Hello! I am Linda Holton from Holton Handicrafts. I am partner to my hubby The Lathe Junkie, mother to two grown children, two fur babies, and four grandchildren. I love to craft and write and have a large variety of interests. On my blog I share with you my experiences and fun ideas for You, Your Pet, and Your Home with lots of other fun thrown in.
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It is craft show week for us and maybe for you too so I thought I would rerun a post from back in June. In this post we take the promote using Facebook idea a bit further and discuss how to both find shows as well as promote your own show using Facebook. Enjoy!
Originally posted June 17, 2017:
Facebook is a powerful marketing tool that you can use to promote your craft business, network with other crafters, and find great shows. If you are a crafter who regularly sells their craft, I highly recommend getting yourself a business facebook page. You can see ours here Holton Handicrafts or Lathe Junkie.
A search for craft shows on Facebook, will give you information on groups in your area that support crafters. I urge you to join one or several in areas that you sell in. We sell in Michigan where we live and in Central Ohio where my daughter lives so I belong to groups that are active in both areas. Can’t find one in your area? Consider starting a group. I’m sure there are lots of other crafters that would join.
One of the groups I belong to is Central Ohio Craft Shows. The admin of this site encourages members to regularly participate by asking where they are going to be selling each week and then at the end of the weekend, asking how they did. Members can see how other members are doing and gain ideas for shows they would like to exhibit at in the future. You often see several members who have been at the same show. The admin also encourages members to ask questions on different aspects of craft shows. These types of questions always get lots of conversation and you can gain great new ideas.
We have a huge pine tree in front of our house. Some years we have only a few pine cones from this tree but this year we have a bumper crop of them. We have so many that we started using them as kindling and still have this big bag of them. This got me thinking about what else I could do with all of these pine cones and I came up with these ten ideas.
Before you start making one of these, it is best if you make sure your pine cones are clean and free of pests that you probably don’t want in your home. Take a minute and read this article from Two It Yourself on How To Clean and Dry Pine Cones For Crafts
Now here are my 10 favorite things to do with Pine Cones:
How a craft show is marketed can make a difference to you and how much you will sell. I love when the show promoter uses social media in order to gain excitement for their show. Some shows are better than others at doing this.
One of the best shows that I know of that promotes is one that we have been a vendor at for a number of years; Mark Twain Craft Bazaar. This show is a big fundraiser for the PTO at Mark Twain Elementary in Westerville, OH. The show promoter has a website http://www.marktwaincraftbazaar.org/ that gives you basics about the show. Over the years I have also seen her create a brand for the show that helps identify it to shoppers. She also uses the website to drive traffic over to the show’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MarkTwainCraftBazaar where she has over 1100 followers. Starting at least 30 days before the bazaar, she uses the Facebook page to showcase vendors who will be at the show. This gives the shopper a chance to preview items that will be at the show. You can see our post on the right. She also set up a Facebook event for the show. This makes it easy for me to share the event on my own Facebook pages. This promotes not only the show but the fact that we are going to be there.
Don’t trust your show is going to create and event and promote it. A lot of the shows we participate in don’t. In these cases it is up to you to do the promoting. There are a variety of ways to do this that are free. Rely on the social services you already use. Create your own Facebook event, post on Instagram, or Twitter. If you have an Etsy shop promote on the Etsy Local page or on your own web site. Even if the show does promote any of these can be additional free advertising for you.
In addition to these methods, I also post pictures on Facebook of us set up at the show with an exact location of our booth. The bottom line is to market yourself and your products. A little bit of effort can make a big difference.
Today’s activity plans were to attend the Color Cruise and Island Festival here in our hometown of Grand Ledge, MI. There are lots of fun activities that take place on our historic island including displays and demonstrations from historic times and a riverboat to take passengers up and down the scenic Grand River. This is a great time of year to show off our famous ledges and tree lined river with all the beautiful fall colors. Looks like Mother Nature has other plans for today. Earlier in the week the forecast was for a beautiful sunny fall day. What we got instead was a forecast of day long drizzle, rain, and probable storms. Not a great day for outdoor activities.
We had planned on participating in the classic car show that is also a part of this event. We own a 1973 Olds Delta 88 Royale that has been in the family since it was new. This was the last hurrah car show for us this year. Time to tuck the classic away for the winter. With today’s rainy forecast we decided not to take the car out of the garage. We are not as bad as most but classic car owners hate to take their cars out in the rain. It takes time to get a car all shined up and perfect for a show and the rain makes that impossible.
Instead I have numerous other things I can be doing. I could prepare some future blog posts, finish up my clean and organize my office project, and then there is the ever popular clean the house and do laundry. Since we have a craft show next week I also need to spend LOTS of quality time with my crochet hook making Scrubbies and other items I will be selling. Must be time to get to work...enjoy your Saturday!
Today is Friday, October 13th making it Friday the 13th. It’s a day for superstitions and bad luck. A common superstition is not to let a black cat cross your path or it will bring you bad luck. Black cats have long been associated with scary, witchy things and bad luck. But I have not found that to be the case. Being a former black cat owner I always felt like ours protected us especially on Friday the 13th. Black cats are sleek and sophisticated looking but beyond that they are just a cat.
There are numerous benefits to owning a cat. Cats make a great companion and help people deal with loneliness and loss. Cuddling a cat has been shown to lower blood pressure and stress. A cat’s purr has been known to heal bones and reduce swelling and infections. I know I have benefited many times from purr therapy after a long stressful day.
Don’t you just love coming home to the smell of dinner cooking in the crockpot? I love the simplicity of just putting everything in and having dinner ready to serve a few hours later. Even though you can use your crockpot year round, I find myself using it more in the colder months. Right now I am receiving lots of emails featuring recipes using a crockpot. Today I thought I would share some of my favorites with you.
A lot of how you display and merchandise your items depends on what you make and sell. Are you items big or small? Do they need to hang? Do you have a lot of different items or just a few? You have a lot to consider when deciding on how to merchandise your items. There are also factors like the size of your booth space and how you will transport your products and display materials.
You might not start out with the best display for your items but a lot of creating what is best for your items starts with looking at what others are doing. I make it a point to every show I do to walk the show. I am not only looking at what others are making and how they are pricing it, I am looking at how they are merchandising it. I have picked up lots of good ideas from looking at how others merchandise their items. Some people choose to pile up their items while others like to spread them all out on the table. Then there are people who have very elaborate displays that they need a trailer to transport.
Time for some Pinterest Fun. This time we will be exploring some DIY Christmas Ornaments I found. I know it feels early but you will want time to purchase supplies and maybe even round up some helpers. In this assortment custom ornament pins you will find: Lighted Burlap Garland, Paw Print Salt Dough Ornaments, Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments, Clothespin Snowflake Ornaments , Button Garland, and Melted Peppermint Candy Ornaments. I also Included 25 Best Handmade Crafts and to do with the kids, 28 Christmas Ornaments for Kids. As always click on the picture to access the pin and the link.
You will find these ideas and more on my board Holiday Ideas. I hope you found some new ideas for Christmas ornaments that work in your home or that you can give as a gift. I know there are a few I want to try.
In Michigan we are lucky to have four very different seasons. Since I have always lived in areas where there are seasons, it is hard to imagine not having them. It is fall now, harvest time, and that started me thinking about apples. We love eating apples year round but right now apples are plentiful with lots of varieties to choose from. Michigan is a big apple producing state with over 900 million pounds of apples grown here every year making us the 3rd largest producer of apples in the nation. With over 16 different varieties of apples to choose from, you are sure to find one that you like. This infographic shows the types available. Peak harvest time starts in August and goes into October. Different varieties are ready at different times. You can find apples everywhere this time of year, local grocery stores, farm markets, roadside stands, and of course you pick apple orchards.
Apples are an important part of a healthy diet. They are loaded antioxidants, and filled with fiber while being low in sodium and calories. Eating apples can also help you reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. While it is always tasty to just bite into a big juicy apple, the other wonderful thing is all of the recipes you can find to use apples in. Michigan Apples offers lots of ideas to use them in main dishes, side dishes and desserts. You will find their ideas here.
Hope you have enjoyed this information on Michigan Apples, go out and find your favorite variety today.
Until next time… Linda
For More Information on apples grown in Michigan, visit their web site: Michigan Apples
I mentioned in my post on Pet Mats that I was busy making Scrubbies. These little things seem to control my life at times. In case you hadn’t already figured it out, I like to crochet. I sell crochet items in my Etsy Shop and at craft shows. Several years ago in my never-ending quest to find quickly made crochet items that sell, someone brought my attention to scrubbies. I looked around on the internet (this was before I found Pinterest) and didn’t really find a lot of patterns for scrubbies. The ones I did find were flat, not puffy like I had in my head. I did get information on what type of material to use and a general idea of what I wanted to do. With this information, I purchased some nylon net material and set out to create my own pattern.