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Old Fashioned General Store

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It hasn’t exactly been the most prosperous time for my art business.  I’ve had a few sales here and there, but despite an overhaul of photos and listings, my Etsy shop has been slow at best.  After listening to dozens of podcasts, seeking expert advice, and joining support groups for how to grow a business, I’ve come to…

In the Palm of A Hand

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A week ago I visited my friend who is recovering from ovarian cancer surgery.  Sitting in bed with a nest of pillows around her, she smiled as I entered the room.  I sat in a bedside chair and noticed the teal colored “don’t worry” doll I gave her clutched in her hand.  This made me…

A Cause and A Home

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I mentioned a few weeks ago I was in the process of revamping my Etsy shop.  I replaced every photo, upgraded my SEO (which I’ve recently learned needs additional revisions), and removed items from my shop that didn’t seem to fit with my general theme.  I’ve done as much as I can to keep up…

For A Girl Who Might Be Nervous about Her Wedding

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My advisor and chief inspiration for marygLOVESart® paid me a visit last weekend.  That would be Faith, my almost ten-year-old granddaughter.  Amidst the numerous projects she herself was working on, she dished out plenty of suggestions.  The most significant one was for a new don’t worry doll–a bride.  In her words:  “I think you should…

Changing It Up

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My Etsy shop is having an identity crisis.  For the past several weeks, my shop has been in overhaul mode and I’m still not totally happy with it.  As a participant in Jenny Waldrop’s Etsy Academy (http://blog.fuzzyandbirch.com/etsy-academy/), I decided to try some of her ideas, one being to identify my niche.  I made the choice to…

Angels, Second Time Around

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In 1995 when my friend Jennifer’s daughter died of cancer, weeks after her second birthday, the grief was overwhelming.  I’d been experimenting with polymer clay and had the idea to make angel pins in Caitlin’s memory.  The first ones were rather primitive looking, but as I practiced, my techniques improved.  Since Caitlin had been bald virtually…

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