Be an Etsy Shop Owner!

Are you a passionate artisan who believes your handmade items could be sold but don’t know how?  My daughter, JP, and I have written an easy to follow step by step 51 page book to lead you through the process of opening an online shop on a site called Etsy.

Etsy.com is the fastest growing craft sellers marketplace WORLD WIDE!  You can be part of it with our instructions and business tips not found in any of  the Etsy books out there now.  We lead you through each step with detailed  instructions.   Everything is covered and explained.  Both of us are Etsy shop owners and have encountered problems along the way that we share with you so that you are aware and can avoid or resolve them.

There is no bidding as on Ebay.   You make an item, take a photo of it, and list it for sale.  Following our instructions, we show you how to place your item for sale and collect your money when someone buys it.

A Spanish language version will be available soon.

You can buy our book now on Amazon for $9.99 using this link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CRB6NUQ 

OR contact me at HowToOpenanEtsyStore@gmail.com and pay with your card through PayPal and I will send you a pdf copy.   (California residents only $10.90).

You won’t be disappointed, you’ll be a business owner selling your great crafts, vintage items or supplies through your very own Etsy store!

MY MONEY Kindle Book

Excellent advice as young adults leave home and enter the work force, through marriage and into retirement.  Covers all aspects of life’s lessons, savings, money management, taxes, and much more. What to expect at your first job, what you need when you leave home, all the way to how to save for retirement and much, much more.  A comprehensive guide for all ages.  Available at Amazon.comhttp://www.amazon.com/My-Money-ebook/dp/B00897WP68/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t      or

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Do You Suffer From Leg Cramps?

Do you get leg cramps at night?

I found a terrific way to relieve my leg cramps without the danger of taking quinine.  They wake me up almost every night.  Here it is:  Pinch your nose with your fingers as tightly as you can.  I know, that sounds crazy, but it’s a Chinese remedy.   And it worked for me last night.

I have been getting leg cramps for as long as I can remember and tried all sorts of things to stop the pain.  I was told that quinine relieved the cramp.  My doctor suggested quinine soda.  That was useless, it doesn’t contain enough quinine.  I was able to get quinine pills over the counter years ago until the Food and Drug Administration took them off the market.  Then I found that I could get them from a pharmacy in Canada, but they required a prescription and my doctor said he wasn’t allowed to prescribe them.  Quinine is not approved to treat or prevent nighttime leg cramps. The risk of taking quinine may be greater than the possible benefits. Quinine can be dangerous.  The side effects are multiple and serious and could cause death.

I have a few left and I keep them for the severe cramps I sometimes get or if they affect both legs.  I am concerned about the danger connected to quinine. Usually I get up and stand, putting all my weight on the leg until the cramp goes away. But that disturbs my sleep.

Someone recommended rubbing a silver spoon over the cramp.   I tried that with absolutely no relief whatsoever.

Last night I decided to try the nose pinching.  What an amazing result!  It took a couple of minutes, but it gradually went away.  I was astonished!  I found this remedy in a novel I was reading.  The main character was awakened by a leg cramp and just pinched his nose until it went away.  I thought it was worth a try.  If you have the same problem, try this.  You may be pleasantly surprised.

In my research for this article I found an ad for an “amazingly effective fast-acting organic and natural muscle remedy, for both preventing leg cramps or stopping them once they start. It was discovered by the Amish while they were still in Europe and brought to this country sometime in the 1880’s. It is curious that it has never before been made generally available to leg cramp and charlie horse sufferers until now especially, considering that this Amish remedy is the fastest acting relief for muscle cramps of any natural product anywhere.”

Ingredients:
A carefully balanced mixture of certified organic unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar,
juice from the ginger plant and just the right amount of all natural garlic juice in
special combination so as to achieve almost instant relief from leg, foot and hand
cramps. Salt and gluten free.

One bottle is usually enough for 2 to 3 months for most people.  (You only take it when you need it.)  http://www.stopslegcramps.com/links.html

If you get leg cramps the following article will give you some information.  However none of the suggestions worked for me.  I believe that one or more of the medications I take has contributed to the frequency of my leg cramps.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-13/lifestyle/sns-201204131600–tms–mayoclnctnmc-a20120413apr13_1_leg-cramps-restless-legs-syndrome-calf-muscles

One site I discovered stated that a shortage of magnesium in your system can cause leg cramps.  However I take magnesium daily and still get leg cramps.

If you suffer from nightly leg cramps try pinching your nose before taking any medicine, approved or not.

 

Do You Dream?

I accidentally found a very informative and interesting site a few days ago.  It is called Lifelong Health and the url is http://www.lifelonghealth.com/

Once you get onto the site you will be hooked.  You won’t want to leave.  There is so much to see there, articles on every aspect of life.  I am copying one here because it is the one that drew me to the site.  It is about dreams.  I dream every night, every time I am asleep and some are disturbing.  They remain in my thoughts long after I waken.  I found the article informative and interesting.   The following is from the owner of the site.

Hi, I’m Lois  Trader

I am a two-time survivor of a life-threatening disease and a woman who has lived through bankruptcy, not only financially but physically, psychologically and spiritually. Now I’m a successful, positive, driven woman.

Being a physically fit woman at 47 years of age, my life was changed in a heart beat. My personal journey of being diagnosed with heart disease and learning to live with it has inspired me to help others who are also concerned about their health. No matter where you are in your journey, let’s work together to live the best life possible.

I’m excited to get to know you here on Lifelong Health. I look forward to getting to know you and learning together.

http://www.lifelonghealth.com/

 Do you remember your dreams? Do you understand their meaning? Do you wish your dream could last longer. Are you the only one who is having long vivid dreams? Below are four interesting facts about dreams.

Crazy dream equals emotion: While it can be hard to believe that an oddball dream about your mother, a circus and a snowstorm can have any bearing on real life, there may be symbolism and potential meaning to be mined in every dream—you just have to look for it, says Harvard-trained psychotherapist Jeffrey Sumber. “The meaning of our dreams oftentimes relates to things we need to understand about ourselves and the world around us,” he says. Instead of shrugging off strange dreams, think about how they make you feel. “We tend to dismiss these dreams due to the strange components, yet it is the feeling we have in these dreams that matters most,” he explains. “Sometimes the circus and the snowstorm are just fillers that allow us to process the range of emotions we feel about our mother and give us the necessary distraction so we can actually experience that spectrum of emotion.”

Tons of Dreams: It’s not just one dream per night, but rather dozens of them, say experts—you just may not remember them all. “We dream every 90 minutes throughout the night, with each cycle of dreaming being longer than the previous,” explains Lauri Quinn Loewenberg, a dream expert. “

The first dream of the night is about 5 minutes long and the last dream you have before awakening can be 45 minutes to an hour long.” It is estimated that most people have more than 100,000 dreams in a lifetime.

Dream after you are awake? After a vivid dream it can be hard to fully wake up. It can be hard to concentrate until you get that dream replaced with reality. Or have you ever woken up from such a beautiful, perfect dream that you wished you could go back to sleep to soak it all up? This is how you can. Just lie still—don’t move a muscle—and you can remain in a semi-dreamlike state for a few minutes. “The best way to remember your dreams is to simply stay put when you wake up,” says Loewenberg. “Remain in the position you woke up in, because that is the position you were dreaming in. When you move your body, you disconnect yourself from the dream you were just in seconds ago.”

Same dream over and over again. Loewenberg suggests looking for underlying messages in recurring dreams so that you can rid yourself of them.
For example, a common recurring nightmare people have involves losing or cracking their teeth. For this dream, she recommends that people think about what your teeth and your mouth represent. “To the dreaming mind, your teeth, as well as any part of your mouth, are symbolic of your words,” she says. “Paying attention to your teeth dreams helps you to monitor and improve the way you communicate.”

 

Driving in the rain . . . this may save a life.

GOOD VISION IN A DOWNPOUR

How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour.

We are not  sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily. This method was given me by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it. It is useful . . . even driving at night. One method used by Canadian military drivers for years.

Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad.

In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.

Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car, as you are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend’s life by giving him this idea.

Try it yourself and share it with your friends! Amazing, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling.

You can see where the rain bounces off the road. It works to eliminate the “blindness” from passing semi’s spraying you too.

Or the “kickup” if you are following a semi or car  in the rain. They ought to teach that little tip in driver’s training. It really does work.

READ THIS ONE TOO About the danger of cruise control on a wet surface.

This next warning is a another good one! I wonder how many people know about  this:

A 36-year-old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her car. A resident of Kinburn, Ontario, was traveling between Kinburn and Ottawa. It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydroplane and literally flew through the air . . . She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence!

When she explained to the OPP Officer what had happened  he told her something that every driver should  know – NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE  CONTROL ON. She thought she was being cautious  by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain. But the officer told her that if the cruise control is on when your car begins to hydroplane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane She told the OPP Officer that was exactly what had  occurred.

The officer said this warning should be listed, on the driver’s seat sunvisor — NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and  drive a safe speed — but we don’t tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.

The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the officer), was a man who had a similar accident, totalled his car and sustained severe injuries.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.

 

85

85!  Two of my most visited sites are my descriptions, “About Me”.  That surprises me.  It also surprises me that I have reached the age of 85.  I never expected that to happen.  I never thought I would live long enough to get Social Security benefits.  But I was wrong and here I am still active, still involved, still interested in almost everything, still expressing my thoughts and feelings.

My birthday was yesterday.  My 2 daughters spent the day with me.  I had requested no party nor anything special and they complied.  It was a wonderful day.  We had lunch which I provided and then my favorite dinner, sushi with plum wine.  Awesome!

My oldest daughter, Circe, spent several hours helping her sister with promotional advice for her online shops.  Jennifer has been unemployed for more than a year sending out hundreds of resumes and going on multiple interviews without success.  She is a talented and accomplished graphic artist and an industrious employee, but has not been able to snag a job.  My oldest daughter, Circe, sat down with her and gave her the benefits of her experience with computer promotion.  I think that her advice will help in promoting her sister in her job search as well as the many other online sites Jennifer has going.

I sat in on this learning experience and found that there were a few things I could do to help my situation.  My Etsy site is my source for extra income as well as the satisfaction I get from the sales I make.  My handcrafted jewelry is diverse as well as colorful and unique.  When I make a piece of jewelry I imagine who will wear it and at what place, her job, a party, or just for fun.  My jewelry covers all sorts of possibilities.  Some pieces are dramatic, some simple, most are brilliantly colorful, some for evening wear, some for casual wear, but all are original designs.  I tend to like the dramatic items best.  Most of my time is spent on the design, putting the beads together to best show off their beauty.  You can see what I have made at http://www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu

At this awesome age of 85 I intend to make the most of what time I have left.  I’m not sure what that means, but I will figure it out as I go.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu

 

My Computer was Hacked!

My computer was hacked into the other day.  I was unable to open any of my normal web sites including my bank account, my credit card accounts, my Etsy site and my blog, Mizmlu’s Creatives.  I had no idea what had happened and did not know how to fix it.  So I called my computer expert, my daughter, Circe, who rescued me.  She was with a client and had me perform certain functions while she watched, to see what had happened and if I could fix it by following her instructions.  Turns out she confirmed that it was hacked into and the hacker had closed down all the relevant sites.  She was unable to do anything until she was finished with the client.  So then she logged into my computer from where she was, which I think is a magnificent option for her to be able to use.

 

It took her about 2 hours to complete the inspection and clean up all the garbage that the hacker had installed.  She then advised me to change all my passwords that related to any financial purpose.  That’s not as easy as it sounds.  Changing the one for the bank was the most difficult.  I had to identify myself in several ways so that they could be assured that I was who I said I was.  I approve of that even though it was time consuming.  I don’t want my password changed without my consent.

 

I rather liked my old password.  But now I had to come up with something I could remember and each one of the four I changed had different conditions.  Some needed a capital letter, others would not accept a punctuation mark or symbol.  I finally made up a password that consisted of 2 numbers, 6 letters and 2 more numbers.  Each time I entered the new password I was informed that it was a strong one.  That made me feel better.

 

There was an interesting article in the April issue of the AARP bulletin.  It dealt with the worst passwords people choose.  The most popular password is “password”.  No kidding.  It’s also the one most easily hacked.  Some suggestions were to use at least 12 keystrokes.  (I used only 10), use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, spaces, underscores and symbols.  Another tip is to pick a favorite TV show, movie, or a food you like, but with misspellings, symbols, or numbers.

 

The author suggested to gauge password protection, go to Microsoft.com/security and select “Create Strong Passwords.”  It’s worth taking the time to do this.  If you get hacked and want to reach my daughter at pctechsonline.com, or some other computer consultant, it will cost you at least $250.    Contact me if you have any questions.

Two blogs you should read

I love to browse the web.  I will read something and wonder what it means or where to find something I want to buy and get the best deal, or sometimes something just pops into my head and I want to know all there is to know about it.  So I spend some of my valuable time doing unnecessary research, but always find something or someone who intrigues me.   This morning I found two.

 

If you have read my blog you know that my oldest daughter with the ancient name of Circe is a computer genius.  I know about most of her activities but until this morning I didn’t know she had a blog.  I found it and read it.  I highly recommend that you read it too.  She willingly offers free advice on computer problems such as “Why didn’t the person get the email I sent?”  Or, the best way to set up a domain name, and many other problems people have with their computer.  You can read her blog at pctechsonline.com/blog/

 

The other person I found is Neil Patel.  He too is a computer guru and has 140,000 followers, probably because he addresses blogging problems of every nature.  I found his web page very informative and I believe he has a large following because he is a professional and his advice can be trusted.  He taught himself through his many failures how to succeed.  He offers advice and solutions freely.  You’ll find him at quicksprout.com.

 

I think you’ll find that these two professionals have the answer to any problem you may have with your computer.

OOPS! Sorry (;o(

I should have included sales tax advice to sellers in other states as well as California.  I am just now involved in the reporting and remitting of the sales tax I collected from my Etsy sales.  It finally dawned on me that someone outside of California might just skip over this post.  The advice that I wrote applies to all US states that have a sales tax program.   Some don’t.  In doing research for an ebook on this subject I discovered that each state has different, sometimes complex requirements.  In California each city, or county, sets a sales tax that applies only to that area.  Therefore, each sales tax on my product has to be determined by the city, or county where it is shipped in California, not just a general tax for the entire state.   Did I mention complicated?

However, if you are a seller you must research the sales tax laws in your own state.  Most states have a phone number for access to advice.  I called my Bureau of Equalization and they were very helpful.  They helped me determine how to file my return which must be done this month.   If you are a seller please find out how to collect and remit sales tax for the state in which you have shipped a product.  It is illegal to avoid collecting this tax and you could be fined a much larger fee than the original amount of the tax.   There could be penalties as well.

I have begun an Excel form which will contain all the information that I need to file my return next year.  I suggest you do the same if you haven’t already.

Are you ever at a loss for words?

Have you ever agonized about what to say for a special message to someone?  Well, I have the answer.  It’s in a book I found a while ago and it has choice words, phrases, sentences & paragraphs for every situation.  It gives examples for apologies, appreciation, complaints, disagreement, get well letters, refusals, (we could all use that once in a while,) and many, many others.  The author of this extraordinary book is Rosalie Maggio and was published in 1990 but the advice is timely and appropriate.

 

If you are at a loss for words, email me at mdenyer@dslextreme.com and I will send you an example, or more, that you can use.   Ms. Maggio has an answer for everything, including “How to say it, What not to say”, tips on writing, phrases, words, even special situations.

 

I love this book.  I wish I had had it a long time ago.