The Amazing Magazine Rack of Craft. We had a hand in that.

Recently I walked into a book store after a 6 month absence. Going to a book store as a child and adult has always been better than going to a candy store to me. The options, images and books, more precisely the paper the books were printed on, were intoxicating. Then suddenly Magazines started taking over.

Magazines at The Book Store

And let me tell you, I am drawn to that section immediately. The Colors and images alone are enough to make a raccoon change direction, not to mention a freak for anything crafty. Plus the benches are so conveniently lined up there.

As I scanned the racks – and racks – and more racks, I was taken back by the amount of craft – hobby and DIY magazines available.

I grabbed about 5 that caught my eye {some of which were printed all by the same company} and took a short walk. Coffee in hand, moleskine journals too, found a corner and took a quick glance at the treasures on my lap.

found a quiet corner

As I looked through the glossy pages, recycled paper covers and at beautiful images, I couldn’t help but think we are the inspiration for this abundance. WE the creative, crafting community. The Army of handmade Sellers and Buyers.

Craft, Creative, DIY & Hobby magazines exist because WE exist. {retweet that}

The more I let those words sink in the more I am inspired to help take over even more space on those shelves.

The more of Us that exist, the more of us that Cultivate Creative Businesses and the more that become the best at our crafts… will bring about more options and ideas on the shelves over the next months, years and decades in our chosen artistic arenas.

The abundance was overwhelming and inspiring

Perhaps some of those options, ideas and new shiny magazines will be created by you.

What magazines have your attention right now?

Finally An Introduction: Cultivating A Creative Living.

Hi there, I just realized I hadn’t introduced myself. My name is Tehlia Lauerman, Owner – Operator – Pencil Pusher – and Coffee Go Getter for this site. I have created many spaces for myself online and in doing so I have finally found the 5 things I am passionate about. And Five might be a few to little. If you are smiling you know very well what I mean… Us Creatives have an addiction to creating. With that said, WELCOME again and keep reading ~ ~ ~

Cultivate:

  • To grow or tend (a plant or crop), promote the growth of.
  • To nurture; foster. Form and refine, as by education.
  • To seek the acquaintance or goodwill of; make friends with.

Creative:

  • Having the ability or power to create: Human beings are creative animals.
  • Productive; creating.
  • Characterized by originality and expressiveness; imaginative: creative writing.
  • One who displays productive originality

Entrepreneur:

  • The owner or manager of a business enterprise who, by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits

Does any of that sound like you? Are you a creative, an artist and seller of what you make or hope to start selling what you make? Do you cultivate, grow and nurture your ideas? I have to say it sounds a lot like me. When I am not in my studio crocheting, embroidering, painting or creating block prints, I am on twitter and my facebook fanpage making announcements and being a social media maven. Then before the evening ends I am creating logos – banners – blogs – websites & fanpage profile/cover images for other creatives.

I love to create whether it is for myself, to sell in my handmade online shop or to help others cultivate their creative dreams. Follow along to get tips on selling what you make, social media pointers and website/blog tutorials along with random adventures around the house, from chickens in my yard, to dogs sleeping on my lap and definitely a dreaded “I hate laundry” rant. Be sure to subscribe, follow *look to the sidebar*, comment, ask questions and share your successes.

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Selling What You Create: build your stock

You create beautiful things. You love doing it, working on them, thinking about new ways to make what you make. Fantastic! Keep doing it.

Photo by Tehlia Lauerman

You can’t sell anything online whether it be in your very own ecommerce site or on Etsy, Meylah & any other handmade selling site without stock. Imagine walking through you favorite shopping center. You see two stores, one full of merchandise and then another with a handful of items on a single table surrounded by white space. Which store will you go in? Which store do you think  will reward you for taking the time to browse?

#1 Build up your stock

#2 Take excellent product photos

#3 create thoughtful and fun listing descriptions

Work on you blog(s), fanpage and social media last. Why last? If you don’t have items, edited photos and descriptions you have nothing to talk about online.

Keep creating, make something daily and always edit your photos. (Retweet That)

Connect with me on Photobucket and Photobucket . I will do the social media searching for you so you can get back to building your creative business Stocked Full of amazing items.