Posts Tagged ‘etsy’

the art of making money beautifully

February 14, 2012

i purchased tara gentile’s the art of earning e-book today.  since i’ve become homeless by choice, with my entire life packed into my car, traveling from one place to another a-calling on friends, i’ve started to do some hard thinking about how much simplicity should be mandatory in a person’s life for them to be able to own their own small business.  how much i need to pare down to be able to work doing what i love.  i have had an etsy shop since 2007, selling on average 1.5 items per month, which isn’t bad for someone just dabbling.  i’ve always thought of money as tara quotes kelly diels:

I’m not terribly motivated by money. Shiny things, yes. Money, no. When I have enough, when the survival mark is made, I lose interest in making any more.

but i’ve repeatedly considered what it would take to be able to support myself.  the numbers are staggering when considered.  for me to pay my 2 bills, allow myself 1 tank of gas per week, $50 per week for food and incidentals, $30/month for dog food- in other words, the bare minimum- i would need $500.  i can’t be homeless forever, so add onto that the exceptional price of $300/month for a magical all utilities paid apartment, and you have a bare minimum needed of $800/month.  with an average of thirty days per month, i would need to make $26.70/day.  if i could sell one hat per day at that price plus shipping, it could work out- provided i could make it to the post office with the gas on my allowance.  but that’s just the bare minimum.  what if i got sick and needed to go to the doctor, or my tire blew on my car?  i would have no buffer.  so if i added $200 in savings to that a month, that would make it $1000/month for all of my expenses.  that brings the total up to $33.30/day.  i can knit one hat a day if i spend four or five solid hours knitting.  but would i be able to physically knit every day for five hours?  what if no one bought hats in a month?  what if five hours wasn’t enough to make a hat that i could sell for $33.30 plus shipping?

this is just to point out that my current hat-selling business is going to have to change, i’m afraid.  haberdashery just ain’t what it used to be.  i’m an obsessive knitter, though, so rest assured there will still be a few tams available for sale at all times.

this is why i turned to tara, and i am hoping that her e-book helps me formulate an idea for a profitable business.  i have a few ideas and i’m looking forward to exploring them.  and i’m looking forward to getting settled somewhere again where i can set my plans into motion.  i’ll let you know how it goes.

we need nature

January 30, 2012
duck footprints by littlehippiegirl
duck footprints, a photo by littlehippiegirl on Flickr.

i believe it is both vital and necessary for human beings to remain in complete contact with nature.  it’s likely no one realizes this because we have been so easily separated from it for so long and have been allowed to tame it to keep it near to us for what we need.  as humans, we are gifted with thinking minds.  but too often we forget that our thinking minds are only a small part of our systems, and that our human body is not different from plant or animal bodies, consisting of the same chemical structures.  therefore, when we are removed from an environment which once was our atomic equal, and placed among the pavement and pesticides of chemicals not matching our own, it damages us.  it is not by accident that even the most unfocused and hyperactive of children pauses to watch a beetle in the dirt.  we are inexorably linked to the earth that birthed us from its oceans, several protein strands ago.

bits and bobbles

July 6, 2011

i finally got my tremendous check in the mail, and after depositing it today made a beeline for the powderhorn trading company with the intention of spending lots of money.  thankfully, their prices are far lower and their selection far better than our local joann’s, and i was able to get out of there after spending only $20.  one of my favorite parts about the store is the “fill a bag for $3” option.  i found a lot of tiny matching beads that i then used to make earrings.




i really enjoy the ease of working with etsy.  i’ve tried other sites like bonanza, but you don’t get the exposure like you do on etsy.  now that i’m learning to take better photos (i still haven’t perfected it, unfortunately) i’m feeling more confident about my store.  i can’t wait to have more things to sell so i can start getting the word out.  i have a showcase slot scheduled for my birthday- here’s to hoping!

time for bed.  my new school mentor is calling in the morning, and i have to be awake for it, which means i have to be to bed before midnight.  cheers everyone.

river stones

July 1, 2011
river stones by littlehippiegirl
river stones, a photo by littlehippiegirl on Flickr.

i’ve been really inspired by nature lately.  now that i’m back in montana where i’m surrounded by beauty, i’m itching to create things that flow in harmony with nature.  i had a few precious stones that i wrapped but i got to thinking- what about river stones?  and then i found polanshek’s shop on etsy that has gorgeous items made from stones.


vermont stone necklace by polanshek on etsy

i’m excited now.  what i’d love to do is drill holes in them, but i won’t have the tools for that for quite some time if at all.  so for now i must wrap them and make them beautiful!  i’m really into the stacked stone lamp mentioned in this article.