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41  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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42  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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43  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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44  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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45  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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46  Hey Girl... *pattern added! in Needlework: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: April 02, 2012 04:10:24 AM
I'm a big fan of http://handmaderyangosling.tumblr.com/  & was inspired to stitch this up for my partner, canamharris in the 'Terribly Important ...' swap, because she's sew crafty like that!

I chose to do an image that included the delicously nerdy glasses to give him that 'oh so hipster smart & sexy' look. Mmmm-hmm!  Grin

Stitching through the canvas was tricky because of the thickness of the fabric. I had a hard time poking the needle through...so this was a labor of love!  Wink

I'm making the pattern available for free to alll who would like to stitch their own! Just cleaning up my original sketch & it will be ready. Cheers & happy stitching!

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47  Re: Terribly Important SOB Swap II in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: March 06, 2012 07:46:22 AM
I'm back with canamharris's amazing swap package wrap up!
Here are royal bunny crown pics:

She has never worn anything on her head before... poor disapproving royal bunny ...even though she looked so cute in it. I gave her treats & loving for her tolerance.

And also the amazing unicorn treasure box!!! Isn't it fantastic?!!

Inside with the cutest mini vials of glitter in assorted colors! (I love glitter)
The writing inside the lid says: "Beware the Guardian of the Glitter. Only the queen has the power to enchant it. All others will suffer for trespassing in the royal glitter."
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48  Re: Terribly Important SOB Swap II in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: March 05, 2012 07:50:51 PM
I have been royally spoiled by canamharris!!! Her goodies from abroad arrived in a most timely manner~ I am delighted with everything & need to take a few more photos in the morning, but wanted to share the glory of what I do have photographed with y'all this evening. Bear with me as I'm running on little sleep & it's already past my bedtime!

First, the thoughtfully wrapped surprises:

A crown as modelled by one of my minions...who is likely to run off with it even though it does fit my most magestic brow:

Crown detail... sparkly felt!!!

A crown for 'the royal bunny' (I will take photos of it on her in the morning. I do most of my bunny photoshoots after breakfast when we're both bright eyed & bushy tailed):

An official document...I do approve!!! This is going in my craft room to remind me of my importance!:

EDIT...Here is what it says: "Dear Your Royal Highness Queen June of Glitter & Sparkles, Your awesomeness & importance Have recently become known to the Order of the Thimble & Time Bending Stitchery. We wanted to honor you & your amazing craft with these gifts. We hope that they are to your liking and meet your glittery needs. Thank you for being you. Sincerely, Lady Danielle Lady of the Most Ancient & Most Noble Order of the Thimble & Time Bending Stitchery"
It's so awesome!  Smiley

Sketchbooks for just in case we end up on a deserted island...because the royal hands cannot be without a creative project to dabble in.

Fabric cover detail...so lovely!

Sketchbooks for the minions:

Needle books for the royal needles!

Foodstuffs from abroad! I LOVE Canadian candy & the minions claimed the kinder surprise eggs...which I approved so long as they pay tribute to my generosity later:


My hands down most favorite thing which couldn't have been made by less noble fingers than canamharris's! SHe is the Lady of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thimble and Time-Bending Stitchery after all!
The fabric makes me swoon & the embroidery is one of the most favorite things anybody has ever embroidered for me! I must dash out tomorrow & find a pillow form to fit it! I will rephotograph it when it's stuffed as my efforts are not doing it justice at this time:

I need to photograph yet another treasure!!! My 2nd most favorite part of the package! I'll keep you in suspense until tomorrow because it deserves really good morning light! There's a unicorn & glitter involved! hint*hint  Wink I had run out of time in between the package arriving & then taking my boy to his scout meeting to get it all in this afternoon... so don't think I don't love it! Let's say we're saving the best for last!

Dearest Danielle, Lady of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thimble and Time-Bending Stitchery ...you have indeed pleased me & my minions! Thank you so very much!!!
 Grin Grin Grin
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49  Mario Kart from a cardboard box... in Halloween Costumes by I Sew Cute on: November 08, 2011 06:31:42 PM
Materials for the car include a cardboard box, hot glue, paint, & good ol packing tape!  Wink

Work in progress:

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50  Whipped Body Butter in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by I Sew Cute on: August 16, 2011 09:28:20 AM

I whipped up some of this last week for my sister in law & myself. I was surprised at two things... how long it took to whip & how awesome it was on my body! It was really easy to make, but I thought I'd see it start to thicken after a couple minutes vs. the 10 + minutes it took as I had never made it before. I will be making it again though! We scented it with coconut & it smells heavenly!
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