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Old 01-12-2011, 08:31 AM   #1801
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Rita, maybe you can help me too. I am very new to blogs too, only a little over two weeks. How do you put MY BLOG after your name on these posts.

When I do it I am just inserting a link and it comes up as my blog name.
I know this isnt really the place to ask this question but since you are helping us with blog layouts I thought I would ask.

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This is what I mean above.
To tell you the truth it was so long ago I don't remember. I know it has something to do with your signature settings. You might want to start a thread to find out & someone might have the answer for you but your blog URL works so if it were me I wouldn't touch it. I think I played around for awhile (thats what I do) with it before I finally got it. Sorry that I don't remember, I wish I could help...like I said I'm not computer savy. I do things & a minute later I can't remember how I did it & sometimes it gets me in trouble if I need to go back to the way it was...oh well thats how I learn things. Good luck!
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To tell you the truth it was so long ago I don't remember. I know it has something to do with your signature settings. You might want to start a thread to find out & someone might have the answer for you but your blog URL works so if it were me I wouldn't touch it. I think I played around for awhile (thats what I do) with it before I finally got it. Sorry that I don't remember, I wish I could help...like I said I'm not computer savy. I do things & a minute later I can't remember how I did it & sometimes it gets me in trouble if I need to go back to the way it was...oh well thats how I learn things. Good luck!
Thanks Rita.
You sound a lot like me. By the way I ordered the tins and 5 packets of keys by K and co from Joanns so they will keep me busy for a little while.
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Anne, to add your blog below your name, go to the top and click on your screen name (mine is in orange right now), that will take you to your control panel, than scroll down to settings (on the left hand side) to edit signature, you should be able to add your blog link there.
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Those santa keys are ADORABLE!! TFS!
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Those santa keys are ADORABLE!! TFS!
how did i miss the santa keys?
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You sound a lot like me. By the way I ordered the tins and 5 packets of keys by K and co from Joanns so they will keep me busy for a little while.
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Had to check out what the keys looked like and I did checkout - for $51.59!
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Had to check out what the keys looked like and I did checkout - for $51.59!
Thank you! wink wink.
Oh dear ! Lets hope they turn out to be a good seller for both of us. LOL.
It was fun for me. I just imagined I was in a Joanns store as I sat in my craft room in Ireland. LOL. I had many many things in my cart but had to get sense before check out. Mine came to $41. Not bad if I make 25 tooth fairy tins and 50 Santa Keys !
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I need to order 2"x 10" cello bags. Can you recommend somewhere on line that has good prices? Is $5.65 a good price for 100? Nashvillewraps.com has them for that price. But adding shipping bumps the price per bag up.
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Hi everyone... Haven't been by in ages - hope you all did fantastic with your most recent fairs.

My question is this - how do you FIND fairs to sign up for? I only ever seem to find out when they are at the advertising to the public phase, and it's too late to sign up. I've tried Googling *** craft fair, My Hometown, My State**** with zero luck.

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i have found a few on craigslist under artists, keep a list of the ones that are going on and contact them for the next year. they will then add you to their mailing lists for future shows....call the schools and churches in your area and ask if they hold them.
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You can call local schools ,community centers,churches.Try looking up craft fairs 2009,2010 in your town?Good luck.
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You can call local schools ,community centers,churches.Try looking up craft fairs 2009,2010 in your town?Good luck.
Take plenty of photos of the items you plan to sell. It makes it easier to get a placement from a well established fair. If you are new and do not have old photos, set up a stall at home and take photos. If the organizers say it is too early, get their contact details and email them every so often. If they say they are full ask to be put on a cancellation list. Just keep trying and be proactive. You have nothing to loose.

Having said all of the above. Last year I had I thought a great venue booked and confirmed in the summer. Only to find two days before 5th December that it was cancelled due to bad weather. I took a deep breath, said a little prayer, called around friends and heard of a staff christmas fair in a local hospital. My pal begged and pleaded and got me a table. I had amazing sales. No easy answer just be prepared for all possible turn of events. It really is like running a mini business. Do your preparation and go for it !
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i have found a few on craigslist under artists, keep a list of the ones that are going on and contact them for the next year. they will then add you to their mailing lists for future shows....call the schools and churches in your area and ask if they hold them.
I, too, found fairs on craigslist, quite a few when I did fairs last year. I live in the largest city in my state, Oklahoma City, so we have quite a lot of activity. I also looked in the Yellow Page phone book and just called the larger churches. Some I remembered that had fairs, because I had attended them in the past. Others that I knew were large because I had driven by them.

Sometimes the local newspaper will list upcoming festivals and fairs, too. Mine does.
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i've had good luck by calling AAA. asking them for fairs in a 50 mile radius of my home
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Really, Gayla? AAA, who knew? (Only 50 miles?)
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Thanks for all the helpful suggestions!

I know I would NEVER have thought of calling AAA!
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Hi everyone, I need a little help with suggestions. I committed to taking a stall at a Major Charity fund raising fair on 13th March. There will be a huge attendence so I know I will sell no bother. My problem is what to make in 6 weeks to raise as much funds as possible.

I am hoping to make 100 notebooks as I have made so many of these in the past I can pretty much do them in my sleep, 200 tooth fairy tins as I know how to source them and they will alter pretty easily.

Problem is what else ?

I thought about Laurie Furnells St Pattys Chocolate sliders but I cannot work out how to access her download from her blog.

Ideas please ?
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I need ideas on how to attach velcro to the mini portfolios made from file folders (or of another way to keep them closed). The velcro pieces end up detaching when the folder is opened, and I'm not sure which adhesive would be best to make sure they stay down.

The velcro is self-adhesive, but I've also tried Scor Tape (that completely covers the velcro) and hot glue. Both end up not sticking after awhile. Maybe I need to do something like magnetic closures, but I'm afraid that I'll have the same problem with them not staying attached.

Would really appreciate any help because these are really cute, and I have about 15 made but can't sell them if they keep coming undone. Thanks!!



I'm not sure about the velcro, but I have a suggestion for a closure...Maybe you could try using a brad to hold a small piece of string or bakers twine, take an eyelet and take two small maybe 1/2 inch circle (use a paper punch to get these if you have one) then attach them almost like this:



This would be decorative, unique, and eliminate the need to 'find a glue'.


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Jeannie, like your blog!
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Thank you very much Mary for visiting and commenting!

I'm always looking for blogs to follow so since I see you have one, i'll definetly visit yours as well!
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Hello all! Glad I found this thread this early. I think I will "start" making craft sale items for this year's holiday shows. I LOVE craft fairs, I just don't make enough items to sell so I figured I need to start way early and just store them nice. I have a lot of browsing to do so I'm starting from the most recent backwards. Thanks for the pics shared.

I have a question which may not be for this thread or if there's another one existing somewhere: has any of you tried approaching flower shops or gift shops to try and put up your cards on consignment? With Valentine's coming and Easter and Mother's Day, I thought about creating a bunch of cards and then putting them up on display in these kinds of boutiques. Anyone had luck and how did you approach the owner?

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Sorry Tina, I am not great at cards so cannot give advice on this but I have started making items for craft fairs. There are great deals on the basic supplies in the craft stores now. So good idea to start early.
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Sorry Tina, I am not great at cards so cannot give advice on this but I have started making items for craft fairs. There are great deals on the basic supplies in the craft stores now. So good idea to start early.
Anne, I'm going to start checking your blog everyday. It'll be nice to keep tabs with someone on this, as I don't have anyone (friend or family) to do this with me. For the rest of the month, it is my goal to create two V-day cards every weeknight and around ten cards on the weekend so I have a bunch to sell before the 14th. After that, I'm going to start working on Easter, Mother's Day and all-occasion cards. In between these I can create the alterables.

By the way, I see you're from Ireland. I LOVE celtic music. Ireland is one of my dream vacation destinations.
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RE: Velcro

I found some thin Velcro this weekend that is for posters. It is Velcro brand, it's just made for posters. They stay on great for the folders, etc. and work well for me. I've used other self-adhesive Velcro that came off when opened.
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If you sew, these might sell well on a craft sale, especially if you can find the socks like at the Dollar Store:
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I put together a different ribbon treatment that I'm calling a figure eight bow. Quite simply you gather your ribbon to make this treatment and it's much easier than any tying.

I show how to do this in a video tutorial which you can find at:
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Thanks for the tutorial, Becca. So simple, I LOVE it. Makes you think, "Why haven't I thought of that before!" I will definitely be using this on a few cards I have in the making soon. Thanks again! Joy
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I have tried, with mixed success. None would buy the cards out right.
I found the smaller local florist were either not interested or wanted too much (commission 25% or greater which priced the cards too high). I had more success in the trendy up market places where people are willing to pay a bit more money. However this is not in my area and I didn't keep it up for very long. It wasn't worth the petrol and time to do this.
However having said this, give it a shot. When I lived in another town, the prevailing though was totally different where they thought "oh it is hand made and therefore an original" and were willing to pay. Sadly in my home town now, the prevailing thought seems to be :Homemade - should be cheaper!"

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I have not had much success with getting cards into local shops either. I live in a metro area on on the eastcoast and it seems that most placed require a bar code on an item or they won't bother with it. I do very well at holiday craft fairs but the rest of the year I make RAK cards and gift items for family and friends.
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Hi everyone... Haven't been by in ages - hope you all did fantastic with your most recent fairs.

My question is this - how do you FIND fairs to sign up for? I only ever seem to find out when they are at the advertising to the public phase, and it's too late to sign up. I've tried Googling *** craft fair, My Hometown, My State**** with zero luck.

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I think you are in New York State (?) based on your profile. I googled Craft fairs in new york state and came up with many. Here are 2 of them:

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Check with local High Schools and churches. Check the website for the school. Usually the band boosters or PTO puts on the shows.
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I have tried, with mixed success. None would buy the cards out right.
I found the smaller local florist were either not interested or wanted too much (commission 25% or greater which priced the cards too high). I had more success in the trendy up market places where people are willing to pay a bit more money. However this is not in my area and I didn't keep it up for very long. It wasn't worth the petrol and time to do this.
However having said this, give it a shot. When I lived in another town, the prevailing though was totally different where they thought "oh it is hand made and therefore an original" and were willing to pay. Sadly in my home town now, the prevailing thought seems to be :Homemade - should be cheaper!"
Thank you Michelle! I think I'll give it a shot, probably in April in time for Mother's Day. It's funny coz I had a customer before when I was a demo and she and her Mom opened up a flower shop so naturally, she'll be creating the cards herself to sell there. Will keep you posted.
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I have not had much success with getting cards into local shops either. I live in a metro area on on the eastcoast and it seems that most placed require a bar code on an item or they won't bother with it. I do very well at holiday craft fairs but the rest of the year I make RAK cards and gift items for family and friends.
Thank you Louise! I'll give it a shot and approach one or two shops and see how it goes. I'll definitely do craft fairs again this year. Will keep you posted.
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...I had a customer before when I was a demo and she and her Mom opened up a flower shop so naturally, she'll be creating the cards herself to sell there. Will keep you posted.
Don't assume that they will have the time to make their own cards. Quitte often the people in the shops may have the talent but not the time to make cards. She however probably be more discerning and specify what she is after. Not surprisingly a florist wants floral cards or simple elegant cards see Susie B's gallery for her white on white work which inspired the similar cards I cased in my own gallery.
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Don't assume that they will have the time to make their own cards. Quitte often the people in the shops may have the talent but not the time to make cards. She however probably be more discerning and specify what she is after. Not surprisingly a florist wants floral cards or simple elegant cards see Susie B's gallery for her white on white work which inspired the similar cards I cased in my own gallery.
Thanks again Michelle! I should be calling her one time and just see how things are going, and then I can always ask her how she's doing on her stamping, and depending on her answer, I may offer my cards. You're right, I already assumed that she will sell her own creation, but running the biz eats up a lot of time, which is what we stampers need a lot of. I appreciate the support.
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