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In the past I have made many different hat crafts using foam cups that I shrank in the oven. Yes, much like a Shrinky Dink! However, because shrinking the cups isn’t an exact science, there are often some misshapen hats with curled up brims. Instead of tossing those into the garbage as a failure, I’ve [...]

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Which web browser do you use? As we all tend to be “creatures of habit,” sometimes it’s easy to gravitate toward the tools we feel most comfortable using rather than branching out and using solutions that may work better. One such tool, which most of us use everyday is the web browser. Recently, we asked Meylah’s community on Facebook as well as friends within the forum of The Creative Empire which web browser they prefer using and why. Here is the breakdown of the preferred web browsers of the individuals surveyed, from most popular to least popular, along with some feedback and opinions of why those browsers are the “chosen ones."Firefox The majority of individuals (56%) polled prefer Firefox. Here are some of their comments: “I’m all over Firefox – can’t beat the plug ins!” - Tara Gentile of Scoutie Girl“I use Firefox because it’s so fast.” – Meredith of Smaller Box “I love Firefox! The add-ons available (Evernote, Amazon, Read It Later, Firebug) are fantastic.” – Deanna Mullican of Apples and OrangeGoogle Chrome Coming in second for preferred web browser was Google Chrome with 31% of individuals selecting this as their favorite. Here are a couple of their comments: “I’m a Chrome lover here…love the auto-populating URL Google bar, love the way bookmarks are at the top of my browser, love the new tab feature with my Feedly…only thing I can’t do in Chrome is print labels from USPS. I have to open an IE window for that.” – Sally Keller of Sally’s Angelworks “I love how I can have my most visited sites right in front of me. While waiting for one to load I can get the next one ready. Easy to jump from site to site with ease and work on more than one page at once… I like that Chrome has a bookmark bar and page because I do save a lot.” Jennifer Schulting of Eightymillion. Safari Coming in third with 13% of individuals preferring the web browser Safari. Here is one response about Safari's browser: “Because it’s Apple, and they seem like they know what they’re doing.” – Tina Jett Surprisingly, none of the individuals surveyed indicated a preference in using Internet Explorer as their preferred browser. And, Internet Explorer was the only web browser which surveyors spoke out about negatively. Although Internet Explorer was not a popular browser according to those surveyed, it is still widely used. Ultimately, no matter which browser you prefer, it’s wise to make sure you’re using an updated version of your browser as older browsers are becoming more obsolete and aren't supported by many websites today.If you’ve never taken the time to evaluate which web browser is best for you, you may want to do so soon to start utilizing all the benefits that the best browsers have to offer!Main image courtesy of liquene.

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There is a movement going on and it's all digital! Sales of digital products are dominating ecommerce sales today and they are skyrocketing on Meylah!Why the big shift? Well, once you take a look at the digital business, it's pretty easy to see the benefits right away. Selling digital products allows you to create a product once and sell it many times. With digital platforms like Meylah, buyers get their digital product in an automatic download after purchase so the seller doesn't have to take time to fulfill or manage orders. And, digital products don't have any raw material costs so the profit margin is much higher.So, what types of digital products are out there? We thought we'd share a few ideas with you to get you started on your way to digital success:Patterns: We have a huge stitching and sewing community on Meylah selling digital patterns. Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery said "it's AMAZING to be able to list our patterns fast and have Meylah's automatic PDF delivery do all the work for us! I wouldn't use anything other than Meylah!"Photography: Rather than selling prints, why not sell your digital images for less cost and save yourself time and money printing for your customers.Artwork: There's only one original, but this way you can sell duplicates of your original work for a less expensive rate and satisfy more customers.Clip Art: Graphic artists like Cocoa Mint can sell their creations over and over again without having to package their work onto CDs. She said "What's so great about Meylah is that everything is already integrated which provides seamless file delivery for my customers."Recipes: Do you have any secret recipes? Try creating digital copies of them and selling them to interested customers wanting to cook your stuff.eBooks: Are you an author or do you want to write? Publishing an eBook not only can add revenue to your business, it also allows you to become an authority in your field.Tutorials: Online tutorials have become a very useful aid for teaching. With Meylah, you can create your own step-by-step tutorials using video and images and share them or even sell them for an added revenue stream to your business.What kind of digital products do you make? The possibilities are endless so start filling your storefront today with your digital creations!

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Have you ever needed to create a landscape image to illustrate your idea or set the scene in a story? More...

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What words of wisdom do you love and try to live by? Today we wanted to share some sage advice that you can adopt into your business and everyday life to make things a bit smoother and more fulfilling.1. Believe in yourself and others with follow suit.2. Find a mentor and soak up whatever knowledge they are willing to share.3. Never miss the chance to capture a good idea and when you have one, act on it!4. Pass along what you've learned with someone else...it's the best way to share!5. Be open to receiving help from others, it makes them feel good while making your life easier! Do you have any bits of wisdom to add? We would love for you to share! Main image courtesy of Vince Alongi.

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I’m excited about today’s giveaway, sponsored by HOP, a new hip hoppenin’ movie opening in theaters today. They are getting the word out by giving away an amazing entertainment prize package. One winner will be receiving a $100 Limited Edition Hop Fandango Gift Card, as well as some fun merchandise from the movie, details below. [...]

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My neighbor up the street is known as “Mr. Wave at the Bus“. Since day 1 of the school year, back in August, he has dressed up in a silly costume to wave at his son’s school bus. Every morning, bright and early (or dark and early), he’s waving at that bus. He’s now on [...]

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Are you struggling to figure out what your life’s work should be? In the book, Zen and the Art of Making a Living, author Laurence G. Boldt lists 9 of the most popular “Reasons” why people might not want to know what they want to do in life. Boldt’s list is as follows:Fear of failureFear of rejectionFear of realityFear of losing identity (face)Fear of pain (and sacrifice)Fear of commitmentFear of making the “wrong choice”Fear of not being in controlFear that it will never work Do any of these reasons (fears) resonate with you? Are you holding back from figuring out what your life’s work should be because of one or many of these fears? If so, I’d like to encourage you today to develop some actionable steps to seek out what you’re passionate about and what you care about in this world.Once you’ve identified what matters to you, you should pinpoint which of the items in this list are slowing you down from pursuing what matters and build a battle plan for how to eliminate them! And, if you need any encouragement along the way, give us a holler, we’re here to help!Main image courtesy of moriza.

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My girls love to dress up. On a typical afternoon, they’ve managed to change outfits 4-5 times. There seems to be a dress-up for every occasion, tea time, walking their toy dogs, or reading stories. With all these dress ups, I’ve come up with a way to store them, keeping them organized and easy to [...]

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Is there anything that bothers you while attending or selling at art & craft shows? A few days ago, we asked Meylah’s community on Facebook and Twitter if they had any pet peeves while selling or attending art & craft shows and we received some very passionate and informative responses!

We wanted to share these pet peeves in a list today to help all of us become a little more sensitive and aware of what drives people crazy when shopping, selling or even organizing an art & craft show!

Pet Peeves of Sellers

  • When there is no music at the show
  • When resellers are vending at handmade shows
  • When fellow artists under price their items
  • When parents let their children handle work without permission or oversight
  • When onlookers make the comment, “I could make that”
  • When the venue doesn’t provide assistance to the sellers (for example: coverage for restroom and lunch breaks, assistance setting up, etc.)
  • When people try to bargain on prices
  • When other vendors complain and act negatively or unprofessionally, especially within your booth
  • When other sellers try to chitchat with you while you’re trying to setup

Pet Peeves of Attendees

  • When items aren’t priced
  • Being ignored by vendors
  • The Hard-Sell
  • When sellers don’t provide receipts
  • Unfriendly, unapproachable sellers
  • Vendors who sit in their booths with an attitude of “If they like it, they’ll buy it so I don’t have to talk to anyone”
  • Cramped booths
  • Vendors who don’t smile or who act like they don’t want to be at the event

We hope this feedback will help us all become more considerate at events! Are there any other pet peeves you’d like to add to the list?

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