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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: I need blog suggestions/critiques on: May 11, 2010 07:14:07 PM
From what I can tell, you're using your blog as a personal blog only, right? So I'm going to write based on that.

I'd suggest editing your header image to include your website name, instead of only having it underneath in relatively small text.

Also, edit your settings so a smaller amount of entries occur per page (I don't know how many you have, but it goes on for quite a while). Your entries are fairly long, and with lots of great photos, so you might want to try maybe setting it to either 5 or 3 entries per page. That way the loading time isn't long for people on slower internet connections. Smiley
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Am I pricing too high for handcarved stamps? on: April 17, 2010 01:21:37 PM
I think you could improve your photos, as well as your packaging (maybe make up some toppers for your plastic bags with your shop's name, URL, a logo).

I would also advise *against* making stamps of copyrighted images (HP crests, Twilight logos, etc.) I know you're a small business and likely to fly under the radar, but it's not a good idea and can get you into a lot of legal trouble if someone sees them and reports them for copyright infringement.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Post-Apocalyptic Gear - YOUR OPINION? on: April 04, 2010 06:49:02 PM
Splash page - I find it needless and pointless. It's just another page separating your visitor and potential customer from your products.

Main - You have updates but you don't have any form of introduction (i.e. 'Welcome to my website, we sell X, Y and Z'). An introduction would help potential customers see if they'd be interested in looking further into your website. Also, some photos of products would be helpful as well.

I think that your prices are fair. You might want to mention if your shipping includes tracking/delivery confirmation. As well as what currency your prices are in (I'm assuming USD, but since you mention shipping to Canada as well, it could be CAD for all I know).

Also, see if you can install a shopping cart system to streamline your payment system. For impulse shoppers, they won't want to wait for you to get back to them with an invoice. And it makes it easier for you to have everything in a more systematic way for seeing what they want and where you're sending it to. You might also mention on your main page (and at the bottom of every page) payment options that you accept (i.e. Paypal, credit card via processing website, money orders, etc). And with that in mind, you'll want to get a Privacy Policy page up as well, since people are trusting you with their money (and other personal information).

Good luck!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Suggestions for Party goody bag on: April 03, 2010 11:44:13 PM
WolfDreamer has a *lot* of free gaming-related patterns up on her blog (http://wolfdreamer-oth.blogspot.com/). Ones that you might want to check out for goody bag items would be the Mario mushrooms and maybe the Pokeballs if your daughter's into Pokemon. The rest would probably be too much work/time to do for goody bag items.

Sounds like an *awesome* idea though, I would have loved to get handcrafted goods in goody bags as a child! (I got a lot of candy, but my mom would ration it out for me, lol, it wasn't nearly as fun)
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Do I need to copy rite my catchphrase ? on: April 03, 2010 08:21:53 PM
I don't know if you would need to or not, but just so you know, you don't copyright catchphrases (or slogans), you have them trademarked.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: New Pony Htchen website online - opinions needed on: March 02, 2010 09:36:40 PM
From a general look, it looks great. However... you're using frames for your coding. I just wanted to point out that there are browsers that do not show frames correctly - either they look wonky (in terms of alignment) or they don't show up, due to the settings that can be altered by the user.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where did you learn to crochet? And make your own patterns? on: February 27, 2010 11:11:31 PM
I've been crocheting since 2006 and I've made up some of my own patterns, occasionally I'll freeform things and not write things down, but I have written out some patterns before. I find that it's mostly practice that helps me, learning different stitches and such. Also, it does help to look at other patterns to see how they do certain things and taking that and learning from it. =) So just crochet, have fun and learn while you go.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: Wifi on a laptop for paypal? on: February 27, 2010 05:03:38 PM
As a buyer, I would find that acceptable. Paypal is well known, there's a lot of safe-guards for both sellers and buyers with Paypal and the website is secure, so I would be fine with that. I would find that more acceptable than doing online shopping and receiving it there... If I wanted to do online shopping, I'd do it while sitting at a computer at home, not at a crafts fair.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fess up, who's got a knitting blog? on: February 20, 2010 12:04:00 AM
 I have a crafts blog that includes a knitting section =)

10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: I'm considering knitting items - I have questions on: December 18, 2009 01:42:19 PM
Is there anything else I need to know before I start selling knitwear?

Can't really help you with the other questions (besides not using patterns that are for personal use only!) but always include washing instructions with the knitted item itself. I know some people will include washing instructions on the item's etsy sales page, but sometimes will forget to include it with the actual item.
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