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General Discussion / Proof Is In The Pudding
« on: March 25, 2012, 04:42:46 PM »
So, last week I had a sale in my HAF Shop. Once she received her order she placed another. Today my shop/me is this weeks featured artist on her blog. As soon as it was posted I sold 4 books in the first hour.

The lessons:
1. Getting your shop out there on any venue possible can lead to being found. (She found one of my books on Pinterest)
2. Packaging DOES matter. (She liked my packaging enough to mention it in the blog bit, it left an impression)
3. Putting yourself and work out there not only helps you but it brings new people to HAF Shops and offers the potential for purchases in other shops (one of these customers purchased from another shop while she was buying one of my books)

Sooo - get out there - it's good for you - it's good for your fellow vendors - and it's good for Handmade Artists in general.

Just Life / It Really IS Springtime In NE Ohio!
« on: March 24, 2012, 09:49:57 AM »
Normally we still have snow on the ground this time of the year. Look what I found around the house yesterday. I LOVE spring!

General Discussion / New Facebook Timeline
« on: March 20, 2012, 08:46:41 AM »
If you're having troubles with your cover photos and or avatar for the new FB timeline I thought I'd post the ideal dimensions that I found online (sorry, I cannot give credit because I forgot where I got them)

Cover Photo: 851 x 315
Avatar: 135 x 135

Handmade Highlights / New Highlights With FB Spotlighters
« on: March 05, 2012, 04:47:37 PM »
I used artisans that are participating in the Facebook Spotlight that have HAF Shops in this HH  :-*

Handmade Highlights / Highlights on Blue Highways
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:38:15 PM »
A couple I've made:

Many thanks to those that took a second to comment, I appreciate the support and will return the kindness!!

General Discussion / Handmade Highlights
« on: February 23, 2012, 12:53:48 PM »
Any chance we can get a category added on the main forum page just for posting links to Handmade Highlights once they are created so they are all in one thread?  Just a thought :-\

Creative Creations / Newest Book
« on: January 20, 2012, 11:21:29 AM »
A nice big handbound book covered in fabulously colorful fabric to beat the winter grays  ^-^

General Discussion / Help! Eyeglass "Necklace" Wanted
« on: December 01, 2011, 04:27:29 PM »
Ok, I'm pretty sure I saw someone makes those eyeglass necklace thingies you hang around your neck with the two rubber ends for the legs (?) of the glasses to go in to. I searched in the HAFshops but came up with zip. Am I crazy? (That was rhetorical)  ::)
I find them on that other site but wanted to buy from a HAFshop if possible.

General Discussion / The Cost of Handmade
« on: November 30, 2011, 02:11:09 PM »
I know personally, and have seen on the forum here the dilemma there always seems to be in pricing our goods. I have come across a blog I wanted to share that might help in your thought process. The link at the bottom of the entry expands even more on the subject (with a little humor thrown in to boot).

Creative Creations / New Book Series
« on: November 30, 2011, 10:54:17 AM »
I've been told I needed more books for guys so I've started a new series of artists and musicians (being the art and music lover I am). I am cutting my own stencils and spray painting them onto the fabric covers of my books over song lyric backgrounds. Whaddya think? Dude friendly?

Bob Dylan & Tom Waits

Handmade Artists' Shop (HAFshop) / New Window Shop Feature
« on: November 14, 2011, 12:50:22 PM »
Well, word was sent and I have put it in to action: I love the new window shop feature!
Many thanks to Andrew and Kimberly for the constant improvements...and promotions that you continue to tirelessly get "out there" on your vendors behalf!

Creative Creations / New Journal Set Listing
« on: November 08, 2011, 10:17:31 AM »
I don't normally post my new listings here.. Why?...No idea. :-[
I've done something a little different by making a matching set - we'll see how it goes!

Handmade Artists' Shop (HAFshop) / Do People Have to Register?
« on: July 11, 2011, 08:35:10 AM »
Forgive me if this has been asked and answered already, but when people buy from a HAFshop do they have to register, and if you do is it a big deal to register? (I forgot the process when I registered :-[) The reason I ask is I would love to list my custom orders here in my shop to keep from giving "that other site" a penny more than I have to but hate to make a customer jump through hoops for their order.

Handmade Artists' Shop (HAFshop) / Simultaneous Listings
« on: June 23, 2011, 10:04:34 AM »
I've wanted to open a HAF shop but the only thing stopping me is the TONS of stationery etc. that I have with my Etsy shop information on it which I can't even think about just pitching.
Are there any others that run the same items in 2 different shops? I suppose the likeliness of selling the same item at the exact same time at 2 different shops is very slim, and for the most part I can make a second if that were to happen. Is this wrong? Not a good idea? :-\
I'd love some input.

Just Life / Yearly Spring Freeloader
« on: June 16, 2011, 08:45:58 PM »
Just wanted to share a picture of a guest who appears every year for the last few springs.....IN my hanging flower basket

She lays her eggs in there and leaves behind the empty shells! I can get as close as I'd like but best keep my hands to myself  ^-^

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