Handmade Mode

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 […]

Marketing 101: Tips for Your Small Business Promotion
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We artsy-crafty people do not love marketing. But it’s a necessary evil of having your own small business. It needs to be done well and often, and most of us are not good at it. The fact that we don’t necessarily enjoy it just makes it that much more difficult. But there are many¬† lessons […]

Peach!
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The weather in the NorthEast can’t decide if it wants to be winter or spring! I’m voting for spring personally. In honor of one of my favorite parts of spring, fresh fruit, I invite you to check out some amazing works of handmade art featuring peach! Rose Garden Set of 3 Stunning art photo of […]

 

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