Friday, November 30, 2018

Happy Creative Friday!!!


What creative or business project are you working on today? I will be working on my blog shops more often now. They will be my selling bases as time goes on. I've seen some concerning changes in selling venues over the 12 years or so that I have been listing online. 

The choices of places to sell handmades online has diminished, and those that are left are more unsatisfactory to makers every day. Just as our economy and manufacturing bases will never return to what they were during the industrial revolution, online selling venues will not return to former form. Even Etsy, while still popular, has had its heyday. It will never be as it was during the first 5-8 years of growth, when handmades sellers were thoroughly happy with how it was run and everyone had an equal chance to be prosperous.

It's becoming more critical to have a way to push my sales from my own base of operations. I still have shops at 4 venues, but that will be whittled. I don't want to be caught empty-handed and selling-site-poor if the handful of viable selling venues should suddenly go under or change so much that to stay would be ludicrous.

To the smart business person too, it should become imperative to get real and make the smart business decision of leaving a selling venue, rather than whining, crying and spitting about unfavorable venue changes, or non-changes. I want to be up and running on my own in preparation for any sudden changes like this. Developing my blog selling process is much easier than launching and operating a full selling website, which I know that as time goes on I wouldn't want to maintain.

Be inspired and prosperous today!

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Friday, November 23, 2018

MARKETING: Marketing Tips & Insights Resource

Visit the Vistaprint blog for some great ideas and guidelines for businesses. Includes business tips, marketing and advertising, design, branding and even holiday ideas. Vistaprint has grown a lot since 2001.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

JEALOUS MEALOUS: AR Handmade Creations

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Winter Birch Trees Painting by AnnaRita
AnnaRita is a prolific crafter and artist from Largo Fl, who designs everything that she sells. She says about her eclectic creative collection, "Everything is unique. You will own a one-of-a-kind item when you purchase from me." 
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Mosaic Mermaid by AR Handmade Creations
She paints on canvas and wood, and enjoys creating nautical-themed paintings. She also likes to paint many other subjects.
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Ahoy Anchor Wood Pallet Painting by AR Handmade Creations
Do What You Love Wood Slice Sign by AnnaRita

In her shop, you will see sea glass sun-catchers made with wire, sea glass, beads, shells, charms and other elements.
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Glass Prism And Crystal Suncatcher by AR Handmade Creations
AnnaRita likes to make jewelry too. She says, "I look at making jewelry like creating a piece of art to wear." Her natural crystal jewelry and other creations are certainly lovely!
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Chandelier Crystal Earrings by AnnaRita
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Colorful Memory Wire Bracelet by AnnaRita
In addition to earrings and bracelets, she designs wire-wrapped pendants, Chakra jewelry, crystal necklaces and lockets. You will also find handmade dolls, hand-painted Christmas ornaments, clocks made from electrical spool tops and other creative inspirations.

As I said, AnnaRita of AR Handmade Creations is truly a prolific artist and crafter. Though I enjoy painting watercolors primarily, I admire her acrylic paintings very much.

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Hand-painted Tropical Fish Christmas Ball
Shop for AnnaRita's crafty products at her Etsy shop:

Connect with her at Pinterest

Remember to
support handmade sellers
 by shopping handmade on
Small Business Saturday,
November 24!

#shopsmall #smallbizsat #backedbyamex #arhandmadecreations #supporthandmadesellers #buyhandmadefirst #jealousmealous #etsyseller #etsyshop

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

NEWS: Flickr Beefs Up Pro Account

Big changes to Flickr free and Pro accounts.
Flickr making the biggest changes yet to its free and Pro accounts. Money, money, money! They're going for the increased bottom line by pushing those Pro accounts! This is understandable and expected.

Basically, free accounts are limited to 1,000 photos and Pro accounts have unlimited space. The Pro account feature is beefed up with more enticing inclusions, like ad-free browsing and advanced stats.

Eventually, we won't have to sign in with our Yahoo accounts to access the site. They are giving free account holders time to upgrade to a Pro account, or reduce the number of photos/videos to the limit. If you're a member, check your email for their overview of these changes.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Veterans' Day Greetings

Remember Our Veterans

Happy Veterans' Day

God Bless Our Veterans

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Friday, November 9, 2018

NEWS: Motivation Despite Others' Tragedy

It's still a Happy Friday, because life must go on, but my heart is heavy after reading about the Thousand Oaks, CA shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill, where 13 died, including the shooter. They say he was an ex-marine suffering from PTSD. California bar shooting leaves 13 dead, including sheriff's sergeant and gunman

As we process another senseless taking of human lives, let us move forward with confidence in our creative pursuits, realizing that the victims, in general, would want us to. That is a cliche, but a worthy one to believe. I believe that those victims who care would want us to.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

NEWS: More Sales Opportunities For Makers This Year!

A man carrying a shopping bag walks past holiday decorations along Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.
US Christmas sales predicted to surpass $1 trillion for the first time this year
Great news for makers in this recent article predicting increased holiday sales. Apparently, it is believed that because of reduced unemployment, increased incomes and more confidence within consumer psyches, end-of-the year purchasing will expand this year.

US Christmas sales predicted to surpass $1 trillion for the first time this year

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