It’s inevitable that after the Christmas gift buying season, nearly everyone running a shop is looking for ways to avoid the Spring and Summer sales slump. While to some extent it’s impossible to totally avoid the slump, there are ways you can improve your Etsy shop that will bring in more sales.Continue reading Four Tiny Tweaks To Make Your Etsy Shop More Profitable
Five Pinterest Boards To Find Your Next DIY Project
Do you have too much time on your hands? Get busy by following these five boards and get inspired to make new things.
We all go through seasons where we are too busy to do anything fun just for our own enjoyment. Once you pass through those seasons, though, do you ever find it hard to get back into your hobbies?
I definitely do! So I like to use Pinterest to keep me inspired. Once I have time to work one some crafts again, I have a place to look where I’ve saved the best of the best.
Whether you’re looking for DIY projects to sell, crafts for the home, small DIY projects or big ones, you’ll find something cool to do when you follow these boards.
Have fun and get creative!
Etsy board on Pinterest
This board is where I post anything and everything related to Etsy. My craft supplies, Etsy business tips, and cool Etsy products are all pinned here!
You can use this board to help collect the supplies you need, get ideas of what to make to sell on Etsy, and learn about running your Etsy business!
Felt stuffies board on Pinterest
Felt stuffies are my current craft obsession. I’m making so many for my son (and averaging one new one per night!) and I’m always looking for ideas of what to make next.
These can be as simple or as complicated as you want, and they are always super cute. If you don’t have a child, a lot of these can be used as cat toys, too!
Jewelry board on Pinterest
Do you make jewelry? Then following this board can help you get ideas of what your next design should be! I love looking at jewelry, even though I don’t really wear much.
Follow this board to get ideas of what charms to buy and what jewelry is trending now.
Planner board on Pinterest
Bullet journals, Filofaxes, planners and their supplies are all featured here. Follow this board for ideas of what spreads to use next month, what supplies to pick up, or even printables that you can make to sell on Etsy!
Fiber arts board on Pinterest
Sewing, knitting, crochet, and every other kind of fiber art is featured on this board.
You’ll find plenty of inspiration for your next embroidery project, sewing craft, or crochet idea!
What are your favorite Pinterest boards to follow?
Like I said, I love to use Pinterest to find cool things to try. So what boards do you follow when you’re looking for a project to keep you occupied?
Happy Sunday! I hope you can get outside, even if it’s freezing, just to get some fresh air. My son is with Grandma and I got to bed early last night, so I’m feeling pretty good for someone who got up at 6am with a back ache.
This week was pretty busy as far as work and this blog goes. I uploaded some new craft supplies to Etsy, listed a new Spring-themed ring for sale on this website, and I learned that mind mapping really is the best way to outline blog posts.
With my free time before my son woke up, I looked through my Feedly feeds and found some posts and articles that you all might like to read. So, let’s see what’s going on in the world:
In 1991, the African wild dogs that lived in Serengeti National Park disappeared. The original hypothesis of what happened is that the researchers caused this by handling the wild dogs, fitting them with radio collars and taking blood samples. It was thought that all this handling compromised their immune systems, leaving them susceptible to rabies.
A new study challenges that hypothesis, though. Wild dogs to the east of the park that were exposed to the same stresses didn’t face the same fate.
The study’s authors think that it’s more likely that competition with the growing numbers of lions and hyenas caused the disappearance of the African wild dogs.
There have been surprisingly few wedding startups since the dawn of the internet, and even fewer successful ones. Zola and The Knot are two success stories, but what makes the wedding industry so impervious to outsiders?
The wedding industry is known for being rigid, but it has changed to fit in with our online world. Pinterest, for instance, has said that 40 million people use its service to plan a wedding every year.
The whims of Google and SEO have tanked some startups, and the successful ones like The Knot are probably selling your emails to advertisers to stay afloat.
In my mind, there’s just so many parts to a wedding and people prefer them to be integral and working together. Startups that focus on just one aspect of a wedding probably won’t make much money, but going broad will require more money, a larger team, and a better strategy. It’s just a hard industry to break into.
Pollution is getting worse the world over. There are some efforts to clean up around the UK, but there are still 2,000 areas in the UK with alarming numbers in air quality. It’s a health issue, especially since nitrogen dioxide is one of the main culprits. Nitrogen Dioxide irritates the lungs and creates breathing issues.
My social media plan right now focuses almost entirely on Pinterest. That’s not to say everyone should do the same, though. This infographic will help you choose the right social media website for your needs.
“Show me $1 and I’ll show you 10 “money gurus” who claim they can turn it into $2.”
Financial gurus are ruining the internet, and they might be ruining your wallet, too. Sure, there are some good ones out there, but most are experts in only one thing: making money off of you.
This article is a lesson to not trust every expert that walks your way, even if they really are experts. Experts don’t always have good morals.
Speaking of bad morals, you need to learn how to avoid these scams. Anyone can fall prey to a money scam, so it pays to be prepared.
Going on vacay with a baby is hard. It’s more like moving than a week away.
A better idea might be use Amazon Prime or some other shipping service to send what you need to your destination. Less to pack, less to worry about!
There are a lot of rules about what plastic you can and can’t recycle. Here’s a new rule: recycle your bottles with the cap on.
“So what’s the right way to recycle a plastic water bottle? First, remove the cap and crunch the bottle up from the base until most of the air is removed. Screw the cap back on, then toss the bottle in the recycling bin!”
Self care and pain management tips on Pinterest are actually helping people with chronic pain! It’s a sad fact that medical intervention often falls short with chronic pain, so spreading different techniques of dealing with it through Pinterest is a great thing to do.
Fossil fuel companies are marketing power houses with a ton of money to throw behind propaganda and advertising. Should Google and social media companies hold them accountable for spreading false information that could lead to climate change denial or otherwise further the harm to the environment? Should fossil fuel companies be blacklisted from buying advertising like firearm companies are?
Pinterest does a lot of things right that other social media does wrong. Among those things is being able to collect images that other users post and use them to market your own work.
Instagram is trying to crib Pinterest’s style with a new public collections feature. There’s no news on when this feature will be available to the public, but there is some information about what it will be like, and how useful it may be for those of us that run businesses.
One interesting feature is that you’ll be able to add contributors to your collections to help fill them out. Though we should also hope there will be a way to report abusive collections. These can be powerful tools for both good and bad actors online.
This new feature was found by Jane Manchun Wong in some hidden code inside of public collections. Perhaps most interesting about this is that they seem to have started working on this new public collections feature the same day that Pinterest filed an IPO. Instagram has already “defeated” Snapchat. So is Pinterest the next target on their radar?
There currently isn’t any mention of following collections so that they’ll show up on your timeline, but it’s surely just a matter of time.
So, why is Instagram doing this now? They’ve made it clear that shopping is a core part of its strategy to make money. Public collections with multiple contributors can help with this, allowing brands to launch virtual stores and collaborative stores.
Instagram has a much larger user base (1 billion active monthly users as compared to 250 million). The closer they get to all of Pinterest’s best features, the more likely they are to overtake Pinterest as the place to go to find products to buy.
The biggest issue, though, is that Pinterest still beats them as a search engine. I’m not sure Instagram is even interested in doing that, but I’m sure Pinterest execs are eyeing this change to collections and wondering what their next move should be.
Do you already use collections? How do you see yourself using this new feature when it rolls out?