Book Review: How to Start a Home-Based Etsy Business

Blogged under Crafting a Career,etsy,Good Books by Tammy on Tuesday 7 January 2014 at 11:52 am

As you may or may not know, I have dabble over at Etsy.com for awhile. I pretty much have lately just tried to sell my pdf jewelry making tutorials, but in the past, I have sold finished jewelry, kits, and supplies. I have found, like most business endeavors, that the more time you put in the more money you can earn. But, “time” is not something I usually have an abundance of, so I tend to spend time on it when I have some and then pull back to just a dabbler when it just doesn’t work for me.

Since I joined Etsy has a seller, lots of changes have happened. They usually tend to be controversial in the crafting world, and so people are not very happy about it. Whatever you say, though, about Etsy, love it or hate it, you have to admit that it is still one of the market leaders when it comes to selling hand-made items, supplies, and vintage products.

In a new book written by Gina Luker, she tackles the what, how, when, and why of becoming an Etsy shop owner, hopefully a successful one too: How to Start a Home-based Etsy Business (Home-Based Business Series) . Unfortunately, as I write this review right now, her shop is closed while she is on vacation, so I was not able to see it. However, her sales are impressive, 4,950.

I received an e-copy of the book, and felt is was very thorough, full of nuts and bolts information. This would especially appeal to anyone who is not very familiar about how the site works. In fact, before I opened my own shop, I have to admit that it took me a long time to get a feel for how it all worked, so this can be a real time saver since she sets it all out for her readers. Generally, I found her approach very helpful, again especially for anyone very new to Etsy or selling on line. One little thing I would have liked to see added were photographs. For example, in the section on “Perfecting Your Photography,” it would have been nice to see examples of good and bad photographs.

If you have been thinking of opening an Etsy shop but had problems understanding where to begin, then this book could get you started in the right direction.

Resin, Polymer Clay, Vintage Images, and Beads

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 5 January 2014 at 10:50 am

A Bead A Day
Special sparkly gloves call for special sparkly earrings! Lisa is sharing the results of her trip to JoAnn’s, etc.

Resin Crafts Blog
The combination of transfers to resin clay and a resin glaze can result in some spectacular pieces!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Using a lap grinder, Andrew facets polymer clay to create really cool, geometric beads.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
Are you looking for copyright free images for your artwork? You ought to know the ins and outs of vintage image copyrights. Usage restrictions may depend on where you find the images.

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean writes the story of the very first piece of jewelry she made for 2014…”The Viola Pendant”, and tells how it came to be designed and named.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi has a review of a new book on working more paint into your mixed media work…everything you need to know!

Beading Arts
Cyndi finished up her last piece for the 2013 Bead Journal Project! On to 2014!!

God Gives Us Each Gifts
Cherie makes a print about the spiritual gifts God gives each of us.

Journal Giveaway from Pretty Things

Blogged under CFEs/Contests,writing by Tammy on Friday 3 January 2014 at 9:41 am



Lori Anderson from the Pretty Things blog has “the” perfect giveaway for the new year: journals. Now before you say that you do not have time to journal…wait…These are five year journals with just a few lines for each day, so you end up just having to write a few sentences. You are not committing to writing pages and pages of text, just a note every day about your life. I think that is pretty cool and doable for most people. Plus, it would be neat to sit back five years from now and read it.

Entering is pretty easy, but you can head over to her blog and get the details. As usual, Lori has another very cool idea to share with the creative community. Good luck!

My Jewelry Book & Others for $2.99 1/1/14 Only!

Blogged under Good Books,Jewelry Designing,My Crafty News,writing by Tammy on Wednesday 1 January 2014 at 9:56 am



Quayside Publishing has a sale going on today only on a number of craft books, including one of mine, Making Designer Bead and Wire Jewelry: Techniques for Unique Designs and Handmade Findings. This book is out of print, so it is kind of nice to see it is still kicking around, at least digitally now. They are all Kindle versions and are just $2.99 today. Here are the other books available during this sale:

Sweater Surgery: How to Make New Things with Old Sweaters (Domestic Arts for Crafty Girls)

PatternReview.com 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips: Top-Rated Favorites from Sewing Fans and Master Teachers

Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media

Scarves and Shawls for Yarn Lovers

Creating Glamorous Jewelry with Swarovski Elements: Classic Hollywood Designs with Crystal Beads and Stones

Jewelry Lab : 52 Experiments, Investigations, and Explorations in Metal (Lab Series)

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