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I was playing around with Picnik today and I made this little card!  I’ve been thinking about doing digital collage style cards to add to my Etsy, what do you think of it?  I’m looking for some feedback!  Also, if you print photo cards/postcards, do you print them from home or do you get them from a printers?  I don’t have a nice printer so I’m looking for a good printer online until I can get a nicer printer for the house.  Who have you used before?  Just popping in to say hello and I hope everyone is having a good weekend!  Tucker and I are going to go to the Magic Bus Cafe in a little bit and I can’t wait for a veggie chili dog!  If you live in or near Minneapolis-I HIGHLY recommend you checking them out.  Cathy is an awesome lady and the dogs are ridiculously delicious!

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I wonder what I should do with these little doodles…..it’s hard to think of different ways to utilize your pieces of work isn’t it?  Any ideas?

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I just received my code to be a beta tester over at the new site indieMADE!  You can still apply to be a beta tester if you would like, you get a free year and you’re able to help make the site better!  Here is my initial indiemade set up here.  Is there anything that you might want to see in your own website, or features that you would add to your own site if you had one?  Let me know!  The great thing about indiemade is that it is customizable and you have a lot of control and features.  Apply to be a beta tester today!

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Indeed we all work hard for the money!  I’ve been busy, busy, busy lately getting ready to move and I’ve been working on a new project that I want to tell you about.  There is a new site called IndieMade.  I’ve been writing some articles for their resources section which is all about running your own crafty business.  There’s tons of great information and I’ve been writing about packaging, taxes, photographs, marketing, phew!  Lots n lots of great articles are there for your viewing pleasure!  IndieMade is a new company that wants to cater to those folks who love the ease of selling on Etsy but would like more control over their shop.  On IndieMade you get your own blog, news section, calendar to let your customers know where you’ll be, and a shopping cart.  There is a great range of customization of your shop and you have a gallery where you can upload pictures of other things you’re working on.  It’s a one stop shop for everything you without having to build a website yourself.  I would HIGHLY suggest checking the site out and take their tour.  We are currently in testing of the site so it’s not live yet, but soon!  Check back here for updates on the site and once it’s gone live you can sign up for a 30 day free trial to see if it’s something that would work for you!

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I have been trying my best to work on and repeat this mantra to myself.  I don’t remember where I heard it, but ever since we decided to move from Minneapolis to Chicago I’ve been thinking this over and over again.  It’s a scary thing moving away from family and friends and out of your comfort zone.  Chicago is a big place and I’m a small town girl-it’s hard to imagine that we’ll be able to harmoniously mix.  I have a tendency to worry and dwell on what could happen.  I’ve always been a “what if” person and it’s hard to change that when it comes to such a big adjustment.  Every time I start to think about all the bad “what-ifs” I just try to remind and tell myself off all the good that can come from moving out of your comfort zone.  I think about all the opportunities in a big city like Chicago.  I think about all the new crafty friends I will meet and all the new experiences that Tucker and I will have together.  Sigh…Thanks for listening to this little rant of mine.  The time to move is coming up quick and I’m just trying to make it!  Do you remember when you had to go out of your comfort zone?  What helped you get through the hard times?

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I have been thinking more and more lately how much I dislike doing business related tasks.  I don’t think I’m alone when I say that it is the least appealing aspect of owning your own crafty business.  Unfortunately, it is also an inevitable aspect of owning said crafty business.  Today, while I was searching for some help or some relief or at least something to occupy my mind, I stumbled upon this website called Outright.  I am fairly convinced that it is the greatest online tool EVER for tracking all of your business needs.  All you have to do is sign up and get started for free.  They will upload your bank information (if you have a separate business account-otherwise they think everything is a business expense), paypal information, and more to let you know if you’re making money or not.  They will organize where your money goes-like who you’re paying.  This could be vendors, Etsy bills, etc.  They will also let you plug in and track the who’s and what’s of where your money is coming in.  There is even a tax page that lets you know, based on how much you have made, how much you owe in tax for that quarter!  This was all for free people!  I couldn’t believe it.  If you are like me, which I’m pretty sure most crafty folk are like this, then you will be grateful for this tool.  There is also a Shoebox application that lets you plug in saved receipt information for other things you can write off or declare as income!  Holy guacamole, it’s awesome!  Hope you find this site helpful, I know that I’ll be exploring it more and more this year while I try to affix my business hat!

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I have always been partial to using natural light but I’m writing an article on using natural light vs. using a light box (will link to article when it’s posted) and I needed to get some firsthand experience.  I found this post on making a light box for $10.  But it cost me nothing!  All you need is a box, tracing paper, tape, a box cutter, and a piece of poster board (or something similar, I used the back of a poster)  Here is my process, all the instructions are in the link!

All in all, building and using the light box was a lot simpler than I thought it would be.  It always seemed more technical I guess (I don’t really know why!)  You should try building yourself one, it is super easy and I do like the result!

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