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How to Score a Cross Border Deal When Shipping to Canada from the US

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Between carrier rates, duties, taxes, and brokerage fees, a small US business might end up asking their Canadian customers to pay more to ship to Canada that the cost of the actual item. This is very frustrating because I love doing business with my fellow Canadians. Years ago I mailed a fun little $15.00 wooden reindeer housewarming gift from Vermont to my sister in Toronto and she was slapped with an $81.00 brokerage fee! This was incredibly embarrassing and had I known this was going to happen, I would have waited and brought it with me next time I visited. ...

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Shopping at the Market in Style (with video)

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Features of the new heavy cotton canvas fabric basket with European flair.

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5 Tips to Choosing a Handcrafted Product

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When you purchase a factory manufactured product online, chances are you already know what it looks like because you've seen it in the stores. But when you purchase handmade online from a handcrafter, it can be a little more challenging to figure out what you are getting. According to BigCommerce, the words "handcrafted" and "homemade" can also be confusing https://www.bigcommerce.com/ecommerce-answers/how-define-handmade-items/. Before you buy, either online or at a craft show, make sure you ask questions.   Here are five tips on what to look for: 1. Lots of photos, both inside and out. When you see lots of photos, you know...

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Southwest Inspiration

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Inspiration for my handbag colors comes from almost anywhere. It is easy to be inspired by the Vermont landscape because it offers spectacular color year-round, but lately, my thoughts are drifting to the southwest - rodeos, ranches, beautiful horses, and gorgeous golds, oranges, turquoise, and browns.  Over the next few weeks, I'll be introducing some new bags that were inspired by the colors of the southwest and I hope you'll enjoy them as much as I did making them.  Until then, Wendy

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The Fine Art of Dyeing Fabric

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      Dyeing fabric successfully is a lot more complicated than simply tossing a piece of fabric into a dye bath. It requires a combination of art and science. Let's walk through what I have learned over the last year:  1. Color: Nothing is more fun than choosing the color you want to dye your fabric. You can purchase premixed colors from companies, such as RIT and Procion or if you are like me, I enjoy mixing my own colors based on formulas (sometimes referred to as recipes) to create the exact color desired. As one might expect, the darker...

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