Monday, August 24, 2009

For the Love of Etsy: A Little Love Goes a Long Way

I'm so excited because yesterday a fellow Etsian contacted me to say that she was featuring my shop on her blog this morning. And low and behold:

http://archdiva.blogspot.com/2009/08/monday-pounce-sweetmarch.html

So while I've been spending the last few weeks critiquing my shop like crazy, taking and retaking photos and evaluating whether or not anyone will ever think what I do is as cool as my sweet and supportive husband does, I think today I will just enjoy this.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

For the Love of Etsy - Lightboxes and Photo Drama

I LOVE Etsy....But one of the keys to operating a "successful" shop is having amazing photos.

This is something I've always struggled with as you can tell by the photos on my blog. I am currently using a Canon PowerShot SD1100...it's a great camera, but it's not a professional camera. So in order to better my chances of actually selling something, I needed a bit of help.


Enter Chad: he found this tutorial on building a lightbox.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK4VVGWmMUs&feature=fvw

So we purchased the supplies and the background for a total of $20. Not too shabby! I will say that my photos are better than they ever have been, but as far as being up to Etsy Showcase status, only time will tell. But if you're interested in selling anything on the internet, I think the investment is definitely worth it.


This is where the magic happens!

And this is an example of a finished product:

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Oh joy, rapture....I've got a SHOP!!!


So after promising myself I would actually get my etsy shop up and running...I made it my New Year Resolution. And I am happy to report that I have officially posted 3 "Ragdoll Couture" pieces that I'm very proud of...so that's officially half the battle, right?

www.sweetmarch.etsy.com

Stop by and have a looksie loo...I feel like my favorite item!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sweetie Darling: Zoo-tastic!

For a friend's baby shower (she's having a girl) I got the perfect excuse to make another Sweetie Darling! The baby's room is already put together and very, very cute...and full of zoo animals.

So I thought to help out with all of those animals, Baby will need a Zoo Keeper!
Now I realize this is not a true baby gift, however I like the idea of a few special things that can grow up with the little dear...so while she can't play with it now, in a few years, this Sweetie has been made to withstand some serious kid love. This is the first I've made with flannel as the body and I love how it worked. Not only is she soft, but she's also more durable than the previous muslin models.
It was so very nice to branch out of my normal girly girlness and try something a little different...I think she turned out quite well.

The monkey is made out of felt, everything else is different kinds of cotton I had in my stash. The outfit is a little skirt and long jacket complete with pockets and embroidery. And I LOVE the boots...I tried to make them have a little tread on the bottom so they'd look more like hiking boots and not just random polka dot moon boots. Because that would just be silly.
I am reenergized to do some more and see how they go on my etsy site....stay tuned!