December Creative Resources

December creative resources – a few quick resources to help you this month. Two recommendations to keep you inspired to keep showing up because this year has been a tough one. A blog post with grants and show applications with December deadlines. And two quick blog posts to help create more sales.

Here are your December creative resources for the week:

Use Anytime
December Monthly Art Opportunities 

Artwork Archive rounds up grants, competitions, and other art opportunities each month. The December listing is filled with opportunities for you to apply for. Take a look to see if there is one that will help you.

6 ways to reinvent customer delight: Unexpected extras that increase customer loyalty 

Shopify’s blog gives you six ways to create a unique customer experience, making your customers want to shop with you again. Some of these go to their GLUE factor, Give Little Unexpected Extras. It is worth reading to see if you are already doing some of this or if you can up your customer relations by doing something small.

How it started, how it’s going

Because sometimes we need a little inspiration to keep going. This YouTube video by Peter McKinnon may be just what you need when you feel like you are working and not getting the results you want. I know it certainly helped me to show up and keep going.


This article by Henneke Duistermaat on Shopify breaks down a few tips to up the copy on your product descriptions. Starting with your customer, which isn’t everybody, and what they would want to see and hear. 

Make life beautiful

If you need more inspiration on building your handmade business, this book by Syd & Shea McGee may be just what you need. I think we sometimes think if we set up our online shop, sales will just roll in. This story tells the years-long daily work of setting up a successful business. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but it is my goal to finish it this week. (The link takes you to an independent book store in Michigan. Would love for you to buy this through them or through your own local bookstore.) 


The Art Fair Gallery started a virtual store, linking every product back to the artist’s website. We would love to have you join the market. It runs through December 15th, and should take very little of your time to setup your products for sale. Email us to join at

Which of these December creative resources were most useful to you?

Here is a link to last week’s resources, where we were prepping you for holiday sales.  If you would you like access to the weekly resource guide? Join us to get the newsletter? 


Photo credit:  Kari Shea on Unsplash 

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