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  • Help in starting a small craft business - pleeease!

    Hello

    I'm looking for some advice as I have recently decided to start selling my paintings and glass/ceramic bead jewellery and have been given some excellent advice from a fellow craft forum member to start a blog.

    First of all, does anyone have any advice for starting a blog - where I should go, any links etc?

    Also, I am looking to start at some local craft fairs. If anyone knows of any in the Hampshire/Berkshire area, I would love to hear about them as I would certainly be very interested in taking part. I recently did a car boot to try to sell some of my jewellery but I think this was the wrong audience.

    Any advice from anyone would be really appreciated!

    Thanks so much

    D
    Crafts by Diane
    www.craftsbydiane.blogspot.com

    Contact me: [email protected]
    Find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crafts-by-Diane/
    Find me on Supermums Craft Fair: http://supermumscraftfair.co.uk/stalls/crafts-by-diane/
    Visit my Ebay Shop: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Crafts-by-Diane

  • #2
    I use blogger.com - I like it, no complaints! Look at other peoples blogs, be nosy, decide what you like and don't like about them and that will give you a good starting point as to what you want yours to be like. Obviously you can't sell through your blog but you could use it as a way of linking to an etsy shop or wherever else you are selling your stuff.

    Good luck
    www.truebloom.blogspot.com
    www.truebloom.co.uk
    My Etsy Shop

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    • #3
      Hi Diane

      I can share a few bits that I've learned so far but bear in mind I'm a new Blogger myself so if someone wants to put me right on anything iffy, theyre very welcome!

      I used Blogger as well https://www.blogger.com/start and to be honest, I stumbled across it and it was so easy to set a very basic Blog up, I couldnt believe it!

      I dont have a nice fancy banner like many do, couldnt figure that bit out yet so living without it for now

      I dont have a website either and, as my things are custom made to order, I guess it is easier for me to try using a Blog as a potential "selling" tool - certainly worth giving it a try if you dont have the funds for a website yet - at the very, very least, mine lets me post pictures of my samples and tell people what I do and give them details of how to find me - so thats more than I had on www before I found the forum and learnt all about Blogs! I thought it was a fungus before I joined this group!....

      Anyhoo, my advice would be to set your basic blog up and when you want to start posting pictures to it, you'll need to load them onto the web first - I picked Flickr cos it looked as though many forum members use that so I just followed their lead

      And if you want a slideshow on there, gimme a shout cos that took a lot of figuring out but I got there in the end!

      ....and like Typ said, until you have a website, you could use the Blog to link to an online shop like Etsy.....I havent got that far yet but trying to soon

      hth, good luck!
      shaz x
      Keepsake Kollections
      & Rossendale Ramblings!
      http://focusonlife-shaz.blogspot.com

      Where else can you get Mental and Retail Therapy?!

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      • #4
        Diane - Shaz's blog (link in her signature) is a good place to start when looking at other peoples blogs, particularly if you are in the same current boat and don't have your own website to sell on... it is personal, detailed, interesting and she blogs regularly so that you keep going back to look at it - thats something that I am very guilty of at the moment, its been about 2 weeks since my last entry..! In fact I rewrote my 'about me' after I read Shaz's because it was obvious to me that that was appealing - you're more likely to revisit if you know who you're dealing with!! (Sorry, Shaz, have I totally ripped off your idea there, cheque in the mail!!)

        It might be worth starting a new thread about your craft fair enquiry in the 'craft fairs' bit, in case this is missed here?
        www.truebloom.blogspot.com
        www.truebloom.co.uk
        My Etsy Shop

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        • #5
          Originally posted by TYP View Post
          Diane - Shaz's blog (link in her signature) is a good place to start when looking at other peoples blogs, particularly if you are in the same current boat and don't have your own website to sell on... it is personal, detailed, interesting and she blogs regularly so that you keep going back to look at it - thats something that I am very guilty of at the moment, its been about 2 weeks since my last entry..! In fact I rewrote my 'about me' after I read Shaz's because it was obvious to me that that was appealing - you're more likely to revisit if you know who you're dealing with!! (Sorry, Shaz, have I totally ripped off your idea there, cheque in the mail!!)
          Wow, such compliments, I'm very very flattered - thanks Typ!

          (PS I'm about to redo that whole side section actually, after Beadsbydesign asked me how people go about getting their photographs to me, I thought I should explain that in there somewhere - so I'm gonna try & make it a bit simpler with defined sections - so keep watching and let me know what you think - wont be done before bedtime though so dont wait up love!!!!)

          Shaz x
          Keepsake Kollections
          & Rossendale Ramblings!
          http://focusonlife-shaz.blogspot.com

          Where else can you get Mental and Retail Therapy?!

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          • #6
            I'm on your "stuff I like" ! ! !

            Hey, I didnt realise I was on your Stuff I Like bit Typ, now I'm really REALLY chuffed!

            That's my next thing to get a-grips with - getting some linking done!

            Thanks!
            shaz x
            Keepsake Kollections
            & Rossendale Ramblings!
            http://focusonlife-shaz.blogspot.com

            Where else can you get Mental and Retail Therapy?!

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            • #7
              Oh in that case Shaz I will have to look again once you've changed it and then copy all those ideas too, suggest you do the same Diane (JUST KIDDING!)



              www.truebloom.blogspot.com
              www.truebloom.co.uk
              My Etsy Shop

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              • #8
                i also say blogger is a very good starting point to show off your work etc

                i get tons of hits through both my blogs, i have 2 , soon to be 3! as they are such a huge hit if you can get people coming back regular checking it out etc.

                let us know what you decided and if you need any help setting it up

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                • #9
                  Thank you!

                  Hi guys,

                  I just wanted to say thanks very much!

                  Within 24 hours - after a very long night, I have set up my own blog page and here it is: craftsbydiane.blogspot.com

                  How exciting!

                  Thanks so much again for all of your advice

                  D x
                  Crafts by Diane
                  www.craftsbydiane.blogspot.com

                  Contact me: [email protected]
                  Find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crafts-by-Diane/
                  Find me on Supermums Craft Fair: http://supermumscraftfair.co.uk/stalls/crafts-by-diane/
                  Visit my Ebay Shop: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Crafts-by-Diane

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                  • #10
                    well done diana. see wasnt so painfull?

                    i love your canvas im hoping to get some myself done when mine arrive.

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                    • #11
                      Aw congratulations Diane! I'm really pleased for you and it looks like a great start, I didnt even have any photos to paste on my first day so well done!

                      Onward & upward!
                      Shaz x
                      Keepsake Kollections
                      & Rossendale Ramblings!
                      http://focusonlife-shaz.blogspot.com

                      Where else can you get Mental and Retail Therapy?!

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                      • #12
                        well done!

                        think I ight hve to get a bog too!
                        they seem to be all the rage these days!
                        never really loked at any before joining this site, well 1 or 2 only and they weren't at all inspiring, but now i've looked at loads from here, it seems more interesting.

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                        • #13
                          I just set up my own blog (last night) and yes I was pretty damn excited too. However I havent done much noseying at other peoples or any kind of research yet. As a consequence mine is a little .... shall we say..... rough round the edges!!Loads of great tips on here though so thanks everyone.

                          Congrats on your new blog Diane. I'll check yours and everyone elses out later tonight
                          www.redshandcraftshobby.blogspot.com/

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                          • #14
                            I love your blog... very nice. I started a blog earlier this month using Blogger.com. It was quite straight forward to set up and you can easily add some extras like linking to youtube vids.

                            I like the idea of adding links... I've only got a couple so far. Anyone fancy swapping links with me? My blog address is http://chloesdesigns.blogspot.com/ (not quite sure if it's any good!!! )
                            Chloe's Designs
                            Bead & Findings Shop
                            Ebay Shop

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Anne View Post
                              Anyone fancy swapping links with me? My blog address is http://chloesdesigns.blogspot.com/ (not quite sure if it's any good!!! )
                              I'm hoping to start adding/swapping more links now I'm getting into this Blogging malarky a bit more Anne so, if you like, I'll add your name to the little list I've started of people's Blogs I'd like to feature as I go along

                              Redmaxi - get your Blog on your signature so we can have a looksee!

                              Shaz x
                              Keepsake Kollections
                              & Rossendale Ramblings!
                              http://focusonlife-shaz.blogspot.com

                              Where else can you get Mental and Retail Therapy?!

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