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Want to add a little spice to your kitchen wallpaper? Use a stencil to paint a border running above your counters and appliances! This lesson from Cutting Edge Stencils teaches you to tape your stencil in place, apply your paint evenly with a roller, and remove your stencil without smearing or bleeding your paint. This simple technique for stenciling a border can add an simple but classy accent to any room.


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In this lesson, learn how to plan your business inventory. Will you make prototypes and then crochet custom items to order? Or, will you have a set inventory and stockpile of items ready to ship? You’ll want to consider things such as storage space, upfront business costs, and business insurance. Then, take the next steps in your small business by planning you shipping packaging, creating business cards, and photographing your products.


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Wall art is expensive, but stenciling is a great way to make a statement wall that won’t break the bank! In this lesson from Cutting Edge Stencils learn about the necessary tools (a stencil, foam roller, brushes, paint, tape, and paper towels), and the proper techniques to achieve an evenly colored stenciled wall. Finally, learn helpful tips like how to remove paint if you accidentally roll off the edge stencil, and how to continue your stenciled design around corners.


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Want to get rid of dead skin and reveal smoother, softer, younger looking skin, but don't want to spend a fortune on beauty products? Taste4Beauty shows you how to make a DIY homemade sugar scrub that's cheap, quick, and easy to make- it only has two ingredients! This scrub will exfoliate and moisturize your skin, and improve blood circulation. You'll be revealing a glamorous new you in no time!


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Looking for a great do-it-yourself way to add interest and color to your home? Thinking about painting a statement wall? Consider stenciling—with elegant designs and easy to use stencils, your paint project just got easier. In this lesson, Cutting Edge Stencils demonstrates how to use an interlocking stencil to update a wall. Learn how to align stencils, make sure your design is level, and how to use the registration to ensure correct spacing. Beautiful just got easy.


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Now that you’ve got your target audience figured out and your items properly priced, it’s time to get out there and sell! Learn where to start when it comes to selling your handmade crochet items in this lesson from Sedie. You’ll learn about hosted sites such as Etsy, ArtFire, eBay, Craftsy, and Ravelry, and why you should set-up an online shop either on a hosted website or your own domain. Then, also consider selling your handmade products in a traditional brick and mortar shop!


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Continue planning your business by focusing on one of the key components: you! In this lesson, you’ll take what you know about your target audience and add in what you know about yourself. What makes you different? Learn how to make a business stand out with a unique selling proposition. By having a clear idea of why customers would buy from you, the seller and small business owner, you’ll be better able to relate and speak to them.


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Make a lovely Easter decoration made from real eggs! In this lesson, Great Aunt teaches you how to blow out the insides of an egg, then decorate the shells and hang them up for festive fun. Learn how to remove an egg's innards without breaking it, how to clean the shell, and what the easiest materials are for coloring your eggs (not to mention some cute suggestions for how to decorate them).


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Create designer wallpaper without designer prices! This lesson from Cutting Edge Stencils teaches you how to use stencils, paint, tape, and rollers to make easy but original and elegant wallpaper patterns. Learn how to eyeball your stencil placement, layer multiple stencils, and decorate your wall without trouble or mess. This lesson also covers bending stencils around floors and ceilings to get a natural wallpaper look.


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Learn how to create a journal as unique as you are, with customized pages and cover. In this lesson from Aly is Writing, discover the basics of bookbinding. Start by folding index cards and nesting five cards at a time to create a “folio;” put three to five folios together to form a “signature.” Then learn how to punch holes in your signature and bind everything together before creating a custom cover and spine. The finished product will be perfect for displaying and capturing your creativity.


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Engaging with your audience isn’t the only benefit of using social media to promote your small business! Learn how to increase traffic to your Facebook page and online store by using targeted Facebook ads. Facebook is the largest social media platform and a great way to reach your customers. By understanding how to advertise on Facebook, you’ll be able to grow your business and increase profits. Monitor your ads to make sure your marketing budget is being spent well!


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Now that you’re ready to start making your handmade crochet items, it’s time to figure out pricing. Knowing how to price your work is essential in keeping your business afloat and your bottom line strong. Make sure your small business makes a profit by setting a wholesale price based on fixed costs and variable costs. In this lesson, Sedie will share some tips and show you some simple formulas for calculating wholesale prices.


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You're stenciling a damask or all-over stenciling project, but how you do approach stenciling those tricky corners? This lesson from Cutting Edge Stencils walks you through stenciling corners using a roller and stencil brush. Learn how taking the corner one wall at a time, then filling in the overlapping area with a brush, can give you clean, sharp corners.


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Succulents come in a variety of shapes and stunning colors, and are versatile enough to fit in deep or shallow containers. Create a beautiful container garden showcasing these gorgeous plants, and add interest to your porch or patio! Learn how to prep your container, what kind of soil to use, and how to maximize the 4” pots of succulents you’ll buy. Single-container succulent gardens also make unique and thoughtful gifts—whether your creation is for a friend or yourself, it’s sure to be enjoyed.


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Social media is a great way to build community and put a personal touch to your business. In this lesson, learn how to use social media to engage with your target audience and get online followers. Sedie will guide you through the merits of blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Learn which form of social media is best for sharing pictures and which forms is like the online cocktail party. By connecting to your customers, you’ll be better able to grow your small business.


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In addition to retail and wholesale pricing, you will need to have special pricing in place for some other common sales scenarios. In this lesson, Sedie walks you through how to price your crochet products (or any product!) for a craft show, flea market, or consignment. Then, you’ll also get tips on offering discounts to friends and family so that you can continue to grow your small business. Finally, learn how to price items for charity auctions and nonprofits.


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If your creativity can't be constrained to a single ink color, try sponge daubing on stamps - where sponges are used to blend many colors directly onto the stamp. This lesson from Fabulously Artsy Studio reviews the different types of sponges and offers tips on how to sponge daub. Be sure to apply the lighter color first, followed by the darker colors!


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In this lesson, make the most of your business advertising and marketing budget by learning how to use Google AdWords to customize ads that will drive traffic to your page. This pay-per-click advertising method can get you targeted online traffic and help boost sales. Then, learn how to use Google AdSense to make more money for your small business by hosting other advertisements on your website.


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Now that you know how to do wholesale pricing, continue your journey into building a small business by figuring out how to calculate retail price. Using your wholesale price, you’ll set a suggested retail price, as well as consider how much items will cost customers buying direct from you. Sedie will give you important tips on making sure you keep your target audience in mind and what can happen if you undercut your wholesale buyers.


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