Resources, Resources, Resources!

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A coworker recently asked me: “I would like to start a blog about my crafts, how do I do it…where do I start?”

I began with that same question a couple months ago before starting mine. To find the answers, I turned to my local library Deschutes Public Library. Since childhood, I have thought of the library as a magical place filled with ideas, inspirations, and imagination! All for free!!!

So a simple search for “blogging” on my library’s website http://www.deschuteslibrary.org  led to my borrowing the following wonderful books from my library:

  • Houghton, Robin. (2012). Blogging for creatives: how designers, artists, crafters and writers can blog to make contacts and win. Cincinnati, Ohio: How Books.
  • Frey, Tara. (2009). Blogging for bliss: crafting your own online journal: a guide for crafters, artists & creatives of all kinds. New York: Lark Books.
  • Gardner, Susannah. (2011). Blogging for Dummies. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley

After looking through these resources, and checking out the various blog sites, I decided to go with WordPress. Then I looked for free WordPress specific resources. I did a search on the iTunes App Store and discovered a free “learning WordPress” app for the iPad. The WordPress site itself offers excellent free tutorials for new users, so I went through most of those.  I found WordPress to be fairly user friendly with a short learning curve. Several things were intimidating at first – like which free blog page design to select but WordPress let’s you experiment with many and change your format.

When it came time to start up my Etsy shop (my next step after getting my blog established) I turned to the library again and found excellent resources on starting an online craft business. My favorites were:

  • Sutton, Derrik. (2011). How to sell your crafts online: a step-by-step guide to successful sales on Etsy and beyond. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin.
  • Gatski, Kate. (2013). Starting an Etsy business for dummies. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley
  • Turner, Marcia Layton, (2013).  The complete idiot’s guide to selling your crafts on Etsy. Indianapolis, IN: Alpha.  (This book was such an excellent resource, that I bought the kindle version on Amazon.com so I could always have access to it on my iPad.)

I also wandered the shelves at the library in the craft book section and came upon these wonderful books:

  • Chapin, Kari. (2010). The handmade marketplace. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub.
  • Chapin, Kari. (2012). Grow your handmade business: how to envision, develop, and sustain a successful creative business. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub.

I live in a smallish-medium size town and if you live in a larger town/metropolitan area, your library may have even more wonderful resources. All free! You can buy the books you want to keep as ongoing resources later, but you can start your research with no investment, except your time to browse!   Enjoy the resources, resources, resources!

Books

Thanksgiving Weekend Happenings

ETSY SHOP IS FINALLY UP!

I have not posted anything in a while as I have been focused on getting my new Etsy store up. I thought I would never master taking decent digital photographs but I think I figured out some decent lighting for the mini kimonos. I added 24 handmade items to the shop (including 22 mini kimonos!) to get it started, more to come…

http://www.etsy.com/shop/tierneycreates

Etsy tierneycreates

It it thanks to my wonderful sister that I finally got my Etsy store up – she kept pushing me to follow my dream through achieving special milestones (she “project managed” me!)

NEW QUILT BACK FROM QUILTER

One of my favorite things – to get a quilt back from my long-arm quilter, Betty Anne Guadalupe of Guadalupe Designs and complete the binding and enjoy the quilt. The name of pattern is “Aussie” and I came across it many years ago from the French quilting magazine Quiltmania.  The quilt featured in the magazine was made from Aboriginal prints, but I made mine from African fabrics.

African fabrics, patterm = Aussie from unknown issue of Quiltmania, pieced by Tierney Hogan, long-arm quilting my Betty Anne Guadalupe. Guadalupe Designs.

African fabrics, patterm = Aussie from unknown issue of Quiltmania, pieced by Tierney Hogan, long-arm quilting by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Guadalupe Designs.

Sassy's friend and miniature schnauzer who lives with my long-arm quilter friend, "seasoned" the quilt once the quilting was complete...

Sassy’s friend Buddy (miniature schnauzer who lives with my long-arm quilter friend) “seasoned” the quilt once the quilting was complete…