Crafty Hands Club Magazine is a podcast for everyday crafters who enjoy connecting, creating, and sharing with other crafters. Interviews and honest conversations about industry news, trends, craft lifestyle and business are presented weekly.
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.
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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, 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
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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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.
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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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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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"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.
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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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.
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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.
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:
What to offer customers in place of discounts
How to handle "can I have a discount" questions?
Why value is important in your 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.
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, 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.
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
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 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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Lorenzo can be found on social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram.
Whenever schools are faced with budget cuts, art and music classes are either significantly reduced or eliminated. In this episode you'll learn the benefits of arts and crafts and how it can help a child's learning ability.
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.
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.
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.
What was your fondest memory you had a a child with your Mom or any female who was like a Mother to you? This is a throwback episode where the owner of Crafty Hands Club shares memorable bonding time with her mom during early childhood. You can listen and get ideas on how to create your own dress up memories as well.
One of the biggest mistakes in early jewelry making is buying excessive supplies. Instead of being lead by markdowns and pretty things, learn how to shop for supplies and what to consider before making a purchase.
Are you a millennial who's tired of an entire generation being viewed in a negative light?
Do you know a millennial personally and wish you can understand them better?
Did you know that millennials and baby boomers have the highest level of stress according to American Psychological Association. Listen to this episode and learn why millennials are stressed and how arts and crafts can help relieve stress.
Do you love fashion accessories but have no interest in making?
Are you a diy enthusiast who wish others felt the same way as you?
In this episode, you will learn the difference between making something verses being a consumer along with the pros and cons of each.
Everyone has been put on earth to fulfill a specific purpose in life. It's okay to say 'no' to things or people who are in the way of greatness. In this episode, you will also learn the importance of self-care and ways to incorporate self-care activities into daily living.
The words hobby and habit are often used interchangeably but there is a key difference. Not only will you learn the difference between the two in this episode but you'll also learn the benefits of a hobby.
Welcome to the pilot episode of Crafty Hands Club podcast! Learn how 30-minute craft projects on a regular basis will help reclaim sanity along with suggestions on how you can leverage your time to incorporate craft projects into your schedule.
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