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Crafty Hands Club MagazineMay 06, 2021
Jackie Rodriguez: The Path to Making Vintage Inspired Dresses and Becoming a Content Creator
In this week's episode, Jackie talks about the biggest mistake she made when attempting her first pattern. She also shares her sewing journey, how she stays focused when social media is noisy, and how she overcame her fear or creating YouTube videos.
Jackie Rodriguez is a Latina content creator and dress maker. She's been making dresses and costumes for over nine years. Her favorites are upcycling older fabrics, such as bedsheets into wearable garments.
Disclaimer: This episode was recorded during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is why the month was mentioned in one of the questions.
Check out Jackie's pages:
Etsy Shop: https://etsy.me/1tdib3g
Liz Piatt: The Truth About the Knitting Industry and What Needs to Happen
The knitting industry has come a long way, but there's still room for improvement. In this week's podcast episode, knitter and podcaster Liz Piatt candidly speaks about barriers within the knitting industry and why she started a podcast to educate minorities about unpleasant experiences with local yarn shops.
Dr. Liz Piatt is a Follower of the Way of Jesus and has a doctorate in Sociology. Her podcast, The Black Knitter, is a space where people can learn about the impact of race on the making industry while practicing Beloved Community. Her teacup Yorkie, Neeko, often makes an appearance.
Podcast Link: The Black Knitter - YouTube
Why Craft Entrepreneurs Should Have Systems In Their Business
Disclaimer: In this episode, I mispronounced a few words and there was a cell phone ring during the recording.
In this episode, Adrienne shares her journey of business, motherhood, crafting, and how she's helping other crafters become organized by creating systems.
About Ms. Singleton:
Adrienne is a single mother to one daughter, a full-time corporate employee and a long-time lover of all crafts. Youneak Designs was birthed after creating handmade bracelets for gifts and over the past 10 years it has evolved into a full-blown jewelry, accessory and stationery business. Youneak Designs is a business that creates a luxury experience for every customer through quality products combined with custom packaging. She also founded the School of Rock Paper Scissors where she teaches other women founders how to do different jewelry techniques as well as how to level up their customer experience using custom branded packaging. Most recently she began educating small craft business owners on Standard Operating Procedures through her Ebook and workshop offerings.
Why Building An Inclusive Culture is Important
Bernadette Smith is founder and CEO of Equality Institute and award-winning author of four books. Her fourth book is Inclusive 360: Proven Solutions for an Equitable Organization.
Bernadette has presented to enthusiastic audiences of CEOs, associations, entrepreneurs, leadership teams, sales professionals, account executives, marketing executives, human resource managers and more. Her expertise in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) has been sought after by the New York Times, Forbes, the Washington Post, and Fast Company, among many others, and she’s appeared on the Today Show, the BBC, National Public Radio, and CNN.
Bernadette has been named one of Chicago’s Notable LGBTQ Executives by Crain’s Chicago Business.
In this episode you'll learn:
- Ways to be inclusive
- The truth about building an inclusive culture
- Challenges with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices
- How to better serve others by asking the right questions
- Getting others to buy into your DEI vision
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How Handmade Sellers Can Use Etsy to Build A Brand and Have a Successful Store
Are you a new Etsy Seller or thinking about starting a Etsy Shop? In this episode you'll learn:
- Leverage product photos to attract potential customers
- Use SEO to receive higher search rankings
- Build a brand on Etsy and Social Media
- Recent changes on Etsy platform
BIO: Taylor is a former teacher & co-owner of Studio Sisters, along with her sister Katie, which is a lifestyle brand for creative entrepreneurs that produces vinyl stickers. Her Etsy shop is ranked in the top 0.1% of all Etsy shops globally. Knowing that the business of making and selling handmade can be an incredible challenge, Studio Sisters also teach other small business owners how to get more sales and grow their businesses online, step-by-step, through their podcast and online courses.
Podcast: The Studio Sisters Podcast
Judi Townsend: Find your niche, own It, and make it profitable
Judi Townsend, known as the "mannequin queen" is founder and CEO of Mannequin Madness. While seeking a mosaic mannequin for a home garden project, she had no luck. Instead, she discovered a Bay-area business, selling and renting mannequins was going out of business. As a result, she purchased 40 mannequins and started a side gig. Mannequin Madness sell new and used mannequins, dress forms and mannequin parts. Also teach zoom classes for Dress Form Christmas trees. Mannequin Madness is a multi-million dollar brand that's been featured in various publications and on television networks.
In this interview, Judi spoke about grants for black owned businesses. Please see access to link information below:
SF Bay Area Black Owned Businesses - https://sfbayblackbiz.com
Grants for Black Owned Businesses - https://sfbayblackbiz.com/grants/
Nkese Lewis: How She's Using Her Voice through Crochet Designs
Seattle native, Nkese Lewis has been creative since a child. She made handmade gifts for family and friends. Even though she learned various crafts, she returned to crocheting. She's known for using granny square techniques along with vibrant colors in her crochet designs.
Nkese is also a guest blogger, and pattern tester. In today's episode, she provide tips for beginner's to the world of crocheting, business advice, and how she's using social media to spread messages about current social issues.
Connect with Nkese on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cosmic_crochet_creations/
How Setting Healthy Boundaries in Your Business Helps Profitability
As a business owner, you will find yourself faced with opportunities and demands. Sometimes, you will feel obligated to be available to everyone and everything. In today's podcast episode, you will learn why it's better to slow down, be selective, and still have a profitable business.
Crafty Hands Club Magazine is an online platform for crafters from all walks of life. We feature stories of lifestyle crafters, crafters who want to turn their hobby into a business, and craft business owners. For more information, please visit www.craftyhandsclub.com
How to Build Trust With Your Audience
No matter how many followers on social media or email subscribers you have, if they don't trust you, you aren't going to accomplish your sales goal. Are you more interested in growing your followers/subscribers instead of reaching out to your existing audience? Listen to today's episode, to learn the importance of establishing trust with your audience and ways to start building that trust.
Crafty Hands Club help crafters connect with other crafters, make their crafts a lifestyle, and help crafters turn their hobby into a profitable side business, by helping them know and understand business numbers.
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Lessons Learned from Having No Sales
Sales might be the lifeblood of a business, but it takes work.
You can't force it. You can't half-way go after sales. You have to spend time in knowing your audience, what they need or want, and how your product or service can help them.
Crafty Hands Club Magazine help crafters turn their craft hobby into a profitable side business, by helping them know and understand business numbers.
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A Craft Business Acquisition that Lead to Global Attention with Lynn Coe
Lynn has been crafting since she was child. Her love of knitting brought her to where she is now as owner of Knit 1, a yarn store in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood. She has started to embrace new crafts like crochet and needle punching.
Knit 1 Chicago Online:
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Tell Tale Signs You're Vending at The Wrong Craft Show
Being a craft show vendor takes a lot of planning and it costs way more than the table or booth fee. However, when you are vending at an event that isn't profitable, your mood and confidence is affected. To avoid wasting money on craft shows, this episode will give you detailed examples and signs that you should avoid.
Kathy Cano-Murillo: From Starving Artist to Becoming A National Craft Brand
Kathy Cano-Murillo, The Crafty Chica, is former syndicated newspaper columnist and now a full-time creativepreneur which has led to multiple product lines, and collaborations with national brands. She has authored several craft books and novels, recently, Forever Frida: A Celebration of the Life, Art, Loves, Words, and Style of Frida Kahlo. Kathy has a new book releasing in December, and has new products lines debuting this year for HSN, Bisque Imports, Madison Park Greetings, and Riley Blake Fabrics. She has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Buzzfeed+ more.
To learn more about Kathy, please visit www.craftychica.com
Balancing Motherhood and Business
Let's be honest, being a new mom while trying to run a business is no joke. I am a mom of a six month old, and before he was born, there were a lot of pivots made (read article here: https://craftyhandsclub.com/business-pivot/). The one lesson that being a new mom has taught me is to make the most use of the time I have.
Business and children are both demanding, requiring lots of time and attention. In spite of its challenges, both can be done. This week's episode give new moms a few tips on how to run a business while being tending to their child needs.
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The Crafty DIY Guy: How he Monetized his YouTube Channel in Eight Months???
Jamie Miles aka The Crafty DIY Guy is a guy who loves to craft and create! From Dollar Tree overhauls to cooking to Thrift Store Flips and Dupes - he kinda loves it all. After purchasing his first home in 2018, DIY projects became important (for budget reasons) and he discovered his love to create then. Jamie is also a Television & Film Actor and has had co-starring and guest star roles on shows like The Resident (FOX), Watchmen (HBO), Halt & Catch Fire (AMC), The Inspectors (CBS) and more! His commercial work includes brands like Doritos, AT&T, Verizon, Trust Automotive and more.
In this podcast episode, Jamie talks about how he grew his channel to 32.2K followers, gained attention from crafters from different parts of the world, and also his weekly video projects.
Check out TheCraftyDIYGuy!
@TheCraftyDIYGuy - Instagram
@TheCraftyDIYGuy - Twitter
@TheCraftyDIYGuy - TikToc
Don't Get Caught Up With Popularity: Do the Right Thing in Business
Doing what's right might take longer to get results. It might not be popular. However, when you do the right thing in business, it pays off. When the spotlight, money, status, and everything else is gone, all you have is your name.
Listen to episode for tips on building relationships with fellow crafters/entrepreneurs, proper etiquette in craft groups, respecting the work of others, and paying for products and services.
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Building Self-Esteem in Kids through Greeting Cards: Interview with Latisha Armstrong
Perfectly Hued Expressions is an illustration-based boutique that features children’s greeting cards and stationery. Created to fill the void of stationery and greeting cards available for & inspired by children of color, we’ve created high-quality, fun and stylish products that mirror the beautiful hues of our little ones. We celebrate the uniqueness of our Cu-HUE-ties by showcasing the Be-HUE-tiful tones and personal styles of little girls and boys of color. At Perfectly Hued, we are committed to celebrating and embracing the beautiful hues and skin tones of children from all nationalities.
Podcast interview with Latisha Armstrong, part owner of Perfectly Hued shares her creative and business journey. Also, from this episode she shares:
- Barriers in the Greeting Card Industry
- Balancing between a full-time job, running a small business, and parenting
- How Perfectly Hued connect with kids in the digital age
- Legally protecting your work as a startup business
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Denise J. Hart: Trusting Your Gut and Starting a New Business in an Economic Downturn
"Helping Homeowners Making Home Custom on a Budget."
Denise Joy Hart is a multi-passionate designer, veteran speaker, entrepreneur and educator. In her former role as sales coordinator for Motivating the Masses with Lisa Nichols, via remote/virtual learning Denise taught and trained hundreds of entrepreneurs to improve their sales and to speak powerfully from any platform. Denise is also a sought after designer and the host of the Thrifty Fly DIY show on Youtube. Through her creatively curated designs she helps homeowners make their home custom on a budget in one weekend or less. Trust me, it's not just a makeover, it transforms your life!
Listen to episode to learn what to avoid in business, how to thrive during economic downtime, and trusting your gut.
Taking Shortcuts in Business is Dangerous.....Here's how to avoid them
Starting an online business is fun, exciting, and gives a feeling of accomplishment. But what happens when legal issues aren't taken into consideration during the startup process?
Today's episode gives you insight into potential dangers that might occur if you chose to take shortcuts in your business. Shortcuts include: no business insurance, no product disclaimers, and more.
After listening to this episode, not only will you know how to avoid such things, but you will also think about protecting your business the legal way.
Disclaimer: this episode does not give legal advice. Episode content only talks about potential dangers if legality isn't taken into consideration.
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Making Craft Products with Opportunities in Mind
Girl..........how you did that?
Ooh, can you show me how to make that?
Where did you get your supplies from?
You get the drift. Are you a crafter known for beautiful work and whenever you post a picture or video, you are bombarded with "how-to" questions? This episode is storytelling of three crafty women who took different approaches whenever they were asked similar questions.
You will learn:
- How to diversify your current product offerings?
- How to handle "show-me" and "where can I" questions?
- Realize the difference between helping and handing out?
- Setting boundaries when it comes to your creativity.
Crafty Hands Club Magazine: www.craftyhandsclub.com
Becoming A Business Success: Narrow Your Focus and Grow Your Niche with Tammy Rae
Tammy Rae. , Owner of A Touch Of Glass is a lampwork glass artist from the Midwest area. Wearable art and memorial pieces are her specialty. 15 years ago, she was a bead-making student who later started a jewelry business. She has participated in various shows across the United States. Her designs have been featured in international books, magazines, and embroidery kits. Tammy has also been a guest on national syndicated television shows.
She shares her creative journey, along with wisdom about doing business in general.
Stop Giving Discounts in Your Business: Give Value Instead
The rookie mistake that many online business owners make is giving way too many discounts.
Are you falling into that "flash sale" or "everything must go" downward spiral?
In today's episode, you'll learn how discounts can cause your business more harm than help.
Key episode elements:
- Business positioning
- What to offer customers in place of discounts
- How to handle "can I have a discount" questions?
- Why value is important in your business?
What to Consider before Starting an Online Craft Business
The craft space has been on an upward slope over the last decade. Demand for handmade products have increased as well. Even celebrities are sharing projects on social media. Starting an online craft business has many advantages and can lead to many opportunities.
The last thing you want to do is start a business on a bad start.
Listen to episode to learn what you should think about before going into business.
Storytelling: Why it's important in the craft community
Your voice deserves to be heard. No matter how attractive your craft products are, your customers want to feel a human connection. In other words, customers are buying into you, your values, your message.
In this episode, you'll learn:
Why your voice matters?
The power of storytelling.
How your story can connect with and help other crafters?
Ways to tell your story.
Where to share your story?
Tatyerra Mikell: Building an Online Community and Standing Behind Your Brand Message
Tatyerra Mikell, is a Chicago raised, NY/NJ transplant. She has over ten years of experience in the social sector. She's currently owner of both Pretty Creative Hustle and Gratitude 4 Black Girls. In this episode, Ms. Mikell shares how you can build an engaging online community, with even just a few members. In addition, she shares the vision and mission behind both organizations and how listeners can stay authentic to their brand message.
Can a Craft Business be Profitable: Sales vs Profits
Are you an existing craft business owner or someone who's aspiring to be one?
Here's what you need to know:
- A craft business can be profitable in spite of the "starving artist" myth.
- Running a craft business don't mean products and services should be sold at a clearance.
In this episode you'll learn:
- The basic business numbers you need to know
- Why knowing your business numbers matters
- The difference between sales and profits
- How to make the numbers in your business work for you even when you have a net loss
Tax Reporting Requirements for Craft Businesses and Hobbyists
Craft businesses and hobbyists have tax reporting requirements. In this episode, you'll find out what's considered a hobby according to Internal Revenue Service (IRS), taxable income requirements, expense deductions, forms to file, and 1099-K for crafters who sell goods on third party sites (Amazon, Etsy).
Rebeca Mojica: How she built a successful chainmaille supply company and made waves in a male-dominated industry?
Rebeca Mojica is an award-winning jewelry artist, instructor and best-selling author. As the founder of Blue Buddha Boutique, a prominent chainmaille supplies company since 2003, Rebeca is known for creating colorful and intricate designs that have inspired artisans all over the world. Most recently, she partnered with toy manufacturer Neat-Oh! international to create the award-winning Linkt Craft Kits, the first line of chainmaille jewelry kits for children ages 8 and up.
Chainmaille jewelry first caught her interest while she was in Germany at a fair. Seeing the expensive price tag of an item she wanted, she decided to buy pliers and jumprings from Ebay to attempt the same design. She quickly learned that size and ring types matter. Later on, Rebeca took a chainmaille class and shortly afterwards, was asked to be an instructor. After demand for supplies from her students, Rebeca started Blue Buddha Boutique and became known throughout the jewelry making industry.
Listen to podcast episode to her more about her craft journey, along with business tips and advice for aspiring creative entrepreneurs.
Connect with Rebeca:
Rebeca Mojica Website: https://www.rebecamojica.com/
B3 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlueBuddhaBoutique/
Rebeca Mojica Jewelry Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebecamojicajewelry/
Rebeca Mojica Jewelry Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rebecamojicajewelry/
B3 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bluebuddhaboutique/
Why there's scarcity in an oversaturated market like jewelry making?
The jewelry making space has rapidly increased within the last decade. Even though the space is oversaturated with jewelry makers, there is still opportunities to explore. Listen to episode to learn why the market has scarcity.
Custom Handmade Jewelry Doesn't Mean Customers Should Take Advantage
These days, self-identification is preferred when it comes to fashion and accessories. Standing out, being different, and using voice through wearable art continues to be on the rise. Jewelry is no different. Jewelry should be a personal statement, speaking volumes about the individual.
What happens when customers either go overboard with customization or figure out ways to get custom pieces at the lowest cost possible? If designers don't have a clear policy and product descriptions, customers will take advantage. Learn the difference between customized jewelry and clearance jewelry. Also, how customization can cause lack of creativity on the makers part.
Common Sense Jewelry Making Tips Beginner's Need to Know
Being pulled in every direction leads to chaos. If you are new to jewelry making, this is the episode for you. Listen and learn how not to fall victim to whirlwinds of jewelrymaking ideas, designs, and so forth. Stay focused and gradually grow.
What's the difference between a jewelrymaking group and a jewelrymaking club?
Customers Beware of Handmade Community Scams
Due to the ease of buying and selling online, it has become easier for sellers to scam customers out of earned income. Within the last decade, there has been an increase of jewelry makers but not all sellers have a moral compass. Listen to find out the type of scams happening in the DIY community and what steps you can take to avoid falling victim to their scam.
Hobbies on A Budget
This episode is a response to a twitter post that took place a few weeks ago, where the person stated how the current generation is out of touch with hobbies and why having one matters. If you've listened to season 1, A Hobby vs A Habit episode, I stated benefits of hobbies. In today's episode, I will address the misconception that hobbies take a huge amount of time and money. Listen and learn what hobbies you can start with little to no money.
Link to Habit vs Hobby Episode: https://anchor.fm/craftyhandsclub/episodes/A-Hobby-vs-A-Habit-e3hmr7
Lorenzo Emmett Sanders: How recovering from surgery led him to making and selling wire jewelry?
The Man Behind The Wire: Interview with Lorenzo Emmett Sanders, owner of Wyrefull
Mr. Sanders served as a corporate professional for years. During the later 2000's Lorenzo was on dialysis, waiting on a kidney transplant. As he was healing from surgery, he tried jewelry making and discovered his love for creating wire jewelry. He shares his jewelry making journey, including transparent thoughts about the diy industry.
Storage Ideas for Craft Supplies
Holiday Craft Ideas for Parents with Children Ages 6 & Up
Holiday Themed Ideas for Jewelry Making!
Craft Ideas for Families During Thanksgiving
Improving Cognitive Skills in Children through Arts and Crafts Projects
The Truth About Jewelry Repair Kits
Halloween Jewelry Ideas
How to Use Jewelry Items in Fall Decor (Indoor and Outdoor)
Nonprofit Fundraising: New and Creative Ways to Raise Money
It's the fourth quarter and #GivingTuesday is a month away. Are you a nonprofit seeking fun and exciting ways to raise capital? Listen to this episode to gain creative ideas and how to implement them.
What Makes A Quality Craft Instructor
One of the most overlooked factors in choosing a diy class is the quality/value of the instructor. Listen to learn why the quality of a craft instructor is important and how it impacts your learning experience overall.
How to Successfully Plan A Weekend Craft Project
Planning to spend the weekend on a DIY project during the fall and winter season? Listen to this episode for factors to consider in order to accomplish your creative project(s).
Sweetest Day DIY Gift Ideas for Him!
Fall into Jewelry Making: Materials to add to your technique.
Jewelry Making Ideas for Sports Moms, Wives, and Fanatics!
Are you a sports fanatic? Married or dating someone who's a sports lover? Are you a sports mom? Listen to this episode and learn creative ways to make jewelry while sharing a common interest with like-minded individuals.
Remembering A Loved One Through DIY Jewelry
Holidays are difficult for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Have you loss a loved one and wish there was a way to remember them? In this episode, you will learn how jewelry making will help you remember a loved one.