Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Cut it

I love these paper crafts found via The Wollies Blog who has been reading a book full of other gorgeous paper crafts.

Free Alton Towers Tickets

I have a pair of The Sun free tickets to go to Alton Towers on the 29th April. Unfortunately I cannot go on this day so I am offering them to anyone who would like them really. I tried to sell them on Ebay for a small fee since I feel guilty as someone else could go but they got took down since they're not allowed to be sold on Ebay (although so many have already sold & they won't say no to their fees will they???).

Anyway, so yep, offered to anyone who would be interested in swapping them for a little something?

Let me know!

Monday, 29 March 2010

Can someone make me this?

I love this cardigan/jacket thing from Anthropologie and I was super excited to find out they had gone EU, but unfortunately after searching their listings it was not there so I emailed them to find out whether they would be stocking it at all. The nice lady replied but told me they are not due to have it and not everything from the US site would be transfered over.

I still love this top and I can picture it with everything, but to get it over from the US it reaches nearly £100 and I can't really afford that.

I know this is a bit cheeky but just wondering if there is anyone out there who can make me one similar?

This is the listing so you can check out the fabrics and back shape. It's made from Rayon, but i'd be happy with a jersey or viscose.

I hope there is someone out there to do this for me so please get in touch with quotes!

Thanks :)

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter is approaching and fingers crossed it will be a sunny one.

Mr. Wick has some great Easter items on her shop with no chocolate in sight. This is a welcome message to me since yesterday I found a whole stash of chocolate in my bedroom whilst commencing a spring clean (+ £80!!). So i'm not sure I fancy more chocolate for Easter.

The above pictures are all from Mr. Wick's shop and would be a great alternative to anything chocolately and will last a lifetime since you can reuse both egg cup once the candle has burnt out.

The Cadbury caramel cream is egg cup is my personal favourite :).

Happy Easter hunting.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Cut, crop & lighten

The before and afters of my photo's.

This blog post is a sneaky peak, behind the scenes kind of post to show the importance of photo's within an online shop and a little message to all other small business sellers that a little editing can go a long way when it comes to sales.

I love other people to make sales in their online shops, because for me, it's just no fun when people don't feel they can get involved with the community as much and it makes me feel happy to see everyone making their fair share, even in this climate.

Although I am no expert or professional at selling and I still have a lot to learn myself the one thing we can all do easily is review our photographs.

I often feel that the one thing that holds sellers back from making their first, second or third sale is their photographs and effectively under-selling themselves and their products.

We have to remember that the challenge to selling online is making that first impression without actually meeting or greeting the customer. We also need to remember that the photographs are the only way the viewer can see the item they might purchase and this is what will get them to stay in our shops for long enough to potentially buy something.

For me, my photo's are vital in continuing my She Draws brand throughout my shop and making my shop look far more professional than just little old me working from home, but I can tell you it took me a long time to get into the swing of my brand and to make photographs that were suitable and caught the eye.

My photo's are in no way fantastic, but for me they tick the right boxes:
3.Eye catching
4.In keeping with She Draws

I am fortunate enough to have editing software such as photoshop and although I am aware not everyone has this, I hear through the grape vine that there are free editing softwares for you to get going with. All I have done with the "before & after" photo examples above are, crop, brightened and altered the contrast and I hope you can see they make a massive difference!

I hope that this sneak peak has given you some inspiration for your own shops and while the sun is coming out i'd get out there and get snapping!

Friday, 26 March 2010

Felt balls.

I made some felt balls with my college kids the other day. I would show you but I saw this tutorial and they're way cuter than mine! I might even have a go at making this charm myself.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

This is London.

Last week, the boyfriend and I took a little trip to London. A mini holiday for us both. After many years visiting art galleries in London, neither of us had really ever explored other places and museums in any great depth so we planned our trip so we could take advantage of all these other places. In the end we went to the British Museum, the V&A and the London Transport museum which was fantastic (we both loved all the old transport and the shop was pretty good too!).

We hit the shops too, in Covent Garden and Carnaby Street etc. and despite us both having a great time we still left feeling a little frustrated because we'd only touched upon places we'd like to visit. I think the long list grew after coming back from London and the desire to go back soon was rather strong!

We did treat ourselves a lot, especially when it came to tea and cake (big up the British Museum for having great London Company tea in silky bags, yum!). I also bought myself the "This is London" childrens book by M. Sasek. It was a must right?

Russell Square tube station has to be my favourite by far. I love the decor, even if the lifts and small space does scare me a bit!

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

My Globe.

I thrifted this fab globe a few weeks ago from a charity shop after i'd been on a half day business course. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it as i'd seen nearly every other fab blogger own a globe, but never found my own and suddenly it was staring me in the face. Yay!

As you can see it's also a light, which just added extra achievement to my find. The light fixture was broken though and it burnt a bit of the shrink plastic before I realized, but this evening I taped it up with a bit of white insulation tape since my gluing attemps fail.

I feel happy now :)

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Bad Gal free buttons.

I'm a real bad blogger right now, with hardly any recent posts despite having loads of new items in my shop and generally lots of fun things going on!

To get me blogging again I thought I would give free buttons away with all purchases from my shop as I did just before Christmas. The offer went down so well then and if you missed out on my free buttons here is your chance again!

Yes that's right, it's free buttons will all purchases, so you could buy your favourite set of buttons and get your second favourite totally free!

*Single cards are the only exception on this offer and a minimum of 3 single cards must be purchased to get your free buttons.

This offer will also be on for a whole week, so from today 23/03/10 to 30/03/10.

Must go make some fresh buttons for you all now!