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21  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Honeysuckle & Morning Glory Handmade Shea Butter Soap for Spring! on: February 20, 2011 12:30:06 PM

My new honeysuckle and morning glory scented soap. Smells heavenly. Still trying to figure out a name for it. I thought about something cool like Bird Crap on Buttered Toast but Ill probably opt for something cheesy like Sunshine Fields.

I made this cold process soap with a combo of shea and cocoa butters, olive oil, rice bran oil, palm kernel oil, and palm oil. Colors are from yellow oxide and blue ultramarine.
22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: All Natural Banana Oatmeal CP Soap on: February 17, 2011 08:22:58 PM
No, not really any banana smell.
23  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / All Natural Banana Oatmeal CP Soap on: February 17, 2011 11:02:10 AM

This is a photo of my new all natural unscented, banana oatmeal shea butter soap that is currently curing. It's a twist off my classic oatmeal and shea butter soap that I usually make. It has rolled oats and fresh banana added into each batch. I didn't add any scent so it smells very natural.
24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lead in Lipstick?!? on: November 20, 2010 09:48:52 AM
I just googled bacon fragrance oil and came up with a ton of results of places that carry it.
25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / "Earnhardt" on: November 02, 2010 01:43:51 PM

Media: Chalk Pastels. 5"x7"
This is a local band called "Earnhardt"
26  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fox in the woods. on: November 02, 2010 01:39:16 PM

"Fox in the Woods"
Media: Chalk Pastels

I just did this today!
27  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: A baby cockatiel. on: November 02, 2010 11:44:25 AM
No, the eye isn't 3-d. It's just drawn like the rest of the picture.
28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A baby cockatiel. on: November 01, 2010 08:23:39 PM
I just recently started drawing again. I'm keeping a sketchbook. All the pages are cardstock and 5"x7".

Here's a sketch I recently completed of a baby cockatiel.

I used chalk pastels. Specifically Prismacolor's NUPASTEL.
29  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: New to selling online? Marketing tips to get you started. on: October 18, 2010 10:28:38 AM
You're welcome.
30  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Stop using the time of the year as an excuse for not making sales. on: October 18, 2010 10:26:50 AM
I originally posted this on the etsy forums in August, but I believe it is relevant any time of the year so I thought I would also share it here. I hope you find it inspiring.

Brick and mortar locations can use the time of the year or their local economy as a reason that sales are down. Obviously their sales are determined by their local economy. Their buyers come from the community they're located in. However, online shops are a different matter entirely. Ecommerce reaches the entire world. It is not confined to one economy, but to many. Therefore, online retailers have the opportunity to reach buyers at any time regardless of the time of the year or downward sales turns in their own local economy. There are always people in the world somewhere who are looking to buy and who have money to spend. What becomes the challenge is reaching these people during the more trying times.

Say you sell baby clothes. Your excuse is that mothers are outside with their kids during the summer, not inside shopping online. Say that is the case. Then you need to change your marketing strategy. Get creative. Target grandmothers who won't be outside during the week with their grandkids. What types of sites will grandmothers be frequenting? Social networking sites? Websites? Forums? Still want to target moms? Moms with children are generally very busy. They're always looking for quick fixes for dinnertime meals. Get creative with your blog and include some quick mealtime recipes. Include them on your social networking sites or even advertise on sites and blogs that offer this type of content. Just because moms are busy doesn't mean that they're kids aren't growing and won't need new products.

The same goes for anything else you may be selling. Think outside the box and get creative. Don't make excuses. Take action. I've heard that summer is extremely slow on etsy, however, I just got involved with etsy again in late April and I have steadily increased my sales every month since then with June topping May and July topping June. The key is consistent marketing and advertising in areas that will bring you traffic and sales. Good luck!
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