{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 […]

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

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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 […]

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{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 […]

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{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 […]

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{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 […]

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{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 […]

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{Thoughts on Shops} Takes on the Amazing Shop of Aloha Aina – Soul Role!

Soul Role Banner on Etsy

Soul Role is the incredible handmade, organic and eco-friendly apparel shop of Nancy Campbell of Hawaii (formerly of New Jersey- which gives me some hope that I might get out of Jersey one day, too). Nancy’s goal is that customers connect with her deep aloha aina (love and respect of the land) in her products – […]

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{Thoughts on Shops} – Fianaturals – African Eco Friendly Jewelry With Natural Beads

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This month we take a peek at the amazing Fianaturals. Fianaturals is the gorgeous African eco-friendly jewelry shop of the amazing Fia of Brooklyn. Fia is a mum, jewelry designer, painter, teacher & organic gardener. She makes beautiful, natural jewelry from sources around the world! Fia’s banner is perfect! It evokes the exotic continent of Africa […]

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{Thoughts on Shops} A Little Rewrite for Writesy – novelist, poet and student of the world

Writesy's Banner on Etsy

This month’s Thoughts on Shops takes a look at the amazing little corner of Etsy that writer and maker Jenn Flynn-Shon of Phoenix, Arizona calls Writesy. Jenn writes blogs, articles, zines, novels and prose and is finishing up her first full-length fiction book to be released this spring. YAY for Jenn! Writesy’s banner totally works! […]

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