Today~I took part in the Sewing Bee
at Happiness Comes In Little Bits (see button right). I have been wanting to make another Waldorf Doll for a while now, but never really got around to it, and by never really, I mean NOT ever getting around to it ;)
So after asking my sissy for some supplies, I got to work.
Luckily, Julia the designer came over mid project. After a few "what cha doin there's, and here, let me try, or let me show you's" the doll came to fruition. As much as it annoyed me to hear her correct my creativity, I really appreciated her input, and obviously she knows her stuff!
Here is her little body and the one of a kind tunic I am making for her too!
Look out for more of this lady in the next giveaway in December at Windfall Dolls!
So, I am by far not an amazing photographer nor a model, but I have to share some secrets that might help anyone wondering how to get more sales on ETSY, etc. Below you will find some pointers, and some examples of what I am talking about.
Take Your Time, and Take Some Pride!
So, we have all been there, just finished a project and so proud of what we have accomplished! Of course we want to immediately go right out and get a picture of it. Doesn't matter where we are, what time it is, we are taking a freaking picture and posting that mother!
Example: My Autumn Hat right off the hook...9:17 at night.
Horrible right? Can't really see the colors, or the stitch work. Terrible lighting, and shadows galore.
If I used this picture for my listing I would not give my customers a good idea of what they are buying. It shows that I am not really serious enough to take the time to take a good quality photo of my product, so really what pride do I take in my other work in general. Bad first impression right?
Here is a picture I took the next morning of the same hat. See, you can see the colors, and stitches really well! Much better right? This pattern sold within 14 hours of being listed. Imagine how long the other one would have sat.
Lighting Is Everything!
Go outside whenever possible, natural light is KEY!
Here is an example of the difference between the same item, our baby legs pattern
Side by side, inside LEFT, outside RIGHT
Crisper, cleaner and more accurate colors with the natural lighting!
Use a human model or invisible stuffing/forms whenever possible!
I have a pet peeve, I have to say it...I hate to see products modeled on dolls. Unless they are made for dolls of course.
I know I have offended some people with this, but it is just my opinion.
I know that not everyone has a baby to model their items on, but in my humble opinion, posing anything made for a human baby on a doll is just creepy to me.
Ok,here is an example of our reversible hat pattern, stuffed with cotton to form the head like shape. You don't see the cotton, but it gives the look of how the hat would look on a head. RIGHT?
Of course, whenever possible, USE A REAL BABY!
Here is the Hayden Beret, on our baby Hayden: Cute right, Imagine how unpleasant that would look on a glass, or a ball, or GASP...A doll! ;)
Make it real, show the customer the product in use!
Here is Hayden snuggling one of our Waldorf Baby Dolls
Here is my cowl pattern in various positions/pictures/lighting
Clean Up The Back Ground of Your Pictures!
A clean white, wood, or subdued background makes your product shine! Stop putting your projects on your computer, on your cluttered couch, on anything with a logo. It distracts the buyer, and gives no appeal to your photo what so ever.
Nice white background for our bonnet pictures:
Clean wood background for the Turtle Hat, a little off center for charm
And another white background for the cocoon/pod
Showvariety! Let them imagine the possibilities!!
Here is the baby dolls again, this time in a variety of colors! Precious right?
Here are our booties in play!
And here are our adorable Wee Ones pattern!
Here is my crochet dress pattern
This picture shows the front, back, and two color combinations!
Last but not least, Here are our Waldorf Dolls Pattern
Show the texture, show the love!
Let them imagine how these things really look, feel, smell! Show all of the work you have put into things you make. Let them know what they are really buying!
Here is the Autumn Vest:
See the texture of the rows?
Here is the Uber Cute Earflap Knit Pattern
And here is my Cowl Pattern
Thanks for reading my pointers~I hope they will help you obtain some sales, or at the least give you some ideas on how to enhance your business!
All patterns found above can be found in our SHOP, and many many more!
Today~I took part in the Sewing Bee at Happiness Comes In Little Bits (see right). I was itching to sew, and have had limited spare time lately, especially on Thursdays when the Bee is supposed to take place. Today I had some time, and decided to take advantage of it.
What to make, what to make...that was the question.
Julia and I have added some new patterns to the shop recently, and frankly we needed to update some of our pictures. So, I decided to use our Muse Hayden, and whip up some of my Uber simple baby legs from the pattern in the shop!
So, I found an old shirt, and got to work.
Here is the finished product~he loves them. Anyone who knows this baby knows that he has an affinity for grabbing at his juicy thighs, and these were perfect because when they slid down a bit he quickly tugged them up again. NOTE: if you make this pattern~make sure that they are a bit snug to encourage them staying up the legs with all that baby movement! next time I will make them a bit tighter. Trial and error with an adjustable pattern right?
Stop by the shop if you are interested in the tutorial!
It is amazing to me that 8 years can fly so quickly! AMAZING! He is such a wonderful little boy, and he is turning into an even better little man! I made him his cake (inspired by this cake on Pinterest below). I made it red and blue layers (4) and then frosted it, colored some of the frosting blue, and some red put it in a small ziplock bag and piped on the red in a spiral, took a needle, and drew the lines to make the web look. Then I doodled a spider in the blue and wrote out the letters! I loved the final product!
I also made him 3 hacky sacks, or juggling balls. Pattern found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hacky-sack-2
Hayden loved them!
Here is Hayden playing with the Owl rattle I made him for his birthday last week. I never got a shot of him with it
Here is Sam practicing with the sacks
Oma and Poppy got him a slip and slide! He and Eben can't wait!
My gorgeous sister helping him read his cards
We got him some devil sticks on amazon (specially made for kids 6-9) they are lighter and more manageable.
The yearly photoshoot! He gets cuter / more handsome every year!