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r ranson

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an insomniac misanthrope who enjoys cooking, textile arts, farming and eating delicious food.
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Left Coast Canada
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i am thinking of making more fibre arts tutorials.

any requests?
7 hours ago
What's the phrase to indicate the load of weed seeds that live in a soil?
22 hours ago
Another thing I've heard is that the cost of the book should be roughly equal to one dollar per page of actual content (aka, packed full of text, not fluff).  
22 hours ago
When I look at general PDF downloads for patterns, the price seems to be between $7 and $12 CAD for just a few pages.  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/764033206/felted-wool-slippers-pdf-pattern-do-it?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=pdf+tutorial+wool&ref=sr_gallery-1-7&organic_search_click=1

The only other cleaning book I can find is about $10 CAD https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/734004445/allergy-living-ebook-simply-natural?ref=cart

Then there's something like this which I've been thinking of doing, which comes in at $17CAD.  https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/800839041/wool-processing-tutorial-how-to-wash?ref=user_profile

The thing that bugs me is that most of these printable PDFs don't tell me how many pages or what paper size (A4 or 8.5x11).

23 hours ago
After about 5 days, here's the breakdown of the ads.  

Since the old (black and white) listing is older, it's got more love from the search, so it's getting more views and clicks. But if you look at the ratio of views to clicks, the new one is doing significantly better.  

I'm going to run the ad campaign for a week or two longer so I can get the feedback about the keywords people are using.  
23 hours ago
I wrote a little eBook last year about how to clean the house using safe, edible ingredients. Etsy tells me this topic is trending right now, but my book isn't selling.

The goal is to find out what I need to do to get this book selling on Etsy.

how to clean with cleaners you can eat



So I decided to play with SEO by changing some keywords, the thumbnail image, and description.  which got me here.  It's really neat that Etsy lets me have two of the same listing so that I can play with SEO without loosing out on any existing SEO.



I went two steps further.  I put the book on half-price sale for a month and I bought Etsy ads for the two listings to improve my analytics of the views to clicks ratios.

Etsy ads are charged by click, and I set my maximum budget of $1 per day.  I'm not reaching that budget which has me very worried that there is still a lot more work to do on this.


Two things I think would help me out
1. if I could get half a dozen purchases and reviews for this product (the one with the new photo), it would make Etsy search love me more.  But I don't know a Etsy-legal way to go about doing this.  
2. I will probably need to up the price substantially when the sale is over.  When I sell (and buy) on Etsy, I notice that the price of the item directly corresponds with the perceived value.  I was going to up it to CAD $10 or $12, but the podcast I'm listening to suggests that over $20 sells better.  But I don't think it's worth that much.  I'm still undecided on this path.  

23 hours ago
I took the black part apart.



that's the main adapter like you said it would be.  I put it back together with 6!!! wrappings of Teflon tape.  Usually, it only takes 2-3 wraps, but the black parts were fitting together pretty loose.  

It works beautifully now!  

So I'll keep the faucet, but I'm going to get some plumbers putty or probably sugru to get it to stay put.  Right now, it's not sitting securely on the sink.   I'm thinking Sugru because it is easier to take apart if I want to change it.  Also, we put the plumbers putty away and now I can't find it.  
1 day ago

Eliot Mason wrote:I'm deeply amused that you need a portable sink to wash fleece.  That need is somehow simultaneously both perfectly appropriate and totally unnecessary.  If I may be so bold, its very you.



It's a lot of fun.  Not something I would have bought myself, but it is turning out jolly useful.  I really like being able to put the grey (or dark brown) water directly on the garden and I think it's going to be great for making more youtube videos.  
1 day ago
The hardware stores are difficult to get in due to COVID - otherwise, I would just take the faucet in.

I'm about 90% sure the leak is coming from the black part as it's a definite spray rather than just an ooze or drip.

I'll see what I can do about unscrewing the black piece and see if that makes a difference.  

If that doesn't work, what words would I feed amazon to tell me what kind of thing I can buy?

1 day ago
The goal of the sink is to move it to different parts of the farm depending on where needs water.  I can wash the fleece or do whatever, then empty the bucket on a near by plant.  
1 day ago