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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / My website's content on: March 02, 2010 11:38:13 PM
Hey everyone! Here's mah websiiiiteee: http://fluxxii.com/

I want to know just one thing about it before I go crazy and send the link off to everyone: how's my content?

When you look at the site, are you thinking, "Wow, this is great/interesting! I would love to support this!" or is it more like, "Okay yeah, mental health, I get it, stop mentioning it already." Sometimes I feel like it's too overwhelming and too cheesy. Is it to corny? Opinions?

If you have any comments about the design I would love those too, but really I'm more concerned with the text and content at the moment. Smiley Thanks!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My "I'm really excited for spring!" dress on: February 21, 2010 07:23:14 PM
I love this because it's my first piece of wearable clothing! I've never really sewn anything before, but now I know that I can make something like this I'm just so excited to keep learning and making stuff. Smiley

It came out surprisingly well given my lack of sewing knowledge, buuuut I got impatient at the end and accidentally cut the back way higher than the front. Oops!

Here's a picture of the back:

I didn't bother hiding the zipper, although I suppose that could be done fairly easily afterwards. The criss cross halter straps look uneven here, but I'm preeeetty sure that it was being pulled by something. I hope, at least!
3  UNITED STATES / Vermont / Where can I get soapmaking materials? on: October 12, 2009 06:45:36 PM
I want to buy various oils and butters to use in CP soap. I know there's a lot of local love in VT and I want to support it! Plus, shipping is cheaper. Wink I live in Burlington, but I'm willing to travel quite a bit. Any ideas?
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Doing custom/freelance work? on: August 13, 2009 10:22:13 AM
For all those who do custom or freelance work, how exactly do you do it?

I do freelance web design, which isn't exactly craft related but I figured that they would be similar. Plus, I'm starting to look into taking custom orders for my crafts anyway, so info and tips on both aspects would be awesome.

But lately I feel like I've been losing clients because they don't want to pay fairly or use me to get ideas out of, but don't actually pay. It's very frustrating. So, what do you do when you're taking custom orders or doing freelance work? Do you have a contract beforehand? What about payment - do you get paid before or after? What if the client is unsatisfied with your artwork/craft?
5  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate-Raspberry Mousse Pie on: August 10, 2009 02:04:44 AM
I don't normally cook but I've been craving this for a while and it's just way too expensive to buy these, especially since they're so easy to make! I got the recipe from here and although it's not as light of a pink as it's supposed to be, I really like how mine turned out. It was tangy and sweet and had a texture that my dad loves (oh man, old men losing teeth rock).

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / T-shirt designs, which is your favorite? on: July 31, 2009 01:27:30 AM
Hey guys! My shop is dedicated to mental health issues and I'm designing some t-shirts where all of the retail price will be put into our fundraiser to meet our annual goal. I'm planning on making cooler, trendier designs once I get the rest of the site up but for now I just have these. : P

Here are 3 designs I've come up with. Sorry the pictures are so huge! What do you think? Which one would you be most likely to purchase and wear? Could I improve the designs more? Would $20 per tee be reasonable?

The Buddha is currently the "mascot" of the site and on the layout/business card. The t-shirt designs are just for visualization purposes; I'll probably also print them on totes and whatnot. I'll probably simplify the colours of some designs (namely the Buddha one), since they will be screenprinted by hand.

Thanks for your input!
7  UNITED STATES / Vermont / UVM, anyone? on: July 28, 2009 10:03:32 PM

Does anyone go to/live near UVM? I'm a student although I'm still trying to decide whether I should go back or stay in my home state.
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Soaps for strong, but sensitive, skin? on: July 22, 2009 09:33:18 PM
My dad and I share a bond in that our skin is very tough in handling cuts and shaving, but is very sensitive in that we are easily prone to eczema and psoriasis. I've just formed an interest in CP soapmaking and haven't gone past the basics yet, but I definitely want to try making something that would help us out. I was particularly inspired when I noticed some powdered Tide in my parents' bathroom - apparently regular soap is too weak for him!

I'm thinking about pine tar soap with coconut oil and olive oil, which is a pretty standard recipe. What else can I add to it to make it stronger? I was thinking about adding lavender seeds, but I'm not too sure how well that would work. I guess I'm looking for something to make it harsher (think scratchy loofah soap) and still keep pine tar's healing properties.

Any help would be very much appreciated!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / So, anyone watch 24? on: July 21, 2009 12:39:31 AM
Okay, I JUST finished watching the last episode of Season 7 and I can't wait for January to be here. I didn't start watching the show until a couple months ago, but I zipped through all of them so quickly and now there's a huge hole in my life! 24 is pretty much the best show ever...seriously, no shows compare to it anymore. Does anyone else out there share my passion and undying love for 24 and want to start a swap?! Unite!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Organizing your patterns? on: July 07, 2009 06:05:42 PM
I'm curious, how do you guys organize your sewing patterns?

I'm currently in the process of making a craft room for my mom and as a part of the surprise, I've been buying tons of super cheap patterns so that she'll also have a ton of different ones to choose from. I bought some of boxes to put them in and was really excited to organize them, thinking I'd be able to do categories like tops, bottoms, dresses, etc...but I totally did not consider that patterns came in mix and match sets! *facepalm*

I was thinking about sorting them into business, casual, formal, etc...but they're much harder to categorize than I thought! So I might photocopy the pattern covers and organize them in a binder with the number of which box it's in, such as how they're organized in stores. It'll be a lot of work though! Any ideas?

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