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A Little More Spark
by Tim Adam on 2/13/10 | 0 Comment(s)

I filmed this video over 3 years ago. I made this modern cabinet for a client. It took about 4 hours to build with the help of my buddy Tim.

It is this time spent in the designing, development and execution of a trading system that shows how reliable it would be in the market and also to the traders.  So always remember to look back at the flashback of any automated trading system before trying them out for your future incomes.

Cabin Fever? Think Spring!
by Jennifer Schulting on 2/13/10 | 0 Comment(s)

by expressionsinsilk
With Spring right around the corner, we will all find ourselves packing up the sweaters, mittens, and boots. We would all love to run to the nearest outlet mall and purchase everything that is new for the upcoming season. Given the current economic condition, why not make …

Why I love to shop local (and you should too)…
by KirstenBailey on 2/13/10 | 2 Comment(s)

One of the things I love about Etsy and the online handmade community is that it connects buyers and sellers around the world. However, I think there are still some very good reasons to buy local.
First of all, you save money. Shipping is cheaper when you buy from someone nearby, …

Bright Sparks : Treasury
by KirstenBailey on 2/13/10 | 1 Comment(s)

“Awake” – Original Mixed Media painting by Wyanne

While browsing around Handmade Spark I was inspired by all the bright and beautiful things our sellers have in their stores, so I made this Treasury – “Bright Sparks”:

Check it out while you can, it expires soon!

Medium Control : Great Designs
by Tim Adam on 2/13/10 | 0 Comment(s)

EAMES CHAIRS. WOOD COASTERS
When I started designing modern furniture I fell in love with all of the Eames designs. With their modern flair and innovative designs who wouldn’t love their work. Medium Control on Etsy must feel the same way I do about Eames.

EAMES PLYWOOD CHAIR – VINYL …

Bliss Soybean Candles
by Tim Adam on 2/12/10 | 2 Comment(s)

Mandarin Canberry – blisscandles
Yes…it is true I do love a good smelling candle. Just ask my wife! I ran across this great Etsy seller on Handmade Spark, and I would love to smell some of these candles! Be sure to check out all the amazing fragrances Bliss Soybean Candles has …

Improve Your Etsy Shop Right Now: 3 Quick Tips
by LauraKuhlmann on 2/12/10 | 9 Comment(s)

Olive Queen Annes Lace Scarf by RedPrairiePress
Tip One: Location, Location, Location!

Please check your Etsy shop right now and make sure your “Location” is not blank. Buyers like knowing where you’re from. Your location helps personalize your shop a bit, makes it more human and less like a 1-800-NOWHERE shop. …

MissMalaprop : Blog Feature
by Tim Adam on 2/12/10 | 3 Comment(s)

I am starting a new series here on Handmade Spark where I will be featuring bloggers that are taking things to a new level in the handmade, indie, and design scene. First on my list of must read blogs is MissMalaprop.com. Mallory runs this great blog and writes about some …

Modern Food Packaging

Modern Food Packaging
Modern Food Packaging : Martha Stewart Crafts

When selling handmade edibles online packaging is very important to catch a buyers eye. Here are a few packaging ideas from Martha Stewart Crafts.

The perfect way of food packaging catches the buyer’s interest almost immediately form the food shelves and handmade perishable products are to be consumed mostly within a day have to be cleverly packed to avoid being spoiled before it gets to the buyers refrigerator. Be it the boxes or brown mesh paper bags, the color the design creates a lot of public engaging and eye catching shapes for all to buy the products.

Giving a comprehensive idea about for creative packaging goes a long way in creating specialist designs to market the home ware and hand made products efficiently and make it a lucrative business. Customizing basic boxes to intricate and recyclable bags, boxes with hand printed designs and list of the ingredients about the food is definitely demanding. A crafter best knows how indispensible the designs and the creativity is that they have simple innovation happening each time they package the perishable homemade pickles, jams and delectable pastries, cakes.

With simple yet easy packaging they are great gifting items to friend and family that they fly off the shelf the moment they are stocked up. Ultimately it is the seller’s artistic form which gets translated into the cute handmade food boxes which are best way to express the love and warmth around. Many online exclusive marketplaces like Etsy have a group of artist who give in their vintage and artistic views and make a small cardboard box into the best way to attract consumers in buying their food products, their website has all the details about the list of online brokers who are replicated in trading done by the robot in the forex software which is fully automated.

No additional downloads are required for trading on this web based software platform to trade in most of the forex currencies across many other exchanges round the clock with a high percentage of winning ratio. The sign up process is just an easy 3 step process and funding the account with a minimum balance is required to start trading using the robot which is very fast in executing the trades.

 

Modern Packaging
Martha Stewart Modern Packaging Ideas

Modern Packaging Ideas
Modern Packaging Ideas: Martha Stewart Crafts

How about checking out some handmade edibles on Handmade Spark. Click Here

Running a Project Wonderful Ad Campaign

Running ad campaigns is an important part of selling handmade goods online.

Similarly, learning about trading is very important before taking up trading here for without any information or knowledge we would feel left alone and things would also look very strange and different to us. Now below are few things to do which when done would make you feel comfortable and familiar on the CryptoCFDTrader platform.

  • You are always a student here in this market you might have learnt the basics and the important rules of trading but you are still a learner here for the trading market keeps changing and you need to always be on the look-out for information that would keep you up-to-date here in this competitive market.
  • Always know to protect your capital. It is not important to make profits here but important to protect the deposit amount. You might win profits after two or three trials but the amount received in the name of profits would definitely be lesser than the amounts deposited in each trade. So always try to safeguard the capital instead of eyeing on making profits.
  • Have a check on the losses. This is something inevitable in this field. But you can always be watchful of what is getting lost from your hands. So always try to minimize this and try to use the stop loss option for this and quit the trades if you foresee a loss situation.
  • Try to collect the maximum from the market and use these facts for a better trading play. You need to build your trades on all these and a trading plan and methodology that takes into account all these would actually help a trader in having an edge over the other traders.
  • Finally, know when you should stop your trading trials. This is another very important checkpoint because most of the traders get lost in the offers and promises by the various trading fields and continue trading throughout until they run out of money.

You need to be seen in the sea of sellers. Project Wonderful has made it simple for handmade sellers to advertise for a low cost across a huge variety of blogs and sites. Check out the video below that explains how to setup and run a successful ad campaign on Project Wonderful.

Have you used Project Wonderful to advertise your Etsy shop? If so feel free to tell others what your experience was like. Thanks!

Felted Poppy Flower Tutorial: Guest Post from the Etsy Russian Team

Today, Yana (YanArt) is sharing a tutorial how to make this great felted poppy flower.

felted poppy flower

To make a poppy brooch you will need:

– metal fastener
– black thread
– semolina
– acrylic paint (black/gray)
– PVA glue (polyvinyl acetate glue)
– bubble wrap
– wooden roller
– wool for felting (red, black, gray and green)

Tutorial Felted Poppy Flower

1. Spread out thin strands of wool on the piece of film in the shape of the circle. Begin from the center and move to the edge – do not do it in a different order! Make sure there are no spaces between the strands, otherwise there will be holes. Put the green wool in the middle but use a little less as you will add some black and some gray wool there as well.

Felted Poppy Flower Tutorial: Guest Post from the Etsy Russian Team

Felt is nothing but a natural textile fabric, which is made by condensing several fibres together. You can felt beautiful and decorative items from different natural and organic materials such as wool or go in for the synthetic alternatives such as acrylic or rayon. Objects made out of felt and the technique of felting have received so many applauding review because of its cute and simple designs.

Today, Yana (YanArt) is sharing a tutorial how to make this great felted poppy flower.

Tutorial Felted Poppy Flower

2. Now you have to soak the wool in soap solution – just to make it damp. If you use too much solution the wool may shift! Cover the wool with another piece of film and with gentle pushes of your palm evenly soak the wool and foam up the solution.

3. Slightly press the film with your hands in circular moves. Turn the film upside down and remove the upper layer of the film. Be careful not to pull out the strands – they are not felted yet! What you see in front of you is the inside. Bend the edges of the circle (0.5 – 1cm) to make sure the petals of your poppy are neat.

4. Wrap the film with the wool around the roller and roll. Reel it out, spread out if needed, wrap around the roller from the other side and roll again. Reel out and make the incisions of the petals: cut the circle in 4 places and make the edges of the petals round. Roll again. After that use your fingers to rub the petals to give them the round.

Tutorial Felted Poppy Flower

Rinse and put the flower into the drying cup for several hours (over night).

Tutorial Felted Poppy Flower

5. Using the red wool and the same method make the second circle – this will be the upside (lower) layer of the poppy petals.

6. Now it’s time for the middle of the poppy. Use the green wool to arrange an oval bead (according to the size of the petals): dip the lump of green wool into soap solution and roll it between your palms. Rinse under the running water.

Tutorial Felted Poppy Flower

Tutorial Felted Poppy Flower

Form another round bead and squeeze it between the palms to make it flat. Leave them to dry.

7. Let’s make the filaments. Wrap the black thread around your fingers and cut it from the one side.

Tutorial Felted Poppy Flower

Cover the thread with glue (to give it firmness), then dip the tips into the
semolina. Hang out to dry. After drying tint them a little with black or gray paint.

Tutorial Felted Poppy Flower

8. After everything is dry, sew the flat green bead through with the black thread to make
your flower look like a real poppy.

Tutorial Felted Poppy Flower

Sew it to the oval bead.

9. Assemble the threads-filaments into several beams and sew them to the first layer of the petals

Tutorial Felted Poppy Flower

Place and sew the green middle.

10. Put the second layer of petals underneath and sew everything together – all the layers and the metal fastener.

Tutorial Felted Poppy Flower

Our poppy brooch is ready!

Tutorial Felted Poppy Flower

~Etsy Russian Team

Improving Your Etsy Listings: Item Descriptions

In my previous posts I discussed how to improve your Etsy listings with item titles and some simple maintenance.  Today I’d like to discuss another important aspect of your listings: Item Descriptions.

I’m going to use another one of my favorite Handmade Spark members to illustrate my points, Roxy Heart Vintage.

roxy heart vintage tree cake stand

14 x 15 Tree Slice Cake Stand Black Walnut | Roxy Heart Vintage

When customers are searching sites like Google for something specific, the first 160 characters of your item description shows in the results. As you say, the first impression is the best impression, so is the case with selecting Google search results. You proceed to one particular site among the numerous listings by reading the initial visible lines about each result. For example, you search for Fintech LTD and get several pages of results. You read the one or two lines given with each heading and then decide on which to visit first.  It’s important to utilize that small amount of text to grab potential customers attention.

google search results

As you can see, Roxy Heart Vintage’s descriptions begin with text that is captivating.  Let’s take a look at the full description in stages.

About the Item

A tree slice cake stand represents a moment in time where you reflect on where you came from, where you are and where you’re going. The rings gently spiral out from the center and journal every moment in your history together ~ the knots where your relationship became stronger ~ the tiny cracks where you learned how to be apart and mend what was weak ~ the imperfections which give your relationship character and life. Tree slice cake stands are a beautiful sentiment to represent your life together.

Rich golden tones of rustic bark and deep mahogany hues showcase perfect crisp white or antiqued buttercream cakes. A tree slice cake stand not only is sentimental but is a conversation piece and perfect compliment to your wedding cake. With many styles and sizes available ranging from the rustic lodge look to the simply chic and modern – a stand from Roxy Heart Vintage will set your wedding apart from the rest.

~Specifics~

Dimensions – 14” x 15” x 3”
Tree slice cake stand cut from Black Walnut
Dried/Preserved, Sanded, and leveled as needed
Sealed with coats of polyurethane on surface and bark
Care/Usage/Storage Instruction sheet included
Suitable for a cake up to 13″ in diameter

First thing to notice is the personal appeal of the opening paragraph.  Targeting your demographic (in this case, brides and grooms to be) is crucial in selling online.  People cannot see, touch, smell or taste  your item in a tangible way.  You must describe the item in a way that makes them feel for the item.

The second paragraph illustrates another very important part of your item description: using great adjectives.  These words help your buyer feel as though they can see/touch/smell/taste your item. Colors, textures, sizes – these are all things you need to describe with as much detail and interest as possible.  (See Amber’s Shop Makeover post for some great ideas)

Third we have very specific and detailed dimensions, materials and possible uses.  Again, since your customers cannot experience your item in person, they must be able to imagine exactly where to use your product, whether or not it fits and what they can use it for.

The item description continues:

~Custom Options~

Tree Seeds – Pick the tree seeds of your choice in a darling bottle to represent the new journey ahead of you! Plant the seeds together at your event in a lovely planter as representing new beginnings and new life or plant them in solitude together vowing to nourish what you’ve planted this day. Trees are a lovely way to remember your special day ~ and when it’s large enough you can carve your initials in it for generations to remember.

Turn Table Option – An invaluable upgrade to make use of your cake stand once the wedding is over.

Burned Engraving – Choose any words, phrases, quotes, dates, or your initials to be hand carved and burned onto your stand. Most fonts available upon request. Please message me to request this option as additional charges apply.

Precious Stone Inlay – Choose any design including hearts, leaves or branches to inlay with rich colored stone on your stand. Please message me to request this option for your stand as additional charges apply.

Custom options can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/roxyheartvintage?section_id=7414470

~Shipping~

I can usually ship your tree slice cake stand within 3 days from time of payment. Please note the date of your event when purchasing. If your wedding is in 10 days or less, expedited shipping may be required and will be extra.

~Why buy a Cake Stand from RoxyHeartVintage~

When choosing a cake stand it is important to choose a wood that holds its bark well. I choose a selection of woods which are of the utmost quality. I reinforce the bark to prevent it from dropping and I search for hardwoods like Black Walnut and Locust because of their beauty and superior quality to cheaper woods that can experience dramatic splitting and deterioration. My wood goes through a multi-step preservation process to stabilize the stand and prevent cracking. My years of experience with tree slice cake stands and my passion for beauty and style in craftsmanship are shown in my work.

If your item can be customized, it’s a really good idea to include this information in your description. Sometimes when people are searching for something specific and find something that is almost right they will just move on.  That is, unless you offer them a solution!

Including information on shipping isn’t totally necessary but I think it can be helpful.  Not everyone is familiar with Etsy and where to locate shop policies.  Even if you just include a link to your shipping policy, it may avoid any confusion or questions a customer may have.

The last paragraph that Roxy Heart Vintage has included is the icing on the cake (yes, pun intended).  With all the thousands of sellers out there, why should people buy from you?  What sets you apart and makes you special?  This blurb is a great reminder and a reflection of the shop announcement.  It builds trust and highlights expertise.  My only critique and recommendation would be to include this information above the custom options.

The example that I have provided was used to illustrate important points to cover when describing your products.  Can it be done with fewer words?  Of course.  It is subjective to your item.  But, you must keep in mind, selling online is an intangible world.  Other than taking fabulous pictures, words are all we have to make the sale.

~Lauren

Why is online trading becoming the talk of the town?

Buying shares and stocks and investing in them for future was always considered a classic method of saving.this practice was something which only the higher class of people followed and they had all the privilege to get the awareness about the different stock trading options.

Stockbrokers were the middlemen who were helpful to the traders to get the right information about this investment.so this trading cycle was a very religiously followed and monotonous thing. Profits were made at some intervals and at the other times no profits were seen or heard off.

The beginning of a new trading era:

The time for change arrives in every sector of business and that happened in trading also, with many wonderful developments to the same. One interesting introduction which was the root cause of this development was the Smartphone technology and its role in share trading.

With this, the entire trading cycle changed to a multi-faceted level.it was very evident from the very first day of the phone in the market. Many mobile supported applications were available for making trading more convenient.

Ultimately both the industries faced a huge growth, mobile industry, and trading industry. This ended with the better economic development of the county also.

Changes in the trading methods:

With the use of smart technology, people could get access and news about shares from anyplace in the world at 24/7 frequency.this has helped many people to get benefitted from stock investments at their convenience. Check it out on the top trading websites as for how to be a part of this successful venture.

Trading modules and trading robots have very user-friendly features to work with. They have also ease of access to everybody by the just basic installation.you need to register an sign up for free with the minimum initial amount and begin to trade. After that is your ruling over the successful legacy of the share market.When you get more experienced, you learn quick tips to find out which stock to trade on and which not to.

There are the autopilot mode and manual mode which is an innovative feature to help the freshers, to know when to invest and when to avoid. It has really been a wonderful effort of many financial experts to create such a new formula for trading.

The future

There is a forecast about the future that many more trading robots with much safer and secure trading atmosphere made available to the users and make trading to be an entirely smooth experience for everyone.