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  • 5 Book Recommendations For The Craft Business Startup | Art Of Crafts
    business plan tips for expanding production and distribution what you should do if you need to find funding and additional advice on financial and legal matters involved in running a business Countless crafters have turned to The Handmade Marketplace for advice on selling their goods Now Grow Your Handmade Business helps creative entrepreneurs achieve their long term business goals Kari and her contributors talk frankly about budgeting licensing marketing time management loans taxes and even the law Whether you are new to the handmade business world or attempting to grow your business this book will be valuable Lisa Congdon author of A Collection A Day 3 Blogging For Bliss If you have a craft or handmade business one of the best ways of promoting it and getting more sales either from your website or from an online marketplace such as Etsy or Folksy is to have a blog The advantages of a blog is that you can network with people buyers can get to know a little bit more about you and your work and you can showcase pieces that you are designing Furthermore a blog is regularly updated which means it helps you to gain more visibility both in the search engines and through social marketing If that all sounds pretty complicated then never fear Blogging for Bliss available on Amazon UK Amazon USA walks you through how to get set up and how to build a vibrant creative following I can assure you that once you get going blogging is going to be something that you really enjoy Tara s book is fabulous because it was easy to read and follow the illustrations are great and she offers many wonderful blogging tips For example I had been searching for a way to frame my photos in a creative way and she explains how to do this in a step by step manner I highly recommend this book if you want to be with it in the 21st century Amazon Review from Theresa Mink 4 The Crafter s Guide to Taking Great Photos One of the hardest things to get to grips with when you are selling items online is to take great photos of your work Yes we have all used a camera for taking snaps of the family and our pets but it is a little different when you need close up well lit images to show your work off to its best advantage Remember if someone is buying something from their PC screen they can t examine the item weigh it in their hand or feel the quality Therefore you need to supply as much of this detail as you can through both the written description but also more importantly through great images taken from multiple angles The Crafter s Guide to Taking Great Photos available on Amazon UK Amazon USA walks you through the entire process and not only demystifies photography jargon but ultimately helps you get some very cool shots of your handmade items

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  • Craft A Creative Business: Review And Giveaway | Art Of Crafts
    s own success at building her business and so you can trust her extensive knowledge and experience Book Giveaway The lovely people at Search Press have provided us with 2 copies of the book to give away There will be two winners drawn randomly and each will win one copy of the book Before you enter please pop over and read the T Cs for the giveaway here The closing date is 11 59pm GMT on the 30th November 2014 and it s open for entries worldwide Follow these two simple steps and you are in with a chance to win your very own copy of Craft a Creative Business Step 1 If you are on Facebook then please head over and like my Art of Crafts Facebook page If you aren t on Facebook then no problem but get on there soon it s a lot of fun Step 2 Most importantly leave a comment below either leaving a link to your existing creative business or tell us what you are thinking of selling if you take the leap and set up a business Once you have done that you are entered in the giveaway Hurrah and Good Luck Sign Up For My Free Newsletter As a thank you I will send you my two ebooks The Big Book of Craft Interviews Vol 1 2 and you will get access to my weekly newsletter Success You will now need to confirm your subscription to the Art of Crafts newsletter please check your inbox There was an error submitting your subscription Please try again First Name Email Address Subscribe We respect your email privacy and will never pass your details to a 3rd party Powered by ConvertKit Filed Under Craft As a Business Craft Books Giveaways Comps Tagged With book giveaway creative business handmade business Comments Nancy Small says November 19 2014 at 7 29 pm I would love a chance to win Craft a Creative Business It looks like a wonderful book Thanks Reply Tracy says November 19 2014 at 7 47 pm Excellent this is just what I need I shall be starting my own crafty web shop in 2015 this would help enormously Thanks for the chance to win Tracy Reply Neil says November 19 2014 at 7 49 pm My wife would love this I would definitely be in her good books if I won Reply Vanessa says November 19 2014 at 8 46 pm If I take the leap and set up a business I d like to sell my extravagant clothes that I sew for ten years Reply Pat Collingwood says November 19 2014 at 9 55 pm I would like to start selling some of my Encaustic art pictures Reply Kimberly says November 20 2014 at 12 33 am I would love to set up an online shop selling my mixed media art This book looks wonderful Reply Marilyn says November 20 2014 at 4 19 am After being away for over a

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  • Seaside Tinkered Treasures: Review & Giveaway | Art Of Crafts
    pleased at the way it came out and will be making some more I have added a little picture so you can see my creation If you want to make your beach holiday last a little longer this year then this book is the way to do it You can even make use of some of the items you collect while you are away such as shells and lolly sticks by turning them into something that will remind you of those long Summer days Giveaway Time RPS have also kindly given me 1 copy of the book to give away to one of you lovely readers If you want to read the very quick T Cs for the giveaway then you can do so here The closing date for the giveaway is 11 59 GMT on the 18th August 2014 quick only one week from today and it s open for entries worldwide Then follow these two simple steps and you are in with a chance of your very own copy of Seaside Tinkered Treasures Step 1 If you are on Facebook then please head over and like my Art of Crafts Facebook page If you aren t on Facebook then no problem but get on there soon it s a lot of fun Step 2 Most importantly leave a comment below telling me what you love MOST about the seaside Once you have done that you are entered in the giveaway Hurrah and Good Luck Sign Up For My Free Newsletter As a thank you I will send you my two ebooks The Big Book of Craft Interviews Vol 1 2 and you will get access to my weekly newsletter Success You will now need to confirm your subscription to the Art of Crafts newsletter please check your inbox There was an error submitting your subscription Please try again First Name Email Address Subscribe We respect your email privacy and will never pass your details to a 3rd party Powered by ConvertKit Filed Under Craft Books Giveaways Comps Tagged With seaside crafts seaside tinkered treasures Comments Pat Collingwood says August 11 2014 at 1 09 pm The sound of the sea Reply Ashley Lucas says August 11 2014 at 1 18 pm I absolutely love collecting shells therefore I am loving the cover of this book I will rise early on vacation just to get a chance to find the most beautiful ones on the beach Reply Katherine Brooks says August 11 2014 at 2 10 pm Sand between my toes Reply Sandi Holland says August 11 2014 at 6 04 pm Hi Alison What I love most about the seaside is the reflection of the sunset on the glassy surface of the water soaked sand Reply Cheryl says August 11 2014 at 9 53 pm I enjoy gathering seashells Always amazed at how they are formed and the beauty of most The sea has been here a very long time It holds many secrets yet to be discovered

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  • Free Online Quilting Classes | Art Of Crafts
    across Craftsy yet you are in for a treat They offer classes in all sorts of arts and crafts subjects and the ones I have taken including jewelry design crochet and drawing have all been great The teachers are excellent and what I love about the classes is that you can work at your own pace moving the video back slightly if you miss a concept Craftsy also offers a number of free mini courses and today I thought I would leave you links to all the quilting ones so you can take a look and see if you fancy giving any of them a try The first course is actually a sewing machine basics course in case anyone needs a refresher Click on any of the images below to be taken to the course on Craftsy where you can find out more Enjoy Sign Up For My Free Newsletter As a thank you I will send you my two ebooks The Big Book of Craft Interviews Vol 1 2 and you will get access to my weekly newsletter Success You will now need to confirm your subscription to the Art of Crafts newsletter please check your inbox There was

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  • Want To Learn A New Craft? Check Out The Craftsy Sale This Weekend | Art Of Crafts
    weekend with up to 50 off all classes I have done a number of Craftsy classes including crochet jewelry design and sketching and here s the very personal reasons why I love them Great Value It s a very low cost way to learn and there is nothing like actually seeing what is being taught right in front of you hence why videos are so great Also you can pause the videos if you need to see something again and you can even set them on repeat if there is a really tricky stitch you are trying to learn for example Time There is no time pressure I can watch the videos whenever I want Also your access never expires so you can watch again and again Place There is no location pressure I can watch the videos wherever I want on PC or Mac and even more flexibly on iPad and mobiles which are great to prop up in front of you as you work Variety There is a great range of classes sewing yarn crafts cooking cake decorating jewelry making drawing and painting the list goes on There really is something for everyone Interaction You can ask questions on the modules and you can share what you create with others if you wish to Guarantee There is 100 money back guarantee so there is nothing to lose The sale ends Monday so head over today and see if there is anything you fancy trying out Sign Up For My Free Newsletter As a thank you I will send you my two ebooks The Big Book of Craft Interviews Vol 1 2 and you will get access to my weekly newsletter Success You will now need to confirm your subscription to the Art of Crafts newsletter please check your

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  • Ideas For Charity Craft Projects | Art Of Crafts
    hard to make and they re a lovely gesture that you can donate to hospital oncology units for children who are currently undergoing chemotherapy There are quite a few groups of knitters who already get involved with crafty charity projects such as this and setting one up in your area could make a huge difference in the lives of ill children Cards for those in need This is one you can get the kids involved with making cards for people in need One great example of this is to make a card for service personnel working overseas to let them know that you re thinking of them or you could encourage the kids to find a pen pal in a developing country and send homemade cards to them Handmade dolls and teddies There are quite a few charity gift schemes that encourage you to make dolls and teddy bears so that they can be sent overseas to children in need A doll or a teddy is often a child s most cherished possession and it could make a lovely craft project for you as well as a lovely gift for someone who is sure to appreciate it Patchwork quilts Why not spend some time gathering together your odds and ends of fabric so you can make a patchwork quilt People in plenty of countries could certainly benefit and a unique quilt is sure to brighten someone s day Helping other people earn a living through craft This final option is a little different Rather than doing something crafty for charity there are ways of charity giving that can enable you to support someone in need who uses a craft to generate a livelihood For example microfinance charities allow you to donate small business loans for women who want to sell

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  • Three Ways To Find Space In Your Home For Crafting | Art Of Crafts
    need it unless it has sentimental value in which case box it up and store it in the loft It s amazing how much space you can free up if you do this at the very least there will be space for a craft desk if not a whole craft studio The Desk Cupboard Combination You can now buy desks which are built into little cupboards so at the end of the day you can close the doors on any mess These are great because not only do they allow for a lot of extra storage but when they are closed up they take up very little space You can fit them into an alcove of a living room or bedroom or maybe even under the stairs Some of these are even on wheels so you could pull them out in the day and tuck them away when more space is needed for family life These are a great option for people with very little space to play with and they can be a lifesaver for your sanity if the chaos is getting you down The Outbuilding Shed Do you have a good quality shed that could be cleaned out and added some creature comforts to or maybe an outbuilding which with some metal cladding added to the roof would make it waterproof Then you have an ideal space for a craft studio For the Winter months you will need some warmth and light so if it isn t there already check with a qualified electrician whether it is possible to run electricity to the building If you are storing a lot of supplies you do just need to make sure that during the cold and wet months you aren t going to get anything destroyed by damp You should

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  • Creative Ways To Display Your Photos | Art Of Crafts
    edges like salvaged multi pane wind frames leftover trim and salvaged barn wood you certainly aren t limited to the rectangular shape of the image You can repurpose a round mirror frame make a frame from gnarled branches or surround an image with any collection of items that fit your décor Keep in mind though that photos are rectangular so to use an oddly shaped frame you will need to either cut the image to a different shape or mask some areas of the image Free hanging pictures If you want to display photos on a surface that isn t conducive to hammering nails into it like a concrete wall or metal door try hanging them from a rope ribbon or wire String paperclips clothespins or binder clips along the cord secure both ends of it and then clip the pictures in place Create a more industrial look by combining metal cable with hardware or tools that can hold a photo from repurposed hinges to industrial grade clamps and adjustable wrenches Shelves If you have a large collection of small pictures in small frames install a 3 to 4 inch deep shelf and crowd those frames onto it Overlap the frames and vary frame size to create a display that looks simultaneously cluttered and organized Tip Add continuity to your frames by choosing one or two colors of spray paint and recoloring any frames that need it You can t go wrong with classic black and white Tape them up Washi tape is making a big splash at craft stores around the country and duct tape now comes in all manner of color and design Using either of these you can create a colorful frame that holds a photo to the wall and that s just where it starts Grab

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