Thursday, July 31, 2008

Green Tips for Small Business, Part 2

To wrap up last weeks Green Tips Part 1.... today is Part 2 with Green flair.

“Greening your office can also mean saving some cash. Part 2 of Being A Green Small Business: Your Office and Supplies.”

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Green Tips for Small Business

Photo by Pete Ashton

One of my goals with launching Budcozy has been to establish some eco-friendly business practices early on. My day job also involves managing and writing a blog geared towards independant merchants and small businesses. Check out my post on The Cartfly Blog:

“Branching out on your own and starting a small business can be an opportunity to establish some green business practices. Online info is endless and can be overwhelming to sort through but Cartfly is here to help! Part 1 is about your shipping resources and marketing materials.

Whether you work from your kitchen table on the weekends or have a dedicated office space with a staff, here are some tips to get you started.”

read full post here

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Back Up Plan

Both my sewing machines are down. Not good. I went to Stitch Lounge over the weekend to get further along with 2 limited edition Budcozys for the SF Indie Mart this coming Sunday. First off, Stitch is great. Friendly, helpful, mellow. Plus they pointed me to Apparel City to get my machines serviced. So, my tips for the week:

1) Stitch Lounge
• Hourly machine rental on site (call ahead)
• A variety of newbie sewing classes
• Nice mellow crowd

2) Apparel City
• Open early at 8:30am
• New machines for sale
• Machine servicing, at $55/hr

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Palm Frond Sculpture Bus Stop, artist unknown, 2008.

This is a little story about 3 random neighbors in Noe Valley that don't know really each other. Neighbor #1 is a woman who has lived in her Noe Valley home for forever. Let's just say 40 years. The first time Blizz (neighbor #2) met her, she was trying to drag a gigantic palm frond that had landed in her driveway to the gutter. He noticed a tiny frail woman struggling with a giant heavy thing, so he helped. He's cute that way. She was very grateful and chatty. She hated that Palm tree, always dropping it's gigantic fronds in her way. She cursed an ex-husband who had sold that property out from under her, which resulted in new owners planting that tree. After their chat, he dragged it home and used the table saw to cut it down to fit in the bin. Last week Blizz found another frond blocking the sidewalk near Neighbor #1's house so he pulled it aside and out of the way. It was smaller but he still didn't want to drag it all the way home. Today, while on a dog walk I came across the results of unknown Neighbor #3.

Friday, July 11, 2008

My Fellow Cozys

Thought I'd take a look-see for other cozys out there.

Cozy Dog Drive In

The Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, Illinois is the home of the one and only Cozy Dog. The Cozy Dog is a delicious hot dog on a stick that is found nation-wide at many county and state fairs.

Cozy Cruiser

Cozy Cruiser is an RV manufacturer specializing in fun and comfort for the adventurous and outdoor-loving person. Our camping “teardrop” trailers are the perfect solution for the weekend mountaineer, camper, hiker, hunter, or fisherman.

Cozy Beehive Blog
Cross pollinating velo buzz and served a little chilled

Cozy // Comfort Music Radio

Tree Cozy by Carol Hummel

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Budcozy on Etsy

Taking Etsy for spin this morning. Curious if I can get any traction in their busy marketplace. The Geekery Category isn't as saturated as others, so I'm hoping this works in my advantage.

I've had my Etsy MissJenny shop since 2006 when I was painting. Dusted it off today with Budcozy. The site has evolved so much in the last 2 years. The user experience for adding products and store information is really tight. Really nice to use a tool that is really usable. Definitely lots to learn from their progress.

Found their Etsy Mini, but not finding it very useful. I definitely have my own thoughts on what they should do here ;)