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The Vancouver One of a Kind Show & Sale is back for an exciting fourth year, December 8-11, 2011. Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of the One of a Kind Show & Sale this year at the New Vancouver Convention Centre. The application deadline is coming up on May 2nd, 2011 so make sure you apply soon!One of a Kind Vancouver is a shopping destination like no other; with fashion shows, contests, and of course some of North America’s finest artists and artisans!How To Apply The Vancouver One of a Kind show is accepting applicants now through May 2nd, 2011. For information on the One of a Kind Show & Sale Vancouver, please visit the following: One of a Kind Vancouver WebsiteFollow One of a Kind Vancouver on Twitter and FacebookEmail One of a Kind VancouverWith scholarship programs, student support and the new Booth Buddy programs (where artists can share booths) the show has more support for artists than ever before.We hope to see you there!

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Don't you love it when cool people take the time to answer all your probing questions? Dave Schappell, Founder and CEO of TeachStreet is one of those folks who has taken that time, answering all of our questions about TeachStreet and what it's all about. For those of you who are open to teaching and learning (which we hope is every one of you!), we truly believe you can benefit from what TeachStreet has to offer! So, let's get to the good stuff, our interview with Dave Schappell...Meylah: Please tell us about TeachStreet and your community! Dave: TeachStreet is a website for people who love to learn new things, and for great teachers and schools who are looking to find more of those lifelong learners. We're a lot like eBay, but instead of offering 'things', we've created a marketplace of 'classes, courses, tutors and experts', and tools to help those teachers to promote their classes online. Meylah: How many classes and subjects are currently being offered? Dave: We currently have half a million classes, in approximately 500 different subjects, being listed on TeachStreet (by more than 90,000 teachers and schools!) Meylah: Which classes are the most popular? Dave: We don't really have any specific type of class that stands out as clearly the most popular - we definitely have an abundance of test prep and tutoring classes, but even in those 'classes' there's a wide variety (from LSAT and GMAT to Math and ESL tutoring). In Seattle, we have an extremely popular Welding instructor, several very popular Photography classes, dog training, cooking, scuba, and much more. Meylah: What is the process for students or teachers wanting to get involved? Dave: As a student, you just come and look for a class that catches your eye - we then make it easy for you to connect with the instructor in a way that works for both of you (ranging from messaging them, to calling them, to enrolling for the class directly via TeachStreet, or clicking over to their own website). As a teacher, you can set up your profile and areas of expertise, and start to search for students looking for classes (via our new Teacher Requests feature). And, of course, teachers can list their classes on TeachStreet, use our marketing tools (Craigslist ad generator, etc), and take advantage of other services such as TeachStreet Payments, Ratings/Reviews, and more. Meylah: Can you explain the fees for using TeachStreet? Dave: It's free for students (to come in and browse/contact teachers). For Teachers, it's currently free to set up your profile and use our Teacher Requests feature. If you'd like to list classes, it costs $3 and then most of the other services are free or modestly charges. For larger schools, they can opt in to Pro membership ($29.99/month), which includes 10 free listings per month, free payment processing, and more. And, for even bigger schools, we have Premium memberships, that include free listings, with other forms of incentive-based fees. A complete description of Teacher Benefits and Fees can be found via the Teach a Class and Subscription links on our website.Meylah: If you could drop everything and take a class offered through TeachStreet at this very moment, which one would it be? Dave: I'm interested in learning how to fish in the Puget Sound (I grew up fishing small streams and fresh-water lakes) - your question just led me to contact this teacher, for this class!Thanks so much Dave for taking the time to visit with Meylah! And for those of you who are ready to learn something new or share your knowledge with others, check out TeachStreet!

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Spring is here and I’m loving it. Here are just a few of the projects we’ve created in the past to help us get a jump start on the spring season. Growing Wheatgrass: this is one of my favorite spring activities. It’s so easy to grow, comes in within a week or so, and looks [...]

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When I began selling my work 5 years ago, I invested a significant amount of time researching suppliers with the best quality products at the most affordable prices. To help you find the best deal and prevent you from overpaying on essential supplies, keep the following tips in the back of your mind before you buy! 1. Don’t assume that wholesale vendors have the most affordable prices: I’ve learned over time that many retail vendors offer competitive (and sometimes even more affordable) prices than the wholesale vendors. It's worthwhile to compare prices between wholesale and retail vendors, both offline and online.2. Keep your eye out for door busters: Oftentimes suppliers offer “doorbuster” deals to bring shoppers in. If the doorbuster items happen to be materials that you regularly use in the course of your business, then it’s wise to stock up on those items when the time is right. You can stay informed of these deals via mechanisms such as newsletters, Facebook fan pages, mailing lists and by frequently visiting their websites or brick and mortar stores. 3. Watch for price adjustments: Sometimes it’s easy to get comfortable buying from the same vendor over and over again, but it’s important to note that vendors frequently modify their prices. A vendor who once provided the best bargain for your money may now be the most expensive! Unfortunately, I’ve learned this lesson the hard way, so I encourage you to compare prices between a few vendors before committing to big supply purchases!4. Go straight to the source: If you are able to cut out the middleman, you can often reduce the cost of your supplies. So, when you’re shopping for materials, take a step back and evaluate if there is a more direct way to purchase the items you need. By staying aware of the cost and price adjustments among your suppliers, you’re ultimately impacting the margin of revenue on your goods sold! What cost saving lessons have you learned buying supplies for your goods? Main image courtesy of Amanda M Hatfield.

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(Way Early Edition) Each year around April 1 my famous World's Hardest Word Search Puzzles become a hot download, especially for educators. More...

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I have been reflecting back this month that here are many creative mysteries that are trying to be revealed in this world — each and every day. We have a choice to see them and follow them or not. More...

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Reconciling death in the midst of my own life has been a profound journey. I have heard many stories in the the course of my work week working with elderly veterans about what it means to live and what it means to face death. Perhaps because they are nearing their own death I hear many stories of intuition and mystery and unexplainable spiritual experiences. More...

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Yesterday kicked off the 23rd annual Spring Best of the Northwest Art & Fine Craft Show at Magnuson Park in Seattle, Washington. Approximately 100 artists and fine crafters have joined together in this juried event to sell their wares, with everything from garden art, jewelry, and photography to ceramics, handbags and clothing designs.The Meylah team has met some very talented individuals and we look forward to meeting many more today, the final day of this event which will be open to the public from 10 AM-6PM. To give you a little taste of the high quality of work at this show, the first image above was taken of work being featured by Artist and Potter, Cindy Jenkins of the Seattle area and the second image features Melanie Thompson’s fine ceramic artware of Hood River, Oregon.If you’re in the Seattle area today, we hope you will stop by the event and say hello to the Meylah team and stay to enjoy all the art, music, food and fun!For further details on the event, please visit NW Art Alliance.

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Do you think highly creative people are less likely to be honest than less creative people? More...

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Breakfast, the most important meal of the day, is also my favorite. That’s why I chose it as this week’s theme for today’s post. There are so many yummy breakfast recipes in this week’s M&T Spotlight, I had a hard time only choosing 6. *Next week, I’ll be featuring your DIY Pet Projects, so submit [...]

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