Don’t Give It Away

Trade Secrets – Are you telling too much? A recent email conversation with a wonderful polymer clay artist, who specializes in making buttons, reminded me of something that I think many crafters fail to do. By our nature, crafters are a friendly bunch who like to help each other. But, how often have you found […]

Selling Recycled Crafts

Looking back, I can’t really remember using the term recycled for much of anything before everyone wanted to go green. Most of what we talk about recycling is what we once called garbage, trash, refuse and junk – old newspapers, building construction scraps, tin cans, glass bottles and even diapers are now commonly being recycled. […]

the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

From the “this possibly can’t be true files”, it appears that in about a month anyone buying, selling or manufacturing products designed for small children is going to find themselves in a morass of new legal requirements that the spokeswoman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission called a “sticky and tricky” new law. One could […]

Cheap Jewelry Displays

I recently happened upon one jewelry maker’s blog where she was discussing a recent email she received from another crafter. The email helpfully suggested her current backgrounds for her jewelry pictures were detracting from her pieces. It was nice to see that the blog owner took this constructive criticism and was rethinking all of her […]