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Help with Monetizing Your Craft

I’ve been following Jess Van Den from Create and Thrive for a couple of years and have listened to most of her podcasts. She began her career as a science teacher in Australia, started making jewellery for fun, then selling it online which then led her to eventually make Epheriell her full-time job in 2010. Jess set up an etsy shop to sell her handmade jewellery and had many people ask her questions about selling online. She began Create & Thrive to teach others how to turn their handmade hobby into a thriving business. To listen to her complete story tune into her first podcast: Episode 0 – Jess’ Story.

cup and sugar bowl on indigo dyed cotton placemat by doris lovadina-lee toronto canada
Indigo dyed handwoven cotton placemat by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Jess offers many ways to help individuals learn the business of selling handmade items online. Some of these are free like: 10 Essential keys to successfully sell handmade products online. Others such as, Set Up Shop are fee based. All of her information is very practical, down-to-earth, and realistic. One of her sayings: “It’s a marathon, not a sprint”. It takes time, patience and the willingness to persevere to attain your goals. 

doris lovadina-lee hand made indigo cotton scarf nui shibori
Indigo dyed cotton voile scarf by Doris Lovadina-lee

Part of being successful is knowing what your goals are. Jess is offering a 30 day free course that I am participating in called: #MakingItPodcourse. Each day for 30 days, Jess talks about mindset, money, marketing, and business management especially for those who are makers. None of the podcourses are long, ranging in length from 10-20 minutes. She refers back to her podcast list for those who would like more in-depth focus on the topic. Each podcourse has an action item for you to consider each day and a printable one-page course summary. Although this course started the July 1st, it’s not too late to start. I encourage you to do something, don’t wait until everything is perfect before you begin. There is no perfect time or set of circumstances. Just begin, remember it’s a slow steady marathon!

Kumo shibori Indigo dyed pillow hand dyed by doris lovadina-lee
Indigo dyed pillow by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Surround yourself with a support group. They could be your family, a group of friends real or virtual who are on the same path as you. I am going to share a meal with a few real life friends this week so we can share, commiserate, celebrate and help each other in our businesses. What will you do to turn your dream into the successful business you desire?

Monetizing Your Craft Part 2 – Who I Listen To

Help, guidance, inspiration and motivation can be delivered to your In Box! Last week during the panel discussion at the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild, three of us shared our journey into Monetizing Your Craft! The time went by so quickly that I didn’t have time to mention the resources I find helpful in crafting my business. Listed below are just some of the many resources available on the web. I have enjoyed listening to these people talking about their passion. 

parfait dyed quilting cotton brown, blue, rust hanging on laundry line

Podcasts

shibori indigo dyed cotton overdyed in purple and the other in green

Websites

parfait handdyed cotton for quilting by doris Lovadina-Lee drying on line

I encourage you to have a look at the sites above. You will find some that speak to you and others that won’t. When you find some those you enjoy, sign up for their newsletters, YouTube channels, and feeds. Support these creative entrepreneurs! Please let me know which blogs, podcasts you have found informative or just fun so I can add to my list. Enjoy!

Monetizing your craft aka selling your stuff!

The Toronto Modern Quilt Guild asked me to participate in a panel discussion with Bobbie of Geeky Bobbin and Claudia of Fabric Please! The three of us are all fairly new to having an online business. Bobbie has been at this the longest at about one year and a half. Claudia has been running Fabric Please! for just under 2 months! She talks about her jump into selling online in this blog post. It was a lively discussion and I hope members came away with an appreciation of the time that is needed to having an online presence.

Doris Lovadina-Lee behind table with hand dyed fabric and snow dyed scarves at the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild meeting June 2018
Photo courtesy of Laura Henneberry

We were encouraged to bring samples of our craft to show the members and to sell to them too! I brought a selection of my snow dyed scarves and hand dyed quilting cottons. I was so caught up in preparing for the panel discussion and setting up my table that I totally forgot to take any photos. Thank you so much Laura Henneberry for taking great photos and allowing me to share them here. 

Indigo fat quarter kumo shibori handdyed by Doris Lovadina-Lee toronto arist
Photo courtesy of Laura Henneberry

One of the most repeated lines from the members was that the hand dyed fabric was beautiful but they didn’t know how to use it in a design. So, I thought I would show a couple of examples. The piece above is a fat quarter dyed in indigo. The circles were created by wrapping the fabric around a small object and holding it with a rubber band. When the bands were removed the white circular design appeared. In the quilt below, the dark strip inserted on the right hand side was cut and pieced from a fabric similar to the fat quarter above.

Atmosphere by doris lovadina-lee hand dyed kumo shibori indigo fabric made into an art quilt
Atmoshpere by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Atmosphere was created from a large piece of indigo dyed cotton. I loved the pattern that was created and I didn’t want to cut into it. This minimal modern design evolved from this.

snow dyed mandala by doris lovadina-lee
Photo courtesy of Laura Henneberry

Over the winter, I dyed a few pieces of cotton with snow creating mandala shapes! Again, I didn’t want to cut them up into smaller pieces. Cosmos was created with one of these mandala dyed cottons. The quilt top was simply spiral quilted to reinforce the circular design. Above is a detail of a brightly dyed mandala that reminds me of a bright tropical fruit.

Cosmos quilt made by doris lovadina-lee using snow dyed mandala quilting cotton
Cosmos by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Don’t be afraid to use these unique pieces of hand dyed cottons in your design. They can be combined with commercial cottons and can enhance any project. I will be adding some of my hand dyed fabrics to my online shop shortly. 

Doris Lovadina-Lee standing behind table covered with hand dyed scarves and fabric at the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild meeting
Photo courtesy of Laura Henneberry

Check back often. If you see a fabric in the photo above or on my Instagram feed that you are interested in, contact me and I will be happy to send it to you. Are you inspired to use an original piece of hand dyed fabric in your next project?

 

Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild Holiday Market 2017

Finish up, or start your Christmas shopping at the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild Festive Market!

A selection of beautiful hand crafted items will be available from our members.

Hand dyed scarves, pyjamas, knit clothing for American dolls, soaps, pillowcases, book covers, preserves, cat toys, knit socks, and Christmas ornaments are just a few of the handmade gifts available.

 

for sale hand dyed scarves Yorkshire Rose Quilters' guild of Toronto holiday market doris lovadina-lee

Admission and refreshments are free for everybody, so bring a friend or two. Enjoy delicious Christmas goodies provided by the Guild Executives. Pick up a complimentary ballot to win a door prize. Bring your cash, as most vendors won’t have machines to accept credit or debit.

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Location: Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth Avenue

Hope to see you tonight!

Shop the SLC 2017 – Ryerson Holiday Market

No, I am not redecorating! I am preparing a display for the holiday market: Shop the SLC. This event takes place at Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre at 341 Yonge Street in the first floor Amphitheatre during November 20th-24th from 10am-4pm.

Shop the SLC brings Ryerson students, alumni, staff and faculty together to showcase their home-grown talent and entrepreneurial spirit through a handmade craft market. Have a look at the list of vendors, showcasing their unique, one-of-a-kind products, perfect gifts for those hard to shop for people on your holiday list.

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I will be selling my hand dyed scarves, placemats, napkins, and handmade cards. In order to display my scarves, I’ve taken an idea from Amy of Amy’s Place Handmade, and repurposed an old lampshade. By removing the fabric cover and leaving the wire, I will be able to display a selection of my hand dyed shibori scarves next week.

 

wire lampshade
This shade is attached to an old surveyor’s stand that my husband purchased. It had been converted into a light fixture. I think it makes a great display stand!

hand dyed scarves on wire lampshade doris lovadina-lee
Testing out the display with some of my scarves. I have many new shibori scarves in silk, cotton gauze, and a wool/silk blend. I will be bringing mixed media greeting cards, small zippered pouches, indigo napkins, placemats and more. There will be lots to see!

poster shop the slc holiday market poster

Come out and find a unique gift or treat yourself to one-of-a-kind items; from fashion and food to handmade crafts and custom artwork, there is something for everyone. Each day will feature different Ryerson vendors, including me!

Hope to see you next Wednesday November 22, 2017 from 10-4. Drop by and say hello!

Urban Market at Trillium Park, Ontario Place Labour Day Weekend

Summer is a time for enjoying the outdoors. This Labour Day weekend spend time at the new Trillium Park at Ontario Place. I will be displaying my hand dyed original scarves along with 30 other vendors at the Urban Market. This event coincides with the 150th Anniversary Festival at Ontario Place.

urban market at Trillium Park Ontario Place Jewellery display by Peggy Thompson

Amy from Amy’s Place Handmade, Peggy from Jewellery by Peggy and I will be showing off all of our beautiful handmade goods at the Urban Market.

candles by Amy's Place Handmade, jewellery by Peggy Thompson and scarves by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Soy candles by @amysplacehandmade

Bird houses from Amy's Place Handmade, mala bracelet by Peggy Thompson and silk scarf by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Silk scarves by @lovadina.lee

Indigo napkin, jewellery, wooden accessories at the urban Market, Ontario Place Canada

Jewellery by @peggythompson

Shibori scarves by Doris Lovadina-Lee, candles by @amysplacehandmade at Ontario Place Urban Market

soap, scarves, candles, jewellery at the Urban Market Ontario Place on the Labour Day weekend

Urban Market at Trillium Park, Ontario Place

Labour Day Weekend

Saturday and Sunday

September 2-3

11am to 5pm

Amy, Peggy and I hope to see you there!

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