In the past, our lives didn't feel or seem as chaotic as they are today. In this day and age, many people find it hard to even allocate time to look after some of their most basic necessities. Fortunately for us, the advent of the internet has cured most of our time and location dilemmas. The phenomena known as the Internet has provided a crutch for us and helps most people solve their daily problems and support their daily needs. From communicating with a boss to seeing if your kids' school is closed, negotiating deals and catching up with a lost friend, from sending a gift basket to a loved one just to say hi or showing your deepest sympathies, the internet has provided us a means for almost everything we need with only a few clicks of a mouse. The advancements of computing technologies in this day and age are making some areas of life much easier, as this write up about shopping for gifts online will elucidate. The question that we must first answer; why do people feel the need to purchase gifts for their loved ones, friends and colleagues? The simplest answer can be that a gift is a way of expressing our feelings or thoughts to somebody else that may be hard to express through other means. A gift is quite possibly the best way to express oneself to somebody else, because of the many emotions involved with receiving a gift. When the receiver opens up the package and reads the card, they are first overwhelmed by the fact that somebody spent their much valued time, effort and money on sending them a gift. The second emotion usually involves the message being expressed through the gift, which may be congratulations, recognition, sympathy, or just thinking of you. This emotion usually sends the receiver into a euphoric state overcome by the thought of getting such a wonderful surprise and through the way the sender expressed his or her feelings or thoughts. These emotions and feelings tied to gift giving and receiving is what keeps customers shopping the internet day in and day out for gifts and gift baskets. We now know the advantages of receiving gifts but the idea of purchasing and sending a gift to a loved one, friend or colleague can make most people nauseous. That was before the internet came into our lives, when one would have to plan out which store to shop, drive there, walk around looking for the best way to express to their selves, find the right gift, go home wrap it and ship it. Phew, that was exhausting just writing down! Now there are no worries because of the many gift shops online. One of the main advantages of shopping for gifts online is, like any other commodity, the variety of mediums one can choose from. Whether you want a gift or gift basket sent to USA, Middle East, Europe or South East Asia it is all possible and quite easy while shopping on the internet. While much gift shopping occurs in Asia, India, China and other eastern countries, the majority of the marketplace lies in the western world. There are scores of websites in N. America and Europe that offer high quality and inexpensive gifts and gift baskets to the masses. Now we know how to give and receive gifts and gift baskets, so let's get into the science behind it. While shopping online for gifts, most stores will have your general gift ideas such as baby gifts, corporate gifts, wine & fruit baskets, holiday gifts, hand delivered gifts, and many other items for you loved ones, friends and colleagues. While shopping for the perfect gift, do not be overwhelmed by the vast selections offered but hone in on what you want to express and keep in mind the mood of the occasion without losing the personality of you and the receiver. Baby gifts will always subtle pink & blues with necessities for newborn and their parents. A corporate gift will express your professionalism with a splash of your personality. A majority of the gifts and gift baskets you will run into online will be comprised of cookies, wines, fruits and chocolates along with some decorations to highlight moods and styles. Thank you, congratulations, breakfast, sympathy, coffee and tea, spa, wedding and birthday baskets are some universal gifts that one may come across at most of these online shopping stores. With this brief overview of the advantages of giving and receiving gifts through the internet, one could see why shopping for gifts online makes life easier in many ways.
Soy wax candles are made from hydrogenated soybean oil making them a natural product. Soy wax is a cheaper alternative to using beeswax and creates a long and clean burning candle. Soy wax candles can be combined with different fragrances and essential oils and come in all colors and shapes. There are many benefits to using soy wax when you want to learn how to make candles on your own. Creating soy wax candles is a very satisfying and rewarding hobby. Some of the advantages of using soy wax to make your own candles include: · Soy wax candles produce less soot than paraffin wax candles · If you spill some of the soy wax when you are learning how to make soy candles, it is easy to clean up. · Soy candles burn at least 50% longer than candles made from paraffin wax · Burning candles made from soy wax does not increase the level of carbon dioxide in the air Any craft store, both online and off, will have the soy candle supplies you need to make your own soy wax candles. Soy jar candles are the easiest to make. All you need to make these soy candles are: · 1 pound of soy wax · 1 jar (an ordinary mason jar will do just fine) · 1 ounce of fragrance oil if you want scented soy candles · 1 wick suitable for use with soy. You can find these supplies at a candle making store or you can order them online. There are many retailers on the Internet that will supply you with everything you need to know about how to make soy candles and how to use the supplies. There are also many books available with all kinds of recipes to help you get really creative. If you want special scents for your soy wax candles, try experimenting with the various fragrance oilsbining them can often give you the unique scent you want, but it can also give you an odor that you don’t want to have in your soy candles. It is best to mix the oils before you add them to the soy wax so that you don’t have to throw out the whole pot of melted wax. If you use one pound of soy wax, your instructions on how to make soy candles will tell you that you will need to use I fluid ounce of oil to fragrance it. You can do your one-stop shopping for all your candle making needs at a store that sells soy candle supplies. Here you can get tips on how to decorate your soy wax candles, how to store them and how to get just the right color into the mixture. You can also buy the molds for various types of soy wax candles and pick up books about making other kinds of candles as well.
You think Crocs Shoes are just for women? Don't let the bright colors fool you! I buy my man Crocs shoes every spring. Why? Because I was tired of his stinky smelly feet after spending his days at work. Crocs has men’s flip flops and clogs that will keep his feet cool and help prevent that horrible odor that comes with the heat of spring and summer. My man works hard as a medical technician at the local hospital. He is on his feet all day and most men’s shoes just do not offer him enough support and comfort to make it home without being in pain at the end of every day. But I am tired of smelling that horrible stench every time he takes his shoes off. So I decided to start searching for an answer to my own question. I started looking for shoes that would be comfortable for him and still keep his feet cool and ventilated. Not long after starting my search for men’s shoes I found the Crocs brand. Crocs look so cute that I thought there was no possible way a clog like that could actually be comfortable. So I bought myself a pair to test before buying my man his. My feet felt like they were on little cushions. I could not believe that a shoe this light and stylish could actually be functional as well. The foot bed actually formed to fit my foot. The more I walked in the shoes the more comfortable they became. I saw that Crocs had a sandal and flip-flops available so I bought them for myself right away. Before actually buying a pair of clogs for my man, I wanted to have some specific information on the shoe and what it was made out of. I found out that the Cayman model, one of the most popular, weighs only 6 ounces. Crocs makes them from a closed-cell resin, which will not get hot or uncomfortable in the heat. Some models of Crocs have ventilation holes to keep the air circulating around the foot. The circulating air is what will keep his feet from smelling. So I went online and purchased a pair of Crocs Cayman shoes for my man. I’m not going to lie. His first reaction was a little bit of shock. He had never seen anything like them before and was very reluctant to wear them. But after some coaxing he agreed to wear them for one day. When he returned home from work he was smiling and asked if I wanted to go to a movie. I could not believe it! He didn’t head straight to his chair and put his feet up. He thanked me over and over for buying him his first clog shoes. Now that spring is coming we are buying him some Crocs flip-flops to wear around the house. Crocs has incorporated their relaxed design into a sandal that is unbelievably comfortable. Men’s shoes are no longer boring and stinky. Now men can wear stylish sandals to relax or comfortable clogs at work and their feet will never stink again!
If you’ve been looking for a creative art project to do with the kids, look no further! I recently did a fun project with my daughter and thought I’d share the how-to for other parents who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy and creative all while making something useful for around the home! What You’ll Need A wooden step ladder Spray paint (your choice of color) Sponges (either cut into shapes of your choice or pre-purchased in shapes) Letter Stencils (of your child’s name) Craft Paint (your choice of colors) Newspaper (the older the better) Smock or old clothing for you and your child Now you’re ready to start creating. A little preparation is needed before bringing your child into the project. Take the step ladder outside and put it on the newspaper and spray paint it, covering the entire step ladder thoroughly. Let it dry overnight and you’ll be ready to bring your child into the project the next day! Bring the painted ladder to your work area (outside is recommended). Work with your child to sponge paint the shapes onto the ladder in the colors of your choice. Let it dry thoroughly. Next, help your child stencil their name(s) onto the ladder. I’d recommend doing it on the side, and not the top, as the top will take a bit of wear if you plan to let your child use it. If it is to be a decoration for the porch of your child’s room, putting the name on top will be ok if you choose to do so. Let it dry. Your child now has a ladder, personally designed by them, to use. Put it in the corner of their room and through their favorite stuffed animal or trophies or photographs on top. You can also use the ladder as dйcor in your garden or on your porch. More practically, you can let your child use it for help in reaching the bathroom sink or other out of the way place they need to get to on a frequent basis. While you can buy a step stool in the store, making one with your child not only gives you an activity to do together to get in some quality time, but it also will serve as a reminder for many years of the time you spent together and may even end up as a hand me down to your grandchildren. And remember, above all, have fun!
If you're stuck on scrapbooking, you have lots of company. More than 26 million Americans are snipping, trimming and gluing along with you. And why not? Scrapbooking is a great way of preserving cherished moments for future generations-whether it's that great family vacation to Hawaii, a best friend's beautiful wedding or even your beloved pet. Hosting a scrapbooking party is a new way to create lasting memories and offer a fun activity at your next get-together. Here are some easy ideas to get you started: Scrapbooking Party Tips Theme-Enthusiasts at Skinny Cow®, the low-fat ice cream treats, point out that the best parties are a lot sweeter when they have a theme or are thrown for a special occasion. You might want to give a friend a wedding or baby-shower-themed crop party and have each guest design one page for an album that you can give to the mother-to-be. Other great scrapbooking parties can be thrown to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays and graduations. Invitations-Make your invitations stand out by using your stellar scrapbooking ability to announce your party. Remind your friends to bring their own scrapbooking supplies, including their albums, scissors, trimmers, stickers, pens and other tools. Atmosphere-Help your friends get into the scrapbooking state of mind by setting the scene with playful decorations. Provide sufficient room and good lighting for them to create their masterpieces. A little background music can also go a long way to set the mood for a memorable girls' night in. Games and Prizes-Motivate and energize your friends by playing games with fantastic prizes. You can give an award for the best page of the night. Another great activity involves "progressive layouts," a game where each person works on the pages of the other guests one at a time for a timed period. In the end, each guest will have a memory-filled page that every other guest has worked on. Favors-Who doesn't love to receive gifts? Give each guest a sticker pack, die cut or other scrapbooking item. To add another layer of sophistication, match your gift to the theme of your party. Your friends will appreciate your thoughtfulness. Sweet Break-This is everyone's favorite part of the party. Keep your friends coming back by offering a delicious treat, such as Skinny Cow low-fat ice cream treats. Set up an area away from your guests' work space to serve the ice cream. Go the extra hostess mile and serve the ice cream sandwiches stacked in tiers like a layered cake so everyone can pick her favorite flavor. Here's a tasty idea for a cake you don't have to bake. The Skinny Cow Cake Recipe 4 Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich six-count multipacks* Just before serving, assemble the ice cream sandwiches in four layers. Place nine sandwiches close together on the bottom layer; seven sandwiches on the second layer; five sandwiches on the third layer; and three sandwiches on the top layer. Mix the four different flavors within each layer for an eye-catching assortment. Makes 24 servings. *Multipacks come in four crowd-pleasing flavors: vanilla, mint, strawberry shortcake and chocolate peanut butter. For a sweet break, you can serve this tasty ice cream sandwich cake that you don't have to bake.
Taper candles are the perfect ones to use to create an ambiance of elegance. You can get tapered candles as scented and unscented. If you want to have a candlelight dinner it is best to use unscented taper candles so that the scent won’t interfere with the food. You will also want to use dripless candles so that you won’t have to worry about wax dripping on your expensive furniture. You can buy the taper candles in a store or online, or you can get really creative and make your own at home. Taper candles are long and slender and require a candle holder with a small hole in which you insert the end of the candle. They cannot stand on their own like pillar candles and are not enclosed in a jar. A tapered candle can range in length from six to twenty inches, so it is important to have the proper candleholder for the candle to ensure that it won’t tip over. If you don’t have dripless taper candles, you will have to clean the wax from the candleholder and place a doily or cloth underneath the holders. In pioneer days, taper candles were made from animal fat. The fat was boiled into a substance called tallow. These tapered candles were yellowish in color and were very sooty with smoke coming from the flame. Today a taper candle is made from paraffin wax to make it dripless. Taper candles made from this kind of wax leave very little residue, but they do burn in a mushroom shape. This means that you may have to trim some of the wax from around the wick each time you want to light the candle. In order to make your own taper candles at home, you first have to heat the wax to a temperature of 145°F. This is done in a double boiler so that the wax does not come in direct contact with the heat of the stove and burn onto the pot you are using. You will need to have a bowl of cold water close to the boiler as well. To start making a taper candle, dip the wicks you are using into the liquid wax so that they are completely covered. Then dip them into the cold water for a few seconds. This helps the wax to harden. Keep dipping the wicks into the wax and alternating with the cold water until you have the tapered candles the size you want. Once you get used to making taper candles at home, you can experiment with various colors and scents. You can also experiment with decorating the dripless taper candles. Most people start off making their own tapered candles as a hobby, but when others see the creations, they put in requests. Then the hobby of making taper candles can blossom into a full-fledged business. This is how many of the popular candle companies of today, such as Gold Canyon Candles and Faroy Candles, got started.
: A teddy bear craft book is a guide that enables you to make soft teddy bears. It includes many types of teddy bears such as classic bears, wooly bears, bears to cook, bears to sew, bears in paper card and wood and also techniques such as sewing, knitting, printing, embroidery, making wooden toys and decorating cakes etc. Few things to know: 1. It includes a useful stitching guide that you can refer when you make a project that includes different stitching techniques that you are not familiar to. 2. There are different tips along with the teddy bear projects that shall help you work with the fur fabric correctly so that your bear turns out to be perfect when it is ready. 3. It includes clear and specific instructions with important tips and reminders for successful completion of the project. 4. There are patterns accompanied with the projects that are full scale or need some adjustment. These patterns are clearly labeled as how they are to be adjusted to create proper size pattern for the project. 5. Teddy bear craft book also has a handy “knitting needle size equivalents” chart accompanied by instructions for the first knitting project. 6. There are also measurements, tension and abbreviation charts included with each knitting project.
This book is very useful for those who love to spend their leisure time by making some decorative and fun items that could be treasured for a long time. One can easily complete the given projects with all the necessary information at his fingertips. There are different craft books available such as art and crafts book, holiday craft books, ceramic craft books, cross stitching books, home and garden craft books, paper craft books, knitting or crochet craft books, wedding craft book and a lot more from which you can choose one according to your skill and interest. For more information, visit our recommended website craft-books.
Creating or purchasing a unique piece of stained glass can be the perfect addition to any part of your home. A great stained glass piece will add texture, color, and give all of your guests something to admire. Stained glass is just what you would expect. Basically, stained glass is made of pieces of glass infused with shades of almost any color you can imagine. The pieces of glass are fused together to create stained glass pieces of many sizes and varieties. Sometimes small pieces of glass will come together and represent a scene of something recognizable like a tree, flower, or animal. Other finished works of stained glass will be a collage of colors that do not create anything we recognize. If you are interested in learning more about stained glass and perhaps even in creating a finished piece or two of your own, the chances are high that you can find a class or a seminar in a town near you. While creating glass does take hard work and patience, you will be happy to learn that almost anyone can learn the skills necessary for making a beautiful work of stained glass. Check in your local newspaper or at a local art shop to see where you might find a stained glass class offered to the public. In a class you will be taught by an expert and able to play around with stained glass until you find a color scheme and pattern that is attractive to your eye. Consider a spot in your home that could used a little decoration and create stained glass that will match that area of your home. If making great pieces of stained glass seems like too much of a stretch for you, consider purchasing stained glass pieces that have already been made and are ready for sale. Look in local art shops, galleries or even on the internet to find stained glass that catches your eye. Take your time and look at a variety of locations if they are available to you. You may find a particular artist or style of stained glass that you enjoy more than others. You may find that you prefer stained glass that is more random is design rather than stained glass that has been made into something recognizable. Whatever your taste, you will enoy having unique stained glass pieces in any part of your home. Whether you decide to create your own or to purchase from a more accomplished artist, first decide to make great stained glass pieces part of your home today.
“Home cannot do without embroidery. It rewards, forgives, and cures…” they used to say in ancient times. Let’s look at the ancient towels and garments: where the pattern is located, what colour the mistress used, what she depicted. Every element of the pattern can tell a story, it defends, helps, bringing the worlds of the sky and the earth together. In the times of old girls used to embroider dowry for themselves. The towels were given as presents and used to decorate the house. A thing without embroidery could not appear in the house. Stitch work was the measure of the hostess’s thrift and skills. Only the embroidered items had magic influence and could protect the house and the hosts. Embroidered towels were hanged above the windows and the door so that neither misfortune, nor diseases could find way into the house; the patterns on the tablecloth protected the food and the table. Clothes were embroidered too. If murrain occurred in the village, an ordinary towel became a reliable rescue. All the women in the village embroidered it within a single day or night hoping that it should release them from the misfortune. A towel from the grandma’s chest can tell a lot of funny and sad stories. If you learn to read the stitch work patterns on the towels and to embroider them, you will discover many wonderful legends as well as you will get to know how people used to live, what helped them to deal with trouble and bring joy to the house. Let’s learn to give happiness. The beauty of embroidery can make anyone happy.
Candles have been around for many, many years, but it was not too long ago that candles were just a means of getting some light in a room when the power went out, and they were a necessity for such emergencies. Nowadays, the role of candles has changed. Some are beautiful works of art which it seems a shame to light, others are a custom scented candle lit and used for relaxation purposes, with their perfume permeating the air. Candles are used for decorating rooms, too. The choice is yours, and you have a wide array of colours and shapes to choose from. Nothing says relaxation and romance like a candle lit room. It seems to make the rest of the world disappear from sight, so you see only that which is in the candle's light. This is a good way to forget the worries of the day, and is an inexpensive way of doing so too. Give it a try one evening when you feel stressed and feel the tension disappear in a puff of smoke as you light your candles. Candles are available for purchase in a variety of places, from basic emergency candles in the local hardware stores, to wide selections in the local dollar store, to beautiful artistic creations in home decor stores. There are candles for every occasion too, for Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc., and for people with a variety of interests. Some candles have flowers in them as decoration, others are decorated with shells, or imitation fish or ... there is a lot of choice out there. Along with the huge variety of candles, and the ability to make your own custom scented candle, comes an equally large variety of candle holders. To make the burning of candles as safe as possible, they need to be in a safe holder, or on a plate or in a tin, but even so, there are candle holders that appeal to all sorts of different tastes. There are wall candle holders as well as candelabras, and numerous glass containers of various shapes and colours that, provided the candles are inserted properly and the glass placed on a flat surface, will be safe for you to burn. Another advantage of candles, is that you can easily make them yourself, decorating them, colouring them, and adding essential oils to make a custom scented candle to help set a certain mood. Candle making is a good project for a family and a way of making inexpensive gifts at any time of the year and for any occasion. You can also make candle gift baskets with the theme, or colour scheme of your choice. You can vary your candles too by using soy instead of paraffin wax, or bees wax for more environmentally friendly candles, or you can use gel for candles. This is available in many different colours and shades, and is very effective. Of course you can use different shaped containers for the wax, tins or jars and you can decorate them as you see fit. Or you can make floating candles, using a wide base for the candle to help it float. The choices for candles are many, but there are advantages to a custom scented candle. You can make it the shape and colour of your choice, and with the scent of your choice, or you an use essential oils to turn it into an aromatherapy candle. Make your choice and enjoy!
A Murano chandeleir is a true work of art. These pieces go beyond the normal designs and style, mixing gold with clear glass or adding unique shaped glass pieces. Murano chandeleirs are all made to the highest standards. These pieces are made to last and provide a quality lighting fixture. Murano chandeleirs are in a class of their own. Known for precise construction and superior products, Murano is a company that has gained respect. The reson behind all of this fame is the attention to detail. Murano glass is of the purest and finest quality. It is all hand blown and made by master craftsmen. A clear glass is one that is cherished above all the rest and every piece made by Murano is ensured to be clear and free of any distortion. To make such high quality glass starts with the choice of base products. Murano glass is made with Cogoli or quartz pebbles from the Ticino and Adige river beds. By using the purest materials, they can then produce the cleanest glass pieces with no iumpurities. There are many styles of Murano chandeleirs. They are all beautiful in their own right. The pieces are breath-taking and inspirational at the same time. They have such a rich elegance to them that it is hard to believe that some of them are made for outdoor use. That versitality means these pieces can be used everyweher from the garden to the dining room and never look out of place. Chandeleirs can be made to customers specifications or can be chosen from the exsisiting collection. One piece is a white glass with green and 24 carat gold accents. It is a simple design that compliments many differnet dйcor styles. Another piece, the Barbara chandeleir is all about fruit. It features colored glass fruits and is framed by crystals. The candle lights are on a wrought iron frame. An older, harder to find Murano chandelier is the Amethyst. It has 8 arms with tear drop pendant accents. This chandeleir is from the 1940s and has that vintage flair to it. No matter what style of chandelier is chosen, the customer is sure to be pleased with their Murano chandeleir. A Murano chandelier is definitely the center of attention in any room. These pieces are hard to define in words, but it only takes one look to leave a person breathless. The detailed work in every aspect of the chandelier shows the dedicatoion of Murano to produce excellent chandeleirs that exhibit unique style and a rich attitude.
: Scrapbooking is a hobby or craft that is related to pasting newspaper clips, magazine articles, and personal photographs or other into customized decorated albums or scrapbooks. So if you too share in the same interest you should choose the right paper, templates and ideas to make your own scrapbook. 1. You need to choose the right paper for your project as there are a variety of scrapbook papers available. Cardstock is a heavy weight paper mainly used for your page layout especially for photo mats and paper piercing. Background and Texture paper is used to decorate the background of your scrapbook pages. Gingham paper is a patterned paper used for background accents on your scrapbook pages. Mulberry paper adds a bit of “flair” to your pages whereas Vellum looks very elegant and could be used for masking an image or embossing.
When you choose a scrapbook paper for your memory books always choose one that is acid free so that the photographs you need to preserve are not ruined. 2. There are different scrapbooking templates that you can use for your scrapbook pages like the lettering templates, envelope templates, die cut templates that shall assist you in making the perfect design for your scrapbook layouts. 3. A scrapbooking technique known as “Inking” offers a lot of variety whereby there is no specific way to ink your pages and you can use as much ink as you like in your project. For this you need to have 1) scrapbooking paper, 2) clean and dry sponge, ink pads of your choice and other supplies such as stamps, stickers, templates.
First you should cut your desired mattes and papers, then dab the paper in the inkpad and turn it into various directions. It will create a smudged color on your paper and then use a sponge to fill in the color in uneven areas you like. It adds a depth to your pages and gives an antique and weathered look by enhancing your paper and adding to overall layout.
4. You can even use craft punch templates that comes in different shapes and are usually only an inch or two in dimension. Punch your shape on the scarp book paper and place it on a copier with a dark sheet of paper covering the punched potion and lastly enlarge it to your desired size and cut out the black punch pieces for templates. This way you have some nice shapes for your scrap book layouts. 5. For beginners, there are some tools such as Eyelet setters, decorative scissors, paper trimmers that shall help you to get start off with the whole fun. 6. You can also include quotes to add some elegance to your page layouts.
Thus your scrapbook will become unique and also interesting for others to view. For more information log on to craft-books. net
So, you’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet, but you just aren’t sure how to go about it? Besides, all of your family members are knitters and say they couldn’t figure out how to crochet. Does that mean that it is too hard to learn to crochet? Actually, many people who knit aren’t able to crochet easily, but if you don’t already knit it is quite easy to learn. Take a look at a few of these crocheting tips and you will soon be chain stitching with the best of them. The first thing you should do when you are trying to learn to crochet is to use the right tools. Don’t worry about finding a tiny crochet hook and crochet thread. Instead, look for the largest crochet hook you can find and a smooth cotton yarn. This way, you can see what you are doing as you try to learn the steps. Once you learn how to crochet, you can easily move to real crochet thread and a small hook, since you will simply be following the same steps on a smaller scale. Next, don’t be afraid to use a whole skein of yarn to practice the basic chain stitch, the single crochet stitch, and the double crochet stitch. After all, you can only crochet beautiful things if you know these stitches. Besides, you can always unravel your yarn and reuse it after you’re done practicing. Once you know how to crochet, it is time to shop for some permanent crochet hooks. While plastic hooks are cheaper, you should always choose metal or bamboo hooks. These hooks are durable enough to literally last forever. You should also look for crochet thread. A good cotton thread is best. Be sure you don’t use someone else’s old thread, especially if it has been stored in the attic for ten or fifteen years. There is nothing more frustrating than putting a ton of work into a beautiful piece and then watching it break apart because the thread has actually dry rotted. Finally, if you just can’t seem to pick up crocheting techniques from books or instructional videos, you may want to find someone who is already a great crocheter and can demonstrate the techniques for you. This can be especially important if you are a left handed person and can find another left handed crocheter, since most instruction books are geared toward right handed people.
Why should I or anyone for that matter get involved in crafting? Well...first things first, have you noticed how prices just keep getting higher and higher? Who can afford to give a decent gift to anyone nowadays? But...if you make the gift yourself it can be done for a fraction of the cost, not to mention the fact that everyone admires and wishes they could do the crafting themselves. Well you can! All you have to do is try. Crafting is one area that creativity itself is often inspired by necessity. And amazingly enough new crafters usually find that they fall in love with crafting. Many people start out crafting because they have no choice, they needed something to give to someone or they could not afford to buy ready made things for their own home. In the process of learning how to save money they discover this amazing person inside of themselves, this creative and talented person that they never would have believed they could be. You too can become more creative. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and each and every one of us has our own concepts of what is beautiful. Each of us has hidden talents just waiting to be accessed. Once you get started you will be amazed at how quickly your mind will become flooded with ideas for things you can make. Anything you see was crafted by someone. Why not you? Where do I start? Well, what do you need? Once you know why you need a gift then you can look for something to fit the person you want to make the gift for. I needed a gift for my friend who had just bought her first home and I wanted it to be something special as a housewarming gift. She has always used tons of candles in her home so I found a log that had an interesting shape and cut it so that it was about six inches high by ten or twelve inches around. I cleaned the wood and sanded it top and bottom then carved out an area in the middle to pour the wax, that I had colored in green to match her new living room. The wax was a green apple scent and I poured it into the area I had carved out of the center of the log. A little polish on the top and I had a gift that I was proud of and she really enjoyed it also. Crafting is anything you make yourself! And there are all kinds of crafts that you can choose to do. There's needle work such as embroidery both hand embroidery and machine embroidery, crochet, cross stitching, smocking and knitting just to name a few. There's jewelry making such as beading, wire twisting and silver smiting (silver smiting is not as hard as some people think). There's wreath making for all kinds of holidays. Candle making can be even more creative than you think. Painting both with oils and water colors. Then there's the junk art that has become so popular and is made from things you find in and around your own home. There are many more forms of crafting that have not been mentioned here and I'm sure even more are being created as we speak, so have a great day and happy crafting!
Marketing and Promoting your crafts can be just as fun as making them. It doesn’t make any difference how unique and special your handmade treasures are, if no one knows you are in business. What is so fun about marketing and promoting your crafts, home-small biz, is that you use the same creativity that you bring to your command, when you make your crafts. Most of us home and small biz crafters do not have a blank check, to what ever amount we like advertising budget, so we need to come up with cost-saving ideas. There are many advertising and promotion companies out there competing for your advertising dollars. Some are better than others, and most of them are expensive. Ads that tie up your advertising dollars, and may not be in print for a few months or more, or expensive coupon advertising, can deplete your advertising budget with one advertising campaign, and not return all that many new leads or customers. If an expensive advertising campaign doesn’t deliver, you don’t get your money back. Following I have included some: Quick! Low Cost Ways to Turn Your Business Cards into Hardworking Little Salesmen! Many people in business don’t use these to their greatest potential, even though most biz people do have them printed up. Business cards are your hardworking little salesmen, they are your mini billboards. They work for you 24 hrs a day, without pay!... 1. Hand them out! Always have some on hand, when you go out, and hand them out! This sounds obvious and it is, but many times business cards are left at home. They can’t be promoting your biz, left at home or in the car. 2. Use your biz cards as note cards... If someone needs your home address, and your biz is a home biz, hand them your biz card. Or write your home address on the back of your biz card. The same goes for your telephone no. This gives another person a reason to have your biz card. 3. Do a Business Card Exchange! Do a local mailing to businesses that are complimentary to your business. For example if you make candles, send a letter introducing your biz, to local beauty shops, with 5 or 6 biz cards included and offer a biz card exchange. You will hand out biz cards for them if they hand out yours. 4. Make Your Cards Do Double Duty As Price Tags... Make your biz card into a hanger that you attach to your handmade items or other products, with the price on the back of the card. Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the corner of your biz card, and run a piece of string or small satin ribbon through the hole, and attach to your product. 5.Double-sided Biz Cards... These business cards may cost a little more, but you can make them work even harder for you. Instead of having blank dead space on the back of your cards, you can have that area working for you too. On the back of the biz card you could offer a special discount for a first purchase. This will motivate people to hang onto your biz card. 6. Mini Billboards... if you have a website and e-mail always make your biz cards mini billboards for your on-line marketing too. Always include your website and e-mail address, on your biz cards. This can be a great way to utilize double sided biz cards also. On the back of the card could be a “short attention grabbing ad” for your website. What?! You don’t have a website and use e-mail marketing for your small or local home biz? If not, you are missing out on a great opportunity! The internet is where it’s at for small biz now! Find out how the Internet can help your business! with a gold nugget of a little book called “Insider Internet Marketing” An easy to read... paint by number little book that will get you started on the fast track to profitable internet marketing. As you can see, your business cards can be tireless hardworking salesmen for your products and services. I hope the suggestions presented above, have sparked more ideas, on how you could use your biz cards to promote your products and services.