Some things I’ve learned, part I – Windward Made

Inge of Windward Made in the Netherlands

EcoEtsy member Inge is the designer, maker and everything-elser behind Windward Made. Combining her passions for sustainability, design and making things by hand, she creates modern fashion accessories and home goods with the most eco-friendly materials she can find. Everything is made using beautiful hemp fabrics, organic cotton thread, non-toxic ink and her own two […]

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4 Natural Sleep Remedies that Work – Wellness Mama

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I go through periods where I have trouble falling asleep and sometimes I have trouble staying asleep. I’ve tried all sorts of things with different levels of success. Maybe you have, too. I recently found out we shouldn’t take Vitamin D at night because although it regulates our circadian rhythms and we need it for […]

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Homesteading in the Winter, Just SURVIVING | Re-Grow Roots

Desiree and Kalani - winter homesteading

Amazing EcoEtsy member Desiree Fleck of Re-Grow Roots (knitwear and more for the hippie, bohemian and folk at heart) lives in an egalitarian, intentional community called Oran Mor (the great song) where she works and plays with her communal family, husband and adorable son, Kalani in Missouri. Desiree’s inspirational community is focused on self-sufficiency and […]

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Interview with EcoEtsy Team Member Kate Rusek by Julie Rawding on her blog – The Upcyclers

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This is a great interview about EcoEtsy team member Kate Rusek of Squid Division by fellow team member Julie Rawding on Julie’s wonderful blog The Upcyclers. You will enjoy reading more about Kate’s work with reclaimed materials in NYC. Kate says, “Squid Division is a statement against the disposable world and a belief that the […]

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Upcycled Necklace Tutorial – LOVE NOTE Necklace for Valentine’s Day

message necklace by olive bites studio

This is an easy, peasy necklace tutorial of mine that makes a great Valentine’s gift project. The colorful scrap paper used inside can be switched out easily and you can use the back of the paper for a little Valentine’s Day note! All the supplies to make one – you just add your own papers […]

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Writing Product Descriptions that SELL and Not Just Describe

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I don’t know about other makers, but I have heard the words SEO and KEYWORDS so many times my head is ready to explode. I like this article because, although we still have to think about Search Engine Optimization and Keywords if we want to be found, being found and SELLING our handmade item once […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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{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 […]

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