Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Day

Happy Election Day! Don't forget to get out there and vote.


These Election Day planner stickers are from GottaHaveAPlan

Did you vote?

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Shop Interview: Gili from MeDusa Studio

MeDusa makes vegan clutches, bags and wallets. It is run by Israeli designers Gili Rozin Tamam and Adi Gal  MeDusa has a signature style that uses vibrant hues and unique textures.  

What is your favorite feature on Etsy?
the "shop update" where we can tell all our followers what's new in our shop

Why did you decide to make all vegan products?
It wasn't a choice in the beginning of our way, but something we understood along the way. it became a very strong value for us, and we want to keep be a cool, chic, hi quality alternative for leather goods.

What is your favorite product in your shop?
very tricky question, and actually it deepens who you are asking, Adi will tell you the slim clutch- which is the ultimate combination of classic shape and new material and design, mainly because Adi is so classic and me -Gili, I will tell you the Paris bucketbag because it's the best cool- street-urban bag that any girl need, and also because it's a new version( and a vegan one) of the must have bucket bag trend:)

What is your creative process like?
like a big ping-pong table between Adi and me( Gili) . we are talking, walking around the city to and from the studio and looking for this start the new line.

Describe your studio space. Where do you work?
we work in a great space, in the center of Tel Aviv, it's in the backyard of one of the main streets of the city, Dizingof, so its very quite even its in the so center street. our studio is full of everything, colors, materials, million stuff we are keeping just in case and in this busy space I think we feel comfortable to create. people and clients that are coming feeling like they are entering to our home, asking if one of us lives there...

Do you ever have creative blocks?
yes of course....unfortunately like all designers have...there are some times things are stock and you have to know to let go, only by going back things will solve and the creativity will come back. you don't control it, if we knew how it will be easy, but I will never know how ideas are getting their way out of my mind:) or why they stop coming...

How do you promote your shop?
Adi - my partner and one of the designers- responsible on the the shop and manage everything about Etsy- she create teams, and spend many hours in Etsy....:)

Do you have a blog?
YES! we do!! go check it out here 

What do you hope for in the future for your shop?
success! many more new Medusa girls that will join our family, and big and exciting adventure and new projects!

If you are interested in being interviewed on this blog, get in touch with me.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

How to Promote Your Business for Halloween


How can you promote your business or Etsy shop for Halloween? Here are a couple ideas;
  • If you use a logo, find ways to make it Halloween theme. For example, you can add a pumpkin to your logo or add a witch hat to a logo character. 
  • Offer some products ir items in your shop that are Halloween themed. For example, I have offered Halloween cards in the past in my Etsy shop. Orange and black colors work good for colors. Halloween is a good time to sell any type of costumes such as fashion costumes, masks, accessories or pet costumes. Treats or trick or treat bags are also good to sel. 
  • Consider having a sale for Halloween. Offer a discount code for buyers to get a percentage off or free shipping. 
  • Have a giveaway for Halloween. You can host a giveaway on your blog or social media.
  • Change your social media graphics to fit a Halloween theme. Make some posts related to Halloween and repost/reblog/pin Halloween items.
  • The winter holiday season is just around the corner so consider starting to offer Christmas and winter holiday themed items when Halloween ends.
What are your best business tips for Halloween?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Chicago Lakeview Taco Festival

A few weeks ago, I went to the Lakeview Taco Festival in Chicago. I had never been to this event before so I thought I would go. 


The event was free to attend. The festival focused on just tacos for food. The vendors sold tacos from local restaurants that were both traditional and speciality. 



I had a hard time finding vegan tacos. I did find one taco was the specially made vegan. But they were all out. You could order tacos without the meat though.


Besides food, the event also had two stages of live music with several bands. The live music was pretty good. They had a lot of cover bands.


It was a fun event overall. I would go again. Have you been to any festivals lately? Let me know in the comments. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How to Meal Prep + Free Meal Plan Printable


Do you meal prep? Meal prep is a method of preparing meals on bulk ahead of time. 

Plan Ahead

Keep a meal plan so you can plan ahead. You can find free meal plan printable at the bottom of this post. Also keep a grocery list for when you go shopping. Use apps like Yummly to help you find recipes in advance. I like that Yummly allows you to find recipes on different blogs and add ingredients to a shopping list the makes it easy to grocery shop. 


Prepare in Batches 

When you cook, try making your meals all at once in batches. You can chose a day of the week to make your meals for that week, such as Sunday. If you make a meal, make it on bulk so you can split it up throughout the week. For example, many soups and bean dishes are good to make in bulk in advance. Cut up vegetables and other items in advance. For example, carrots can be chopped up and saved to snack on. 

Store Food

You can store meals in tubberware, such as 20 piece sets you can find. Check how long certain foods last for and if you can freeze certain meals. Some foods will store better than others.

I sometimes try to meal prep if I am on a busy schedule. I like preparing my meals in advance to save time. It also a good way to know exactly what you are eating and eat healthy.

Click here to download a free meal plan just for blog readers. I would also appreciate if you share on social media. To use, print out for each day you want to meal plan and fill in recipe ideas or recipes for each day. 


Do you meal prep? 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Vegan Vortex Autumn Craft Show

#VeganVortex in Chicago is a community-oriented, seasonal artisan craft and vegan pastry market, founded by Paper Moon Pastry.

I decided to try out this market. This show was different from most craft shows I go to because it was an all vegan market. None of the products sold used any animal products. A lot of the vendors were food vendors, but I saw a couple other crafters.



My shop, Move the Needle  sells paper products that are vegan and cruelty free. 

I sold a couple items! I sold some greeting cards and this Pumpkin Mini Journal:


I tried out a vegan black bean taco that was wrapped in a banana tortilla on my lunch break. I also tried a pumpkin muffin which was really good. I think it would be fun to try to sell food sometime at a market like this. 


It was overall a successful show and I would go to it again. 

Have you been to any craft shows lately? 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

What are Your Favorite Halloween Costumes?


Halloween is a great time to dress up. I am curious what your favorite Halloween costumes you have been were.

Let me know by e-mailing:

Include a photo and brief description of what you were dressed up. They can be old photos or more recent ones. You can even include ones of pets or group costumes. 

If I get enough, I will post them on this blog. I look forward to hearing from you.