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41  Re: One Tiny Holiday Ornament Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: October 03, 2013 09:35:32 AM
Yay! Open gallery!

I'm posting what I sent to my partner, as I already had pictures done for another ornament swap I'm in currently & these are tricky to photograph where the flash doesn't blow out all the details of the beads.   Wink

The flash lightened all the detail of the pearl beads here, but this is mainly for scale & to show how it hangs.
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42  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap Gallery (Send Out 9/25) in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: October 02, 2013 08:14:03 PM
What a happy mail day!
I received an epic Halloween lantern & oodles of candy treats from irid3sc3nt today!

The lantern measures about 9 inches tall by app 5 inches across. It has transluscent panels on the sides, front & top & has a shiny orange foil panel on the back. The front is hinged like a door & opens to put a flickery battery operated 'candle' within. I really like the toile pattern lining the back wall...which looks very cool with the candle...much like old fashioned wall paper in a haunted house. Wink
The frame has the coolest texture ...and I have no idea what it is, but it 'feels' like my favorite Halloween decoration...a popcorn plastic pumpkin in a witch's hat.
The front panel has a kitty face inspired by the kitty mask Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffanys. (one of my favorite movies of all time) What can I say? She stalked me good!

Showing the glow in action!

I have big love for this! My vintage Halloween swap dreams came true today! Thank you Irid3sc3nt! YOU ROCK!
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43  Easy Peasy Recipe - Ohio Buckeyes - Peanut Butter Balls Dipped in Chocolate... in Dessert by I Sew Cute on: August 05, 2013 11:32:33 AM
Easy Peasy Recipe - Ohio Buckeyes - Peanut Butter Balls Dipped in Chocolate... oh yeah baby!!!

The other day I made buckeyes with my boy. Buckeyes are essentially peanut butter balls dipped in a chocolate coating & they're so fun & easy to make, I thought I'd share this recipe with you. This confection gets its name from its resemblance to the nut from the buckeye tree. If you're that curious...see here: http://www.ohio-nature.com/buckeye-tree.html

Peanut Butter Balls:

1 1/2 C. Peanut Butter - smooth
1/2 C. butter
1 lb. confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
1 Tbsp. Vanilla

Soften the butter & add peanut butter. Mix in vanilla & then add the sugar. If dough does not easily roll into balls, then add a bit more peanut butter. Roll into balls 1 - 1.5" in size.

Chocolate Coating:

1/2 bar of parafin wax
1 12 oz. package of chocolate chips...either milk chocolate or semi sweet chips...your preference.

Melt together in double boiler.

Use a toothpick to dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate coating & leave the top uncovered to resemble a buckeye.

Enjoy & please share your results if you try them!  Wink

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44  My Crafty Boy's First Sewing Project - Pac Man Ghost in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: July 27, 2013 10:39:06 AM
So my boy had a plan & he asked for my help.

He spent a long time thinking about his project & mapping out his plans in his sketchbook.  Smiley

I helped him make a simple pattern, cut out the pieces & did the main sewing on the machine.

He managed the entire project & made sure the eyes were just the way he wanted them.

He then stuffed the ghost & I taught him how to 'patch up' the hole.

He was pretty happy with it when we were done, however he would like me to help him make 'all the ghosts' now.  Cheesy

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45  Crafting a Gift for Teacher...by the kids! in Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: May 22, 2013 10:27:31 AM

My daughter wanted to give her teacher something special since its her last day of school today.

Luckily I had one of those photo totes that you can find at hobby lobby or Michaels & printed out a couple of photos of the class & my girl with the teacher.
My daughter made some mini masterpieces to fill up the other photo areas to have her teacher remember her by. This was quick & easy & worked with our budget!  Wink


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46  Re: The Awesome Manicure Thread! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: May 06, 2013 04:11:46 PM
Hey there! I have to share my latest wild nail colors with y'all!

The colors I used:
Sally Hansen Extreme Wear 360 'mellow yellow'
Sally Hansen Extreme Wear 90 'sun kissed'
Sally Hansen Extreme Wear 23 'fuchsia power'
Sally Hansen insta-dri 420 'lively lilac'
Sally Hansen insta-dri 28 'mint sprint'
Sally Hansen Extreme Wear 02 'green with envy'
Sally Hansen Extreme Wear 130 'blew me away'

Just brush on 2 colors on each side of nail & then put the color they'd make in the middle. Coat with a clear top coat while still wet & wiggle the brush as you apply to blend the edges a little.

I'm loving it!
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47  Shrink Plastic Charm Necklace Collaboration with My Daughter in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by I Sew Cute on: May 02, 2013 07:50:19 AM
My little girl wanted to do an activity, so I drew some animals...at her request on a sheet of frosted rough & ready shrink plastic.
The finished piece...I just punched holes in the plastic before shrinking it & then we added jumprings & strung & knotted them onto a satin rainbow cord.

Coloring work in progress...

She was so tickled to wear it to school today & wants to make one for her friends.

For an awesome how to video on working with shrink plastic... check out this one here on craftster!  Wink
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48  Helpful Holiday tips for Selling on Etsy in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by I Sew Cute on: November 18, 2012 10:14:37 AM

I've been working on getting the shop holiday ready & wanted to share with y'all the notes I took while watching the online lab video from etsy merchandising strategies for the holidays with Emily Bidwell...in case you missed it.
I'm finding it very helpful to have written them out, since I have the attention span of about a minute & a half.  Wink This is how I interpreted the video, so please forgive me if I may have forgotten something.
You may watch the video here for yourself: http://www.etsy.com/community/online-labs under the etsy success video library.

Helpful tip: Review your tags & titles to reflect what is going on with etsy's merchandising report.

Helpful tip: Maybe redo photography to be more holiday friendly... this works well especially if you'll be selling the same items next year, however may be time consuming if you sell many ooak items.

Helpful tip: The press is looking for holiday product 6 months in advance...so they're looking for holiday items in May June & July (doesn't help me now, but the press keeps coming to etsy looking for last minute features too...so it's never too late to be featured in a blog or for things like 'great gifts under $50' )
Shoppers are really getting into looking for holiday decor, gifts, & items for entertaining now.

Q: Is it beneficial to change your tags to Christmas/holiday etc...or does that get lost in the shuffle?
A: I think it gets lost... I'm usually looking for something specific like a vase or a certain style.

Q: What is the secret for getting on the front page of etsy?
A: Think about really great photography...to appeal to treasury makers, people who are shopping, & people who add to their favorites. Think about your product & also curate beautiful & relevant to the season treasuries as well.

Q: White backgrounds best for being featured?
A: White background can be beneficial if it is well photographed...& be featured by etsy & by bloggers, but also think about fashion magazines & how things are featured... editors picks (white background) vs. editorials...Ex. photos of models wearing a dress in a field with wildflowers. Balance is important in etsy finds emails to show shoppers items in different & interesting ways. Think about which way supports your product. If you sell clothing, the editorial way may be the way to go & if you sell a smaller product, a white background may make it pop more. It gives your shop a clean cohesive look as well.

Q: Watermarks good or bad?
A: Watermarks are recommended as a way of protecting your work... but in terms of getting featured in the different curated areas of etsy, it is difficult to use a photo with a watermark across the entire page...because it breaks the image & etsy is looking for really clear photography.
You can maybe have the first thumbnail image not have a watermark, or sometimes if the watermark is smaller & in a corner or around the edge etsy can still use it.

Q: Biggest tips for getting noticed or featured?
A: Good photography...tag correctly in ways that are relevant to the ways a shopper would think.
Get away from the literal aspect of what you make from an artisan/seller point of view... & think about the style. Think like a shopper would.
Get a friend to try to find your items from the home page & see what words they type in... in association with your creations. Think style, shape, & color. Shoppers may not search by specific materials that only the artisan would be familiar with.

Join an etsy team & get team members to help & support. (waves to fellow craftster team members)

Q: What else is etsy looking for besides good photographs to be featured?
A: It's the science of merchandising... we're looking at top search terms, what people are clicking on, observing shopping behavior... so etsy is making an effort to feature things that support those numbers.
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49  35 pound rabbit in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by I Sew Cute on: April 23, 2012 09:12:04 AM
I have been inspired to do photo shoots with my bunny, Yuki. She has been my creative muse ever since she graced our lives last September.
This Easter, my family won the giant chocolate bunny from a local candy store...so I had big plans to take photos of it with Yuki before it was devoured.

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50  Re: Unicorn Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: April 20, 2012 03:59:07 AM
The thoughtful package by the talented NostalgiaDeathmatch arrived at my door yesterday afternoon!

My girlie is going to flip over everything when I share it with her. I had to keep everything a secret until it was photographed at least...or she would've run off with them.

Here is the package as a whole:

Detail shot of my favorite...a darling unicorn hoopla! Tempted to hang it in my craft room, but will most likely hang it in my daughter's room. We're taking down some of her nursery art & making a hoopla wall.  Wink

Here is a handpainted bangle with our favorite MLP character....Rainbow Dash. We know she isn't technically a 'unicorn' but she's magical!

The cutest felt clippie ever! Just look at those tiny feet & big head! Such adorable proportions! I doodle unicorns like this to entertain my daughter...so she's going to flip over this!!! Made of glittery felt....you can never have too much glitter! I really love this!

Thank you for crafting for us NostalgicDeathmatch! You were an awesome partner & I'm over the moon with everything you made! You nailed my style to a T!  Smiley
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