The system provides all the help in terms of complex analysis and future trends.

People want to invest in such a way that their principle amount remains safe and the interest and income come back to them regularly. Usually people save for specific purposes, like kid’s education, medical emergencies and then retirement. There are many instances that people invest in only one scheme hoping for it to do well and that may not work out, losing all their money in the process.

Diversification is the name of the game. One must invest their precious hard earned money, in multiple possible avenues. These may include, bonds, deposits and retirement funds, or insurance and real estate and gold etc. Once these eggs are put in different baskets and are safe then you can start stock trading with some of your money. Start slowly and check every online trading portal for a safe program.

Bitcoin Loophole, is a trading program that is becoming popular for all the right reasons. This is one program that gives maximum advantage on minimum investment and keeps your money as secure as possible. Though the prices of Bitcoins keep fluctuating due to other factors and events in the world but with the sophisticated technology used by the robot it is possible to beat all the odds and inflation easily.

This uses the latest, cutting edge tools to ensure that profits keep accruing, every single day. Bitcoins and other currencies are anyway more coveted than gold and real estate now as their monetary value is continuously increasing. You can start trading even with the smallest amount of 250 Dollars. There is no upper limit however. There is only one limit in the program and that is how many people can be allotted the slot for trading every day. Once you register on the website then you may get the invitation to join, and if you miss that then you will have to wait till you get another chance to join it as a trader.

The system provides all the help in terms of complex analysis and future trends. It also has the automated system in place, that helps people to continue to trade even when they are not able to log into the account or have time to trade themselves. All this is done according to the choices made by you and the robot follows your parameters. We can see that this is a good opportunity very different from the other traditional saving methods. If you see the website and are comfortable with the process, then this can be a golden egg for you.

Blog Spark : Design For Mankind

Erin Loechner’s design blog Design For Mankind is honored as one of the top 50 design blogs in the world.   Take a look at what Erin has to say about her blog, how she got started, and tips for successful blogging.

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Tell us a little about yourself.
Let’s see. I’m originally from a small town in Indiana, then moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduating university. Six years later and I’m back in Indiana, living close to my family. I’m a family girl all the way!

Other than that, I love pickles, cheese and coffee (not necessarily together) and read anything I can get my hands on. Total bookworm.

How did you become interested in design/decorating?
I’ve always been verrrry into decorating, but never really surrounded myself with the right community to foster that sort of love. This sounds crazy, but I always considered home design to be more vanity than anything else — why does it matter how your home looks? But the more I study it, the more I realize that it makes a tremendous impact on your life –when your space is clean, organized and surrounded by items you love, you’re happier.

So, to answer your question, I’m sort of a self-taught design junkie. I know what I love (which is a LOT of different styles!), and simply like to share those things. I consider my love for design as less of a curator/writer and more of a design ambassador — shouting to the rooftops about good design, with plenty of enthusiasm!

Why did you start blogging?
I think the same reason most people started blogging — I needed the creative stimulation, a way to categorize my finds and an outlet in which to explore my community.

Where does your inspiration come from when writing articles?
Oh gracious, everywhere. I wrote an article last week about chalkboard paint b/c I ran into an old elementary school teacher of mine. I think as a writer, it’s key to keep your brain open and present at all times. You really never know what you’re going to fall into.

rita’s wooden living room

rita’s wooden living room

Who taught you or how did you learn the technical (design, setup, etc) side to blogging?
Oh, I’m fairly blogging illiterate. I taught myself Blogger in like 2003 or something (I’ve always kept a personal blog for as long as I can remember) and then sort of learned as I went. When it came time to change servers due to traffic issues, I switched to WordPress w/ the help of a fantastic programmer (Hi, Rob!).

How did you build a community around your blog ?
I really threw myself into my blog at the beginning — commenting, making friends, building content. I released a monthly magazine that turned out to be pretty successful, and I think a lot of my readers stuck around because of my dedication to sharing design.

I think it always helps to infuse personality into your blog. To this date, the posts that gain the most traffic are ones where I’m a bit more vulnerable and/or personal than the others. Sure, it’s a design blog, but essentially, readers are there to sneak a peek at someone else’s perspective. Never be afraid of your perspective.

Any specific tips you have for newbie bloggers who want to make it in the blogosphere?
I think blogging is such a saturated market these days that you really have to stand out to make it work. Spend some time thinking about what you’re bringing to the table, what you’ll do differently and perhaps even establish an editorial calendar that works for you. Of course, you can’t take blogging too seriously, but it does help to approach your work with some level of commitment.

Name three websites you couldn’t live without.
Oooh, I’ll always be a die-hard fan of flickr.com, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say gmail was my saving grace. Beyond that, I love my friend Jeff’s website, Booooooom.com (he’s got an eye for all things awesome) and I can’t live without KIOSK, my favorite New York shop’s site.

ana kras’ hive lamp

ana kras’ hive lamp

What are your three favorite Etsy shops and why?
Hmm, I don’t shop Etsy a lot (I’m not much of a spender!) but I do love visiting and seeing new work from my e-friends: The Small Object, Thief and Bandit and NinaInvorm.

Where do yo use your blog in ten years?
Oh, dear — I have no idea. Will blogging even be around in ten years? I hope so. Regardless, I always like to think of my blog as a catalyst for other opportunities. I’d love to finally publish my book, or perhaps re-release Mankind Mag in some form. I have a lot of various dreams, but the best part of them is that they sort of revolve around my blog in some fashion. I have so, so much to thank for Design For Mankind and the readers that support the site.

Finding your Spark : Product Photography – Making a Lightbox

*Photography by Nay of Moonangelnay on Etsy*

OK!  The big one that I know some of you have been waiting for!  “How to Make a Lightbox”.  It’s really not as tough as it may seem and literally only requires a few materials that I’m sure most of you can find in your recycling!

What exactly IS a Lightbox? – Well for those of you that have tried out the natural lighting route (see: http://handmadespark.com/blog/finding-your-spark-product-photography-lighting/) and have failed miserably, or maybe really struggling to go without a flash as there is no suitable indoor source of daylight for you, a lightbox may be the thing that solves all of your problems.  This handy contraption allows you to control all the elements of your pictures like lighting, heavy shadows, detailing etc with a reliable and CONSISTENT source of artificial light.  One that won’t change if you use the same placement every time!

You will need to have two or three lamps at hand as your light source! So make sure you have those to hand with good bright bulbs fitted, and they will shine through your box beautifully.

However, your light source will play an important role in the outcome from your lightbox. You can use flashes, photo lights, or regular desk/table lamps. Halogen bulbs are a cheap option and it allows easy correction with the white balance but your pictures will initially look yellow. Alternatively, you can choose LED or CFL bulbs but colour correction with white balance is not possible. Additionally, positioning of the light source, either on the top of the box or on the sides, will alter the overall lighting effect. Thus, remember to check it out once you have decided on your light source.

The box itself will lie on it’s side, with three thinly covered openings at the sides and top to allow the lamp light into the box from the outside, the coverings “diffusing the light” along the way (the coverings will takes away the harshness).  One lamp to each of the covered “diffusing” sections is what to aim for  but if you only have 2 lamps or even just the 1, then experiment with each opening to see which angle suits your items and camera best!

The device?  is a cardboard box… yes… a carboard box.  You can go and by a proper lightbox if you so wish, but there really isn’t any need and you could save yourself a  load of money by  just making one.

light box1*example photo by Upton on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/50972268@N00/813882311

You will need to have two or three lamps at hand as your light source!  So make sure you have those to hand with good bright bulbs fitted, and they will shine through your box beautifully.

The box itself will lie on it’s side, with three thinly covered openings at the sides and top to allow the lamp light into the box from the outside, the coverings “diffusing the light” along the way (the coverings will takes away the harshness).  One lamp to each of the covered “diffusing” sections is what to aim for  but if you only have 2 lamps or even just the 1, then experiment with each opening to see which angle suits your items and camera best!

The coverings themselves can be white tissue paper, or thin white paper, parchment, tracing paper… maybe even mesh?  Whatever you have available that will let in and soften the light from your lamps will suffice.  And why let it be white?  If you’re not interested in having a squeaky clean lightbox, then why not experiment with other colored pieces of tissue paper?  Cover just one panel in this color and the others in white, and then see how the dynamics of the environment change!  It could make jewelry photos a lot more interesting!

The inside of your box will need a large piece of white paper or card, stuck to the back and at the bottom “without” a central fold so no “lines” show up, but will need to have a flat surface at the bottom so your items can sit there without sliding down the page!  This will make up the main background of your photographs.

Obviously the main opening is for you to view whatever you place inside.  The above picture is a great example of a lightbox and shows clearly how easy it is to create one without spending a fortune.  Or anything at all if you’re lucky!

Using Your Lightbox – With a bit of experimenting and also possibly making use of a photo program (not always but it can help if you are still struggling) you will eventually get exactly what you want to achieve with your product photography using this method, to help achieve the perfect photo.  Those without a DSLR may find “flash use” on their cameras helpful or another light source that brightens inside the box without targeting your item.  A flash would also need to be diffused (cover it with some spare tissue paper!) to minimise glare.  Those with DSLR’s will want to treat this setting like daylight (no flash) which means a low ISO (400 and below ideally), tripod/beanbag/book resting your camera to keep it still, and playing around with your aperture/Av(or Ev) settings to get the right “whiteness” to the background that you want.  Or you can use trial and error with your pop flash / speed lights to see what happens.  Once again it’s going to be different where ever you place your lightbox in your home due to the surrounding light, but with some patience in your trial and error you’ll get it right for you.

Best of luck!  Happy snapping:)

Cool Handmade Carrying Cases for Your New iPad

Geek Partol : handmade ipad cases

So you pay 500-800 bucks for your brand new iPad.   Protecting your investment is a must!

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Here are some cool handmade cases and bags that will help protect your new iPad and look good doing it at the same time.  There are many fabrics and materials to pick from like simple felt to designer fabrics.  There is a style and look for everyone!  Oh and you gotta love the  Lego decal… just for looks!

{1} You can pick up the  iPad Techee – Yellow Wave from ROGUE-THEORY for only $22.  This protective cover is made with a great designer fabric. It ha no snaps or buttons to prevent scratches, and stiffened interfacing to help keep it safe.

{2} The  PORTEL for iPad is a simple sleeve from PORTEL’s  iCASE collection is made of 3/16″ (5 mm) thick natural felt, which offers great protection for iPad.  This stylish case will only run you $39.

{3} The Thai art deco style flower and polkadot is a great case for your Kindle for only $21.49 .  Thitareemakes handmade fabric cases for the iPad, Kindle, and Nook.

{4} This Apple ipad Case from Jannie King Designs has a special foam core provides scratch & bump protection with minimal weight and bulk.  Jannie King Designs is the top seller on Etsy for bags and purses, and has been featured on the Martha Stewart Show

{5} For$7.99 this  Lego Apple iPad Original Vinyl Graphic Decal Sticker can be yours! All vinyl decals from Decalville are cut from high quality vinyl that will adhere to almost any smooth surface. Put them on your macbook, laptop, walls, wood, glass, tile, windows – Use your imagination.

{6} Small unisex iPad / netbook messenger bag made with black and ecru wool fabric with herringbone weave for $90.  Stash makes bags, wallets,  sleeves, and more!

Blog Spark – Scoutie Girl

Our next Blog Spark Interview is with Tara Gentile the editor of Scoutie Girl.

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Tara give her readers a look in to the handmade scene and believes that the power of independence and handmade can change the world.  I had the privilege of asking Tara a few questions about her blog.  In this interview Tara gives us just a glimpse of what it takes to run a successful blog. Be sure to click on the pictures you will find through out the interview. they will take you to some of my favorite articles from Soutie Girl.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I run Scoutie Girl (http://www.scoutiegirl.com), the blog with a penchant for the passionately handmade, as well as a boutique WordPress design business (http://taragentile.com). I’m a mom to a spunky little almost-two year old named Lola and wife to Michael. My formal education is in contemporary religious thought which I still love & use on a daily basis… if not overtly!


How did you become interested in design/decorating?

My mom is a professional seamstress (http://fabricshopperonline.com). She taught me the value of craft, working with your hands, and a beautiful home. I can distinctly remember rushing home from school to catch the very first decorating/diy shows on the Discovery Channel. I can also remember having very definite opinions on the types of design they showed!

Why did you start blogging?

I first started blogging in college as another outlet for writing. And boy, did I wish I would have stuck with it! But the “real world” caught up to me and I never caught up back up to blogging. After my daughter was born, I started helping my mom with the blogging & marketing side of her Etsy business and then started Handmade in PA (http://handmadeinpa.net) in January 2009. That site was extremely well-received and in July, when I had the opportunity to take over Scoutie Girl, I jumped at the chance!

I jumped into blogging whole hog and never really looked back! It comes very natural to me and I am so thankful everyday that this is how I get to make a living.

fresh & simple :: felt flower wall art

fresh & simple :: felt flower wall art


Where does your inspiration come from when writing articles?

No secrets here! And no crazy editorial calendars either (although I wish I was that organized…). I write about things that catch my eye, artists that I just HAVE to share, products that really resonate with me. I also write about my own life, the lessons I learn from it, and the needs that other people have.

I think part of blogging is just keeping your eyes & ears open – being keenly aware of the world around you and then communicating what you find to the masses. I’ll admit, that kind of mindset can be completely exhausting but, every time I see something that clicks with my readers, I get rejuvenated!


Who taught you or how did you learn the technical (design, setup, etc) side to blogging?

I’m all self-taught, actually. If you’ve been following my blogs for awhile, you’ve probably noticed a real progression in the style of my sites. Every single one has been a complete experiment and I learn something new every time I build a site! I started building sites for others last summer, starting out just tweaking themes to brand them to the business’ logo & design.

Now, I build all my sites completely from scratch so that I (or another designer) have ultimate control! It so fun to take a static image and a blank website and turn it into something extraordinary!

Not unlike our crafty creative community, the WordPress design community is extremely open to sharing what they know and how to do it. I’ve learned from online tutorials and community forums – all created by people who just like helping other people!

Outfitting your baskets

Outfitting Your Baskets

How did you build a community around your blog ? 

Well, I think like many design or craft bloggers, I initially struggled with involving my readers, getting comments, and generally building community. Over the last few months, I’ve let my writing take a drastically more personal tone. I tell stories about my life, share details from my day – just be more more free & easy in my blogging. And my readers responded! Now, instead of just a great place to find handmade or independently design goods, Scoutie Girl is a personal & inviting space. I think that many of us in this niche of the blogging world try to be “too professional” – we end up stripping the personality out of our web spaces.

Lighten up! Be yourself – you’ll get more rewards than you know!


Any specific tips you have for newbie bloggers who want to make it in the blogosphere?

Sure! Get specific – define your niche and give your blog a mission. Then, get personal. Don’t be afraid to share yourself with your readers (within your own limits, of course). Read a lot and do things that get your inspired! 

Name three websites you couldn’t live without.

Yikes!

Etsy.com
NPR.org
Twitter.com

What are your three favorite Etsy shops and why?

Oh man…. you ask hard questions!

Megan Auman – http://etsy.com/shop/meganauman
ArtMind – http://etsy.com/shop/artmind
Sofia Masri – http://etsy.com/shop/sofiamasri

Where do you see your blog in ten years?

Honestly, I can’t say I have a 10 year plan. I tend to make big goals with smaller time frames! If my new ecourse is successful, my plan is to develop a series of ecourses on different subjects that I’m passionate about because I love writing online and I love teaching – best of both worlds! I’m also hoping to finalize an book proposal by the end of the year and submit it to publishers.

I don’t think small.

heart to heat series

heart to heat series

Don’t Forget Your Coffee Shops

When you’re starting out your career as a fine artist, it’s easy to tell yourself there’s no way you can display your art in a gallery.  Whether it’s because you think it’s not good enough or you don’t have the patience to wait a year (which is the average time between commitment by a gallery and the actual show), in the end your work just keeps piling up, unseen, in your studio.  But there are dozens of other venues that you can use and all it takes a little footwork and some persuasive talking.

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Coffee shops see so many visitors every day, which makes them the perfect place to display your work.  Many coffee shops make it their goal to display local artwork on month-long rotations.  All you have to do is bring in a portfolio of your work to show the managing barista.  Another great thing about coffee shops is that people come there for a variety of reasons: to pick up their morning cup of energy, to meet with friends, or to study for big tests.  This means that people are constantly coming in and out and staying for long periods of time, which gives them a lot of time to admire your work.  One word to the wise: stay away from the national chains.  Many times they are already given the work they’re supposed to display.  Instead choose local chains, which thrive on repeat customers.

coffee shop art

coffee shop art

With the sustainable and local food culture coming back to the bigger cities, small-business restaurants are always eager to fill their walls with local artwork.  Pop into those vegetarian restaurants, mom and pop diners, or upscale eateries and show off your portfolio.  And don’t worry, they generally don’t require your work to be food related.  By showing your work at a restaurant, your opening can be a big event for the town.  Free wine or a cheese platter is a great way to mark the start of your show.  Plus, you can invite all of your friends and family to come out for dinner that night, which the restaurant owners will love.

art opening

If you want to sell more than your work, bookmarks or note cards are great things to leave at the counters.  Many baristas are more than happy to sell your stuff for you.  And how many times have you gone to the coffee shop and forgotten your bookmark?  Okay, maybe not that often but so many people who go to coffee shops love to read so you’ll be hitting the right market.

Funky Large Paper Clips or Bookmarks...Set of Three

So as the snow melts away, get your walking shoes on and travel your town.  Find those little establishments that are always a local favorite and see if you can get your work out of your studio and into the public!

DIY- Design Transfer for Acid Etched Brass, Silver and Copper Jewelry

Design Transfer for Acid Etched Brass, Silver and Copper Jewelry

Tutorial submitted by:  Esprit Mystique : Blog

What is your favorite design?  Wish you could transform it into a series of etched pendants? If drawing multiple designs by hand would take hours, here is speedy way to transfer complex designs to metal for acid etching.  Read More

Design Transfer for Acid Etched Brass, Silver and Copper Jewelry

In acid etching, the black design areas act as a resist to the acid, the white design areas will be etched deeper than the black design areas.

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Generally, the etched (white) part of the design can be thought of as the background.  Read More

Set your designs aside and prepare the metal for transfer (Bronze, Brass, Copper, or Silver).  The metal needs to be spotlessly clean.  Bar Keeper’s Friend is a powdered cleanser (with oxalic acid) that works well to clean off any oil from fingerprints and tarnish on the metal.  It also roughens the surface enough to help grab the dry toner.  Read More

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The Five ✶ SPARKS ✶ Interview: Clay Artist Brigitte Bouquet behind ‘Atelier BB’

This week we go -technicolor- to New York!

Some of you may already know this week’s guest, if not personally, then through Etsy with her unique, vibrant and textured Wobbly Plates-Wobbly Bowls!

I fell in love with her pieces way before I had the privilege to get to know the energetic, passionate, creative and inspiring artist Brigitte Bouquet. Make yourself a cup of your favorite tea and join me in discovering Brigitte’s Art World beyond her colorful and joyful Etsy store…

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jb ✶What inspired you to become an Artist?

bb ✶I really can’t tell. My mum is a seamstress and the whole house was filled with fabrics- buttons  and wool.  Beautiful materials in every color of the rainbow.
When I was little, I used to play for hours with pencils, markers, paper and my moms fabrics and I remember arranging them in all kinds of crazy color combination. Maybe that’s when it all started.  And later on, the love for colors and surface designs, got me to ceramics.

I started to paint on bisque and worked closely together with traditional Delft Blue potters, painting with my own glazes and their traditional shapes.
I learned a lot doing that but quickly realized that I wanted to shape the ceramic pieces myself.

So, I guess, I just fell in love with the material: clay.

Clay is just an amazing material, it’s so diverse. I started creating my own designs. The perfect ceramic canvases for my glazes.
Because in the end, for me, nothing is more beautiful than the bright and vivid colors of glazes.

Tulip Fields

Wobbly Bowls- Wobbly Plates

jb ✶ Can you take us through your creative process?

bb ✶I am fascinated by patterns in nature, on a leaf, in sand, on a stonewall. The textures of a tree, the ripples of water; most of my work starts in nature.
I always carry a small camera and a sketch book with me and from that point on I let my imagination go. Blow something up or give it a weird twist. More often than not things change and evolve during the process.

All my work is connected in an unexpected and organic way. Like the surface patterns of the Wobbly Plates; http://www.wobblyplates.com or http://www.atelierbb.etsy.com, I started to experiment with those textures in a sculpture I made a couple of years ago.

I love to work on lots of different projects at the same time. That’s also related to the fact that most of my sculptures, like the Circle Series, (http://web.me.com/bbceramics) take over 3 months from start to completion.  I am showing some of my larger sculptures, like the Circle Series and the Driftwood Trees in April in a group exhibition in Brooklyn at the Clover Gallery.

Snowy Tree

“My little sketch book”

Work In Progress: Brigitte working on ‘Grassy Patch’

jb ✶How do you promote your work?

bb: Well, I am getting better at this. It’s hard though. Just something I don’t naturally do. I want my pieces, my Wobblies and sculptures to speak for themselves. But I know it’s crucial to use all the tools available these days to get the word out.

I carry business cards with me, I post lots of images on flickr;  http://www.flickr.com/photos/wobblyplates/collections and I keep people updated through my fan-page:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wobbly-Plates/107842556560 and do a Wobbly Fan of the month pick. The lucky fan receives a Wobbly surprise.

Biscuits Bowls – Wobbly Plates

Coral Suburbs

jb ✶The best advice ever given to you that you would pass on?

bb: Do your own thing. Just do what makes you feel good. That’s it.

Focaccia Platter -lime- Wobbly Plates

Brigitte with ‘Turtle Lines’

jb ✶You have money and 5 minutes… What you would buy and why?

bb: I would call my local electricity company and have them hook up a big kiln I have had for a while. All it needs is a dedicated power line and lots of amps.
It would give me a lot more flexibility and most of all: a way to fire large pieces.

Detail of orange ‘Buttoned Up Vase’

In her Brooklyn studio, Brigitte working on ‘Black Moon Rising’

If you are fortunate enough to be in New-York, hit the Town on Saturday, April 17th  from 4 pm – 6 pm and or Sunday, May 17th at Clover’s Fine Art Gallery to Brigitte’s “must see” opening ‘Earth Lens’ -group exhibition- ! You can then brag that you were fortunate enough to have seen her work in “real life” and the sheer scale of some of her pieces while the rest of us interstate or around the globe can only dream of it!

Art Gallery: Clover’s Fine Art, 338 Atlantic Ave, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn… NY

To find out more about BB’s up coming exhibition, you can simply convo Brigitte at: http://www.atelierbb.etsy.com

…, and if like me and you can not make it for the ‘real thing’, you can still satisfy your senses at:

http://www.atelierbb.etsy.com

SECRET Etsy Tips From Etsy Sellers

Hollowed Book Safe with Flask and Secret Compartment

Secret Compartment

Here part one of  The SECRET Etsy Tips Series.  These tips are not really secret, as they are pulled from the Etsy forums and other places around the web.

These tips are taken out legally for the benefit of the traders who are new to the trading field. These are a collection of all those successful strategies taken from the blogs of many successful traders mainly to show the right path of trading on the CryptoCFDTrader platform for enjoying profits.

Credit is always given back to the buyers and sellers that wrote the tip, so please feel free to click through and see how they are doing!   I hope you enjoy!

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mikiep says

I wanted to start a little forum where everyone could post a little secret of something that has helped them on Etsy.:)

For myself [in California USA], I have found that Saturday morning listings are AWESOME! One Saturday I sold an item, re-listed it and then 5 min later sold something else. I re-listed that one and BAM another sale. This has be successful 4 times so far and has worked for my wife RavenX also.
Late night listings have worked well for me too in terms of getting sales from our Friends across the seas.

ifanhour

ifanhour says:

As a buyer I save a lot of items and shops to favorites, often finding them on the front page. I tend to pick from that list. I like unique things you can’t find in the stores. I like shops who have all their policies filled out and also use the 5 product thumbnails.

RockAndGold

RockAndGold says:

I do two things to increase orders in multiples and they both work well for me.

1) I offer free shipping on second and higher purchases purchased together

2) I put my product matches (i.e. earrings that go with a necklace) next to each other in my shop.

Potomacrivergoods

Potomacrivergoods says:

I firmly believe that what comes around goes around. What a lot of people don’t realize is that many sales come from buyers themselves. Get yourself into the chat rooms and here on the forums to learn and share.

peaseblossomstudio

peaseblossomstudio says:

One of my tips is stalking (well, not literally) big sellers and featured sellers because they always have consistent photos, listings, etc.

PaperAffection

PaperAffectionsays:

One thing that a LOT of sellers don’t seem to spend enough time on is their policies. I think everyone should figure out what if:

the item is not delivered?
Damaged?
wants to be replaced?
refunded?

and all those extra questions about faster shipping and etc. This saves a lot of headache when you get unhappy buyers!

zJayne

zJayne says:

Use your shop name as one of your tags. When you send people to find you on etsy and they get lost, if they search your unique name (because they don’t know where the drop down find a seller is)… your shop will come up.

Blue and brown, mod polka dot thank-you cards

Blue and brown, mod polka dot thank-you cards

SparklePaw

SparklePaw says:

I also think that sending your customers personal thank you messages when they place an order is great for business and building clientele. I know I like to hear from the seller when I order items on Etsy. Communication is good!

Jinglebobs

Jinglebobs says:

Make sure you put at least your state/providence? and Country in your location space. I know you have marked your country, but it doesn’t show up on your shop page so… do Tupulo, Mississipi, USA (yes write out your state, everyone doesn’t know what MS means.

ArabesqueArtsByDarcy

ArabesqueArtsByDarcy says:

1) Make sure you have done the basic things for your shop. I’m a bad one to talk…I’ve been here over a year and never added my shop name to my homemade banner! Gotta do that.
2) Have some computer and Internet experience. I’m amazed how many people are new to computers and don’t know some things….can’t think which ones…and they ask here instead of searching on Google.

brandianndesigns

brandianndesignssays:

1) i use the forums. i try to help out in the technique and critiques forums when i can.
2) i also use the critique forum to boost views of newly listed items and get feedback on price, etc
3) something i haven’t seen anyone mention? great pictures – no matter how much advertising, etc you do, if buyers can’t see good, crisp, clear, detailed pictures of the items they are interested in then you’ve already lost the sale – whether it’s cheap or expensive
4) i twitter – and set up twitterfeed to automatically update my twitterpage when i update my etsy shop
5) i bid on alchemy requests as often as i can (if it’s something i’m qualified to do) usually, even if i don’t get the work they at least go look at my shop

arcticcircles

arcticcircles says:

Ok. This is a bit of a boring one but it’ so simple and certainly makes a difference when I’m buying. Pay attention to the postage service you offer!

1) Listing international postage rates. If I’m in a hurry- one seller has postage rates ready to go- one seller has no international shipping rates listed- then I’ll go with seller number 1. Lots of sellers seem to think that us international buyers will do a lot of convoing if we are interested enough to buy. But you are probably missing out on a lot of impulse purchases if you don’t cater to us crazy international folk!

2) Regular shipping if you can possibly manage it. It’s so infuriating to buy something on Monday and then get a message from the seller saying “thanks so much I’ll ship at the end of the week”. I know it takes effort to get to the post office but it’s effort that I make and sort of expect others do in return.

I guess it all boils down to customer service really- provide all the information, answer convos promptly, ship promptly, keep your customers informed. It will pay off for sure.

TheTestOfTime

TheTestOfTime says:

My only tip is to participate in the forums and often. I discovered the forums recently and have been addicted ever since. I had a month and a half dry spell with no sales and when I started posting in the forums, I had 2 sales. Still not a lot but it definitely boosted moral.

I also just did a bunch of Christmas shopping myself on etsy and found nearly all my gifts through seelers I found in the forums. I would see something I liked on a forum posters site then search for it throughout etsy to see if I could find something cheaper. I was always drawn back to the seller I found in the forums. It was kinda like I had more of a “bond” with them and I’d rather buy from someone I “knew” even if it was a little more expensive.

Carnivale Round Lampwork Bead Set

Carnivale Round Lampwork Bead Set

marywibis

marywibis says:

best tip ever–

look forward to etsy-ing. The more fun you have, the more success you’ll have. The secret for me to get a foot in the door was asking other etsy folks to trade. It’s a great moral boost and got my name out there…plus, i got some incredible products. Etsy is such a wonderful place to be.

AndThen

AndThen says:

My favorite things I’ve learned in the forums:
I list my items in Twitter (but I also post my new blog posts and life stuff so as to not constantly spam my followers).
I started a blog.
I joined a group (Unique Women in Business) for support and sales.
I joined a couple other sites (artfire and 1000 markets).
I use my shop name as a tag.
I try to re-list often.
I took the time to fill out my shop policies page.

BeJeweledByCandi

BeJeweledByCandi says:

Using pertinent keywords in the title of your items is how google and others outside of Etsy will find you.

Think about words the customer would use in the google search bar and use them.

muyinmolly

muyinmolly says:

Have at least 30 items in your shop.This way buyers feel they have more choices when they shop.Also sometimes people may just pick up a few extra things in your shop on impulse.
If your customers are happy with their purchase and want to come back to buy more, it also helps if you have more different items in stock.
I have so many repeat buyers(I’m not sure how many, but at least 20-30% of my sales must have come from repeat customers).When they come back they buy different things from my shop.I think it helps that I have a large selection of jewelry so even when they come back 3 or 4 times there’s always something they haven’t bought.

SewDanish

SewDanish says:

My secret tip that I picked up from another thread a while back, is whenever you go to your shop, click “appearance” and then “save” at the bottom of that page, even if you haven’t made any changes to the page. By doing that your shop will move to page one, if anyone is doing a search in “shop local”.

Photography Tutorial-Lighting

Many of us struggle with properly lighting our photos. It’s easy for the pros, who have all the equipment on hand they would ever need! But there just has to be simpler ways that are more affordable.

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And there is. This method is one of the most affordable methods out there! It has it’s limits, such as having to wait for a bright sunny day. But it’s well worth it. I am able to get perfectly colored photos with plenty of light this way.

Things you will need:

Camera (duh!)

A brightly lit window with lots of sunshine coming through

A thin white curtain or white sheet (white is a must!)

tripod (if you absolutely do not have access to a tripod, you will need a helper!)

surface (I used a box, you can use anything, such as a coffee table)

small mirror

posterboard

prop (optional) my prop is a book

Now lets begin.

I first put the white sheet over the window. This has a similar effect to a soft box. That’s really exactly what it is, it’s a giant softbox!

I then set up my surface beside the window, with a sheet of dark gray posterboard for my background.  I actually had the foot of a bed right behind the posterboard, this helped to keep the back of my posterboard curled up (although with these particular shots, I didn’t need that since these are close ups).

Notice how I have it in the picture…the window is to the side of my setup.

Next I put my camera on a tripod and set the self timer for 10 seconds. After I had the camera in position and had taken a couple of experimental shots so I could set my exposure correctly (I use manual), I then prepared my mirror for the shot.

Yes, a mirror. This is the important part. Because the window can only light part of our product, some of it is going to be in shadow. I am going to use the mirror to reflect light from the window back onto the parts of the product that need more light.

In this case, the petals of the flower need some lighting.

This is the “before” picture. Notice how the petals are dark with lots of shadows.

Now lets take the mirror and hold it so it is facing the window at an angle, throwing light onto the petals. Set your self timer for about 10 seconds to give yourself time to get into position with the mirror. This is where a helper comes in if you don’t have a tripod. You might need someone to hold the mirror while you take the picture. However, I strongly recommend a tripod, you will have clearer sharper photos.

This is the “after” picture! What a difference! Both shots are pretty good, but now that we know how much better it looks with the mirror, the first shot isn’t so great after all!

Not only that, but having light in the proper areas also helped to bring out it’s true colors.

I didn’t even do any photoshopping for these. The light from the window was perfectly natural, and didn’t create any weird coloring. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to use a white sheet. Any other color would cause some color problems in your photos.

You may need to experiment with how you position the mirror, to get just the right amount of light in the right areas.

For those of you who use manual settings, here are the details for my photos. I was using the Nikon D80.

Shutter was at 1/40 (this is why you need a tripod, a shutter that slow would have blurred things if I had held it by hand) aperture at F13 to bring the entire flower into sharp focus, focal length at 80mm, and ISO at 320.

I don’t have a macro lens right now, thus a focal length of 80mm was required to get a close shot. If you are using a macro lens, you’ll probably be able to us a faster shutter speed. It will also depend on how much light is coming through your window.

Oh, and in my defense…pay no attention to the unfinished windows. My house is under construction!…which is great, I can make all the messes I want and no one will care!