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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Tools Needed for Glass Arts on: July 20, 2012 08:40:25 AM

My sister recently took an introductory class to glass arts and fell in love with it. She is starting to sign up for classes - I'd like to help her out with some supplies and tools.

Do you have any suggestions on what I can get her that would be helpful?
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Trunk Shows - Tips, Ideas, and Thoughts on: June 27, 2012 05:59:04 AM
Oooo, that would be useful information...

The show is actually in a private home, so it would be retail.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Price question: Price break points on: June 20, 2012 07:41:54 AM
Will Do! Smiley I hope it goes live soon because I'm just reeling with excitement about it!!!!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Trunk Shows - Tips, Ideas, and Thoughts on: June 19, 2012 05:26:02 AM
I am preparing to do a huge trunk show and since this is my first ever, I thought I would send out feelers to see who had information on truck shows.

A little about my show so you can provide quality feedback: my show will be taking place in a historic home just outside of Washington,DC. So lots of space; internet access, good lighting, and access to electrical outlets. I may have to bring my own table, but the jury is still out on that. I will be offering payment by credit card, cash and online Paypal money transfer. I plan on taking at least one other person with me to assist with transactions and such while I am helping attendees. I will be providing a 10% donation to the host's local organization of choice (we've discussed this already). I will also provide the host with all the invitations, business cards, postcards, and flyers she may need to spread the word about the event at her home. Lastly, as I do a lot of custom items, I may offer the host a list of products that attendees can purchase ahead of time so they can get the size and color scheme they want. So there you have it, this is what I have so far.

Thus, if you have attended and/or held a trunk show, I'm interested in...

1. What are some best practices for a successful show?
2. What has been your experience (either as an attendee or a vendor)?
3. How did you set up the display or do you have ideas on displays for this type of show?
4. How much product do you make?
5. Do you have any other tips, ideas or thoughts that could be helpful for this event?

I think that about wraps it up.

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Best Way to Up Readership? NOT Trying to Fake People into Checking The Blog on: June 18, 2012 01:52:37 PM
Hi Laurel,

Do not disrepair, first and foremost. Every single blogger in the world goes through what you are experiencing at one point in their blogging life.

I guess, the best advice I can give you about getting more feedback on this subject, since I cannot get to your blog, is maybe for the purposes of asking for help on this forum, you could tell us a bit more about your blog and what you are writing about. I think you may get a few more responses that way. And also like the other poster, maybe check your link to make sure it's correct. If it is, is your blog visible to the public?

Also, I have been blogging for a long time, and as I do not know how long you have been doing this, I will tell you that new sites take time to build. It may seem like it happens overnight for some, but really, it's a long road of research, writing, rewriting, networking, and so on.

So, keep writing and visiting other sites, that is a great thing for you to do. However, content is what brings people to sites, useful content that is
1: short, because people have developed short attention spans because of all the information coming at them all the time,
2: is about your readership, so whooo them, and tell them how they can be "better" "richer" "cooler" or some version of that by reading what you have and
3: keep it easy to understand and to the point.

Other ideas for driving traffic are to:
1. feature artists on your blog (interview style)
2. join a professional artist's group or local league so you can continue to chat things up when you get stuck
3. become a guest blogger on another site which advertises your widget or button. You'll get referrals that way.
4. Post, Post, Post. This we forget to do sometimes.

As I have gone through what you have several times in my blogging life, I can tell you that each time it has been the same. I'd be happy to share more of my personal story with you and some of the obstacles I faced if you are interested, but since they may or may not be relevant to other readers on this thread, please send me a private message to discuss those.

Best of luck to you. Keep thinking positive and working on getting the word out everyday, it will grow.

Bon Chance!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Price question: Price break points on: June 15, 2012 09:46:49 AM
Pricing is tricky - especially for those of us out there who are self employed and at the same time artists. I know it is hard to get past the idea of a "starving artist" - an idea so engrained in our brains, but if the price of your buttons does not make your stomach churn just a little, you are not charging enough. I recently was introduced to someone who is in the process of launching a very cool website just for crafters and pricing. They are going to have calculators, report generators and a whole slew of other things. As I know this doesn't help you now, what I do remember from my conversation with them was a formula for pricing - which is working really well! Give it a try and see how it goes.

Cost of materials + Overhead/Equipment Depreciation = Creation Price

Creation price times a factor of 2 to 4 can give your retail price (depending on your market). If you want the whole sale price of that, just split your retail price in half.

Hope this helps and I hope these folks get this site up soon - as it sounds like they are going to rock the craft market with all the cool and free tools they plan on offering!

Good luck with your buttons!

7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any experience dyeing celluose fibers with Kool-aid? on: June 14, 2012 08:42:43 AM
I have used kool-aid and it works okay. The fade does go to a light pastel. However, I have found that heating it helps to retain the color and multiple applications will deepen the hue. The link the previous poster listed is a good one and should help you with your project.

Good luck with your project!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Marketing Crafts & Pricing Research Companies on: March 29, 2012 04:54:54 AM
Thanks Chris in VT for your reply. That is about what I'm finding in the way of information out there. Thanks again.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: What are you looking for in an online fabric store? on: March 28, 2012 05:10:20 PM
I do a lot of sewing and I use a lot of yarn. Will you only offer fabric (i.e. bolts, yards, etc. of cotton, fleece, other like materials) or are you going to offer all kinds of fibers such as yarns, felt, t-shirts, and other crafty fabric stuff?

My other question is, how do you plan on promoting your store? I may have a suitable online promotional venue for you through my design team.
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Marketing Crafts & Pricing Research Companies on: March 28, 2012 04:59:00 PM
Hi Crafty Kids!

I have been doing research and I'm coming up short. I need to have some market research conducted on a few items I'd like to sell as well as some research on how to price these items. Does anyone know if there is an online company/companies that specialize in working with the crafting community who does market research and pricing for the sale of products?

If so, have you worked with them and what was your experience?

Thanks sew much!

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