I love to make cross stitch portable. The new items for my Etsy shop are cross stitched embellished key chains. This is a great way to try out new stitches and patterns and use the left over fabric from larger projects.
In one day I've obtained my office City of Seattle Business License, applied for my state Master business license and soon my retail license. So in short I'm a real bunny now, just like the velveteen rabbit.
With my real business status comes a new direction, becoming a profitable business. To help achieve that goal I joined the Etsy Holiday Boot Camp, I'm developing new products for the Holidays, expanding my ninja line, revising my product prices and introducing new cross-stitch patterns and kits.
Back in August I attended the Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs in Seattle (CCE). The weekend was packed full of workshops, inspiring presentations and lots of opportunity for discussion and networking. I met wonderful artists and learned a great deal about running a creative business and staying inspired.
One of those artists Blogged about her experience at the conference here www.waxypin.typepad.com.