Thursday, July 18, 2013

How to Cast on Stitches for Knitting : Learn to Knit Series - Video 1

Do you want to learn to knit? Knitting is not just for grandmothers anymore! Knitting is a hip art form of expression through our love of fiber, and it has been on the rise for about ten years in the younger generations. I learned to knit about five years ago, and I want to teach everyone I know how to knit. I was really excited to learn to knit, as I fell in love with the yarns first. The plentitude of beautiful fiber out there will sway you, it’s guaranteed.
Some benefits of knitting:
1. Knitting is meditative, calming, and stress free- once you get the basics down.
2. Knitting can be done anywhere. I earned my B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan, and if you ask anyone who knows me, I knit during lectures, riding in the car on long road trips, while I was studying, in the dentist’s chair….. literally anywhere. No worries about hauling huge supply suitcases- just two sticks and some yarn, and you’re ready to take your art project with you anywhere!
3. Knitting is VERY EASY. There are only two stitches to learn, and then you can knit anything under the sun. Everyone I teach is always shocked at how easy it is to knit.
4. Knitting is FUN.
5. Knitting has been passed down from generation to generation, and is one of the oldest textile based art forms in the world. Think of the Irish Aran sweaters used to identify sailors washed up on shore. Crazy history behind this art form, and you’re about to become part of that history!
The first basic is casting on. Learning how to knit begins with a simple slipknot and this step of getting the stitches ON the needle before you can jump in and begin knitting. So watch with me, pause as you go, and get busy!
Let’s Knit!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How to Create a Facebook Page and Banner for your Business

 Hello darlings! Have you seen the Facebook pages everyone has made for their business, and want to know how to set one up yourself? Let me walk you through the 4 minute FREE process to set up your business on one of the biggest social networking platforms out there!

Setting up a Facebook page for your business is free, it's easy, and in this short screencast, I'll show you not only HOW to set up your Facebook page, but also a fast and free way to create a professional looking banner for your page.

You'll first have to go to your personal facebook page, open up the "like pages" option, and choose the green "create a page" button! Facebook will walk you through the process from there! I'll also show you how to use the free photoediting and collage site PicMonkey to create a professional looking Facebook banner for your business page.

Now go out there, and start collecting likes on your new Facebook page for your business or cause!

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

How to on Etsy - Opening a Shop, Fees, and Listing

How do you open a shop on Etsy?  How much does it cost?  How do you list something on Etsy?  I've created a great How To video for you to learn these "how tos" on Etsy.

Do you make something handmade?  You can sell it on Etsy!  Have a ton of vintage dresses?  Sell them on Etsy!  Like to make papercrafting supplies, but could never use them all?  Sell them on Etsy!  Etsy is a user friendly online storefront that allows independent business owners to sell handmade, vintage, or craft supply items through their marketplace.  There is no better place to start your eclectic shop than right on Etsy!

This video is a screencast how to video.  How to open a seller account on Etsy.  I go through and explain the basics, including how the fees on Etsy work, how to list an item, and some tips and tricks for stocking your Etsy storefront.  It's great fun, and I'd love to be the one to walk you through the basics today!

First off, I'll show you how to login or register, and open up an Etsy seller account.  After we do that, I'll explain the fee schedule behind Etsy which is as follows:
Listing: 0.20 /four month listing + 3.5% transaction free + 3% + 0.25 credit card fee.

After you get a basic understanding of how the fee schedule works, I'll walk you through a new listing- beginning with choosing your category of handmade, vintage, or supplies.  Reselling of commercial items on Etsy is strictly prohibited. 

After you choose your listing category, you'll then choose an item category!  Then it is a simple process of adding a title, description, pricing, and shipping cost!  Voila- you've just listed your first item, and for the low cost of 20 cents: started your very own internet storefront.

Finally, I'll show you some great examples of successful Etsy shops- in all three categories.

Best of luck, and have loads of fun!

Monday, July 8, 2013

What is Etsy???

Want to know what Etsy is all about? Curious as to HOW to use the site, or WHAT you can find? Many folks have asked me- "What is Etsy?"  This video is a short tutorial, showing navigation of the Etsy site, how to use it, what you can find, and how to narrow your searches.  Give it a shot, and find a great one of a kind item!!

Etsy is a great site to find fabulous handmade, vintage, and craft supply items, and this tutorial will help you answer the question of "What is Etsy?"

Take a gander with me through the screencast of how to navigate the Etsy site!