Blasts of Inspiration

Live your beauty

January 2, 2016
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Create a work space you love! It can be super organized, or it can be delightful chaos…whatever satisfies your soul! One of the great artists of modern times, Alexander Calder, created his masterpiece mobiles in an amazingly rich and cluttered workshop (see a photo of Calder’s studio at the Smithsonian Magazine’s blog). April Starr uses […]

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David shares what it means to be Etsy-esque

January 10, 2015
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I was hired by our county arts council to put together a series of classes on the theme “The Business of Art.”  Along with workshops in digital photography, website design, marketing yourself and organizing your time, I included a workshop on Etsy and arranged for my friend David Joaquin to teach the class. The “How to […]

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Share your story

February 12, 2014

This morning there was an email from Etsy inviting sellers to “Tell Us Your Story.”  The request was from Etsy’s Seller Handbook team.  A handy online form is linked so Etsy sellers can pitch the story they wish to share – either to write it themselves or to be interviewed by a regular editor.  In […]

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Vintage Hats and Business Plans

October 31, 2013
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Who are your customers?  What do they need?  How are you giving them what they want? “Market Need” is a key element in a good business plan.  Many new business owners put off writing their business plan for months – years even.  They imagine it’s only needed for getting a bank loan or formally presenting […]

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The Secret Number One Way to Get Things Done!

January 27, 2013
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Developing a successful Etsy shop is a piece of work.  Really.  It is a job. You work it. You can be a hobby seller on Etsy with minimal effort. Just hang out and sell a few things now and then. But to really be successful, there are dozens of things you need to get done […]

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500 Sales and a Blast of Inspiration

August 10, 2011

A great Etsy success story! Ah, you are going to love this.  Meet Sarah, the designer and entrepreneur behind dodeline design. Sara has a blog, and just wrote a story celebrating her 500th sale in her Etsy shop.  That’s right.  500 sales.  How sweet is that! Her story, appropriately titled 500 Etsy Sales: A Re-cap […]

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What could be more Etsy-esque than an ouzel?

August 6, 2011
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I left Etsy and my computer behind for five days and headed out on a midsummer rafting trip down the Klamath River in far northern California. The Klamath flows through a very strange and ancient land of sharp edged mountains and wild rivers. It’s like a geological island lost in time. There are species of […]

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I figure the wives are on Etsy

July 24, 2011
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There’s a history here.  It’s Superbowl Sunday 2009.  I’m watching the game over at a friend’s house on the big screen.  All the football fans are there, bowls of chips, boxes of pizza, cold beer.  At halftime, David pulls out his computer. “Are you online?” I ask. “Yeah…working my Etsy site.” he replies. “Etsy? The […]

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