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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lazy Girl's knit in monogram on: January 27, 2005 05:00:47 PM


I totally cheated- but LOVE the effect- it only took about 30 minutes, too. It's on the end of a loong skinny scarf and attracts lots of comments.

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My mittens are cooler than your mittens on: January 27, 2005 04:58:45 PM


I did not make these mittens, but I think they are the coolest thing ever. I bought them on eBay a few years ago... I posted them here for inspiration- for if any of your were to make your own version of Moe and Curly it would make me a very, very happy girl to know there were more of their kind in the world.



13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Why your website should have content on: January 11, 2005 03:19:33 PM
Why your website should have content
(or: how to make money crafting without actually crafting)

I realized a few months ago that I had several pages on one of my websites that pulled a lot of traffic from search engines, but didn't generate very many sales. I decided to try an experiment in putting ads on those pages just to see what would happen.

So I signed up for Google Adsense, choose the colors for my ads so they would compliment my site, and put 1 ad each on ten pages that, together, were generating about 125 visits each day. I am now getting about $1.25-$2.00 per day from people clicking on ads placed on my pages (not popups either, just ones like this - although the colors don't match on those ads because I changed my color scheme without changing my ads Tongue ).

1.50 a day may not sound like much, but 30 x 1.50 = $45 a month (or $540.00 per year) isn't just change!

My personal goal is to write at least a page of content everyday until I get my average daily income up to $10.00 a day. I ran the numbers and if I take that "free" money and dump it into a retirement fund for 27 years I'll end up with $350,000 in the bank--- not bad for a few hours writing articles and $30 annually for hosting.

Alternately, if you write a few pages of content and make money through adsense, you can turn around and put that money into adwords, the seller side of Google advertising, and spend your advertising income drawing targeted shoppers to your site.   

The catches are:
-it's only works well on pages with actual content (like 400 words or more)
-it isn't really worth it unless you have 50 low traffic pages or 10-15 medium traffic pages because google only pay's out when you reach $100.
-You DO have to pay taxes on your income generated through Adwords- (but hey, if you live in a country where you can make free money shouldn't you give them some? Smiley
-You should have your content in place BEFORE you add the advertising code. If you do it before there is content, Google won't know what kind of ads to put on your site and so you'll be getting non-paying psa's until the googlebot comes around to your site again (could be weeks).

I'm not posting this to make me any money, there's no referrer deal, But when I saw it start working for me I just thought "Wow, I wish I'd figured this out 5 years ago when I was a starving college freshman!"

and as icing on the cake: content- with ads or not- will boost your search engine rankings.

Update:  This really works! After four months working it and gradually adding 10-15 pages of content every month, I'm now averaging $180-$220 a month. Boy, I wish I had known about adsense when I was in school!
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Wanna proof my new site? on: January 08, 2005 02:24:44 PM

I FINALLY got my new site up and running. I purchased the shopping cart code Last Saturday and figured I could have the site up and running in 2 or 3 days... Hmmm... that was 7 days and about 100 hours ago!

General comments would be really helpful, but what I really, really need is just a few of you to surf through, clicking on color swatches looking for broken images, adding stuff to your cart to make sure their are no errors, creating accounts, etc. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Without further delay, here it is: http://www.bigdogboutique.com

And I... am going to finally take off my computer geek hat and go for a walk outside.  Grin


oh, and while you're looking, do you think "breed" or "jealousy" should be the highlighted color in the tagline?
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Headscarves on: January 08, 2005 11:46:22 AM


I LOVE headscarf/kerchief type hair thingies. (The curse of a hopeless tomboy who hates headbands and with hair too short to get in a ponytail)

I was just wondering if anyone had any cute ideas for kerchiefs or of any craftsters had some they made for sale. I searched around the archives fo some but didn't come up with anything.  pooh.
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Miva Merchant on: November 18, 2004 02:42:41 PM


Anyone use the Miva Merchant setup for their online shop? What are the pros and cons? How powerful is it? Cost?
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My... uh... fanny pack on: November 15, 2004 08:18:07 AM
So I'm training my dog to show in obedience and last week our trainer told the class we all need fanny packs or "bait bags" to wear when we're training. Ughh...

So I decided I'd make a small purse to strap to a belt. It has an unique shape, the bottom panel (in which I included a piece of trimmed stencil-type plastic to help keeps its shape) is a D shape. So the back stays flush with my hip and the front stays open. The plastic helps the bottom stay open really well and it velcros shut (had to add the velcro by hand b/c I forgot, grrr) so all my treats don't fall out when I bend to tie my shoes.  Smiley

I wish I could find the lining fabric by the yard, but found fat quarters of it a few weeks ago and had just been biding my time to use it.

http://www.collargirl.com/craftster/bag2.jpg

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18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / what woudl you call this thingie? on: November 12, 2004 08:56:55 AM


I want to buy one of the hinges used to make this bag: http://www.leerburg.com/736.htm They call it a french hinge but I don't think that's it. It makes it so you pop it and it's held open, then you pop it again and it's held closed. Any idea where I can find one?
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / cinnamon ornaments on: October 29, 2004 10:59:35 AM

I'm going to make my christmas cards this year by using a cookie cutter to make thin (mail-able) hard cinnamon ornaments, then using rubber cement to connect the ornaments to cardstock.

Does anyone have any good recipes that actually work and get really, really hard? Any tips?

Also, a little off topic but I'm exchanging cards with a group of people who can be painfully politically correct. Do you think this greeting would be offensive: "As our family celebrates the birth of our savior we wish you and yours a happy holiday season."? I want to be sympathetic to people of other religions, but I don't think I should have to deny what I believe aboutthe holiday, y'know?
20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I made my dog a bunny suit! on: October 14, 2004 11:38:07 AM
I worked on this ALL saturday. The ears need tweaked, but it's basically done. She's going to be in a halloween contest this weekend and (if I can get her to wear them) will be wearing a pair of baby "bunny slippers" on her front paws.

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