december 16—handmade

I’m participating in Gwen Bell’s #reverb10 challenge this month which means 31 days filled with daily writing/photography prompts meant to reflect on the past year and at the same time look ahead.

December 16 – Friendship. How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst? (Author: Martha Mihalick)

A few months ago, I think it was late summer I met Kari Chapin online. Kari is an exceptionally talented writer, crafter, and stylist whose book The Handmade Marketplace: How to sell your crafts locally, globally, and online was published in February.

The Handmade Marketplace (cover)

She’s also a friend, so of course, I want you to meet her.

During our last afternoon coffee date, we talked until the sun slipped behind the buildings and until our cups were empty. Hours pass like minutes when I’m with Kari.

It was the same scenario when I read her book.

Smart, funny, sincere.

She writes how she is and The Handmade Marketplace is the best indie craft book I’ve read.

Part I covers basic steps in order to set your business up to succeed.

Part II gives you the tools you need to get the word out from marketing your craft online, connecting with your community, blogging, advertising, and finding your way around social media networks.

The Handmade Marketplace (chapter 8)

Part III finishes with how to sell your crafts at fairs, online, in brick-and-mortar stores, as well as a few other creative options (like teaching a class and hosting house parties).

Kari continues to amaze and inspire me.

Now about that Etsy store and podcast…

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