Meet a High Desert arts and crafts senior team, Ed and Nina. I was attracted to Nina’s booth when I saw a heart rug like the one my mother made by braiding strips of sheets years ago. Nina’s husband, Ed, couldn’t make it to the show that day, but his quality wood products were on display. I especially love his sleigh clock and the sleigh that says “I only admit I’m a senior when I want a discount.” One of his step stools is just like the ones my mother always loved to keep around the house.
Handmade Rugs & Things by Ed and Nina, High Desert Team
Handmade Rugs & Things by High Desert Team, Ed and Nina
Need to find a beautiful handmade rug for a Christmas gift? Contact Angie at High Desert Blogging to order one of Nina’s handmade rugs. Nina will even make you a rug out of your own material. It takes 18 yards for a rectangular rug, 22 yards for a heart-shaped rug, and 16 yards for an oval rug. By ordering one of Nina’s pretty rugs, you’ll be supporting one of High Desert’s home businesses.
Part 2 of the Arts and Crafts Business Blog Network Series
How do you know what type of arts and crafts business is best for you? I think you should choose the one that brings you the most joy and fulfillment and extra income. One of the crafts ladies I met at the Norco arts and crafts fair makes nightlights out of wine bottles. They were painted and looked very pretty. She mentioned that she works a full-time job and makes the wine bottle nightlights as a hobby. This hobby provides her with extra income.
Another crafts lady makes blankets, jewelry, and wedding crafts. She makes jewelry for different occasions and assists brides in finding wedding flowers and decorations.
One possibility you might consider is an arts and crafts team if you and your spouse both enjoy arts and crafts. I met a senior talented crafts lady at the craft fair that makes rag rugs that are just beautiful. She and her husband make a wonderful team together. He makes wooden step stools, cute sleigh clocks, and funny sayings printed on sleighs. I was immediately attracted to a heart rag rug in this lady’s booth. The rug reminded me of a heart rug that my mother made years ago. She and my aunt used to make braided rag rugs made out of sheets.
It helps to make a list or a word map of all the arts and crafts that interest you. Then narrow the list down until you have your niche. Blog about your niche. Connect with other bloggers within the same niche. Join a network that will cause traffic to your blog. These tips will
Come back tomorrow to see photos on the Norco arts and crafts fair and to read more on this Blog Network Series.
Do you have an at-home arts and crafts business or want to make in making extra income through an arts and crafts? Learn about business blogging in this Blog Network Series or visit High Desert Bloggers Meetup Group to learn how to start a blog.
Yesterday I went to an annual Christmas craft fair with my husband and my friends in Norco, the horse town down the hill from the High Desert. This was my husband’s first trip to the craft fair. He and I both met craftspeople that told us about their crafts, how they learned how to make them, or how they started their craft business. The arts and crafts business is popular especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. All of the entrepreneurs I spoke with work out of their home to make their crafts. If you’re interested in starting your own arts and crafts at-home business, consider one of these ten ideas:
- Arts and crafts architecture
- Rug crafts
- Puppet crafts for autism
- Wedding crafts
- Fashion crafts (jewelry, belts, hats, garments, etc.)
- Decorative crafts (Metalwork, stained glass, furniture making, etc.)
- Paper crafts
- Textile crafts (fabric, yarn, knitting, etc.)
- Painted wine bottle nightlights
I saw a few of the above-mentioned crafts at the Norco crafts fair. Some of the crafts people sell online at arts and crafts marketplaces like Etsy.com and artfire.com. However, few that I spoke with blog about their products. Don’t pass up the opportunity to sell your product by blogging about it. Tell about the history of your crafts, take photos and post them on your blog, advertise the crafts, and add a PayPal button so people can purchase them. Join a blog network so that more people can find your blog.