Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, origami christmas tree, waterless snowglobes

I can’t believe it is already December 2nd!  I have felt a shift in the universal pendulum the last two months.  Time has been zooming by, changes are happening, and new beginnings are on the horizon.

As the holiday season rolls in, I am looking at some past Christmas craft projects I’ve made, starting with my origami Christmas trees.  :-). I’m still selling these on etsy this season tooBut if you want to make your own Christmas tree more, check out the whole YouTube Video here.

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Here’s another great video I made, some waterless snowglobes!  Excellent gifts that can last for years.  :). Actually, now that I remember making these, I might make even more snowglobes this season!  It’s amazing to think how these projects can all be updated.

Don’t forgot Chalk Couture!  I made this great sign for my mom.  Like what you see?  Want to buy some chalk couture?  Want to join Chalk Couture?  Pop me a question in the comments or contact me.

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Oh!  And I can’t forget me Rice Crispy Wreaths!

Etsy Changes

Etsy changed its payment system.  I remember Etsy when it launched. I have been following the platform since I was seventeen (15 years ago), believe it or not. Crafting has always been my favorite hobby (who would have thought?!).  I remember the strange tiny joy associated with it.  This personal connection between the buyer and seller felt so original.  There were rarely big time shops that brought in insane revenues.

Etsy had transformed business. Just as ebay and Amazon did, Etsy had created a channel for anyone to start a business with enough creativity and grit. One didn’t need an understanding of inventory logs, profit margins, or any business logic.  One just needed the desire to do it. I remember reading about a man who went from homeless to owning his own business.  It was 13 years ago, he started a soap company on etsy.

Just as Amazon and Ebay have intense merchant portals, Etsy will now be following in their footsteps.  Even for me, selling on eBay isn’t something I do anymore.   Remember the days when you would just put a tickle-me-Elmo up for auction on ebay and selling it for $500 during the Christmas crunch?  Now, eBay has such a confusing payment system, I eventually stopped selling scrabble tiles on the site.  I was selling scrabble tiles for a while there, but the selling and payments, the intense push to offer free shipping and other aspects made the site too expensive to sell on.

Etsy is following in eBay’s footsteps.  They are encouraging shops to offer free shipping during the holiday season.  They have even said they will bump up products which offer free shipping.  This is already going to make it more expensive for etsy shops.  Now, instead of following the original search alogorithims, Etsy is urging their shops to cover their own shipping costs.

If anyone wants to pop a comment down below about your new experience with the system, I’d love to hear about it!

Much ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Thank you for reading my blog!

Sincerely,

Amy

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