A Very Rainy Friday

Will this rain ever end?  It has been horribly soggy for days now – and yes I know they are saying that we need it and have a hosepipe ban on, but still, it is hard to be super-perky when it is throwing it down outside, isn’t it?

Tomorrow my parents are kindly taking me to Colemans and I will be buying a couple of small supplies for finishing the new line of products that I am working on.  Yes, it is still a secret, for no other reason than I like the feeling that it is all furtive and mysterious.

I haven’t got any more new sets of graphics up for sale, thanks to the stupid migraines, but hopefully will do next week.  I have 65 packs on Etsy now, and 22 on Lilyshop (and got my first sale on Lilyshop yesterday, hurray).  I would like to get the rest of the range on Lilyshop by the end of the weekend, fingers crossed on that!

Lilyshop Store Under Creation (and Unicorns)

As well as adding a new set of textures to my Etsy store today – some beautiful Unicorns,

I have also opened a new shop on Lilyshop.  At the moment I only have 5 items listed, it takes a bit longer to do it than for Etsy.  I will hopefully add more tomorrow and eventually get the full Tin Teddy range up there too.

I am wondering how best to promote two different shops – or even if that is the best thing to do. I guess it back to reading my books…Tin Teddy Unicorns

Here We Go Again..

Today I finally got new web-hosting with GoDaddy, and therefore am able to have a WordPress blog – big Yay!

Of course now I will have to copy all my previous stuff over, as it will finally be searchable and linkable, phew.

I have been very busy updating my website to be able to make this move, and take advantage of the cool new features and opportunities of the new hosting.  The Second Life part of the site is also now finished.

I re-built my local history site on the families and history of the village of Turvey in Bedfordshire over the winter and that has also been moved over.

How To Stop Me From Buying Your Things

I spend some time browsing on Etsy – looking at all the beautiful hand-made items.  It is a great source for birthday presents and such.

I also have been buying from eBay for many years, and so thought I would share some of the big ‘turn-offs’ that stop me buying something -how many are also yours?

1  Terrible pictures.  I know it is cool that one can now list to Ebay and Etsy direct from phones – but a listing with a blurry blob of a picture is as good as useless.  If you really want my money, please show me the respect of taking an in-focus picture.  Modern cameras make it easier than ever, and with digital snaps you can take lots of pictures and chose the best one.
2 Not showing the size.  I once saw a painting for sale with the description ‘Small picture of a greyhound’.  OK, so what exactly does ‘small’ mean??  Add dimensions!  Even better, include a picture with a visual scale reference.  Many people use a coin (though this is not so good for international sales).  A ruler is great.  Or even having your hand in the picture will help a lot.

3 Some information is ESSENTIAL.  You can’t expect to sell a car without putting the mileage.  You can’t sell a computer game without saying whether you have tested it or not.  You can’t sell model furniture without telling us the scale.  If you fail to give basic information then people will assume the worst (the car must have high mileage, the game doesn’t work and the furniture is a different size to whatever the viewer might want!)

4 CAPITALS LETTERS and lots of colours and fonts.  Why would you want to make it hard for visitors to read your listing?  Keep it simple, please.  Use a spell checker if you are not confident with your English and you could even ask someone to glance over your listing to ensure it is tip-top.  A listing that is all ‘If u want 2 ask qstns txt me’ are really off-putting. Split chunks of writing up.  You want people to read what you write, or else you are just wasting your time writing at all.

5 Be careful with your ‘Do nots’.  I appreciate that we all have to have policies.  It is fine to say that you want people with zero ratings to contact you before bidding, for example.  Or to say that you can’t ship abroad right now.  But please say this in a calm, friendly manner.  There are few things more off-putting than an eBay listing that is mainly a list of instructions and rules.  Do be careful if you say ‘I do not accept returns’.  If you are a business seller on eBay – or any seller on Etsy (as all Etsy sellers are by definition business ones) then you must follow the laws of your country.  And in Britain (and some other EU countries) you must follow the Distance Selling Regulations which means you have to accept some sorts of returns.

You Never Know What You Will Find… And Where…

Originally posted on 11 March 2012 – reposted on new blog on 20 April 2012

I popped down to the supermarket today and found a nice little surprise.  I do like finding things that I can turn in to other things.  Its like a little treasure hunt.

I walked past the ‘party treats’ and spotted a little bag of pretty ball-point pens.  Sure,the pens were nice enough.. but what I wanted were the wonderful little butterfly charms hanging from each one.

And they were super cheap!

Now I have 4 new pens (and I am ALWAYS losing pens!) and will use the charms for various things.  For a start I can see a pretty Blythe/Pullip necklace in the making!

10 Things to Do With Tin Teddy Clipart

Tin Teddy Hound Dogs Clip Art

Originally posted on 10 March 2012 – reposted on new blog on 20 April 2012

Here are ten ideas for ways you can use your Tin Teddy clip art in your crafting projects:

1 – Use a single picture as the centerpiece of a home-made card, or make a small grouping of a couple of characters or images

2 – Decoupage!  I am going to add a tutorial on decoupage very soon.  Its easy and gives a great 3d effect – and many Tin Teddy clip art images are perfect for decoupaging!

3 – Use a set of images to customise a child’s bedroom.  Got a son who is into dinosaurs?  You could paste big pictures from the Tin Teddy Dinosaurs Clip Art set on to the wall, or frame some.  Add smaller versions to the outsides of storage boxes, magazine files or even to decorate wardarobes and cupboards.

4 – Print a set of images once the right way around, then flip them in your graphics program and print again -in reverse.  Cut them all out and glue matching pairs together, back to back, with a piece of thread sandwiched between – you now have the beginnings of a fun mobile

5 – Add a character to the top of party invites.  Then use more on place-cards, cupcake toppers, in a row for a cake band etc for a fun themed party!

6 – Some images, like the Tin Teddy Skeletons, are great for adding a bit of individuality to notices or signs.  This is why I made sure I included some who were pointing!

7 – Print an image on to fabric-paper and you can incorporate it into a cushion cover, a bag or a piece of clothing!  Add a fun slogan of your own for even more uniqueness.

8 – Many images can be cut up and reasssmbled, combining parts from others in the same set. Try this with the TT Party Princess Dolls, the TT Toon Babies or the TT Little Princesses.

9 – Print a few images on to magnetic paper for some fun fridge magnets.  These make great stocking fillers or as little ‘extras’ for popping into a birthday card – or even mounted on the front of the card! Bonus!

10 – Don’t forget you can shrink images down with your graphics package, or even directly with your printer software – and make tiny pictures for use in jewelry, badge-making or for doll’s house pictures.

 

Have fun trying out some of these ideas.  I will be adding tutorials for these and other fun things to do with your Tin Teddy clip art very soon.

Parrots, Duck and… a Baby Elephant

Originally posted on 3 March 2012 – reposted on new blog on 20 April 2012

Four new items up for sale in my Second Life store, and on Marketplace SL today.

Two macaws – cute parrots.  They come with free single-prim sculty parrot stands, or you can perch them in trees, on furniture – whereever you please.

One is a Blue and Yellow Macaw and the other a Scarlet Macaw.

Plus a slightly sleepy Mallard Duck and a cute Baby Elephant.

All are smoothly animated and a single prim – like the other creatures in my popular Fu’s Zoo range.  They are copyable so you can rez as many as you wish.

Click any of the creature’s names to go to their Marketplace SL listings

Tin Teddy Tutorials

Originally posted on 27th February 2012 – reposted on new blog on 20 April 2012

Today I added the first tutorial on the website.  First of many, I hope 🙂

This first tutorial is How To Make a Doll’s Bookcase using my new Tin Teddy Wooden Background Papers.  You can make one with other paper, of course, but the Tin Teddy wood papers do the job perfectly 🙂

I will be adding many more tutorials over the coming weeks and months.  Here are some of the things I will be doing:

  • more furniture and accessories for popular dolls like Blythe
  • card making and scrapbooking techniques, projects and ideas
  • lots of ideas for using your Tin Teddy graphics in new and fun ways
  • knitting, crochet, lace-making and stitching tutorials
  • polymer clay and sculpting tutorials
  • whatever else I think of 😉

I will do some as videos and some as picture/written description type.  I will also include written details for the videos.  I will also try to get all the tutorials up as downloadable PDF files so you can easily print them out to use away from the computer.

I have been crafting for a very long while and hope that I can offer some fun and unusual ideas and projects for you.

New Things on Second Life Marketplace

Originally posted on 23 February 2012 – reposted on new blog on 20 April 2012

It’s been a while since I added any new items to the Second Life Marketplace *slaps wrist*

Today we have 2 woolly animals and 2 packs of textures (I couldn’t think of a connection between those though).

The animals are a Young Sheep and a cute Bleating Flock of Sheep – baaaaa.  Don’t worry, you can turn off the bleating, but I quite like it going randomly in the background, it’s homely.  Both are single prims and smoothly animated, like the rest of the Fu’s Zoo range.

The textures are a box of rather nice Celtic rug textures – make lots of lovely rugs for your home, prefabs or just to sell as they are.  Ten nice designs in circle, round and rectangular forms.

And a box of Spooky Tree textures – just like the ones I use for my best-selling box of Spooky Trees & Bushes.  These are great for Halloween, vampires, scary woods and much more!

Click on the item names to go directly to their Marketplace SL page.