Markets can be tough, especially if you have never done one before. I remember my first market experience fondly. It was a bittersweet experience to say the least. The market was all wrong for my product, I didn’t even have an official business name or a sign, no business cards or labeling to speak of, … Continue reading How to Survive Your First Market as a Maker
A few months ago I reached out to This Is Brave, a local organization that shares women's stories of hardships and mental health. These stories are meant to provide support, inspire others, and let people dealing with similar issues know that they are not alone. Not many people are aware, but I used to struggle … Continue reading How Yarn Saved Me from My Anxiety
The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy and family. For a lot of makers, the holiday seasons are full of stress, sleepless nights, and a lot of anxiety. I’ve been there, I’ve done that, and I hated every second of it. I didn’t get a lot of time with my family … Continue reading Tips for Makers to Stay Focused and Energized this Holiday Season
When I first saw another maker use this hashtag, I felt a little weird about it. What did she mean by “#HandmadeNotHomemade”? The two terms are basically synonyms. Something that is handmade is usually also homemade. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. I will always support handmade items when I … Continue reading Why I Refer to My Items as “Handmade” and NOT “Homemade”
I’ve had several people reach out to me lately inquiring about my process for applying to be a consignment or wholesale vendor through local boutiques. Let me tell you, it can be a lengthy process. I was terrified to try at first. I was so worried about rejection that I let it prevent me from … Continue reading Become a Consignment or Wholesale Vendor in a Week or Less
I always have a hard time motivating myself to knit big chunky winter wears in the middle of summer. It’s hot, humid, and muggy. Literally the last thing I want to be doing is working with thick wool. I don’t want to waste my entire summer (I’m sure all my other maker friends can agree), … Continue reading 5 Things to Do During Your Off-Season
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