Jan 07

Now that is a Mug Rug

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Now this is a mug rug.  Something cute and sweet to sit your cup of deliciousness. These little mug rugs use snippets of fabric and are a breeze to make.  This is a great beginning sewing or quilting project since anything goes and you really can’t go wrong. There are also great to make as a gift.  Pair one with a new coffee mug and some flavored creamer for a little hostess gift.  Or pair several with a little sign (Tutorial coming soon so sign up for email notification so you don’t miss.) and they make an adorable housewarming gift for next to no money.  I have also made this for a craft show and they were good sellers.  I paired 4 with a sign and sold them for $25.00.  I had no cost involved since I used scraps and old fabric and my time per mug is about 5 minutes once my fabric is cut.

So here is how you can make your own.

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Pick some scraps.  I started with some fabric I had left over from this quilt.  The black fabric I bought last week at the thrift store.  I got 12 yards for $.99.  Yea! Once I started making my squares, I wanted even more random looks so I picked and found some snippets here and there and added them too.  There are no rules. Just sew a snippet here or there and then cut out your squares.

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I am fortunate enough to have the Go Baby.  I got the Go Baby because when I wanted to quilt but my cutting skills weren’t the best. I am however getting better at it. Cut four 2-1/2 inch squares for each mug rug.

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I cut enough squares to make six mug rugs. Lay all your squares out little puzzle pieces and match together sets that you like.  Make a stack of your squares. Two top pieces, two bottom pieces, two top pieces, two bottom pieces, etc. Take them to your sewing machine.

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When I start sewing small thin pieces of fabric, without fail my machine will try and eat the first piece.  To prevent this, start sewing on a scrap piece of paper. The paper rips right off when done.

Place your two top pieces right sides together and stitch a quarter-inch seam. When you get close to the end, place your two bottom pieces, right sides together up to the edge and keep stitching.  This will chain all your pieces together and stop the machine from eating your fabric.  It also makes it quicker by not stopping your stitching flow.  No need to back-stitch.  When done, snip the connecting threads and you have sets of two squares. Press seams flat, then press all seams open.

If your pieces got mixed up, lay them all back out and make your sets of mug rugs.  Place 2 sewn top pieces to 2 sewn bottom pieces right sides together.  Make another stack and go back to your sewing machine.  Same process. If needed, use paper to start and continue stitching and chaining your pieces together.  Match your center seam when placing them together.  I didn’t pin  but you could or when your iron is hot, place a small drop of white school glue on the seam and press, it will hold the fabric enough so you don’t need to pin. It washes right out too.  When done stitching, snip connecting threads and you have 4 pieces sewn together for a 4-1/2 square.  Press all seams flat  then press all seams open.

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For every mug rug you need one 4-1/2 piece of backing fabric and one 4-1/2 piece of batting.  If you don’t have  batting, a piece of flannel works too.  If you have the GO Baby with the square dies, the 4-1/2″ die is included.

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Place pieces together. Batting, backing fabric-right side up, pieced square -wrong side up.  See above.  It is a bit hard to tell on the backing but you want the fabric right sides together and the backing behind.

To make the cup, make a pattern from a piece of 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ paper.  Fold square in half and trim the corners on one side only.  See example above.  This is now the pattern.  Put pattern on top of your stack of fabric (batting, backing right side up, stitched square right side down) and trace the corners and cut on your marking line.

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Cut a 4-1/2 inch piece of 1″ wide ribbon for each cup handle.

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Remove the pieced top piece. (They are place altogether and cut so that the pieces match up when sewing).  With batting on the bottom and backing face up, measure 3/4″ from top of cup – one side only.  Place the top of the ribbon against this marked line.  Stitch using narrower than the regular 1/4″ seam.  Making sure the same side of the ribbon is facing up, give some space for the handle and stitch the other side down.

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Pin the pieced side on top of the backing and batting.  This needs pinned down as the ribbon makes it too hard to stay in place otherwise.  I prefer to leave the top open, but you can always leave a 3″ opening on the side opposite of the handle for turning.

Stitch using a 1/4″ seam. Be sure to leave either the top open or a space for turning.  Clip the curves.  Turn & Press.

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That is it.  When giving the final press, turn under the opening and press too.  You can either top stitch to close or do like I and do a quick little hand stitch.

5 minutes.  Super duper cute gift.

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Any questions, ask.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

 

Dec 26

Thrifty Thursday – Make money to start your craft business

I read a lot of blogs and I look at all the beautiful pictures of the beautiful homes and wonder where in the world do these people get all their money.  (And I wonder…where is the clutter and dirt and animals?  Where are the kids & the dirty socks? The wonder list never stops.) Anyway, not everyone has lots of money.  You are very talented and make beautiful things and you would like to start making money on your craft yet you simply don’t have enough money in your monthly budget to buy the supplies you need.  I know what that is like, I’ve been there.  This post isn’t craft or sewing oriented however it isn’t random.  I wanted to share some of the ways I made a little extra money here and there which I saved to buy supplies.  You won’t make enough money on any of these or even all together to live on but if you make an effort and try them you will find you have some extra supply money.  Make yourself a money jar and put in every penny you make and don’t tell anyone.  This is your money to start your craft business, blog or whatever dream you have.

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I am the queen of frugal and would like to help you realize your dreams and help you find doable ways of reaching them, and with little or no money or to at least do it as inexpensively as possible.  A tip I can offer is  have an email address designated just for sign ups.  I do this so my regular inbox doesn’t get jammed with things I don’t necessarily want to read.  Here are some good sites to start with for getting some extra cash in your pocket. Remember money saved is money earned so money you saved should go in your jar too.

Have fun.

 Bing Rewards.  Do you use Bing?  I do.  It is my preferred search engine.  I work full-time and I use Microsoft Office all day long. (I only had to work 1/2 a day today – hip hip hooray:))  I do lots of graphic work and while looking for images, Microsoft directs me to Bing to search.  It is just easier for me to use it.  I also seem to have an easier time finding what I want on Bing.  Anyway, Bing has a Reward Program.  You get rewarded for using Bing to search. The points add up quickly and monthly you can cash in for discounts at restaurants, Amazon and a ton more.  Go here to register.  Do a quick search and look at your stats.  It is an effortless way to get free things and/or money off things.  Yeah for free!!!!

 Cash Crate.  I have done this but haven’t done recently because of my limited time these days.  However, when I had more free time I would do the surveys and I did make money. Not tons of money but $20 here and there does help.  If you have some extra time and want to make some easy money, try it here.   Once you sign up, come back and read this article on Wiki How.  They explain in detail how to make sure you getting all the money you are working for.

Ebates. I’m not a big mall shopper. I do 99% of all my shopping online other than grocery shopping.  I didn’t get my check yet this year from Ebates for my holiday shopping but last year my check was over $90.00.  That is a lot.  If you are big online shopper, you have to register.  Any store special is available with Ebates too.  You get the sale price plus the refund.  It is a win win kind of deal.  For example, if Footlocker is having a sale, you log in to your Ebates account and click the Footlocker link.  Ebates lists the % back you will receive.  Make your purchase on the Footlocker site, and it is tracked back to Ebates who refunds the % agreed back to you. No effort just money.  Go here to register for your Ebates and start making money on what you are already buying.

Quick Rewards Network. Quick Rewards Network has been around for years and years.  Again, you do this or that on their site and you get paid and you get paid quickly.  This is a legit company with constantly changing offers.  You may get paid to read emails they send you (again, this is why you have a special email account for these), or you take a survey.  They have a long list of opportunities that are easy to complete.  Go here and register.  It is free and remember to save the money and we will work together to get your business going and growing.

See you next time.

Debbie

Oct 25

Craft Fairy Series – Naming your craft business – Part 2

I have already posted about how I picked the name of my site which is also the name of my craft business.  My name doesn’t follow all the rules you read on how to pick a name.  It is hard to settle on a name because it isn’t something you can easily change once you pick it.  I read constantly on starting and growing a business and  2 basic rules remain constant:

1. Keep it simple and easy to remember. Don’t mix up the spelling to make it cute.  That would be ok for a craft booth but if you ever want a blog or website, you will lose people who aren’t good at bookmarking or going back to find their pins.  They simply won’t remember the name or how to spell it.

2. If you have lots of interests and skills don’t limit yourself by picking a narrow name.  For example, you make wild crazy fun wallets and you decide to name your business “Wanda’s Wild Wallets”.  Easy to remember but what happens if 6 months down the road you decide you like making  wild & crazy tote bags? Who would think of looking for  totes at “Wanda’s Wild Wallets”?  “Where The Wild Things Are” would be a better choice. Still easy to remember but now you can sell all the wild and crazy things your creative little mind can think up.

If you only like making things for children, including Kids, Tikes, Tots, Little Ones etc., in your name is great. Those names give you lots of room to grow.  Same as with cooking or baking.  If you really are only going to make cupcakes by all means use the word cupcakes in your name but if you also like making cookies and cakes, use something along the line of Delectable, Yummy, Tasty etc. in the name.

You decide you are going to call your craft business “Where the Wild Things Are” and you know you want to blog too so your business can grow and your customers can find you.  You do a quick domain search and you find that WhereTheWildThingsAre is already taken. Ohhhh nooooo. Don’t worry, this is ok. This little hurdle won’t stop you.  You make handmade wild things. Right?  Now if you do a domain search for WhereTheWildThingsAreHandmade.com you find that it is available. Hip hip hooray.  Even if you have no idea how to build a blog, buy the domain.  You don’t have to do anything with it at the moment and you can buy a domain for a year for 99 cents so buy it before someone else does.

See how easy that was.  I’m good at thinking up names and if you need help, just ask and I will be happy to offer some suggestions.

Check back soon as I have a notebook full of craft names I like.  I don’t know if any or all of them have available domains, I simply like looking at names and I write them down so be sure to check back for some inspiration.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

Aug 03

Make your own dip mixes – Part 6

Hi everyone. Be sure to eat your veggies, with dip of course!!!

I’m back to the Craft Fairy Series offering ideas for making crafts your business.  Every time I am shopping at a craft fair or show there is someone there (usually more than one vendor) selling dip mixes.  Why?  Because they are easy to make.  Inexpensive to make and are big sellers.  I recently paid $10 for 3 little packets of dip mix that cost pennies to make.  I wanted to see if they were better than mine.  They weren’t.  Quite the opposite, I think my recipes were better.

If you need a quick, easy and sure fire seller at your next craft fair, mix up some of these dip mixes.  You can see all my previous recipes here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.  Dip mixes also make great gifts.  Or you can just make them and eat them all yourself.  Don’t yell at me if you gain weight though. :)

Dill Dip Mix

  • 2-1/2 tsp dried dill weed
  • 2-1/2 tsp minced onion
  • 1-1/2 tsp Spice Islands Beau Monde Seasonings (My larger local grocery store carries this but if yours does not, you can get it on Amazon – there is a link at the bottom on this page.)
  • 2-1/2 tsp dried parsley

Mix above ingredients and stir  till well blended.  Place in zip lock baggie and seal.

To serve – Mix dip mix with 1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing and 1 cup sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover at refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.  Serve with veggies or crackers.

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Curry Dip Mix

  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 2 tsp minced onion
  • 2 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp curry
  • 1/8 tsp tumeric
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Place in zip lock baggie and seal.

To serve: Mix dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Still till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.

Bacon & Chili Cheese Dip Mix

  • 1 T plus 3/4 tsp minced onion
  • 2-1/2 tsp bacon bits (You can use real or imitation.  I usually use the imitation because I often make these weeks before I use them and I am fearful that the real bacon won’t stay fresh)
  • 1-1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp Cheddar cheese powder (Again, I can get this at my larger local grocery store but if yours does not carry it, you can get it from Amazon (There is a link at the bottom of this page.)
  • 1-1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients and stir well.  Place in zip lock baggie and seal.

To serve:  Mix dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

I have more recipes still to share.  Be sure to sign up for email notifications of my new posts so you don’t miss anything.

See you next time.

Debbie

Jul 07

Make your own dip mixes – Part 5

Here are more dip mixes.  Again, these are great sellers at craft fairs, church bazaars and even flea markets.  Cheap to make, easy to put together and delicious to eat.  You can see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of my dip mix collections.

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Herb Veggie Dip Mix

  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 1 T dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 tsp. tarragon
  • 1-1/2 tsp. onion (minced)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder

Mix above ingredients and stir until well blended.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip ix with 2 cups sour cream & 2 tsp. lemon juice (in the bottle kind is ok).  Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.  Serve with crackers or fresh veggies.

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Italian Dip Mix

  • 2-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 4 T Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp. celery seeds
  • 2-1/2 tsp. sesame seeds

Combine above ingredients well.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-Combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with crackers, chips or veggies.

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Bacon Dip Mix

  • 4 T bacon bits (imitation ones work too)
  • 2 tsp. beef bouillon granules
  • 2 T minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp. minced garlic

Combine ingredients and mix well.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-Combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir until well blended and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.  

I still have more recipes to share so be sure to sign up for email notifications of new posts or check back often.

See you next time.

Debbie

Jun 26

Make your own dip mixes – Part 4

Hi All,

Some more dry dip mixes for you to make and make money with.  Or….simply to enjoy some more natural delicious dips.  If you missed them, you can find the other dip mix recipes here: Part 1, Part 2, & Part 3.  I still have more, so be sure to either sign up for emails or check back soon.

Parmesan Herb Dip Mix

  • 2 T Parmesan cheese
  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. minced onion
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper

Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-Mix dip mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate.  Dip is best if you refrigerate up to 8 hours or overnight.  Serve with veggie, crackers or chips.

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Fiesta Dip Mix

  • 1 T chili powder
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/8 heaping tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 heaping tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 heaping tsp. salt

Combine ingredients and mix well.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-Combine dip mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup sour cream.  Cover and refrigerate 8 hours.  Serve with chips, cracker or veggies.

Cheesy Onion Dip Mix

  • 1 tsp. beef bouillon granules
  • 2 T minced onion
  • 2 T Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt

Combine ingredients and mix well.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-Combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

I still have more recipes so please check back.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

Jun 21

Make your own dip mixes – Part 2

Hi All,

Here are a few more dry dip mix recipes.  Again these are delicious and are big sellers at craft fairs.  See my “Dip Mixes – Part 1” here.

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Italian Dip Mix

  • 4 T Parmesan cheese
  • 2-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. celery seeds
  • 2-1/2 tsp. sesame seeds.

Mix all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve – combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

Sesame Cheese Dip Mix

  • 2 T Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 4 tsp. toasted sesame seeds – if you can’t find toasted seeds – you can put on a microwave safe dish and microwave to about 30 seconds. (watch they don’t burn)
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Mix all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Put in a ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Cover at refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.  Again, serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

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Veggie Dip Mix

  • 1 T dried chives
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika

Mix all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Put in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream & 1 T fresh lemon juice (I used the stuff in the bottle and it was delicious too).  Mix well.  Coverage and refrigerate at least one hour.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

Check back tomorrow, I’ll have more recipes to share.  Sign up to receive email notification so you don’t miss anything.

See ya next time.

Debbie

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 20

Thrifty Thursday – Make your own dip mixes for gifts or sale.

Make your own dip mixes. Part 1

The last craft fair I attended had 4 different dip mix vendors.  Every booth selling dip mix was crowded. It may be that their tables were lined with dip and pretzels or crackers for sampling.  People do get hungry and free is free. Sometimes even if you aren’t hungry and it is free, you take some.  At least I do and I am sure you do too.  Not everyone bought but they all had lines of people waiting to pay so enough were buying.  Even I bought some.  They were $4.00 a pack or 3 for $10.00.  I bought 3.  They were delicious.  You mix sour cream with the mix and poof – creamy deliciousness.

Try doing a search for dip mix recipes. There aren’t many recipes out there.  These people are hoarding their secret recipes from us.  Way I see it, there are lots of craft fairs and lots of people to buy the mixes and not sharing isn’t right.  I have spent hours looking through every recipe website, went to the library looking for recipes and finally charmed threatened a vendor to share some beginning recipes.

Below is the collection of my efforts.  It is a starting point.  All recipes are tried and true and all can be tweaked to be made into “your special recipe”.  For those who aren’t graphically inclined, I will be posting some pretty labels to put with the mixes.  Be sure to sign up for email notifications of my posts so you don’t miss anything.

Shop around for spices.  You can get many at the dollar store.  My local grocery store also has a $1.00 spice section.  The dip mixes are easy, cheap and they sell.  If you are already selling at the craft fairs and need something to pull people to your booth, sell some booth magnets (aka dip mixes). They also make great gifts.

Note:  The baggies I use aren’t from my local grocery store.  They aren’t your regular baggies although you could use them.  I use small ones that I got from Amazon. (I posted a link to these at the bottom of this page.)  They are the perfect size and look cute too.

If you have other recipes you would like the share, please email me and I will make this a continuing growing list.

All the recipes are for 1 package of mix for testing and trying.

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Cajun Dip Mix (Spicy)

  • 1 T. paprika
  • 3/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 3/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar

Combine ingredients and stir.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve – combine the dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.   Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.

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Garlic Onion Mix

  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1-1/2 T dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt-free seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Place in a ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.  It is best if refrigerated at least 8 hours but it still delicious after sitting only 1 hour if you are rushed (or really hungry).  Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.

PS.  For the salt-free seasoning blend I used Mrs. Dash.

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Onion Dip Mix

  • 4 tsp. beef bouillon granules  (You can find this right next to the bouillon cubes at the store)
  • 2 T. dried minced onion
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried chives
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. powdered onion

Combine all ingredients and stir until well blended.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

I have run out of time today.  Check back tomorrow as I will be posting more.  Be sure to sign up for email notification.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

May 20

Craft Fairy – Making Crafts Your Business – Part 4 – Picking a Name

Picking A Name For Your Craft Business.

You want a business name that jumps out at your customers.  Something that is easy to remember. Cute, clever and creative names work best for craft businesses.  Start a notebook with name ideas.  Look for inspiration or ideas. Look at the successful shops on Etsy.    If you want to blog too, pick a craft name that still has an available domain available for it.

I want everything branded.  I want my blog name the same as my Etsy shop and my craft booth.  I had at least 25+ names that I thought would work great and I prided myself on being so creative for thinking up all these great names.  Guess what?  I wasn’t all that creative, at least not anymore than the 25+ other people who already owned the domains.  I picked “Wow I Like That” not because the domain was available, it wasn’t.  It was however ready to expire and there wasn’t an active domain using it.  So, I patiently waited for it to expire.  I had to wait two month for it to expire, then I had to wait several more before it finally showed up as available and for sale.

If you think you may want to blog or sell your goods online, look for a domain when picking your name.  Domain names are available for as little as $1.99 a year. Anyone can afford that.  Do a Google search for “Cheap Domains” and  you’ll find hundreds of sites offering domains for sale.  I paid for my domain name for 2 years so I wouldn’t risk missing the renewal before I even got the blog up and running.

You can blog for free but you will not have your own domain.  For example, if I wanted to blog with Google, my site name would have been www.wowilikethat.blogspot.com.  Or if I had taken the free WordPress blog my site name would have been www.wowilikethat.wordpress.com.  I didn’t want Blogspot or WordPress in my blog’s name and I pay for hosting to avoid this. (PS, I did sign up and have both the wowilikethat.blogspot.com and wowilikethat.wordpress.com names only so someone else wouldn’t come along and take them to confuse my all ready confused world.)  I will explain the self hosting another time.  The thing to remember now is to pick a name that you can own the corresponding domain. Buy the domain.  You don’t have to do anything with the name until you are good and ready but it is available when you are ready to move on.

You can search for domain names at any site that is offering domains for sale.  Here is IPage they are who host my service & you can check to see the availability of a domain name here.  Pick a name, see if it is available, then search for the lowest price to purchase.

Debbie