Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What's New Wednesday

Well, we have been busy little beavers here at The CraftStar.
Our Casual Monday was fun, and we've got our own little Nattie (otherwise know as Sandy, lol) lined up for our Thursday Craft Show where she will teach us some new and wonderful jewelry making techniques.

We also talking about the big 4 weekend coming up...
and to help our sellers, we have a sign up sheet where you can share your sales and coupon codes for any (or every) day, because we will be
PROMOTING THE HECK OUT OF YOU!

We've also been busy over on Pinterest, creating boards to share more of your great items.
While we have all those great Gift Guide boards, we've started a new one, so you can create a collection on The CraftStar of your holiday dreams, and pin it to this board and share it with family (so they will know what you want to see under the tree). 

http://www.pinterest.com/thecraftstar/the-craftstar-holiday-collection/

Now that you have a myriad of chores to do...go click on a link and sign up for everything!  
We are here...for you.

And to leave you with a smile on your face...


Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Are Ready for Another Casual Monday?

Are you ready for another Casual Monday on 
The CraftStar tv (via Google+)?
We are!
We'll be talking about tutorials...how to make them, why we should make them, how to share them....
and then we'll be looking for guinea pigs volunteers to share their creative talent during a Thursday Creative Corner show.

Until tonight, enjoy some new items I've added to our

Oh, yeah, tonight? Bring a friend, because the more the merrier.

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!
hahaha
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 as....how 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.


Wow...talk 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)