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Hello! I’m back! Thankfully, I am having a much better week (so far!) than last week!!! I’m super excited to bring you this weeks Crafty Connections. I think you’ll find the following links helpful and inspirational!

Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, and informative links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafty DIY projects, and blogs I think are worth following. I hope you find something useful and helpful! If so, please let me know. I would LOVE your feedback!

20 Ways to Skyrocket Your Motivation
Cardboard rocket
by Matt Biddulph, via flickr
One of the reasons why people don’t follow through on their goals is because they lose their motivation along the way.

15 Things an Artist Should Never Say
Paint Your Rainbow
by shewatchedthesky, via flickr
Oh, I’ve been guilty of saying almost every one of these…

20 Personal Brand Building and Monitoring Tools You Don’t Want to Miss
Mabel
by SaraCarr66, via flickr
With the social media realm being at our fingertips and larger each and every day, there are a plethora of tools to assist in building our personal brands, monitoring them and promoting them.

Writing a Business Plan
Do you have the feeling it might be time for the next step but you’re not sure what that next step is? Are you getting comfortable with your art/craft/thing but a little part of you wonders if you’re missing the opportunity to stretch a little?

Handling Copyright Issues
Gingerbread Biscuit Bunny in blue tea cup
by florenceforrest, via flickr
How to handle when you discover someone ripping off your work.

DIY-Paper-Craft Sugar Posy Cake
DIY- Paper-Craft Sugar Posy Cakeby Rosie from Sweetapolita, via Paper*Cakes Finds
Gorgeous eye candy, and seems really easy to do! What a simple and fun addition to add to your next plain birthday cake or cupcakes!

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! Thank you so much!

-April
http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

Hello!!! Wow– time flies, doesn’t it? I can’t believe it’s Tuesday already!

Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, and informative links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafty DIY projects, and blogs I think are worth following. I hope you find something useful and helpful! If so, please let me know. I would LOVE your feedback!

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! Thank you so much!

-April
http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

Colorful Felt Flag Toppers by Mayi Carles
Colorful Flag Toppers, via mayicarles’ shop

As you know, I’m passionate about handmade. I’m also really passionate about helping other creative entrepreneurs achieve their goals, which is why I feature Etsy artists and post links/tips to help with marketing their handmade goods every week.

This is why I’m so incredibly excited tell you about a new website I’m involved with. April Bowles-Olin from Blacksburg Belle. has created an amazing website that is the one place to find all the information that you need to build a successful creative business. It’s called ARTreprenuer: The Art of Turning Creative Dreams Into Reality.

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Some of the fabulous resources and features you’ll find each and every month are:

  • Expert Interviews– Learn from people who’ve already done it. Get yourself some mentors who’ll share all of their juiciest secrets and tips.
  • Awesome Classes-two classes every month that range anywhere from 15 minutes to 60 minutes and each class will have a workbook to accompany it
  • Expert Photography Tips and Instruction– (this is where I come in!) every month you’ll get easy-to-follow tips or tutorials each month to help you improve your photos and answer specific questions from members.
  • Online Shop Critiques– Every month two lucky members will be having their shop critiques by an incredibly successful entreprenuer. You can learn so much from seeing how these critiques help someone improve their product titles, SEO, item descriptions, pricing, and more.
  • Technical Tutorials-You’ll receive step-by-step basic, intermediate, and advanced technical techniques, so you can take your creative business to the next level.
  • Creative Tutorials and Tasks-These creative tutorials will range from right-brained activities like blind contour drawings to instructions on creating mixed media backgrounds for your creative business journal to learning a new art skill.
  • Book Club-weekly discussions on the books that we read and facilitators that will talk about how you can apply the concepts you read about to your creative biz.
  • You’ll also find resources that deal with accounting, and legal issues with running your creative business.
    PLUS. SO. MUCH. MORE.

    Seriously, go check out the ARTrepreneur site for more details:
    ARTrepreneur: The Art of Turning Creative Dreams Into Reality

    I’d love to be a part in helping you make your creative dreams a reality!
    See you there!
    -April
    http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

    Hi!!! Thanks for stopping by! I’m really excited to bring you this week’s Crafty Connections!

    Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, and informative links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafty DIY projects, and blogs I think are worth following. Enjoy!

       

      7 Dazzling Ways to Ignite Your Creative Spark
      "breathe" recycled wooden sign
      If you currently feel like you’re sitting in a dark cave and the fire of creativity refuses to be ignited, you’ll find seven ways to ignite your creative spark.

       

      Learn How: Using Hoot Suite
      strawberry jelly owl
      What do I love about Hoot Suite? So many things. Here’s how it makes my online life so much easier…

       

      Improving Your Etsy Listings: Item Descriptions
      When customers are searching sites like Google for something specific, the first 160 characters of your item description shows in the results. It’s important to utilize that small amount of text to grab potential customers attention.

       

      Marketing that Speaks without the Slimy Ways + 40 Ideas to Get You Started
      Weddings, notecards, globes - oh my!
      It seems sometimes in conversation the word “marketing” feels like a four-letter word. Beyond the fear, confusion and overwhelming feelings it can instill into the heart of many-a business owner, marketing seems to also just feel so icky sometimes.

       

      DIY- Six Paper Flowers
      DIY- Six Paper FlowersHere you’ll find 6 of the best DIY flower tutorials. If spring hasn’t sprung where you are, you can make your own flowers instead of waiting for them to grow!

       

    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 so much!

    -April
    http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

    Hello!! I’m super excited to bring you this weeks Crafty Connections! I think you’ll find this weeks links especially helpful…

    Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, and informative links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafty DIY projects, and blogs I think are worth following. Enjoy!

    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 so much!

    -April
    http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

    Hello!! Welcome to this weeks Crafty Connections! Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, and informative links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafty DIY projects, and blogs I think are worth following. I hope you enjoy this weeks links!

    • Etsy Shop SEO {Video Tutorial}
      Vive la Couleur Frame Collection, 4 pcsThis in-depth demonstration and the video lasts 22 minutes, but the tips could prove to be very valuable to you in the long-run, so if you have questions about how to optimize your site for search engines, you’ll find this video really helpful.
    • Marketing Campaign for Craft Show Vendors
      amazing display
      If you thought all you needed to do was show up with your folding table, handmade goodies and a smile you were wrong. Well not wrong, but maybe not utilizing the show for its full marketing potential like you should…
    • Blog Tracking
      How to increase your exposure on blogs by getting organized.

    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 so much!

    -April
    http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

    Hi! 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 informative links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafty DIY projects, and blogs I think are worth following. I hope you enjoy this weeks links!

    • Share and be proud
      Kup Kup Petit Pâtisserie 1
      Not only is it ok to be proud of the products you make, it’s essential to the success of your business.

    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 so much!

    -April
    http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

    Hello! Welcome to this weeks Crafty Connections! Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, and informative links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafty DIY projects, and blogs I think are worth following. I hope you enjoy this weeks links!


    • Empowering Ways To Use Twitter

      Collants Twitter
      Good news: There are ways to get people thinking beyond the 5-second attention span (empower others) AND actually glean substance for your own work (empower you) from your T-interactions.

    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 so much!

    -April
    http://www.creativeappples.etsy.com

    Hi! (I’m back!) Welcome to this weeks Crafty Connections! Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, and informative links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafty DIY projects, and blogs I think are worth following. I hope you enjoy this weeks links!

    • DIY- Crafty Spring Bouquet

      a cute homemade gift idea for Mother’s Day – or an adorable addition to girlie birthday parties, baby showers, or bridal showers!

    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!

    Hi! Welcome you to this weeks Crafty Connections! Each and every week I scour the interwebs and gather the best tutorials, tips, and informative links to help with your handmade craft business. In addition, I’ll post links to cool crafty DIY projects, 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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