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A few days ago Etsy announced a change to its pricing structure. It will now charge 5% commission instead of 3.5% on items sold, and unlike before, that 5% will also be applied to shipping costs. Applying the commission fees to shipping has a lot of sellers crying foul. In order to make this easier to swallow, they also announced the release Read more…

Abracadabra

While working to improve upon my jewelry design skills, I am finding myself discontent with items I made as a novice. Some pieces are slated for complete disassembly. Others, like the Steampunk earrings that are the subject of this post, are being transformed using my newfound skills. Abracadabra! If only it were that easy. Before Transformation These Steampunk key earrings started life Read more…

Priority: a task, person, or event regarded as more important than others. That simple definition seems so clear, but when it comes to prioritizing your priorities, it can be anything but. The thing of it is most of us have no trouble identifying our priorities. Each of us have at least handful. The problem is that identification is where most of us Read more…

My Etsy Shop, bijoubeadboutique is filled with the products of my hobby: creating with beads. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and anklets – I revel in creating pretty things. (In a previous life, I was immersed in quilting.) Much of the allure of these hobbies is the opportunity to play with color. Jewel tones are my favorite, but all colors have wonderful potential. Recently, Read more…

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