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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Still haven't sold anything? on: July 13, 2011 01:39:28 PM
They are super cute. However, I know I would never wear a heal like that. Other options on shoes might be better. Where are you getting your shoes from. Is is possible to find a cheaper supply? $95 is a bit more than I would pay for a pair of shoes, custom or not.

   I would also change the pic of the glitter. It looks to me like a picture from the catalog you buy glitter from. Personalize it more, even if it's just the colors on paper. Change the names up a bit too. I did that when I was making soap. I wanted to set myself apart from the people who bought the same scents I did.  I assume the are all super fine glitters. If not, separate them into categories based on the type of glitter, then name them. For example, the Emerald fine jewel could be under the super fine category with the name emerald city, or forest glen, or luck of the Irish etc.  Or look at how OPI names their polish. The apple could become hot kiss, passion, or cherry soda. Not suggesting using OPIs names, just be inspired. Also, possibly custom blends, or designs? Gold, to orange to red for a flame shoe?
  
 I think showing more shoes will help you. Having more examples. That will be an investment up front, but I think it would help.

   I don't have an etsy shop, so I don't know 100% how they work, but is it possible to list shoes at the down payment price, then create an item for people to purchase their finished shoe? I know I wouldn't buy a shoe if I had to message you and make a payment without even buying an item. I would guess I have no proof if you were to flake. At least if I bought an item I would have something to show for it. Even if that item was a down payment. Just make sure it's clear that the item they are buying is a down payment and the rest would come with a second item listing.

  Just my thoughts, take them as you will.


ETA: I would stay away from Craigslist. People on Craigslist are looking for deals, not hand made items. I would not think it your target market.

ETA again: I see that you said you would create a listing for someone once the convo you. Again, not knowing how etsy works, are you able to send messages with an order? That way you can have listings up and people send a message with the order on the color they want?
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: chains made from gum wrappers on: July 11, 2011 08:46:57 PM
did you try to google "gum wrapper chain"?
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Stampaway 2011! on: June 22, 2011 02:46:10 PM
(I hope this is ok here Mods  Huh )

Stampaway 2011, is anyone going? I went last year for the first time even though I am less than an hour away. It was awesome. So many awesome vendors, demos and inspiration. I was close enough to Tim Holtz to pinch his cheeks!

It's hosted by a stamp store from Cincy and this is the 19th year for it.

I don't post very often, but I have been a lurker for years and would love to meet some other Craftster people. Here is the website for information.

http://www.stampawayusa.com/
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Tutorial: Girl's Gathered Vintage Valance (Curtain) Top on: January 15, 2011 05:58:06 AM
It appears the website is closed, however they have two books out. Perhaps the pattern is in one of them.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: temporarily papering a wall? on: May 25, 2010 10:42:07 AM
I think double sided tape would work. Or you could tape the sections together from the back then use sticky tack or regular tacks, although you would have to fill those holes in. It looks very cool.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Inspiration vs. Rip-off on: May 24, 2010 09:29:22 PM
I know this is way old, but it's always a useful topic, right? I have been thinking about this quite a bit lately. I am inspired by many things on here and in other areas of my life. Now, I would never dream of copying someone's work down to the letter then passing it off as my own, but where do you draw the line? I saw something on here, a pendent, that I loved. Now, I have seen this same process elsewhere, but the post here refreshed it in my mind. I have been working on these pendents and have thought about selling them. Is that wrong? Cause I know the person here didn't dream up the process, and I am putting my own touch on the artwork itself. The sad thing is, I am sure, for every person who worries about this there are 20 who just don't care.
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: "I Miss You" book on: May 24, 2010 09:00:26 PM
Add me to the list of criers. Very touching work, and you did a wonderful job creating it.
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Did You Know? -- Craftster Video Tutorials (aka Craftster Quickies!) on: May 19, 2010 11:24:04 PM
I love the dancing glue bottle! I am sure it's just me, but the order of the videos cracked me up because in each one a little more of Kittykills tattoos showed up, lol. Great videos, I can't wait to try the ornaments and tiles.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: advice needed please on: May 17, 2010 09:53:42 PM
I am not sure what car booting is. I do know woman's shelters around here look for craft supplies for the woman and kids that are there. Just a thought. I had some supplies that I didn't want anymore that I put out at a yard sale, but I had other stuff as well. It was also a big yard sale organized for charity, so there were a ton of people there. What about craigslist?

Good luck.
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Board for Bartering/Trading/Selling on: May 11, 2010 06:50:02 PM
I envision a board with subsections for stuff for sale, stuff for trade, and stuff wanted. (Stuff meaning both crafts and supplies.)

It would be FOC only and, of course, moderated to prevent junk and spam. I would definitely send in my FOC cash to have access to a board like this.

The trade bit could also include personal swap proposals (i.e., I will knit for a bound journal).

I know this is so old, but a great idea. Good thought process here. On another board that I belong to, there is a comment that mods are not responsible for  transactions and there is a feedback system on the board. I also like the three strikes and you are out idea.
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