Category Archives: Creative Business

Die Cutting with Felt Series: Using Steel Rule Dies

If you’ve been crafting with felt on a regular basis, then I’m sure you’ve thought about die cutting and how it could help your creative process.  I’ve been using a die cutter for just over a year and it has greatly helped me scale both my businesses.  I get asked a lot of questions about die cutting felt, so I’m launching a series of posts on the subject that I hope will offer valuable tips and insight!

Wool and wool blend felt die cuts beautifully. Read on to find out how to use Bigz dies for you felt project.

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Do People Keep Giving You Their Unwanted Craft Supplies?

What to do when someone wants to give you their un-needed craft supplies.

If you are generally serious about your crafting habits, then I would guess that most of your family and friends know about your interests.  But as soon as people know that you’re a crafter, they might start ‘gifting’ you with their unwanted craft supplies.  It’s an occupational hazard unfortunately.

These gifts are always well-meaning and good-intentioned, but the truth is that someone’s basement or attic just got cleaned out and you are now the proud owner of a cross stitch kit from the 70’s of a bale of hay.  (If that’s your thing, awesome. Fill your boots.)  Perhaps a kind relative thought you needed 573 clear plastic buttons and a 5 foot length of zipper? Have you ever been in possession of a neighbour’s 50 year old wedding dress?  I have.  I know the struggle.

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Housework and Handcrafts: My Top 8 Time Management Tips

Finding balance between our passion for crafting and the demands of running a house.

If our craft supply stash is any indication, I think it’s safe to say that we’d all rather be crafting!  Unfortunately every now and then we have stop for a moment to vacuum up the snipped threads.

I’ve been balancing household management and my creative business for long enough that I have a few helpful tips to share.  Even if you’re not running a business, more time for crafting is never a bad thing!

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Too Many Ideas & Not Enough Time: How to Prioritize Your Creativity

What to do when you have too many ideas and not enough time.

A big problem among us creative types is that our vast number of ideas greatly surpasses the number of hours in a day.  It’s a remarkable bummer.  At some point we have to face facts though, we would probably need three lifetimes to test out all the ideas bouncing around our brains.  And I have seen craft supply stashes that could fill a vault at Gringott’s.  Sometimes we just need to reel it in a bit.

Here’s my system for prioritizing creativity:

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11 Things to do When Your Creative Business is Slow

Busyness for Makers comes and goes, here is a list of 11 tasks you can do during business down time!

 

I would hazard a guess that about 95% of the time, us crafty business owners suffer from ‘too many ideas & not enough time” syndrome.  And I’m pretty confident that science can back me up on this.  But there are natural ups and downs in our levels of busyness throughout the year as well as ebbs and flows in our inspiration and creativity.

Typical slow times for makers might be right after Christmas when everyone is shopped-out, or during the summer when everyone is at the beach!  So here is a list of things that can keep you busy during slow times and keep your biz on track and moving forward! (more…)