Holiday craziness is pretty much over (I think...), the kitchen remodel is finished (still putting stuff away), and I've been madly torturing yarn (crocheting). Also have been trying to figure out Square Market-- I have a shop there, but having problems re: understanding how to 1) get more than one photo per item to show, 2) get it to post to my Facebook business Page ("sharing" goes to my personal account Wall), 3) how to get anything up on the Sq Market "browse" pages, or in any way get a searchable listing on Square.
...and getting ready for a Halloween/Day of the Dead/Autumn display at SDAI. Took a bunch of pictures of shawls and scarves... now need to edit and upload, and write descriptions.....
I'll be participating in the Craft Fair, Book & Bake Sale, at Pacific Beach Library, 4275 Cass Street, San Diego, 92109
(South of Grand, between Thomas & Reed) on Sat., Sept 14, 2013, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Why does "everything" get scheduled at the same time?? Today, I had two obligations that overlapped-- I was able to "do both", but only because I cut the first session short.
And... coming up in Oct-- on the same day, are 3 events in which I would like to participate: my temple's Craft Fair, Conjecture's Art Show and the Comic Con Volunteer dinner. The Craft Fair is 9-4:30, but realistically, what with packing up and all, probably wouldn't be out of there until 5:50. The Art Show set-up, I could do-- that's on Friday, but no way could I pack out leftovers and display items by 3 on Sunday... nor attend the CC dinner party with its 4:00 check in half way across town....
After a few days of wrestling with the Avery templates/website/ unwanted downloads, I kind of threw in the towel in regards to making my own hangtags. Although, I must admit, the new, "simpler" Vista Print wizard is more difficult to use than their old one-- you have to make something THEIR way first, then edit everything line by line. And edit background color, ink color(s), etc., instead of just putting everything your way at the start. WHY is pale green-gray the default card color??? What's wrong with white? or, rather "Empire", since, evidently, calling it "white" is un-cool, or something. But, they are ordered, using one of their frequent sale price offers, and should be arriving in a couple of weeks (free shipping! plus, not really ready to use them yet, anyway).
... or more "official", as a business. Today, I've been reading up on labels. As in, which items need labels, and what info is required by law to be on the labels. And where the labels need to be "permanently affixed". Applied for my Registered Identification Number, too.
general label plan:
Handmade in USA
imported and/or US materials
This will doubtlessly need some "legal" tweaking. Also will need a separate label for fiber content-- maybe a "blank" one and then just write in the fiber %s with laundry marker.
Welllllll..... I survived, and got the T-shirt to prove it. Still recovering (hopefully), and debating whether I need to call for an appointment at Kaiser. The table was 6" narrower than I expected (planned for 30", but it was 24"), so things got a bit "compressed".
Car is packed, hopefully with everything I need. Made a list, and checked it twice (at least), and most things have been "checked off". #1 Son is supposed to be over nice and early (well, early for him), so we can go to the Convention Center before the "rush" for the parking. We have reserved parking, but I REALLY want something near an elevator. A WORKING elevator.
These were made as part of a "challenge"-- starting with a small box of beads used as a fundraiser for a women's co-op in Africa. The challenge was to use the beads to create simple designs which the women could duplicate for sale to support themselves and their families. The only other beads that could be used were seed beads and other beads that would be readily available to these women. Also, there were two hand charms that had to be used somehow-- I used them in the pair of earrings (left).
Have the "plan" for the table display, and the cork board, hopefully, is ready to hang. Sent control sheet listing to CCI art show accountant... reformatted the Excel control sheet for the hardcopy print-out... "mail merged" the control sheet to get bid sheets, and am in the process of cutting the bid sheets apart. The mail merge from the Excel file went wonderfully smooth... sooooo much easier than doing it from Access-- no building/adding to the Access file, no sorting, no handwriting the control numbers.... The only problem (other than I couldn't believe it worked, and had to check multiple times to reassure myself), was that the bid sheets overlapped a bit when printed-- not sure why; the pages didn't show an overlap on the computer (used Word).
Also got my "staff" badge receipt this morning, so good to go there, too!