Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How to make a DaWanda Pinboard

  1. Log in and go to My DaWanda.
  2. Press My Pinboards and you will find that one has been already set up for you by DaWanda. If you had previous saved favourite items these will show up here.
  3. Give your pinboard a name - At the top of your board is an editable section... You can change the title and leave a message.If you had items already stored, they will show up below... each will be in it's own box and you can add comments that you would like to share. You can also delete (remove from pinboard), add to basket or forward any items to your friends.
  4. Adding a new item to your pinboard - as you are browsing through the site and look at any item in more detail you will find in the top section that you can give an item a heart, add to pinboard, or forward to a friend. Select add to pinboard and choose which board you wish to add it to. You can also add a comment here... this will be visible on your pinboard once saved.
  5. Creating a new pinboard - When you find a new item and select add to pinboard you can choose to add to an existing board or a new one. Select a new one and give it a name.
    Comment on other people's boards - there is an area at the bottom of each board for comments from viewers...

Viewers can also buy from these boards, so show off those great finds!

Blog Carnival – The Holidays on DaWanda

This month’s carnival is entitled ‘The Holidays on DaWanda’, so I am looking for entries inspired by this theme. Entries could include;

  • Your Christmas pinboard
  • Your DaWanda shop over the holidays
  • Your favourite finds this month on DaWanda
  • Up and coming Craft Fairs this month
  • Your personal craft work this month
  • Your favourite Christmas recipe
  • Your Christmas gift list
  • Want I want for Christmas

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 December 2007. All accepted entries will be published on or around the 17th of December.

Introducing... Aspen Spa!

1. DaWanda Shop Name: Aspen Spa
2. DaWanda Shop URL:
3. When did you open your shop? My shop opened on December 22, 2007
4. Are you in the DaWanda Shop Directory here? Yes, thank you
5. What Category are you under? Beauty and Body
6. What do you sell? Soap, Scrubs, Aromatherapy, Lip Balm, Bath Salts and more
7. Describe 2 of your current products.

**Lemongrass with Sea Kelp Salt Scrub: This exfoliating scrub is made with a blend of mineral salts, grape seed and almond oil, vitamin E and essential oils. It smells heavenly, and gently removes dead skin cells from your body, revealing fresh, healthy skin that is moisturized and nourished.

**All Seasons Hand Salve: This perfect blend of moistuizing oils and essential nutrients is perfect for the seasonal damage that your hands endure. Made with cocoa butter, shea butter, tea tree oil and more, this salve is packed with nutrients to moisturize your skin and heal those troubled spots.

8. Tell me a bit about you...

I have been creating my own bath and beauty products for 2 years. Since I can remember, I've been concerned with all of the "mystery" ingredients in store-bought bath products. When I lived in Arizona, I found that it wasn't just folklore to use fresh aloe vera juice on sunburns--it actually worked to soothe and heal the burn! I'm a high school science teacher, and it's not always possible to buy the best products for my body on a teacher's salary! I began to research nature's own remedies for the common needs of the body; products I could use myself to be at my healthiest. I quickly discovered that the Earth contains many ingredients that gently clean and heal the skin, and leave it more moisturized than a store-bought product ever could. My discovery of nature's remedies, coupled with my passion for creativity, led me to create Aspen Spa--a line of beauty and bath products made with whole ingredients from nature. I enjoy creating new products, using them myself, and sharing them with friends, family, and now customers.

9. Do you have a website, or blog? No

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My First Sale!!

I am so happy! I made my first real sale on DaWanda last Friday and the best part of it is that the customer loves the earrings! :)

Here they are:

It was really my "salvation" as I was prepared to give up my shop. I got an order which it was supposedly to be my first sale 9 days ago and I am still waiting to be paid... Actually, I am not 'cause I already asked the DaWanda team to cancel it. Too sad!

I just hope it will be the first of many sales! ;)


Sara says, 'I'm sure it will be your shop is beautiful!'

Monday, October 10, 2011

Adding your DaWanda Widget to your DaWanda Community Page.

You can add a DaWanda widget to your page on All you need to do is look under your profile box and there will be a text box. Press 'edit' and add the DaWanda code from your shop.

You can find your DaWanda shop code by logging onto your DaWanda shop page... at the bottom of your shop page there is an 'integrate these products with your website button'. Press that and you will be taken to the screen where you can make your widget. Choose your row and column numbers (how many you want to show) and choose your colours (you can press preview here if you want to). The code is then worked out for you, so all you need to do is copy the text in the little box and paste this into your page on Once you press save your page here will reload with the shop link showing.

Yay, Thanks DaWanda for making my life so much easier!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

DaWanda Shop Directory: March Blog Carnival - Vintage Crafts

Please note that this carnival is postponed until I return... therefore I am still accepting entries, so feel free to read about this months theme at DaWanda Shop Directory: March Blog Carnival - Vintage Crafts

How do I confirm a sale?

DaWanda will email you when an item has sold from your shop. You then need to confirm the sale to the buyer. You can do this by;

  • Log into your DaWanda account
  • In the ‘Overview’ you will see a blue link that says ‘New Sale’. Press this and you will be taken to your ‘Sales’ page
  • You will see new and pending sales under the ‘Open Sales’ section at the top of the page.
  • On your new sale, press ‘Confirm Sale’ on the right hand side. You will then be taken to the details of the invoice.
  • You will need to type in the confirmed Shipping amount in the relevant box… make sure to check where the Buyer has asked you to ship!
  • Then press ‘confirm’.
  • The buyer will then receive an email from DaWanda stating that their purchase has been confirmed and that they need to pay for the goods.

Remember if you want your Buyers to pay with Paypal, or to your bank account you must set these up before you confirm the sale.

Written by Sara of

Selling Online

by Carolina Gonzalez
Carolina González - My Little Magick Shop
Victorian Tribal Esoterica

The Problem

Sara asked me a few days ago to write an article about making the best of your Dawanda shop, since she had read several threads in the forum where sellers showed their concern about the low amount of sales they had. I have to admit that I had mixed feelings about the topic.

On one hand, I absolutely love Dawanda. I love the place, I've had the pleasure to confirm the efficiency and maximum care for sellers that the administrators have, I love the politeness on the forums. Oh, and listing is free! I do not even consider moving my shop to that "other" online venues with more traffic.

On the other hand, I really dislike that "ohmygod I'm not selling" attitudes from sellers. If venues like Etsy have such a success, visitors and sales, it's 80% a merit of sellers only. Etsy sellers are fans of Etsy; they buy there, organize themselves in Street Teams, write blogs, make blogrings, Flickr groups... and a million things I could add here. They promote the venue everywhere, all the time.

I don't see that on Dawanda. If projects like Sara's promo bags are doing so well, why not do it and send her your items? If what we need is traffic, then it's our responsibility to bring it in, in all the ways we can. We cannot just list things and wait for sales to come – selling online is not that easy, on Dawanda or on any other digital market.

To be honest, the only seller that makes a success is the one that works hard and patiently. You can't expect a flood of customers if you have only five items, badly photographed with your camera phone. You can't make what everyone else is doing. You have to become a real professional in order to have a successful life as an online seller. From banners to categories, from pic's layouts to business cards, everything is equally important. Look for an art/craft seller that is making a life out of Internet, and 9 out of 10 sacrifice long hours, sleep and personal life as much as someone who has a "physical" shop. If you really think there is success and future without complete commitment to your business, maybe you should be doing something else.

Do everything that is at your hands to promote your shop, don't use shortcuts and learn from those that you admire. And waste your time learning and becoming a better artist instead on complaining on the forums.

Tips To Become A Better Online Seller

LOVE what you do: the key of it all. If customers can't feel your passion about what you make, you will never sell it, no matter how well done your product is. You have to be in love with what you create to make others love it too. I think that the secret to find our true creative energies is to give it time and being humble. Look up for those that you admire, but don't copy! As we are all unique, there IS a unique way for you to express yourself.

A cohesive look: your banners, advertisements, business cards and pic layouts should all go in a theme, so customers can identify you easily and quickly. Iconographic branding is one of the most important parts of your business, believe it or not! Your image should reflect not only your personal tastes, but also the market niche you want to get to.

Good photographs: you won't make a sale without them. Learn to use macro settings and be playful and original. Attractive colours and textures can say more than any description, and they are the calling for impulsive buyers.

Good descriptions: the more information the better. Customers love to read a mix of personal stories, inspirations and all commercial data about the product (size, weight, uses, etc.). Take your time! My tip: writing descriptions in a document instead than in the listing window – I always write longer and better descriptions when I can see the whole text, and I can use the spell check. The key for non-impulsive buyers.

Professional customer care: there are quite a few online sellers I will never buy again from because they didn't even bothered to send me a thank you note, wrap the parcel secure and pretty, and things like that. A good presentation and safe shipping are a must to make your business known. Your customers are your only investment – treat them as they deserve! Always send them a thank you message after their purchase, and another one when their item is shipped.

Networking: be everywhere! Organize groups, participate in sample gatherings, promote other artists in your blog, write in forums, write in Squidoo, Stumble your friend's pages... again, the more the better. You won't attract traffic if people can't find you.

Organize your time: check the traffic at your page and learn to select the places where good traffic comes from, and leave others aside, so you get targeted traffic. Targeted traffic=sales. Give promoting a time every day, 30 minutes for example, and keep inside that time!

Don't put all your eggs in one basket: diversify the applications of your knowledge by teaching, giving seminars, selling locally, selling at home parties, etc. Online selling has better and worse times and you don't want to rely all your income on it. Also, the more things you do, the most interesting your blog will be. Customers want to know about the artist as much as they can, and who wants to know about the life of someone who's always at the computer?

Become an expert: first, learn as much as you can about your craft; then, help others learning for free. Writing articles, making tutorials and helping in forums is the best way to earn a good reputation, and will always take you to sales.

Having an online business is not instant success; it needs commitment, sacrifice, and above all, it needs true Love, because if you don't love what you do, you will grow tired of it quickly – and patience and continuance will be very much needed to make your business succeed. This process can take a long time and you shouldn't be afraid to make sudden turns and change your business direction until you really find something you can't get tired of exploring. There are no failures, but new beginnings!

Friday, October 7, 2011

How much is this in my currency?

Do you need to work out Euros into US Dollars, or British Pounds? Well, there are lots of easy to use currency calculators on the Internet so do not fear!

This is my favourite

All you need to do is select the currencies you wish to work out, in this case I chose to convert 1 Euro into British Pounds. Then you press calculate and in the top box appears your conversion rate. Couldn’t be easier! Remember to add on the postage amount so you get a total idea of the cost of your item!

Written by Sara of Sara's Texture Crafts

Advertising Spots... more information coming soon!

Here at the DaWanda Shop Directory I am hoping to bring sellers another option for advertising their shops... more details will be coming soon, so keep an eye on the blog.

Sara x

Thursday, October 6, 2011

DaWanda are having a Spring Sale!

DaWanda have invited Sellers to participate in their Spring Sale!

Buyers will receive 11% off of purchases on DaWanda from April 19th to April 26th 2009, between 18:00 - 00:00 CET according to the pre-selected product category of the day.

The daily pre-selected category is one of the DaWanda top categories: Fashion, Accessories, Jewellery, Art, Bags, Baby & Children, Home & Living and Supplies. On one day during this period, all categories will be included in the promotion.

All the listings which are included in the 11% discount program will be clearly marked to stand out on the DaWanda website.

Get over to DaWanda now to check out your sale bargain!

Written by Sara of

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Introducing.... eCRAFTic!

1. DaWanda Shop Name: eCRAFTic
2. DaWanda Shop URL:
3. When did you open your shop? 21/05/2007
4. Are you in the DaWanda Shop Directory here? Yes
5. What Category are you under? Accessories, Bags and Purses.
6. What do you sell? Brooches, Pendants, Hairclips, Headbands, etc etc etc
7. Describe 2 of your current products.

a. Audrey Cameo Set: This Set is King among all my creations, my most sold product and part of my logo too. Wearable, glamorous, and definitively my favourite!!!
b. Amelie Set: This one is also a star in eCRAFTic's universe, bought for all those who worship this beautiful film, those who believe their destiny is really marvellous. One of my favourites too.

8. Tell me a bit about you...

I'm a Phd student who loves to free her mind from the laboratory by creating little fashion pieces made to let anyone stand out from the crowd. I'd love my hobby would become my job.

9. Do you have a website, or blog?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Introducing... La Srta Pil!

1. DaWanda Shop Name: La Srta Pil
2. DaWanda Shop URL:
3. When did you open your shop? 13/03/2008
4. Are you in the DaWanda Shop Directory here? Yes
5. What Category are you under? Art
6. What do you sell? Illustrations, prints
7. Describe your current products. Illustrations originals, i work on ink and watercolor, sometimes with digital, and then print in my own home, with a lot of care.
8. Tell me a bit about you... I'm a mother of two, love draw, make animations, do things with my hand, i like a lot plants and to care of my dog, Cooper.
9. Do you have a website, or blog? My blog is:

Monday, October 3, 2011

Love Letters

Dear Andreanna,
I can't live without you. Run away with me yada yada---Ok so I never got letters like this from anyone but I bet someone has. Maybe if you a re not the best on paper buy your sweetie this necklace to make up for her lack of love letters. Made by Tizzalicious this cutie is sure to steal her heart and probably earn you major points!

Written by Andreanna of Glamasaurus

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Relax, I'm a Ninja

As the new Favorite Finds editor I thought I would go through my favorites and pick something that not only I like but acts as an intro to me. Yes I am a ninja...A craft ninja that is. I love this print from flurogoddess. So make sure to check out her shop and support other dawanda designers!

Written by Andreanna of

DaWanda Shop Directory Links: Become a Guest Editor on DaWanda Shop Links!

I'm looking for some more help for the Shop Links Blog at DaWanda Shop Directory Links. It really doesn't take up much time and you get free advertising as a reward for your help.

Here's the categories I am looking for help in...
  • Accessories, Bags and Purses
  • Beauty and Body
  • Books, Calendars, Cards and Papers
  • Boutique (mixed product shops)
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Music
  • Pets
  • Porcelain, Pottery and Glass
  • Toys and Games
  • Everything Else

Here's the info you need to read and where to contact me... DaWanda Shop Directory Links - Help Wanted!

Written by Sara of