the freshie & zero wire

Bad Form December 15 2009, 0 Comments

In the four years I have been doing craft shows, I have only received one bad check... until last month. The first bad check was no big deal - it was for about $35 and even though the check writer wouldn't return my phone calls, the bank said to just check her balance every day and when she makes a deposit, run to the bank and cash it. Which I did. Crisis averted.Then last month, a guy wrote me...

Lightning! May 20 2009, 0 Comments

I know, I know, I'm lucky to be alive, yada yada yada.... But seriously - lightning struck merely feet away from myself, my hubs, close friends, my step-dad, and even a cute neighbor family while we were all on my front porch near the end of the yard sale on Saturday. It was LOUD. Sparks were FLYING from the telephone poles in front of our house and all of us felt like we had been smacked in the...

The system is down November 11 2008, 0 Comments

The system is down, the system is down. To understand what I'm talking about, watch this awesome clip from Homestarrunner.com:Anyway, for those of you who tried to email me today or just look at my website, you may have noticed that my system was down. Yes, for the first time since I launched freshieandzero.com two and a half years ago, it went down for several hours today with no functioning...

Comic Relief October 06 2008, 0 Comments

I got a lovely email from a Shecky's representative today, asking me if I would be interested in doing one of their shows. Here was my reply:Hi (very nice Shecky's representative who has no idea what I am about to unload),I actually did Shecky’s in Atlanta 2006. It was really just too expensive to justify doing it again since I didn’t sell very much due to the fact I actually threw my back out...

Rainy Renegade Craft Fair September 16 2008, 0 Comments

We just arrived back from Chicago and I have a lot of catching up to do, but here is a tiny bit about the Renegade Craft Fair. I will write about the happy side of it tomorrow when I've digested it all!For starters, Chicago had a record day of rainfallon Saturday - a record that's been held since the 1870's when they started recording weather. They usually have about 2 inches of rain during this...

Indie Designer Market Chicago recap June 30 2008, 0 Comments

Bleh. That's all I have to say about that show. The weather was sooo crappy and the windiest I've ever experienced. It was so windy that I had to take my hanging display down because it was slapping people's hands when they tried to get a necklace off of it. Overnight, we tore down almost our entire display since we were afraid the glass could be knocked over by the tent (which we have never done...

advertising is getting out of control May 01 2008, 0 Comments

I've been noticing over the years that restaurants have added new ways of advertising to their customers. It started with the bathroom advertising which is actually a great idea and I have to admit I got really excited a few years ago when a boutique that carried my jewelry actually mentioned me in their list of vendors in their Indoor Graffiti ad!Then a few of the more posh establishments like B...

Zapplication - the not so happy adventures March 20 2008, 0 Comments

Zapplication is becoming a thorn in my side. It supposedly simplifies applying to craft shows by making everyone upload a few photos in the same complicated format, and therefore the crafter is able to apply to multiple shows with one click (and one credit card). I am uncomfortable with it because I don't see my images as the jury sees them, so I don't know what the final product looks like to...

crime spree in 37215 January 15 2008, 0 Comments

So, one of my supplies packages from Fed Ex was STOLEN from my front door (scary! what's stopping the thief next time from breaking in??) I wish I could have seem the thief's face when they opened up to find a bunch of wire inside. I half expected it to be returned to me, since what was inside was pretty useless to a criminal.The day I reported it to the office, two cars were broken into the...

Stuff November 06 2007, 0 Comments

So, one of my nearest and dearest friends who I've been been playing phone tag with for months finally caught me on the phone! It was just like high school all over again - we talked like we had just seen each other yesterday and talked, and talked... for an hour and twenty minutes! That's probably the longest conversation I've had all year! It was so fun to catch up, but weird that our...