craft show success

Crafts To Sell: How To Sell Your Crafts

November 4, 2014

Everyone can use a little extra money…especially around the holidays. I am often asked by our readers if they can start can selling their crafts. My answer? You definitely can and definitely should! Selling your crafts at a local or national craft fair or show gets your art work into the hands of so many […]

Interview with Kaari Meng, French General (& New Products!)

May 10, 2012

For Americans especially, French style is a classic. We caught up with Kaari Meng, author, founder of French General, and the designer behind the new French General Scrapbooking Products for Jolee’s Boutique, to learn what inspires her. CIW: French General style is vintage but so fresh…where do you go to find inspiration? Kaari: I am […]

Did You Know? Giving Credit To Stamp Designers

March 15, 2012

A lot of you talented crafters are using stamps in the handmade artwork you sell… Did you know that when you use stamps in your designs for resale, you should credit the artist who created the stamp as well?  Different companies have different rules around using stamp art work for items you plan to sell, […]

"Magic" Math 101 for Online Sellers and Business Owners

May 9, 2011

Your success at running your own business isn’t magic or even luck…your business future can often be predicted with a few easy calculations.  At first, talk of profit margins, commissions, fixed costs, etc. can seem really overwhelming. Ugh, horrible math, right? But even if you aren’t naturally a “math person” (I’m not!) there are a […]

“Magic” Math 101 for Online Sellers and Business Owners

May 9, 2011

Your success at running your own business isn’t magic or even luck…your business future can often be predicted with a few easy calculations.  At first, talk of profit margins, commissions, fixed costs, etc. can seem really overwhelming. Ugh, horrible math, right? But even if you aren’t naturally a “math person” (I’m not!) there are a […]

Waiting On Martha – an Interview With Mandy Kellogg Rye

November 24, 2010

Ever have the feeling that you needed to change direction in your life to follow your passion? I think many of us have woken up one morning to realize we’ve walked far down a path that isn’t what we intended to do. For Mandy from Waiting On Martha, it took one really tough year to […]

Featured Crafter: Nikki, In Stitches

October 31, 2010

Meet Nikki: She is awesome!

Nikki, a one time teacher and now professional Mom to two kids and crafter has an unbelievable talent for making just about anything. For years she would encourage friends to get crafty, saying “You could SO make that” when they would see trendy items in stores or catalogs. Today Nikki spends time teaching people how to make things with her fantastic tutorials and simple craft kits. We talked with Nikki recently to find out about her life, her crafty loves, and what keeps her going when the going gets tough.

Interview With Courtney Dirks – Meylah.com

June 18, 2010

You might have noticed last week that Meylah, a site I write for and often post about on Craft Ideas Weekly, launched a brand new arts and crafts selling platform. I sat down with Courtney Dirks, one of the founding team members of Meylah, to learn more about how Meylah got started and how they […]

An Interview With Taryn Sisco – Poppy Chic

June 11, 2010

We first found Taryn on Dreamers Into Doers, the Martha Stewart Community and decided we love any girl that wears a big, bright flower in her hair! We also love the cute, funky, and easy tutorials she puts together on her blog, Poppy Chic. We wanted to learn more!
Here is our interview with Taryn. ( Don’t miss the Flower Hair Pin Tutorial she shared with us – so adorable and easy to make!

Craft Business: What’s In A Name?

May 19, 2010

So you have a great idea, beautiful products, and are super excited to get started selling your crafts. You are about ready to welcome your “baby” to the world and might be starting to ask…hey, what are we going name this thing? Here are a few things to consider when you are naming your creative […]

Craft Business: What's In A Name?

May 19, 2010

So you have a great idea, beautiful products, and are super excited to get started selling your crafts. You are about ready to welcome your “baby” to the world and might be starting to ask…hey, what are we going name this thing? Here are a few things to consider when you are naming your creative […]

Supporting Your Business: Developing Your Community On Facebook

May 2, 2010

This is an article we wrote for Meylah, a site that helps artists market their work. Enjoy! Congratulations! Your Facebook fan page is up and running, you have added all the necessary structural elements and you are posting status updates regularly. Now that you have a fan page, how do you maximize the value of […]

Picture Perfect Products – Photographing Your Crafts For The Web

April 12, 2010

It is easy to see that few things are as important online as good, high-quality, detailed pictures. Whether you are selling your art or crafts on sites like Etsy, Ebay, or Amazon or just showcasing your work for friends on Facebook, there are some secret tricks of the trade I have learned in my professional career that can help you make photographs of your crafts look really professional.

Gear that will help you to photograph like a professional: