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    Wednesday, January 28, 2009

    Etsy Controversy: What is 20 cents Worth??

    Yesterday at 6:35pm (est) Matt from Etsy admin addressed the ongoing talk about sellers paying the 20 cent listing fee and what they get for that 20 cents. Matt told us that the 20 cents is a listing fee and being on the Recently Added Items is not guarenteed because of the amount of people selling and listing their items per day. Admin is working on featuring as many sellers as it possibly can but can't cover everyone.

    In just 24 hours, 137 pages have accumlated on this subject. Some people understood Etsy's point of view and others got angry with Etsy. I do agree that the 2 lines for Recently Added Items should be upped to 3 or 4 lines and that there is alot of clutter on the FP that needs to be reduced. With that said, I feel that sellers should feel appreciative that the listing fees have not been inflated because in this economy the price of everything is rising and Etsy is run by humans who can't do all for everyone.

    Use Etsy as an outlet to reach others in the world but don't solely rely on Etsy to sell your items for you. Look for other places to advertise. There are many free places to advertise like Twitter, Facebook, Myspace or put a free or cheap ad on a blog through Project Wonderful or join a Street Team (many of my sales have been through fellow street team members).

    Monday, January 26, 2009

    Triple or Treble Crochet Stitch Tutorial

    This has become a favorite crochet stitch of mine for afghans because it can cover a large area in shorter amount of time then the double or single stitch.

    1. With a loop on your crochet hook, yarn over the hook 2 times
    2. Next put the hook through the hole and draw up a loop (4 loops on hook)
    3. Yarn over and pull through first 2 loops (3 loops on hook)
    4. Yarn over and pull through next 2 loops (2 loops left on hook)
    5. Last yarn over and pull through last 2 loops and you have your triple crochet stitch!

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009

    Give a Little Bit of Yourself

    One of my goals this year was to give either money, my time or something of value to charities every week. I started off my giving away 2 bags of clothing to the clothing donation bins, then I gave money to the American Legion Women's Auxiliary, next I gave 2 big boxes of gently used children's clothing, bottles, lotions and other things that my children don't or never used to a LifeChoices (a local charity who helps parents who need assistance) and this week I am donating 3 packages of diapers to LifeChoices. I have been really drawn to donating LifeChoices because they have helped me in my times of need by providing diapers, wipes, cereal, clothing and other things that I have needed for my daughter so it is just fitting to give back to them.

    Now, if only everyone would catch this spirit of just giving back. In this trying time of our "recession" economy even the tinist bit helps and I think that donating your time can be an even bigger thing. Whether it is helping a child down the street do their homework or shopping for the your elderly neighber who can't get out or providing free babysitting to the single parent in your neighborhood. If everyone did just one thing each week, we can help get each other back on our feet and get out of this rut.

    That being said I am now donating 10% of my sales to LifeChoices from now until the end of the year. So each time you buy from me you are helping a parent and child.

    Here are some links to some charities you can donate to:
    Charity Navigator-a database of charities
    Top Rated Charities-Run by the American Institute of Philanthropy
    America's Charities

    Monday, January 19, 2009

    Get Organized--Mom Style

    For some reason but the topic of organizing has surrounding me today. I love to listen to this single mom's podcast and everyday (to catch up) I listen to a new topic and today's was about getting organized. Then I go to work and on downtime I usually read a new magazine and every magazine I flipped through was about organizing your home and your life. Well all this talk about organizing got me thinking, How can I organize my life? I am going to tell you my ideas and how you can use things around the house to help you out.
    To start, I know I needed to organize all my craft supplies which includes yarn, ribbon, fabric, buttons, unfinished projects and finished projects. The first thing I did was go to Walmart and buy a 7 draw organizer. The organizer was on sale for $32 and has 3 large draws and 4 med/small draws. Next I started putting all my yarn into the large bins, then I put some unfinished projects into the small drawers. The top drawer is now filled with ribbon, thread and few other odds and ends.

    The next thing I tackled was my buttons. I have a ton of buttons that I bought or taken off of clothes that are no longer worn so I wanted to keep them all in one or two places. I found 2 old glass jars that were not being used so I put all the buttons in the jars.

    Then I saw all the empty diaper boxes I had laying around and organized my finished items into different sections like, scarves, crochet bags, canvas bags. Plus I used a couple of the boxes to keep some keepsakes for my kids and myself.Lastly, I took old wipe boxes and put my coffee cozies and other small items in them. This is a great way to store things and be able to stack the boxes.So I hope my organizing expierence helps you to organize your life and use what is around you like old boxes, jars and containers.

    Wednesday, January 14, 2009

    Save the Change

    Typically, I write about what is going on in my business or tips for growing and expanding your business but I feel like going a little off topic today. The other day, I was reading the NY Post and there was an article about people who find change and have been saving it. One couple went to the extreme with finding change, like getting a Gap sales woman to fetch a quarter out of a store front display, but in one year saved over $300 by just finding money (including a $100 bill they found in at the Atlantic City Convention Center parking lot). Another woman has been saving money she finds on the streets of NYC and has saved over $1000. Well this has inspired me to start looking for money just laying around. My day job is at a hometown grocery store (in a town where everyone knows everyone) so I started my journey there. Since yesterday at noon, I have found $2.53. It is amazing how people just drop money and keep on walking. Today, I watched one gentleman drop a quarter and when I tried to give it back to him he told me to just keep it. So in 2 days time I have found enough money to buy a cup of coffee and a bagel with butter!

    Well this new journey of mine has made me more aware of my surroundings and I am hoping that this will encourage others to look around and see what you can find right in front of your eyes.

    Tuesday, January 6, 2009

    Everyone Likes to Read

    One of my favorite "me time" activities (besides knitting and crocheting) is to read. I have been an avid reader since I was young and have been trying to instill this in my children. Reading can educate your mind whether your a toddler, a child or an adult. To go along with my love of reading, I love to collect bookmarks but I always have a hard time with the bookmarks falling out of the book and then I lose my place. Well I was given this idea to use ribbon and hot glue buttons on each end of the ribbon and use that as a bookmark. Well is worked great and now I am making some to sell in my Kaedan Krafts shop but they are easy for everyone to make.

    Monday, January 5, 2009

    My Busy Life

    Like most people who sell on Etsy, I have a day job and my that job has taken over my life lately. We have been short staffed so that means more hours for the rest of us. I am not complaining about the extra money that is in my paycheck every week but it has taken me away from my own business. I have not been able to create anything new since before the holidays and can't find the time to sit and list the things that I do have made. I am hoping that things will slow down soon but it probaly won't happen until the end of January. In the meantime I will be doing things for my shops here and there, when I can find a few extra minutes. So please stick with me will I attempt to juggle my busy life.