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meat pillows. time to snuggle up to a pork chop and learn how to sell on etsy.

i stumbled upon sweet meat’s hambone pillow a few years ago at an event. it was pretty tuff to miss a cute lauren dressed up as a butcher, selling meat pillows that she wrapped up like you bought at it the butcher or deli. love at first site doesn’t describe it. she has harnessed the power of bacon & all of my fave meats into cuddling. i’m used to sleeping with meatheads, so i welcome a plushy meat pillow that won’t talk back, fart in the bed or talk about football scores when i’m trying to sleep.

meatmedleyplushtoyssteak. ham and porkchops, oh my!

baconplushtoysweet, sweet bacon. aghhhh (in my best homer simpson drool voice).

and…

iloveyoumorethanmeatbuttonsthe i love you more than (insert meat here) pins. that sounds wring, but you know what i mean!

lauren who is the cle(a)ver lady behind this all..haha..has years of experience in design, websites, e commerce and running her own rad indie business. so, we asked her to teach at workshop. she’s teaching a few classes, but this week we are bringing you the first how to get started on etsy class. etsy has become the new ebay, but for handmade and vintage. it’s also a rad way to shop and support indie designers. you can find everything on there from awesome new silk screened tees, to duct tape wallets, to handbuilt bikes to vintage cowboy boots to teacup lightfixtures to diy science kits to apparently, a steak you can sleep with! it’s also an easy way to run an e-commerce site without all the hassles of setting up your own shopping carts on your site, dealing with flash & web design…its easy to join, sign up and head towards making a nice chunk of change on etsty. there is even a new etsy coming out for packaged and indie foods. hear me now peeps…etsy is it. the future of shopping for those bored to death with the mall and craving some unique goodies. it is also the easiest and most streamlined way to run a small design business and sell you wares online. check out our new class with lauren & she will jedi you in everything you need to know to get started and be successful on etsy. check it out…

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Indie Biz 102: How To Get Started On Etsy $38
So you’ve perfected the design of your cigarette pack slash date book slash bike lock slash key-hide-it, and you’re ready to unleash this amazing, original product on the vast world of consumers. Or maybe you’ve recently re-worked and re-finished all of your Auntie Vera’s estate jewelry and you’re ready to make some moolah? (its okay…its not like she was a blood relative or anything..) In Indie Biz 102: How To Get Started On Etsy, Independent toy designer and small business consultant Lauren Venell will show you how to start selling your wares on Etsy. You will learn how to set up an Etsy account, tips for how to market your products, how to take and post photos, how to get paid (cha-ching) and much more.

no pre-req for this class.  you do not have to take Indie Biz 101 in order to take this class.

supplies needed: none. (but you may want to bring a pen + pad for notes.)

Teacher Bio: Lauren Venell is an independent toy designer, artist, and small business consultant from San Francisco. She is the founder of Sweet Meats plush toys and a Senior Design Partner of Burning House Design. She manages several product lines in addition to independent creative consulting. Lauren is also the editor of the Biz Miss blog for creative women, a contributing “biz lady” for design*sponge, and the Indie Business columnist for the Bazaar Bizarre SF blog. She’s kind of a big deal…if you didn’t know.

Thursday, April 22nd, 7:00PM-10:00PM
xox kelly

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