Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Take Root

"It is a process, finally, of cultivating oneself and one's relationships with others- including spiritual ones. Mainstream society consists of the exact opposite--ever briefer and more superficial encounters with ever larger quantities of goods, services and people. There is no pleasure or contact, only the giddy adrenaline fueled whirl of changing experience without substance, touch without intimacy, information without meaning, company without community." From Choosing Simplicity by Linda Pierce

All of my reading as of late (with the exception of The Tales of Beetle the Bard) has had to do with voluntary simplicity. This quote was actually at the end of the book I was reading and it struck a chord with me right away. My life has been just as it says- full of meaningless contact, the acquisition of more and more worthless goods, having a steady stream of information coming to my brain so it couldn't rest and really realize what was underneath all of this nonsense. Its too much. I've said, "Enough.". My first steps have been decluttering (I've gotten rid of bags and bags of clothes and shoes, the tv, the playstation and it's games, old paperwork, purses, even outdated foods in the cupboards) and reading books on voluntary simplicity. I've also been striving to drastically reduce my Internet usage, since this, in addition to the physical clutter of my home, is my number one 'drug'. So far, I haven't obtained more peace, but I feel like I have planted seeds. Now I must continue to water them and tend them most gently so they will sprout and set down deep roots.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Crochet for Cleaning... And Love... Awww!

I just read Crafterella's latest blog post and now I am totally going to crochet a swifter cloth! I didn't even think about making one. What I did think of making were scrubby washcloths for Josh. He somehow managed to finally lose or destroy the microfiber ones I got him, so I thought- why not crochet some? I think I was inspired by the latest issue of craft magazine where they talk about crocheting acrylic scrubbies- how gentle they are, yet full of cleaning power. So, I crocheted him two round ones with 2 strands- one acrylic for scrubby, one cotton for absorbency. They have been working quite well thus far. I think when I make my swifter covers I will use an acrylic and cotton mix too! What do people use for a cleaning solution?
In other crafting news, I am debating getting some black wool roving and spinning some black yarn to crochet Josh a black beanie. I just would love him to have something so handmade and full of love that I did for him.

Friday, December 26, 2008

From Twitter

Struck me as funny:
7daytrial I think I'm going to have the doc look into baby safe anger management drugs. I have the meanest fetus around.

pbacgrad just made the kids jalapeƱo burgers. :-) Childhood trauma in 5.4.3.2.1

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Hoho!


, originally uploaded by chamico.

One of my favorite flickr kitties in a nice seasonal greeting. Here's hoping your holidays are happy!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Chain Curtain


Chain Curtain, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

I got my photos back from the wonderful Copperlight Studios! It has been great modeling for them. They are so nice to work with, and obviously they do a fantastic job!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Put Her To Work


Put Her To Work, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

Thank goodness I have an almost 2 year old to shovel the walks for me now! About time!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

CPSIA Amigurumi For Adults?

Discuss here: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5956002

This is from the Child Safety Protection Act, which the new law references.
Intention isn't everything, and apparently, just slapping a "not for children
under 12" tag on your product won't solve the problem.

CHILDREN’S
PRODUCT.--The term “children's product” means a consumer product designed or
intended primarily for children 12 years of age or younger. In determining whether a consumer product is primarily intended for a child 12 years of age or younger, the following factors shall be considered:
(A) A statement by a manufacturer about the intended use of such product, including a label on such product if such statement is reasonable.
(B) Whether the product is represented in its packaging, display, promotion, or advertising as appropriate for use by children 12 years of age or younger.
(C) Whether the product is commonly recognized by consumers as being intended for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.
(D) The Age Determination Guidelines issued by the Commission staff in September 2000, and any successor to such guidelines.


Honestly, until a few months ago, I didn't even consider my items as things children would use. It may sound stupid or naive, but I figured adults were my main client and it wasn't until a customer mentioned purchasing one of my amigurumi for her child that I even realized parents would buy these for children. I buy amigurumi for myself and you can look thru my purchases to see that as an adult, I collect these items.Now more than ever, perhaps I should take out any tags or mention of children in my listings. I really don't have children in mind when I make or market my items. In fact, in talking to my consumers, I know the majority of my items have went for adult use (wedding centerpieces, gifts, desk sitters). That, and the fact that some of my items are clearly for adults (pills, animals chopped in half, etc.) is this really something I need to worry about for my shop, if I am more clear and consistent with my labeling and intended audience?

Save Handmade Toys

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Support





A suggestion:
http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org/Home/our-proposal-to-modify-the-cpsia

Friday, December 12, 2008

LOLZ


1229129039405, originally uploaded by Evanovich.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Crafty Aliens


Crafty Aliens, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

Fun time was had by all at the LNK Handmade holiday party! Lots of good food and good people!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Season of Crafts


Season of Crafts, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

Here was my booth from Season of Crafts this weekend! It was great to see you out there! Thanks for supporting me, and supporting handmade! Oh that's right, you didn't come.
(o__O)
We had fun anyways.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Complete the Trilogy: CYBER MONDAY


US-ECONOMY-CYBER MONDAY, originally uploaded by spencerlargent.

An email advertisement for a "Cyber Monday" sale is received on a computer in an office in Los Angeles, California, 26 November 2006. Cyber Monday, as the first Monday after the US Thanksgiving holiday has come to be known, is the online version of "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving which is one of the busiest shopping days of the year among brick and mortar retail stores. Online retailers have prepared special online sales for Cyber Monday, the ceremonial kickoff to the online holiday shopping season. According to a survey by Shop.org, the association for online retailers, 72.0 million consumers plan to shop online from home or at work on Cyber Monday, up from 60.7 million in 2006 and 59.0 million in 2005. The survey found that 31.9 percent of adults will shop on Cyber Monday, up 17.3 percent over last year (27.2%). AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving, originally uploaded by Terry_Lea.

(^_^)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

House N Fringe

I'm not a big tv watcher. I watch maybe one movie from netflix a week and that's about it. But every season, I end up watching a 'night' of tv. I was watching Hell's Kitchen and whatever came on with that for awhile. One season I watched American Idol. For awhile I was watching the Sunday night cartoon line up on Fox. Now, though, I think I'm officially watching 'House' and 'Fringe' on Tuesday nights. It's not that they are the worlds best shows (personally, I liked Alias better than Fringe), but they just happen to be what I've become caught up in. So...tonight is TV night.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Chimera Crochet Booth


Chimera Crochet booth, originally uploaded by sra_nelson.

Here was my first craft fair set up! I sold three things, a cuff, a scarf and a washcloth set. Not bad. I'm already getting excited for seasons of crafts in December!

Friday, November 21, 2008

I made yarn.


Shetland and Top, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

Hooray! Just thought I'd share. There are more photos in my stream.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Jerkface

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more animals

Friday, November 14, 2008

I will be there!

Holiday Bazaar -- Saturday, Nov. 22

We are excited to be hosting our first ever "Local Artisans Bazaar" right in the studio! Yoga Body and Balance is pleased to present a warm, friendly venue for local talent to display their wares just in time for the holiday season. This event will be taking place on Saturday, November 22 from 1 pm-5 pm. This will be in part to benefit the Friendship home. We'll have food, drinks, conversation and, of course, hand crafted art by some of Lincoln's finest established and budding artisans.

We invite all of you to come enjoy (and contribute to) this atmosphere while supporting your neighbors. Please bring your family and your friends and spread the word to help make this venture a smashing success. The kinds of things you can expect to see include but not limited to: crocheted wearables; semi-precious stone jewelry; hand embroidered pillows; paintings; ACEO cards; poetry books crafted by author; handmade journals; hat boxes; a novel; musical recordings; baby clothes; chakra readings; plus a variety of gift baskets from several vendors and more. This is also an opportunity for you to join in the fun. Thank you in advance for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the Bazaar!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Today In The Storque, Tonight in the Labs

My chocolate covered cherry is featured in the Storque article! And of course, the article itself is important because... Today at 7pm EST - Online trunk show live in the Virtual Labs, where you'll be able to meet the makers, learn about their process and even see sellers live in their studios via webcams! This is going to be the handmade shopping event of the season, and it's not to be missed!

LINCOLN HANDMADE TEAM will be doing their show at 7pm CST- please stop by and visit with us, okay?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Spinning The Week Away

I keep putting off blogging because there were things I wanted to show you and those things are still on my camera. But apparently they are not that important, because they are still on my camera!
We have been spending the majority of our time inside our house because of the weather. It's been very cold, which isn't a problem itself, but the cold has chosen to pair with either outragous wind or icy rain. So, i've been doing a lot of spinning. It seems to be the only thing that holds my interest, which I suppose is typical of a new craft. I still get this sinking feeling I'm not doing it quite right, so I'm planning on meeting up with another local spinner, Jordan, of Stricken Knits, to give me some pointers this weekend. On the spinning front, I spun through all of the fiber that came with my original spindle, spun through all the fiber I got a few days ago, ordered a new spindle that I'm picking up from the post office this morning, and then ordered two new batches of fiber from two etsy sellers yesterday, hoping that some of it will be here by this weekend for the aformentioned meeting with Jordan. I'm agonizing over what spinning accessories I really need. A ball winder? A Niddy Noddy? A swift? I'm such a novice, I don't want to purchase things I don't REALLY need. If you have suggestions, I'd appreciate them!
Also, I have been getting ready for a small local craft bazaar. I gathered up my stock and practiced laying it out, considered pricing and am aquiring all the other small things I will need for the show, like receipt books. I read a great page of tips this morning for craft shows. I originally saw the link at Marr's page.
And this week, Etsy, Your Place to Buy and Sell Handmade, is going to make craft and internet history on November 13th. On this day, Etsy sellers from around the world will get together to show their wares to a live audience in Etsy's Virtual Labs. Here you'll be able to meet the maker, learn about the process and even see them live in their studio via webcams! With the help of Etsy Teams (groups of sellers who join together to promote Etsy and their work) this is going to be the handmade shopping event of the season, and is not to be missed! Lincoln Handmade will be having their show at 7pm Central time, so DON'T MISS IT!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Look At My Favorites

Just because. I have some other things to tell you about, but the accompanying photos are still on the camera. Until then:

Monday, November 3, 2008

My Morning

I got up early because I have not yet adjusted to daylight savings time and I was paranoid I would be late for my dog walk. Since it was early, I had some average instant coffee with cinnamon bun creamer, gave Elsa some pineapple tidbits, then got us both dressed. They said there was early voting today at the election office, so since I had an hour and a half to burn before my dog walk, I decided to go vote and go to the post office to mail bills, photos and two packages. The line at the voting place wasn't too long, and it only took us about 20 minutes all together.
After we got home, I made some rough cut oatmeal with cranberries and strawberries. However, it took longer to cook than I thought, so I put it in a paper bowl and ate it on the way to the dog walk. I walked two dogs then came home. I decided to head out early before my second dog walk of the day because I needed to get some things at the natural foods store on my way out of town. I shopped there, walked down the block and got some fresh bread, then headed to the next town over to walk some boxers. Walk finished, I drove home and put the baby down for a nap and here I am now, blogging. Post post, I'm going to try to spin some yarn on my new drop spindle for the first time.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Crochet - Knot Just Another Hobby

Crochet is an art form and a popular craft that's been enjoyed by modern civilizations for more than a century. Derived from the French word "croc", meaning "hook", crochet is the art of creating fabric creation from a thread, yarn or other fibers, much like knitting and weaving. The main difference is the type of hook that's used in crochet.

Origins of Crochet
Some believe that crochet was first used in areas of China, Arabia and South America, although there is no concrete evidence of this claim. Eventually, the craft became popular in 19th century Europe. While the crochet process may have been present during ancient times, the hook itself which is used in crocheting was not yet invented. Back then, people used their fingers, bent in a hook shape, to create the loops and chains.

It's believed that the type of crochet that's enjoyed today initially gained popularity throughout the mid 1700s. The tambour style of embroider had also reached Europe at this time. Tambour embroidery was worked with a smaller crochet-like hook. Crochet, as we know it, can be traced back to about 1800; however architectural digs have found samples that suggest that crochet existed before the 1800s.

Some people say that crochet pieces can be found in Egyptian tombs and others say that nuns made crocheted pieces to beautify early churches. It has been argued that crocheting is a very basic technique and it most likely had its beginnings some time in ancient history. Unfortunately, no pieces have been found to legitimize these claims about ancient crocheting.

In the 1800s, crocheted pieces became viable substitutes for lace. Fine lace was very expensive, and people turned to crochet to produce less expensive fabrics. There were few tools or pieces of equipment needed for crochet, and all kinds of people were able to do it. Crafters began crocheting by working with natural fibers, using hooks made of brass, ivory and hardwood.

With time, the art of crochet became more and more popular and the art form found a niche as a cottage industry. Crocheting actually supported some communities after imperialism had deposed their livelihoods. Those in the middle class, and people emerging in society, purchased the finished crocheted products.

Some will say that crocheted fabrics were no more than imitations of the symbols of wealthy families. Crocheted pieces were looked down upon by those who were able to afford real lace and other more expensive fabrics.

Queen Victoria had a hand in diminishing the negative attitude that people held about crochet. She purchased crochet laces created by the Irish, and then she also learned how to crochet.

Evolution of Crochet
Crocheting was done mostly with thread from the beginning of the 19th century to the 1950s. The most popular kinds of crochet methods were the filet crochet and the crochet in the round. These methods were worked in rows of closed or open mesh to build patterns. Steel hooks were mass produced and were popular beginning at the beginning of the 20th century.

In the 1950s, crocheters used thick yarns to create less detailed clothing and fabric. The craft of crocheting using thread was popular throughout the 1960s. Homemakers were very involved in crocheting but during the 1960s, more and more people became hooked to crocheting, particularly the younger generations.

Granny squares and other popular patterns began to emerge. Usually created in fun, bright colors, these squares were completed in round style. These new trends helped crochet to pick up a much-needed popularity boost in the 1960s.

Method
People who crochet today usually begin with a slip-knot on the hook. This first looped is then pulled with another loop. The second loop is pulled through the first one, and the pattern is repeated again and again to create a fabric chain. You can work these chains in rows, or turn them to create a pattern. A round is created when several stitches are pulled through one loop. It's these unique methods that separate crocheting from other fabric making methods.

As compared to other methods of creating fabrics, crochet is a relatively young craft. Through several evolutionary steps, crochet has evolved to become the art form that we know today. Different technologies and modern ways of creating fabric, however, are threatening to make the art of crochet a thing of the past. Let's hope that the many people who still enjoy crochet will pass the art along to future generations. --By: Winifred Holstone

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New To Me - Photographic art of Eldeebee

A Mosaic of eldeebee's In To The Wild Series.

I love it when I discover new photographers! The depth and scope of the work you find on fickr is just amazing! Check it out!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Hello There


Hello There, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

Aww, it's a Burt paw! I love when my kitty is in my lap and dozing, then I can totally use him as a model! I thought this macro shot turned out really well, you can see all the tiny little hairs and his tiny pink toes!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Time Management: Prioritize Your Daily Actions

Many people have trouble fitting everything they would like to do into each day. Modern life can be pretty demanding when it comes to keeping up with our professional and personal commitments, never mind putting some hours aside for leisure time.
However, with a little forethought and a little structure you can make much better use of your time. The secret is to identify what really needs to be done in each day. If you look closely at how you spend your days you will probably find that there are many things that aren't really that important. You need to do whatever it takes to ensure that these never get in the way of the things that really need to be done.
So, at the beginning of each day or even the night before you need to sit down and think about what needs to be achieved from your day. I encourage you to write down the things that must be achieved and you could also make a list of things of lesser importance that maybe you would like to do, but aren't essential.
You need to prioritize the most important things you need to do and schedule them in as the first things you need to do in the day. This is a good idea for two reasons. First, it is good to get the important things done first. Second, you are likely to be more focused and energetic first thing in the day.
The important thing is that you do not allow any interruptions to get in the way of what really needs to be done. Once these tasks have been completed you can then think about other things you may want to do with your remaining time in a more relaxed manner.

Friday, October 24, 2008

A SemiTag

Rules for tagging:
1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog: AKSARBENLOVE
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

Some facts: I get more and more freckles every year. I have four grey hairs and I'm not yet 30. I have really long fingers. I set the hot water temperature too high on my heater and I almost always burn my hands. My favorite fruit is the orange. My favorite color is green. I like spongbob squarepants.

(Not tagging anyone else, since I've done this already!)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Random Annoyance

Two things that really annoyed me on my drive home from the dog walk today:

1. When I have my cruise control set and a few miles above the speed limit and people still pass me.

2. Unreadable/poor use of fonts. There is a van always parked at this one business and every day when I pass it, I try to read what it says on it. The font is like red surrounded with white surrounded with black and I can never make out what it says. Poor use of font and font colors bothers me. It would be perfectly readable if it was black helvetica.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I ated this.


Cortland Apple, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

And then I took a photo of it. Mmm, it was a delicious Cortland apple. You know, I love apples that are crisp and tart and this beauty certainly fit the bill. It had a real 'fresh off the tree' flavour.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Internet Marketing For Small Business

Internet marketing for small business owners is not as hard as it seems. I know that it seems daunting when you are first looking at it. I know it was for me when I was first getting started however, it is surprisingly easy and there are a number of ways to do internet marketing for small business that does absolutely nothing to increase your company's overhead because it is completely and totally free.
The first step to internet marketing for small business is a website. Having a presence on the internet is essential. Online yellow pages are also something to consider and I have found it to be one of the best submissions I have ever done for my business. Websites need to be targeted to the audience you are trying to market too. Therefore, the first step to building one that is going to work effectively is to find out the audience you want to target and the demographics of that audience.
Once I built the website and had it submitted to search engines, my next step was link sharing. Link sharing is basically, where you ask a site that has related material or services, sometimes even complementary like golf accessories would ask to share links with a site that sold golf clubs, if they would place your link on their site in exchange for you placing theirs on yours. Normally as long as the information on your site is related, they will agree. It is free advertising and most companies have already made code so all you have to do is paste it onto your website.
Social networking, this is a great way to get in some free marketing. I started with my group of friends on sites like my space, face book, and just let them know about what I had to offer. I got a decent response and still have people show up that are from these sites that have heard from their friends about my website. No internet marketing for small business strategy is complete without email marketing.
Email marketing is something that is completely free and easy to set up. I created a simple set of emails. Based on the opt in form that customers fill out when they visit the site. This does two things. It tells me about the customer, personal information such as their name that I can then use in the emails so that they are personalized. It also tells me their location. After all, it does not do much good to send American holiday emails to European customers. Finally and most importantly, I have their permission to send emails to them. This prevents any issues with spam.
Another way to bring in customers is promotional items these work wonderfully and do not cost anything to give. Simply use your current opt-in list and offer a promotional item or discount to them if a friend signs up to receive information from your company, of course, offer something to the friend as well to entice them to come. I have found that this works exceptionally well with both product and service based companies.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Easy Crochet Patterns

Easy crochet patterns are perfect for beginners. Easy crochet patterns can teach a beginner the basic crochet stitches. The only thing needed is a crochet hook and a ball of yarn. Simple crochet patterns can be finished in less than an hour, which is a great way to spend the time productively. A beginner will be able to master any basic crochet stitch with the help of any easy crochet pattern.

Children and adults interested in learning how to crochet can begin with easy crochet patterns. Although it may take some time and a few easy crochet patterns before a beginner can master the basic stitches. It won't be long before a crochet novice is creating wonderful masterpieces that will become family heirlooms.

Available Easy Crochet Patterns
Crochet patterns for simple projects generally contain step-by-step instructions that are accompanied by colorful photos or sketches illustrating each part of the design. Aside from this, easy crochet patterns also contain valuable tips and additional how-to notes about the project.

These projects also provide helpful suggestions on the most appropriate type of yarn a beginner should use for a project. Different easy crochet patterns are a great way to introduce a beginner to the various types of yarn used for crocheting. There are various types of easy crochet patterns that are available to a novice.

From wearable items such as baby booties, bibs and mittens or decorative pieces like doilies, afghan covers or pillowcases. The simplest crochet pattern a beginner can do is a scarf. There are various crochet patterns for simple scarves that incorporate a single crochet stitch. However, there are crochet patterns for scarves that make use of two or more stitches. This helps a beginner become acquainted with more of the basic crochet stitches.

Dishcloths and doll blankets are another example of easy crochet patterns that are perfect for beginners. One more easy crochet pattern that a beginner should consider trying out is the granny square project. Granny squares can be used to create other crochet projects like vests and blankets wherein the size can be adjusted for kids, adults and even pets.

Beginners can also try out easy crochet patterns like a kitchen mat or even a poncho. Coasters, round or square, also make great projects for beginners as well as miniature purses that can be given away as gifts. Hats are another easy crochet pattern that make ideal gifts also.

Resources for Easy Crochet Patterns
There are numerous resources that can provide easy crochet patterns for beginners and even advanced crochet enthusiasts. Various craft books that are dedicated to crochet offer a variety of crochet patterns that range from the basic to the complex. Although craft books provide a comprehensive guide for beginners and skilled crocheters it often quite too bulky to lug around. At the same time leafing through numerous pages takes too much.

Assorted craft magazines are sold in large quantities at bookstores everywhere. There are craft magazine dedicated to crocheting. Most of the time, these magazines feature easy crochet patterns that are meant for beginners and even accomplished crocheters. Expert crocheters who have been doing crocheting for a long, long time design the patterns often printed in craft magazines.

The Internet is perhaps the fastest and most practical resource for crochet enthusiasts when it comes to crochet patterns. There are countless websites on the Internet that feature crafts like crochet. These sites offer a wide range of services and benefits that every crocheter will surely benefit from.

In most cases, websites that offer free crochet patterns may require membership before downloading any pattern from their site. However visitors that do signup for the website membership become entitled to other parts of the site as well as freebies offered. Online forums and chat rooms are open to members wherein information exchange is done between amateurs and experts.

Other times websites may offer e-books that charge a small fee before downloading. These e-books contain a compilation of crochet patterns that vary in design and degree of difficulty. A simple search on the Internet will immediately generate thousands of website hits for easy crochet patterns.

Go online today to find an easy crochet pattern to help past the time and learn a valuable craft at the same time.

Thanks to John Austwick for the info! http://www.crochet.officiallifestyle.info
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The People In My Etsy Neighborhood

Interview Time with Heather!

Q. What is your favorite medium to work with and why?
A. Paint because it brings anything to life and makes reality even seem surreal at the same time.

Q. Name just one favorite...
Band: My Chemical Romance
Food: does Dr. Pepper count? I use it to bake and drink, so it should!
Color: black/red

Q. What is the best experience or the best aspect of being a seller on etsy?
A. You just meet so many wonderful people that are real yet it is the best online marketplace where you can buy and sell items that are handmade, as well as vintage goods and crafting supplies. Nothing can beat Etsy!

Check out her shop!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tips and Tricks That You Should Know About Google Adsense

Google Adsense is a way of presenting web site advertisements in order to bring in revenue to the site, even if the web master doesn't sell the product.

Content
Google Adsense depends upon the content of the material in the web sites to be the key advertising selling point. The content brings people to the site to get information or to have questions answered. The rich content created by skillful and informative use of keywords about the subject at hand is what makes people stay at the web site and become clients or customers. The indexing and ranking of the pages contained in the web site is what allows viewers to discover what they will find when they go there. The more skillfully presented information that is available, the more opportunity to market the product or service.

Layout
Studies have been done about the best way to layout the Google Adsense ads. You can find information about which colors to use, whether or not to use borders on the ads, what shape the ads should be, whether the ads should be incorporated into the textual content of the ads and various other factors that make your Adsense ads noticeable yet not overwhelming. Every aspect of the layout is studied and confirmed by trial and error. In addition, certain types of layout styles will work well for one audience and may fail dismally when used for another targeted audience.

Location

Two main types of Google Adsense ads are often found on web sites. First is the text box where the ad is set apart from the content of the page by a border, white space, text size or color. Another type of location is that of blended ads. In this instance, the ad is blended into the text so that it becomes part of the content, yet the viewer can still click on the link and be taken to further information on the product in question. Since the English speaking world reads from left to right and from top to bottom, it makes sense to place your ads in the upper left quadrant of the web page rather than in the lower left.

Colors
Using colors in your Google Adsense ads that either blend with or contrast with the general theme of your web page can make a significant difference in your click through rate. Much will depend on the theme of your web site, but better success is usually found by using colors that blend with the tone of your overall page. The best way to be sure is to test your presentation for several days and look at the statistics that result.

Keywords
With Google Adsense programs, the foremost thing to remember is that the site should not be created just for the purpose of collecting Adsense revenue. Use a web site dedicated to the idea of providing information about a subject that interests you and then add the advertisements that provide additional revenue. To do otherwise will reflect poorly on both the website and on Google and you generally will not be allowed to continue receiving revenue from Google with such an approach. Take the time to research the top selling keywords and use them in your own field for maximum profits.

About the author:- Rahul.S.Kashyap
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Monday, October 13, 2008

SERIOUS crafting!

This is from our recent Lincoln Handmade meeting! They are SO much fun to go to. Today we were working on banners to display when we do craft shows together. Everyone is so creative and I got some great ideas for other craft projects while I was there. I wish we could meet every week!
See more photos @ Lincoln Handmade Flickr Group!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

HedgeBalls


HedgeBalls, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

New at ChimeraCrochet- HedgeBalls! Fun, round, soft... grab one up today!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

What's Involved In Starting A Small Business?

Last night I started a three day course on starting a small business. The class is intended to be an overview of what a person may be getting themselves into. We had two speakers last night, one on "The Business Plan" and one on "Marketing". I thought I would share my notes as I take the class in order to help others who are interested in starting or improving their small business.

The Business Plan: "Businesses don't plan to fail--they fail to plan."
The first speaker discussed the importance of creating a business plan for yourself. He stressed you should be honest in it and fill it full of information that YOU, as the business owner, should know. He covered the "4 Ps" of the plan, which are: Product, Place, Pricing and Promotion. He said a great business plan will lead to sound business structure, produces a marketing plan, clarifies financial needs and serves as a communication tool. In summary, he compared the plan to a roadmap, it will help you get from point A to point B. It must be accurate, and after you write it, you must USE it. Also, for more help (and free business related templates, including a business plan) he directed us to SCORE, a great and FREE resource for small businesses.

Marketing: Honestly, I didn't get much from this presenter, she wasn't terribly organized. I feel like I've gotten TONS more great marketing tips from the Etsy Forums. The presenter mainly said to do market research, primary (interviews, surveys, focus groups) and secondary (demographics type stuff). She also said to check out your competition and to hire a professional to help with your branding and choice of advertising mediums. As I said, the etsy forums gave me more gems than I got from her presentation!

Monday, October 6, 2008

One of my favorites!

cat
more animals

Cookies and Sawing

Read on about LynetteFast!
1. I see from your shop that you work with a variety of mediums/techniques. What is your favorite and why?
For some reason, sometimes I like to saw. I think it takes my frustrations away. My favorite work it to find really nice stones and use them. It's fun to see the potential in a stone and then make that beauty happen for people to wear. I've always enjoyed seeing the potential in things, even my students at school.

2. What is your favorite dish to cook at home? If you use a recipe, share it!
Now that my every waking extra minute is spent teaching or making jewelry, it's probably Pillsbury cookie dough. Luckily, it makes great cookies and I can fool everyone!

3. What are your goals for your etsy shop and what are some of the main ways you are working to acheive them?
My ETSY shop has become my online connection. I had a website for a couple of years, out there in cyberspace all by myself. It is so much fun to be included with other people who think like me. I like it for the connections it forms. I continue to make connections. I've joined a few ETSY social networking venues called Flickr, LNK Handmade Team, and We Love Etsy to continue making those connections. I'm always open to ideas to traffic more people to my website.


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Nervous

Okay, I admit it, I'm super nervous for the Huskers today. After last week's lost I just feel totally deflated. Missouri (Misery) is going to be harder that VT was, and if we lost against an easier team...
I know, upsets are possible, Misery hasn't won at Nebraska since like '75, on and on. I just want us to win SOOOO bad. Please Huskers... please...

Go Big Red!

Friday, October 3, 2008

HAWT INTERVIEW

A fun interview trade with loveoneworldzero!

1. You sell a wide variety of things- what do you sell the most of, and does that surprise you?
Yes, a whole ton of variety going on in the shop! Our hot item this year are the Knit or Die bags. In a way that surprises me, I know that knitting is very popular but who knew that there are so many punky knitters in the world!

2. How did you come up with the name for your shop?
Love One World Zero is myself (Reneighborhood) and 100FACE, we have been a couple for 8 years and for the longest time it seemed that people disagreed with our relationship and our dreams so much... we are dreamers, what can I say? Hence the point system.. Love 1 :: World 0.

3. Who are your favorite three musical bands?
Ooohh, the toughie! Many of my musical favorites are based on specific albums but my favorite artists as of today
in no particular order are: The Faces, Daniel Johnston, and Joy Division... aw, Roky Erickson too! I know I broke the rules!


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Guessing this would be AWESOME!


DEBRI 0850, originally uploaded by kellytheshutterbug.

I favorited this photo awhile back on flickr because it looked like such a GREAT idea! I'm guessing that's cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzerella balls and basil leaves on a stick... First of all, I'm sure you're aware that combination tastes great- but how beautiful to put it on a skewer and serve it as an hors d'oeuvre! I don't know what the dipping sauce is, but if I were making it, I'd do some kind of sweet vinegar type blend.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Face it, I'm Whimsical

In my head are dreams of sophisticated felted jewelry, expensive crocheted necklettes in muted tones, luxe toys for rich children... My title font is fancy, my colors are cutting edge in a modern tone on tone way...
But no, I just can't acheive that because I don't think that way in real life. When I'm crafting something, I reach for the glittery purple yarn, not the cream merino wool yarn. When my crochet hook weaves in and out, it makes a jellyfish of four crazy colors, not an organic bamboo yarn scarf.
Harumph! Face it, I'm whimiscal. And I guess that's okay, because that's me, and that's what I enjoy making.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Great Tips, Great Interview

Q. Being a SAHM, what are the financial goals for your etsy store? (To help support your family? To just support your craft? Etc.)
A. My financial goals for my Etsy shop are to help support our family. My husband is a home builder and I also help him out when needed.

Q. Do your children help at all in your crafting or etsy store? If they aren't old enough, do you plan on having them help when they are older?
A. Sometimes, my 3 year old, likes to help me with packaging. He loves to put the packing peanuts in the bubble mailers for me. So, I have appointed him my shipping manager. My 5 year old, is not really into helping me, because he has an engineering brain(like his daddy) so he tries to engineer some sort of contraption to speed up the process. I get really scared when I hear him needing a pneumatic nail gun and blow torch. lol!

Q. Do you have any tips for balancing children with an at-home job?
A. That is tough for me to answer. Some days, I can accomplish everything I need to do. Some days, not so much. When I worked in the corporate world I had a legal size notepad on my desk at all times with my to-do list. I was very organized. Now, I am the complete opposite. I am working really hard to get this house organized & get my studio organized. Just the amount of organization I have done in the last month has helped tremendously. So, I guess my tip would be getting organized, if you are not. A few months ago, I found a really great blog. http://simplemom.net. She has some really cool to-do lists, grocery lists and home management tips. They are available here: http://simplemom.net/downloads I have fallen in love with her blog. Check it out if you haven't.


Check out her awesome shop!
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=66511

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Color Spectrum Test


MyScore, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

I really enjoyed taking this test. Many people don't, but I have always been extra sensitive in anything regarding the senses. I easily see subtle differences in hues of colors, hear things that are not in tune, smell when something is 'off', etc. Part of it is because I am female, I'm sure, but the rest is just extra sensitivity.

You can take this test at http://www.xrite.com/custom_page.aspx?PageID=77

Friday, September 19, 2008

New To Me - The photography of Eric Paul Ownes


New To Me, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

I love discovering a new photographer on flickr! There are quite a few photos in his stream that I really like, check them out if you'd like. Be aware- not all are work safe.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Need to ReSteam!

What to talk about...what to talk about? I've just felt in a slump. I try to do something business related everyday. I will get in to this total groove where I'm renewing like I'm supposed to, blogging, flickring, all those things that get me 'out there'. Then I just stop. Doing just some basic things does not take that long, but I just seem to get a mental block about it. The steam goes out of my engine and my train slowly grinds to a stop. I hate that! I haven't even crocheted anything in like 4 days! It's frustrating, because with a slow craft like crocheting, I need to crochet allll the time to make enough 'product'. I think that kind of bothers me, because I don't want to feel like I'm just producing a product, I want to feel like I'm being creative and making art! That's why most of my creations are one of a kind. I really loathe making the same thing over and over again.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Photos on the Prairie


Up, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

I am used to taking self portraits, or trying to snap some quality candids of the cats or my kid, but this last weekened I thought I'd try something new. I tried to take photos of a man. What do you have a dude do while your taking pictures of him? Girls- sexy, kids- cute, cats- fat, but a man? It was challenging but I think I got some really great photos. The one i've featured in this post is unedited, except for cropping. The colors of the sky, flowers, hair, tattoos, skin, all came out beautifully. I've several more in my flickr stream, if you're interested.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Kids and Crafting, Another Great SAHM Interview!

Q. Being a SAHM, what are the financial goals for your etsy store? (To help support your family? To just support your craft? Etc.)
A. For now my sales cover all my crafting costs and sometimes a little something extra for me as well:)

Q. Do your children help at all in your crafting or etsy store? If they aren't old enough, do you plan on having them help when they are older?
A. My goal is to make enough that it contributes to our household income.
My kids help me by being my size models. I use them when I make childrens jewelry. my 6 yr is often my model for clip on earrings -only fitting since she was my inspiration. My 8 yr old son is very interested in internet sales. He is amazed that you can take pictures and post your item for sale. He likes to look at how many views I have on an item.

I was home alone with my 6 yr old when I started my etsy shop. I needed a profile picture and handed her the camera (then 5 yrs old). I think she did pretty good!

When my daughter is older I'm sure I'll have her making jewelry too. She already loves it, but her taste is questionable (being 6 yrs old and all).

Q. Do you have any tips for balancing children with an at-home job?
A. This summer has been tricky, working with the kids being home is no easy task. I respect every mother out there who works from home. Plus I think crafters have it extra hard. we run the house, take care of kids, run earrands, create ideas and make our items to sale, take pictures of our stuff, post items, and market our stores.
we are the ultimate CEO's.
I check email in the morning and after lunch, ship in the afternoon, and craft at night.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Not Moving, But That's Okay

It turns out it's just going to be too much drama to move. Th expenses and the hassle were overwhelming. So, we need to make a better go of it at the current abode. Step one was reorganizing my office/studio. That's pretty much done and I feel SO SO much better. I will be taking photos soon to share my space with everyone. Step one-b is to get the rest of the house organized/super cleaned. We have not adjusted to having a tornado toddler yet. It seems like no matter how much we clean, she is always right behind us, tossing everything back out again. This too shall pass, right? I have to admit, I'm totally messy too. I'm trying to be better, though, because it is such a stress reliever to have a clean house and to have everything in its place.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Outstanding in Look

I've come across a great artist who illustrates in a way we really don't see much anymore. Please take a look below and click on through to her links if you'd like to check out more!
On that note, I will let her work speak for itself, other than to say I found it stunning and wonderful and I will definitely be ordering from her.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Nexus Festival

I just wanted to make a quick post while I was thinking of it to promote the upcoming Nexus Festival. They have made a myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/nexusfestival

There will be members of the etsy team Lincoln Handmade there, so be sure to check it out if you're local.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Kitty Kitty Meow Meow!

I'm just in a fuzzy furball mood this morning! I realized I had several kitties favorited in my flickr (I love you flickr) and thought I would share them!

My Fave Cats

1. Untitled, 2. 100_2954, 3. Muffi, 4. Cosmo & Jessie - We are da management!, 5. loki, 6. thinker #3


And of course, I can't leave off a photo of my charmers!

November 011

Monday, August 25, 2008

Moving?

I have moved a lot in my life, mainly as an adult. I don't mind moving, it kind of gives me a 'fresh start' on things. I'm a packrat by nature and moving forces me to clear out a bit of the junk every once in awhile. I've moved three times in the last three years. Actually, I've been averaging a move nearly every year for the past 7 or 8 years.
After having Elsa, we moved into a three bedroom home. We thought we would be here for at least 3 or 4 years, but when the prospect of a larger three bedroom home came up, we are seriously considering taking it. We underestimated just how much room we would need. For one thing, my etsy business takes up a lot of room, and when we moved in here, a bit over a year ago, the business wasn't even started. So that has created a lot of space issues. The office/studio where all my stuff is was supposed to be a den area where we could watch tv or Josh could set up his drums. But now that this room is full of craft supplies- the drums sit neglected (and in the way) in the bedroom.
Elsa takes up more room than we thought too! We really don't WANT to move, and we really don't WANT to pay more rent, but we just feel like we'd be happier if we did. Also, this new place is closer to the places we frequent, like the zoo and the organic food market. In fact, we could WALK to the zoo from this new place, which is rad. Hopefully we'll have made a desiscion this week on weather we're going to do it or not. Not knowing makes me feel so unsettled!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

SAHM Interview with SnugBugClothing

Today is a great interview with SAHM SnugBugClothing!

Q. Being a SAHM, what are the financial goals for your etsy store? (To help support your family? To just support your craft? Etc.)
A. My ultimate financial goal for my Etsy business is to contribute finacially to my family. My intention is to run my business as a real business, not just a hobby, and as with any business I expect financial gain eventually. I belive that Etsy will make a fantastic addition to my existing website and wholesale business, and allow me to reach a broader market.

Q. Do your children help at all in your crafting or etsy store? If they aren't old enough, do you plan on having them help when they are older?
A. My son is only two so he doesn't help much at this point. Mind you, he is really great at cleaning up fabric scraps. That is, of course, if picking them up, running away with them, and scattering them all over the house counts as "cleaning". I don't plan to have him help when he's older - with the nature of my products I don't feel that there's much he can really help with. But he'll always be welcome to help with dinner!

Q. Do you have any tips for balancing children with an at-home job?
A. The best advice I can give in trying to balance children and an at-home job is to schedule your time. It can sometimes be too easy to become distracted by work and before you know it, the entire day is gone and you realize you haven't played with your kids. Play with your kids! It is great for clearing your mind to allow those new ideas to come through. I designate nap time every day as my work time, along with an hour or two after my son goes to bed. I don't like to work too much in the evenings as that is my "alone" time with my fiance. Designate time for each person and each task (including yourself!), and no one will feel neglected.

Visit Her Shop Today!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Rainbow Jellyfish


Rainbow Jellyfish, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

Rainbow Jellyfish was featured today!
Cuteable blog of cute things
I think this is the third time I've been on Cuteable.

He's here in my store.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

LOLZ

cat
more cat pictures

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Elsa Toy Explosion


Elsa Toy Explosion, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

I keep a bag of her baby toys up in her closet. It's nothing she really loves, just a bunch of random stuff. Well I was trying to finish a project and I just could NOT interest her in any of the usual activities. So, I sat the bag in her room, unzipped it and let her have at it!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tag Game

I’ve been tagged! Remember playing tag as a child…”You’re It.” Well this past week I was “tagged”; maybe you will want to play too.
I was tagged by NoraDora

Here are the rules:
1) Link to the person who tagged you
2) Post the rules on your blog (this is what you are now reading)
3) Write 6 random things about yourself (see below)
4) Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them (This is only a game)
5) Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog
6) Let the tagger know when your entry is up

Random Things About Me:

1. I was born and raised in Nebraska (and live here currently) but I also have lived in Arizona, Texas, Florida and New York.

2. I currently have eleven piercings.

3. I never use a pattern when I crochet. I've never had good luck with them AND with a toddler, it would be SO hard to keep track of where I am in it!

4. I got a tangerine Townie cruiser for my birthday this year.

5. I've never lived alone.

6. Favorites: Green, 17, Burritos or Spaghetti



People I Am Tagging:


1. Racheal of http://thelittleillustrator.blogspot.com/

2. Jordan of http://StrickenKnits.blogspot.com

3. Korinne of http://www.crafterella.blogspot.com/

4. Deb of http://www.mjumbo.blogspot.com/

5. Kelly of http://refibered.blogspot.com/

6. Kim of http://kimtedrow.blogspot.com/

TAG your it!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Great Interview!

Q. Being a SAHM, what are the financial goals for your etsy store? (To help support your family? To just support your craft? Etc.)
A. I do want to make a serious business out of my it and hopefully (one day) be able to help out with the money I earn. Right now, any little bit I make goes back into supplies.

My husband, Julian is very good at helping me balance my business finances. We keep very strict records on what I spend and what I make. We also have a plan and goals for the business. We are aware that seeing a profit might take time.


Q. Do your children help at all in your crafting or etsy store? If they aren't old enough, do you plan on having them help when they are older?
A. My 10 year old, Julio loves to do whatever I am doing. I love to work with him because he is so willing to learn. My 13 year old (Caleb) is not very crafty and prefers action games and sports. Daisy, my 8 year old is too busy being the boss to do crafts. She does prefer scrapbooking and paper crafts, but she prefers to work alone.


Q. Do you have any tips for balancing children with an at-home job?
A. Well, I homeschool as well as run a business out of my home, so I have had to learn to balance many tasks at once.

My advice would be to always put the family things first. After the kids have done their school work, hubby's lunch has been fixed and the household chores are done, then let everyone know that you are working....Take it seriously. If it is going to be a business, it has to be treated like one.

My family knows that when I say I will be in my work room "Working" it is "Do Not Disturb Mom" time. My 13 year old is very helpful when it comes to keeping the 2 youngest in line when I am busy working.

Also, never take on too much work at once. Go at an even steady pace and don't expect to get rich quick.
Thanks Renee!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Urban Joy


Urban Joy, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

I took this photo of my daughter today, down in our Haymarket. I had been wanting to take some pictures of her for awhile down in that area, because there are so many nice old brick buildings. A very classic urban feel.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forums

Actually, the funniness was IN the (etsy) forums. Here, the original post sets it up:

When you click Pets and then Small Animals, Hamster is misspelled. It has never had a P in it. I hope someone can fix this soon since Etsy will get more coverage due to the Good Morning America story about it.

And the replies... for some reason (tiny rich hamsters) these crack me up!

Coconutty says,
maybe they are for upscale hamsters who come from the hamptons

Later underroos says,
I'm still imagining a family of old money hampsters who vacation in the Hamptons. Wearing tiny pillbox hats with veils and monocles.

In other news, I temporarily misplaced my most favorite crochet hook. I hate when I do that. I was retracing my steps all over the house, trying to find it. I kept picturing in my mind the last few times I used it. I ended up finding it in the bathroom trash! Thank-goodness I discovered it before it was lost for good! (Not too exciting how it got in there- fell out of my pocket while I was giving the baby a bath tonight!)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Oh No! The Craft Store...

We all know how it is... you are out of some craft item... No REALLY! you are.. you swear... you just need 2 things... well maybe 4 things... you make your list... you head to the craft store... and


On the left is the list I made before leaving for the craft store. On the right is just MY bag of items purchased (my mom had a whole other bag full for herself!) I didn't do TOO bad... I got some cotton yarn (it was new! I will make a scarf with it, I promise!) and some orange yarn (I hadn't seen this color yet...I'll make a pumpkin with it, I promise!) and an ink pad (another not on the list item...) Oh yean and a giant pink calculator for my little shopping assistant:

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Felted Punk Toy


Felted Punk Toy, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

Heheh. I had a lot of fun constructing this. I used brown wool yarn for the body, then I felted it. After stuffing/eyeballs and sewing on his bottom, I added a angora bunny fur mohawk. It makes me giggle, the thought of fluffy bunny hair being used to make him so punk. ;-)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Fun Crafty Quotes

"Crafts fill my day, not to mention the living room, bedroom, and closets."

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

"A painting is never finished, it just stops in interesting places."

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

SAHM part two with Oldbagcrafts

And now for our second featured shop: oldbagcrafts

Q. Being a SAHM, what are the financial goals for your etsy store?
A. At first, I was looking for money for extras - the little treats and luxuries. Since my husband got made redundant two weeks ago, it's become a little more important (since I would like to carry on staying home!) and now I aim to cover housekeeping costs like groceries, toiletries etc.

Q. Do your children help at all in your crafting or etsy store? If they aren't old enough, do you plan on having them help when they are older?
A. My youngest (two and a half) provides entertainment and demonstrations of bobbin-rolling and thread-unravelling. My daughter aged 5 is an expert at 'un-inside-outing' (as she calls it) the sewn bags. She likes to sit next to me and do it as I sew. We have lovely chats doing that while her little brother naps. They are both great party bag testers! My daughter also likes to design bags for me and keeps asking when will I make them.

Q. Do you have any tips for balancing children with an at-home job?
A. If they can be involved it helps enormously - even little things like having a box of scraps for them to play and craft with. I have my workstation set up in a family area so I do little things whenever they are occupied and don't need me - I get most of my cutting and pinning done when they are colouring etc. It's hard, though!

Featured Shops With Stay At Home Moms

I wanted to ask my fellow SAHM and Etsy sellers a bit about how they run things with children.

Today I will feature two of these great Etsians: Kymsart777 and oldbagcrafts

First up is Kymsart777:
Q.Being a SAHM, what are the financial goals for your etsy store? (To help support your family? To just support your craft? Etc.)
A. My financial goals are ultimately to have a successful business which is profitable, productive and enjoyable! I have had several crafts businesses in the past, one in particular was extremely profitable...but at the time, my kids were little and the money simply was not worth the time that it took away from my family. I decided to close at that time and about 2 years later, started my Etsy business. At present, I reinvest most of my profits back into my business...I have high hopes that I will soon be able to maintain a profit.

Q. Do your children help at all in your crafting or etsy store? If they aren't old enough, do you plan on having them help when they are older?
A. My children have always helped me with my business. We used to joke that they would be born at a crafts fair or covered in glitter and glue! They always come up with ideas and I listen with open ears! I bounce ideas off of them as well. They help more as they get older, and have always been a part of helping with crafts fairs, promoting and the like. My oldest daughter has just started her own jewelry business...I have to get her to open a store on Etsy!

Q. Do you have any tips for balancing children with an at-home job?
A. For me, home and family are always first...Always! I have taught my kids to respect what I do as "work", often people assume that because you are at home, and crafting, that it is just a hobby. I have a dedicated space that is for my "work", and treat my home business as I would any other. I get up, get dressed for work, and close up shop in the evening for family time. I give myself vacation time and sick days...It helps. My family knows that this is my "job", and respect that fact. It helps to make sure there are boundaries, but that my family feels a part of what I am doing. We celebrate the highs, and work through the lows together. Like I said though, Family is first..that is why I am a SAHM.


Totally Crazy

I've had this huge burst of business energy since returning from my trip to Colorado. I've redesigned my blog. Redid all the graphics for my two etsy stores. I bought a flickr pro account and have been uploading like crazy. I started a new project wonderful ad campaign. Basically I've made a recommitment to focusing on etsy instead of wasting time surfing the net. Though, I admit, I still do that a whole lot too! (Confession: I love reading celebrity gossip! I totally need to go to barnes n noble so I can Meet Vivienne & Knox Jolie-Pitt in the latest issue of People magazine.)
I've also been buying a lot of stuff. It's a friends and my moms birthday this month so I've made a few etsy purchases (Including two crocheted worms for myself. hehehe). I've also been dealing with two etsy disputes. Two people have not delivered goods to me so that's really sucked. Thankfully both orders were under $15, so if I never get a refund, I won't be out TOO much money.
So anyways, that's the most exciting news, other than my local etsy team, Lincoln Handmade, meets tonight. Hopefully that will be fun!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Split, the owl.


Split, the owl., originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

Hahahaha!
http://chimeracrochet.etsy.com

Friday, May 9, 2008

Happy Pill


Happy Pill, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Cotton Yarn Owlet or Pill?

I have been having fun making these lately. They are a nice break from doing jellyfish.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Banners

I've begun making OOAK premade etsy shop banners for the LOW LOW LOW price of $3!! Please, if you need a shop banner, consider visiting my store-
Chimera Creation!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Jellyfish Tower


jellytower, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

Awww!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tiny Jellyfish on Super Jellyfish

This is the biggest jellyfish I have ever crocheted, along with some smaller ones resting on his head. This was a custom order for my favorite jellyfish collecter Katie in California.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Humphrey Mole Reading


Humphrey Mole Reading, originally uploaded by amy hana.

I'd like to point everyone in the direction of my good friend's NEW etsy shop hanano . Right now she is selling original ACEO's at fantastic prices WITH free shipping!

Check her out! http://hanano.etsy.com

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tiny Arctic Jellyfish


Tiny Arctic Jellyfish, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

Aww a tiny snow jellyfish! I've been having so much fun making very tiny ones lately! Check him out (if he's there by the time you click) at http://chimeracrochet.etsy.com !!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Featured!

Thanks to Whisp of Whimsy for posting about my watermelon hat!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Family Portrait Jellie


Family Portrait Jellie, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

Hehe, it was fun putting them together for a portrait!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Look At That Face


Look At That Face, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

I don't know how he turned out with such a beseaching face! Aww, I just feel sorry for him with that look, so sad and helpless!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Fuzzy Jelly


fuz2, originally uploaded by Chimera Creation.

Springy!