Thursday, December 29, 2016

CRAFTING: What Does An Effective Video Tutorial Look Like?

Mark Montano has such a colorful studio, where he makes tutorials on quick and easy crafts. I like his music tracks, and the way that he pauses for each step. He clearly indicates what to use and how to do it. It is also easy to understand what he is saying, because he speaks precisely and loudly. He is a professional, so if you want to start creating your own vid tuts, take note on how Mark does it! Subscribe to his YT channel.

Check out this tut for gorgeous southwestern-inspired decor: How to: No-Sew Cactus Pillows. 




I'd love to begin creating vid tuts for some of my fav projects, but really don't see that happening anytime soon. It's like an either-or plan. Do I create less, and produce vid tuts for past projects, or do I forget about vid tuts and continue with current and upcoming projects? Product listings and shop highlights vids can be made in half a day. Tuts can take much longer. The best that I can hope for at this time is an occasional tut. When? Who knows? I'm a creator. I dream all of the time.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

TIME MANAGEMENT: Taming The Picture-Taking Beast



Well, I just finished editing another 11 pics for a new product that I need to list. As I tensely sat forward in my chair, and leaned towards the computer, working as fast and focused as I could to swiftly complete the task, I remembered my promise. I promised myself that I would stop taking so many pics of my products.

I'm an amateur and handmades products photographer who uses a PS. I taught myself how to skillfully take pics by starting years ago with a $60 camera (on special for $25) from Office Max. I learned what it takes to product clear, sharp up close photos, leading me to upgrade to a camera with a macro feature. Along the way, I learned how to edit photos that I uploaded into my computer. The first ones were almost microscopic, because I didn't understand about resolution and pixels. So through much trial and error, I have become a pretty good photographer/image editor.


I've just fallen in love with the photography process. Though I also love image editing and manipulating, the number of pics that I take has become a burden. I am such a prolific creator, that I just don't have time to run free with photography. It does not help that the many angles of the recommended and necessary product photography is very exciting to observe through the viewfinder.

Some products require more images than others, so that prospective customers can get a complete view of the handiwork. Recently, I began wanting to have at least one unique image for each product that I list simultaneously at various venues. That is not helping my resolve to reduce the number of pics that I take.

I promised myself that I would take a maximum of 4 photos of my products, and increase it when necessary. That necessary resulted in the 11 pics of my Handmade Dragonflies Decorative Envelope

Some products require more images than others, so that prospective customers can get a complete view of the handiwork.

Handmade Dragonflies Decorative Envelope by Artsy Craftery Studio

I've just fallen in love with the handmades products photography process.

Handmade Dragonflies Decorative Envelope at Paper Euphoria
I'm doing ok with keeping my resolution, but I still need to work harder to prevent so much relapsing. I'm almost to the point where I spend way too much time producing product photos ~versus~ creating products. Don't you know: the business management side of creating to sell is the bane of the creative?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

HOT BEVERAGE DRINKER: Coffee To Carafe Joy



Like everyone else, I used to drip my coffee and leave the pot sitting on the hotplate all morning. I would pour from this pot throughout the day, drinking the rapidly darkening and burned-smelling liquid.  I'd always noticed that the brew seemed to become more bitter or strong as I neared pouring the last cup. Though this annoyed me, adding more cream and sugar made it better. I was a coffeehead, and thought this was the way it had to be done. I was going to drink coffee, no matter what.

After I joined, I received a free, black plastic carafe from the Gevalia monthly coffee club, and promptly stored it in the cabinet. I was not going to take time to pour my coffee into it. Anyway, I liked my coffee hot, not lukewarm like I thought the carafe would keep it.

One day, I decided to pour my coffee into it. Afterall, I'd gotten coffee from vacuum pots at cafes, and it came out steaming. I think also that on that day, I wanted to take a batch of my coffee with me to another room. Well, my pot was not a vacuum pot, but I was surprised at how long the brew stayed hot! It tasted almost freshly-brewed. It was still thin and translucent, not dark and thick-tasting as when it was left on the hotplate. 



That day I poured to my heart's new content, and only had to reheat the last cup in the microwave. One day, I left some coffee in the carafe overnight. Well, the next morning the coffee was warm, not lukewarm! So I became sold on decanting fresh-brewed coffee. I have since broken my precious Gevalia pot, finding out that it was glass inside when I dropped it. Unfortunately, have not been able to find another like it. The double-wall aluminum pot, that I ordered from Amazon, with the temperature needle in the cap does not keep my coffee hot for even 2 hours, a far cry from what my beloved Gevalia carafe did.
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The Creative Seller

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

SMART BUSINESS MOVE: Switch To An Online Calendar

I have started using an online calendar, versus the desktop Vue-minder Light, and others that I have tried. I use Outlook online for my mail (along with Mozilla's Thunderbird desktop), so it's convenient to use Microsoft's calendar. From one window, I can switch back and forth between mail, calendar, and the browser applications, Word, Power Point, Docs, etc.

I was reluctant to do this because of privacy concerns, but there is a checkbox where entries can be made private. It is under the start and end times, besides the checkbox for if you want to make the entry All Day or not.

It's more time saving to use an online calendar. I have access to it at both of my computers, and anywhere else where I can sign in to my account.

A smart business move happens when you know you need to make a change, you cut the procrastination, swiftly do your research, and instigate the change, ASAP!
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The Creative Seller

Sunday, December 11, 2016

MARKETING: Custom Shops In The Tictail Marketplace



I love my new shop at Tictail, Bead Tonic, but am getting no play for my products in the marketplace. This is because despite the fact that all sellers have a marketplace brand page, Tictail has a very tight format, or branding for the site. They don't share all of the individual brands into the marketplace. They state in the FAQs that they are seeking a better design for the search function though, so that everyone's products can be better represented.

If you start typing in "bead" in the search window, my shop name will come up in the drop-down menu suggestions under brands. Unfortunately, if you add an s to it, making it beads, which most people do, my shop name is replaced by others with the word beads in their names.

Also, as of the date of this post, copying the title of one of my product listings, and pasting it into the marketplace search window does not bring up the product. Needless to say, this is disappointing and frustrating.

Otherwise, the free, custom shop is beautiful and I love it! Will be sharing more detail re: Tictail in my next places to list for free feature.

Believe Silver And Denim Blue Christian Bracelet, 7 1/2", handmade with reclaimed blue denim wood beads, and sterling silver double Brazilian chain bracelet marked with ITALY on one side of the clasp, and the 925 mark on the other side
 
Have A Nice Day , 8 1/2 x 2", with wire hanger and beaded fringe across the bottom, is a small collage and mixed media painting that has a cheery greeting incorporated into the design. 


Order by 12/12 for before Christmas delivery. Thanks for visiting Bead Tonic!

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The Creative Seller

Sunday, December 4, 2016

CRAFTING: How To Straighten & Store Rattail Cord

I bought some rattail cords from a seller on eBay. The seller sent them loose, but folded into large loops and secured in the center. When I unfolded it, it was creased and wrinkled, and did not hang straight at all. I thought Oh boy! I'm going to have to stream this!

I thought about wrapping them around cardboard pieces, but realized that it would crease them even more. Then I came up with the idea of wrapping them around toilet tissue or paper towel rolls. It will take longer than steaming to straighten them, but that is ok. It will be awhile until I will be needing them.

I like the smoothness and shimmer of rattail. I will be using the gray and green for necklaces. The cream had more gold in it than I expected, and the metallic is a tinsel that feels somewhat scratchy in places. Not good for necklaces as planned. I'll use it for sewing projects, and for ornaments and other hanging projects.

See this Youtube video on how to make the pretty multi-strand necklace cords:

How To Make Organza & Rattail Necklace Cords


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The Creative Seller
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