Amp Up Your Accessories Contest

| April 30, 2010

Enter the Amp Up Your Accessories Contest from CraftStylish and The Sewing Republic Sponsored by Bernina and you could win $250 of City Girl Fabric!  The contest is super easy to enter, just upload a photo of your favorite purse, scarf, belt, jewelry or other accessory project before midnight on May 21, 2010.  Enter as […]

How to Protect Your Virtual Assets

| April 29, 2010

If you have a website or a blog for your business then you have a very valuable asset that you need to make plans to protect in case something should happen to you.  Even if you don’t yet have a website, you likely have an email account in addition to PayPal, eBay, Facebook, Twitter and […]

Grow Your Business With Customer Service

| April 27, 2010

I’ll bet you’re wondering just HOW can you grow / build a business just by giving great customer service!  Think about your customers for a minute — how do they feel about you and your customer service?  Are you quick to respond to them?  Do you take care of small issues before they become big […]

Earth Day Celebration Savings and Sales

| April 22, 2010

In celebration of Earth Day today many businesses are promoting special deals, coupons and sales – all my favorite things!  Here are some worth checking out: Amazon – “Read, Reuse, Recycle” program gets you up to 34% off Earth Day reads for kids and adults. Appliance Rebate Programs – Many states have scheduled their rebate […]

Working With Waistbands And Facings

| April 21, 2010

          There are several ways to finish the waistline of skirts and slacks.  The straight waistband is the most familiar and the most popular, but a stretch waistband  or a simple facing may be used.  The pattern will specify a waistline treatment, but a different finish can often be substituted if desired.           Straight waistbands […]

Project Tutorial: Make Your Own Oven Mitts

| April 20, 2010

My old oven mitts are looking pretty pitiful but it seems that I can never find any new ones in a print that I like so I’ve decided to make my own replacements.  Cthuliz has a terrific project tutorial posted, full of step-by-step photos and instructions on how to make your own oven mitts using […]

Need New Toys For Your Customer Waiting Area?

| April 19, 2010

Actually, this post could be “Need new toys for your grandchildren when they come to visit?” or “Need a new product to sell at the next craft fair?”, but sometimes it seems like the toy corner of a customer waiting area gets pretty skimpy!  Not many toys, and the ones you have available are over […]

Home Accent Today’s Color Forecast for 2011

| April 16, 2010

Get your first look at The 2011 Color Forecast from Home Accent Today!  Most of us are looking to 2011 as a rebound year for businesses, to hopefully keep building on a solid end to 2010.  Check out the trends that we’re expected to see in colors for home decor and fashion so that you can plan […]

Project Tutorial: Toddler’s Petal Skirt

| April 15, 2010

Of my two four year old girls (half of my set of quadruplets) one is a tomboy and one is a drama queen – one is always in skirts and the other (the one who’s most like me at that age) is always wearing something dirt colored :)  Boy would my skirt girl love to […]

Simplicity’s Project Runway Pattern Design Contest

| April 13, 2010

Enter Simplicity’s Inspired by Project Runway Pattern Design contest and you’ll have the chance of your original design being marketed worldwide and added to the Simplicity Pattern Collection.  Additionally, the grand prize winner will receive a trip to New York to meet with Simplicity design and production staff.  Other prizes include: First Place: Brother Project […]