Handmade Artists Blog

What Do You Do With Your Scraps?
Little dolls

I quilt, which leaves me with a myriad of small pieces of fabric; scraps that are really not big enough to do anything significant with but too big to just throw away. So a few years ago, I decided to invent something worthwhile to do with my scraps. I make miniature rag dolls which were […]

Be Kind to Yourself When Your Health Gets in the Way of Your Art
Fish Faces

This is earth and we are all human. No one would argue that humans are vulnerable to all sorts of maladies. For months, my doctor and I tried to figure out why my head hurt. Since my pain tolerance is high, I didn’t complain too loudly which certainly contributed to not taking a more aggressive […]

Finding Arts and Crafts Festivals
Festival

It’s that time of year where many of us are thinking of taking our arts and crafts on the road. But how on earth do you find shows? In our experience, in a perfect world, we like to walk a prospective show before we apply/pay the booth fee to do it. But this isn’t always […]

It’s Just a Word!
handcrafted

Because of US Government regulations, my creations must all be labeled to include specific information. One of these pieces of information is location of manufacture. Most of you know that I recently moved and changed states in the process. Ever since I started doing this, my labels have simply included my zip code which satisfied […]

Steampunk Arcade
steampunk pipe tamper

Got to love Steampunk Arcade, I especially love the hand turned items. Like this brass pipe tamper. This pipe tamper has been lathe turned from one piece of solid hexagonal brass bar which I have machined to a nice polished finish. It measures three inches in length with a diameter of three eights of an […]

Conversation With A Customer
knitted headband

Sometimes, helping your customer “make it themselves” will help you make the sale! Customer: This is really nice! How much is this headband? Me: $15.00. Would you like to try it on? Customer: No – this looks really easy. Can I take a picture so that I can knit it myself? Me: Certainly – go […]

The Secret to Show Set-Up in a Jiffy
handmade display booth

Like most artists/craftsmen, many of us do festivals and shows as a way to create a market for our creations. Regardless of what it is that we display, the steps are the same for everyone; travel to location, check-in with organizer, unload, set-up, be open for the show, tear down, load up, travel to home. […]

Getting Through a Long Show Day
art-craft-show

  With warmer months just ahead and calls going out to apply for in-person shows, it’s time to start thinking about how to take care of yourself during these very long days! Most crafters who do in-person shows and festivals have moving their business down to a science. It’s packed in no time at all, […]

Facing the Reality of Selling Online
pet-rock-300x240

I’ve written about the reality of selling online before, but the message bears repeating. This is the 21st century, and more and more people shop online. Just a few years ago, shopping online was not the norm – you shopped online when you couldn’t find what you wanted locally, in person. But these days, people […]

Happy World School Milk Day
farm-fresh-milk-sign

  Who remembers these! Day after day when you made your way through the school cafeteria line, a lady with a hair net would plop your little carton of milk on your tray. If you were one of the lucky schools, you got straws! If not, well, you got to fight the unwinnable war of […]

 

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