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Cottage Creatives

Handicrafts as additional income for penny-pinched creatives

Implications - The recession has inspired many consumers to create their own handicrafts, be it for function or entertainment; some are even turning their art into profit. The advent of handcraft-focused e-commerce communities has allowed anyone to carve out their own creative niche and an additional source of income.
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Gowns Made of Gloves
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Mustache Brooches
Mustache Brooches
Give a Purse or Scarf Some Flair With Pin-On Facial Hair
You won’t find these mustache brooches in your grandmother’s jewelry box (and if you do, your grandmother must be an interesting lady). Available from the Wifeofbrian shop on Etsy, these mustache brooches… MORE
Celebrity Etsy Stores
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Rosie O’Donnell’s charity, “Rosie’s Broadway Kids,” is the worthy beneficiary of her Etsy store’s “munnys” figures. While the website does not describe the art medium, the purchasers are… MORE
Planters With Character
Planters With Character
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The Plane Jane Project is a shop on Etsy for those looking for a unique place to put their flora. The creature pots all come with names like ‘Foxy Little Devil,’ ‘Little Swamp Creature’ and ‘Little… MORE

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