Handmade Mode

Is It Time For an Attitude Adjustment?
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In my little corner of the world, iKnitQuiltSew, I find myself always looking for the next best thing to have in my shop or in my booth. I’ve tried a myriad of things, very few of which worked. For example… My most recent idea was to offer tapered/adjustable headbands (perhaps my best-seller consistently year after […]

New Year Resolutions We Can All Live By
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It’s that time of year. We all think of what we can do to make ourselves and our lives better and then resolve to do it in the new year. How many of those resolutions are kept for more than just a little while? I have a suggestion that may benefit individuals and all of […]

Shop Small and Handmade!
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Please excuse me while I hop onto my soap box for a bit. We Americans buy a lot of gifts.I watched the frenzy throughout the year, whether it was Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and on and on.It’s year-round and endless – so many people buy things they don’t actually need with money they […]

It Is So Tempting… But DON’T DO IT!
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It is so very tempting to cash in on the latest “thing.” But many times, doing that could put you in a world of legal hurt for copyright or trademark infringement. Somebody – or many somebodies – worked very hard to create a business or entity that it is recognizable from a single image. We […]

Finding Arts and Crafts Festivals
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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!
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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 […]

Conversation With A Customer
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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 […]

Facing the Reality of Selling Online
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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 […]

Can Search Engines Find Your Item Title?
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You have a lot of time, planning, patience and creativity in that wonderful piece. First, you created it to perfection. Then you took a myriad of pictures of it to capture it at just the right angle in just the right light to make it look its best to prospective buyers. Now it’s time to […]

Gaze at the Moon!
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There is something so magical about looking up at the moon. It is the thing that almost forces you to dream big! In honor of this dreamy image, I present to you some magical handmade treasures by the talented people on HandmadeArtists! Tulipwood Pocket Wand From The Silk Roadie comes this stunning wand made from […]

 

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