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by sally
Tue May 30, 2006 6:57 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Shopping Cart Software?
Replies: 15
Views: 3319

Shopping Cart Software?

I've got basic shopping cart software on my website using the freeware at mals ecommerce. Its about as complicated as I can manage at the moment with my limited understanding of how html works and all that. However, I want to have a 'midsummer sale' and list lots of one off items with a 'buy it now ...
by sally
Fri May 26, 2006 8:45 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Keeping stuff cold
Replies: 23
Views: 5671

Thick stone slabs stay cold much longer than wooden shelves. Its remotely possible that a particular thickness of wall in one of the Cosmeston cottages might have lent itself to use as a food store, it certainly works well that way in the reconstructed version
by sally
Mon May 22, 2006 8:13 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medieval bread recipes
Replies: 18
Views: 4328

try half barley half rye or wheat flour, and use ale instead of water. Works pretty well in a machine and has a good medieval taste
by sally
Thu May 18, 2006 1:50 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help me price this please!
Replies: 42
Views: 6819

Builth this weekend, most of the Cosmeston events, NLHF at Warwick this October, plus a couple of Roman ones with the Vicus, but wouldnt be trading at those. Always happy to take pre-orders though, or even to pop things in the post :D
by sally
Wed May 17, 2006 7:10 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help me price this please!
Replies: 42
Views: 6819

this weekend, at the Smallholders festival. Will be updating the website to show them properly next week, but I'm happy to take orders in the meantime :D
by sally
Wed May 17, 2006 6:17 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: True blue baby I love you
Replies: 9
Views: 2190

A quick and useful rule of thumb is that the pigment in woad is identical to that in indigo (at least in most concentrations and to the naked eye, its hard to tell apart under the microscope in many cases too), so pretty much any shade you can get traditional blue jeans in is a shade you can achieve...
by sally
Tue May 16, 2006 6:20 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Health n Hygene,duty of care etc !
Replies: 8
Views: 2099

I would suggest you treat it as a learning experience, and be glad it came early in your career, before you have a really complicated food stall to maintain. At least now you know exactly what to ask when booking a show, and that experience has to be a useful one :?
by sally
Sat May 13, 2006 7:09 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: A question about embroidery
Replies: 24
Views: 3854

as a really really rough rule of thumb, most early embroidery stitches leave as little thread as possible on the back of the fabric. Its not foolproof but its a handy way of checking is a stictch you are using is in keeping. For example, a variation of stemstitch is one of the ones used on the Bayea...
by sally
Mon May 08, 2006 4:39 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help me price this please!
Replies: 42
Views: 6819

Gareth is doing some really sweet sheep annular brooches at the moment, hoping they will go well with the stoles at the wool festival in a fornight. Good point about trade prices though. I think at the moment that my philosophy is that everything I sell is at 'trade' price. n most cases, any of the ...
by sally
Sun May 07, 2006 3:57 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Scales for weighing
Replies: 8
Views: 3340

silver solder is pretty expensive usually, why not use the white metal used for casting miniature figures instead? Or lead free pewter perhaps. You can always put a lump of lead within the casting to bring the weight up if needed, and I believe there are quite a range of shapes for Roman weights, I ...
by sally
Sun May 07, 2006 9:09 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Scales for weighing
Replies: 1
Views: 1171

see my reply to your other post on this!
by sally
Sun May 07, 2006 9:08 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Scales for weighing
Replies: 8
Views: 3340

by sally
Fri May 05, 2006 1:35 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Sloes
Replies: 4
Views: 2030

Sloes

Ok, its the wrong end of the year, but a friend has just taken over a farm where practically all the hedges are sloe, and judging by the blossom this year it will be a good crop come autumn. He's wondering about harvesting them 'commercially', and is looking for indications of where there might be a...
by sally
Fri May 05, 2006 6:25 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: some painted woodcuts
Replies: 14
Views: 4011

very cheerful! Ever thought of doing a 'colour your own book of days'? Could do a selection of double sided pages to be selected from, then sewn tegether by the purchaser in whatever order they want. Some herbal pages would be nice too. I might be in the market for a good mandrake woodcut for example
by sally
Tue May 02, 2006 4:16 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Mediaeval Tiles
Replies: 17
Views: 3910

I like the idea of Fairy Tiles, some of those lovely flowers in Kates mural would be a good candidate for flower fairy tiles (except I bet that ones copyrighted already)
by sally
Tue May 02, 2006 9:10 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Seems a bit unnessary ! (but i could be wrong)
Replies: 17
Views: 3187

It does sound a little unusual. Was this made clear in whatever paperwork they had before attending the show?
by sally
Mon May 01, 2006 8:47 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Mediaeval Tiles
Replies: 17
Views: 3910

They look lovely! Its always nice to try something new isnt it
by sally
Mon May 01, 2006 7:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Surviving Garments Database
Replies: 2
Views: 1013

Surviving Garments Database

I gather its still got a way to go before the site owner has finished loading up all her current info, but might be a good site to keep an eye on, especially if you enjoy working from extant examples:
http://www.heatherrosejones.com/survivi ... index.html
by sally
Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:03 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help me price this please!
Replies: 42
Views: 6819

"yes officer, nice mr Skev said I had to drink my gin straight, was only acting on orders...hic..."
by sally
Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:42 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Martin is in the Guardian
Replies: 3
Views: 1481

Martin is in the Guardian

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/news/archiv ... _tips.html

now, I wonder who sent that in... :lol: Nice one mate 8)
by sally
Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:40 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help me price this please!
Replies: 42
Views: 6819

craig1459 wrote:Very nice! Sally rules. So does Martin Cowley. What are they puttting in the water down there? :lol:


gin I think!
by sally
Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:52 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Cheese and bacteria!
Replies: 34
Views: 6278

strained yogurt cheese is a good one to do on site, the yogurtmaking process is bacteria based, just like cheesemaking, so you just tip plain yogurt into a scalded cloth and hang it up to drip overnight. Give it a stir in the morning and add herbs, effectively philadelphia type cheese. Its not as co...
by sally
Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:52 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Herbs, Spices and Trading Standards
Replies: 8
Views: 2470

I think that could count as a medical claim, but by simply changing your phrasing to 'has traditionally been used for' and adding a very very clear statement in the leaflet that all information is offered for historical interest value only, and anyone feeling a herb may be of benefit to them should ...
by sally
Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:07 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Herbs, Spices and Trading Standards
Replies: 8
Views: 2470

oh yes, you could always take your cue from the way your supplier labels the bulk packages? Thay will need to fit regulations, so if its on their label, it may need to be on yours.
by sally
Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:05 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Herbs, Spices and Trading Standards
Replies: 8
Views: 2470

I believe, and its only a belief so do check further, that as long as you are selling it labelled as if for culinary purposes only, and offer no written information about how it might be used otherwise, then you only need to lable it as per a culinary product. Its a bit like with my tallow/oil soap,...
by sally
Tue Apr 25, 2006 6:46 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help me price this please!
Replies: 42
Views: 6819

If it's hand made, rather than machine made, you could probably ask another £5-£10. Could be worth making a big point of that if it's the case as it can help sell. Never sure how to pitch knitting like this, as it is largely machine made, but on a hand cranked manual machine, so I do handle every i...
by sally
Tue Apr 25, 2006 6:41 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help me price this please!
Replies: 42
Views: 6819

Thanks people! All very helpful and encouraging comments It would really help if the people who felt they were unsaleable or only worth £10 would offer some constructive comments. If there are valid reasons for thinking that (rather than that you personally wouldnt want one, which wasnt the question...
by sally
Tue Apr 25, 2006 6:33 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Venetian 14th/15thC silly hats
Replies: 4
Views: 994

the pointy one is so sweet on, I just have to track down some more examples of them to refine my interpretation of them. I can see me making a really lurid one for campfire wear if nothing else :)
by sally
Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:05 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help me price this please!
Replies: 42
Views: 6819

Its the Wonderwool Wales thing (part of the smallholders show at Builth Wells on May 20/21), I've not been before, so I'm not really sure what to expect. Its all really a big experiment to see how my stuff works in a non-reenactment setting, so I'm not expecting miracle sales, but I don't want to do...
by sally
Mon Apr 24, 2006 5:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Venetian 14th/15thC silly hats
Replies: 4
Views: 994

and here's my first attempt at similar silly hats. Course, we have no idea exactly how these would have been made, but I'm having a go in heavily felted wool. The pointy one is natural coloured Hebridean, the flowerpot one was a natural light brown wool that I madder dyed after fulling. The knit act...