Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's been a while Link up

It’s been so long since I had a post dedicated to tutorial links.  I figure today is the perfect day to post them. That way over the holiday weekend we will all have some fun things to make. Those of us that don’t dare brave the Black Friday madness can sleep in then craft :)   Do YOU shop on Black Friday? Want to share some of your strategies with the rest of us?
Let’s get to the linking!

Hooded Towels from The Cottage Home

That about does it for this Tutorial Link post.  I have a bunch more to share but they will have to wait for another post.
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving full of family, food, and fun!

Tutorials for your handmade biz

Okay, this tutorial link post is dedicated to items for a handmade biz.
Owning and running a handmade biz can get pretty pricey.
You need business cards,  sewn items need labels, etc.
If your already crafty why not do some of these things yourself?
Some of these things are just too easy not to do yourself.
First off is the inspiration for this post:
from Saltwater Kids.
This is seriously an awesome idea, for reals!
Here is an Eco Friendly option from Handmade News
Crafting  A Green World shows you several Eco Friendly Tag options:
Labels are another need for sewn items. They can be super pricey.
Here are several different label options how to’s
Ribbon Label from Silly Gilly
Twill Tape Labels from Patchwork Pottery
Fabric Labels from Sew Take a Hike
Packaging is also something to think about.
I warp my goods in tissue paper and seal with a custom label that says Thank You and my biz name.
There are so many amazing packaging ideas.
Some depend on the type of item you make and sell.
Here are a few cool ideas for different products.
Magdoline shows us how to wrap Soaps.
Daniellexo gives you an array of packaging ideas on The Storque
Hmmmm, something to definitely work on.
#1 MUST HAVE for any biz big or small…..Business Cards.
Epheriell Designs shows you how to make your own with a “FLIP”
Crafting A Green World gives multiple options that are Crafty, Thrifty & Eco Friendly.
You can also use the Hang Tag Tutorial from the beginning of this post to make business cards.
Hope this post was helpful to someone!
Enjoy :)

For the love of yard sales

Yards Sales are a common Saturday activity for my family {as long as the weather is nice}.
I am fortunate that my hubby loves to go just as much as me, if not more.
Together we find some amazing items, at amazing prices.
Most of the time {but not always} I spot the item I want and tell him how much I would be willing to spend.
At that point Sir Cheap-O does the haggling :)
This weekend we got a late start.
The first house we pulled up to, I spotted something amazing.
Hubs got out of the car while I stayed in with the kids.
I saw him scoping out the same item I spotted.
He came back to the car and I asked how much it was, apparently it said “Make an Offer”.
So I told him I would be willing to spend $20, that’s it.
Off he went to do his thing {he is really good at the haggling part, since he’s super cheap}
He started out with a $10 offer.
The lady countered with $30.
You see where I’m going here…..We got it for $20.
Check it out!
With some sanding, some paint, and pretty crystal knobs.
{All of the work was done thanks to hubby}
We ended up with this:
PS: Please excuse picture taken by my phone.
Love, love, love the outcome!
Now we need to get it upstairs in the little girlies room.
Unfortunately, I am having some issues with my back and can’t lift anything.
So at the moment it’s chilin’ in the dining room.
Have you found any awesome goods at yard sales, or thrifting lately?
Leave me a link, I love to see good deals, and transformations of said good deals.