Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Introducing... Silver Beauty!

1. DaWanda Shop Name: Silverbeauty
2. DaWanda Shop URL:
3. When did you open your shop? I opened my shop on January 25, 2008
4. Are you in the DaWanda Shop Directory here? Not yet.
5. What Category are you under? Jewellery
6. What do you sell? I sell all kinds of trendy and unique designs of jewellery. Most materials I use are wood, shells, an assortment of beads and sterling silver to create necklaces, earrings, pendants and bracelets.
7. Describe 2 of your current products.

I currently have a pair of earrings called 'Seashell Paradise 2' they are made from shell and hand dipped into green dye to give them a bright appearance. When dipping shells no two are a like and you never know what design will appear when dry! Very unique looking!

A second pair of earrings I designed and are also one of my favorites are called 'Modern Wood.' These earrings where designed and carved out of wood and stained in a deep brown, making them look very rich and modern looking.

8. Tell me a bit about you... I am a inspiring jewellery designer that loves to create unique and trendy fashions! I reside in Canada and hope to one day make jewellery designing my full-time job.

I have always been fascinated with the creations of jewellery. More importantly the influences of culture, your surroundings and how creativity works.

Through my experiences as a inspiring designer I have learned that you can not turn creativity on and off. Creativity finds you, you can not find it. So when you have a creative idea run with it you never know who you might inspire!!!

The work that appears in my shop is what relaxes and makes me feel unique. So please enjoy and visit often, you never know what you might find...

9. Do you have a website, or blog? No. Just my DeWanda page to start.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Introducing... Birdland Creations!

1.Dawanda shop name: Birdland Creations
2. Dawanda shop url:
3. Opened shop: 07/07/07
4. Are you in the Dawanda shop directory? Yes
5. What category are you under? Jewellery.
6. What do you sell? I sell hand sculpted fine silver jewelry. Most pieces are one of a kind and designed with the goal that they "make you smile"
7. Describe 2 of your current pieces:
Birdcage earrings: - These earrings are one of my favourite pieces right now. I have a pet parrot - called Harold - and he is part of the reason why my business is called Birdland Creations.... and he also influenced this piece - even though he only goes in his cage to sleep. I'd had been making birds for a while but never figured out how to do cages, when suddenly knitted wire came to me! So the birds are hand sculpted in fine silver and then I put them in a little knitted cage so they can "hang out" from your ears! I've been amazed by the great comments people have posted about these!

I'm a little teapot: This is my other current favorite piece. Ironic really, as I can't stand tea!!! I always reckon that was why I had to move away from England - at least for some of the time - coz they wouldn't let me live there and not drink tea!!!! Making this teapot was a real struggle - the technique was hard making it hollow, yet rounded and it was a lot of silver that I was worried I would waste. So it took a long time and quite a few restarts, but then I was
really pleased with the outcome. I made the lid so that it could come off but once fired, it was a tight fit so I thought I should leave it at that, so that it now can't come off, so it can't be lost.

8. Tell me a bit about you… I started my working life as a research scientist - and loved it. Then I moved from the UK to the US and things changed. I couldn't work initially because of visa restrictions so started doing other things... then quickly got out of date with research and was enjoying this new horizon of ... everything... After a variety of projects, including graduate school and then teaching then non-profit work, I read an article about metal clay and thought it sounded intriguing... so I gave it a try. I think the whole process of using the silver clay is
a little like the research I used to do. There are different phases and when it goes in the kiln, you aren't quite sure how it will be when it comes out. It's quite a new product so you find your own way of working with it... so the challenge is just great for me.

It's what I need to keep interested. And I love the opportunity to create "happy" jewellery - not just serious jewellery!

I started selling my things purely be accident as I was wearing some and a gallery owner noticed and asked to sell them and so I went from there. I sold in a few galleries to start with but it seemed very remote from the buyer and I felt quite removed from it all. Towards the end of summer of 2007 I made the decision to get out of galleries and stores and sell exclusively on the web. The interaction with people and buyers is so much more satisfying. To get comments on your creations and photos of people wearing their purchases is just great for me. I love it. The interactions with buyers and potential buyers is just wonderful. The "fans" and "pinboards" really connect me with the types of things people like - so much more than just handing off my pieces to a gallery owner. So now I sell online here at Dawanda and also at a few other online marketplaces around the world.

One last thing - I love Dawanda and it feels great to be a part of Europe. A few months ago I had such a great experience here in that someone contacted me and asked if they could do my translations into German for me. There were no strings attached, just a lovely kind lady... Since that day, we have just got to know each other more and more and she does so much more than translate. She really considers what I am trying to say and if my little "stories" don't relate to anything in German, she'll come up with a new idea for me to consider. I look forward to her emails, her input, her photos, and the friendship we are building is far more than I ever thought I'd get from online selling. So thank you Marion! You have made the world of difference to my Dawanda experience. It's wonderful when totally unexpected things happen...

9. Do you have a website/blog:, which include a brief and occasional blog just about my new items.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Useful Business Resources

Those first steps into starting your own small business can be daunting and if you have made it this far and you already have your own DaWanda shop, then you are doing ok. However, now is the time to get yourself out there! Whether you want to stay small scale, or turn your crafts into a brand we all need a point in the right direction right?! So we need some good resources... where to start?!

On the right hand side of this blog I have created an initial resource list, some entries are a little more intense than others but never-the-less they all have hints and tips that can take us further on our journeys.

I hope that you find these useful and if you can think of any internet sites you would like to share with us then please post here and I will check them out. You can also write your own craft business articles too! Just contact me with your entry... DaWanda Directory - English Editor

Sara x

Friday, December 3, 2010

Have you check out the new items in Style Lab?

If not, then be warned they are seriously cool!

Here are your links...

English Style Lab
French Style Lab
German Style Lab

Remember this is your place to create your own style... dig in guys!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Want to add your shop to the directory?

Here is how:

I will then process your details as soon as possible. Please note that this may take up to 10 days, depending on the response.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Introducing... Art4friends!

1. DaWanda Shop Name: art4friends
2. DaWanda Shop URL:
3. When did you open your shop? 03.10.2007
4. Are you in the DaWanda Shop Directory here? Yes
5. What Category are you under? Art
6. What do you sell? Art, cards, button badges and more!
7. Describe 2 of your current products.
"Rose - Fine art Print" is a print on beautiful paper of an original graphite drawing mixed with digital collage.

"2008 Monthly Calendar" uses the same digital images into a lovely monthly calendar!

8. Tell me a bit about you... I am Renee Anne, a student who is currently studying to be a teacher but is currently loving her little on-line pursuits. I wish I could spend every day creating and drinking tea and coffee.

9. Do you have a website, or blog? blog! come and say hello!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

How DaWanda can save your mood or My first purchase!

Everybody surely knows that. It is a Sunday evening, there are lots of things you could, should or would do, but you just cannot be bothered to. Nothing on TV, no good book to read, your boyfriend is stuck in some PC game you do not like and not even your bunnies want to be cuddled. Of course you could get creative and craft something, as you have got some free time to spend; but no, you just do not feel like it and how could you produce something nice, catchy or simply beautiful when your mood is bad and a huge black cloud hanging over your head?

There is a magic cure against bad moods that every woman knows best and every man fears. Shopping!
But where to shop on a Sunday evening?
At DaWanda, of course!

When I opened my shop on DaWanda, I promised myself never ever to buy something and only to sell as I wanted to make some money and not spend a lot of it. For some time I even managed to refrain from looking around in the other shops, but of course after a while, it got me. And then this Sunday evening came and whilst having a look at the new arrivals, I stumbled across the shop from loobyloucrafts. I found a gorgeous head band there and looked at it for several minutes. A head band… I had always played with the thought of getting such a nice accessory! And it is made of Japanese fabrics. And not too expensive…

(An example from Loobyloucrafts's Shop)

The decision was made quickly and so this lovely head band became my first purchase. I paid via PayPal the day after I bought it and am now eagerly waiting for it to arrive. And who knows, perhaps I will even participate in the "you and your DaWanda pressie" photo contest!

So what did I learn from that? Virtual shopping at DaWanda works in the same, bad mood curing way as "real life shopping" and it even makes two people happy - you and the DaWanda shop owner you bought something from!

Written by Lea of

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A DaWanda Group on Facebook

For those of you who network through Facebook, there is now a DaWanda Group. It is based on the French DaWanda site, but is an open group so other language speakers could join.

DaWanda group on Facebook

Now all we need is for someone to create a DaWanda shop application, so that we can show off our shops!


If you know of any other social networks where DaWanda sellers are already spreading the word then please leave the link in your comments. Or, if you have just set up a social network group, then please contact me with the link and information, so that I can show you off... please use the 'Contact Editor' link for the English Editor of the right hand panel ---------------------->

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Introducing... Bigib Designs!

1. DaWanda Shop Name: Bigib Designs
2. DaWanda Shop URL:
3. When did you open your shop? December 2007
4. Are you in the DaWanda Shop Directory here? Yes
5. What Category are you under? Boutique
6. What do you sell? Jewelry. Recently, I started selling bookmarks in a cardTM, and children related items like first communion/name bracelets and mommy's reminder bracelets.
7. Describe 2 of your current products.

Reminder bracelets - Originally it was designed for remembering to breastfeed, now it has more uses, for example as a medicine reminder, parking meter reminder, bottle feeding reminder. It's made from memory wire and beads. I used it myself when I breastfed my daughter. It's been a very useful tool for me.

Captured Heart - It's a sterling silver disc, pierced, cut, domed and adorned with heart shape PMC(Precious Metal Clay). The PMC is "sandwiched" between nylon coated steel wire. Great for Valentine's day gift.

8. Tell me a bit about you... I was born and raised in Indonesia, currently living in the US. I'm trained as an Architect, I am self taught in jewelry making. In 2001, I became a full time mom. My friend invited me to a jewelry party. I then took wire wrapping class and started making jewelry since 2002. What's so unique about my pieces, other than they are beautiful, I try to add value to my designs. Say for example interchangeable earrings that can be worn in several ways, or double sided pendants.

9. Do you have a website, or blog? and

Monday, November 8, 2010

Promoting Tips & Tricks Part III: Newsletters

Two great ways to bring more attention to your DaWanda shop are blogs and newsletters. They work in different but complementary ways to reach people:

A newsletter requires a small initial effort from your customer -- they have to sign up. (I do not recommend signing people up without their permission, unless it's your mom, in which case she's on your list whether she asks or not). Once they've accomplished that, though, your newsletter shows up in their inbox, once every X, without any further effort on their part.

A blog, on the other hand, needs no signup and is there whenever your customer has a moment to look. They do have to go and look, though, and in that way a blog requires more ongoing effort on the part of your customer.

A newsletter needs to be intermittent -- I recommend once a month or once every two weeks (mine goes out once a month). Much more often than that and you risk your customers feeling spammed and alienated, much less and they'll forget who you are. Your newsletter should be short, concise, and focussed; too long and they'll get bored.

You should post in your blog often -- every day if you can. Frequent posting means there's always something new to read, which will keep people coming back to look. And if you vary your topics a bit, that's just fine -- indeed, if done right it'll bring even more readers.

You'll likely wind up with a lot of overlap in your audience for each, and that's what you're looking for. The rest of this article will focus on your newsletter; the next (possibly the next few) will talk about your blog.

How do you get people to sign up for your newsletter? Leave signup links anywhere you can -- in your shop announcement, in any directories you're listed in, in the sidebar of your blog. Shortly before each edition goes out post a reminder and directions on how to sign up in your blog. Post in the forum of any group you're a member of, with the same information. Put a signup sheet at your booth whenever you do a show. And when anyone buys from you, whether online or in person, ask them if they want to subscribe.

Again, with the exception of a few people -- your Mom, your best friend, your significant other -- do not add anyone to your mailing list without their express permission. You don't like junk mail and neither do your customers (if you do, you can have all of mine).


So you've built a list of people who want to know about your stuff, and it's time to write your first newsletter. What do you write about?

I always include at least the following:

* Descriptions of new products. Keep it short but make them sound appealing. It's perfectly fine to crib some verbiage from the description you wrote when you posted it in your shop. You may also include a bit about upcoming products here.

* Shop news. Any upcoming sales or specials go first. I also include a blurb about any new shops which are carrying my products, my upcoming event calendar, and maybe a pointer to a good review or just something nice someone said about my stuff.

* An informational or educational article related to what I make. I've explained the difference between an infusion and a decoction, talked about spring greens, and given a step-by-step description of how to make an herbal tincture. The idea here is to give your customers something interesting to read that isn't just advertising.

* A monthly contest. I've asked for entries as diverse as 'how do you keep cool in the heat' and 'what's your favourite recipe that uses herbs' and for a prize, I always offer a gift certificate to my shop.

The contest will help draw interest to your newsletter (everyone likes getting something for free) and if you post about the winners in your blog, they'll be getting a bit of attention, too. You don't have to offer a gift certificate but with the highly individual nature of what I sell I feel it makes more sense. And there's always the possibility that they'll wind up buying more than the gift certificate will cover.

I always put a little something personal in the intro, and from time to time I'll add something about what I've been up to -- a show I did, or something funny about the kitten. I don't do this often, though, and I keep them very short, perhaps three lines. I've also written about things I feel my customers might be interested in -- fundraisers for a good cause, for example, or legislation affecting the use of herbs.

Don't feel you're limited to the above, either. What you put in your newsletter will vary depending on your target audience, the feel of your shop, your writing style, and any number of things I'm sure I've forgotten.


Speaking of writing style, you'll want to find a style that works for you (and for your target audience) and stick with it. Not slavishly -- but your customers should find the 'voice' of your newsletter to be familiar every time they read it. Don't be surprised if it takes you a bit of time to find your voice, though. I'll talk about this more in my next article.

As with item descriptions you must be sure to use grammar, spelling and punctuation correctly. Use your spellchecker but don't trust it as a final authority (amusingly enough, my spellchecker doesn't recognize the word 'spellchecker'). Reread what you've said to be sure that it's what you meant to say. Ask a friend to proofread for you (if appropriate, offer to pay them in 'stuff'). Do it right, and your customers will pay attention to what you're saying instead of trying to figure out what the heck you're trying to spell.

Others will disagree, but I don't like including anything in my newsletters but plain text. While pictures and fancy HTML formatting do get attention, they can easily backfire. Different mail software will display email in different ways, so what you've sent out might not look like what you meant it to, and there are a lot of people out there who want their mail simple and without frills.

Keep your newsletter short, concise, informative and interesting. Don't send it out too often, and keep it simple. Find your voice, and find ways to keep people interested in what you have to say.

Next up, blogs, and how they're not the same as newsletters at all.


Written by Kate of

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Taking a Break!

Hi Guys,

I will be taking a break from posting on this blog from the 8th of March to the 7th of April 2008.

Nearly a month I know, but I need to concerntrate on an exhibition I have coming up at the end of March; 'Stitch & Craft' 27th-30th March, Olympia, London and after that my tax year end. Don't worry though! If I have you on my feature schedule already, then you will be published as soon as I can after the 7th of April. If you would like to be featured please follow the instructions as usual -------> I will get back to you as and when I can.

In the meantime, enjoy browsing the many shops I have featured so far and check out some of those other articles too!

Bye for now,
Sara x

(If you would like to find out about my show, please visit me at Crafts of Texture: Diary of a TextileCrafter)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Introducing... Magpienest!

1. DaWanda Shop Name: MagpieNest
2. DaWanda Shop URL:
3. When did you open your shop? March 2008
4. Are you in the DaWanda Shop Directory here? yes
5. What Category are you under? jewellery
6. What do you sell? modern silver and gold jewellery
7. Describe 2 of your current products.
Cross over ring - a very sculptural ring made from a single piece of silver.
Silver bud necklace - Painstakingly made from 640 handcrafted pieces, this sterling silver 40 cm (16 inch) long necklace is perfect for special occassions!

8. Tell me a bit about you... I'm from nowhere. Well, I was born in a place I can't remember because I was so young when we left. I went to kindergarden in other country whose language I even forgot because I moved to another country at 6. I'm Dutch by nationality, but my English is better than my Dutch. I've lived in the UK for nearly 9 years now. Jewellery has a been a constant - I've been making jewellery for as long as I can remember and finally started working in silver and gold about 5 years ago. I absolutely love making stylish, modern and different pieces. I like the minimal look, but sometimes I can't resist crystals or decorative Japanese paper. I like making one-off and custom items. My favourite pieces to make and design are rings, but I'm getting more into earrings. I even got over my dread of needles and got my ears pierced just so I could test earrings to make sure the designs work! I'm always happy to hear from people if they have questions about any of my items :-)

9. Do you have a website, or blog? I have a website - and a blog

Friday, November 5, 2010

DaWanda have asked us to take a survey.

DaWanda have set up a survey for DaWanda sellers at

It's about social networks and social shopping sites. DaWanda want to get a feel for what kind of platforms sellers are using and how. They hope to gain enough insight to our on-line habits so that they can provide better tools and features to help with DaWanda promotion.

I think this is a great opportunity for us to get involved and help DaWanda understand what we feel we need and how much time we spend in social networks... which let's face it, is a lot! So do pop over and take part - Thank you!

Happy New Year!

We're back now for another fab New Year, but before we start...


From your Editors!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Become a fan on Facebook!

If you are on facebook, do pop over and find this blog at there is plenty of space for you to advertise your shop on our business page!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

How to...... Create A Facebook Page for your Dawanda Shop.

1. If you are not already a member of facebook, you need to create an account.
2. Once logged in scroll down to the very bottom of the page, and along the bottom you will see 7 links, beginning with “advertisers” and ending with “help”
3. Click on the link that says businesses
4. You will then be shown 6 business solution options, chose “facebook pages”
5. Click on the “create a page” button
6. Select Brand/Product then the option on “online store” and enter a Name for your page.
7. You can then add a profile picture.
8. Under basic info you can set the date when your business/shop was founded]
9. Under detailed info you can add: your Dawanda shop URL, a company overview, a mission statement and a general product description.
10. Basic applications that come with your facebook page include places to upload photos and videos, a discussion board, a space to write announcements or notes (announcing new products for example), a place for people add reviews and add events that you may be going to (for example a market you may be at with your items)
11. Don’t forget to edit each application… you may not want others to interact or add things to your page and you can also delete applications that do not suit your layout.
12. Once you are happy with your page press ‘publish’.

Written by Jenny of Jenny B's Bottlecaps

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Introducing... MeMe Bevs Creations!

1. DaWanda Shop Name: MeMe Bevs Creations
2. DaWanda Shop URL:
3. When did you open your shop? 12/27/2007
4. Are you in the DaWanda Shop Directory here? Yes
5. What Category are you under? Boutique
6. What do you sell? A variety, handbags, pillowcases, fitted crib toddler sheets, stuffed animals, doll clothes, pocket pals, custom orders and more.
7. Describe 2 of your current products.

Samantha pink bear with jumpsuit and pinafore, Precious Moments crib toddler fitted sheet.

8. Tell me a bit about you... Wife, Mother, grandmother that loves to create. Started sewing for my 3 daughter when little, carried through to grandchildren, then started making stuffed animals. Progressed to handbags, totes, pillowcases, baby items, doll clothes. Love to walk, knit, crochet and be on the computer. I make websites and blogs for my community and senior craft store I put my items into. Donate items I make to different local charities.

9. Do you have a website, or blog? yes, website: blog:

March Blog Carnival - Vintage Crafts

Welcome to the late March 2008 edition of DaWanda Seller's Blog Carnival. A celebration of Seller's who blog... Today's feature is all about a 'Vintage Crafts'.

Sellers were asked to think about the following topics;

mother's crafts that have inspired you
crafting through the generations
how 'old' style crafts have inspired you
techniques you learned from your grandmother
historical influences
where did your craft come from (history)
crafts you hope to pass down to your children

Here are the entries;

Carolina G. of My Little Magick Shop presents Celebrating The Crone posted at My Little Magick Shop.
Sara's Texture Crafts presents My Mother taught me... posted at Crafts of Texture.

Do pop over and check out those blogs and why not visit their shops too!
Sara x

That concludes this edition... The next edition will be announced shortly. To submit your blog article to the next edition of DaWanda Seller's Carnival please use our carnival submission form.

If you are new to Blog Carnivals, but would like to be involved in a future edition, then please read this article... What is a Blog Carnival and How do I Join?
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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Introducing... Jennyb’s Bottlecaps!

1. DaWanda Shop Name: Jennyb’s Bottlecaps
2. DaWanda Shop URL:
3. When did you open your shop? January 2008
4. Are you in the DaWanda Shop Directory here? I think so, yes.
5. What Category are you under? Home, assemblies and also Jewellery, assemblies
6. What do you sell? Magnets and Brooches and soon buttons.
7. Describe 2 of your current products.

Pink and Black Spiral X Magnet – This is a recycled beer bottletop which has been altered but gluing a paper image to the inside as a background, then a pink X sequin placed in the centre of that image with a pink glitter glue border around the edge. The bottlecap is then filled with a 3D embossing liquid. Once dry a self adhesive magnetic square is attached to the reverse.

Rainbow Feet – Set of 3 – This is a set of 3 recycled bottle caps which have been painted with nail varnish, the i have placed feet stickers on the outer painted side and then coated with an acrylic varnish. On the inside of the bottlecap i have mounted a self adhesive magnetic square on 3 recycled buttons.

8. Tell me a bit about you... I am a young creative woman, from the south east of England, who loves to experiment with crafting out of recycled items. I enjoy thinking about how i can reuse items and alter them to create unusual but beautiful objects. I live by the motto reduce, reuse, recycle. I refuse to accept any new plastic bags and if i’ve forgotten to take my own cloth bag with me, i’ll simply carry the items out of the shop in my arms! I reuse every thing i can; plastic food trays as drying racks, cereal boxes and medication boxes for ATC backs and bottlecap backgrounds, the bottlecaps, Hard disks as mirrors and anything i can’t reuse gets recycled if possible.

I am a great animal and nature lover and take great pleasure in growing my own vegetables. My favourite website currently is which is another extention of my great enthusiasm for art and craft.

9. Do you have a website, or blog? My blog:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Introducing... Agustina!

1. DaWanda Shop Name: Agustina

2. DaWanda Shop URL:

3. When did you open your shop? 18. 09. 2007

4. Are you in the DaWanda Shop Directory here? yes

5. What Category are you under? Jewellery and accessories.

6. What do you sell? Unique handmade felt accessories. Mainly brooches and earrings.

7. Describe 2 of your current products.

Pic 1: Retro rocket brooch made from acrylic felt. Great for boys and girls!It is hand stitched and has a safety pin sewn to the back, so you can wear it on your shirt, jacket, bag, etc...

Pic 2: Cute french bulldog brooch made from acrylic felt, with a safety pin sewn to the back. It is glued, hand stitched and embellished with beads. A perfect gift for a frenchie lover!

8. Tell me a bit about you...

Agustina"… is my name. I´m from Argentina, but I'm currently doing my PhD in Spain. I have been crafting since I was a little girl, and about two years ago I discovered felt!. In my spare time, I enjoy making fun accessories inspired by nature, comics, everyday objects and memories of my childhood in the `80s.

9. Do you have a website, or blog?

You can see all of my designs at: I also have a blog, but I don't update it regularly

Introducing... Artmixter!

1. DaWanda Shop Name: Artmixter.
2. DaWanda Shop URL:
3. When did you open your shop? 3/11/2007
4. Are you in the DaWanda Shop Directory here? Yes
5. What Category are you under? Art
6. What do you sell? Art of all descriptions, from textiles to altered art, via mixed media, oils and encaustics. And hand dyed fabrics, for people who want to add a little magic to their textile work!
7. Describe 2 of your current products.

Summer Suns: Art Quilt Summer Suns is a pieced collage of original hand painted cotton fabrics intensively machine quilted, painted and foiled in places, and features some raw edge appliqué, and depicts the various moods and landscapes of a countryside summer.Hand dyed cotton trio.

Three Fat Eighths of high quality cotton poplin, hand dyed by me, the same cloth as I use in my work. Perfect as an addition to anyone's stash!

8. Tell me a bit about you...

I'm a Scottish artist living and working in a tiny village in Norfolk UK, with four and a half cats and a very understanding husband! I make art of all descriptions, from altered books to oil paintings, from textile art to encaustic (wax) painting. I have had textile work shown in the UK and abroad, most recently in Lyon, France, as part of the annual Magic Patch Expo, where I demonstrated the use of lutradur and gave workshops in French. I am also part of a curated show that is touring the US until next Summer. I have a joint show with another textile artist planned for next year in Norfolk, and hope to return to Expo Magic Patch also. I work in a studio in my garden, 'The Little Green Shed', which is 20ft by 10ft in size, and hope to begin giving small workshops and individual tuition there in Spring next year. I am currently working on a book with Dijanne Cevaal, a well known Australian quilter; we hope it will be published in the New Year. The book is about lutradur, a wonderful, semi-transparent polyester fabric that is great for textile artists. I hope to follow that up with a book on creativity, some time next year.

9. Do you have a website, or blog?I have a blog,, and my work can also be seen at

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Project Wonderful Update - Advertising on this site.

As you know I have been using Project Wonderful to help bring in money to advertise the community sites; DaWanda Shop Directory Blog (here), DaWanda Shop Directory Links and DaWanda Shopping Community. Today I have been able to start an out-going campaign bidding on boxes to advertise our Ning community at DaWanda Shopping Community and primarily our shops. However, because I am currently spending more on this campaign than making I am having to change the rules for advertisers... where I was once only allowing DaWanda Shops to add their adverts, I am now allowing any bidder to buy a space. This will allow me to be able to afford a much wider advertising campaign on your behalf and help to spread the word about DaWanda. Please note that if you are a DaWanda Seller and you bid using your DaWanda Shop URL your ad will automatically be approved above any other.

Sara x

Monday, October 4, 2010

VOTE AND WIN! A seller competition.

12 DaWanda sellers organised a friendly competition - trying to come up with the most attractive pinboard on a given theme.

This month: Red and Green.

We are actually so friendly that anyone voting on this may win the prize of their choice, picked among creations by three of these oh-so-friendly and creative sellers.

In order to vote, look up the competition forum thread in your language at

English - VOTE AND WIN!

French - VOTEZ... ET GAGNEZ !


and leave a message here, stating which pinboard you give your vote to and which prize you would like to get.

Voting stops on November 22nd.

Favourite Farben von DaWanda / Colours of DaWanda / Morceaux Choisis pinboard and winning voter to be proclaimed on November 25th.

This is being posted in three languages but each Dawandian may only vote once, on the forum of their choice.

The Pinboards to vote on:

Birdlandcreations - Colours of Dawanda

Chicoumi - mOrceauX ChOiSis

ContasKoeln - Die Farben von DaWanda-

Glamasaurus - Colors of Dawanda

Glassprimitif - Colours of Dawanda

Le Bar du Vent - Morceaux Choisis

Lunaitalia - morceaux choisis

Maginette - Morceaux Choisis

MarikaJewelry - Colors of Dawanda

Paranoire - Colors of Dawanda

Saras Texture Crafts - Colours of DaWanda


And the prizes to chose from:Cadeaux Prizes

January Blog Carnival – A New Year on DaWanda/Crafty Resolutions

This month’s carnival is entitled ‘A New Year on DaWanda/Crafty Resolutions’, so I am looking for entries inspired by this theme. Entries could include;

  • New Year additions to your shop
  • Your favourite finds this month on DaWanda
  • Up and coming Craft Fairs this month
  • Your personal craft work this month
  • Your craft New Year resolutions
  • Your New Year business or personal goals

Of course there are many more possibilities… so I will leave it up to your imagination!

So how do you enter your article? Well it’s simple… post your article on your blog and follow the instructions here Remember your entry doesn’t have to be the longest article and photos always help!

The deadline for your entry is 15th January 2007. All accepted entries will be published on or around the 17th of January.