Doing Disney

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Before you start making that item that is recognizable as a much beloved Disney, DreamWorks or other well-known character, you might want to read this post. Trademark law is quite clear on the issue and you don’t want to be facing a company like Disney in a court room.

I Got Buttons!

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So much fun; getting to pick out whatever buttons I wanted. So much indecision. Well, I finally made up my mind, they are here and oh how pretty they are. Just had to share how pretty the packaging is too.

Give Them A Taste with Pattern Samples

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Publishing companies use pattern samples to sell craft patterns online. What we can learn from them plus some free patterns.

Overwhelming Success

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How would you handle success if something you make suddenly became the hottest things since Beanie Babies? Would you make the right choices? There’s one Etsian facing this dilemma and it looks like she is doing everything right. She has upped production, avoided over-selling and perhaps created an even bigger demand for her clever earrings.

What is Art and What is Craft?

Edouard Manet - Lilac in a Glass

A recent post on a painter’s blog got me thinking about how we define what is art and what is craft. He obviously felt that art was superior to craft and he bemoaned the insult of arts and crafts shows which delegate his booth to be near someone selling painted light bulbs or other functional items.

I would like to see the end of that discussion and start a new one that would benefit all people who are making and selling their arts and crafts.

Free Advertising for Crafters

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If you are anything like me, you are constantly trying to find free or low cost ways to promote your website, blog or shop. Free advertising for crafters and other site owners is not just the stuff of endless blog commenting, Tweeting, Pinning and Facebook updates. There’s a wonderful advertising program called Project Wonderful that I’ve been using for over two years with my sites and it has cost me virtually nothing. Spend as little or as much as your budget allows. Become a publisher and make money from your sites. Or, learn how to use your own site to fund advertising on other sites to get advertising for virtually nothing.

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