Friday, October 24, 2014

Get Ready For The Weekend

Yeah for Friday!!!

And do you want to know what's the best thing to do on a weekend?
Practice a new craft!
On last nights show, Bethan showed us how to make a wrap bracelet, and this is a nice, fun, and relaxing project for all ages.

Let's all share our crafty techniques with each other, just use the tool below to link up your tutorial post (not main blog) and next week we'll pick a
winner, winner, chicken dinner.

And don't forget...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Teachable Tuesday

Last nights show was a blast!
Gong Show Mania!
Here's the show so you can watch and understand.

Now for something a little different...Bethan has graciously offered to teach us how to make a leather wrap bracelet on Thursday's show.  Doesn't that sound like fun?
I love these bracelets, I had one, but my 13 years old daughter borrowed it and never returned it. lol  So it looks like "someone" will have to put this cute pearl and pink beauty in my Christmas stocking.

To get us excited about the upcoming show, I thought that I would share with you some tutorials our creative members shared with us on the TCS forum.

I don't know about you, but my refrigerator is a magnet for magnets. lol  We started with those plastic letters to help the kids learn the alphabet, then we had magnets of all the states for geography (the fun of homeschooling).  Once the kids got older, the magnets became a bit more sophisticated.  But these?  These are AWESOME.
Elsie from from Quilts by Elsie shared with us her secret to creating quilt magnets on her blog.  Quick and Easy.

Then there's Kristen from QuirkyBits-n-Pieces.  She shows us how to create lovely yarn flowers over on her blog.  And if you're a yarn lover (like me), you'll love this shop. :0)
These flowers will last for years, and you can create them in any color to match your decor, or the season.

So go on now, get creating, and mark your calendar for Thursday's show.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Turning Your Hobby Into A Business

At last weeks TCS Holiday Boot Camp, we discussed pricing and sales.  During that discussion a comment was made about looking at our shops as a business, not just a hobby.  (I am sooo guilty of that).  So, to that end, let me share some links with you...

The first one is our how to page on The Craftstar.  Here you will find tips and directions to get you started on your journey as a member of The Craftstar family.  Such to open you shop and list an item, to help with social media and photography tips.  There is also a discussion thread on the forum where we can help each other with tags.

At the end of the show, Bethan was telling us about Udemy, a site with some great online business courses.  Today I checked them out, and fell in love!!!  It's like Pinterest for the studious. about learning to succeed!

And my last suggestion, I recently did a review for a hardcover book, The Young Entrepreneur's Guide To Starting and Running A Business by Steve Marriotti, and I believe this is a must have for every businessman's library.
I personally enjoy having something I can highlight, write in, and not have to wait for a page to load, but that's just me.  :0)

Ok, now you have all the tools you need to jump in and help your business 
EXPLODE!  So don't just sit there anymore, turn what you love to do into a business to be proud of, and don't forget to join us at tonight's TCS Holiday Boot Camp - Maximizing Social Media.

See y'all there! :0)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Holiday Boot Camp Week 3 recap - Pricing and Sales

Last night we had a great show discussing the art of pricing.  And what an interesting and informative discussing that can watch it here.

Next week we will be discussing the importance of social media, you don't want to miss that.  Here's a link to our recent 6 week social media boot camp, if you want to review, then come ready to join the fun.

Enjoy your week, and we'll see you next Monday.  Don't forget to do your homework. :0)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This Is Your Brain - On Crafts

Everyone knows that drugs change your brains ability to function, but did you know that creating something can also change your brain?  Studies have been done and have determined that art therapy is an effective tool in the fight against many mental issues, including but not exclusive to, depression, PTSD, autism, reducing pain and anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and so much more.

In living with, and loving, the abused children that have come into our lives and home, I have depended on arts and crafts to help them settle in and express feelings that they could not articulate.  And I have discovered that having "talent"  and the end creation doesn't matter. What does matter is the process.  If you are interested in the actual studies on the affect of art therapy, check out this article by Vija B. Lusebrink.  But in a nutshell, different skills activate different parts of the brain.  Did you know that printing only activates a small portion of your brain, but that writing in cursive activates a larger portion of your brain?  And using a keyboard activates the least amount of your brain?

There is a long history in the use of art as therapy, starting in the late 18th century with psychiatric patients, and has evolved over the years until it became an accepted form of therapy in the 1960's.  Today art therapy is used to help seniors keep their minds sharp and increase their small motor skills, and helps people of all ages with cognitive skills, social skills, problem solving skills, and so much more.

So go ahead, grab some paint, or beads, or yarn, and have fun.  You'll feel better.