grazing + finding creative inspiration

A consumer packaged goods expert recently divulged to me that she never, ever looks at her competition. That really took me by surprise, because I always over-research everything. (My local branch librarians know all about me and my extensive interlibrary loan requests.) Instead of looking at the competition, she told me, she examines parallels. What… Continue reading grazing + finding creative inspiration

Can I Get in Trouble for Selling Crafts Based on Popular Characters?

Can you make things that look like copyrighted characters and sell them on Etsy? My friend is making really cool Oscar the Grouch hats, but could she can get in trouble for selling them? As a general rule, you shouldn't sell crafts with any character, image or logo that's not your own. Etsy can and will… Continue reading Can I Get in Trouble for Selling Crafts Based on Popular Characters?

my craft business chat with sister diane

It was so fun to hang out with Sister Diane last night and talk about craft business! We probably could've talked for hours, but somehow we kept it to 45 minutes. :) Thanks for having me, lady! And if you watched the hangout and would like to get a copy of Crafty Superstar, head over… Continue reading my craft business chat with sister diane

What’s the Best Glue for Paper?

Amanda asks: Grace, what is the best adhesive to use for attaching paper on paper? Specifically, old paper onto new paper. Also, will you please start a Q&A craft blog? Great. Thanks. Your wish is my command! The most important thing to be aware of when using old paper and gluing papers together is the acidity.… Continue reading What’s the Best Glue for Paper?

East Coast Crafty Book Tour!

So, as you know, I recently gave notice at my day job. And my new craft business book just came out! One of the things I'm most excited about as I enter the wild world of full-time freelancing is a DIY book tour/road trip I'm doing in September! Basically, I'm packing up the old Prius… Continue reading East Coast Crafty Book Tour!

new year’s roundup

You'd think, since I wasn't working on a new book, I would've had tons of time to read in 2010, right? Well, I kept plenty busy with a promotion at my day job, organizing two local craft show events and travelling a ton. I kept on making handmade journals and cards, and I also joined a… Continue reading new year’s roundup