Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge – best lessons, inspiration and advice

live-in-the-moment

I love listening to podcasts while working and one of my favorites is “After the Jump” with Grace Bonney of Design Sponge. In this post she puts together a collection of her 10 most meaningful lessons gleaned from two years of doing her radio show along with links to the podcasts and the interviews that […]

383 total views, no views today

earthday728

{Business Tips} 3 Things to Think About Before We Make Something NEW to Sell on Etsy (plus my super HOT tip of the month)

make-something-new

1. Who is this for and why will they want it? Our market is much more important than our marketing. It is no fun to make something we really love making and then have to spend all our time trying to figure out how to sell it. Take the time to think about who is […]

315 total views, 3 views today

earthday728

{Business Tips} – Sweet 16 Last Minute Tips To Increase Holiday Sales Plus Etsy Hot Tip of the Month

gorgeous sweater coat by darryl black (nice boots, too)

There are some excellent tips from last year for improving holiday sales by Myra HERE and Karen HERE. Thanksgiving is late this year so many of us, myself included, have been lulled into a sense of “we have plenty of time” – we don’t. These are some things we need to do: 1. Check your […]

513 total views, no views today

earthday728

{Business Tips} Carving out a Niche For Our Makings on Etsy (no sharp utensils needed – please step away from that knife)

UnderTheRoot Camisole

We don’t have to worry about the millions of people out there who will not like or want or need our makings, we just have to focus on reaching the people who will love us. Popular doesn’t mean what it used to mean. Everyone can be popular now. Yes, everyone. The cool kids may still […]

338 total views, 2 views today

earthday728

Pitch Perfect – How to Get Your Work into Holiday Gift Guides – Plus Etsy Shop HOT TIP of the Month

a little paste and cut for inspiration

If you grew up in a family (like I did) where you were told not to “toot your own horn” (this was one of my grandmother’s favorites and I still don’t understand it, are we supposed to grab someone else’s horn and toot that – that just sounds rude … and well, unsanitary actually). She […]

247 total views, no views today

earthday728

{Business Tips} When a Rising Tide Lifts all Ships

A couple years ago there was a conversation in the creative community around creative tithing (taking a certain portion of our creative incomes and supporting other artists’ and makers’ creative ventures with it). Maybe with the holiday season approaching it could be a good time to talk about this again. Tithing means giving 1/10th of […]

57 total views, no views today

earthday728

{Business Tips} Managing Our Energy Instead of Just Our Time

waxing

So, like many of us I set up my business as a one woman show. This was not a conscious decision – I never said, or even thought, “I am just going to do everything!“ I just did one thing- I made something. And then I did another thing – I marketed it. And then I did […]

771 total views, 4 views today

earthday728

{Thoughts on Shops} Kanelstrand Photography – surreal photographic prints from Scandinavia!

Kanelstrand Photography Banner

For this week’s Thoughts on Shops we take a look at the gorgeous and totally stunning surreal fine art photography shop of Norwegian photographer Sonya Kanelstrand. Sonya says, “in a fast-paced world, where little attention is paid to the favorable effect that art has over people’s imagination I am offering a piece of inspiration to […]

205 total views, no views today

earthday728

{Thought on Shops} A Peek at What Our Team Members are Doing Sooo Well and Some Tips, too

Peaces of Indigo Banner

I had to move this month’s Thoughts on Shops to fall because the featured shop closed for the summer – I hope she is sitting on a  beach somewhere right now, drinking margaritas and howling at the moon. (the thought of this makes me totally jealous although I do howl at the moon once in […]

149 total views, no views today

earthday728