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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: April 04, 2014 08:57:41 AM
I like your store but I do have couple of comments -
Please fill in your profile, at least a little bit. I have never met you and however much i like your product, I need to have confidence that you are 1. real and 2. honest. Reading a profile would help as then I could feel like I know you a little bit.
Photos. Your pics are fine, but there are not enough. Mostly you have only one picture and while it is a good clear close up it is not enough. For instance, your big sis-lil sis design looks like a pillow, all folded into a square as it is. Show a t-shirt and onesie pic that lets me see what they are and the proportion of the embroidery to the garment. Your tax deduction design does not even look real. I can't tell if it's on a garment or not.
You got it right with the clutch. I really felt I knew what I was getting.  Grin
I'm happy to see you have already made some sales. Can you ask your customers, if theyr are happy, to leave a positive review. That is always an encouraging thing for new customers to see.
Please don't feel I am being unkind. Your designs are cute and look well done. I wish you more and more success in the future. I hope some of my comments make sense to you.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Buyer Turn Ons on: March 14, 2014 10:50:25 AM
I know I am joining in very late, but as someone who likes buying online I feel qualified to answer this thread.

The big thing for me information. I want LOTS of information. ALL the relevant details, not the trade secrets! This varies item to item but in general is more than many online sellers give.

I want a good picture, or even several pictures of the item - the ACTUAL item - that I am buying.

I bought a pendant made of turquoise which was lovely in the photo and had nice markings in the stone. When it arrived, it was not the same pendant and I didn't like it. That shop owner agreed to refund my money. Now, I know that natural items like gemstones do vary but why was the photo not of the actual pendant?

Also, post and packing charges should be reasonable. I understand postage can be costly, and packaging adds up but really, some sellers are trying it on with their shipping costs.

And don't get me started on that whole "convo me for details" business!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Images that represent what you are selling. How white balance can help you. on: March 14, 2014 09:14:25 AM
You've shown a lot of detail with the lighting. I do think getting a good (and honest) photo is a skill worth learning.

BTW, a bit off topic, I have had good results showing the details of my dimensional textile art by simply placing it in a photocopier with a blanket over to keep out stray light. Works for some jewellery, too. So easy!

I'm going to look at that software. Thank you.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Doing my first in person sale on: February 27, 2014 08:38:30 AM
"Does it get easier?"

Yes, it does.
Like so many things in life, practice makes it easier. You will learn the way to answer to answer those difficult questions in a way people can understand and appreciate.
You will learn what people like about your products, why they choose them (or why they don't, which is sometimes more useful).
Your confidence in yourself and your work will grow and all that will make selling in person a pleasure (well, mostly) and always an education.
The learning curve is steep and daunting at the beginning but gets easier over time. You will never have all the answers, people will continue to surprise (or even shock) you with their odd questions. That is all part of the joy of dealing with real, live, funny, silly, imperfect, infuriating, endearing humans.
Selling from a website is great. Everyone should do it. But selling face to face enriches your life in ways you can't even imagine.
Enjoy it when you get the chance!   Wink
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Copyright questions on: February 19, 2014 06:41:04 AM
Yes, I agree with Chris. I had a similar question a while ago and actually got legal advice. Lucky me, I have a lawyer in the family, so I did not have to pay for this advice!
The advice was this:
If you make things from her pattern, you can sell them as long as you do not specifically claim the design is yours. Therefore you can carry on as you are, and as Chris says, if anyone does ask, you simply state that the item is made from a pattern. The silly thing is that because the designer has stated not to sell things from her patterns (which she cannot legally do) she now misses out on the chance to get credit for those designs.
You can't sell copies of her patterns even if you give credit, but I'm sure you knew that anyway.
Make the things you enjoy making and selling.
One interesting note. If you make 'substantive changes' of 10% or more, then you are deemed to have created a new design. Just don't ask me what constitutes a substantive change or how much is 10%...
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Pet Bedding, Hanging corner beds on: August 07, 2013 06:27:53 AM
That is one cute ferret!
And he looks so comfortable in his hammock.
Good job.  Cheesy
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Flattering Simple Shirt Pattern for a size 16/18? on: March 27, 2013 05:15:18 PM
I like this one.
It looks a funny shape, but drapes beautifully. You need to use a soft fabric, but the result is lovely and very flattering.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Hanging corset tidy bag thingy - the tut on: March 27, 2013 04:46:48 PM
Here goes with the tutorial...
Draw around the hanger you want to use, remembering to leave a seam allowance. You are only going to make half a corset shape.

Then use your judgement to draw a corset shape. A tiny waist is less useful for storage, but it's your call.

Something to draw round helps to make a good shape for the top.

Level it out at the side like this.

Cut out (on the fold, obviously) 1 front and 1 back in outer fabric and lining. This is the best time to embellish the front. Have fun with this!

Now add the frill to the bottom curve as shown. I sew it on so there are no pins to deal with at the next stage. This is a bit of net curtain - but lace, net or voile all work really well and cost a lot less than lace edging. Sorry the picture is upside down!

Now you can sew the front and back together, making sure you do not catch the edging into the side seams. When you turn it out you will have this.

Sew the lining together, but leave a gap of about 4 inches open at the side. You will need to be able to get your hanger through this gap later so be generous with it.
Now add trimming to the top outer front just as you did with the bottom. Easy so far, right?
Here's the bit I forgot to photograph. Guess I was just so excited at being nearly finished.
You now put the lining bag and outer bag one inside the other with right sides together. Start at the top - leave a little gap for the hanger hook - and sew down the first shoulder, across the front, and up the second shoulder. Just like the bottom, be careful not to catch the trimming into the side seams. It is easy to turn it the right side out now because you left a big gap in the lining. You did, didn't you?
All you have to do now is put your hanger through the gap in the lining - work it up to the top so you can prod the hook through the hole you left at the top -and hand stitch it closed.
Add a bow or two - and you're finished.
These make super gifts, and also look great if you can get hold of children's hangers.
By the way, if you want to use it for something heavyish (I keep my hairdryer in one) you may find you need to stitch the front and back together at the centre to make it into two sturdy pockets.
If you have any questions please ask.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hanging corset tidy bag thingy now with added tutorial. on: March 22, 2013 12:26:51 PM
Not sure if this belongs here...
It is for storing odds and ends in a pretty way. I have one for my hairdryer and one for tights and socks.
I took photos while making, so could do a tutorial if anyone is interested.  Shocked
The fabric is an old chair cover and leftover coat lining, with odds and ends of lace and ribbon.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: "Nosferatu the vampyre" tote bag on: March 22, 2013 12:19:10 PM
I love it.
The fabric is fantastic, and you made great use of it.   Wink
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