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31  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Weather conditions & soap making question on: April 29, 2013 06:04:22 AM
Hello soapers!

I was wondering if you've noticed whether or not the weather affects how your soap turns out? It's so damp & cool here & wondered if I made a batch today if the weather could have any negative effect on the results.
32  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Helpful Holiday tips for Selling on Etsy 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.
33  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 35 pound rabbit 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.

34  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hey Girl... *pattern added! 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!

35  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mario Kart from a cardboard box... 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:

36  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Whipped Body Butter 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!
37  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Officially Addicted...oh, yes I am!!! [Soap Making] on: June 29, 2011 08:57:12 AM
I got over my fear of lye this week & finally did it! This is my first batch & to make it a bit complicated I split the batch so I could experiment with a couple scents & learned a lot more than I expected.
This is made with olive oil, coconut oil, and canola oil.

I was shocked at how quickly it showed that trace & after adding scent it was even thicker than pudding! I had to dash to line a pan so I could glop the soap into it before it became totally unmanageable.
This is scented with coconut, sea spray, and a suntan lotion scent blend. I should've covered it better as I got some of that white residue on the top...but I'm learning here....

I used pringles cans for molding these since I wasn't sure if I'd really like the craft & didn't want to invest much into the costs...and I love the size & shape of these little round cakes.
This one was colored with a powdered pigment that had some mica in it...so it shimmers! I likey!  Grin It smells very girlie...with a pink sugar & fig scent!

This bit has no color or scent ...keeping it natural for sensitive skin.

I have neighbors with goats...and am aching to try goats milk soap next...as well as making manly man soap on a rope in bay rum scent!
I could hardly sleep last night thinking about the next batch!  Cheesy

Somebody help me! Another craft & never enough time!!  Undecided
38  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Team Challenge for June - Time to Vote! on: June 28, 2011 08:18:44 PM
Please vote for my 'candy baby ring' #6
... there is no signing up necessary! Just click & run...or stick around & find many lovely colorful items by the talented 'crafting in color' team!

It would be all kinds of awesome to win my etsy team's blog challenge for June!  Smiley
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Take me to the kittens!!! on: June 21, 2011 06:31:22 AM
Let me gush about my latest project please, so I don't explode!
These kitten 'meow mitts' were so fun to knit & my girlie adores them to pieces!
I'd love to share where I found the pattern if that is ok... it was designed by Stephanie Dosen under the name 'Tiny Owl Knits' on etsy & I cannot wait to start my next project from one of her patterns.

It took me a couple days ...like an afternoon one day & an entire evening another day to complete them, although it would've gone faster if I didn't have 'help' from the 4 year old who wants to knit when she grows up. She un-did many rows & even pulled the whole thing off the needles at one point.  Shocked
I don't discourage her interest though.  Wink She told me she wants to knit when she grows up! Huzzah for raising a future knitter!

40  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / OMG!!! My Hacks are on IKEA Hackers! on: March 29, 2011 04:08:56 PM
I'm running around the room with my pinwheels all aspin because I submitted these to the Ikea Hackers blog & didn't really think they'd really publish them....or at least I convinced myself they wouldn't so I wouldn't get my feelings hurt... but they did!


Here's a corner of my craft room:

I painted the table with left over interior paint from my babygirl's room:

...then glittered it & sealed it with resin (note that any resin meant for sealing bar tops will do)

The end result...one very sparkly shiny...very pink work table!

I slipcovered my stool to make it look like a sushi roll too! See the final result in the first photo.  Grin

I've got perma-grin right now! My cheeks hurt so bad!  Grin

Here's the link! http://www.ikeahackers.net/2011/03/pink-glittered-tovik-table-and-vitamin.html
Thanks for the go ahead Pixieval! Come craft in my corner anytime!
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