Reviews for Barbara's Money-Making Crafts Business "Bibles" on Amazon
Historical Industry Articles
Scrapbook Industry 2010. Kim Guymon provides this 2010 update on the decline and fall of the scrapbook industry. (Article links to other related articles on her blog.)
A Brief History of the Crafts Industry. Shows the direct connection between the growth of today's professional handcrafts industry and the retail hobbycrafts supply industry, from 1940 to present day.
The Crafts Industry and Its Importance to the Economy. Featuring CODA's landmark survey statistics and an update from Camille Ronay.
The Dissolution of the Society of Craft Designers. Barbara's thoughts on this topic.
The Demise of the National Crafts Association. Barbara's report on "whatever happened to NCA."
Barbara's Memory Box Projects
Years after Barbara created these projects for her own enjoyment, some were published in her "Making Memories" column for Crafts 'N Things magazine. Each project offers ideas on how to use personal photos and nostalgic keepsakes.
BELOW: Barbara's Cross-Stitch Embroidery on one wall of her office. This page includes detail photos and information of special interest to needleworkers who do cross-stitch embroidery.
Recommended Artist Websites
Barbara LOVES these sites and recommends them when you want to be artistically inspired or merely amused.
Ukraine's Amazing Sand Artist. this site has had more than 17 million views, and I promise it will be one of the most fascinating and enriching YouTube viewing experiences you'll ever have. (From this video, you will be able to link to other sand-art videos.)
Paint Your Own Jackson Pollock Original. Want to have a few minutes of pure fun? To paint your own Jackson Pollock, click above link and follow these guidelines as soon as you hit the site: (1) Click to change colors; (2) Move slower to create a thicker line; (3) Hold mouse still to let paint pool into a puddle; (4) CAUTION: This can be addictive!
Iggy the Kitten Ivestigates an iPad. This is one very smart kitty, one that can create art and play the piano on his owner's iPad. If you're a cat lover, you'll love this YouTube video and may give serious thought to buying an iPad just to entertain your cat.