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Oct 20, 2017
Everything You Believe About Creative Talent is Wrong
The newest research on creative talent and learning in general is exciting. It shows how anyone who is willing and able to work hard can achieve goals that once might have felt out of reach. Here's how you can achieve your goals by updating your assumptions about talent.
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Oct 17, 2017
Adult Halloween Costume Patterns
Kids shouldn't be the only ones who have fun on Halloween. Here are some adult costume patterns for your trick or treating fun.
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Oct 15, 2017
11 Halloween Crochet Patterns
11 patterns to crochet a costume for Halloween. There's something for babies, children, adults, and even your cat. Boo!
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Oct 13, 2017
Baby Halloween Costume Patterns
Are you looking for an adorable Halloween costume to make for your baby? From a mini Doctor Who tardis, to a sweet pumpkin, There are plenty of great choices.
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Oct 12, 2017
Halloween Costume Sewing Patterns
Want to sew up something spooky for Halloween. Here are 6 beautiful patterns for the big night.
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Oct 10, 2017
Dog Halloween Costume Patterns
Dogs want to have fun on Halloween, too. There's a surprising lack costume patterns for dogs out there, but I have tracked down a few cute ones for your pooch.
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Oct 08, 2017
8 Toddler Halloween Costume Patterns
8 gorgeous and fun Halloween costume patterns for your toddler. Your little one will be able to use these cute creations for playing dress up after Halloween, too.
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Oct 06, 2017
Cat Halloween Patterns
Every cat loves to dress up for Halloween. Right? If you want to make a unicorn hat, or bunny ears for your cat, you'll find the patterns here.
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Oct 04, 2017
Halloween Knitting Patterns on Etsy
Knit something gorgeous for Halloween with these patterns. How about a Princess Leia knit hat? Or maybe you'd rather be a lion this year.
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Oct 02, 2017
Easy Photo Editing Tools
Whether you sell crafts online or at shows, you need to create beautiful product shots. Creating great images for a variety of platforms (social media sites, Etsy shops, craft show applications) starts with great photography and ends with smart image editing.
Basic image editing is simple with the right tools for the right job. I've showcased some excellent photo editing tools recommended by skilled photographers and craft show organizers. They will help you make your own product shots look their best.
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Sep 30, 2017
Halloween Patterns Bonanza!
Loads of clever Halloween patterns you can use to knit, sew, or crochet a costume for yourself, your family, or your pets this Halloween.
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Sep 27, 2017
Photo Editing Made Simple
Are you at a bit of a loss when it comes to editing your photos for juried art show applications?
Some show organizers recommend the software, Pixlr, for editing photos. It's free and simple to use. Here's how to use Pixlr to get your craft show application photos looking their best.
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Sep 25, 2017
Get Ready for Christmas Craft Show Season
It's time to get ready for the Christmas craft show season! This week's Craft Business Challenge will help you prepare your craft booth for the upcoming holiday sales season. It's approaching faster than you think...
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Sep 22, 2017
Holiday Craft Show Booths
10 holiday craft show booth ideas to help you liven up your own booth for the Christmas sales season.
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Sep 20, 2017
Christmas Craft Fair Displays
10 Christmas craft fair booth photos provide inspiration and ideas to help you spruce up your own booth for holiday sales.
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Sep 09, 2017
Fabulous Photo Editing Apps
6 free and inexpensive photo editing apps to help you quickly create beautiful photos for your business social media posts. Create better photos faster, and grow your online craft business.
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Aug 30, 2017
Craft Fair Booth Ideas for Indoor and Outdoor Shows
If you do both indoor and outdoor shows, you'll quickly discover your needs are slightly different for each type of show. Here's how to create a booth that works both indoors and outdoors.
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Aug 23, 2017
Transporting Craft Displays
Craft booths need to work hard. Not only do they have to show your work at its best in a 10x10 space, but they also must be easy to transport, set up, and tear down on a regular basis. Here are 7 tips to help you create a portable display that's simple to set up.
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Aug 20, 2017
Get Found on Instagram Search
To get found on Instagram search, you need the right hashtags. As soon as you get serious about connecting with customers on Instagram, you'll quickly realize you need a good way to manage lists of relevant, winnable hashtags, and you'll need a way to search for hashtags on the go. Here's the system I use to efficiently manage hashtags for Instagram.
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Aug 16, 2017
Craft Booth Color
6 craft booths that make clever and effective use of color. Check out this simple and effective way to create a batter craft booth.
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Aug 09, 2017
Quik Shade Instant Canopy
Quik Shade canopies are popular among craft artists. Compare Quik Shade models that are craft show-appropriate here.
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Aug 07, 2017
Soap Display Ideas
6 soap display photos to spark ideas for your own craft booth.
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Aug 02, 2017
Are Craft Tents Worth the Money?
Buying a craft tent can be a big expense when you're starting to sell at craft shows. You might wonder if it's really worth spending the money. Read on to find out if it's time to buy a craft tent.
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Jul 31, 2017
11 Necklace Display Ideas
Here are 11 photos of clever necklace display ideas to help with your own display design. There's everything from commercially available stands to DIY displays, plus sources to help you find display stands for your own jewelry booth.
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Jul 30, 2017
New Booth Photos, and Tent Buying Tips
This week on the Craft Business Challenge: All new photos show clever ways to display jewelry. Plus, do you really need to buy a craft tent? Find out here.
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