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Hello! Hello! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! Now, with holiday shopping in full swing, marketing tips and ideas are even more important! Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, and other helpful links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafts I’ve seen, and blogs I think are worth following. I hope you enjoy this weeks links!

If you know of any good handmade craft marketing resources I should include in the next Crafty Connections post please don’t hesitate to email me, or leave the link(s) in the comments section! I would love to be able to share these great resources with everyone! Also, are these links helpful to you? Let me know! I appreciate the feedback!!!! Thanks!

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Hello!! Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope you’re having a wonderful day and if you do celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, that you’re spending it with family and friends!!!

Today, I would like to introduce you to Kit from Kitlane. I stumbled upon her shop one day when I was doing (ahem!) research and I fell in love with her cute and strange felted creations!

Featured Handmade Artist- Kitlane

Seriously? How cute are these guys!!! I especially like Devon the Pentapus (he’s pictured below!) So cute!!! Also, I think the stories Kit crafts are just as fun as her creatures!

Featured Handmade Artist- Kitlane

Hi Kit! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m Kit Lane. I live currently in West Central Minnesota which I jokingly call the Cultural Wastelands of the North. I’m in that little bump that connects North and South Dakota. When they made the state borders neither Dakotas wanted us and as you can see, Minnesota is still trying to squeeze us out the side like a bad pimple.
I make a humble living making wool felted creatures painting from time to time.

What is the first craft project you remember making?

I belonged to the Brownies as a child. Yes, I’m that old. One Christmas we crafted holiday trees from the Minneapolis phone book. Each page was folded twice, once down and then across and on to the next page. It took three sessions to fold the pages because after-all, Minneapolis is a huge city. The tome itself must have weighed a minimum of 20 pounds. After it was completely folded we rolled them into a circle and spray painted them green. When the paint was dry we glittered the heck out of them too. I gathered the tree up in my arms and walked home to present it to my mother who is a paragon of perfect tidiness. By the time I arrived I was covered head to toe in glitter and had developed the muscles of a WWF wrestler. She covered her complete horror with a smile. I’m sure you all know that telling smile if you’ve ever been a mother. 🙂

Where does your inspiration come from?

I haven’t a clue. Sometimes, in that not-quite-awake state before the coffee completely kicks in I get a ping of an idea. The little Jacabobs in my shop are usually inspired by an attempt to create happiness. My other work is often inspired by odd juxtapositions between nature and imaginative worlds.

Can you please describe some of your creative process?
I often wander. Sometimes down to the local taxidermist who is kind enough to let me dig around in his back shop. He’s never seen my work so he’s somewhat bemused with me. None the less he shoves a box at me with bits and pieces of what was at one time someones sister or aunt, little creatures who never had names. I simply try to make something of their lives instead of seeing them all muddled in a heap, forever forgotten.
Here are two. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kitgraphics/4693872429/ and the back of another http://www.flickr.com/photos/kitgraphics/3687152173/

What is your most prized handmade possession?

I can’t quite say one thing really. I have a folder drawings made by my child through the years. She’s 17 now and away for her second year at Uni. Each drawing is special to me and the collection as a whole would be it.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new etsy seller, what would it be?

Don’t be a weenie! Buck up and put yourself out there. If you love what you do, then there will be others who’ll love it too. Oh, and take great photos.

What are some of the ways you promote your work?

http://www.etsy.com/shop/KitLane
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kitgraphics/
http://twitter.com/kitlane

What are three websites you couldn’t live without?

Those mentioned above…lol

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I love felting. I really mean that. But, in ten years I’d like to be drawing and painting a lot more than today…in a much warmer climate.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

Teleportation. There are so many places and things I’d like to see. It’s 90 miles to the airport from here and the hassle of buying a ticket, lodging etc…Oh, and the bonus grope and pat-down and the xray topper that I’d like to be able to just FOOM!! and be there in an instant.

Thanks so much Kit!!!!

I hope you all have an opprotunity to check out Kitlane and get to know these strange little creations!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KitLane

Oh, the demure cranberry– forever hailed as the jiggly unappetizing stuff that makes it’s can-shaped appearance once a year. Today, I’d like to try and change your opinion about this scoffed at little fruit, and show how wonderful the cranberry can be!

Wednesday Inspiration- Cranberry

1. Cranberry Sugar Cold Process Soap Bar

2. the alaskan warmer-cranberry

3. Vintage bracelet made with cluster earrings BERRYLICIOUS

4. Cranberry Harvest Footed Platte – Cutting Board in Salvaged Hackberry – Rustic Holiday Bread Board and Serving Platter

5. Cinnamon scented pine cone and berry wreath-Christmas or winter

6. Oatmeal Cranberry Pecan – One Dozen

7. Cranberry Garland – a strand of deep red felt balls on vintage French hemp cord , about 9 ft long

8. Season’s Greetings Set of 10 Blank Cranberry Snowflake Cards

9. Cranberry Citrus Scented Palm Wax Votive Candles – Pack of 4

This is my entry for this week’s Photo Friday. The theme was “Vivid.”

Check out all of this week’s participants!
Photo Friday-Vivid

Hello!!! I am so excited to introduce you to an amazing and super talented painter today! Meet Julie from juliebcreative.etsy.com! Seriously. Her paintings are awesome. I am sooo in love with this painting, called A Thousand Words

Featured Handmade Artist- Juliebcreative

I love that this guy is holding an old fashioned camera! Actually, I love everything about this painting– it’s so good! I am a huge fan of her photo realistic style. Check out a few of her other incredible paintings:

Featured Handmade Artist- Juliebcreative

Hi Julie! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Julie Beck, I live in Arlington MA, and I am a painter.

What is the first craft project you remember making?

My mother always kept a giant roll of newsprint in the house and whenever she wanted to occupy me and my sister for more than 2 minutes, she would roll that out and give us crayons.

Where does your inspiration come from?

My past, the place I grew up (Rochester, NY), cultural icons, ideals, stories, people… a lot of nostalgia.

Can you please describe some of your creative process?

Most of the time it starts with an idea. Once the idea takes shape, I hunt down or take reference photos, then use photoshop to crop and compose how I want the painting. Then I take a painstaking long time to draw the image, paint it, varnish and then hardware. The title’s are usually lyrics from the super fantastic singer/songwriter Mike Doughty… his use of language is more poetic than I could ever achieve.

What is your most prized handmade possession?

Is it lame that it’s one of my own paintings? Obsolete Beast is the largest and more detailed painting I’ve ever completed. Not sure I can ever part with it.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new etsy seller, what would it be?

You have to commit time and effort to your shop. You can’t just set it up and assume the shoppers will find you… oh and obviously take fantastic photos.

What are some of the ways you promote your work?

anywhere and everywhere!
http://twitter.com/juliebcreative
http://juliebeck.blogspot.com (Paintings in Progress blog)
http://juliebcreative.com
http://www.facebook.com/juliebcreative

What are three websites you couldn’t live without?
http://wimp.com – they showcase 5 or 6 of the best videos from the web… im an internet junkie
http://www.etsy.com – obviously!
google analytics – i like to see where my customers are coming from

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Painting and creating art full time. I currently also rely on motion graphics and video editing freelance income, but I am in the process of making my art more of a priority.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

The power of patience… I have none.

Thank you so much Julie!!!

Please be sure to stop by juliebcreative and check out her fabulous original printings and prints!!!
http://www.juliebcreative.etsy.com

Hello!!! This weeks inspiration is all about squirrels! Check out some of the cutest squirrel related items I found surfing (ahem! researching) etsy…

Wednesday Inspiration- SQUIRRELS!

1. In the Woodland Fabric (not vinyl) Wall Decals – large, by Jillian Phillips

2. Acorn Necklace Autumns Harvest

3. Squirrel print 5×7

4. sterling squirrel necklace

5. BOX OF TEN Holiday/Christmas Squirrel Cards

6. Red Squirrel – merino fingering

7. Its My Acorn… Its Mine…Its Mine – Squirrel and his Precious Acorn – Ice Age Inspired, Adorable, Whimsical

8. 6 Wool Acorns- Yellow and White Felted Acorns.

9. Belchik – The Mischievous Woodland Squirrel Plush – Made to order

Hello again! I’d like to welcome you to this weeks Crafty Connections! Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, and other helpful links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafts I’ve seen, and blogs I think are worth following. I hope you enjoy this weeks links!

  • Six Tips to Become a Craft Show Superstar
    Being physically present at a local craft show, arts and crafts festival, or business forum can be what sets your craft-brand-business apart from the competition.

If you know of any good handmade craft marketing resources I should include in the next Crafty Connections post please don’t hesitate to email me, or leave the link(s) in the comments section! I would love to be able to share these great resources with everyone! Also, are these links helpful to you? Let me know! I appreciate the feedback!!!! Thank you!!!

I’m having a special BOGO SALE!!! Buy one print, any size and get a second print FREE!

Looking to start your Christmas shopping just a little bit early? Be sure to check out my shop on papernstich.com

creativeapples shop on papernstitch

I’m having a super special BOGO Print sale for this momentous occasion! Buy one print, any size, and get a second print (same size or smaller) FREE!!!

Simply type PnS BOGO and the name or url of the free print that you would like in the “Message to seller” box when you check out!

Looking for more photos to choose from?
Check out my etsy shop!
http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com
Or, check out my flickr–all photos from my flickr account can be made into prints too!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rottnapples

If you don’t see the size you want, please convo or email (aprilbern@gmail.com) me and I’ll list a size just for you.

Please hurry! The BOGO print sale expires on December 8th, 2010!

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