Tax Day and Numbers Linky Party!

mookite jasper beaded bracelet bonnielee

TheFamiLeeJewels is the winner of last week’s Linky Party! Whoo HOot!! Congratulations Lee clan! TheFamileeJewels is a shop owned by three generations of artists, working side-by-side. Ella is the matriarch of the group who brings more than 50 years of artistic experience to the art of jewelry making. Ella travels frequently and brings home beads […]

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DIY: How to make a center pull skein or ball for yarns

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If you knit, you know how annoying it is to have a skein or a ball of yarn that you are working with roll around all of the place. Your cat or dog might have fun with it but I know you are screaming “@%$#*?!” inside your head. Or out loud. It’s picking up dirt […]

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Should you go into business with your best friend?


Sometimes you just can’t do it all by yourself. You have to create your items to sell, advertise, network, social media marketing, accounting, package, ship, and reply to customers’ emails….arrrgh. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a partner to help you with some of these tasks? Or sometimes you need financial support. Or sometimes you […]

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Eco Etsy: Eco Friendly Year 2012 in Review

It seems like it was just yesterday when I wrote the Eco-Friendly year 2011 in Review for Eco Etsy but another busy year has passed and we had another incredible year for me to recap for you. We are a socially active bunch with a continuous following on social media. We are loved by environmentally […]

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Handmade Business 2012 Success Tips


2012 is almost over and most of the online businesses are finished taking orders for the holiday. Holiday season is the busiest time of the year for most retail businesses and while it may be too soon to evaluate what business strategies worked this year, it’s easy to tell what was the most important decision […]

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6 Tips for Strong Holiday Sales on Etsy

ecokaren's NYS subway map necklace

If you followed Myra’s 5 Tips to Get Your Shop Ready for the Holidays Now back in August, you should be ready for the holidays by now. But if you didn’t, that’s ok. It’s not too late to prepare. In addition to what Myra recommended, here are 6 tips on preparing for a strong holiday […]

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Introducing Etsy Gift Cards! {Business Tips}

gift card by ecokaren

Image courtesy of Etsy How many times have you wandered through stores, grumbling, “I don’t know what to buy for Aunt Helen!” or “Dad has everything!” This happens to be all the time. Sometimes I’m very creative and sometimes I hit a wall. I can’t think of any clever or cool or appropriate gifts to […]

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{Business Tips} How to take better product photos

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You spend hours and hours in perfecting your art and listing your products in your shop. It should be a no-brainer that you show off the best and most perfect picture to showcase them. And as they say, pictures are worth a thousand words, right? But  when you upload an image of a product to […]

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{Business Tips} Etsy’s new policy and what it means to you


Etsy announced a new policy change prohibiting sales of certain types of products on August 8th, 2012. According to the announcement, these are the items that are prohibited in its entirety: Tobacco and other smokeable products: We have long-prohibited the sale of tobacco on Etsy. We’ve added other smokeable products to the list. This includes, but is […]

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