Sunday, September 29, 2013

Goal - Open an Etsy Store by October 1, 2013

My Etsy Store To-Do List

     1. Come up with a name – Inside the Beehive   
     2. Design banner - Done!
     3. Make 100  UNIQUE  items

New Goal – Open store by December 1st

  1. Write 100 OUTSTANDING descriptions
            New Goal – Open store by February 1, 2014
     5. Take 5  FABULOUS photos of each item = 500 photos
           New Goal - Open store by April 1, 2014
     6. Create 13  WONDERFUL tags for each item = 1300 tags
          New Goal – Open store by June 1, 2014

     7.  Join several Teams on Etsy and participate daily on the Forums
  1. Write short DELIGHTFUL “About me” for store
  2. Write EASY TO UNDERSTAND shipping policies
  3. Activate Facebook Account
  4. Find Facebook Password
           New Goal – Open store by July 1, 2014

  1. Start posting about Inside the Beehive
  2. Activate Pinterest Account
  3. Find Pinterest Password
           New Goal – Open store August 1, 2014

  1. Start posting photos from Inside the Beehive
  2. Design AWESOME Business Cards
  3. Buy envelopes & packing materials
  4. Buy scale for weighing packages
          New Goal – Open store November 1, 2014

  1. Get California tax license
  2. Set realistic goal of opening store – 2015
  3. File this list under “Things to do when I retire”

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Benjamin Buttons

I think I have to add buttons to my list of obsessions. Let me start off by stating that I rarely use buttons on my projects. That wasn’t entirely true. I NEVER use buttons on my projects. Bottom line is that I don’t need buttons. However, for some odd reason I love the way buttons look in bowls and glass jars. I’m embarrassed to tell you how much I paid for these two P-nut Butter/Peanut jars. Shall we say – too much? But in their defense, don’t they look adorable filled with buttons?

Of course nothing really matters or explains my need to fill jars with buttons that I never use. So, I have decided to add something to my Bucket List – I have to make at least one project using buttons before I can buy anymore buttons…or before I die – whichever comes first.

I want to be inspired so please share a link to your favorite button project. Do you also collect buttons? Who has more? You or me?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The first items for my Etsy Store

“B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O and Bingo was his name!” Do you remember that song from your childhood? While making these adorable Bingo Minis I couldn’t get the song out of my head. Each mini has a real Bingo Card on the front and back. The inside is stuffed with 50 single pages - that’s 100 pages - plus pockets, tags, stamping and assorted bits and pieces to make each mini truly a one-of-a kind sweetie! 
 Ready to give as a gift in their own little blue bag.

Okay ladies, here's where I need your help! How much do you think I should charge? Bee honest, the mini is 4"x4" and I made three - vintage, red/black and turquoise and red. I haven't seen anything like it on Etsy and I think I'd label it as a small scrapbook/smash/journal. Do you have an Etsy store? If so, have any advice?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Bucket List Mini-Mini Swap

Hope you gals are ready for an easy peasy one-on-one swap that I promise you can be completed in an afternoon! And it’s fun! And it’s cheap! Hope I have whetted your  appetite for the EllenBee’s Bucket List Swap over at Your Paper Pantry HERE. Link to join will be up soon!!

No big, fat, fabulous journal this time ladies, just a teeny-tiny meandering album. Don’t know what that is? Roxy made the absolutely best video tutorial so head over HERE for a look. It’s basically just one sheet of double sided 12” x 12” patterned paper folded and folded and folded again until you have this absolutely darling mini-mini.

Your task will be to make one of these cuties for your partner and then create a page for each of her top 5 Bucket List items. The rest of the mini will be left blank so that she can add to her list at her leisure. You will have total creative freedom to choose the paper and to embellish to your hearts desire. The only thing the two of you will exchange will be your 5 top Bucket List items and each
others address.

I did one for the husband so that you can SEE how simply adorable this project is!

Backpack at 70  
Learn how to play the guitar
Visit every single Baseball Stadium
Go to Italy

Check out the video HERE!!!
If you are new to Your Paper Pantry the cost to join is $12 per year. AND for the first few swaps you will be on probation - sort of. Anyone new to YPP will be partnered up with another newbie for this swap. There are a few rules like checking in once a week but like the project, it's all easy-peasy! Hope to see you at YPP!!!