We’re moving!

The boxes are all packed, and the new house is ready! ElephantBeads Inspire Blog will be moving to a new blog-space within the next few days. You may notice a new design, but the content will remain pretty much the same.  Those of us who are following us don’t need to do anything – you’ll still get updates. If you’re not already following, come on over to the new place and check us out there. Free to let us know how you like the new house!

— The Management (aka Molly)


Getting Started on Wahls Paleo Plus

If you’re following the Wahls Protocol for overall health or to heal from an auto-immune disorder, “Tracking the Wahls Paleo Plus” by Petra8Paleo provides a plan for tracking your daily diet. I highly recommend grabbing a cup of tea and settling in for a rewarding hour or so to browse the other information in this very helpful blog.

I’ve  re-created Petra8Paleo’s tracking sheet using PowerPoint, because I find it easier to manipulate, and I am thinking I might want to modify it over time to better meet my needs. Here’s a pic of my tracking sheet:

Wahls Paleo Plus Tracking

3 Helpful Resources to Get Your Etsy Shop Holiday Rush Ready

October is always such a surprise – in spite of the fact that we know it’s coming during the entire month of September.

Now is the time to avert that small sensation of panic in your gut by taking a few steps to get ready for the holidays. Here are three resources that can help:

  1. If you’re like me (busy with a family and a day job), you mostly ignore the Etsy blog unless a team mate calls your attention to a particularly good post. Now is the time to stop ignoring it. Check it out now, and keep checking in as the holidays unfold.
  2. Go sign up for Etsy’s Holiday Boot Camp, even if you know you won’t be following it to the letter. The emails are loaded with helpful tips, and the worksheets can come in very handy.
  3. And finally, check out “5 Best Tips to Get Your Etsy Shop Holiday Rush Ready” from Etsy’s PromoJunkies – just in time for that nudge you need – BEFORE things get crazy busy!

Gifts of the New Year

The new year has brought many surprises – from a stomach flu that conquered our entire family to burst water pipes all over the yard (in Arizona, freezing nights combined with plastic drip systems = homeowner’s nightmare!)

But the new year has brought some lovely gifts as well. Today I’d like to share some early 2015 features that have been published about my shop — at risk of blowing my own trumpet! (Please pardon the elephant pun…)
Turquoise Inspired Feature on ElephantBeads
The first feature began as a convo in my Etsy inbox, asking if I would like having one of my beaded rings featured in an online magazine. Of course, I was flattered, and said “Yes!” And then I forgot all about it – until I noticed my shop was getting views from Handmade-Jewelry-Club.com, and I went to check it out. Sure enough, there was the article, with one of my favorite seed bead rings featured!

The next feature also began as a simple convo – this time from one of my favorite Etsy suppliers, Ralph Helmrich, from UnkamenSupplies. For years I have been using artisan-crafted findings in copper and niobium from his shop. He asked if I would be interested in being profiled in his weekly blog, and I said “heck yes!” I provided him with a write-up for that one – mostly cribbed from the bio in my shop. The profile in the UnkamenSupplies Blog is one of my favorites of all time. Ralph did a beautiful job with the photo montage, and since the article appeared, I have enjoyed being a regular reader of his blog. I’ve learned many great tips and tricks about working with different metals!

Etsy Shop Goals for 2015 – a Template

I decided to set some more meaningful goals for my Etsy shop for 2015, and since PowerPoint is my way of life, I created a PowerPoint slide to post on the wall and help me track to the goals. I’m hoping this will build on the great momentum ElephantBeads had at the tail end of 2014.

Given that I have a full time job and a family, I tried to give myself enough time to reach each step of the goal. I found a couple of resources particularly helpful in setting my goals this year. If you are interested in getting your Etsy shop off to a good start this year, you might find them helpful as well:

Have you set yourself goals for 2015? Feel free to share them below!

Big win for artists in the U.S.

Those of us who eek out a small profit, or, if we’re lucky, a small living, on art or handmade creations, have been granted a fairly significant victory by  the United States Tax Court. Read more about today’s ruling in the 2010 case, in which the I.R.S. accused Susan Crile, an artist and a professor of art at Hunter College, of underpaying her taxes. They said her work as an artist over several decades was “an activity not engaged in for profit.”