Handmade Artists Blog

Welcome Autumn with Handmade
hand knit suede look scarf

The nights are getting cooler and the kids are back to school which only means one thing, Fall is here! In honor of those cooler days and falling leaves, I present to you some amazing handmade treasures with Autumn inspiration by the talented artists of HandmadeArtists. The Leaves are Falling Red Pressed Glass Leaf Dangle […]

Does Your Online Shop Look Like a “Real” Shop? Inspiring Confidence in Web Shoppers
Shop Here

People all over the world shop online. They are looking for quality, value, something a bit unusual, a combination of all of these things, or something else entirely. The miracle comes when this total stranger manages to find your shop. When that happens, do they immediately think it’s a real store-some place they can confidently […]

What’s an Avatar? How Do I Get One? Why Do I Need One?
iKnit Logo 019

If you cruise around the web at all, you’ve been asked to add an avatar at almost every turn. Sometimes, it’s a simple request to upload a picture for your profile; sometimes you are asked for a logo or thumbnail; sometimes it’s specifically called an avatar. All it is is a small .jpg (picture file) […]

Time to be a Kid Again!

Today is the day to go back to your childhood and relive all those wonderful memories! It is National Be a Kid Again Day! In honor of this day to remember the simple things that made you happy as a child, I invite you to check out some of the amazing items that will bring […]

What’s Going to Sell? Predicting the Future in Arts and Crafts
Crystal Ball

Everyone knows that you have to keep evolving to stay in business. That doesn’t mean you change mediums; it simply is a reality that what worked last year may not work next year if it is exactly the same. But how do you know what’s going to sell? I don’t know about you, but my […]

Art Show Success: Tips to Help Make Your Show a Winner
Zeeta Body

There actually are hand-crafters who make their living doing art festivals and shows year-round. Then there are others who do a combination of online/in-person. Whether shows generate all or part of sales is up to each individual artist/crafter. But there are lots of them that make shows work, even under the most horrible conditions….rain, poor […]

Creating Under Duress: What’s the Difference Between Creating Because You Want To or You Have To

I love to quilt. I see something and it just inspires me to create it in fabric, to bring together different colors, textures and patterns with uneven hand-quilting to bring up details and contours. My quilts never look exactly like what I initially saw to inspire me; they take on their own identity through the […]

“Best Practices” – Really?
Me quilting

In the business world, even the small business world, the phrase “best practices” comes up continually. There are many experts that will tell you emphatically that “best practices” should always be followed. But I am a firm believer in the fact that generalized statements are rarely true, and here’s why. What Are “Best Practices?” Best […]

History of the Art of Crochet
crochet flower embellishment

We see it everywhere, beautiful crochet baby blankets, hats, scarves, toys, even jewelry; but do you know where it got started? According to the Crochet Guild of America, the name comes from the Middle French term croc or croche which means hook and was probably developed as we understand crochet around the 16th century as […]

“Why is Your Stuff So Expensive?” Answering This Recurring Question
Paul's Covered Bridge quilted wall-hanging

Perhaps the question we hate the most and answer continually is, Why is your stuff so expensive?As you read what follows, replace the word stuff with whatever your medium is. There’s a piece of me in all of my stuff. Long before my stuff exists, I spend considerable time just thinking about what my stuff […]


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