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As winter sets in on the homestead, life tends to slow down a little bit. The garden is all tucked away for the winter, and the preserving is done. There are still animals and children to tend to, of course, but, at this time of year, I tend to focus on indoor hobbies like baking and crafting.

If you are looking for productive ways to spend those long, cozy winter days indoors, why not make something you can sell to put a little extra money in your pocket? If you are crafty, there’s no end to the things you could create and sell right from the comfort of your home to put a little extra cash in your pocket.

10 Crafts You Can Make and Sell for Extra Cash

Here are 10 ideas to help you get your creative juices flowing.

1. Handmade Jewelry

People love unique, handmade jewelry! Your jewelry could be made from leather, crystals, metal, stones, beads, feathers… or any other materials you enjoy working with. The great thing about jewelry is that it’s small and lightweight, so it’s easy to pack it up for craft shows or to ship if you want to sell it online.

2. Original Wall Art

Many people will pay a lot more than you think for original wall art to hang in their office or home. It could be paintings, photography, or some other type of wall hanging, such as dream catchers or wreaths. Fabric wall hangings for baby nurseries are also incredibly popular.

3. Homemade Soaps and Lotions

Who doesn’t love a heavenly scented soap or lotion? In fact, even unscented, all-natural potions are quite popular. There are all sorts of molds available, or you can just make regular bar soaps. You could also specialize in artisan soaps decorated with dried flowers and special micas just for soap making. The possibilities are endless with this craft!

4. Handmade/Dipped Candles

Candles can be created in an endless variety of scents, shapes, and colors. You could do old-fashioned hand dipped candles or make them in creative containers like teacups, seashells, or mason jars.

5. Hand Sewn Creations

If you know how to sew, there are so many things you could make to sell! From quilts and pillowcases to baby clothes and aprons, people adore hand sewn crafts to give as gifts or even keep for themselves.

6. Pet Accessories

People love to spoil their pets at least as much as they like to pamper themselves. Business ideas geared toward the pet market can be very successful. You could make bows, collars, pet beds, or doggie clothes. You could even do personalized photo frames, art, or jewelry with a pet theme.

7. Organizers

Organizers of all types are a big hit at craft shows. You could create purse organizers, decorative boxes for storing photos, painted wooden or glass office supply holders, or even pencil cases.

8. Decorative Kitchenware and Decor

Hand-painted wine glasses are extremely popular right now, but you could also do regular glasses or coffee cups, too. Maybe you could learn how to etch glass and create personalized beer steins or mugs. Decorative plates and platters could also be fun. Or, perhaps you could decoupage decorative kitchen items or sew potholders or hand towels.

9. Pins and Magnets

Remember how trendy bottlecap magnets were a few years ago? You could create your own unique magnets or pins to sell, or maybe even make personalized ones for businesses.

10. Printables

The great thing about creating printables is that you can sell them digitally. You create the design once and sell it over and over again. Use online programs to create things like planner pages, stickers, journals, checklists, and more. The customer buys the file and prints it off at home.

The Pros of Starting a Crafts Business

With a crafts business, you get to work as much or as little as you want. It’s a great way to make money from a hobby that you already enjoy. If you want, you never even have to go to a craft show because there are tons of places to sell items online.

The Cons of Starting a Craft Business

Just like with anything else, there are some negatives, too. Depending on your craft, materials could be quite expensive. Crafting takes a lot of time, too. And, sometimes making the same thing over and over again can get a little boring.

How to Start Selling Your Crafts

Once you’ve created your start-up inventory, it’s time to start selling! Be sure you price your items so that you make a profit; consider both the cost of materials and your time. Create a brand for your business with cute packaging, business cards, and maybe a website or Facebook page. Consider the time of year when marketing and creating your items. Create Christmas décor and gift items to sell at fall and early winter shows. Go for Fourth of July themed creations at early summer shows. You get the idea!

Places to Sell Your Crafts

Once you’ve got your items packaged, priced, and ready to sell, you’ll need to decide where you’re going to sell them. There are lots of options!

  • If you don’t want to venture far from the homestead, consider selling your crafts strictly online. Etsy is probably the most well-known place to sell handmade goods, but there are a lot of other options, too. Check out Handmade by Amazon, Artfire, Handmade Artists, Handmadeology Market and iCraft Gifts to get started.
  • Facebook Marketplace and Facebook Groups are becoming more and more popular for selling all kinds of items.
  • You could also create your own eCommerce store to sell from instead. It may take a little longer to get going, but you wouldn’t have to pay any fees like you do at the websites mentioned above.
  • There are plenty of offline places to sell your crafts, too. Craft shows, fairs, and bazaars are a great place to start. Talk to local shop owners about selling your items on consignment. Your local farmers’ market might also be a great option. Any local event that allows vendors is a good possibility, too!

There are so many ways to turn crafting into a side business. It might not make you rich, but every little thing you do to bring money to your homestead is another drop in the bucket. All those small sources of income can add up quickly, and before you know it, you could be living the self-sufficient lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of!

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Sweet Cheeks: How Sugar Affects Complexion

We’ve all heard the saying “beauty is only skin deep.” When it comes to treating and preventing acne, however, this is not the case. There are a myriad of facial cleansers, creams, and masks that provide a variety of beneficial topical treatments to our more problematic areas. However, when it comes to skincare, we need to keep in mind that our skin is a large and complex organ. As such, promoting total skin health requires a more holistic approach. As dermatologists all over the globe are now discovering, diet may have more impact on acne and blemishes than originally believed. Specifically, our consumption of simple carbohydrates and sugars.

The Scoop on Sugar

When we consume sugar, our bodies set to work breaking down the complex structure to prepare it for absorption. This process converts the sugar into glucose that enters the bloodstream and triggers a rise in insulin levels. Simple carbohydrates, such as white bread, soda, and sweets, causes an extreme spike in insulin levels as our body works hard to lower our high blood sugar levels. According to board-certified dermatologist, nutritionist, and author of Ageless Face, Ageless Mind Dr. Perricone, it is this insulin spike that leads to “a burst of inflammation throughout the body.”

Inflammation is the culprit responsible for producing the enzymes that deteriorate elastin and collagen in the skin. This process, known as glycation, exacerbate pre-existing skin conditions like acne and rosacea and also result in sagging skin and wrinkles as our skin loses elasticity. Consuming large quantities of sugar can even lead to insulin resistance, causing dark, patchy skin, and excessive hair growth. As our skin cells deteriorate, they are left vulnerable to the infections that cause breakouts, blemishes, blackheads, and cysts.

Face-Friendly Foods

Eating foods that promote internal health, used in conjunction with topical treatments and remedies, is the most efficient way to ensure healthy, young, and glowing skin.

Blackberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, and Plums

Foods high in antioxidants rid the body of the free-radicals commonly associated with various forms of melanoma. According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, these four fruits hit the top of the charts with the highest “total antioxidant capacity” of any food, making them the most efficient way to get your daily dose of antioxidants.

Flaxseed and Walnuts

Rich in healthy fatty acids, these foods offer support to the cell walls that make up our skin. Cell walls are responsible for absorbing nutrients, ridding the cell of wastes, and supporting the cell structure, among other things. Healthy cell walls are essential for skin cells to thrive and remain forever young.

Green Tea

A study featured in the Archives of Dermatology revealed that green tea is not only incredibly high in antioxidants, but also chock full of anti-inflammatories, reducing redness and swelling of the skin. Whether applied topically or ingested, green tea has even proven to reduce the damage to skin caused by the ultraviolet light our skin is exposed to daily from the sun.


Drinking plenty of water throughout the day ensures our skin is well hydrated, so it is able to maintain high levels of elasticity. Additionally, proper hydration allows the body to release toxins into our pores through sweat. A dehydrated body will not sweat as often, or as much as it should, resulting in clogged pores and cracked, dry skin.

The cause of facial blemishes vary from person to person depending on their genetics, diet, lifestyle, and overall health. However, when considering potential blemish remedies, these basic nutritional factors play a part in us all. Before turning to expensive dermatological treatments, incorporate these favorable food groups (along with the right topical treatments) and give your skin a fighting chance.

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