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Mastering Wholesale – Free Live Training

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Want to Learn How to Build Your Jewelry Brand and Grow Your Fan Base Just by Selling in Boutiques and Specialty Stores? (It’s not as challenging as you think) Designers who sell their jewelry in retail stores have more credibility and can gain bigger exposure to reach more of their raving fans and DREAM clients. It’s the truth. And it’s ... Read More »

5 Articles You Must Read Before Your Next Show

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image credit: ohhellofriend Art show and craft fairs played a huge roll in growing my creative business.  I was able to connect with customers on a face to face level, get instant feed back on my products, and test out new ideas.  But most importantly I was able to tell my story.  The individual story behind the item that the ... Read More »

Free Pattern Download – Sweet Little Dress

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What’s an auntie to do when she has an adorable niece? Knit her up something special, of course! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD This is a pattern I designed for a class I taught several years ago. Before today, I haven’t made it available online. I did some tweaking and changed the skirt from a gathered skirt to a circle skirt. ... Read More »

Creative digital market coming soon! Apply today!

We are excited to announce the launch of our Creative Digital Market. We are partnering with Meylah to bring this unique digital market to world! Creative Digital market will be a new platform for modern mouse made design content from independent designers, pattern makers and creatives around the world. We are currently looking for designers that would be interested in ... Read More »

Top Handmade Etsy Sellers From 2011 – Where Are They Now?

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Top Handmade Etsy Sellers From 2011 – Where Are They Now? Back in 2011, Etsy was starting to become a little more mainstream.  I remember being able to tell people that I sold on Etsy and occasionally I didn’t get a blank stare because they were familiar with the site. Well, a lot has happened on Etsy and in the ... Read More »

Creating a White Background Inside a Cardboard Box

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Creating a White Background Inside a Cardboard Box I covered the inside of cardboard box with white foam core to create an even white background. Here is a step by step showing how to do it. Choose a box that it’s height about five times taller than the object you want to photograph. Remove the top flaps and two of ... Read More »

DIY Custom Candles in Leftover Jars and Glasses

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Candles are among my favorite things in the world. And although I love buying fresh candles off of the shelf, I’m always left with empty glass containers when the candles have burned out. Did you know that you can actually melt down those wax remnants and reuse those glasses to start fresh with your own DIY candles? For example, I ... Read More »

How To Build Relationships With Etsy Sellers and Why You Should Care

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How To Build Relationships With Etsy Sellers and Why You Should Care If you’re trying to sell more on Etsy, building up your community is one of your most powerful tools. When I say community I’m not just talking about your follower count (does that really matter anyway?). I’m talking about real people. Real people online that comment on your ... Read More »

The Holidays are Coming! Here is Your Etsy Social Media Checklist


The Holidays are Coming! Your Social Media Checklist The biggest shopping days of the year are almost upon us, so it’s time to make sure that your Etsy shop is social media ready—don’t let your potential buyers pass you up because they don’t know you’re there! If you go through this checklist, you should be well-prepared for the onslaught of ... Read More »

15 Holiday Promotion Ideas

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The holiday shopping season is upon us. You now have less than 2 months ’til the big day, and even less than that if you are considering the crafting and shipping times in-between. That means, if you want to make sure your products are at the forefront of your customers’ minds, you’ll need to push some clever promotions to tip ... Read More »

Top 10 Etsy Jewelry Shops – Fall 2014

Check out the top 10 most popular Etsy shops that sell jewelry and find a must-have piece to add to your jewelry collection! Check out the top 10 most popular Etsy shops that sell jewelry and find a must-have piece to add to your jewelry collection! 1 applelatte  55,104 sales     2 DistinctlyIvy  51,509 sales     3 frostedwillow  51,201 sales     4 Holylandstreasures  47,229 sales     5 laonato  47,058 sales ... Read More »

The “Who made this?” Game – Fall Etsy Finds


Ok, so here’s a fun game I hope you enjoy!  Can you match the product to the Etsy seller that made it? If you are correct, you will see the matching product for sale on Etsy.  If  you are incorrect, you will discover a new Etsy seller’s shop home page to browse other awesome handmade goodness! All 3 right or all 3 wrong . . ... Read More »

Want lower PayPal fees in 2 minutes? Here’s how.


Want lower PayPal fees in 2 minutes?  Here’s how. Jason Malinak of JJMFinance here and I’ve got a quick exercise for you to perform. PayPal typically charges you 30 cents per transaction plus 2.9% of the value of the sale.  There is a way you can lower this fee to 30 cents + only 2.5%, 2.2% or 1.9%!  Say what!?!?!?  ... Read More »

Craving visibility? 7 ways to get seen this season

Craving visibility? 7 ways to get seen this season The buzz over the holidays has begun and you are about to enter the best time of year to be a handmade business. As more people crave shopping local and buying smaller what you do becomes increasingly important. But this is also a time to rev up for next year with ... Read More »

Consider This Before Opening A Second Etsy Shop

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Because I frequently make mention of the fact that I juggle 4 Etsy shops in addition to my website and other selling platforms, I am often asked by fellow handmade sellers if it would be a good idea for them, too, to open up more than 1 Etsy shop. The not-so-simple answer is, of course, it depends. There are a ... Read More »

10 Mouthwatering Craftsy Baking Classes


Since I’ve been “going gaga” over Craftsy courses lately and there is a certain section of classes that I can’t stop looking at . . . the baking classes! The pictures seriously make my mouth water.  My wife wants to start baking sourdough bread on a regular basis and this class might just be the kick-start to warm bread coming out of ... Read More »

5 Things to Consider Before Starting an Etsy Shop


Original Article found on A Fuller Day. This month, I celebrated an anniversary with Etsy. It was our 4 year anniversary. Me as a seller, Etsy as my marketplace. I run 2 shops. Superkid Capes™ has to 5300+ sales on Etsy-which amounts to nearly 10,000+ actual capes and accessories being sold around the world. Elizabeth Brooke Designs has near 700 ... Read More »