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What’s Going to Sell? Predicting the Future in Arts and Crafts
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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 […]

National Puzzle Day
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They say that doing puzzles helps to keep your mind sharp! In honor of National Puzzle Day may I present to you some handmade treasures that celebrate puzzles! Crossword Puzzle Watch Love puzzles and want to show it off? Darling crossword puzzle watch from Sunny River Creations is just for you! Adorable puzzle and even […]

Happy Organize Your Life Day
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Did you make a New Years resolution to organize your life? How is that going? While many of us take a look around our homes and swear we are going to clean up and clean out, when it comes to actually doing it, we often fall short. Paris Travel Wallet Do you need a place […]

What would You Call a Handmade Life?
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When you hear the phrase Handmade Life what do you think of? A person living off the grid, growing their own food and making their own clothes? A suburban mom who cooks from scratch rather than boxed or take out? How about trying to buy as much local as possible but never creating anything themselves? […]

In the Arts and Handmade World, How Often Should You Re-invent Yourself?
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You’re an artist or craftsman, and you are also a business. You’ve been doing this a while, and each year, you show some financial growth. You’ve found a niche that is supporting activities you love to do. Re-inventing yourself is not something that’s on your list, let alone near the top…. it isn’t broken; why […]

 

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