Throw pillows are a great accessory for a couch, chair, or bed. They also make great gifts or can be a quality addition to your online shop. With some fabric, pillow material, and sewing machine, you can make a nice throw pillow (without pesky zippers) in less than one hour. Read a complete tutorial on how to make a no-zipper throw pillow here:: DIY Simple No-Zipper Throw Pillow
Monthly Archives: November 2014
Oust the Orange Spots Out of Your Soap
Cold process soap makers often have to deal with orange spots ruining the look of their soap. These orange spots can appear due to many factors: the soap’s oils have turned rancid due to age, there were heavy minerals in the water used to make the soap, there is high superfat within the soap, and so on. Avoiding those issues could keep your soap spot-free. Learn more causes of orange spots and how to prevent them here:: Dealing with Dreaded Orange Spots
Your Good Student Behavior Might Create Bad Craft Business Habits
The theory told in school that good students that get good grades will become successful adults. As you probably know by now, that’s not always the case. In fact, many of the good habits you’ve learned in school have prevented you from forming better habits for your craft or soap business.
At school, we’re told that solid preparation is key: study for the exam, write notes for your oral presentation, etc. However, in life one must be ready to improvise in case plans change. There is no teacher around to automatically see you doing good work in real life, so you not only have to make good work but make an effort to make it visible to others. While you were told to just listen to your teacher, in life there are times when you need to challenge authority so your ideas have impact. Breaking the timid habits of school can add quality skills to your business repertoire. For a full article on this topic, click here:: 3 Habits You Learned in School that Could Be Hurting Your Biz
Add Some Fall Flair with Thanksgiving Linen Napkins
As Thanksgiving draws near, there are only a handful of weeks to create a decorative environment for the big meal. One way to class up with color is to make you own linen napkins with fall colors. Once made, they can be reused year after year or they can make a lovely gift for your Thanksgiving guests. For a full tutorial how to sew Thanksgiving napkins, click here:: Linen Thanksgiving Napkins
Wash Away and Fill Wallets with Money Soap!
Soap makes a great stocking stuffer for your adult friends who enjoy the scent and for little kids if you put a small toy inside the bar or shape the bar into an animal. However, making soap that appeals to older kids might be tough. So bribe them! Create a soap bar that contains cold, hard cash inside to give teens a little bit more interest in hand washing. For a full tutorial on how to make money soap, click here:: Stocking stuffer gift: Money soap
Add to Your Marketing Strategy by Asking Outsiders’ Opinions
In any industry, whether it is in crafts, soap making, or otherwise, you develop marketing techniques based upon what you’ve seen and has been taught to you by your peers. While those may be great general rules of thumb, it can also limit your scope. It is hard to see other possibilities if you keep yourself inside your industry’s bubble. So what’s the solution? Talk to people who aren’t like you and aren’t in the crafts industry.
On the surface something like car sales, restaurants, or other businesses might not have anything to do with how to sell your wares. However, the differences in personality and approach might give you addition tools and sales strategy that might not have been considered. Like anything, take and try what could work, and leave the rest behind. For a full article on this topic, click here:: Seek Advice From People Who Aren’t Like You
Clean Old Glass, Make New Crafts
Old glass bottles can be used for many creative crafts and art pieces, but many of them are usually tainted with grime. Submerging them in hot water with vinegar and filling them with warm salt water can scrape off dirt and crud. For a full tutorial on how to clean glass bottles for future use, click here:: How to Clean Old Glass Bottles
Keep Skin Moist During the Dry Season with Homemade Vanilla Lotion Bars
Skin tends to get uncomfortably dry during the cold months, so it needs a little bit more care. Vanilla lotion soap bars made with argan and sandalwood can retain more moisture in your skin while providing a lovely scent. Learn how to make your own at home with the recipe here:: Argan & Sandalwood Vanilla Lotion Bar