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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Let me know what you think about my etsy? on: November 10, 2006 10:26:35 AM
I would use one as a keychain, or if you made bigger ones as pictures to hang on walls.  I don't really wear jewellery though.  The prices seem pretty good and I like your photos. 

One thing I looked for was measurements???
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Have to use a 2 mega pixel camera.... need tips Please! on: November 10, 2006 08:46:25 AM
I have recently re-opened my etsy store, and reconfigured my whole product (don't have alot of pictures up yet though) you can see two examples of the poor photo quality on www.mgcreations.etsy.com

My problem is, I never even thought about photo quality because I never had a problem before.  I had an awesome camera, I loved it.  Then one day this summer a little monkey of mine took it without permission to take pictures outside in the sandbox... Need I say more? 

Now I am down to my standby, its a 3 year old kodak 2 mega pixel with absolutley no options.  I can't get another camera yet.  I tried using lighting, photoshop, everything I could think of.  They look grainy and cheap. 

Does anyone have any ideas what I can do to make them look a little better?
(Maybe even something that would help for my personal pics of my kids would be great, so they don't ask in 20 years why the pics look so yucky)

Thanks in advance!

Michelle Giordano
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Just re-opened MGCreations on etsy, not stocked yet but need opinions! on: November 09, 2006 04:13:18 PM
Thanks for looking! I know the photos are not top quality.  My little one took my camera out into the sandbox, it was an HP 5 megapixel.  It was pretty good.  Now I am down to my Kodak Easy Share 2 megapixel.  I am hoping my husband will buy me a new camera for christmas.  Until then it will have to do.  I can't get professional photo's done, at least not until things really start happening!

And as for just selling the paper, I am thinking about it, I am thinking maybe 5 pieces for $3?  The pieces are around 5 x 8 inches.   Would that be a good price?
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Please critique my shop! on: November 08, 2006 07:22:21 PM
I have just re-opened after many months of living through a move and renovations.  I am hoping someone will take a look at my shop and give me opinions on everything.  Banner, descriptions, photo's, prices, really truly everything. 

I know I need more items, I am working on the photos this weekend.

Thanks in advance.

Michelle Giordano
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Could you help me with my photo? on: November 08, 2006 07:19:35 PM
When I use photoshop to clear my backgrounds I honestly just use the eraser tool.  I zoom in really big and carefully erase around the item, making sure not to erase any of it.  I usually have to leave a small shadow around it, but when I zoom out I don't see it.  Then after I have "traced" it, I make the eraser bigger and whiten the rest of the background.  You can see a couple pictures in my shop (not advertising - just showing examples! If its not allowed please delete the link)

You might even be able to do that with Paint.


Michelle Giordano
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Just re-opened MGCreations on etsy, not stocked yet but need opinions! on: November 08, 2006 02:22:59 PM
I decided to re-format my whole approach to etsy, products and all.  I also got side tracked for about 6 months with moving and renovating and all that kind of stuff. 

I finally re-opened my shop and so far I have only one picture of a product in it, I have more product, just no pictures yet, those will be added soon, after the kids go to bed!

Can you please take a look at the product, photo quality, pricing and description and give any advice/constructive critisism.  I could really use it, I have been out of the loop for so long.



Michelle Giordano
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: anyone who makes and sell soap!! come here!! on: November 05, 2006 02:10:33 PM
  My feeling is that if you can't afford the insurance, you certainly can't afford to be sued!

You are an insurance brokers dream customer!  (a little off topic I know). 
18  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Pattern Packets on: November 04, 2006 11:17:51 AM
this may sound stupid, but what exactly is a pattern packet? 
19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: anyone who makes and sell soap!! come here!! on: November 04, 2006 09:45:59 AM
It would be nice if disclaimers were sufficient, but they aren't.  There are a lot of lawyers who are very busy today in spite of disclaimers.  Besides, disclaimers only go so far. 

If you are conducting a business where you are selling soap,  I can't imagine any homeowners policy that would cover liability.

Home Insurance Policies can be endorsed to include coverage for home businesses, in Canada at least, although I don't know about Soap Making, it wasn't in the manuals that I ever saw.  I am just now only learning to sell Home and Condo Insurance and its very confusing.  Auto is so much easier.  (Yes I am an insurance broker, no I can't really answer this question very specifically - call your broker).

HTH, but I know alot of craftsters are not Canadian so it probably doesn't help.
20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Soap Business Insurance on: November 04, 2006 09:25:34 AM
If you live in Canada check out a few of your local Insurance Brokers and ask for the Commercial Lines Representative.  I work in insurance, but in Personal Lines (home, condo, tenant, auto) so thats all I know about getting commercial insurance.  Infact, when people ask me questions, my answer is "Ask (NAME OF THE GIRL WHO DOES IT)*"

I say ask a local broker because I have never heard of ordering insurance online in Canada.  Or at least in Saskatchewan.

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