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  • Hello!

    Hi Everyone

    I'm new here and looking forward to chatting, learning and helping out where I can.

  • #2
    Hi

    Welcome to the Forum

    Certainly lots of chatting and learning here

    What is your craft?

    Jill
    One craft project, like one cookie, is never enough!

    http://christmaspiecrafts.blogspot.com/
    Twitter: @jillspain
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChristmasPieCrafts

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    • #3
      Thanks Jill

      I have been making handmade cards for a few years now and am just getting into wooden gifts and decorations. Loads of interesting info and chats on here, a very large cuppa and a chocolate bar needed I think while I browse through!

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      • #4
        Definitely a BIG mug and lots of chocolate - I am also a card-maker and have branched out recently into decorating gift boxes and picture frames. Don't know about you, but because of their low pricing, card selling is hard work so I felt I needed one or two more strings to my bow.

        Enjoy for Forum

        Jill
        One craft project, like one cookie, is never enough!

        http://christmaspiecrafts.blogspot.com/
        Twitter: @jillspain
        http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChristmasPieCrafts

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        • #5
          Your're so right, there's just not enough mark up on them especially with taking your time into account.I now love making the wooden gifts, decorations (also looking to do some frames too!) they're so well received, and will hopefully sell the cards along side them as an add on - make my site a one stop shop type of place by also offering gif bags too.

          Don't know about you but i've been 'playing around' with cards and bits n pieces for so long and spent so much money on supplies that thought it was about time to attempt to do it properly and try and make something more of it - never know may be able to quit my day job...! Do you do your craft as something additional or is it full time?

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          • #6
            It is a hard business, plus so much competition. Everyone, well nearly everyone, seems to make cards - I go to an event and find that people selling jewelery, pottery, etc, etc also makes/sells their own cards. Am sure you have found the same?

            Mine is a business, but run along-side a day job. Half and half really. Although the amount of time spent on my own business is much, much more than the day job - and much. much more enjoyable - my aim in the not too distant future is to give up the day job and work on my business full-time, although sadly will have to be a wage slave somewhere along the line to pay the bills. Lots of ideas but limited time available to spend on pursuing/promoting them.

            Jill
            One craft project, like one cookie, is never enough!

            http://christmaspiecrafts.blogspot.com/
            Twitter: @jillspain
            http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChristmasPieCrafts

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            • #7
              Hi I am new here too and looking forward to chats, support and more chats

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              • #8
                Hi Brownangel and welcome from another newbie!

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                • #9
                  Jill, yes its very competitive, I think unless you're successful in the wedding stationery side of things its not a big money maker,not enough to live on anyway! I'm thinking its a case of knowing your market,being good at what you do and plugging away until you get somewhere, it'll happen eventually. Like you say though, its having the time to make all these things happen. Imagine being able to live off a job that is your hobby and that you love doing, heaven!! Maybe one day...

                  I was looking a someone on ebay today who has on average sale price made around 8k over the year just on ebay sales and it inspired me, if they can do it there's no reason why we can't!

                  Good luck with your future plans, hopefully we can help each other get where we want to go, this forum seems like a great place for support and advice

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