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Member Since 15 Feb 2013
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In Topic: Who Gives Their Own Work As Gifts?

25 December 2014 - 09:36 PM

I have given things I have made as gifts for years. In my family, which was very large growing up, some had a lot less money than others so the rule was everybody pulled a name out of a stocking at the family event in July and that is the person you handmade something for. It didn't matter what you made knitting, quilting, painting, dolls, clothes, pottery, jewelry, etc you just had to make it yourself.

As an artist I have had friends request a certain piece for Christmas. I have given small items like a tin of cookies and a small ornament or something to my mailman, garbage man, delivery people, etc.

For the first time this year I did up a gift certificate for my daughter for a shopping spree in the Pugaboo Stockroom. She's grown now and I wasn't sure what exactly she would want or need so doing this she gets to pick whatever it is that she wants. She browsed the shelves today and let me know she would make her choices tomorrow. I will keep track of what she selects and next year make pieces to compliment whatever she picks this year to add to her set.


In Topic: Trying To Find A Square Plate Mould

21 December 2014 - 10:42 PM

The logo is very shallow and easily smooths away with a rib.


In Topic: Trying To Find A Square Plate Mould

18 December 2014 - 05:49 AM

I use Chinet paper paper plates. They have dinner as well as salad size. Also pretty cheap as far as a mold goes and if it's just for a gift you can toss it when you are done. I have found though with some care you can use them repeatedly before they lose their integrity.

In Topic: What Are Your Favorite Animals?

11 December 2014 - 10:19 PM

Ummm this might not be a surprise but I LOVE PUGS. I seriously could paint and create Pugs all day everyday... Hmmm guess that's why I do so HUH. But seriously go look up Pug puppies and you will have to agree Pugs are the cutest funniest most amazing dogs... Ehem... furry people as we call them around here.... Ever!

Oh and I also like turtles and have a ground hog that lives in my tiny valley that I want to sculpt. Oh and the deer, though there hasn't been as many this year, hopefully they are just trying to eat someone else's yard for awhile and will come back and visit soon.

But then again PUGS RULE!
Did I mention I like Pugs?


In Topic: Bought The Square

04 December 2014 - 10:03 AM

I take credit cards too but use the PayPal Swiper on my cell phone since I have a merchant account through them and use PayPal on my website and other online sales venues. Sticking with PayPal was an easy choice since it meant sticking with a system I was already familiar with.

Credit cards are about 1/2 my sales and have had younger people use it for as little as $5. What I have done is set my prices then added 10% to them to cover the credit card fees and sales tax. If someone wants a discount on an item I ask if they are paying in cash and if so know I can safely reduce some and not really lose money. It makes those bargain seekers feel like they are getting a deal and I don't feel bad about being asked to discount my work so everyone is happy. Most of the time they are only asking for a dollar or 2 discount and that's within the margin of profit. Getting rid of my knuckle buster was a no brainer the yearly fees, monthly fees whether I sold or not and the percentage on top of all that was just bad business.

I have received a few bad checks over the years so would really rather just take a credit card and with the new cell phone systems know that the money is mine. I have found recently that people paying with $100 bills has increased so have had to learn how to check those onsite. This last weekend I got 3 of them which is a record for me as I usually only average 1 per show.