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Le Taz Hot

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I Recently Bought a Retractable Clothesline

Stationary clotheslines take up a lot of room in a yard and when yours is the size of a postage stamp, as mine is, you don't have the room to spare. I happened to be at my locally-owned hardware store shopping for something else and came across a retractable, 5-line clothesline and bought it. Took about 20 minutes to set up but it's just THE coolest thing! And if you're wondering, no, I don't own stock in the company I just wanted to share this with others who might not know this option is out there.

I'm graphically-challenged and all I could manage to muster is this link on Amazon as to what it looks like and how it works. Anyway, someone out there may find the information useful.



Please Share Your Experiences in Selling Your Products

I've dipped my toe in the water once or twice at a couple of consignment shops and at one craft fair in which I shared a booth with someone else. Neither was very lucrative (consignment shop sold nothing in 6 months).

I micro-macrame and I've been doing it for about 40 years. People have bought things from me (mostly jewelry) as I have pieces displayed in my family room and I've received excellent feedback. I place First at our County Fair nearly every year. Unfortunately, when people think macrame they think of the owls and other clunky stuff made back in the '70's. My stuff isn't anything like that. I've studied knots and knot-tying from all over the world and incorporate them into my work. I don't use a lot of beads as I think the focus should be on the knots and not the bead work (different art medium). But I digress.

I'd like to know how other artists sell their stuff. I looked at Etsy but there are hundreds of pages under the heading "macrame" which makes me wonder if I'll be on page 439 which means no one will ever see it. If you've had experience with Etsy I'd sure appreciate your insights.

I've looked into Craft Fairs and found that some are better than others. The problem is the up-front cost in the pagoda, the display cases, the sight fee plus the cost of travel. I have virtually zero money to work with. It's only because I've purchased so much stuff over the years that I've been able to produce works with just the materials I have. Any advice you could offer would be much appreciated.

The only other thing I've been considering is placing things on consignment but the stores want 50% and that seems REALLY steep. I appreciate that they are lending me counter/wall space for no cost but it's disheartening when a $20.00 pair of earrings earns me only $10.00 it's a little disheartening.

Anyway, I sure would appreciate your feedback. Perhaps others are wondering the same thing and we can all learn together.



David Mas Masumoto named to National Council on the Arts

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Wednesday named Del Rey farmer and writer David Mas Masumoto to the National Council on the Arts, a prestigious position that combines high honors with some good, honest work.

Author of "Epitaph for a Peach," Masumoto will be joining other top authors, musicians and visual artists in advising the National Endowment for the Arts. Among other things, he'll have the ear of the agency that until now has only rarely focused on the San Joaquin Valley.


Masumoto, 58, grows peaches, nectarines, grapes and raisins. During the off-seasons, he has authored multiple books, written columns for The Bee and garnered awards from the likes of the Commonwealth Club and the University of California at Davis. He has also served as chair of the California Council for the Humanities.



Glad to see another Central Valley resident gain national attention. Our own Audra McDonald recently won 5 Tony Awards as well.
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