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Crafty Connections- August 2, 2011

Hello! I'm back to posting my Crafty Connections!! I've had a very fun and eventful summer (so far!) and I feel like I am ready to get back in the swing of things! Thanks so much for your words of support and encouragement while I was on my little hiatus!  

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!

 

Six tips for managing Custom Orders
Custom order of NYC pinback buttons
via cutiepie company

Three creative business people share their insight into handling and managing custom orders.



Website Marketing: You've Just Launched your Website… Now What?
If you want visitors and sales, you have to constantly, consistently, and persistently promote your website.



Your Business Plan- the Best Road to Success
I'm sitting here in pieces, and you're having delusions of grandeur!
via pinkpurse

Many liken the Business Plan to a road map, but it’s more than that: a business plan doesn’t just tell you how to get somewhere; it also helps you decide exactly where it is you want to go.

 

8 reasons to comment on my blog
There are some great reasons why you should comment on my (or other bloggers’) blogs.



How to Get Your Indie Business Noticed
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via kup kup land

Getting featured in a magazine or high-traffic blog is a HUGE metaphorical “pat on the back” but time and time again, you create something fabulous, you put it out there and…. nothing but crickets! Read an informal case study of a shop that's doing everything right.



DIY- An Envelope Tutorial

via the pink couch

With the holidays approaching, there are more reasons to give a card to your favorite teacher, a small envelope with a gift-card tucked inside to the best hair stylist, or just a quick thank you to a sweet friend.

 

 

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

http://www.creativeapples.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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