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5781  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: January 16, 2009 07:21:23 PM
I updated my banner, better? Worse?

Better! Very readable at a distance & so unique ...just showing a bit of the dragonfly like that...clever cropping & visually appealing!
(thanks for the vote of confidence in the vote!)

banner is okay...love your unique mix of materials in your art! You should fill out your profile...tell a little about yourself...or your creative process. I'm always more tempted to buy from someone I feel I can make a connection with...even if its just from reading their profile info...but that could be one of my funny quirks. Shop policies are an important area to not neglect. Cover your payment, shipping, return policies...I didn't have mine filled out for awhile, but after I filled it out...sales went up. Buyers like to buy something knowing you are there to back up your product...should it get lost in the mail or break during shipping or whatever.
Photos could use improvement. You have 5 slots for photos. Try to shoot in natural light...near a window or even outdoors...and take a couple shots at different interesting angles...zoom in on macro setting to show the detail in the texture of your corks/candy... show them from the side, front, top, back...etc. This was the best thing I could have done to improve my shop. Customers can't see the product in person...so all we've got to go on is our photos & descriptions. Your candy wreaths are my favorite thing in your shop. Very fun!
Hope my comments help you out & that you don't take offense to anything ...I am only one person with an opinion...but like to help where I can from what I've learned.  Wink
5782  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Camera makeover! on: January 16, 2009 07:03:02 PM
sweet camera! Wink
5783  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Breakfast at Tiffany's Swap Gallery on: January 15, 2009 09:35:02 PM
The sleep mask with the silver trim is simply divine darling! Cute button & love the rings also! Anything sparkly is good!

I bet your fingers ached after working on the tiara! Wink
5784  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Alternative Goth Lolita Nursery Rhyme Characters...my own design on onesies on: January 15, 2009 09:30:55 PM
ROTFL!  Cheesy

gmnjoy21 ...you nailed it! Tim Burton is an idol of mine & I used to work as a designer on giftware for Precious Moments... no kidding! I've been to Sam's Chapel & got there via the 'Care a Van'

Now I can't stop giggling!

Thanks Mittkat for the compliment! I love to draw...but don't draw for a living nowadays...it's just for pleasure!
5785  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial...kind of...for making resin pendants with butterflies inside... on: January 15, 2009 09:24:27 PM
cookiet74 ...never too late!

I mix in one container...pretty quickly....scraping the sides & bottom frequently...and haven't had any problems. Do mix for the whole 2 minutes. Pouring the resin from the cup into the squeeze bottle slowly seems to reduce some of the bubbles too.

Oh, and when you're mixing...mix round and round...don't whip it upwards as you stir.

Litttle bubble problems...use toothpicks! ...just take a sharp toothpick & pop em!
I've also had big bubbles form after they've been sitting for awhile. I don't know the exact cause...but find they happen more often for me if it's humid.... I just keep checking back on the pieces to make sure they look alright.

Hope that helps!  Wink
5786  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / Re: Childhood Treasures Preserved in Children's Literary Hero Table...Dr. Seuss, etc on: January 15, 2009 09:14:12 PM
Stringofpearls... that is a fabulous idea! My four year old would have his full of Thomas Trains... his little sister would have hers full of My Little Ponies & Kewpie Dolls, my husband ...well... I'll leave y'all guessing that one!

Thank you to everyone for the compliments! It really touched me how many people had a real emotional response to this piece of art.

I've done my job!
5787  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: January 15, 2009 09:06:33 PM
Kurtzie... This may just be me, but I have a hard time reading the font in your banner. Maybe try something still elegant...but not so full of scrolls? Maybe have the words be larger...there's a lot of 'dead space' in the banner itself? Only suggestions mind you...and beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so I hope that didn't sound harsh...just saying what I'd do.
I checked out your photos & it seems you have many very different items...taken in different lights & with different backgrounds. Maybe you could photograph your soap on one consistant type of background & your earrings on another, etc... to help folks better see the categories of product you offer. It would be nice if we could rearrange the items in our shop as we'd like it to look...one day maybe!

Hope I helped ya!  Wink

5788  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: January 15, 2009 11:11:07 AM
Sellers' Top Items of 2008: Shop Makeover Community Vote!

Please vote for my 'catch a falling star' necklace!

I went through a mega-shop style overhaul this fall...including redoing banner, avatar, and reshooting photos of product.

Good photos make a world of difference in # of sales I've had.

Any questions, I'd be glad to offer suggestions!
5789  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Pizza dipped in WHAT? on: January 13, 2009 08:54:23 AM
In reading the original post...I thought 'are you pregnant?' LOL!

I like dipping in that garlic butter from papajohns. Yum!
5790  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Weight Loss Soup? on: January 13, 2009 08:51:07 AM
Congrats on taking action to improve your health! It's the best gift you can give yourself.

My mom used to make a 'cabbage soup'...which worked for her. I think if you google 'cabbage soup diet' it will come up in the search.

Good luck & best wishes!
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