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Spring Card Roundup

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Hey, internet! Here in sunny Pennsylvania, Summer is right around the corner, so I’ve decided to submit this roundup of cards that I’ve made this Spring! Hope you enjoy! Read the rest of this entry

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The Fine Arts Fiesta in Downtown Wilkes-Barre

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Hey, internet! If you’ ve been following my NEPA Arts & Crafts series, you know that the Fine Arts Fiesta in downtown Wilkes-Barre started yesterday and will continue until the 20th!

Today I managed to travel to the Wilkes-Barre public square with a very reluctant boyfriend and our best friend, Kt, and check out all the action!

Wilkes-Barre hosts an array of many different artists, from painters to jewelry-makers, carpenters to photographers. The city is so incredibly diverse, you never know who or what you’re going to see next.

Me, I was clunking around in my new red high heels, and by the time we made it from our car to the square my feet were just killing me. I was too distracted by my newfound foot pain to remember to take any pictures! I have many things to learn yet about walking in heels.

Someone was snapping photos, however, and my friends told me that while I wasn’t looking one of the local photographers got a shot of my back tattoo without my permission, so I’ll be scouring the internet to see where I turn up.

One great thing about the fiesta is the amalgamation of different cultures and the wide variety of snack foods these ethnic groups bring to the table. If you’re not into carnival food, there are wonderful restaurants in the surrounding area serving Thai, Japanese, Italian, Mexican and American palates.

If you haven’t stopped by the Fine Arts Fiesta in downtown Wilkes-Barre, remember you have until May 20th to see all these inspiring, creative vendors local to the NEPA region! So what are you waiting for?

This is the local arts & crafts event I’ve been waiting for all year! What events do you love to attend in the Spring and Summer? What makes creative types come together in your area?

My blog sucks, and so can you!

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I know it’s been quite some time since my last post, but boy, have I been busy with all this Christmas crafting.

I’d love to come back from my hiatus with tons of posts regarding all the work I’ve been doing, but it seems I haven’t exactly written them yet. Go figure.

This distance I’ve put between myself and my blog has allowed me to look at it from an outsider’s point-of-view, and I need to be honest with myself: it’s marginally terrible.

So now I’m back, and I’m going to try to cut out all the crap. The agenda is a long and thorough one, possibly more thorough than my attention span will carry me. It starts with finishing off the gifts I’ve been crafting for the holiday season, and of course blogging all about them, probably writing some DIYs for the more popular ones (this of course means those that quickly generate over 10 pageviews – how exciting), and then rewriting pages and deleting meaningless banter and making it considerably prettier around here. I’ve got my work cut out for me, but just writing this I’m getting all kinds of excited and inspired.

So, internet, if you’re in here and you’re reading this, feel free to take a look around. Share advice, ask questions, drop a line, and be honest. I’m cleaning the place up, so I’d love nothing more than to hear from my guests. I’m talking to YOU, because not many others are stopping by. Thanks for looking.

What’s Next?

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Hey there, internet. I realize it’s been nearly a month since my last post, but it’s summertime¬†and construction work is really picking up. Brad and I are making enough money to put some away, but making time for crafting and maintaining the blog has been a little difficult with most of my supplies being 400 miles away.

Anywho, I have been putting a decent amount of effort into getting organized, so once I get to spend some time at home with a few days off to kill you’ll get to see the results of my scary-closet-corner-to-awesome-crafting-space makeover.

Also, I’ve got tons of ideas lined up for Shubette(this blog as well as my shop-to-be), including some pretty interesting blog features, tips, tidbits, and some really handy products that you’ll someday see in the shop. You’ll most definitely want to stay tuned – especially this coming Winter, when the construction work is out of season.

Aaaand, last but not least, shoot me an email if you feel you’ve got something to contribute. I’m not only looking for advice, but also an additional blogger to help maintain some things around here while I’m away from home and some insight into the business end of…well, my future business. Thanks for sticking around, internet.

Happy Birthday to (America and) Me

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Good evening, internet! I hope by the time you read this you’ve already had a pleasant Independence Day. As you may or may not know, today is also my birthday, and to celebrate, I’ve added a brand-new page to the blog that’s all About Me! I deserve it, after all…

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Travel Crafts

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Needless to say, my blog has been on a bit of a hiatus. I’ve been in West Virginia doing some traffic control, and I’ve let things slip. So, to get back on the right track and redeem myself in the eyes of my readers and myself, prepare for some totally relevant updates.

Before I went on this trip, I was considering the best methods of crafting-on-the-go. I didn’t find much information out on the subject, but I knew I wasn’t going away for a 5 week business trip without bringing along something to keep myself busy. The night prior to leaving, I packed up what I considered to be the most basic of supplies. This includes(but is not limited to): fabric swatches, pins and needles(poked neatly inside one pin- and one needle-cushion), sewing essentials, floss, my recently discovered vintage hair clips(as well as anything else I own that I consider junk-jewelry), and¬† a bag of cut-up denim. I opted not to bring any sort of polymer clay, keeping in mind that there wouldn’t be a public oven available at any of the cheap motels I’d come to meet. I was right.

Then, of course, I went shopping, and discovered the two easiest travel crafts, and they’re right up my alley. More about these after the jump! Read the rest of this entry

Discovering Marketing

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Sorry about the late post, folks! Life’s been fairly hectic over the past two weeks. My boyfriend and I got ourselves a car(that we’re still trying to fix) and relocated to his parents’ house(and aren’t entirely moved in yet), so I’ve been just a little bit caught up in the work we’ve got to get done.

Fortunately, that’s not what I’m here to ramble about today. Rather, I’d like to introduce you, readers, to an awesome little resource that has really opened up new worlds for aspiring small business owners like myself. What I’m referring to are these excellent Free Marketing Courses sent straight to your email from Naomi Dunford, creator of IttyBiz. Don’t worry, guys – there’s no spam in this.

These courses are tailored to your specific marketing needs, whether you’re a blogger, a geek, an artist, a writer, or just anybody looking to learn a thing or two about the basics of marketing. All you have to do is decide what kind of person you are and what you’re looking to achieve, and then provide your email address. Personally, I thought “Marketing for Designers and Other Artsy Fartsy Types” was right for me. I could’ve also selected “Marketing for Bloggers: How to Get More Asses in the Seats”. There are quite a few translations of these texts just waiting to be interpreted by business owners like you and me. I’m sure you’ll find the one that’s made just for you.

After you’ve signed up, you’ll receive an email every other day for ten days, each covering a different aspect of the marketing world. Each email contains some very useful advice, some points to consider, some questions to ask yourself about your own business, and occasionally a task for you to complete for your own good. Not only will you learn a thing or two about marketing, but through these exercises you’ll discover a few things you didn’t know about your own itty business. I won’t go into much more detail than that; you’ll just have to hear what Naomi has to say for yourself. Be sure to check it out, internet!

Oh, and over the past few days I started receiving some more emails from Naomi, a continuation of these awesome lessons. Just saying, if you enjoy them as much as I did, I hope you’re in the mood for some extra credit. Thanks for reading.