As you can see from the photos we were definitely not in Kansas! We just got back from our 3rd year attending the wonderful Craftcation Conference in beautiful Ventura, California. Craftcation is an annual four-day business and makers conference featuring industry professionals leading attendees in hands-on food & craft workshops, lectures and panels on creative business. The location, a sleepy little seaside surfing town, is so creatively inspiring. The hosts Nicole and Delialah of Dear Handmade Life do an excellent job of creating an open, inspiring and sharing community.
We learned about paying ourselves, pricing, wholesale, social media, blogging, newsletters and book proposals. We took creative classes where we learned to play with image transfers and make stamped clay metal pendants.
We also met and learned about leading “handmade” industry authors, bloggers and podcasters. We’d love to share some of our favorites with you.
- While She Naps by Abby Glassenberg. Abby’s blog is a virtual fountain of information on topics such as running your small business to sewing patterns & DIY’s.
- Tara Swiger is a maker, author and small business genius. Her blog will help you get serious about the financial and marketing aspects of your business.
- Wise Craft by Blair Stocker. We especially love Blair’s craft projects that involve upcycling. She has a wide range of talents and it is so fun to follow her adventures.
Handmade Business Books:
- The Handmade Marketplace and Grow Your Handmade Business by Kari Chapin. These two books are excellent reference for people thinking of selling or currently selling their own handmade goods.
- Make it Mighty Ugly by Kim Werker. This book is a funny and insightful weapon that you can use to slay your creative demons.
- The Brilliant Ideas Launch Pad and Make It Happen by Kari Chapin. These inspiring workbooks help to generate and capture your best ideas & track your productivity.
- Fresh Rag is a podcast hosted by Dave Conrey. Dave’s energy is contagious as he lights a fire under us and shows us how to make more from our creative pursuits.
- Raise Your Hand. Say Yes. hosted by Tiffany Han. Tiffany’s podcasts involve so so many of our creative hero’s. Listen now and every day. She’ll change your life.
- Dear Handmade Life with Nicole Stevenson and Delilah Snell is fun, inspiring and has wonderful variety.
On a final note, CreativeLive is an excellent resource for creative souls. They offer a wide selection of online workshops that you can watch for FREE. Can you believe it? Some of our favorite handmade guru’s are instructors. Megan Anderson has an upcoming class where she’ll cover craft photography fundamentals , Megan Auman is teaching a workshop called Make a Living Selling What You Make and Nicole Stevenson‘s workshop is called Craft Show Secrets, How to Get In, Make Sales and Grow Your Business. CreativeLive is also an excellent resource for photographers so spread the word!
All of these resources are at your fingerstips. Check out our recommendations – we promise you won’t be disappointed. Happy making!