Sunday, May 24, 2009

Social Networking: Sell Your Jewelry Online the New Way

Are you a jewelry designer who wants to grow your online business? I definately fit into that category so I purchased Social Networking: Sell Your Jewelry Online the New Way. While I've only read about 50 pages, this book has some GREAT tips that I'd never thought of! It's the best $40 I've spent!

So, check it out if you need some new ideas- it's great! ♥

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Pick your own sale!

What item would you like to see 10-25% off at Bisou Bisou Beads? Visit my site and let me know which item you want to be on sale and I'll make it happen for you! ♥

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

26 G Sterling Wire for Sale

I have some wire that I really need to sell and I wanted to let everyone know about it. I purchased it for $27.99. It's perfectly good wire, it just doesn't work for me.

Sterling silver
26 guage
half hard
approximately 69 feet
$19.99, $2 shipping (feel free to make offers)

I'd like to clear this out quickly so I can get some cash to buy more wire with. Please send this link to anyone you know who might be interested! Thanks!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New at Bisou Bisou Beads!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I've just completed a shop makeover at Bisou Two and I've added lots of new products at Bisou Bisou Beads! Don't forget that 10% of all orders in May is going to help save rainforest frogs!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Laundry for $.02 per Load?!

Trying to save money? Trying to be good to the environment? Tired of harsh chemicals ruining your clothes? Try making your own laundry detergent!

I received a sample of homemade laundry detergent in a purchase I made a while back and I was skeptical about it. I didn't think it would get my clohtes clean, particularly since the label said to only use 1 tablespoon per full load of clothes! I liked that it was environmentall friendly (no harsh chemicals!) and it smelled wonderful so I gave it a try.

BEST DECISION I'VE MADE IN A LONG TIME! Not only does homemade laundry detergent smell great (you pick the scent!) and get your clothing clean, it doesn't bother my sensitive skin or aggrivate my family's asthma. Plus, your towels and sheets smell great for a long time!

Want to know how to make it? Here's the recipe I use:
3/4 C Borax
.5 C Washing Soda
.5 C Baking Soda
1 4 oz bar of scented soap

Grate your bar soap and mix in with the other ingredients; store in a snap top container. This makes 1.75 cups or (if you use only 1 TBSP per load) will wash 28 loads of laundry. You can find all ingredients in your local supermarket (I know Publix carries them all). I approximated the costs for each item:
Washing Soda: $2.29/ 55 oz box ($.042 per ounce)
Baking Soda: $.69/ 16 oz box ($.043 per ounce)
Borax: $3.79/ 76 oz box ($.050 per ounce)
After calculating some more math that I won't burden your brain with, I found out that 1 tablespoon costs $0.02. Remember you only need 1 TBSP per load!
To give you something to compare this to (as if it's not already clearly a money saver!), Arm and Hammer laundry detergent costs about $.14 per load and Tide costs about $.16 per load. (Keep in mind these are rough estimates based on online shopping prices and quick math.)
If this sounds like something you'd like to try, feel free to comment with any questions you may have. It's a quick and pretty fun project with great results. You can do a Google search for liquid detergent recepies that are made similarly if you prefer that type of detergent.

By the way, I got my all-natural, essential oil-filled soap from BeautifulSoaps on Etsy. Heather has a great selection!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mark/ Avon products for sale- CHEAP!

I've been selling Avon and Mark for about two years now and I have a good bit of stuff I'd like to sell. It's all new in the box unless otherwise stated. There are makeup products as well as sales tools which are intended for Rep use, not customers. Visit the Avon and Mark sites to see the makeup products I'm selling. All of these items are SUPER cheap because I really need to get rid of them ASAP!

Shipping will be determined based on weight to your ZIP code. Photos available upon request. Paypal only. Email me at

(9) white 10 lb Mark bags- $.90 for all
(1) Good Glowing, Cameo- $1.25 (WRONG box)
(1) Kiss Therapy, Sheer Peach- $1.25 (tested once)
(1) Dew Drenched, Wave-$1.25 (tested once on back of hand)

(32) 10 lb white Avon bags- $2 for all, $.10 each
(7) Avon holiday bags w/ handles- $.50 for all
(20) 2 lb white Avon bags- $1 for all, $.10 each
(9) Order booklets- JUST PAY SHIPPING

(1) AVON Anew Clinical 2009 Rep Pack- $25 (unopened, more included but I can't tell exactly what since it's not open) $50 value, HUGE sales opportunity! (Going to Ebay on May 13 so grab it quickly if you want it!)
-10 brochures
-samples (10 Spotlight and several Anew)
- Derma-Full x3 serum (full size)

FREE with purchase, one set per person, please (tell me which you want)
(1 pack of 10) Sassy fragrance samples
(1) "Make money with Mark" banner from welcome kit
(2) Credit card forms (AVON)
(1 of each) Candid and Odyssey fragrances (AVON)

Paypal only. Email me at

Monday, May 4, 2009

Classic Literature

For the past 2 hours, I've been skimming "100 greatest books in literature" lists trying to decide what I should read this summer. I have some time off and I'm looking forward to reading some good books. Here's what I've come up with so far:

-A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
-The Best Short Stories of Stephen Crane by Stephen Crane (I've read "The Open Boat" and I enjoyed it a lot.)
-Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (I've read an excerpt of this text.)
-Light in August by William Falukner (I've read a couple other works by him and this one was suggested to be by my lit professor.)
-Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. (I've read one of his stories and enjoyed it.)
-The Woman Warrior by Maxine Kingston (I've read an excerpt from this text.)
-Sula by Toni Morrison (I've read another of her works and enjoyed it a lot.)
-Sophie's Choice by William Styron
-The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
-House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

I'm going to get it from Bookmooch so it really depends on what I can get my hands on as to what I read. Have any of you read any of these? Thoughts on which I sould pick? I'm sort of leaning towards Woman Warrior or Sula....