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  1. Clothing
  2. Holiday Sewing Look through these free sewing patterns to find the perfect sewing craft for every holiday. There are sewing crafts for Mother's Day, Christmas sewing ideas, and tons of DIY sewing projects.
  3. Home Decor
  4. Sewing for Kids Find sewing crafts for kids and free sewing patterns for toys and clothing for kids. Explore this great collection of free sewing patterns for kids.
  5. Sewing Tips
  6. Sewn Accessories Follow these free sewing patterns to make your own accessories like bracelets, hair accessories and embellished shoes. These free sewing tutorials make fun gifts too!
  7. Sewn Bags Pick up your needle and thread and try making an adorable sew bag. These easy sewing projects are perfect for beginners and experts. You can learn how to sew a bag and create cute sewing bags and totes.
  8. Cross Stitch Learn how to cross stitch with these great tutorials. There are free cross stitch patterns for a crafter of every skill level.
  9. Embroidery
  10. Needlecraft Tips Tips from our experienced readers for doing embroidery, cross-stitch and plastic canvas.
  11. Needlepoint free needlepoint patterns, charts, and tips
  12. Plastic Canvas
  13. Bathroom bathroom decorating ideas
  14. Bedroom Bedroom decorating ideas
  15. Centerpieces Learn how to make your own DIY centerpieces with this collection of centerpiece crafts.
  16. Clay Pot Crafts Find clay pot crafts using inexpensive terra cotta pots to make unique decorations for your home. Clay pot craft projects are fun for any skill level.
  17. Decorative Wreaths Decorate your door in style with these Decorative Wreaths. Find wreath decorating ideas as well as learn how to make decorative wreaths. These craft wreaths range from holiday decorations, to fabric wreaths, to diy spring wreaths.
  18. Dining Room DIY dining room decorating ideas and projects
  19. Floral Find floral crafts to decorate your home including silk flower arrangements, fabric flower tutorials, floral table decorations and more.
  20. Frames Find DIY picture frames and decorating ideas made from a variety of materials. Make your own frame or try out frame decorating ideas for a personal touch.
  21. Kids Room Decorating ideas for a child's bedroom
  22. Kitchen Decor
  23. Living Room Warm up your living room with handmade decorations that will bring it to life. The favorite room in your house deserves exciting decor that will make it your own.
  24. Modern Decor Use modern decor techniques to make your home stand out from the rest. Adopt a clean color palette with clean lines to create a modern haven in your home.
  25. Office DIY and decorating ideas for the office
  26. Outdoor Find tons of outdoor decorating ideas and craft projects here. Spruce up your backyard with patio crafts and garden crafts. These DIY projects for outdoors are sure to keep you busy and crafting through any season.
  27. Quick Fix If you want a quick fix for your outdated decor, try one of these quick and easy projects that will give your favorite room a facelift.
  28. Topiaries Learn how to make a topiary for decorating your own home or for a special occasion, such as a party. Find topiary crafts for every style.
  29. Vases Find decorative vase crafts including vase painting crafts, paper vase crafts and more.
  30. Vintage Decor Create vintage-inspired DIY home decor pieces. If you love old-fashioned decor, then these vintage designs are just for you. Featuring tutorials for every room of your house, these vintage room ideas will help you create that chic vintage.
  31. Wall Decor Find craft projects for wall decor, including easy wall art, paintings, canvases, shadow boxes and more.
  32. Kitchen Projects
  33. Painted Clay Pots Find painting projects for clay pots, both for indoor and outdoor home decorating. Painted pots make great gifts.
  34. Painted Ornaments
  35. Painted Wall Art
  36. Gift Bags You'll never want to purchase gift bags again after using our beautiful hand-made ones.
  37. Gift Boxes
  38. Handmade Books Find paper craft projects for handmade books. Find homemade recipe books, albums, decorative books and more.
  39. Handmade Cards Create a Handmade Card for every occasion and for every person in your life. You will find tons of paper crafts here, whether you need a handmade Halloween card, handmade Easter card, handmade Christmas card, or a handmade birthday card.
  40. Handmade Paper
  41. Journals Learn how to make andor embellish your own journals. These journal crafts include many different paper craft techniques.
  42. Paper Bookmarks Find bookmark craft projects, homemade bookmarks and bookmarks to make as gifts for quick craft projects.
  43. Papercraft Tips Get great tips on how to make or use papercrafts.
  44. Papier Mache Contains numerous Papier Mache, also known as Paper Mache, projects, tutorials and information on how to create your own Papier Mache paste. Includes Easter paper mache projects and thanksgiving paper mache projects as well as great ideas for papier
  45. Rubber Stamping
  46. Baby Quilts Make a quilt for your baby to stay bundled in! Keep your little one warm and wrapped up in a handmade baby quilt.
  47. Beginner Crochet Get the greatest and easiest free crochet patterns here. They're nice and easy for those just learning to crochet.
  48. Crochet Accessories Find the best free crochet patterns for accessories including jewelry, brooches, belts and more.
  49. Crochet Afghans Make your home nice and cozy with tons of crochet afghans. You can learn how to make easy crochet afghans with these free crochet afghan patterns that will brighten up every room in your house.
  50. Crochet Amigurumi Crochet some cute little animals and fun characters to decorate your house and give as gifts.
  51. Crochet Bags crochet bags
  52. Crochet Flowers Make some crochet flowers with easy crochet patterns, they're easier to handle than real flowers.
  53. Crochet for Baby baby crochet craft ideas
  54. Crochet for Kids crochet patterns for kids
  55. Crochet Hats, Scarves, Gloves crochet hats, crochet scarves, crochet gloves
  56. Crochet Ornaments Make some fun crochet ornaments for any time of year.
  57. Crochet Rugs Make some fun crochet rugs to decorate your home. Use bright colors to lighten up the room and cute crochet rug patterns for a funky design. These free crochet patterns are perfect for a beginner or an expert crocheter.
  58. Crochet Socks and Slippers Crochet some socks and slippers this season. These are easy crochet pattern you'll enjoy making.
  59. Crochet Sweaters and Wraps Find free crochet patterns for sweaters and crochet patterns for wraps and shawls.
  60. Crochet Tips Learn some great crochet tips from guest crafters. These will help out with the beginning crocheters.
  61. Kitchen Crochet Brighten up the busiest room in your home with kitchen crochet patterns. These easy crochet crafts like free dishcloth patterns and crochet rugs are simple to make.
  62. Men's Crochet Free crochet patterns are great to have around when you want to make men's crochet.
  63. Pet Crochet Patterns Crochet something nice for your pet. The winter months can be quite chilly, so make them some warm clothes or toys to play with.
  64. Tops and Tunics Ready for a new wardrobe? Crochet free patterns and make some cute tops and tunics.
  65. Beginner Knitting Find easy knitting patterns for beginners including knitting instructions, beginner knitting help and knitting guides.
  66. Kitchen Knits
  67. Knit Afghans Find free afghan knitting patterns and easy to knit afghan patterns. Find lace afghan knitting patterns and much more!
  68. Knit Bags
  69. Knit Hats, Gloves, Scarves Stay warm during the winter months with these knit hats, gloves, and scarves. You will find tons of free knitting patters that are also beginner knitting patterns. Learn how to make wearable crafts with knit gloves pattern, knit hat patterns and scar
  70. Knit Socks and Slippers Find free socks knitting patterns included knee socks, toe socks and cable socks and free slippers knitting patterns, include easy slip-on knit slippers patterns.
  71. Knit Sweaters
  72. Knit Wraps Find free knitting patterns for wraps, stoles and shawls. These wrap knitting patterns require to seaming and are fun to knit.
  73. Knitting for Baby
  74. Knitting for Kids
  75. Knitting Rugs Find free knitting patterns for rugs. Knit rugs are a great addition to any home.
  76. Knitting Tips Get knitting tips from guest crafters
  77. Knitting Vests Find vest knitting patterns and easy-to-follow knit vest patterns. Learn how to knit a sweater vest.
  78. Lace Knitting
  79. Loom Patterns
  80. Green Manufacturers In this directory of Green Craft Manufacturers, find craft companies that are doing their part for their environment with eco-friendly craft products. Find environmentally-friendly craft companies making all kinds of arts and crafts supplies.
  81. Green Tips A collection of reader tips on how to recycle items for crafting and greener tips for crafting.
  82. Wine Bottle Crafts Eco-friendly crafts with wine bottles and step-by-step ideas for things to make with wine bottles. Ideas and tips for recycled crafts, crafts from recycled material, and ways to craft with wine bottles.
  83. Baby Clothes
  84. DIY Bags
  85. Hair Accessories Add some flair to your hair with these Hair Accessories. You can craft cute hair accessories like clips, barrettes, headbands, and more for adults and kids of all ages. Make a unique hair accessory that is all your own.
  86. Kids Clothing
  87. Shirts
  88. Shoes
  89. 4th of July Kids Crafts Find patriotic 4th of July crafts for kids, some educational and some just plain fun. Celebrate 4th of July with these July 4th kids crafts.
  90. Back to School Find great craft projects for kids going back to school, including decorated school supplies, classroom crafts and autumn crafts.
  91. Christmas Kids Crafts Find Christmas crafts for kids including easy christmas crafts for children, crafty activities for kids at christmas, and family christmas crafts. Also find holiday crafts such as New Year's craft for kids and more.
  92. Earth Day Crafts Support the environment with Earth Day kids crafts! Show your child's awareness and love for Mother Earth through family fun crafts. Recycle items and make them over with a brand new purpose!
  93. Easter Kids Crafts Find Easter crafts for kids, including Easter eggs, bunnies and much more. Find Easter kids crafts for all ages including preschool Easter crafts for kids.
  94. Easy Kids Crafts
  95. Father's Day Kids Crafts Dad takes care of you, so show him you care with Father's Day kids crafts. There are so many crafts to make that it is hard to just choose one. So, make him as many as you like on this special day.
  96. Halloween Kids Crafts Find easy halloween crafts for kids and fun crafts to do with kids for halloween.
  97. Kids Clay Pots Clay pots don't have to be for adults only. These cute kids clay pots are the perfect craft for kids.
  98. Kids Crafts Videos Are you a visual learner? The best way to make kids crafts is through videos. This media outlet will guide you through the crafting process of your favorite projects.
  99. Lesson Plans
  100. Mother's Day Kids Crafts Moms are special so make them a gift from the heart on Mother's Day! Kids craft ideas can include photo frames, jewelry, or flowers. Mom will be so happy to get a one-of-a-kind gift!
  101. Outdoor Crafts for Kids Make summer a fun time with outdoor crafts for kids. Crafting with kids allows them to get creative.
  102. Rainy Day Crafts Stuck inside with nothing to do? If you are looking for last minute craft ideas due to rainy weather, look no further! Make fun rainy day crafts for kids today!
  103. Sports Crafts for Kids Kids love sports, so why not show their enthusiasm for sports crafts for kids.
  104. Thanksgiving Kids Crafts Find Thanksgiving kids crafts for turkeys, pilgrims, thankfulness and much more. These easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids are great for all ages.
  105. Valentine's Day Kids Crafts Find the best Valentine's Day crafts for kids, including activities for kids to do for classroom card exchanges, decorations and presents for friends and family. These Valentines Day Kids Crafts are a fun way to involve the whole family.
  106. Needlefelting
  107. Cards Give the best Handmade Christmas card this holiday season by finding your favorite one right here. Christmas crafts are so much more meaningful when you make them yourself, so craft a spirited handmade Christmas card today.
  108. Christmas Angels Find angel holiday crafts and angel christmas crafts for decorating or gift-giving this season. Angles are a perfect symbol for Christmas, so create one today as a great Christmas craft.
  109. Christmas Decorations Christmas Decorations for your Home are a big part of decorating for the holidays. Make your own Christmas decorations for a festive season.
  110. Christmas Tips Find user-submitted tips and tricks for Christmas crafting. Find great ideas for Christmas crafts.
  111. Christmas Wall Decor Find free Christmas craft projects for Christmas wall decor. Make a Christmas paper craft to hang around your house and celebrate the holiday season.
  112. Christmas Wearables Find Christmas wearable crafts for any skill level. These wearable Christmas crafts make great gifts too for a special someone in your life.
  113. Crochet for Christmas Find free crochet patterns for Christmas decorating crafts, Christmas gifts and more.
  114. Entertaining
  115. Garland Find free Christmas craft projects for making your own Christmas garland.
  116. Knitting for Christmas Find free knitting patterns for Christmas crafts, including ornament knitting patterns, tree skirt knitting patterns and more.
  117. Ornaments Don't leave your tree looking sparse this Christmas season. Decorate it with beautiful Christmas ornaments like religious Christmas ornaments, hand painted Christmas ornaments, and fun Christmas ornaments.
  118. Quick & Easy Gifts Find quick and easy gifts to make for the holiday season. Spend less time at the store and more time making homemade Christmas gifts like angels crafts, gift tag crafts, and many more easy holiday crafts.
  119. Reindeer Crafts Find unique reindeer crafts in this collection of free Christmas crafts. These are a great way to decorate for Christmas.
  120. Santa Crafts Find free Christmas craft projects for Santa, Santa Claus and Old Saint Nick. These Santa christmas crafts are very popular.
  121. Sewing for Christmas Find free sewing patterns for Christmas decorating or gift-giving. Find ornament sewing patterns, tree skirt sewing patterns and more.
  122. Snowman Crafts Snowman Crafts are a fun way to decorate for Christmas and Winter. Make some snowman crafts for your home or for gifts.
  123. Stockings Make or decorate your own Christmas stockings with these Christmas stocking crafts.
  124. Wreaths DIY Christmas and Holiday Wreaths
  125. Decorative Storage
  126. Organization Tips Use these organizations tips to clean up your craft room as well as your home. You will find tips on organizing your home, craft room organization, how to better organize your crafting supplies, and craft closet organization.
  127. Anklets
  128. Beading
  129. Bracelets
  130. Earrings
  131. Friendly Plastic Use friendly plastic for all of your jewelry making crafts. This simple and easy material can be crafted into many things like necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Learn how to use friendly plastic with these great tutorials.
  132. Holiday Jewelry Find holiday jewelry craft projects including Christmas jewelry craft projects, Halloween jewelry craft projects and more.
  133. Jewelry Sets Find free craft projects to make your own jewelry sets. These homeemde jewelry sets make perfect gifts for any occasion.
  134. Leather
  135. Metal and Wire Craft beautiful necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more made from metal and wire. You'll find tons of great jewelry tutorials that teach you how to make gorgeous metal jewelry and give you tons of wire jewelry ideas.
  136. Necklaces
  137. Pendants Save your money and follow these easy jewelry making instructions to create personal and one-of-a-kind necklace pendants. You can find jewelry making ideas that use a variety of jewelry making supplies.
  138. Rings
  139. Weaving You can create cute necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more using the weaving technique of jewelry making. These detailed jewelry tutorials will teach you how to weave with jewelry and give you weaving patterns.
  140. Beauty Products Pimp and pamper your skins with these amazing beauty products. Make body butter, scrubs, natural cosmetics. You can craft these beauty products for yourself or give them as a great Christmas gift during the holiday season.
  141. Candle & Soap Tips Find tips for making homemade candles or soap. Tricks for making inexpensive candles and unique candles. How to make soap.
  142. Candles Craft your own candles and candle holders with these fantastic DIY candle crafts. Learn how to make candles and become and expert in candle making. These candle crafts will make a great addition to your home or as a gift.
  143. Soaps Find tons of homemade and DIY soap projects here from a range of ingredients. Become an expert in soap making with great soap tutorials. Homemade soap saves both time and money.
  144. Digital Scrapbooking Find tips, techniques and free layouts for digital scrapbooking. Free digital scrapbooking designs help you create with the mess!
  145. Layouts
  146. Scrapbooking Tips
  147. Bouquets
  148. Collections
  149. Wedding Centerpieces
  150. Wedding Favors
  151. Wedding Gifts
  152. Wedding Invitations
  153. Wedding Tips Find great tips for saving money on your wedding with quick tips from readers.
  154. Air Dry Air dry clay projects are the easiest because once you make your clay craft, you don't have to worry about anything else. You will find easy and simple clay crafts like pendants and brooches that use air dry clay.
  155. Metals Use clay with metals to transform anything from drab to fab. Clay crafts are great to encourage creativity and imagination. Save time and money with these great metal crafts.
  156. Polymer Polymer clay craft projects are fun to do. Choose from tons of polymer craft projects that let you express your creativity and imagination. Use polymer clay beads, or follower a polymer clay tutorial here.
  157. Fourth of July Free craft projects for the Fourth of July and patriotic craft ideas. Independence Day craft projects and craft activities to entertain kids on the Fourth of July. Celebrate America with these stars and stripes craft projects and crafts featuring red
  158. Easter easter crafts and DIY easter ideas
  159. Father's Day Show your dad how much you care about him with these Father's Day craft projects and ideas. From Father's Day arts and crafts to Father's Day cards, you'll find a spattering of great Father's Day gift ideas here.
  160. Halloween Crafts Hundreds of Halloween Crafts, Halloween Decorations and Halloween Craft Ideas featuring step-by-step halloween costume tutorials, halloween decorating tips and free halloween arts and crafts for kids.
  161. Jewish Holiday Jewish holiday crafts
  162. Mother's Day Mother's Day cards, gifts and craft ideas
  163. New Year's
  164. St. Patrick's Day
  165. Thanksgiving Thanksgiving crafts to make for all ages including thanksgiving crafts for children, thanksgiving decorations, thanksgiving place cards, table decorations for thanksgiving and more. Features cute Thanksgiving craft projects such as how to Make a Tha
  166. Valentine's Day Valentine's Day is a perfect time to create handmade valentines and homemade romantic cards, featured here. Also focuses on Valentine crafts for kids including valentine's day lessons for children and valentine crafts for children. Quick and Easy Va
  167. Metal on Wood
  168. Painting on Wood
  169. Wood Decor
  170. Woodburning
  171. Woodcarving
  172. Tie-Dye Find photo tutorials for different tie-dye techniques, including Batik, Heart, Splatter and more. Find out how to make different tie-dye designs.
  173. Terra Cotta Pots Make some beautiful terra cotta pots for your garden and outdoor area.
  174. Cold
  175. Hot
  176. Altered Art
  177. Collage
  178. Decorations
  179. Invitations
  180. Keepsakes
  181. Anniversary
  182. Birthday
  183. Gifts Ideas and step-by-step tutorials on how to make homemade craft gifts, children christmas craft ornament gifts, craft gift ideas and unique craft gifts
  184. Gifts in a Jar Gifts in a Jar are easy and simple gifts to give. Try these mason jar gift ideas like homemade gifts in a jar and Christmas gifts in a jar. Learn how to make gifts in a jar with these great projects and tutorials.
  185. Graduation Give your graduate some special DIY graduation presents. From gifts in a jar, to making special cards, these great DIY crafts will make your graduate's day even more special. Try one of these DIY gift ideas and you'll be prepared to celebrate your gr
  186. New Baby
  187. Retirement
  188. Thank You
  189. Autumn Whether you call it autumn or fall, you will find tons of fall craft ideas to decorate your home. These easy autumn crafts, like DIY fall wreaths, are perfect to make once the first leaf drops.
  190. Spring Spring crafts celebrate all that is coming to life outside. Find cute projects like paper flower crafts, flower pot crafts, garden projects and Easter crafts. Make Easter decorations, or spruce up your garden with outdoor projects.
  191. Summer Have fun in the sun with great ideas for summer crafts. These summer craft projects and simple summer crafts are a blast to do outside enjoying the weather. You can make beach crafts, flower crafts, or wearable crafts as fun summer craft activities.
  192. Winter
  193. Cool2Craft Videos Watch video segments from the Cool2Craft online TV show. Find video projects and product demonstrations.
  194. Faster Plaster Videos Find video craft projects using Faster Plaster. Learn how to use Faster Plaster in your crafting.
  195. Jewelry Craft Videos Watch craft videos on jewelry making including jewelry craft video tutorials and jewelry craft product demonstrations. Find a collection of jewelry making videos to help you create your own jewelry.
  196. Paper Craft Videos Find paper craft videos, including paper craft technique video tutorials, paper craft product demonstrations, paper craft project videos and more.
  197. Soap Videos Watch these soap making video tutorials and soap videos to learn how to make your own soaps. Make decorative soaps for gifts or for yourself.
  198. Terri O Videos Watch video craft projects and video craft tutorials from craft celebrity Terri O. Celebrity Craft Expert and two-time Emmy Award winning TV personality Terri O is the go-to-gal for anything creative.
  199. Book Publishers Book Publishers
  200. Book Reviews Popular craft books reviewed.
  201. Product Reviews Popular craft products reviewed.

Articles

  1. 10 Tips for Creating a Successful Craft Blog Once you've started a Craft Blog, there are a few simple things you can do to help make your blog more successful. These are just a few tips for craft business ideas and craft business plans that appeal to readers and attract a wider audience.
  2. 10 Tips to Rock It At Your Next Craft Show Starting out a crafting business can be scary. Most of us start online through an Etsy shop (or something similar). A great way to gain exposure for your company is to showcase at local craft shows and fairs.
  3. 5 Basic Lessons of Marketing (Or, How To Win Some) I could go on about search engine optimization, or how to take better pictures, or go into the whole philosophy of Winnie the Pooh, but this is easier, more basic, and I believe more necessary.
  4. 5 Ways to Beat the Creative Blues Learn to get through your creative blocks with these great craft business ideas that will help you latch onto craft business opportunities and create amazing products for your customers. Maintain your craft business and stir your creative juices.
  5. 7 Ways to Save Money on Crafting Need tips to save money on craft supplies? You'll be surprised at how much money you can save by following these 7 ways to save money on crafting.
  6. A Handy Guide to Making Craft Videos This article includes a comprehensive checklist of the equipment and software you will need to create a successful and aesthetic film that will soon become one of the top craft videos on the internet.
  7. Add a Little Me Time to Your Schedule When working from home, it is easy to forget to add a little me time to your schedule. These craft business ideas will help you set aside your work for some time to retain your sanity and not burn out your interest in your craft small business.
  8. Basics of Pricing Your Work If you're making crafts to sell, you want to know how to price your work and what to consider when you price your work. Maria Nerius gives you some things to think about in this Craft Business article.
  9. Be a Part of Your Trade Engage with your trade as a craft designer by establishing contacts and networking within the craft business. Do not let starting a home craft business get you down when you can learn how to run a successful craft business on your own!
  10. Be An Original Copyright and Original Designs What's an original design? How do I know if I've violated copyright laws or infringed on someone's copyright? How do I make sure what I've created is original? Maria addresses these topics in this article about original designs.
  11. Can I Sell a Project I Make Using Someone Else's Pattern? You've fallen in love with a pattern and everyone's telling you that you should make those and sell them -- you'd make a lot of money. But there's some question in your mind about that -- the pattern says "for personal use only". Maria explains the b
  12. Cashing In On Your Creativity: Get Your Designs Published Learn how to sell your craft designs in this great article by Maria Nerius, FaveCrafts' resident craft expert. She details the basics of how to sell designs and patterns for publication in magazines, on websites and more!
  13. Cashing In On Your Creativity: Turning a Hobby into Income In this economy, every little bit helps, and selling your crafts might be a way for you to earn some extra income from your creative business. The first step is deciding just how much time you have available to craft and create an inventory to sell.
  14. Christmas Craft Fairs Christmas craft fairs are wonderful events, full of holiday cheer, handmade festivity and hopefully, plenty of mulled wine. This wonderful article is bursting with great tips for Christmas bazaars and ideas for how to sell at Christmas craft fairs.
  15. Copyright Awareness For The Photo Artist and Scrapbooker Learn the basics of photo copyrights to be sure that all your scrapbooking and photo projects are made with the proper legal permissions. Maria Nerius writes about copyright awareness and maintaining rights to your creative work.
  16. Copyright or Trademark? Patent or Servicemark? Navigating the seemingly nonsensical seas of copyrights and trademarks can be dizzying, but Maria Nerius clears up all of your craft business confusion in this excellent article about the details of dealing with rights in your craft business plans.
  17. Craft Show Checklist Put together great craft show displays with this handy checklist! Craft show ideas like this will help you to become the toast of every craft show by creating an engaging display that will attract customers.
  18. Delivering on your Sales: The Ins and Outs of Shipping your Handmade Crafts Sold items from your online store will need to be shipped to the buyer. Have a plan before your open your online store. Maria Nerius gives you some topics to consider in this great article about maintaining your online craft store and shipping.
  19. Developing Good Sales Skills Developing good sales skills is key to having a successful business. Whether you're selling online, have a brick-and-mortar store, or sell at shows, your interaction with your customers can make or break your business. Learn more from Maria Nerius.
  20. Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help Now that the summer show season is in full swing, how are you are holding up to the demands of running and growing your creative business?
  21. Easy Tips for Success in the Craft Industry Learn how to become a success in the craft industry by reading this great article about leisure craft industries and the craft economy.You can be an amazing success in your own craft industry!
  22. Entering the World of V-logging Im not sure why I decided I wanted to blog using video. Its not new. Not new at all! I heard about v-logs through the social media almost around the same time I heard about blogging.
  23. Get that Product to Smile How to Take Great Pictures of Your Crafts When you're selling your work from photos, you need a great photo. Maria shares some tips about taking great pictures of your crafts in "Get that Product to Smile".
  24. Give Your Customers and Colleagues the Gift of Kindness What can your small business give to your customers and colleagues this year? How about the gift of kindness?
  25. How To Create Your Own Craft Selling Event! A Guide to Hosting An Open House An open house is one of the ways that you can earn money to offset your craft habit or earn some extra income for your household. Many crafters would like to sell items they make. Here's a guide to hosting an open house.
  26. How to Formulate an Effective Blog Post Well here is my recipe for a fantastic blog post! I'm not sure who coined the term 'Evergreen Blog Post', but it's a great way to describe a post that continually draws traffic to your site.
  27. How to Increase Business by Driving Traffic to your Blog Maintaining a successful craft blog is a great way to drive traffic to your online shop and gain renown across the web community. This article is full of great craft business ideas and tips for the tech-savvy craft guru and blogging expert.
  28. How To Live a Better Life with Less by Crafting Less is more. The more you have to do the more stressed you are. Learn to do less and love more. Craft and keep yourself busy. Using recyclables in your home makes things a lot easier as well.
  29. How to Make the Most of Your Trade Show Experience You have arrived at your trade show destination. Now what? Trade shows generally have an education day which is usually the day before the trade show opens so you hopefully found some classes or presentations you wanted to attend.
  30. How To Plan For Trade Shows Preparing to attend a tradeshow can get overwhelming. You have travel arrangements, making sure everything at home and work can survive with your absence, and what the heck to do first once you arrive.
  31. How to Run Successful Online Promotions Live and learn.Thats the nature of life, and thats the nature of business.
  32. How To Start a Craft Business Maria Nerius gets a lot of questions about how to start a craft business. In this article, she details the basics of how to begin a craft business, selling your crafts, and creating your own craft business that is original and engaging.
  33. How to Take More Product Pictures in Less Time Do you take pretty good product pictures, but feel like its taking up too much of your valuable work time? Well, you can increase the efficiency of your picture taking and get back in the crafting saddle sooner with these time-saving tips!
  34. How to Use Your Competitors to Grow Your Business Every business has competitors, its a fact of life, but you can transform yours into a business advantage by knowing more about their businesses.
  35. Key Elements of Advertising your Craft Business Promoting your online store and your craft product line is just as important as making the craft projects you sell. There are a few key elements to promotion, marketing, and merchandising any product that can help you.
  36. Lights, Camera, Action: How to Light Your Photos and Displays Whether you're having trouble lighting your photos or lighting your displays at art fairs and craft shows, Maria sheds some light on solutions.
  37. Make Promotional Products a Priority for Your Business Once your crafty business is up and running, there are things you can do to promote it so that you drive more traffic to your store, designs, or blog.
  38. Maria's Top 8 Creative Time Management Tips This tip popped up many times during my search for great time management tips! I find it the truest of the true: Time management is a myth, a lie, a fairytale, and a guilt magnet.
  39. Money Saving Tips for Craft Professionals Whether youve been in business less than a year or 30 years, saving money is always important for a successful bottom line. Saving money means you need to compare prices, services, and products carefully to get the most out of each dollar.
  40. New Year, New Plans for Your Business Happy New Year! Its a time of celebrations, reflections, and a few resolutions for not only yourself, but your business. The start of a new year is a great time to review your business goals and to also take note of your successes!
  41. One Calendar? Are You Crazy or Is It Me? One of the first lessons I was taught about time management was to have one calendar and only one calendar. This calendar is to serve as the one and only place where appointments, meetings, deadlines, and critical dates are noted and detailed.
  42. Online and Brick and Mortar Stores Are Basically the Same I have a pretty solid ability to predict which online stores will succeed and which will fail largely based on one strong correlation. To explain, its important to first look at what its like to launch a brick-and-mortar retail store.
  43. Planning for the Unexpected In A Small Business There are times when running a small business is just like taking care of the salt water tank in our sun room. In the beginning there is some trial and error.
  44. Price Tags or Signs? How to Price your Items for a Craft Show To Price or not To Price? That's the question. Do you spend the time pricing every item with a price tag or sticker or do you save time by just putting up a sign and fielding any questions in the booth. Maria offers her suggestions.
  45. Pricing your Crafts by Multiplying One method often used when pricing your work for sale is the multiplying method. Maria explores why sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
  46. Pricing Your Products: The 411 So first off, what does the 411 mean? I remember that little saying from middle school & that was like, so 15 years ago! Whoa, that makes me feel old. Weird.
  47. Promote Your Business Online and Offline In order to make your craft business successful, no matter what kind of business you are running, you need customers or an audience. To attract people, you need to get the word out. This part of networking is easy and should cost you little to nothin
  48. Promoting your Projects through Social Media You can have the best product in the world, but if no one knows about it, you're going to be sitting with unsold product stacking up! Part of selling your work online is promoting your product and one of the best ways is to use free social media.
  49. Quarterly Review for the Creative No matter when your business year starts and businesses do vary from using the New Year as a start to starting their fiscal years in July or October, you do need to plan and schedule a quarterly review for your business.
  50. Quick Photo Tips: Do What You Can With What You've Got You dont need a professional photography studio to get decent product pics. You just need a little ingenuity! North-facing windows have the best light for taking pictures and morning light is ideal.
  51. Satisfied Customers Spread the Word About Your Products Running your Etsy shop by yourself but wishing that you had some salespeople to sell your products for you? If so, listen up! You can turn your customers into salespeople (and you won't even have to pay them a salary)!
  52. Selling Licensed or Trademarked Work They sell licensed fabric with college logos, popular characters, and many more licensed designs, but I heard that someone got a cease and desist letter the other day? What's the story? Get an overview of what all this means from Maria Nerius.
  53. Selling your Crafts in an Online Store What Matters Where to sell your handmade items is always a big decision. Learn more about setting up an online store, which has many advantages including control of your inventory, no worries about weather, and the ability to change out your goods easily.
  54. Show It Off Tips for Photographing your Projects We've all seen a photo of a craft for sale and wondered "what IS that?" Unfortunately, customers don't spend time trying to figure it out, they just click to the next item. Here are some great tips on how to improve your pictures and your sales.
  55. Showing Gratitude and Saying Thanks is Good Business A simple thank you can go a long way in helping your business grow and prosper. Take a few minutes to thank the people helping you become a success.
  56. Sign Here Please The Basics of Contracts Your favorite magazine or manufacturer has said "yes, we want to use your design." Now they're talking about All Rights or First Rights and your head is spinning. Maria explains the basics on contracts in this article.
  57. Signage that Sells Your Stuff If something's not selling, do you assume it's not popular? Or is it possible that no one knew what it was! Maria shares signage suggestions.
  58. So You Want to Do Craft Shows Doing craft shows can be fun and profitable! Thats how we got started at Land of Odds. We made up a lot of jewelry. We put together some glass covered display boxes.
  59. Stay Organized after a Trade Show You may be exhausted from days of walking, talking, and gathering, but now is not the time to just let all that valuable information and resources lay piled up on your desk or worse left in the suitcase until you feel like sorting it.
  60. Surviving It All With Creativity This handout was part of a presentation at the Summer 2010 CHA tradeshow in Chicago. Read tips on how to survive as a creative business owner.
  61. Taping a Segment for a Craft TV Show How does a person prepare to tape a segment for a craft TV show? Maria gives you a behind-the-scenes look.
  62. The ABCs of Video Editing + Expert Advice The first real shock for a non-techie, didn't grow up being video taped individual was having to watch rare footage of myself. I must have a little Amish blood in me because I really don't like watching video of myself, it freaks me out a little bit.
  63. The Basics of Being a Contributor Many of the magazines I read include a feature that highlights the contributors to the magazine. Contributors can be regulars used by the magazine every issue or more free-lance and even as a one time only submission.
  64. The Importance of Saying Thank You to Your Customers Today's post comes from my own personal experience this past Halloween. I'm not a huge fan of Halloween, but I decided to turn on our porch light and provide candy for the neighborhood ghosts and goblins this year.
  65. Time, Money, And Blogging Time is money and you need to make some hard decisions about how much time you are going to spend blogging and how you are going to profit from this time spent.
  66. Tips for Selling at Craft Fairs or Markets I've been working selling my wares at weekly markets for the past 4 years, and I always have other crafts people asking me for some tips and tricks to do them.
  67. To Blog or Not To Blog Not sure whether to create your own craft blog or not? Check you this article for great ideas for creating your own craft blog to promote your ideas and creations and to drive traffic to your online shop. A blog is a great marketing resource!
  68. Toil and Labor A Fair Wage Part of pricing your crafts for sale is establishing your labor costs. Maria Nerius offers some guidance on how to set your wage.
  69. Use an Outline and Prepare a Script for Your Craft Videos Youve got your studio ready for taping a video! Whats next? Time to figure out exactly what you want to video tape! Starting with an outline helps.
  70. Vacations Can Be a Time For Work and Play Vacation! Hopefully everyone gets at least one vacation a year even if its what they call a home vacation where you have time off work, but enjoy your local community as a tourist.
  71. Video Brings Potential and Opportunity When I placed a general search for "how to video" on YouTube, one of the most popular video posting sites I got over 2,910,000 results.
  72. When to say No in Business If you're overwhelmed with work but you're just not making enough money, maybe you've said Yes when you should have said No. Maria shares her perspective on this crucial question.
  73. Which Craft Show is Best for me to Sell my Crafts How do you decide what show you want to sell at? Maria offers tips on what to look for when choosing a craft fair or craft show. Take some time to do some research into craft shows for the best success.
  74. Your Copyright Questions Answered Maria continues to get questions about copyright infringement issues or just questions about copyrights and crafting in general. She answers the most frequent questions to clear up confusion.
  75. Your Market Counts in Pricing Where you are selling your goods and who you're selling them to can play a role in pricing your handmade items or creative services. Maria outlines things to consider when you're pricing your goods.

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