What is a dba. (I always pay careful attention to your posts you seem to have infinite knowledge in all crafting matters and have answered many of my questions through reading other peoples posts) 

Thanks every one for the help and I'm glad you like my nom de plume ScotSkipper402
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Nom de plume (pen name) on: April 24, 2007 03:43:35 PM
I was wondering if anyone knows if it OK to use a nom de plume (a pen name) on the (craft business) web site I'm trying to build? My real name is Joanie McGuiness but it is so long and doesn't exactly have an artistic feel to it. I would like to use Joanie James instead. (My moms name is Joan too and my dads name was James so I thought it would be a good choice) But will this cause legal issues if I introduce myself on my website in the "about me" section as Joanie James. I haven't changed my name legally and have no intention of doing so. Any suggestions?
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