Have a creative business? This post is for you . . .

I want to share some exciting news with all my friends who are running a creative business. I know so many of you rug hookers and small publishers are working very hard to grow the small businesses you are so passionate about. It’s hard, I know. But this ebook is so exciting! We all love Kelly Rae Roberts whimsical and inspiring art work, but she is also so smart when it comes to taking your creative business to the next level. And, she is sharing all her tips, tricks, and experience with us in her ebook, Flying Lessons! It is Kelly Rae sharing everything she’s ever learned in her creative biz journey. This 261 page ebook has been fully updated and beautifully redesigned.

Kelly states, “It’s packed with information, personal stories of what’s worked for me (and what hasn’t worked – lots of wisdom in those hard-earned lessons), links, resources, and informative interviews with some of the most knowledgeable people I know, including licensing and publishing directors that I’ve personally worked with. The resources, information, and direct leads/contacts in this e-book will save you boatloads of time and money in hours spent researching. Whether you’re a beginner, or an accomplished artist, this e-book will give you concrete information and empowering inspiration to get you moving toward the direction of your dream.”

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I have been working hard at my creative business for many years, and the hardest thing to maintain, for me, is consistency and getting to a higher level of sales and brand recognition. This is my answer! I am so grateful that Kelly has re-released a brand new, updated version of Flying Lessons, and I am about to take flight. Check it out — take your creative business up, up and away, too! And the best part? It’s available as an instant download – so no waiting for the mail or paying shipping costs!

Follow the links to go there, read all about it, and see why I am so excited!

Be sure to check out all the beautiful Kelly Rae Roberts artworks, too. That is one mega-talented woman!

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Excitement is Building!

SpoolMag

I mentioned in an earlier post and on my Facebook page that I will be featured in a new magazine, called SpoolMag, in their September issue. I just had a peek at the layout as they are getting ready to go to press. I am getting so excited! The new issue will be in shops and mailboxes on Sept. 15th. They ran a nice article about me and one of my designs as a free pattern for you to hook. When the magazine hits the stands, you will be able to download the instructions and more images of the featured rug from my web site. Just watch my home page for a link (after Sept 15th.)

I am very grateful to Diane Selby, editor extraordinaire of SpoolMag, for the opportunity to spread the word about rug hooking to a new group of crafting enthusiasts. If you have not seen the magazine yet, go to their web site and take a look. You can also use their shop finder to see if a shop near you carries the magazine. Or better yet, get a subscription! Here is a sneak peek:

  Now, doesn’t that leave you just a little curious?

Hook-a-Month Kits

There are a few of these new Fall Hook-a-Month kits left for the taking. If you are thinking about it, don’t wait too long – they are going fast. I will start shipping mid-September, so you still have time to grab one! You can read all about it here.

That’s all the news that’s fit to print for now . . . til next time, Hook On, my friends!

Sally

Simple Fibers – resource market for fiber art lovers

Why have I been so absent of late, you ask? I have just created a new place for all you fiber art lovers to find everything you crave, all it takes to fill your stash, what you want to work on next, new inspirations and beginnings, the end all-be all in fiber. It’s a new web site designed to promote fiber artists and fiber web sites.

Simple Fibers is just a baby now – not much content there yet, but lots of places for you to fill with your fiber art and fiber offerings. I will give you lots of ad space, lots of exposure in many ways, and help you build a larger following for your fiber art. The site is very focused on specific fibers and techniques: rug hooking (of course,) knitting, punch needle embroidery, needle felting, weaving and spinning. Most of these fiber arts use wool as their fiber medium and that brings us together in a common way.

If you are a fiber artist, if you sell supplies, tools, patterns, kits, and other things related to these fiber arts, I would love to add you to Simple Fibers as an ad member. If you are a fiber-holic and are tired of searching the web for the stuff you need to create more fiber art, this site will focus your search, provide lots of free resources and places to shop, drool, and fill your need for fiber.

Visit Simple Fibers

Simple Fibers is out there on the worldwide web just waiting for its pages to be filled with wonderful fiber places to visit — join us, won’t you?

PS – I am running a contest to create a great tag line for Simple Fibers. The winner will receive a free one-year advertising membership in our top-level ad tier. The contest starts today and ends on May 15. Go here to enter!

That’s Life

Well for the past couple of weeks I have been diligently trying to rebuild my entire website, which is a huge undertaking! I desperately needed to clean up my code, which has gotten extremely bloated over the years. So each and every page is being fixed. I had a couple of mishaps and while publishing pages to the Internet to check the changes, caused my header to be the only thing that is displaying on those pages – not a good thing! So, I cannot publish the changes until the entire site is done. I am about 3/4 of the way there, but my largest pages with products are still waiting and really time consuming to re-create. So, that’s why you haven’t heard from me of late. I appreciate you still coming to check on me! Life sure can get in the way.

I haven’t done much hooking (or anything else for that matter) these last couple of weeks, and I am missing it sooo much. I have to get busy and get two design projects ready for Create and Decorate, so at least I have an excuse to hook something new! This is the project for the Holiday issue, so it won’t be easy to get myself in the mood to hook winter stuff just as the weather is finally warming up. Such is the way of the magazine world – always looking 6 months ahead! Just got the Spring issue and I am so happy with the way they displayed my Lepus Rabbit door crown. That was the one I told you I am keeping when it comes back to me. I can see it over my door already!

So, I am here trying hard to get my site ready for it’s big re-opening. It will look almost the same, but with new and better navigation, some new pages, pdf files you can download with information about how to do things, online e-newsletter, etc. Stay tuned and stay with me . . . thanks for the comments, girls. I apprecaite you visting here!

Sally

Coast to Coast in Punch Needle

I am so excited to tell you that the book I worked on with Landauer Corp. will be out in March! CORRECTION: Just talked to publisher and the book has been pushed back to release mid-May.Coast to Coast in Punch Needle

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