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    Thursday, February 26, 2009

    To Ebay or Not To Ebay

    A co-worker of mine is interested in selling here awesome photo albums on ebay and that got me to thinking, To Ebay or Not To Ebay? I know that some people do well selling on ebay but more often I hear of people not selling a single thing. So yesterday I decided to give ebay a chance and see how I do. I set my account and listed 1 item, the green and blue polka dot hobo handbag. Well in 24 hours I have not gotten a single bid and very few lookers. It costs me only $.35 so I am not that upset but I would love to know how people are successful at ebay. Do you ebay?? If you do please tell us how you fare at selling and any tips you might have.

    Tuesday, February 24, 2009

    Meagan's Designs on Facebook

    As a small business owner and a 20-something year old female, I am always looking at ways I can promote myself and my business on the internet and free ways are even better. Well, I have tried Myspace and got some lookers but no buyers. Now I am trying Facebook. Originally, I had joined Facebook to link up with people I went to high school with and other friends.

    In an article in the New York Daily News, the talked about Facebook as an marketing tool for businesses. I looked more into and found that I could have my own business page and ads on Facebook. So I have set up a business page for Meagan's Designs (please click the name to see my page) and an ad on Facebook. I am going to give it a month or so to see how it does and whether it is really worth my time. I am looking for everyone to become a fan of Meagan's Designs Facebook Page (please click the link and join me!).

    Sunday, February 22, 2009

    My new Sewing Machine and Creation!

    As I saw my bank account grow thanks to my tax return deposit, I knew that the first 2 things I wanted to buy were a laptop and a sewing machine. Well, I bought a Sony Vaio from Circuit City and a Brother sewing machine from Walmart. I love my new laptop but the sewing machine is out of this world. My old sewing machine is well, old. It is probaly about 15+ years old and really needs to be retired so that is now sitting in my sewing case and my new one is in its place.

    The brother sewing machine sews as smooth a baby's bottom. It is wonderful and the first thing I knew that I wanted to create was a new handbag that I have had cut out. Well here is my first creation on my new machine: (the pics are clickable to my shop)

    Saturday, February 21, 2009

    Look what I just bought from theGaudyGoddess Shop!

    I have been in a buying mood the past couple of days and I want to share with you the unique and absolutely beautiful necklace I just bought from thegaudygoddess etsy shop. I fell in love with this necklace the moment that I saw it and don't think I could NOT buy it. I know that when someone else saw that necklace they would want it and buy it before I could. So I just jumped at it and bought the beautiful necklace.
    After I bought the necklace, I found this customizable ring that theGaudyGoddess creates and I bought one with a green background and my initial M. I want everyone to check out theGaudyGoddess Etsy shop and buy one of her unique pieces of jewelry.

    Wednesday, February 18, 2009

    EtsyHookers Creative Challenge #5--Please Vote

    The newest EtsyHookers Creative Challenge is love, romance and friendship themed and my fellow hookers have created fabulous items. We are looking for everyone to come by the EtsyHookers Blog and vote for your favorite one.

    To vote please click here: Etsyhookers Challenge #5

    Tuesday, February 17, 2009

    Cloth Menstruation Pads: Is it the hot new thing?

    For years I heard and seen the cloth diapers for babies, but cloth menstruation pads are a new one for me. I know that they say that the cloth diapers and the cloth pads are eco-friendly and much cheaper to use but I just think the clean up would be to much work for me. Well a forum discussion started by heidiandseek about this topic made me think twice about my decisions.

    In this discussion, heidiandseek highlights these facts:
    * In the US alone, 7 million tampons and 12 billion pads are sent to landfill every year - not to mention the packaging each disposable comes in. If I never buy disposables again for the rest of my life, that's going to make a significant waste reduction.
    * It's cheaper
    * No nasty, chemical-laden plastics against your skin. I imagine it just feels nicer, and you're less likely to have irritation issues 'down there'. Some women's privates react to the chemicals and they mistake the problem for 'just that time of the month'.
    * It can help reduce period pain, and it commonly makes periods shorter and lighter.
    * Support the little (and eco-friendly) guys - most cloth pads are made by self-employed, work-from-home women.
    * Many cloth pads are made from natural materials, which means you won't be supporting the production of plastics and chemicals, which adds to pollution.

    In a previous discussion, some of my fellow Bittersweeets said that they use the cloth not disposables so I am going to take the challenge and try them out. I think that it is something I can handle for a test run. I want to find out if the price is really worth it and how sustainable the pads really are. I will update my thoughts in a month or so.

    So tell me your thoughts on this topic!

    Monday, February 16, 2009

    Internet Sales are Down but Local Sales are up!

    It has been a tough January and February for both of my shops on the Internet but luckily my local customers are pulling me through this slump. This morning I finished a beautiful baby blanket for a local customer and when I delivered it to her, I could just feel her excitement and delight in this gift for a new baby boy. With the extreme cold weather that has been hitting my region, my neckwarmers have become a hot item among the local customers.

    If you would like to check out the items that are loved by my local customers...

    click here for baby blankets and other baby/toddler items: Kaedan Krafts

    click here for neckwarmers, scarves, cozies and handbags: Meagan's Designs

    Wednesday, February 11, 2009

    Luck of the Irish $8 or less Sale

    For 1 month I am having a huge sale in my Kaedan Krafts shop. From now until March 18th, 2009 at 12am everything in my Kaedan Krafts shop is priced at $8 or less. This includes children scarves, diaper cakes, baby blankets and over 50 other items. So check it out and buy before the sales ends!

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    Support the Victims of the Australian Bushfires

    Unless you have been living under a rock, you have seen the horrific bushfires that having sweeping across Southern Australia. People have lost their homes, their belongs and most importantly their loved ones in these fires. With almost 200 lives lost and 5000 homes destroyed, people from all over the world are pulling together to help those affected by the Bushfires.

    At Etsy, feliciafairy, has set up a shop to donate all the proceeds to Australia Red Cross called OzBushfireAppeal. The shops items have been donated by a variety of Etsians in an attempt to raise money and awareness to this tragic event. So if you are going to buy please buy from OzBushfireAppeal or search bushfire in the Etsy search engine because a number of other sellers are donating their proceeds to the victims.

    Monday, February 9, 2009

    Tis the Cold and Flu Season...To Get Sick

    As you can tell by the title of this blog I have been sick. I haven't been able to do more than my basic daily functions (eating and sleeping) for about 1 1/2 weeks now. The Doctor said that it could take 2 weeks or longer to recoup but I think yesterday I showed improvement because I actually sat in front of my sewing machine and made a handbag (which is ultra cute) and I finished knitting a scarf. I am hoping to get pictures done today and list them in my Meagan's Designs Shop tonight. Of course through out my flu, my shops and blog have been completely neglected and each day I am hoping to do a little work to improve them.

    The thing I am most grateful for during this bout of the flu is that my soon to be 2-year old did not get sick at all. She was by my side during my coughing fights, sneezing and fever but has come out unsick *knocking on wood.