Sunday , 29 November 2020

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How to make felt beads tutorial

by: All That Glitters Now don’t get me wrong, I am no felt pro…not yet anyway. I first got into making felt because I was looking for how to make felt beads on the internet. I did find out how to make felt beads in the end using the tried old method of rolling a sausage of fleece till it ... Read More »

Dunstable Artisans 21st Annual Art Show and Sale

Earlier this year I was honored to become a member of the Dunstable Artisans, a local group of extremely talented and diverse artisans. This past weekend was the annual art show. I was honored to be a participant in this show, however, I have to be honest and tell you that I was more than a bit nervous. I have ... Read More »

Recycled Earbud Jewelry

Years before I became more eco conscious with my everyday living and eventually crafting ideas, I wanted to create something new and funky with recycled iPod and Stereo headphone earbuds. I would see discarded ones in the streets all the time, not to mention I hated when one of the speakers always died out! I was also concerned if it ... Read More »

Reusable and Washable Lunch Bag – A Green Project

Paper bags are costly to the environment, and reusable bags can help us all be better stewards.  This little lunch bag is an easy skill builder and practical, too.  It makes a great gift and allows you to use your imagination as well as your leftover scraps.  I made this one for my daughter’s birthday.  It is 10” x 6” ... Read More »

Product Photography Tip- Changing the Background

In one of my previous posts, I discussed the different options for editing your photographs. My favorite option for making an item pop is to change your background to black and white. Today I’m going to show you how this is done. It’s extremely simple. Believe me, if I can manage this, anybody can. Product Photography Changing the Background This ... Read More »

Tips For Etsy Sellers On Staying Organized

By: Kelly Smith So much time, so little to do….scratch that…reverse it.  Most of us Etsy sellers have tons of ideas of new products, new advertising possibilities, craft shows but we just don’t have the time to get everything we want done.  This can relate to all aspects of life as well, especially for you parents out there that are ... Read More »

Renegade Craft Fair Review

This weekend was the long anticipated (by me, at least) Renegade Craft Fair. Division Street, between Damen and Paulina, was filled with some of the most incredible handmade goods made by over 300 craftspeople from all over the nation. Oh, I wanted to take home everything!!!! It was **so** hard not to whip out the credit card at every booth. ... Read More »

How To Turn An Antique Brooch Into A Pendant Necklace

If you raid your mother’s or grandmother’s jewelry box, no doubt it yield up some lovely vintage or even antique brooches. Another source is of course antique stores or, if you are lucky, thrift stores. The piece I worked with for this project was found in an antique store in Revelstoke, BC. Yes, there is a place called Revelstoke in ... Read More »

Decorative Tissue Band – A Tutorial

I absolutely love tutorials! I can’t get over how talented people are and how many fabulous ideas there are out there! Being that I’m a lover of tutorials, I thought I should perhaps start sharing some of my techniques/ideas for making items. So we’ll start with a short, simple tutorial. One for decorating packages, be it for shipping items from ... Read More »

A Bit Of Advice-Effective Treasury Commenting

By:  Johanna After a bit of experimenting, it seems commenting on Etsy Treasuries does good things for your shop! I commented on a bunch, and within a couple of days I was chosen by several curators for their treasuries, and one of the items in a treasury sold! I theorize that most curators like to look at who is commenting ... Read More »

How to get on the coveted Etsy Front Page

knotworkshop says: So many folks wonder how to get on the FP. I thought I’d write a little tutorial to point you in the right direction. Granted, I’ve only been on there a few times and it was totally a stroke of luck, but I’ve done some research and think I’ve figured it out. 1) Have great photos. Yes, you ... Read More »

Time. Do You Value It?

Post By: Johanna Draper That is the hardest question isn’t it? It doesn’t sound hard, but when it comes right down to it, it’s excruciatingly hard. Do we value our time? How often do we spend hours and hours designing and creating and then let it go for the price of a 5 minute job, all because we feel that ... Read More »

Handmade Eco-friendly Alternatives To Everyday Conveniences

Article by:  Soap Deli News In our effort to save the earth, many of use have turned to recycling and eco-friendly alternatives to everyday products that fit into our lifestyle. Cloth napkins replacing paper towels, handmade laundry soap versus chemical laden detergents, and re-usable grocery sacks in lieu of plastic grocery bags. However, there’s one thing our busy life styles ... Read More »

Bright Colorful Journal Sketch by K Joann Russell

Three colors (yellow light hansa, vivid red orange, and vivid lime green) gave me bright, lovely combinations in this color exploration sketch. It’s been a long time since I last posted on my blog even though I do these quick, fun sketches nearly every day. I guess I’ve been thinking that I should be using my blog for finished paintings ... Read More »

How To Make a Vintage Frame Cork Board

By: Stunning I have a fabulous project for you that’s all about up-cycling! For today’s project you will need: - 1 Old Frame - 1 piece of cork board the size of frame - a staple gun - hammer - pliers - Optional – spray paint - wire for hanging The first thing you will need to do is remove ... Read More »

Lessons Learned From MY First Craft Show

Submitted by: Do Cats Eat Bats This past weekend, I vended at an outdoor show for the first time. I’ve done craft fairs before, but setting up in a field presents many challenges that I didn’t have to deal with in an art gallery or indoor communal space. As I suspected, I learned a lot about what works, what doesn’t, ... Read More »