When you, a solopreneur, present fair trade goods, well… you’ve really accomplished something, both for your clients and for yourself. The term “fair trade” typically relates to goods of all kinds created in third world countries, often by solo businesses or small businesses. It demands fair treatment of all workers, and a fair price so the artisans can pay a fair wage. These are not necessarily beaded bracelets, although they could be. Just look at the quality and variety of fair traded goods in these images. I would personally be thrilled to own any of them, wear them proudly...Read More
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I love polka dots, especially the ones that scamper all over. I love everything about polka dots. They come in every color, every size, every style … something to suit just about everyone. In college I once took a waitress job just because their uniforms were polka dots. OK, that’s not the greatest reason to take a job, but the polka dots made me happy … and that’s a very good reason to take a job. Just now my favorite piece of clothing is a yellow and white polka dot jacket, or maybe the mint green polka dot scarf,...Read More
Go ahead … just try to choose one exquisite perfume bottle for your blog image. It can’t be done. There are thousands and thousands of totally amazing perfume bottles to choose from. My Aunt Francy had a boudoir table filled with glorious perfume bottles, each hand crafted and each containing a different fragrance. I remember as a child sneaking into her bedroom just to get a peek at the treasures she kept there. They were so glorious — butterflies, exotic flowers, dancing ladies, swirling designs, and some that look like cloud puffs. And once in a while Aunt Francy...Read More
Creating a website for plus size women sounds easy, but in fact it is far more challenging than most sites. Yes, it can be a hugely successful and profitable business to develop, but it is not for the timid. Personally I’ve never been skinny, nor have millions of other women. No matter what angle you opt for, you will discover boatloads full of un-skinny women who will welcome your ideas. With a bit of planning, this can indeed be a great long term success story, one that you can build on for many years to come. DEFINING YOUR NICHE...Read More
An African prints blog is just one option. No matter what your ethnic background or knowledge, this applies to you as well. Simply put, Ethnic is BIG. Very BIG. HUGE. IMMENSE. A wise friend once told me that in troubled times we reach out to embrace our own. I believe that is true. And in joyful times we also reach out to embrace our own, along with everyone else. Taking pride in who we are as individuals is celebrated in our culture. It shows in our artwork, in our attire, in our home decor, even in our gardens. For...Read More
I absolutely adore socks, and online shops are the best places to find them, the most variety. That is really strange for me to say because just a few years ago I didn’t have a pair of socks to my name. Not one. I had some little socklet things that I wore when I went on a walk in my sports shoes, or went to the gym, but that was it. You see, I was in California. Then I moved to Oregon. I arrived in spring and I distinctly recall thinking how quaint it was that local department stores...Read More
As with many lovely things in life, umbrellas came to me rather serendipitously. A few years ago I was wandering through the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, truly one of the great small shop meccas of the country, when I chanced upon a whole store of umbrellas. Not so much as a single rain coat, but hundreds of umbrellas. I was in awe. I owned several umbrellas of course — a couple of black ones, and a red one. But I had never owned one with Monet’s “Water Lilies” or white clouds skipping over a rich blue sky. I...Read More
For those with true sewing skills, caftans are not difficult to create, and one size pretty much fits all. I once had a dream of opening a “butterfly caftan shop” in Pacific Grove, California, where the monarchs come to rest each year. I had the business all planned out. Each caftan I created would be named after a particular butterfly, and there are thousands of butterflies to choose from. Each tag would have a picture of the real butterfly, with a bit of information about it. What a wonderful caftan collection it was going to be! Blues and golds...Read More
This is the perfect business for the fashionista who travels: clothes for that Caribbean cruise, or for the Alaskan cruise, or the Mediterranean cruise. This idea comes to mind because I once again stepped into a local store with my favorite saleswoman, Lindy. Lindy just knows Style. She just knows what goes with what, and what looks good on me. And she really knows how to dress for a cruise. I watched her one day as she sold nearly twenty pieces to a woman going on a cruise. It was all mix and match. It all packed easily. And...Read More
Go … frolic! Or soak to your heart’s content in soooooothing silky organic bubble bath. This is a product that you can create, one you can really make your own. Years ago when I was a librarian I got hold of a brand new book stuffed with ideas on how to make your own soaps, bubble bath, bath salts, rosewater and bunches of other goodies. I got so carried away with it that I did up a big batch of rosewater, created labels and gave them as gifts to all my friends. They loved it. I loved giving it. ...Read More
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