Monday, December 15, 2014

300 Likes?! It's giveaway time!

Here we are only 6 months as a little online shop & because of you amazing DeBoopers we have reached a huge milestone, 300 likes on our Facebook page.

What better way to say THANK YOU than a little giveaway?!

Blue Spiked Dragon Felt Embroidered Mask from DeBoop Shop

We're giving away one of our favorite masks to one lucky winner. All you have to do is fill out the little widget below before 12:00am EST on 12/17/14. This is open to US residents ONLY.

Please see below for addition rules.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tidbit Tuesday // An Auto Mode Photography Fix

Are you an auto mode junkie?

We'll be the first to admit that we are guilty of being dependent on our cameras auto mode setting. Most photographers will cringe at the thought of auto mode, but photographers we are not. And while there have been a few instances that auto mode has proved to be disastrous for us, we've found ways to make it work.

So fear not, photography challenged people!

We are here to let you know that you don't have to be a professional photographer, or hire one, to get some decent pictures. There are some great budget friendly options for those of us that barely have a budget for anything besides supplies.

And this week our tidbit of knowledge will help you edit your photos without breaking the bank.

You don't have to have an expensive DSLR or Photoshop to get good quality pictures of your creations. Sure they may help make them even more spectacular...if you know how to use them. That is one thing we haven't tackled yet, but we still get compliments on some of our product photos. So we figured it was time to give you a little peek into our photo editing process.

There have been more than a few times that our auto mode pictures get a bit on the dark side. We know it's a lighting issue, but aren't always sure how to correct it. And sometimes, to be honest, we are too excited to share our new goodies to take the time to correct it during the photoshoot.

Luckily we've found a way to correct it in our favorite (free) photo editing software, GIMP. And no, it's not using the Auto White Balance feature. That has actually been a tricky feature for some of our bright & colorful pictures, which tends to end badly.

Go to the Curves feature:

Play around with that curve for a little bit until you get a feel for what each movement does. You can always reset it if things get out of control. The settings that work for our pictures may not be the best choice for your own, since lighting plays a big role in photography.

If you keep your setup consistent for each photoshoot, you will find yourself shifting the curve to the exact same area every time and soon develop a rhythm for your photo editing. And soon those photo editing sessions will fly by!

Try it out this week, either sprucing up some old pictures or with your next photoshoot.

And that's our little tidbit for this Tuesday.

Are you an auto mode junkie?
What has been your worst auto mode mishap?

Are you struggling with getting the most out of your new shop? Looking for a little tidbit to help get your shop on it's way to success? Send us an email and maybe we can keep sharing these tidbits of knowledge every Tuesday.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Shop Update // Holiday Order Dates

The one thing that can make you nervous during the holidays is whether that gift will get there in time. We don't want you guessing, so here are our order by dates with our standard shipping option.
If you are interested in an alternative shipping method, please contact us so we can get a more accurate shipping quote for your order prior to placing your order. Please note that we will not be taking any custom orders from December 18th thru December 31st.

And don't forget that we are participating in #StorevnyFlash30 Cyber Monday sale along with many other amazing Storenvy shops on December 1st. So go ahead and start making your shopping plans early by checking out these shops!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tidbit Tuesday // Tweak of the Week

Hey there shop friends!

With Black Friday & Cyber Monday fast approaching, we figured it was time to give you another little tidbit of knowledge to help get those sales rolling in this holiday shopping season. Last week we helped you get over your fear of tags a little. How did that go for you? We'd love to hear what tweaks you made and how that helped your shop out.

But this week, we are going to take the tweaking tip a bit further.

We all know that there is a lot more to running an online shop than making beautiful things and taking money. And while tags are one thing that can really help bring those eyes to your goodies, it's not the only task we face while listing an item. And each task has a chance to make or break that sale. So what do we do?

If you want to see your little shop grow, you've got to put in the work. Especially if you want to leave your boring day job someday. But that doesn't mean that you have to spend another 40+ hours a week working your fingers to the bone. 

Take things slow until you develop a rhythm. Choose a single task for now (yep, just one!) and put your focus there. Just like with the tags, even 5 minutes a day can get you headed in the right direction of your dreams!

And that's our little tidbit for this Tuesday.

What are some of your toughest shop tasks?
Which one do you plan to tackle this week?

Are you struggling with getting the most out of your new shop? Looking for a little tidbit to help get your shop on it's way to success? Send us an email and maybe we can keep sharing these tidbits of knowledge every Tuesday.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tidbit Tuesday // Ridding You of Tag Fear

As a new-ish shop owner (4 months and counting), every single thing has been a learning process. Well, except for the whole crafting thing. That we've had down for a while now. But let me tell you, there's a whole heck of a lot more to it than making those beauties!

One of the things that had us baffled for a bit was tags.

After putting all sorts of love and hard work into each piece, and working on the perfect description that will let the customers imagination run wild, your brain gets fried. By the time you get to the tag section of your listing, you just sit there and stare at the box for who knows how long.

Well, we've got a tidbit of knowledge that might make that tag fear go away.

You remember playing the matching game with cards when you were younger? Well think of tags like that. You can keep typing away at the keyboard to fill up those 13 tags for Etsy (or 55 characters for Storenvy), and you don't have to have it perfect from the start.

If you have found yourself cursing those dreaded tags that don't seem to be getting your beauties the recognition they deserve, keep at it! Keep editing your tags until you finally get the results you expect.

Next time you are doing a little shop work, take a look at what keywords are getting your customers' feet in the virtual door to your shop. See what is working, and tweak what isn't. Even as little as 5 minutes can do wonders for your shop!

And that's our little tidbit for this Tuesday.

What are some of your biggest tag fears?
How are you going to conquer them?

Are you struggling with getting the most out of your new shop? Looking for a little tidbit to help get your shop on it's way to success? Send us an email and maybe we can keep sharing these tidbits of knowledge every Tuesday.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Things We ♥ // #happyhandmade Favorites

For the last few weeks we've been linking up with some other amazing shops for Daft Crafts #happyhandmade. It's a great way for shops, new & old, to share some of their favorite items.

But that's not the only reason we love this link up so much. Have you seen all the amazing things there? We've been checking out some of these other shops and adding them to our wishlist, because who doesn't want handmade for the holidays?! It's our favorite kind of gift!

We wanted to share a few of our favorites picks with you this week, and would love to know what your favorites are. Just head over here, check out the goodies, and let us know which items are making your wishlist.

We are ♥ing right now:

Picture Perfect print by Scrawny Girl
You are fearfully & wonderfully made print by BugabooBearDesigns
Oversized Monster Trick or Treat Tote by Lu & Ed

Each week we see our wishlists keep growing & growing. Pretty soon they will be out of control with thing this cute!

What is on your handmade holidays list?