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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Opening an etsy shop - do I need a business license? on: March 08, 2006 06:11:10 PM
I haven't done anything, although I should.  I don't want any extra paperwork just to make a few extra bucks, and I certainly don't want to pay taxes.  I think if you're only doing it "on the side" to make a lil extra money to buy more craft supplies, you don't need to register or get a license.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: ETSY spin-off question- What have you BOUGHT? on: February 21, 2006 06:45:53 AM
I bought a new digital camera so I could post my stuff in my shop, and I promised myself no major spending until I had "paid it off," so to speak.  Good thing I bought a cheap one, huh?  I'm getting close!

Another lip balm from daisycakessoap is definitely first on my list.  I already have the orange cream one, and it is yummy!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Advertising your Etsy shop! on: February 15, 2006 03:34:56 PM
Unfortunately, I haven't had time to do much advertising.   Angry

I work full-time and have a bunch of custom orders right now, so there's no time to sew and advertise.  I'm hoping in the spring I can make a much bigger effort to get the word out about Etsy.  I love it, I just can't fit it in!!!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Neat Idea- labels for sewn items on: February 08, 2006 08:29:18 PM
I think the trick is to iron them long enough, and use a lot of pressure with the iron.  I haven't had trouble yet.  I guess sewing around the edges helps too, because you're sewing through the plastic transfer layer too.  Keeps the edges from pulling up, which leads to rips and tears over the long run.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Neat Idea- labels for sewn items on: February 08, 2006 08:27:02 PM
I like the transfers because, if the directions on the transfer paper package are correct, it's "washable."  That means durable to me, and even though I don't encourage people to just toss my handmade pieces in the washing machine when they get grungy, it's nice to know the labels will come out lookin' good, lol! 

The plastic would be a good idea if I ever decide to put labels in my checkbook holders or wallets.  Those can really get a ton of use if people throw them in the purse they use every day.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Neat Idea- labels for sewn items on: February 08, 2006 08:07:12 PM
I really wanted to start putting labels in all my purses and makeup bags, but I wasn't about to shell out big bucks to have them woven for me, and I like all my stuff to look really professional, so...

I remembered about this iron-on transfer paper we used when I used to work at an embroidery shop.  Basically, you run it through your printer with the design mirror-imaged, cut out your design, and iron it on t-shirts, pillowcases, etc.  I shrunk my design down to about 1/2" by 2" or so, and ironed the little cut-outs onto 1/2" seam binding.  Voila!  I now have totally professional-looking labels for my purses!

If your logo doesn't fit onto seam binding, you can always use plain white woven cotton.  The iron-on transfer seems to seal the edges enough that unraveling doesn't seem to be a problem, but I would satin-stitch the edges or use Fray-Check, just in case.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: February 08, 2006 05:40:13 PM
AmyE, I vote you name your new foot "Tootsie."    Grin
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's Your etsy Shop Doing? on: February 07, 2006 09:12:22 PM
I tried it out and was surprised to see that 11 people had me on their favorites list!  It's a cool feature, but not one that'll make or break my day...that's what the "store views" is for.   =)  Oh, and "Items Sold."  That one's my fave.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: If you sleep the rats will come on: February 05, 2006 06:19:42 PM
I have to admit, I'm a bit of a prude and would never buy one of the erotic ones.  But your Victorian one, on the other hand.... I think it's darling, and would have no problem buying it if I had a place to put it.

I think you should add a few more things like the Victorian tile, just so you can have something for those people that shy away from erotica, beautiful as it is.
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: need suggestions on: February 05, 2006 06:12:05 PM
Goody Two-Shoes, lol.  Or Wee Soles.
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