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Crafting With Lillie Mae's January 2010

**Pins & Needles**

Social Crafting Network

 

Lillie Mae's Crafts is pleased to announce our new Social Crafting Network

 

"Pins & Needles."

 

A forum and crafting network for crafters of all kinds. So...please join in the fun. Make new friends who share your love of crafts.

Hope to see you there!!!

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New at Lillie Mae's Crafts

 

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Pattern Mart

Etsy

Sweet Heart

 

 

A definite Prim Sweet Heart, you will love this pattern.  Approximately 14 inches tall.  $5.99

 

Lucy

 

 

Pretty as a picture, Lucy will brighten any room. Pattern comes with full size pattern pieces so no measuring needed...at all. Pattern also includes templates for facial features as well as shoes and socks. Pattern makes up quick and easy.  Approximately 14 inches tall. $5.99

 

Cotton Candy

 

 

 

An adorable little prim miss, busy eating her cotton candy. Quick and easy with minimal supplies needed. Pattern includes color picture and full-size pattern pieces so no measuring needed!! Templates and instructions for facial features makes creating the face so incredibly easy. Pattern also includes template for her shoes and socks as well as the cotton candy.  $5.99

 

 

Kountry Kitty

 

 

A darling Little Prim Kitty perfect for any decor.  Directions include easy templates for her facial features as well as for her socks and tennis shoes.  A quick and easy pattern with clear and precise numbered directions. Stands approximately 15-1/2 inches tall.  $5.99

 

Tidings from Brenda....

New Year's Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It's a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.  Here are the top 10 New Year's Resolutions:

 

1.  Spend more time with family and friends.  Recent polls show that more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year.

2.  Fit in Fitness.  Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man.

3.  Tame the Bulge.  Over 66 percent of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese.

4.  Quit Smoking.  On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good.

5.  Enjoy Life More.  Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that "enjoying life more" has become a popular resolution in recent years.

6.  Quit Drinking. While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available.  

7.  Get out of Debt.  Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of Americans who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It's a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead.

8.  Learn Something New.  Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you'll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year's resolutions to keep.  Local YMCA's offer great recreational training for beginners of all ages. Most local colleges and universities offer distance and adult education programs. Or if the arts are more your thing, places such as the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts offer adult studio classes.

9.  Help Others.  popular, non-selfish New Year's resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help.  Or if your time is really in short supply, maybe you can at least find it in you to donate the furniture, clothing and other household items that you no longer need, rather than leaving them out by the curb to fill up our landfills.

10.  Get Organized.  Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, Get Organized is on just about every New Year resolution top ten list.
 

 

Happy New Year,

Brenda

 

 

 

 

 

As always if you have a "Kudos", a prayer request, any crafting tricks or tips, or if you have a "Reader Submission" such as questions for any of us, a request, a craft tip or project you would like to share, etc., please send them to me at - lilliemaescrafts@yahoo.com

 

 

"Birthday Club"  

 

 

To be included in the "Birthday Club" here are the requirements:  The month before your birthday, you will need to send me a brief note about yourself.  This can include just a little bit about yourself, what you hope this birthday brings, what crafts you enjoy, a note about your family, children, pets, etc., or anything you would like to share.  If you would like to include a picture, that would be great too.

 

This will be published in the newsletter during your birthday month and in return for this, you will receive a "free birthday gift."

 

If you would like to join, just send your name, a brief note about yourself (as above) and date of birth to - lilliemaescrafts@yahoo.com

 

***Warning***

If you include the "year" of your birth, I WILL put your age in the newsletter...lol.

 

 

 

Charming & Winsome

Raggedy Annie Doll Patterns

&

Country, Whimsical,

Folk Craft Designs

 

 

 

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Bob was doing wonderfully when he turned the wrong way and now has a severe back ache.  Prayers that his back will heal soon would be so appreciated.

I, myself, took a fall about 3 weeks ago in which I injured my right knee and right arm.  I have put off going to the doctor, but have an appointment tomorrow.  I worry that I've done something serious to my right arm that will effect my being able to work...and I have to work.  Prayers would be so appreciated.  Update....clumsy me I fell again, in my garage as before and in fact over the same cord that is draped across the floor.  I think I may need to move that cord, lol.  Fell face first flat on the concrete floor there...boy did I look nice there for a little while...broke out a tooth.  I'm going to the doc tomorrow and the dentist the following day so prayers would be so appreciated.

 

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year,

Brenda

 

 

**If anyone would like a prayer request, just drop me a note at -

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NOTICE: 

Unfortunately I've noticed that some of the free patterns I have posted on my blog are being stolen.  They are being changed slightly and put back up for sale by a different designer.  Because of this, I am going to be removing some of those patterns. 

Free Patterns in This Issue:

 

Daisy Bea

An absolutely adorable sunny little Annie.  Pattern includes her doll, daisy, and the bee.

 

 

Annie Angel Blessings

A perfect pattern for craft fairs as it is quick and requires few supplies.  Pattern includes 5 designs including the daisy design below, tulips, sunflower, roses, and a multiple flower design.

 

 

 Click on picture to download patterns.

 

 

These patterns and graphics will eventually be offered for sale to the general public, but were originally designed and created for the subscribers of this newsletter. They are the original designs and remain the property of Lillie Mae's Crafts and are copyrighted as such.

 

 

 SELLING YOUR ART AT CRAFT FAIRS AND CRAFT FESTIVALS

 

How to sell your art at craft fairs and craft festivals

 

Craft fairs and craft festivals are one way artists and craftsmen have to sell their crafts, but to rely completely on this method may be costly and time-consuming.

 

Cost of Selling at Craft Fairs and Craft Festivals

 

Sales made at Craft Fairs are retail sales - that is, you receive 100 percent of the selling price. But how much of that is actually profit? What must be considered is the cost of the booth, commission and/or registration fees as well as travel costs, overnight lodging, display props, among other things.

 

Depending on the fair, you might pay a booth fee or a commission. Some fairs have both. Booth fees vary from five to hundreds of dollars, and commissions vary from 5 to 50 percent of all items sold at the fairs and orders taken while at the fair. On top of these fees, some fairs require a jurying or registration fee.

 

Juried Versus Non-juried Shows

In a juried crafts show, participants are asked to submit examples of their work via slides or photographs. A panel of judges then selects the work of craftsmen that best fits into the format of the fair. This ensures that high-quality items are sold at their fair. Shows that are not juried may include church bazaars and a variety of other community "arts and crafts" celebrations.

 

Although both have their place, good-quality, high-priced items may be difficult to sell at non-juried shows.

 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Selling at Craft Fairs and Festivals

One of the best advantages of selling at a Craft Fair is that you receive 100 percent of the selling price even though part may be lost to the commission and/or booth fee. Other advantages are:

 

Because you are selling directly to the public, you meet the people who are buying your items. You can test market new items. You can test prices. You can gain confidence in selling and meeting the public. You can enjoy the festive atmosphere of the fair. You meet people who can help you with your business. You meet craftsmen who can give you support.

 

The major disadvantage of selling through Craft Fairs and Festivals is that it takes away from production. While you are selling, nothing is being produced. Other disadvantages are:

 

Craft Fairs and Festivals can become expensive when all expenses are considered. Fairs can become boring when slow. Information given at Craft Fairs can get repetitive. Traveling, setting up and taking down displays can cause fatigue. Display equipment can become costly. You must overcome the image of the fair as being a flea market where people give little respect to established prices. Since you come in direct contact with the buyer, you may have to cope with negative feedback. And lastly, you must collect and report sales tax at Craft fairs.

 

What to Look for at Craft Fairs and Festivals

 

Before entering any Craft Fairs, find out about the fair. Do this by talking to someone who has exhibited there before, by visiting it yourself, or by questioning the organizers. Ask yourself these questions:

 

1. Does your work complement others in the Arts & Craft Fair? Is it compatible? You would not want to sell items costing $50 while others are selling lesser-priced items.

 

2. How many artists and craftsmen will exhibit, and how many will be there in your media?

 

3. How many people are expected to attend? How many attended last year? Are there any other events that conflict?

 

4. How much publicity does the Craft Fair and Festival get and what kind? Do the organizers pay for any advertisement? Relying on free publicity isn't very effective.

 

5. Is the Craft Fair juried? If the Craft Fair isn't juried, you may be surrounded by flea market-type crafts.

 

6. How big are the booth spaces? Can you set up your display in that amount of space, or do you have to obtain new display equipment?

 

7. What types of people are attracted to the Craft Fair and Festivals? Do they or will they spend money at the fair?

 

8. What other activities are being held at the same time? Can you compete with a carnival or an antique car show?

 

9. How much does it cost to enter the Craft Fair? Do you pay a flat fee, or do you pay a commission on the amount you sell?

 

10. How far do you have to travel? How much will it cost to spend the night?

 

11. Is the Craft Fair and Festival indoors or outside? If outside, will bad weather ruin your craft items or display?

 

12. Do you have the time to build up your inventory? If you attend shows too frequently, you may not have time to make more items for upcoming fairs.

 

13. How many years has the Craft Fair and Festival been held? New Craft Fair need a lot of publicity to attract customers.

 

14. Do you have the proper licenses to sell at Craft Fairs and Festivals? A sales tax permit is a must for anyone selling to the public. Few local regulations apply to artists and craftsmen selling at fairs.

 

15. Do you have to man the booth personally, or can you send a representative? Some Art & Craft Fairs require that the maker must be at the fair.

 

16. If desired, is demonstrating allowed? Usually, it is encouraged. Are electrical needs available for equipment?

 

17. Are electrical outlets available for extra lighting, etc.? Is there an extra cost?

 

18. Is there security at the Craft Fair? Can you leave your booth set up overnight?

 

19. Do you have the necessary supplies - bags, sales slips, money bag, price tags, etc.?

 

20. Will you need help at the Craft Fair? If you do it by yourself, will fair officials watch your booth on occasion?

 

If you do not do well at one Craft Fair and your product is good, keep trying until you find the locations and clientele that are best for your product.

 

Other Considerations

 

Be sure to take plenty of merchandise. A good rule is to take twice what you expect to sell. Your products should vary in price from a few dollars to more expensive items. Although you may specialize in expensive, one-of-a-kind items, develop a less expensive item(s) that will appeal to more people. They will help sell the more expensive ones.

 

It's best to have a helper as it may be hectic at times. Also, there will always be someone there when one of you needs to leave for some reason.

 

Create a professional image by being well groomed and appropriately dressed. Many sellers wear special costumes in keeping with their total display or line of goods. Have business cards and brochures to promote your business.

 

Even if you hate to sell, remember that is what you're there for. Salesmanship involves looking people squarely in the eye, smiling at them, talking to them. Above all, don't sit around reading a book or looking bored.

 

Be prepared to handle any and all questions that may arise, from "Do you sell on consignment?" to "Can you make it in blue, instead of red?" and "How soon can you deliver twelve dozen?"

 

Try to demonstrate your craft. People who demonstrate at a fair usually outsell those who don't. Create an attractive display.

 

Brace yourself for negative feedback from critical people who do not appreciate fine craftsmanship. It's part of the business, and one of the few disadvantages of direct selling you must learn to accept. Listen carefully to your critics, though, to get new ideas on how to improve your work or make it more salable. If you take a check for merchandise, be sure to ask for identification and note the individual's driver's license on the check. Also get their telephone number and address, if it's not printed on the check. Don't cash checks for anyone, and don't let them write a check for an amount larger than the purchase, requiring you to give change. To protect the checks you do have, endorse them on the spot, "For deposit only."

 

When customers pay with cash, never put a large bill into your cash box until change has been given. Don't give them an opportunity to say, " But I gave you a twenty, not a ten." Prove the fact by showing them the original bill, still laying on top of your money box.

 

If you decide to accept credit cards, arrange with a local bank to obtain a merchants number and the necessary equipment. Unless you can get special compensation, each charge you accept will cost you 5 to 10 percent of the total. This charge is tax deductible as it is an expense of operating your business. You must decide whether it is better to "lose" 5 to 10 percent than lose the sale.

 

Remember to keep accurate records of all other expenses incurred in preparing for and attending the fair, since most are tax deductible. Include your mileage by writing down your odometer reading before you leave and noting it when you return. You should also keep a record of meals and lodging and all other expenses.

 

Record keeping is a very important tool to determine which fairs were profitable. A small businessman will not continue an activity that is not profitable. Keep detailed records of how much and what sells and the expenses (including fees) as well as time you spent. If the fair is not profitable, drop it.

 

 

So you Want to Create Craft Patterns?

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Let's say you've been creating your craft designs and selling them either online or off. Now your interested in creating patterns of your designs and becoming a WAHM to start your own pattern business. What is the first step you need to take to make that happen you ask? Well, first of all you need to understand the make up of a pattern. The following are the basic components of creating a pattern:

 

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Front Cover

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Supply List

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Instructions

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Templates

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Back Cover

Front Cover: This is where your banner, logo, website address, and picture of the design will go.

Supply List: Using MS Word or Works, you'll need to type a list of all the required supplies for making your design. Be sure and include brand names if you used them. Also the supply list can go on the back cover and this makes it easy for the customer to see what is required without taking the pattern out of the bag.

Instructions: The best way to create instructions is to take notes while your making the item. Type them out using MS Word or Works. Be as detailed as possible without writing War and Peace. Also remember to write your instructions as if your instructing a beginner. When your finished it's very important to proof read and use spell check.

Templates: When you make your creation you should make sure you trace out templates on card stock. So this way you can have them to trace onto paper again for the pattern. If you have shapes like circles or need straight lines, use a small glass, plate and a ruler. Trace your templates out on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Make sure your drawings are accurate in size and don't resemble being drawn by a 3 year old. There's nothing worse than for a customer to get what they think is going to be a great pattern only to find the templates distorted or drawn poorly.

Back Cover: The back cover is the best place for the supply list and any additional information like size of the finished item you think the customer needs to know. As well as your contact information and website address.

Some of the other supplies you'll need to send patterns through the mail is 6 x 9 pattern bags and 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 manila envelopes.

Once you've finished all these steps your ready to scan your templates and save them on your computer or you can take the original templates to a copier and make copies. If your wanting to offer your patterns as e-patterns you'll need to learn how to put all the elements of your patterns into a PDF. There are many tutorials that can be found online for this process or you can hire someone to do them for you. PDF's are opened and read by Acrobat Adobe. E-patterns are a wonderful way to offer your online customers a fast and easy way for your customers to purchase your patterns and get them via e-mail.

Good luck in all your pattern endeavors and keep on crafting and designing.

Kelle Arvay

http://www.PatternMart.com

 

 

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