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Doing your own business is exciting and many times challenging. Sure, I run just a tiny little online store that last month, in profits, made uhm…less than the price of a dress, but somehow still keeps me pretty busy all day! I just read through one of my posts from last month, that I set a sales goal of 40. I’m pleased to report that I *nearly* hit that target! I got 35 new sales! YAY!

This month, I’m gonna set it a little more realistically. Amidst all the doom and gloom of the financial situation in the real world and also the fact that there are so many more people setting shop on Etsy PLUS the fact that I’m probably gonna start my SLP work soon *fingers crossed*, I’m gonna set a sales goal of 20. Sales for this past week has been really S L O W. I have ordered a bunch of new supplies and when they arrive, am gonna have ooh! so many new items to add. I’m excited. In the meantime, I do hope you continue supporting my store and coming in to browse my current collection!

I have also been seriously thinking and praying about making some contributions from my sales, to missions and/or to a charity organization. I’ve been really touched by charity organizations and by stories of people who dedicate their lives to better that of other people. I’ve supported or am supporting, specifically, Sally Kurian, a friend of mine who is a missionary to Thailand, OxFam, an organization that tries to better the working conditions of labor in third world countries (and more), Love Without Boundaries, an organization based in China that runs orphanages as well as Cleft lip and palate homes for babies (and more). Now, I’m in the midst of reading “There is no me without you,” a book about the AIDS epidemic in Ethiopia and am so touched by efforts by the people who are working with these children with AIDS or orphans whose parents died of AIDS.

There are so many, so many people born in less fortunate environments than us who, when they’re born, already think they have no hope in this world. Sometimes, I read about how some pet owners indulge in their pets – carry them around in LV bags, buy them expensive leashes – and feel rather sad when I think about how some children in other countries run around with no shoes or no money to get medical treatment. While I try not to judge – you are free to spend YOUR money however you please and to some people, pets are just as important as the human race, I still feel a tinge of sadness that more is not done for the human race. I used to feel sympathetic and think “these poor children!” but now, I realize that these people do not need our sympathies. Instead, they need our respect to treat them as humans who deserve the same things we’ve been getting: the clothes, the shoes, the food, the education, the love…and seeing these situations through this new lens has made me more committed to GIVING.

I realize I cannot save the world (only God can), and that poverty, sadness, will always abound until the Lord comes. But I also realize that every little bit of help is better than nothing. Giving even one person the hope in an eternal God, the hope of surviving birth defect or illness, the hope that they, too, deserve to have loving parents, is better than giving no hope to anybody.

So while I set my sales target for Etsy at 20 this month, I am also setting a new resolution for my store: to dedicate 10% of my profit from every sale to a charity or missions organization and stick with it for the next year. I’ll update y’all when I’ve made a decision!! 🙂

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NEW! Li’l resting tweets USD15 @ http://cherbie.etsy.com

***ALSO this weekend I’m having a SPECIAL! Free pair of earrings with ANY necklace purchase!!!*** Remember to drop by. 🙂

Keeping up with my committment to feature other Etsy sellers. Here are a couple of new finds on Etsy!!!

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Sybil brooch USD9 on http://smeeta.etsy.com

All right now how can anyone possible resist this little munchkin!???!!!! I want to buy one to pet, love, and store away nicely…and maybe to occassionally wear. Smeeta has other super cute items in her store. You really won’t regret spending the next few minutes browsing there…go on, click on http://smeeta.etsy.com

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Red and Gray plaid fabric button necklace USD25 on http://themix.etsy.com

My latest obsession is plaid designs and this one took plaid and mixed it with lace and other fun vintage buttons to make a cutely designed necklace! Check it out!

There are so many talented, helpful, friendly, and wonderful Etsians out there, I so want to help them get more sales. But since I have limited CASH,…I can do my small part by featuring their work on my blog to give them just a little more publicity and hope that this will consequently bring to them more customers!

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This is such a beautiful n well made brooch…it looks almost real!

Peach Posey Pin USD22.00 from Eraseandrepeat.etsy.com

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I ❤ Swarovski crystals and silver wires, and this green and silver combination looks so fresh and pretty.

The Nautilus Spirals Earrings – First Leaf USD15.00 from HappyCloudMoments.etsy.com

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These vintage looking leaves are so compatible with the pearls. Romantic and loveleiii indeed!

Apollonia Earrings, Antiqued Brass and Pearl USD20 at http://tissage.etsy.com

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Who doesn’t love birds? This is such a great color combination, too. Just a bit of brightness to go with the bit of nature.

Sparrows in Almond Wristlet Handbag Cosmetic Bag USD22 at http://prettypursedesigns.etsy.com