Negative Review? How to deal with it.

Every now and then I come across a post that resonates with me. When I read this topic about negative feedback I realized it’s a common problem, especially with online sites where leaving feedback is encouraged. WeddingWire is a great resource for my button bouquets and alternative bouquets.  But they also offer tips like this one, “How to respond to a negative review.” I especially like the … Continue reading Negative Review? How to deal with it.

What’s your Creative Process?

Do you jump right into your new creations?  Or do you savor the moment when you begin?  Or maybe you avoid starting a new project, studiously working on any number of legitimate busywork to put it off.  Everyone has a different process.  Do your ideas come fully formed?  Sometimes mine do, but mostly with my custom orders it is a building process.  I often put off … Continue reading What’s your Creative Process?

Toddler Activities and Crafts

Mirror Image Activity Have your child stand facing another person, as if they were looking in the mirror. Choose which person will be the leader and which one will be the follower.  As the leader moves the follower imitates the movement. Make sure to switch roles, so that both children can be the leader and the follower. Crown thee King or Queen: Cut construction paper to … Continue reading Toddler Activities and Crafts

10 Things I learned from Craft Fairs this year.

Having just finished a weekend at a craft fair where I sold so much on Friday evening that I was up at 4:30am Saturday to create more, I thought I’d share what I gleaned:  You won’t get your hourly worth at a craft fair.  People just aren’t going to pay you what you’re worth!  Adding $20 to an item to give you your hourly wage … Continue reading 10 Things I learned from Craft Fairs this year.

Repurpose Children’s Artwork

I can only imagine how many different pieces of artwork each child does in their life time.  For me, I think where am I going to store it all?  Here are some ideas to repurpose them without throwing them away! Use it for wrapping paper. Frame it- You can even change the picture from time to time. Turn them into greeting cards. Turn them all … Continue reading Repurpose Children’s Artwork

“I can make that!” Thoughts when the public says this about your product!

Crafters and artisans hear this all the time.  You’re at a craft fair and you overhear someone looking at your beautiful product saying, “I can make that!” Sure you can!  But will you?? Will you take the time to find 300 buttons in the size and color that you need to re-create one of my beautiful bouquets?  And put in the hours spent creating it? … Continue reading “I can make that!” Thoughts when the public says this about your product!

Kids Korner: Harvest Time

Fall has long been a season of celebration.  Harvest parties have been in existence for centuries.  Why not have a party this year using suggestions from “The Penny Whistle Halloween Book” by Meredith Brokaw and Annie Gilbar?  We’ve excerpted a few of our favorite ideas. PUMPKIN DECORATIONS Hollow out and fill with dried flowers, leaves, and branches. Make a “family” by using pumpkins of different sizes. As … Continue reading Kids Korner: Harvest Time

10 Tips When you feel discouraged with your business

Feeling discouraged about your business?  From what I’ve read and heard, it’s normal.  Businesses go through flush times and lean times. And if you’re not where you want to be financially, there can be an added element of fear, despondency, a sense of wanting to give up. So what do you do about feeling discouraged?  Here are a few tips I’ve gleaned:   Make a list … Continue reading 10 Tips When you feel discouraged with your business

Kids Korner: Bird Feeders

Make Bird Feeders for Spring time Spread large pine cones with peanut butter and sprinkle with birdseed.  Tie a pipe cleaner at the top and hang on tree Slice oranges or grapefruit in half, take out the inside fruit, fill with peanut butter, birdseed, cranberry or blueberry mixture.  Make holes on opposite sides of fruit and tie with year to tree. Continue reading Kids Korner: Bird Feeders

4th of July Crafts and Activities!

Wow, I can’t believe how fast the year is going.  Can you believe that it is going to be July next week?  Man does the time fly fast!  It isn’t too late to get some 4th of July crafts and activities for next week. Craft: Take a large piece of blue construction paper.Cut red and white streamers (or tissue paper) into long strips (@ 12″).Have … Continue reading 4th of July Crafts and Activities!