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With the new year comes cleaning out of the old and focusing on new goals and how to achieve them. If you already have a handmade business, it is still a good idea to take a fresh start and realign with your business plan and what you would like to set out to do for the year.

Even if you are just stepping your toe into the fantastic world of handmade for the very first time, it is great to think ahead so that you can flourish with your creativity and ideas. The business side is always hard for everyone, thats why you should set some of your focus to it:

  • Business goals and strategy for achieving them: What is the mission of your business? Will it be eco-friendly or will it donate a portion of proceeds to charity? Whatever your goals are, spell them out here. Be as clear as possible.
  • Market Analysis: Who are you selling your products to? Why should a customer choose your product over a competitors? Are there regulatory restrictions in your industry? If you’re selling bath products, what laws do you need to adhere to for your state/country?
  • Marketing Strategy: How are your target customers going to find out about your wonderful products? Will you buy advertisements on blogs or other websites? Will you use social media such as Twitter or Facebook? What is the minimum number of followers/fans that you want to have? How will you track prospective sales? Once you collect prospective customers, how will you continue to interact with them? Will you have an advertising budget or use completely free techniques?
  • Products: Will you have one line of products or multiple lines? What is your value proposition–why should your customers buy your product? Do they need it? Do any of your products require patents or trademarks? Who are your suppliers? If your supplier goes out of business, is there a comparable supplier? What is the cost of your product and what is the correct price to sell it/them at?
  • Financials: Include both past and future data (Profit & Loss Statements, Balance sheets, and Cash Flow Statements). If this is too intense, try to plan out how much profit (the money you earn from selling your products minus the cost of your products) you want to make each year. What do you need to do to achieve this?

With these foundations in mind, you will have more clarity and focus on your amazing ideas and products. It will be easier to work towards your goals if you know what they are.

We can’t wait to see you at Chautauqua in April!!

XOXO The Flygals

We thought a nice way to finish off those handmade gifts at our market would be a special touch from you. Personalize your finds and gift giving with bits, bobbins and trimmings at our DIY wrap station at the BMoCA! For more kraft paper wrapping ideas visit Pinterest.

Call for Indie-Craft Artisans! Applications for our Winter Holiday Market, December 9-11th at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art are now available! Deadline to get them in is October 7th.

Organized by two of our favorite repeat vendors, Kirsten Coplans, designer of pearl clothing, Jil Cappuccio, owner of Jil Cappuccio One of a Kinds & Limited Lines, it’s the second Indie Wearable Craft event, showcasing style for the Fall 2011 season!

Indie Wearable Craft urban style mart will be held in a downtown Denver studio, located at 1754 Humboldt Street between 17th and 18th avenue on Friday, October 21st from 5-9 pm, Saturday October 22nd from 10-6 pm, and Sunday, October 23rd from 10-3pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Indie Wearable Craft urban style mart was created to fill a niche of wearable style, clothing for women and men, jewelry, and handbags, made by independent local designers whoʼs style works together to create an entire look. The Fall event will be held in a renovated brick building transformed into a working studio and is perfect as a store like setting. Indie Wearable Craft is for people who love one of a kind, handmade, beautifully crafted, recycled, unique, screen printed style, and want to support local independent designers.

The designers include Swear Jar, Becky’s Buttons & Things, Darling Ruth, Jil Cappuccio, Vital Industries, pearl clothing, Phyrne Metals, Beans & Rice, Dandy Social Club, Lucky Me Beads, and Mona Lucero.

20110917-024638.jpgGreat line to get in this morning! We are stuffing goodie bags again tonight which are going to the first 25 shoppers to come through the firefly gates! Our creative community and giving vendors have contributed great gifts to our handmade hobo bags to show their appreciation for those who come out to support handmade. No two are exactly alike.

Come early-bird style and you could receive a special Firefly goodie bag with something from one of these fantastic folks:

Haute Nature, Poeisis, Spinster Sisters, Bussard Design, BirdDog Press, Helliemae’s Salt Caramels, Vital Industries, Suuthe, Bubba & Bella, Glory Bee Body, Make My Notebook, Jen G Studio, Spruce Jewelry, Rakun, All Things Bean or Tee & Cakes

From left, Kristin FitzGerrell, Allison Bozeman and Holland Seydel, with their RV "Stella Rose." The three artists' organization, Firefly Handmade, is sponsoring a "gypsy farm market" this weekend. (PAUL AIKEN)

We are delighted to be featured in the Daily Camera today!! In the paper, check out a photo of new vendor, By Elke. And mentions of Swear Jar’s Kurt Van Maarth and Fringe’s Carrie McWithey. We are so excited for the market opening day on Saturday!


Also, thanks to the Westword for a mention last week; Plus a vendor feature in the elephant journal the other day on Ash & Ore. Three cheers, Hooray!

Helliemae’s Salt Caramels are different. Pushed to the very brink of what sugar + heat can do, these big, deeply-flavored beauties are much more intense than other salted caramels. Dark and rich, they’re made in tiny, four-pound batches with more butter and cream than most: they taste incredibly fresh, not sticky.

There are three main varieties: Classic Salt, Coffee, and Cardamom. They all have Helliemae’s signature intensity, with an addictive salty/sweet combination. Each season, there are limited-edition flavors. This Spring meant Jasmine: lighter caramels infused with the delicate perfume of jasmine tea. Last Fall,  Ellen made apple caramels that are Autumn in a square: they’re like caramel-covered apples, but without the mess. Keep your tongue crossed Ellen will bring these for some Firefly flavor!

This booth is not to be missed, life changing crafty caramels – to be sure.

Ellen Daehnick
ellen@saltcaramels.com


Helliemae’s Salt Caramels
http://www.saltcaramels.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/helliemaes

Twitter: http://twitter.com/helliemaes


“Helliemae’s: turning people into caramel hoarders, one small batch at a time.” – Amanda McKay


Denver Westword just named Helliemae’s one of its 10 favorite Colorado food & drink producers: http://bit.ly/pDo17j

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*for a full listing of our Gypsy Farm Market indie-craft artisans, visit the vendor list on our website.


Living in the mountains of Colorado,  days are spent being with those and doing that which inspires … time with family, friends, critters, work…

The world of clay and fibers offer a unique medium in which to express all within Candace Newlove’s world. She was taught early on to work with her hands and follow her heart. Candace strives to create that which is important… simplicity and grace… balance and movement… respect and gentle honesty… and most importantly joy and good laughter!

Candace Newlove | Clay & Fiber Arts

www.candacenewlove.com
candace@candacenewlove.com

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*for a full listing of our Gypsy Farm Market indie-craft artisans, visit the vendor list on our website.

Jaala Jewels and Lizzie Mara will be joining us on gypsy caravan alley next weekend. After years of careers with Patagonia, Esprit, Oilily and Room Seven, they have extensive expertise in display design. Combining their colorful and whimsical styles, we can’t wait to see what they come up with in this gypsy genre.

Jaala’s work is brilliant with combining vintage costume jewelry and modern looks. She is well known in Denver for her fashionable, sought-after wearable art pieces, which are one of a kind and hand-made in Colorado.

Lizzie Mara’s mixed media paintings are vibrant works that pay homage to her love of nature and color. She has studied in Colorado and France, Mexico and Holland. Her clients are very loyal and collect these tiny works of art. Lizzie Mara often paints on old scraps of lumber for her wood-panels and uses vintage ribbon as frames.

jaala on etsy // lizzie mara on facebook

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