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Product Brainstorming: Teething Rings

Don't get stuck in a product design rut!! Join us for a little brainstorming session in today's blog! We're talking teething rings!!

Far from basic, these creative twists on a 'simple' product will get you excited to start on redesigning your own!

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Endless Possibilities: Craft Kits!

We love craft kits!! They're such an easy way to explore silicone crafting - everything is all there for you! Beads (in SO many sizes!), clips, clasps, string, accent beads - the possibilities are endless!

We sat down with our NEW Limited Edition Valentine's Craft Kits and made at least 7 easy crafts (with leftover beads to spare!) Today's blog post breaks down 2 tutorials: a Lanyard Clip Wristlet and an easy Beaded Bracelet (with an assembly tip you won't want to miss out on!!). 

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Small Shop Resources: Branding

Today's blog post is all about how to develop your brand logo & supporting graphics, hone your business tone and personality, and identify your niche in the market!

Our very own Creative Director, Sarah, will walk you through branding your small business from start to finish! Tips, tricks, and everything (including budget friendly suggestions!) in between!

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Year in Review - 2021

Another year has gone by! Come share the walk down memory lane with us as we reflect on the 2021 year with all sorts of behind-the-scenes photos. It's hard to believe all of these special milestones were packed into ONE YEAR! 

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Crafting Your Thanksgiving Table
Crisp, cool evenings & falling leaves can only mean one thing! Thanksgiving is almost here!! We love everything about celebrating Thanksgiving - a chance to rest, reflect and consider the beautiful people and blessings we have in our lives. 
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Content Creation Ideas For Your Small Business

Looking to jumpstart your small shop content for the holiday season? Trust us - we get the struggle to come up with content.

We're breaking down 25 quick and easy algorithm-friendly ideas to get those creative wheels turning! Even more? How to work through creative block when you get there! 

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Shop Talk: Tailored Tots
We're back with another Shoptalk feature! Today we're so pleased to welcome Jenn from Tailored Tots! She's the creative genius behind the amazingly creative and unique products at Tailored Tots. We asked her a few questions about her business, creativity, family balance -- this is one you'll want to read for sure! Grab a coffee and pull up a chair!
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Dyeing Wood Beads: What Worked, What Didn’t, and What We Learned

Wood is good, but color is.......well, COLOR!!! Don't get us wrong - the chic elegance of natural wood is a forever-favourite of ours, but when we began experimenting with dyeing techniques for our wood beads, we. were. hooked! It was so much fun we had to write a post about it!
Read on to learn how to dye your beads using a variety of methods!
Tell us! Have you ever tried dyeing beads?? Any suggestions or tips you learned?

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Packaging Hacks 2.0

You only get one chance to make a first impression, which is why it's super important that your packaging game be on point. Today's blog is filled with a few more tips, tricks and fresh ideas to help you showcase your products as the beautiful, high-quality pieces they are!
Did you love the first Packaging Hacks blogpost? Did you ever use any of the ideas in your own packaging?? Send us a pic! We'd LOVE to see!

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Suede Leather Pacifier Clip Tutorial

Suede leather is a favourite craft supply here at Cara & Co and we love how it transforms into such a beautiful pacifier clip!

On today's blog, we're showing you how to make a super simple Four Strand design we know you'll love, so grab your supplies and let's get crafty!

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DIY Back to School Accessories for Kids

BACK TO SCHOOL - in Style!!

In today's blog post, we're dishing up some seriously cute back to school gear! Personalize your kids zipper pulls, backpacks and pencil cases with washable and non fading silicone beads! Looking for something a little extra? Learn how to add a little bling to your kids' shoes!

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Handmade Home-preneur Storage Solutions

We love every single one of the shops that purchase supplies from us! It can be tricky being a small shop operating from home. Space is limited and sometimes you just don't have the option to have a 'studio' or dedicated work space.

Cue today's blog post, where we dive into some of the creative ways you can keep your crafting business organized and efficient - even when space is limited!

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Safety eBook: Everything Your Shop Needs to Know
As a company, some of the most frequent questions we receive revolve around the topic of safety.  Check out our incredible new blog post with all sorts of safety details to help you craft with compliance!
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Camping & Vacation Hacks

This summer we can't WAIT to get out and do some camping! We've gathered up a few of our tried and true camping hacks in today's blog: everything from life jacket safety tags, rainy weather games, even some step by step instructions on making your own shower lanyards! If you have any camping hacks you can't live without, be sure to drop them in the comments!

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3 Unique Wristlet Designs
Everyone loves the popular round bead Wristlet using our 19mm beads, but you know we always like to shake things up! We've got three different wristlet designs in today's blog to get your creative wheels turning!!
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Shop Talk: Fibre + Knots

Today's ShopTalk features the lovely Tara from Fibre + Knots!! Tara is an amazing local Fibre Artist who creates the most beautiful wall hangings and macrame products! We're so thrilled to feature her shop today! Settle in with a hot coffee and be inspired by her small business journey!

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DIY Sensory Bins for Play Based Learning
Sensory bins are a fantastic way to develop fine motor skills and stimulate imaginative play in your little one! So today's blog post includes a plethora of ideas to create your own at home using items you may already have and others that can easily be found at your local dollar or craft store!
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Tutorial: Sunglasses Strand
The most adorable accessory for your kids' summer sunglasses - perfect for summer months, these sunglasses strands can get wet in the pool and are easy to wash if they get covered in sand!
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Tutorial: Macrame Pacifier Clip

We are SO pumped to supply you with another crafting option --- MACRAME! This launch has been a long time in the making and we couldn't love this product and the gorgeous color options more! 

Our blog post today includes a sweet tutorial for an easy, first time macrame project - let's get crafting!

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DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

As we start thinking about the end of the school year, we wanted to give you an early heads up to start planning your thank-you gifts! 

We’ve got three adorable ideas to get you started!

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Shop Talk: Olive Eve & Co

You know we're all about showing LOVE to our fellow mompreneurs, and today we're delighted to showcase the amazing Danniella from Olive Eve & Co., a fabulous shop that specializes in colourful chewelry and super fun sensory play items!

She's chatting to us about her experience of running a growing small business, so settle in with your morning (hot?) coffee and be inspired by her passion, resourcefulness and wit! ;)

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