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The Complete Etsy Kit 5th Edition is Live!

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Hooray!!! It’s here!!! I am so excited to introduce you to The Complete Etsy Kit 5th Edition! It has been almost 3 years since the last update so this is practically a whole new kit. It has a new look, new format, new links, new tips plus new printable worksheets (Social Media Checklist and Weekly To Do List) that coordinate with the kit! All of the kits that used to be separate are now available in one ebook. 78 pages to be exact! This newly updated kit has all of the kits shown in the photo below including 2 new sections: Etsy Extras and Resources!

 

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Want more sales and traffic to your Etsy shop? I tell you how! Wonder what top sellers are doing to get all of those buyers – day after day? It’s in the Kit! Worried about the new changes to Etsy? Don’t be! Don’t have a clue about SEO? Not a problem! Wish you could create a schedule for social media? I have worksheets for that! Want to create a press kit? I got you covered! Overwhelmed by all of the advice and opinions about marketing your craft business and looking for some concise advice? You are in the right place!

Selling your work somewhere other than Etsy and want to know if this kit will help you? It will! Do you have questions about The Etsy Kit? Email me and I will be happy to chat with you about your small business!

Over 4,000 thrilled customers have used this kit to find their own paths to Etsy success. Now you can benefit from my long hours of research and years of experience by putting it to work in your own shop!

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I have been a busy little bee taking into consideration all of the changes that have happened online and in the craft marketplace during recent years to make this new kit absolutely invaluable to you! I have also bundled this new kit with The Etsy Business Planner and Rejuvenate + Create: self care for creatives so you can save a bit of money buying them together. Coordinating To Do lists will be arriving in the shop next week!

A new thing I would like to do is get to know those of you that use these kits and share your story on the blog! I will be launching Handmade Success Stories this year for all of those interested in sharing how these kits have helped their businesses grow. So be sure to keep in touch with me and remember that I am more than happy to answer any questions. Thank you all for your continued support and know that I think you are the best!

Click Here To Get Yours Now!

How Do You Find More Time In Your Day?

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I planned on writing about this last week but got sick instead. Getting sick and not finding the time to write this post made me realize just how important it is to find more time in each day. Until last week, I had been getting up around 5:15am to read this book and do my daily yoga practice. Last year, I had started staying up later to work which would make me sleep later and then I would struggle all day to find time to practice and to quietly read a daily passage.

Once I started this routine, my whole day was so much more amazing and productive! I realized that so much of my day was spent worrying about when I would exercise or beating myself up for not getting it done. Getting up one hour earlier made me feel like I added a couple of hours to my day. Being able to check two things off my daily to do list before my boys get up really puts a positive spin on my day. Especially since those two things both make me feel really good on many levels.

Making one change allowed me to:

– take better care of myself

– free up time and mental space to work on my business

– have a greater sense of accomplishment each day

Now, I want to know how you find more time in your day? (I know the answer isn’t putting 4 clocks over your bed but this photo I took at Schoolhouse Electric was perfect for this post!) I am hoping your ideas can help me and all of the other creatives that read this blog find more time on our days! Let’s share!

The Ultimate DIY Bundle Giveaway & Sale


Last week I mentioned this DIY bundle that is a great companion for The Etsy Kit (5th Edition is coming out next week!!!). Along with tons of DIY goodies there is also ebooks on photography, selling at crafts fairs, sewing, printable checklists, and social media advice that will help you take the info in The Etsy Kit even further in growing your business.

And that is why you’ll want to check out The Ultimate DIY Bundle! Read below to learn more about this neat deal and then enter the 1 day only giveaway to win the bundle today! Giveaway ends at midnight tonight.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers – enabling you to pick a project and jump straight into it with confidence. It’s the perfect tool to skip the information overload and throw yourself straight into a new activity.

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to Fawnsberg.com, and a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value).

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!

This amazing deal ends in just…

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*Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Feel free to read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle too.

 

Etsy’s Going Public Plus a Free Mini-Course For You!

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Happy Friday! Did you hear all the talk this week about Etsy going public? If not, you can read articles on both Bloomberg,  Time and Mashable. I am curious to know your reaction to this? I have heard buzz all over the internet from anger, tentative excitement and someone who just said that they wished they started Etsy. Haha!

I am about to release the 5th Edition of The Etsy Kit so talk about Etsy is giving me a lot to think about. Some people are very successful on there and will not feel threatened while others are worried that they will get buried even more. I read a quote from Marlo Miyashiro that said “what makes shareholders happy – more revenue, right? More revenue means that there are more buyers buying stuff…and isn’t that ultimately what we all want / need?” I like her positive take on the matter. My husband who is finance also agreed that he wished he started Etsy but also said that lots of good will come with the bad that people fear. Honestly, I meet people all of the time who have never heard of Etsy. If this could be a way for more people to discover places to buy handmade then I believe that is a positive change. I also think more sellers will like the control and autonomy of creating a presence outside of Etsy too.

As for The Etsy Kit, I am thrilled that it is filled with tips to help a seller stand out in such a large marketplace including the recent changes. I am glad that it also helps people navigate creating a public persona for their brand and tips for having their own website. It was originally created to help makers serious about growing their business and will still enable them to do that in the current environment.

Speaking of The Etsy Kit, I was approached by some friends to share an upcoming DIY Bundle with you that is filled with ecourses and ebooks. When I saw the lists of items included in the bundle I thought it was the perfect companion for The Etsy Kit. Along with tons of DIY there will also be books on photography, selling at crafts fairs, checklists, and social media advice that will help help you take the info in The Etsy Kit even further in growing your business. The DIY Bundle will go on sale next week and I will be sharing a giveaway that I am a part of but in the meantime you can sign up for this free mini-course, Rediscover Your Creative Side in 4 Simple Steps. I know that we are all creative here but I am looking forward to seeing how this course might freshen my perspective a bit. I believe that sharing the course also helps you possibly win one of the DIY Bundles. Just click the image below if this sounds interesting!

Ultimately, I want to create a space for you to learn, explore, share, grow, connect and expand your horizons as a small business. Since Etsy is growing let’s also focus on how we can grow our businesses and together as a creative community! Enjoy your weekend!

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Giveaway: Sewing To Sell: The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Craft Business

FrontCover_FullSize-480x600I have something fantastic to share with you today! Virginia Lindsay of Gingercake Patterns & Designs has released a unique new book that might be the answer to your creative sewing dreams! Usually when a new sewing book comes on the market you get all excited for the new patterns and fabrics used in the book but you can only make them for fun. That is fine and dandy for people who enjoy creating and sewing on the side but what about those people who love to sew, enjoy coordinating fabrics AND want to make money doing it? Sewing To Sell: The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Craft Business is here to save the day! The best part? The first half of the book plus the tips included throughout the book apply to anyone with a craft business or looking to start one!

I have known Virginia for a few years now and am so thrilled to see her share her expertise, her beautiful designs and her passion in this book. Most of you come to this blog for inspiration and tips regarding running your small business so I believe you will truly value the information shared in this book.

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The first part discusses:

– finding your style

– discovering your audience

– sewing tips

– selling strategies

– interviews with successful creatives

The second part includes:

– 16 sewing projects

– complete patterns and tutorials

– categories such as “best sellers” and “best use of materials”

– suggested pricing for each project

– “made to sell” tips

The whole books shares:

– bright, colorful, beautiful photos

– tips for success

– encouraging words

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C&T Publishing and Virginia Lindsay are giving away one copy of this book! Hooray! Check out more of the book here then just fill out the info and leave a comment about this book below to be entered. A winner will be chosen at random next Monday. The giveaway ends Sunday, January 18th at mindnight Mountain Time.

Also, I encourage you to check out the blog tour Virginia has created for this book because you will see many of the designs from the book re-created by talented designers and bloggers. Check out her Facebook page to follow along! She also sells patterns and shares tutorials on her website, Gingercake Patterns & Design.

 

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 *** The winner is Anita Johnson!!! Congratulations! I will be in touch with the details. I hope everyone else gets a chance to check out this amazing book! Thanks so much for entering! ***

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I think the first thing I want to make is the organizer shown above! My mind is already planning the fabric combinations. I’ll share it here when it is finished! Good luck!