TIPS~IDEAS & INSIGHT FROM A FELLOW CRAFTER/AUTHOR

Sunday, June 8, 2014

New Craft Show Venture

Hi I know it's been awhile since I've posted. So let me give you the short version of everything that has been happening. First of all I'm now living in Newport News which is about 40 minutes from where I used to live and closer to Williamsburg, VA. It's a wonderful apartment near everything and when I say everything...I mean Joann's Fabric is 2 blocks from me. How is that for close. :-)

I now have ventured on to Craft Show Event Planner. Yes! I can't believe it myself. I must say it's a dream come true for me. Which means lots of insight on everything you want to know about a craft business, business books, craft shows, vendor set ups and so much more. I see another book coming out! lol

Our first craft show is this Fall! It's October 11, 2014 from 9-5pm at the William & Mary College (trinkle hall). So if your near Williamsburg, stop on in. And we have a new website called "Crafters Walkabout Events" http://www.crafterswalkabout.com

Last but not least, I've been working on my 2nd book and it should be coming out sometime next year. Well that's all the happy news I have for now. Hugs

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Idle Mind makes Nothing Happen

Hi my fellow blogger Friends,

I know it's been ages since I've post something about crafting or business for that matter. This summer has been a world wind of ups and downs, good and bads. Yet I survived and I'm slowly moving on.

First and formost, I've moved to the other side of the water. Which means I'm further away from the Virginia Craft shows (boo, hoo). But closer to the Richmond and Williamsburg Craft shows! (Hurray)! This move was along time coming and I prayed and let god take over. Yet I'm now doing shows alone which means more pain killers for the knees and back! I guess I better start doing those exercise tapes to keep this old body in shape!

I'm nearly unpacked but my sewing room is still a mess and papers are everywhere!. So I came up with the posting title above Idle Minds Make Nothing Happen! For example: You want your business to succeed and you always come up with ideas on how to get to create a better product or draw in more customers. Yet we at times let our minds wonder on one thing too long until we forget what the objective is. Keep your business on track and make plans to reach your objective goal.

Make a list of things you want to complete in a week, month and a year. Once the list is made, create a time frame on when you want to have it done. Make realistic time frames and don't over do it. My goal today was to clear up all paperwork and organize it so I can find what I need. After that I will create my week goal and so on. A business is a never ending journey and to let it idle will not create Success and everyone wants to be Successful!

Ok, thats my business tip for today. Now I need to fix me a sandwich and tackle the rest of my paperwork. Hugs & Blessings to you :-)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Pinterest for Your Business

Good Morning Everyone!

Yes, I'm up at the crack of down 7am with the sun shining and the first thing I want to do is Pinterest! I know I'm kind of behind in the times and never considered joining until I came across a webinar on Pinterest for Your Business. It was Free and I said "What the heck, I mind as well see what all the noise is about". So I listend in for nearly an hour and I was hooked! She discussed on ways that your pinterest can be part of the seo search. Also some very valuable information on how to pin your own craft products without saturating the board and it won't get you in any trouble with their policy.

So if your considering growing your business through Pinterest, google the words "pinterest for your business in the search box and watch what happens~. Well I'm off to Pin some more then I will have me some breakfast and start my craft day!

Hugs

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Craft Room Clean--Creative Mind Begins

Hi,

Well I finally got around to cleaning my sewing/craft room. It was amazing how much hidden supplies I had found. Now I know where everything is and can find things without tripping over myself. lol Here are my before and after pics:

Before

After

With my room looking normal again I can concentrate on the business side of my crafts. So I'm sitting at my desk this very second and remember reading something about Esty thinking about wholesaling. Here is the link:

http://www.etsy.com/blog/news/2012/etsy-wholesale-on-the-horizon/

Its very interesting read but there was no particular time line on when it will start yet it feels great to know that they are considering it. Although I sell my crafts to boutiques on consignment there are times when the pricing can be tricky. Therefore I'm starting to look into other avenues on getting my business noticed.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Its been Too Long

Hi all,

Yes, it's been too long since I last posted. It's been such a crazy summer with job changes, school and being on crutches for nearly a month. During my down time it gave me time to think and now it's time to put my thoughts into action. It really hit me when I was watching the Living Well Network channel and they had a section on self publishing. It was a real eye opener and made me realize I wasn't putting my best foot forward.

I stepped back for a second and asked myself a question...yes I talk to myself but then who in the craft business doesn't. lol So I said to myself "What is stopping you from walking into the shops and getting your book out to the public?....my response was ME! In any business the only person stopping you from moving forward is You. Of course there are other family situations and things that are beyond your control. But once you put all of those past you, what else gets in the way...You do!

This was so true for me and I need to put an end to this now. So today I'm going to put together a list of places I would like to see my book displayed at. The 3 most important places I want is AC Moore, Michaels and of course Joann Fabrics. After all they do have a book/magazine section. :-)

Now that I have a game plan I need to get into my sewing room and start preparing, but I think I better clean it first. It looks like a tornado hit it...what do you think? lol

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

FREE CD and Website!

Hi all,
Crafting into Business now has a website!! Yippee!! It's a venture I've been working on for a few months. Its a resource site for everything craft & business related. I'm still working out the kinks on a few things but it should be live by the weekend!
I felt having a site will make it easy for me to keep track of my book sales and hopefully get a broader customer base. I got this idea from a author/motivational speaker Mike Howard. One thing about writing a book is that you must keep people in the loop who motivate and push you to the next level. This also holds true with your crafts or anything you love doing.
Stop on over to Crafting Into Business for our FREE CD on Booth Design & Merchandising for Craft and Trade Shows.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Selling to Gift Shops

Hi,

I've found a great book on selling to Gift shops. I;ve downloaded this and a few other e-books. If you business has reached a level where you are ready to find more gift shops...this e-book can help.
Stop on over to my Business E-Book Section and take a peek. I will be adding more e-books as I find them.
Well I'm off to mastermind my next adventure. :-)
Blessings & Hugs to you