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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- April 19th

Hello! I'm back! Thankfully, I am having a much better week (so far!) than last week!!! I'm super excited to bring you this weeks Crafty Connections. I think you'll 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!
20 Ways to Skyrocket Your Motivation
Cardboard rocket
by Matt Biddulph, via flickr
One of the reasons why people don’t follow through on their goals is because they lose their motivation along the way.

15 Things an Artist Should Never Say
Paint Your Rainbow
by shewatchedthesky, via flickr
Oh, I've been guilty of saying almost every one of these...

20 Personal Brand Building and Monitoring Tools You Don’t Want to Miss
Mabel
by SaraCarr66, via flickr
With the social media realm being at our fingertips and larger each and every day, there are a plethora of tools to assist in building our personal brands, monitoring them and promoting them.

Writing a Business Plan
Do you have the feeling it might be time for the next step but you’re not sure what that next step is? Are you getting comfortable with your art/craft/thing but a little part of you wonders if you’re missing the opportunity to stretch a little?

Handling Copyright Issues
Gingerbread Biscuit Bunny in blue tea cup
by florenceforrest, via flickr
How to handle when you discover someone ripping off your work.

DIY-Paper-Craft Sugar Posy Cake
DIY- Paper-Craft Sugar Posy Cakeby Rosie from Sweetapolita, via Paper*Cakes Finds
Gorgeous eye candy, and seems really easy to do! What a simple and fun addition to add to your next plain birthday cake or cupcakes!

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

Crafty Connections- April 5th

Hello!!! Wow-- time flies, doesn't it? I can't believe it's Tuesday already!

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!

    Hopefully there will a few new ideas or new articles here that will help make things happen for you and your shop!
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  • You know most startups fail “only” because the founders stop working on them, and often, it’s because it’s emotionally draining.
  • Other ways to increase your brand recognition and help other brands at the same time.
Create your own backgrounds
  • Fabulous tutorial on how to create your own textured boards for those who are tired of taking pics on plain white boards.
Vintage Parchment-Colored Replogle Globe
DIY- Bunting 101
  • Whether you are planning a bridal shower or picnic reception, these little flags provide major impact with humble materials and a little elbow grease.

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!

 

ARTrepreneur: The Art of Turning Creative Dreams Into Reality

Colorful Felt Flag Toppers by Mayi Carles
Colorful Flag Toppers, via mayicarles' shop


As you know, I'm passionate about handmade. I'm also really passionate about helping other creative entrepreneurs achieve their goals, which is why I feature Etsy artists and post links/tips to help with marketing their handmade goods every week.



This is why I'm so incredibly excited tell you about a new website I'm involved with. April Bowles-Olin from Blacksburg Belle. has created an amazing website that is the one place to find all the information that you need to build a successful creative business. It's called ARTreprenuer: The Art of Turning Creative Dreams Into Reality.
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Some of the fabulous resources and features you'll find each and every month are:
  • Expert Interviews- Learn from people who’ve already done it. Get yourself some mentors who’ll share all of their juiciest secrets and tips.

  • Awesome Classes-two classes every month that range anywhere from 15 minutes to 60 minutes and each class will have a workbook to accompany it

  • Expert Photography Tips and Instruction- (this is where I come in!) every month you'll get easy-to-follow tips or tutorials each month to help you improve your photos and answer specific questions from members.

  • Online Shop Critiques- Every month two lucky members will be having their shop critiques by an incredibly successful entreprenuer. You can learn so much from seeing how these critiques help someone improve their product titles, SEO, item descriptions, pricing, and more.

  • Technical Tutorials-You'll receive step-by-step basic, intermediate, and advanced technical techniques, so you can take your creative business to the next level.

  • Creative Tutorials and Tasks-These creative tutorials will range from right-brained activities like blind contour drawings to instructions on creating mixed media backgrounds for your creative business journal to learning a new art skill.

  • Book Club-weekly discussions on the books that we read and facilitators that will talk about how you can apply the concepts you read about to your creative biz.

  • You'll also find resources that deal with accounting, and legal issues with running your creative business.
    PLUS. SO. MUCH. MORE.



    Seriously, go check out the ARTrepreneur site for more details:
    ARTrepreneur: The Art of Turning Creative Dreams Into Reality


    I'd love to be a part in helping you make your creative dreams a reality!
    See you there!
    -April
    http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

    Crafty Connections- March 29th

    Hi!!! Thanks for stopping by! I'm really excited to bring you this week's Crafty Connections!

    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. Enjoy!

       

      7 Dazzling Ways to Ignite Your Creative Spark
      "breathe" recycled wooden sign
      If you currently feel like you’re sitting in a dark cave and the fire of creativity refuses to be ignited, you’ll find seven ways to ignite your creative spark.

       

      Learn How: Using Hoot Suite
      strawberry jelly owl
      What do I love about Hoot Suite? So many things. Here’s how it makes my online life so much easier...

       

      Improving Your Etsy Listings: Item Descriptions
      When customers are searching sites like Google for something specific, the first 160 characters of your item description shows in the results. It’s important to utilize that small amount of text to grab potential customers attention.

       

      Marketing that Speaks without the Slimy Ways + 40 Ideas to Get You Started
      Weddings, notecards, globes - oh my!
      It seems sometimes in conversation the word “marketing” feels like a four-letter word. Beyond the fear, confusion and overwhelming feelings it can instill into the heart of many-a business owner, marketing seems to also just feel so icky sometimes.

       

      DIY- Six Paper Flowers
      DIY- Six Paper FlowersHere you'll find 6 of the best DIY flower tutorials. If spring hasn't sprung where you are, you can make your own flowers instead of waiting for them to grow!

       

    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! Also, are these links helpful to you? Let me know! I appreciate the feedback!!!! Thank you so much!

    -April
    http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

    Crafty Connections- March 22

    Hello!! I'm super excited to bring you this weeks Crafty Connections! I think you'll find this weeks links especially helpful...

    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. Enjoy!


    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! Also, are these links helpful to you? Let me know! I appreciate the feedback!!!! Thank you so much!

    -April
    http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

    Crafty Connections- March 8th

    Hi! I'd like to welcome you to this weeks Crafty Connections! 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 enjoy this weeks links!





























    • Share and be proud
      Kup Kup Petit Pâtisserie 1
      Not only is it ok to be proud of the products you make, it’s essential to the success of your business.











    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! Also, are these links helpful to you? Let me know! I appreciate the feedback!!!! Thank you so much!

    -April
    http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com