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Sales Tax – An Ongoing Debate
sales-tax

I’m a seller and a shopper. Like all shoppers, I love to get a “good deal,” saving a bit of money on things that I buy. This is especially true since I am a senior citizen on a fixed income. So when I shop on the internet, I know that it’s possible to find what […]

Is It Time For an Attitude Adjustment?
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In my little corner of the world, iKnitQuiltSew, I find myself always looking for the next best thing to have in my shop or in my booth. I’ve tried a myriad of things, very few of which worked. For example… My most recent idea was to offer tapered/adjustable headbands (perhaps my best-seller consistently year after […]

New Year Resolutions We Can All Live By
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It’s that time of year. We all think of what we can do to make ourselves and our lives better and then resolve to do it in the new year. How many of those resolutions are kept for more than just a little while? I have a suggestion that may benefit individuals and all of […]

Shop Small and Handmade!
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Please excuse me while I hop onto my soap box for a bit. We Americans buy a lot of gifts.I watched the frenzy throughout the year, whether it was Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and on and on.It’s year-round and endless – so many people buy things they don’t actually need with money they […]

It Is So Tempting… But DON’T DO IT!
Trademark Symbols

It is so very tempting to cash in on the latest “thing.” But many times, doing that could put you in a world of legal hurt for copyright or trademark infringement. Somebody – or many somebodies – worked very hard to create a business or entity that it is recognizable from a single image. We […]

What Do You Do With Your Scraps?
Little dolls

I quilt, which leaves me with a myriad of small pieces of fabric; scraps that are really not big enough to do anything significant with but too big to just throw away. So a few years ago, I decided to invent something worthwhile to do with my scraps. I make miniature rag dolls which were […]

Be Kind to Yourself When Your Health Gets in the Way of Your Art
Fish Faces

This is earth and we are all human. No one would argue that humans are vulnerable to all sorts of maladies. For months, my doctor and I tried to figure out why my head hurt. Since my pain tolerance is high, I didn’t complain too loudly which certainly contributed to not taking a more aggressive […]

Finding Arts and Crafts Festivals
Festival

It’s that time of year where many of us are thinking of taking our arts and crafts on the road. But how on earth do you find shows? In our experience, in a perfect world, we like to walk a prospective show before we apply/pay the booth fee to do it. But this isn’t always […]

It’s Just a Word!
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Because of US Government regulations, my creations must all be labeled to include specific information. One of these pieces of information is location of manufacture. Most of you know that I recently moved and changed states in the process. Ever since I started doing this, my labels have simply included my zip code which satisfied […]

Steampunk Arcade
steampunk pipe tamper

Got to love Steampunk Arcade, I especially love the hand turned items. Like this brass pipe tamper. This pipe tamper has been lathe turned from one piece of solid hexagonal brass bar which I have machined to a nice polished finish. It measures three inches in length with a diameter of three eights of an […]

 

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