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Where To Find Craft Fairs, Shows & Festivals to Sell Your Product

Posted by Kimberly on May 7, 2008

It’s getting to be that time of year when everyone starts gearing up for craft fairs. While Christmas is undoubtedly the most popular time to get those handmade goodies out to market, spring runs a very close second. Something about the perfect temperatures, beautiful blooms, and the availablity of fresh air after a clausterphobic inducing winter offers a prime opportunity to celebrate with festivals that include crafts.

You know that your item would be a great seller, but you’re just not sure where to begin. Finding the perfect craft fair is the place to start, and after that it’s all a breeze!

While you can spend hours searching Google or Yahoo for craft shows in your area, it’s simply easier to have all the information in one place.

Let me introduce you to the Fairs & Festivals Vendor Calendar. Not only does this beautifully laid-out, easy to navigate site offer you detailed information about craft festivals in your area and how to register for them, but they also offer great information on pricing your crafts, an event checklist, and a tutorial on understanding juried and non-juried shows.

Whether you’re an experienced showman or not, I’m sure you will find the Fairs & Festivals Vendor Calendar a useful tool in your craft business!

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I Love To Craft.com: A Great Resource for Crafters

Posted by Kimberly on November 5, 2007

I Love To Craft.ComWhether you’re looking for great craft fair projects or getting ready for Christmas, I Love To Craft.com offers some great crafting ideas!

Since Halloween is now passed and the department stores are pushing us all to do our holiday shopping now, one can only image that I headed straight for the Christmas crafts

While I didn’t find their projects to be as extensive as other craft sites I visited, I did find the quality of the crafts offered to be superior.    One craft in particular that I loved and cannot wait to get started on is their No Sew Country Santa.   I absolutely adore primitive crafts and this will be perfect for adding to my country Christmas collection.   The No Sew Country Santa is a great idea too for the limited skills craft (such as myself) as a craft fair project.  Since primitive is in, it’s sure to be a hot item!

After leaving the Christmas section, I was next drawn to the Homemade Gift Ideasarea.   In there is where I found a really neat gift idea for anyone having to or wishing to provide gifts to a large group (such as Cheerleading Squads, Sunday School Classes, etc.):  Cell Phone Covers.  There are very few people these days who do not have cell phones and these inexpensive handmade gifts are easily customized to each recipients favs.

There’s a great deal at I Love to Craft.com that is fun, simple and neat to make!  Take the time to visit them and browse around until you find your favorite craft project.   And, before you leave, be sure to visit their craft forumfor more ideas and socializing with other crafters!

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Ordinary to Extraordinary: Ten Trash to Treasure Crafts That Will Sell (Reprint)

Posted by Kimberly on October 31, 2007

By Keith Londrie II

When it comes to crafts, do you tend to gravitate toward the unique, the different, and the most eye-catching?

Making crafts is not only a fun and creative endeavor; it can also be quite lucrative. If you’re interested in making and selling crafts, but are worried about production costs, worry no more. Here are ten trash to treasure crafts that are not too costly to produce, and that are sure to sell.

Use old greeting cards to make charming keepsake boxes. Everyone has access to greeting cards, and even if you decide to buy new greeting cards for this project, the expense is minimal. Choose two greeting cards with designs that complement each other nicely. For instance, two greeting cards with flower designs would work well together. Cut one greeting card in half at the fold. Use the part of the card with the design on it to make the box. Use a ruler to make sure your folds are equal lengths. Fold up the sides of the card to form it into a box, and glue the walls into place. Use the second greeting card to form a lid for the greeting card box.

Make a “vignette lantern” using old glass jars. This craft works especially well if you design your lanterns around seasonal or holiday themes. Using old glass jelly or mason jars, create a “scene” inside the jar. For instance, if you want to sell your craft around the Christmas holiday season, create a holiday scene inside the jar with Christmas trees, lights, a Santa, etc.

Create a cool CD clock! This project is very eye-catching and easy to do. Most everyone has old CDs that they have no use for. Why not convert them into working clocks that you can sell? Find an old CD you no longer need and paint it. Use markers and paint to create an original design. Write the clock numbers around the sides of the CD. Use a regular clock as a guide for spacing your numbers. Use the clock works on an old clock and, using a large washer (available at hardware stores), attach the clock works to the back of the CD.

Create an eye-catching fork wind chime. Using a hammer, flatten down the prongs on three or four old forks. Bang the tips so they straighten all the way. Attach the forks to either a piece of wire or strong string. You can drill holes on the handles of the fork and attach them securely to the piece of wire. Attach the wire and forks to another structure. This can be whatever you want’you can fashion another piece of wire into an attractive design and attach the forks to it. The forks will create lovely music in the wind!

Make colorful ornaments out of old light bulbs. Using acrylic paints, design colorful designs on a burnt out light bulb. You can also use a hot glue gun to attach fabric or other accessories to the light bulb. Popular motifs you can try are Santa Claus, Reindeer, or Angel designs. After you’re done decorating your light bulb ornament, use your hot glue gun to attach a loop to the top of your ornament for hanging.

Sell handmade pine cone bird feeders. Not only is this project easy and inexpensive to do, but another perk is that it allows you to clean up your yard! Cut pieces of twine or yarn and wrap them around each pine cone so that you will be able to hang the pine cone securely. Mix part butter and part peanut butter in a bowl and smear it all over a pine cone. Then pour bird seed into a dish and roll the pine cone in the bird seed until it is covered. Place the pine cone in the freezer until it is set (usually takes about an hour). Now it is ready to hang.

Create fun yard art from thrift shop treasures. This project allows you to really stretch your imagination to create wonderful yard art creations. Search out thrift shops to find old chairs, tables, baker’s racks just about anythingto create planters and yard decorations. With a new coat of paint and a little imagination, you’ll be able to create one of a kind yard art.

Make fun rag dolls out of old jeans. You can fashion dolls out of old blue jeans. Use old soft sweaters to make clothes for the doll, yarn for the hair, and hot glue buttons for the eyes. You can make a whole series of these dolls and sell them at crafts fairs.

Create beautiful folk art aluminum flowers. Find unusual aluminum beer or soda bottles. With a pair of utility scissors, cut the soda cans open. Cut out a rectangular piece of aluminum and smoothen it down. Use a marker to draw a flower design on the piece of aluminum. Cut out your flower, using steel wool to soften out any rough, jagged spots. Use an awl to curl petal edges, and punch out holes if your design calls for it. Attach a metal rod to your aluminum flower to act as a stem. You can create a lovely bouquet, if you wish!

Make and sell truly unique art mailboxes. You can purchase used metal mailboxes very inexpensively at thrift stores, and then decorate them to make a profit. You can also personalize these mailboxes for your clients!

About the Author:  Keith Londrie II is the Webmaster of http://acraftfairgoldmine.coffee-info.info A website that specializes in providing information on a craft fair gold mine that you can research on the internet.(reprinted from http://www.article-outlet.com)

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Craftbits.com: Cool Craft Ideas, Cool Features

Posted by Kimberly on October 30, 2007

craftbitsscreen.GIFIf you craft, want to craft, or have only briefly thought about doing a craft, you’ve got to check out Craftbits.com!  I had so much fun at this site, that I had literally had to force myself to close my browser window and call it a night!

Unlike most crafting sites who post ideas, Craftbits.com is truly interactive!  Visitors are invited to take advantage of free membership that has some awesome features, such as:  ability to bookmark favorite projects and articles, submit your own projects to be recognized and rated, access to the exclusive members only craft advice section, exclusive entry into craft competitions, access to members only promotions and freebies, and direct email notifications of project updates and upcoming competitions.

If you don’t get swamped with the membership freebies, then you’ll no doubt get bogged down in all the great craft ideas on every subject or occasion you can imagine!  With each click to a new category, I found myself simply amazed at the amount of information presented.   Simply put:  thank heavens that I live 45 minutes away from the nearest crafting store!  Otherwise, I’d probably be broke by this afternoon from a craft supply shopping frenzy!

An interactive, user friendly website with so many unique craft ideas…who’s behind it all?  According to the About Us at Craftbits.com, this huge endeavor is run by only two women; a mother/daughter team who enjoy crafting.  Rita and Shellie Wilson, of Brisbane, Australia, have extensive experience in crafting; having been teachers of crafts “to the young, old and disabled” along with owning and operating craft supply stores.

There’s so many wonderful things to do at Craftbits.com.  I recommend having a minimum of three hours to spend there before going….’cause once you’re there, it’s hard to leave! )

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