Recycled Crafts

Bottlecaps I have collected last yearRecycled Crafts are those items that you create using materials that would have been thrown away anyway. Personally, I like collecting bottlecaps and using them to create jewelry. You can also use them to create wind chimes, pictures and much more. If you have a PInterest account you will see a wide variety of items being created using recycled bottlecaps. For those who don’t want to use items that they have found on the ground or rescued from the trash there are several companies online that offer freshly manufactured bottlecaps to use. Granted, collected bottlecaps from the ground or trash may seem a little gross but you are helping clean up the environment and eventually they may become part of some great art project. Use you imagination!
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Work versus Creative Endeavors

Work Versus Creative Endeavors. Can you find a happy medium between the two? Finding time to be creative is getting harder and harder. What with our obligations to our current State Park as Volunteer Residential Hosts, the many websites that we have that we have to maintain and write articles as well as finding time to add our products to our websites to get them sold. We all find that work will take us away from spending time doing the things that we love that may not actually make money, pay bills or keep our family happy. As you can probably tell with our blog postings being so sporadic and the amount of items for sale on this website; we have been working on re-inputting the handcrafted items we have already created versus creating new stuff. But we are slowly getting caught up. Patience and Persistence are what we, and you, should do to get the things we need to get done in order to create time for doing the things we want to do.
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Seeking Other Venues

JewelrySets (7)Seeking other venues to help promote your site is helpful in these fast-paced times. Having your products on commercial websites such as Etsy.com and Ebay is a great way to advertise your own website and what you can offer the buying public. The best thing about having your own website is that, You Make The Rules, and can sell anything on it you wish. The downside to your own website is that you have to promote, publish and push your wares and pay for that promotion is a variety of places. Yes, this is just as much work as creating your items that you want to sell, no matter what they might be. Just as writers need to promote their books in local bookstores, online bookstores and attending book fairs; crafts persons must promote themselves and their work too.
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Local Author Expo at RAM

BookStacksHey all you Northeast Florida Writers out there if you haven’t signed up for the Riverside Arts Market Local Author Expo for June 29th you are missing out on a great opportunity. We just saw the reminder posting on their Facebook page:

We’re thrilled to share that our Local Authors Expo on June 29th will feature more than 30 writers from throughout Northeast Florida. Here’s a list for your reading pleasure!

Tami Blake
Mark Chapman, Jr.
Connie Davies
Ennis Davis
Cheryl Dubberly
Tyler Edwards
Cynthia Enuton
Marti Forchion
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Are You A NE Florida Writer

books12Are you a Northeast Florida Writer? Would you like to get some free publicity? We are asking that all the NE Florida Writers send us their information so that we can share it with local libraries, public schools and local bookstores. We are in the process of creating a booklet of all the writers and writing a series of articles that will feature each of those writers who wish to participate. You don’t have to participate to be put in the booklet. Continue reading “Are You A NE Florida Writer”