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Starting an Etsy Shop? Here are 8 Articles You Must Read First

Starting an Etsy Shop? Here are 8 Articles You Must Read First
Gypsy earrings – handmade chandelier earrings – Gypsy, Yellow Article by: Jenny Hoople Lots of people have been asking me lately what they should know about setting up a shop on Etsy. Here I’ve gathered together the articles that have been golden nuggets of advice for me in a sea of information. Know at the beginning that making amazing products is only half the battle, the other half of your time will be making sure that the right people are aware of them. I’ve found that the marketing part of owning an indie craft business is just as fun and creative as the making part. The first set of articles that you want to bookmark and begin your reading adventure with is the Etsy Seller’s Handbook. Happy crafting friends, and good luck to you! Find more Helpful Articles:Social Media MarketingFacebook TipsProduct PhotographyEtsy Success TipsSmall Business TipsBlogging TipsCraft Show Tips 3,505,221 new items were listed on Etsy in December 2013 Alone Is your Etsy shop drowning in a sea of sellers? Related:  Creative Biz

20 Awesome Do It Yourself Projects Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:30 am, Posted by Chris Groves | Internet 20 Awesome Do It Yourself Projects Topics: At Home Project Ideas , Creative DIY Home Projects , Do It Yourself Projects for 2012 , Fun How To Projects , What to Do with Extra Stuff Are you bored and have a bunch of extra little items hanging around here and there? Well we were in the same boat so we decided to round up 20 different awesome at home projects you can do. You honestly don’t know some of the creative things you can do with what could possible be junk. If you know of any great at home Do It Yourself Projects please leave a comment to include your own and maybe we will add it to our list. And for the upcoming holiday season we want to give all you do-it-yourselfers a head start with these incredible Christmas DIY for 2012 1. More info: here | Buy: here 2. More info: here 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Incoming search terms:

10 Things Buyers Are Looking For On Your Product Pages Feathery Plumes No. 22 watercolor painting When shopping online, your customers don’t have the luxury of trying on your products, touching them, feeling them or asking you questions about them. This can leave them unsure if they should purchase from your site. To make sure that your customers click the ADD TO CART or BUY NOW button, here are 10 things you must have on your product page: The cost of the productPictures of the product – preferably more than one picture, with the ability to zoom in and get up close to see all the details of the product). Article by: Andreea Ayers Like this: Like Loading... 5 Easy Ways To Download & Convert Online Videos Streaming video websites are such a big part of our lives, it’s hard to remember a time when they didn’t exist. These websites revolutionized our computer video experience – no longer do we have to download every single video we want to watch – it’s all right there! But the opposite is also true. Sometimes sending a link or embedding a video is not enough, and we need the actual file, or only its soundtrack. And when that happens, the default FLV file format rarely cuts it. Xenra Xenra is an easy-to-use web app which both downloads and converts YouTube videos into multiple formats. It’s very easy to use. When you’re done, click “Start Conversion”. When it’s done, you can download the file, share it, embed it, and generally have fun with it. ClipConverter ClipConverter is another excellent web app which can be used with multiple streaming video websites, not just YouTube. To start, paste the video’s URL or upload the file you wish to convert. ConvertVideoToAudio KeepTube Freemake [Windows]

A Beautiful Mess I love using cloth napkins to dress up our dinner table, and through the years I've grown even more fond of their sustainability and cost effectiveness. Though, I'm not sure how cost effective it is if you keep buying more and more cloth napkins each year! This holiday season I thought it would be fun to look at how I could dress up the napkins I already own to give them an extra festive vibe. Check out three simple ways you can give new life to your table linens. And hey! Ribbon Trimmed Napkin This look is so (no sew) simple! Supplies:-ribbon-heat bond in width of ribbon-cloth napkin (buy mine here)-iron-fabric scissors (not shown above) Step One: Trim pieces of your ribbon to be about 1.5 inches longer than the width of your napkins. Step Two: Fold down the edges of each ribbon segment about 1/4" and iron flat. Step Three: Iron the heat bond to the ribbon (pressing with hot iron for two seconds), then peel off the paper backing. Pom-Pom Trimmed Napkin That's all there is to it!

The Most Important Part of Your Creative Business Make Time Square Tile Magnet by: 26MileStones Have you guessed it already? The most important part of your business is YOU! Are you taking care of yourself properly? As I type this, I have to pause every few minutes and squeeze my left shoulder to try to bring some relief to what I think is a pinched nerve, caused by all of the sitting and typing and browsing and sewing I’ve been doing. Confession is good for the soul, right? It’s not that I don’t have the time to work out. The truth is that I am my own worse enemy! And I just started a new blog, which I’m so excited about that I’m neglecting my housework EVEN MORE than I was before. Loads of laundry are whirring in the background as I type this. Don’t worry! Quote for the day: work smarter, not harder! Still sitting there? See the original “The Most Important Part of Your Business” here. Like this: Like Loading...

30 Video Editing Software And Online Tools Video editing could be very money consuming due to its requirement for large hard-disk storage, high computer performance and expensive video editing software. Because of all of these, it makes nearly impossible for end users like us (or me at least) to afford the fun of video editing. At the point this article is created, Adobe After Effect CS3 still cost about USD999 per copy while Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 costs about USD799 per copy. This point is, if you are not going to use them frequently, it’s really not worth getting a copy for just couple of one or two video editing. Free Web Services Eyespot Eyespot provides video editing and sharing software that can be easily embedded in any website. Jumpcut Jumpcut is an online video editing and remixing website that lets you edit your videos, create slideshows and post them on any webpage. VideoEgg PhotoBucket YouTube Remixer Movie Masher Cellsea Cellsea is a free online video editor. JayCut JayCut is a flash-based online video editor. One True Media

A bit of green :: arts :: crafts Hello everyone! This is a quick post to share a (not so quick) DIY I did a while ago for Alex, a snow globe made from an empty light bulb. I have a soft heart for snow globes, among chocolate, cats and various other things, and I figured it would be awesome if I managed to make one myself! I should tell you from the start, however, that this is one of the most tricky crafts I have done so far and also the only one that failed after one year of use: the tricky part it to perfectly seal the light bulb, which, apparently, I wasn’t able to do… but perhaps you will! Posted by Kynthia on December 1st 2013 in arts :: crafts This post has been sitting on our WordPress shelves for quite a while! Don’t get intimidated from the length of the instructions, it’s really easy once you’ve read it. Posted by Kynthia on November 24th 2012 in arts :: crafts Hi there! Lastly, since I love the tradition of filling a sock with presents for Christmas, I thought it’s a pity to have only one sock to fill!

10 Blogging Tips to Increase Sales Vixen Fox Necklace. Modern Sterling Silver pendant. by: Joannarutter 10 Blogging Tips to Increase Sales Anyone who has ever started a blog knows that the saying “build it and they will come” is a myth. Business Blog Strategies That Increase Sales Post your picture and tell your story. Bio: Monica Crowe helps creative, passionate women make more money doing what they love by leveraging their websites. 8 Overlooked Useful YouTube Tools When most people think about YouTube they think sharing videos and or about all of the videos they can discover. Most people don't think about the useful editing tools that are built into YouTube. The YouTube video editor has some useful features for teachers and students. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Studio Quality Product Photography With a $12 Set Up Handmadeology’s resident product photography pro Mariano, has put together a $12 product photography set up that will help you achieve studio quality product photography . Anderson Soap Company is one of the most successful Etsy sellers with LOADS of sales! This photography demo uses his liquid soap as the photography example. Look at his Etsy shop to observe the consistency in picture styles that creates a cohesive photo theme of all his products. I took this picture in my kitchen. Here’s what you’ll need for this product photography set up. 1. 2. 3. 4. This is one of those times when bigger is indeed better. Cut a flat panel from the box that is much bigger than the thing you want to photograph. 1. 2. 3. 4. Now you will need to redecorate your home a bit, move a table as close to a window as you can. Is your furniture high enough? Don’t let the neighbors watch. Put a long piece of aluminum foil on the table, I used the dull side up for this picture. Now you are ready to take a picture!

Writing Expert Product Descriptions for Your Etsy Shop Fabric Fiber Brooch Pin Hand Embroidered Queen Annes Lace Textile by: waterrose Writing Expert Product Descriptions for Your Etsy Shop Great product descriptions are pivotal to engaging customers and helping them to understand what is so special about your product and why they need to purchase it. I have seen many product descriptions on Etsy that are either much too brief, leaving lots of unanswered questions or are very lengthy with unorganized information. It takes practice to master the creation of a strong description. Give enough information for the reader so they are able to make an educated decision. A good general formula: 1. 2. 1-2 intro sentences 3. 4. Below are 2 good product descriptions. Product Description Example #1: Handcrafted (Brand X) Natural Beeswax Candle Enjoy the warm glow of this 6″ tall beeswax candle. Benefits of beeswax: A natural, renewable resourceLonger lasting than traditional wax candlesEmits no harmful fumes when burning. Your natural (Brand X) pillar candle:

5 Free Tools For Online Video Editing Storytelling. Videos are the preferred canvas for the digital storytellers of today. Videos as opposed to any other medium, blunts the imagination and gives it to you direct. A picture postcard can convey just so much about your latest vacation. Put your joy on a video and give your family and friends a more immersive experience. Video editing online has helped to turn everyone into armchair filmmakers. What else do you need to turn your latest vacation, or even your Sunday cooking into a video that others can enjoy? YouTube Video Editor You will most probably knock on YouTube’s door when it comes to hosting your video clips. Features you can use: YouTube also has the largest collection of Creative Commons videos. Also Read: How Functional Is The Current YouTube Video Editor? Video Tool Box The free online video editing application comes with an advanced file manager that helps you to upload and download video files from other sites on the Web. You can upload videos up to 600 MB. Pixorial

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