Here are some glass pendant necklaces I added to my store today. Most cost $5 + s/h.
Newly added to my store: many bobby pin sets, hair clips, and a couple bows (on barrettes). Priced from $2 – $6.
I tried making a paleo pretzel recipe today, but it didn’t turn out so well…. Its partly because I accidentally added the egg for the egg wash to the batter, so it was kinda stickier than I think it was supposed to be…. then I tried to sprinkle with cinnamon like suggested in the book, but I regret it. I prefer the salted ones. But both were kinda without a lot of flavor… Also, I think I’m eating too much almond flour / almond butter these days. I don’t know. Anyone know paleo baking recipes that don’t call for almond flour or nut butter?
Here are pictures of the fail… um, as you can see I had already tested a few of the pretzels when I took the pic.
I’ll try doing some research into how real pretzels are made to see if I can come up with a better recipe to try next time.
Hi sweet strange-lings…
I’m afraid I’ve been absent for a while. Unfortunately I’ve been ill and having issues for the last 2 months, involving an ER trip, a fever, many strange symptoms, and multiple doctors appointments. I’ll spare you all the tedious details and say that it has been diagnosed as “anxiety”… Which is a bit frustrating, but I suppose I can see how the doctors came to that conclusion. I’ve been told to work on reducing stress, find some way to be more social, and to try out a paleo diet (a la whole9life.com). The Paleo diet thing seems like it might be stress inducing in itself, seeing as I live with 3 other people who are not really keen on doing it. For those who don’t know, this particular eating style requires the complete avoidance of all grains, legumes, and dairy. This method is supposed to reduce inflammation and help with a wide variety of health concerns. Its a bit expensive though, in my mind, seeing as you are supposed to eat a lot of organic stuff, and grass-fed, free-range meats. For me the key to success will be figuring out how to pre-make stuff, because I hate cooking all the time.
Unfortunately my mom had a heart attack in January, while on a cruise in the Caribbean… It was supposedly minor, and she has been a home for several weeks now. But as you can imagine, I’ve been a little distracted and busy, so I haven’t had much time to make anything. I also recently started a business course at the community college and volunteering at the hospital. But hopefully once I’m used to it all, I can get back to posting on a more regular basis.
Recently I finally downloaded the newest The Birthday Massacre album “Hide and Seek”. I totally love it 🙂 So here is a one of the best songs from it:
I came across this video today, about a cat circus in Russia. Its just 3 minutes long, so check it out!
As you probably know… today there was a annular solar eclipse visible in the western part of the USA… I happen to live right along the line of visibility 🙂 So my family took some time to watch it happen. We are lucky enough to own an Orion telescope and a solar filter, so we were using that to get a “close up” experience. My family didn’t believe me when I said I was going to take pictures – I guess they thought it wasn’t possible to get a good focus through the camera + telescope…. its true that I didn’t have perfectly crisp pics, but there were a few that turned out fairly decent. You can even see a sunspot or two (very blurry – even at max zoom/focus). Take a look…
I also took a video of the eclipse as the moon “exits” the sun…
Author: Grace Dobush, 2009
Publisher: North Lights Books (Cincinnati)
This book was an unexpected discovery I made one day while browsing the arts & crafts section at my local used/new book store. I was actually looking for stitching patterns or crochet books, when I saw this book laying out in the book shelf’s “display” section. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about setting up an Etsy shop, or maybe doing some consignment arrangement, in order to sell a few of the many crafts that I’ve made. It was a used copy, and marked down 50% of its “new” price, so I went ahead and bought it.
While I haven’t read straight through it, cover-to-cover, I have browsed it extensively. Its a very useful and practical guide to setting up a small craft business. I particularly found the parts about branding, copyrighting, and pricing to be useful (although, for copyrighting, the book basically says “get a lawyer”, lol). The book is peppered with various “case-study” type examples collected from successful artisans. Additionally, there are multiple appendices filled with lots of useful links and information at the end of the book.
Here’s a brief summary of each chapter:
Chapter 1: Do you DIY?
This chapter discusses the handmade / indie trend’s history and popularity, as well as suggesting that you do some serious thinking regarding your expectations and motivations for getting into selling.
Chapter 2: Biz Basics
This chapter is focused on all of the small and big things that you need to take into consideration when naming, organizing, and running a small business. Topics include pricing, boosting production, organizing a workspace, and keeping track of income/expenses and legal issues like taxes and copyright.
Chapter 3: Selling Out
This chapter includes information about different ways to sell your products. For instance: online sites like Etsy vs craft shows vs consignment shops. It also talks about building a website and customer service, and even bartering your crafts for services and goods!
Chapter 4: Indie Craft Shows
This entire chapter is devoted to the notion of selling at craft shows, which, despite the rise of the digital era, is still probably one of the most popular and most utilized methods of selling crafts. The chapter talks about things like applying for shows, prepping products, creating displays, networking while at the show, and hosting your own show.
Chapter 5: Get Noticed
This chapter is all about marketing your business and building up a customer base. There are some suggestions about getting coverage in magazine and blogs.
Chapter 6: Finding Balance
This final chapter is about balancing your day job, family, and craft job, as well as maintaining your inventory. It has a few recommendations regarding either reducing your crafting business, or increasing it to a full time gig.
There’s also a brief Epilogue, and then the following appendixes:
- Appendix A: Forms and Templates
- Appendix B: Craft Communities
- Appendix C: Awesome Craft Blogs
- Appendix D: Craft-Friendly Publications
- Appendix E: Small Business Resources
- Appendix F: Reading List
- Appendix G: Online Consignment Shops
- Appendix H: Samples
- Appendix I: Major North American Indie Craft Shows
In A Nutshell: I am happy with is book and it was totally worth the $18 original price (I paid $9 – so, double yay!). Sure, you can find similar information and suggestions online, probably for free – but I appreciate having it all together in one place. Its sorta like having check list to work on item-by-item. If you are considering selling your crafts and want to do something more than just a one-time craft show, then I think this book and a worthwhile investment. 🙂