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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing? 2011-2012 on: August 08, 2012 10:39:20 AM
You've got a good point there Bea, it wasn't a fail, and actually would probably be perfect if I took the time to block it, because the only thing I'm not thrilled with about it, is the edges are a little woobely.
I guess I was looking at it from the point of view that my time/experience wasn't of much value on that piece because it was my first attempt, instead of looking at it from a quality point of view.  Maybe it is worth more : )

& Le-Chat, I never noticed until you said something, maybe it's this new computer, but that w.i.p photo look way too bright, and almost washed right out  Embarrassed    I know the ones of me with it on are kind of crappy because I had my boyfriend take them with my moms camera.  I'm not really, quite sure what you mean about a 'drape' photo though.  I get the basic like 'oh a photo of it draped on something' but do you mean holding it or just having it laid over something?

This isn't that great a picture of the 'scarf' because it was something I made/kept for myself and I was really just taking pictures of myself w/ it on, but unfortunately I don't have better pics right now, and it's too hot to take new ones lol.  I finished this one a couple years ago when I decided I really missed the little red hooded scarf I had when I was a little girl. The hood and scarf ends are all one piece with one seam down the back of the hood.  It's really warm, and I love it. 

I'd really like to get more knitted and crocheted items up in my shop, but the only problem is that stuff takes so long for me to finish things. It seems like it takes so long to get one thing done, that I get bored with it, and end up setting it aside to work on something else  Tongue
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: FURIOUS! - Another vendor selling my work. on: August 08, 2012 09:55:17 AM
I know one fellow exhibitor who had letterheads made up saying he was an attorney. And when he saw somebody copying his work he would send out a threatening letter to the one who copied his work.

He would stroll over the the offender just like a normal customer and chat, and ask for a business card. He then had all the information he needed to send the letter.

Legal? No. Did it work? Every single time.

Nice.  Smart guy : )
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing? 2011-2012 on: August 04, 2012 10:13:43 PM
Thanks, Le-Chat!

I am so glad that your hard work is already paying off in terms of views. Now here's to hoping your sales will increase too!

Don't worry about other artists 'underselling' you.
There is a market for every price level. They and you just serve a different market. Don't see them as competitors. Your market are the people that are willing and able to pay a decent price for unique handmade products. There's is a market for people that are mainly interested in low prices. There is room for all of us on Etsy.

I didn't mean to imply that any Etsy sellers 'over price' their items. What I mean was that a lot of top name retail stores over price their items, like jo-ann, and a.c. moore, and that drives the price of a finished product up.  A pack of 4 of the magnets I use costs almost $5 at wal-mart, which is why I don't buy them there. 
And as you mentioned there are also different types of sellers; the business owners, the hobbyists, etc. I'm still...finding myself I guess : /

And Le-Chat - Don't worry about me underselling you on anything : )
I've only had one sale this whole year (4 if you include sales to friends) and as I mentioned earlier, got screwed by the postal system : (
The scarf is also priced low because it was my first attempt at cabling.  I have an owl one in the works right now, that is much nicer, and is going to end up being much more expensive ; )
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Hand Painted Acrylic Nails - Fade Designs on: August 04, 2012 09:58:37 PM
A lot of neat designs there.  You are really good at leopard spots : )

I just ordered 500 fake nails off of ebay that look a bit longer than the ones I have posted already so people will be able to file them down to the lengths they want, or I can make some that are pre-shortened. I don't know, we'll see when they get here. I can't wait for them to come, so I can start working on them : )
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Aquarium Bead Magnets on: August 04, 2012 09:54:04 PM
Thanks for the comments guys : )

I just got a bunch of new brushes for Photoshop the other day and created these designs:

I have most of those designs all glued to beads now, but I'm still trying to find the right size m
agnets for the back.  I could just use small ones, they're plenty strong enough, but I'm afraid people will think they look funny with a magnet that's less than 1/4 of the size of the bead : \

I just ordered these though, and have a really great idea for them that I think people are really going to like : )

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Beautiful and Unique Feather Earrings on: August 04, 2012 09:05:48 PM
Thanks everyone : )

A friend of mine had a Bridal Shower to go to today and actually bough two of these pairs of earrings as gifts ^_^
She got the brownish pair in the second photo and the black and white woodpecker ones in the next photo, and I guess the girl that she got them for really liked them.   Grin
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Lots of pictures of my nails...with polish and stuff! Image Obese on: August 04, 2012 08:48:17 PM
Very beautiful colors : )

I also really love the little shelf setup you have for all of your polish. I really really need something like that but it has been so hard to find one. As of right now, all of my nail polish is just hanging out around my bedroom in a giant purse that weighs nine pounds.  And that's before I got 15 new bottles of the stuff : |
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Hand Painted Acrylic nails on: August 04, 2012 08:44:20 PM
ooo, that's a good idea.

I just ordered 500 more fake nails to paint more sets with, and I can't wait until they get here so I can start working on them.  I really want to do some marbled sets, and some uniquely colored tiger stripes, as well as some more classic designs like ladybugs etc. I'm really going to have to try your idea though. Maybe back fade them so it looks more like a french manicure, and only spot or stripe the tip.  I need to find a good place to buy dotting tools around here, as well as a store that carries all of the Sinful Colors stripers that I want.
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Hand Painted Acrylic nails on: July 29, 2012 09:24:10 PM
Some of the cute and fun acrylic nails I make.  I buy the big packages of like 500 and then spend days painting them all by hand.  It takes a long time but they are so cute and worth it. 

I need to get more stripers and tools and practice some other hand painted designs.
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Glass Jellyfish Pendants on: July 29, 2012 09:12:46 PM
Wow, these are amazing.
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