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Joann’s Own Your Look Prom Contest 2010

| January 15, 2010

It’s time for Joann’s annual Own Your Look Prom Contest!  The contest runs through June 15, 2010 and has a grand prize of $50,000 cash for college plus a $1,000 Joann gift card, plus 2nd through 10th place prizes.  The contest is open to students ages 14-19, and is void in Maryland and Vermont. To […]

How to Make a Scroll Saw from a Sewing Machine

| January 14, 2010

Lots of people are re-using and re-purposing items these days, and when I saw this sewing machine that had been turned into a scroll saw I just had to share it with our readers.  Older sewing machines are typically very well made, however lots of them tend to get thrown out by people who just […]

Do You Do Sewing For Women?

| January 13, 2010

We talk from time to time about the huge market there is for sewing for plus size boys and girls (take a look around and you’ll see how true this is!) However, we rarely mention increasing your services by doing specialty sewing for plus size and full figure women.  At the BigBeautifulPeople website you will […]

Update To Increasing Profits By Increasing Services

| January 11, 2010

Last week I did a post encouraging people to step “outside the box”, as they say, in order to increase profits by increasing services.  This week I have a perfect example of doing just that! Denise, my daughter and business partner, has 4 year old quadruplet “babies” and an older son who is 5 (as many of […]

Adorable Pajama Teddy Bears

| January 10, 2010

What can you do with those warm flannel pajamas that are absolutely too small, and perhaps worn so much that the knees have holes in them?  Just ask Joan at NiniMakes – she has the perfect answer!  You make cuddly teddy bears! Aren’t those teddy bears just adorable?  And Joan tells you how she made […]

Privacy For Nursing Mothers

| January 9, 2010

More and more new mothers are making the decision to breast feed the newborn baby.  Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed a child and can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as a parent.  When my daughter’s first child was born, 13 of the 15 new mothers in the hospital […]

Mother and Daughter Business Fills a Void

| January 8, 2010

Tina Schatzberg had left her career as an advertising sales executive to be a stay-at-home mom, however she still had a passion for marketing and wanted a more flexible means of pursuing that passion.  When Schatzberg’s mother lost her job as a sewer for an automotive supplier in Detroit, the two decided to go into […]

Two Janome Story Contests

| January 7, 2010

Janome has two contests currently running that both end on 3/31/10 so there is still plenty of time to enter.  Contest #1 – Pass It On The requirements for Janome’s Pass It On contest are to write a story about who taught you to sew and why or about someone you’ve taught to sew, and […]

How Business Books Jumpstart Your Home Business!

| January 6, 2010

As unemployment continues to skyrocket, every week there are more and more people losing their jobs, reaching the end of unemployment dollars or having their hours cut back so far they can no longer make ends meet.   Now is the time to look into starting your own home business.  There are many home businesses that […]

Unemployed Mom Stitches Up a Business From Daughter’s Designs

| January 5, 2010

Denise Garlow is an out of work graphic artist from Atlanta who had been spending most of each day at the computer looking for employment and rewriting her resume.  Then one day her daughter brought home a plate she had designed in Girl Scouts that had drawings of “colorful, mouse-like creatures with large saucer ears […]