Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Our First Weaving Project!

Our summer is a little topsy turvy, a bit shuffled around. I thought it would be easier on the kids if I had some clear goals on things we wanted to accomplish, something to focus on. A few things I'd like to do is start really working on Juz Amma, and also introduce the kids to some handmade arts. I decided to start with learning weaving, because the fiber arts seem fascinating to me. One fun thing about homeschooling I'm learning is that I can plan to learn something too and pretend it's for my kids :)

A quick library search yielded the book Kids Weaving : Projects for Kids of All Ages.  I was drawn in immediately by the colorful photos and illustrations and the range of projects. Projects start out very easy teaching weaving with paper and progressing to making your own cardboard loom, then if you want to keep going it gives simple instructions for making a more sturdier loom. I was worried Z (DS8) was going to declare it boring or girlie, but he thought it was interesting and gave it a try.

Here's our first project, weaving a paper greeting card out of card stock. He was intently focused and amused for an hour with this and he made another later for fun, mashaallah.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Getting started on eBay: What do I sell?!

Getting started selling on eBay isn't that hard but you need to have an idea what you want to sell. Time and again you will hear the advice to look around your house and start selling unwanted items in order to get practice and build up some feedback. I've come up with a list of items in order of importance that I find helpful while decluttering to raise some extra cash. Once you get the hang of it you can start your wheels turning to think of a business venture that you might want to launch.

My List of Items to Sell on eBay

1) Small Electronics, will get bids fast and give you the most bang for your effort, people even buy broken cell phones for parts (clear your private data first, and DON'T sell a phone that is connected to an account that your didn't pay off, the buyer will not be able to use the phone and be pretty annoyed)
2) Handbags- preference to designer names, consider grouping no names into lots
3) Shoes - seasonal is best but designer will sell year round
4) Kids Clothes - grouped into lots by season, higher end stuff can go one at a time
5) Books- list on half.com also
6) Islamic Stuff - abayas, jilbabs, hijabs and books whatever, might be better to make ebay your last stop when trying to sell islamic items, other places like egroups etc will get you more money

I find the need to do this every 3-4 months since i am always re-evaluating how much junk i really need in the house,
any tips please share!