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Crafty Connections- August 9th

Hello! Happy Tuesday! I'm super excited to bring you this week's Crafty Connections! Don't forget to check out the DIY at the end of the post-- I *so* want to try this! If you do try it, let me know about your results!

Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, and informative links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafty DIY projects, and blogs I think are worth following. I hope you find something useful and helpful! If so, please let me know. I would LOVE your feedback!

You & Me Venn Diagram Embroidery

via Spec-ta-cles

6 Tips for beginning Etsy shop owners- Did you love this post? I have more! Sign up with your email address to receive monthly free printables, desktop + iphone wallpapers, and updates!

via Plumed

The World's Shortest (and Probably Most Controversial) Guide to SEO The things that are really important–like creating powerful content–are often overlooked...

Fall 2011 Fashion Color Report Taking cues from the great masters, sepia tones of old Hollywood, Chinese opera, cityscapes and countryside, designers are paying close attention to texture, contrast and color for fall 2011

via Pantone.com

 

Pros & Cons of Selling Your Products On Consignment There are pros and cons to consignment that you should weigh before making your choice

DIY- Handmade Custom Paper Tape It’s crazy easy, if you have the right materials and tools.

 

If you know of any good handmade craft marketing resources I should include in the next Crafty Connections post please don’t hesitate to email me, or leave the link(s) in the comments section! I would love to be able to share these great resources with everyone! Thank you so much! 

-April

NEW SHOP! http://www.aprilbernphoto.etsy.com

 

 

Crafty Connections, May 31st

Hi! Thanks for stopping by and checking out this weeks Crafty Connections. I hope you find the following links helpful and inspirational!

Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, and informative links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafty DIY projects, and blogs I think are worth following. I hope you find something useful and helpful! If so, please let me know. I would LOVE your feedback!

 

50 Best Blogging Ideas That Will Keep Your Readers Coming Back For More
light bulb - balloon

via teconleche

Here’s 50 best blogging ideas and tips to ward off that writer’s block!

 

A Guide to Google Analytics and Useful Tools
You probably use Google Analytics on a regular basis, for basic stats tracking the performance of your site. And, just like most GA users, you probably very rarely venture far from the comfort of the reports shown on the dashboard. That’s all the analytical information you need, you may be thinking … or is it?

 

 4 color palette tools

via Design Seeds

4 fabulous tools you can use to quickly and easily pull a color scheme from any image. 



27 things I need to see on an e-commerce homepage
A retailer's homepage needs to convey what the site is about and provide all the elements that customers are looking for, and that will entice them to explore the rest of the site.

 

Photo Editing Tools – Free and Paid Options

When producing product photographs for your online store, photo editing tools become essential to ensuring your potential customers accurately size-up your items.

 


DIY Fabric Flower Tutorial

via how about orange
This is an easy craft project that's a good way to use up scraps. Use these flowers to make hair pins and boutonnieres, top gifts, decorate napkin rings, tote bags, wedding aisles, you name it.

 

 
If you know of any good handmade craft marketing resources I should include in the next Crafty Connections post please don’t hesitate to email me, or leave the link(s) in the comments section! I would love to be able to share these great resources with everyone! Thank you so much!

-April

http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com


NEW SHOP! http://www.aprilbernphoto.etsy.com

 

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<p><strong><strong><a href="http://marthagiffen.com/50-blogging-ideas-readers-happy/" target="_blank">50 Best Blogging Ideas That Will Keep Your Readers Coming Back For More</a></strong><br /></strong>&nbsp;<a title="light bulb - balloon by teconleche, on Flickr" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/40867595@N00/4174375709/" target="_blank"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2625/4174375709_822fa5cf6d_z.jpg?zz=1" alt="light bulb - balloon" width="452" height="640" /></a></p>
<p><strong><a href="http://blog.aquickstudyonline.com/2011/05/the-color-series-4-color-palette-tools/" target="_blank"></a></strong></p>
<p>via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/40867595@N00/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/40867595@N00/</a></p>
<p>Here&rsquo;s 50 best blogging ideas and tips to ward off that writer&rsquo;s block!</p>
<p><strong><a href="http://blog.aquickstudyonline.com/2011/05/the-color-series-4-color-palette-tools/" target="_blank"><br /></a><a title="Color Palette A Week - Week 20 by craftsbychrisonline, on Flickr" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10457924@N07/5725945761/"><br /></a></strong>&nbsp;<strong><a title="Color Palette A Week - Week 20 by craftsbychrisonline, on Flickr" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10457924@N07/5725945761/"><strong>4 color palette tools</strong></a></strong></p>
<p><span class="full-image-block ssNonEditable"><span><img src="/static/50f47907e4b07b02ee528226/50f55ebee4b0b205b08e436e/50f55ec1e4b0b205b08e4ac2/1306846359074/CraftedColor.png/1000w" alt="" /></span></span>via <a title="Design Seeds Color Inspiration" href="http://www.design-seeds.com/2011/05/crafted-color.html" target="_blank">Design Seeds</a></p>
<p>4 fabulous tools you can use to quickly and easily pull a color scheme from any image.&nbsp;</p>
<p><br /><strong><a href="http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/16/a-guide-to-google-analytics-and-useful-tools/" target="_blank">A Guide to Google Analytics and Useful Tools</a></strong><br />You probably use Google Analytics on a regular basis, for basic stats tracking the performance of your site. And, just like most GA users, you probably very rarely venture far from the comfort of the reports shown on the dashboard. That&rsquo;s all the analytical information you need, you may be thinking &hellip; or is it?</p>
<p><br /><strong><a href="http://econsultancy.com/us/blog/7019-27-things-i-need-to-see-on-an-e-commerce-homepage" target="_blank">27 things I need to see on an e-commerce homepage</a></strong><br />A retailer's homepage needs to convey what the site is about and provide all the elements that customers are looking for, and that will entice them to explore the rest of the site.<br /><strong><br />

<a href="http://handmademarketing.org/photo-editing-picasa-picnik-fotofuze-handmade-photography-how-to-edit-photographs-free/" target="_blank">Photo Editing Tools &ndash; Free and Paid Options</a></strong><br />
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<p><strong><strong><a href="http://marthagiffen.com/50-blogging-ideas-readers-happy/" target="_blank">50 Best Blogging Ideas That Will Keep Your Readers Coming Back For More</a></strong><br /></strong>&nbsp;<a title="light bulb - balloon by teconleche, on Flickr" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/40867595@N00/4174375709/" target="_blank"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2625/4174375709_822fa5cf6d_z.jpg?zz=1" alt="light bulb - balloon" width="452" height="640" /></a></p>
<p><strong><a href="http://blog.aquickstudyonline.com/2011/05/the-color-series-4-color-palette-tools/" target="_blank"></a></strong></p>
<p>via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/40867595@N00/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/40867595@N00/</a></p>
<p>Here&rsquo;s 50 best blogging ideas and tips to ward off that writer&rsquo;s block!</p>
<p><strong><a href="http://blog.aquickstudyonline.com/2011/05/the-color-series-4-color-palette-tools/" target="_blank"><br /></a><a title="Color Palette A Week - Week 20 by craftsbychrisonline, on Flickr" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10457924@N07/5725945761/"><br /></a></strong>&nbsp;<strong><a title="Color Palette A Week - Week 20 by craftsbychrisonline, on Flickr" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10457924@N07/5725945761/"><strong>4 color palette tools</strong></a></strong></p>
<p><span class="full-image-block ssNonEditable"><span><img src="/static/50f47907e4b07b02ee528226/50f55ebee4b0b205b08e436e/50f55ec1e4b0b205b08e4ac2/1306846359074/CraftedColor.png/1000w" alt="" /></span></span>via <a title="Design Seeds Color Inspiration" href="http://www.design-seeds.com/2011/05/crafted-color.html" target="_blank">Design Seeds</a></p>
<p>4 fabulous tools you can use to quickly and easily pull a color scheme from any image.&nbsp;</p>
<p><br /><strong><a href="http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/16/a-guide-to-google-analytics-and-useful-tools/" target="_blank">A Guide to Google Analytics and Useful Tools</a></strong><br />You probably use Google Analytics on a regular basis, for basic stats tracking the performance of your site. And, just like most GA users, you probably very rarely venture far from the comfort of the reports shown on the dashboard. That&rsquo;s all the analytical information you need, you may be thinking &hellip; or is it?</p>
<p><br /><strong><a href="http://econsultancy.com/us/blog/7019-27-things-i-need-to-see-on-an-e-commerce-homepage" target="_blank">27 things I need to see on an e-commerce homepage</a></strong><br />A retailer's homepage needs to convey what the site is about and provide all the elements that customers are looking for, and that will entice them to explore the rest of the site.<br /><strong><br /><a href="http://handmademarketing.org/photo-editing-picasa-picnik-fotofuze-handmade-photography-how-to-edit-photographs-free/" target="_blank">Photo Editing Tools &ndash; Free and Paid Options</a></strong><br />When producing item photographs for your online store, photo editing tools become essential to ensuring your potential customers accurately size-up your items.</p>
<p><br /><strong><a href="http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2011/01/diy-fabric-flower-tutorial.html%EF%BB%BF" target="_blank">DIY Fabric Flower Tutorial</a></strong><br />This is an easy craft project that's a good way to use up scraps. Use these flowers to make hair pins and boutonnieres, top gifts, decorate napkin rings, tote bags, wedding aisles, you name it.</p>
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When producing item photographs for your online store, photo editing tools become essential to ensuring your potential customers accurately size-up your items.</p>
<p><br /><strong><a href="http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2011/01/diy-fabric-flower-tutorial.html%EF%BB%BF" target="_blank">DIY Fabric Flower Tutorial</a></strong><br />This is an easy craft project that's a good way to use up scraps. Use these flowers to make hair pins and boutonnieres, top gifts, decorate napkin rings, tote bags, wedding aisles, you name it.</p>
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Crafty Connections- May 10th, 2011

Hi! I'm really excited to bring you this weeks Crafty Connections. I hope you find the following links helpful and inspirational!

Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, and informative links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafty DIY projects, and blogs I think are worth following. I hope you find something useful and helpful! If so, please let me know. I would LOVE your feedback!

via Paulette Insall

It is not enough today to just be a good artist in order to make a living licensing your artwork.

Tips for Creating an Elevator Pitch for Your Handmade Business

An elevator pitch is a short, simple summary of your product, service, or organization and what it can do for customers.

5 Keys To Selling In Brick & Mortar Shops

To get some insights on how shop owners like to be approached by artists wanting to be featured in their stores, Leigh Rosenwald, Owner of Knack, a brick and mortar shop in Portland, Oregon, gives us an explanation. 

7 Ways to Improve Your Luck as an Artistvia TAK Creations

Fortune is created by hard work, dedication and passion and it’s up to every creative to make his or her own.

 

If you know of any good handmade craft marketing resources I should include in the next Crafty Connections post please don’t hesitate to email me, or leave the link(s) in the comments section! I would love to be able to share these great resources with everyone! Thank you so much!

-April

NEW SHOP! http://www.aprilbernphoto.etsy.com