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Thoughtfully Gifted: The Mutual Friend (holiday edition)

December comes. You panic because it's the holiday season, which means you need to get on that gift-giving game. You already know exactly what to get Janice, Ming and Andy because you've known them since you were three. The problem is, you have no idea what to get Jing. Guys are notoriously hard to shop for in the first place, and you don’t know Jing that well enough to get him something personal. You can’t not get him something, especially when you got everyone else something. What do you do?

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5 Things You Need: Craft Edition Part 2

Have I mentioned how much of a craft supply hoarder I am? No? I'm sure I'm not alone! If you are a crafter of any kind, you probably have a lot of craft supplies.  But, if you are just starting out, what are the essentials that you need for your stash? Well, I've gone through many different craft supplies and I've narrowed it down to my ten absolute essentials. Last week I shared the first five, and this week I'm sharing the other. Just a disclaimer that these are not listed in any particular order!

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Shopify versus Etsy: Which is better for your creative business?

I had a big dilemma when I restarted Thoughtfully Handmade. My best friend told me about Squarespace; and while I agree that their website templates are aesthetically pleasing, it was a bit out of my price range. Another option was Etsy, and EVERYONE knows about Etsy. And there lies my dilemma: do I go with Squarespace, which is expensive? Or, do I go with Etsy, which takes a percentage of my earnings? Neither seemed like a great option. Then, I was introduced to Shopify, and boy was that a game-changer! In this blog post, I’ll be giving both the pros and cons of Shopify and Etsy as I take you through how I made my decision at the end.

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