{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 [...]

{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 [...]

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 [...]

To Vacation or Not to Vacation

vacation ecoetsy

At the end of May, I went on a much needed vacation – 7 days completely off-the-grid, in the Caribbean… It was awesome.  When we scheduled our vacation back in March, I pondered on what I should do with my shop?  Should I put it in vacation mode or should I just leave it open and [...]

Handmade to Sell Book Review and Giveaway

handmade to sell

I had the pleasure of reading the popular Handmade to Sell written by Kelly Rand, former editor of Crafting a Green World, a co-founder and executive director of Hello Craft, a director of the Summit of Awesome, and a Crafty Bastard organizer. This easy to read but chock full of insightful facts and tips “bible” [...]