Monday, March 12, 2012

DaWanda Promo Bags - find indie artists here!

Months of Seller's work has gone in to them and some may have thought they would never arrive... but, they have! Ta Da!

Grab yours while stocks last! Listing link - DaWanda Promo Bags - find indie artists here!

What is a DaWanda promo bag? Well it's your very own slice of DaWanda!

Each bag contains business cards and small promotional give aways from selected sellers who are working together to spread the joy of DaWanda shopping. These first bags are identical with entries from 17 wonderful DaWanda Sellers and freebies include cool magnets, badges, keyrings, a magick kit and cute earrings! In the future as the project expands I hope to be able to vary the selection.

This is a great way to find new stores and artists on DaWanda - save it for yourself, or pass it to a friend!

Price = FREE!
You are simply paying for the packaging (€0.78) and shipping of each bag sent straight to your door. Each bag is a free giveaway! If you need more than one, I will reduce the overall cost of shipping per bag.

I accept Paypal payments only on this item

Shipping (around 300g weight)
UK 2nd class – €2.06
Europe Airmail – €3.19
Rest of World Airmail - €4.93

If shipping costs are cheaper at the time of post I will send you an automatic Paypal Refund.

Enjoy and Happy Shopping!

Sara x

(This item is non-returnable.)

If you would like to find out about some of the sellers involved in the promo bags, I have created a pinboard at DaWanda-Promo-Bags-here-are-the-sellers
If you wish to participate, please contact me at SarasTextureCrafts for information.

May Blog Carnival - Crafting Women.

Welcome to the May 2008 edition of DaWanda Seller's Blog Carnival. A celebration of Seller's who blog... Today's feature is all about a 'Crafting Women'.

Sellers were asked to think about the following topics;
Female artists and crafters who have inspired you
Women in business/art
Your favourite finds this month for women on DaWanda
Up and coming Craft Fairs this month

Here are the entries;

Andreanna of Glamasaurus presents presents Blog Carnival - ‘Crafting Women’ posted at Blogasaurus.
Sara of Sara's Texture Crafts presents Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery posted at Crafts of Texture, saying, "I found a great competition open to Fashion and Textile Students around the world... it also inspired me to get back to some more hand embroidery!"

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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Are you a London Based DaWanda Seller?

If you are then check out this article about DIY City Magazine...

Could be a great way to get featured!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

How do I know if my items are listed under other languages?

You as the seller have to manually add your listings to each language site... here is an article to tell you how 'How-to-list-your-item-on-all-3-languages'

If you have done this, but still want to double check for piece of mind then there is a simple way to check.

  • type in your URL, for example - the 'en' in my URL signifies that it originates from the English site.
  • change the 'en' to 'fr' to check for your listings in French.
  • change the 'en' to 'de' to check your listings in German.

Written by Sara of Sara's Texture Crafts


If you have a tip for fellow sellers and buyers then please contact the editor at DaWanda Directory English Editor Email

DaWanda Promo Bags will be back in July!

Due to the fact that I am participating my shop in the DaWanda European Championship 11% off offer, the promo bags will be taking a month off... that gives you all time to send me so entries too!

They will be back in July though! (Can't believe it's June already!)

A new way to Advertise our shops here on the Directory.

Yes, that right we all love a bit of promotion don't we!

From now on, with the wonderful help of I've now set up a link from our Directory of shops to each one of the articles added here. This means that once a reader has found our lovely blog, they get a little random hit of DaWanda shops too!

Written by Sara of

Saturday, March 10, 2012

New Shop Links site... the old Directory will be merging

For those of you who are based on the old Directory Links site... don't worry I am going to be moving you over one by one as soon as I can to our new site at We will have much more room there to show you all off and keep the news, fun and updates here.

For those of you wishing to join... please read the new instructions.

Thank you,
Sara x

Friday, March 9, 2012

Make Mine a Double

Bass that is! With spring right around the corner what better gift for that musical griller in your life but a bass apron. Made by sayaminta who seems to have many more of these babies. So check it out and pin her lovely shop!

Written by Andreanna of Glamasaurus

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Want to be a guest writer?

Here is your chance to become more involved in the directory blog...

I am looking for guest writers to work on the following articles;

  • How to guides - everything from listing an item, to leaving feedback and buying items.
  • Craft business ideas
  • Promotion ideas
  • A day in the life of a DaWanda Seller
  • DaWanda Sellers at Craft Fairs
  • My First DaWanda Sale

Please try write your article with no more that 500-1000 words, making instructions step by step and easy to follow and send them to me at DaWanda Directory - English Editor.

Herb Infusion Recipe For Stressed Dawanda Sellers :)

6 parts of Chamomile
The 4 parts left are made with a mixture of:
Grated Orange Peel
Angelica Seeds
Calendula (Pot Marigold)
Rose Petals
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum)

It is a really tasty infusion, with high relaxing properties. I had a cup with a stressed friend who came over for lunch and it had a delicious “green” touch in the taste, probably due to my in-laws amazing crop of sage, which is one of the strongest herbs we have. This infusion has anti-oxidant and anti-depressive properties due to the addition of a pinch of St. John’s Wort.

Find more herb tea recipes, witchraft articles and many other crazy and crafty things at My Little Magick Shop's Blog.

Written by My Little Magick Shop - Your Dawanda Resource For Magickal Handcrafted Items!

Sara says, 'I think we could all do with some of this! Let's check out the shop!'

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Now Open! An Introduction

The aim of this blog site is to provide readers with a DaWanda Shop Directory written and maintained by DaWanda sellers for DaWanda buyers and sellers alike. We aim to work alongside the DaWanda shopping site and provide another fun way to search for your 'Made with Love' purchases.

Topics will include:

  • Directory Updates
  • Featured Sellers
  • New Collections
  • Special Offers/Sales
  • Seller Competitions
  • Style Lab Additions
  • DaWanda Promo Bags

Please feel free to link back to this site and spread the word!


If you are a DaWanda Seller and want to participate, please read below for more details...

Want to add your shop to the directory?

Here is how:

  • Press the link on the right hand panel of this blog, called 'View my Links page'.
  • Press 'add link' at the bottom of the page.
  • Type your name.
  • Under Title type your shop name.
  • Type your email address
  • The 'link URL' is your DaWanda shop's address. Your code will look something like this (english), (german), or (french)
  • Select a Category - choose Boutique if you sell mixed product.
  • Add a description for your shop.
  • Enter the code and press 'Add Link'
  • I will then process your details as soon as possible. Please note that this may take up to 10 days, depending on the response.
  • Please note that if you then press the 'I Love DaWanda' logo you will be taken back to this site.

Want to be a featured seller?

Please answer the following questions and send them with the original questions to me at DaWanda Shop Directory - Editor. You can also include 3 photos these must be .jpegs, no more than 700Kb and no bigger than 13cm in either direction. Please note that 1 of these photos must be your shop's logo or banner, so that buyers can easily recognise you.


  1. DaWanda Shop Name:
  2. DaWanda Shop URL:
  3. When did you open your shop?
  4. Are you in the DaWanda Shop Directory here?
  5. What Category are you under?
  6. What do you sell?
  7. Describe 2 of your current products.
  8. Tell me a bit about you... (no more than 500 words)
  9. Do you have a website, or blog?

Want to tell me about your new collection, special offer/sale, competition, or style lab addition?

Please write an article of no more than 500/600 words and send it to me at DaWanda Shop Directory - Editor. You can also include 2 photos these must be .jpegs, no more than 700Kb and no bigger than 13cm in either direction.

I would that each of you complete a featured seller article before writing an article here, as this will allow readers to know who they are reading about.

Also please bear in mind that I am not only an editor here, but a DaWanda seller also and therefore my time is limited, so articles will be published as I get to them. I would advise that you provide articles well in advance of your offer, competition, or new collection's key dates to ensure that your article is publish in conjunction with your work.

Thank you,


Promoting Tips & Tricks Part I: Descriptions and Photos

I decided to do a post on how to promote whatever you’re selling online. It quickly became apparent that it’s not going to fit into one post — or even a few. So I’ll split it up, and here’s part one.

So you've opened your DaWanda shop. You have an avatar, you've written your profile and shop introduction, time to start taking your products and flinging them online!

Not so fast.

You'll need descriptions and photographs for each of your items, and since your customers can't pick up what you sell, try it on or smell it, they depend entirely on what you're saying. Getting your descriptions and your photos right is vital.

First off, your descriptions need to be accurate and thorough. What stones you've used in that necklace, how long it is, what type of clasp. What the fabric that dress is made out of as well as what size it is -- and best to use actual measurements instead of saying 'it's a size 12' because we all know how much that can vary. All of the ingredients in anything edible or anything your customers are going to smear on their skin, because allergies really suck. Don't stint with this part of your description, and most especially don't lie.

Grammar, spelling, punctuation. Yes, I sound like your freshman year English teacher. He was right, though. Poorly constructed sentences and badly misspelled words send your customers fleeing to the Land of Things That Make Sense -- which, if you don't get the basics right, is not where you are.

But amidst all of these concerns you also need to make your items sound tempting. That's more an art than a science and one I freely admit I have little expertise with. I can do no better than to point you to In the Night Kitchen and her once-a-week writing critiques. You can volunteer to let her tear your descriptions apart (don't worry, she'll put them back together and they'll be even better!) or just read through what she has to say to others -- she's brilliant.

That said, let's move on to photos. You need the right tools and the right techniques, and I'll tell you a little bit about both.

First off, if you don't have a digital camera, get one. It's simpler than getting film developed and then having to scan it, it's cheaper than buying enough film to take the zillion pictures you'll need to get the right shot, it's faster than waiting for the film to get developed. It doesn't have to be a great digital camera, but you're going to need one.

Next, read the directions. No, really. Yes, they're boring. Accept your fate.

You're also going to want a tripod. Your hands may be steadier than mine, but try holding the camera in the exact same spot for a series of ten pictures when you have to adjust the settings in between. You may want a light box -- I find mine indispensable, others don't use them at all. You may (or may not) want a couple of small lights. And you're going to want something to use for backgrounds.

Some swear by natural light; I prefer my lightbox and lights. I use small pieces of batik fabrics for my backdrops; others use plain white, or plain blue, or music sheets, or any number of things. It's a matter of experimenting until you find something that works for you and for your products. Once you've found a theme, stick with it -- you want people to know that a new item is yours by the way you shot the photo, without having to look at the name on it.

Props can be invaluable. I use a necklace display for a lot of my photos. There are a lot of possibilities -- a cool piece of wood to hang earrings from, adorable small children to model adorable stuffed bears, a simple turned wooden bowl to pour bath salts into. Some prefer to keep their photos as simple as possible and eschew props entirely. Find what appeals to you, and what works for you.

Find a piece of photo editing software and learn it well. Yes, this means more reading. It's good for you. Learn to adjust brightness, contrast and colour. Learn to cover over small flaws in your photo (though never in what you're selling!). Learn to crop out extraneous things. Learn how to make your file the right size for uploading.

Use all four of the photo slots DaWanda gives you. Use closeup shots, long shots, detail shots. Get a picture of someone wearing or using the item. Get your girlfriend, boyfriend, mother, UPS guy to model for you (pay them in stuff). Drape necklaces over your kitten. Take a picture of the clasp, the seams, the binding. Open a jar of the bath salts and spill some out into a bowl. Use your photo slots to show people as much as you can about what you're selling.

Experiment. Practice. Learn how to use your camera, your backdrops and props, your software. Keep at it. You can get everyone in the world to look at your shop, but unless they can tell what you're selling, they won't buy a thing.

Next up, get the word out! List your DaWanda shop in online directories.

Written by Kate of

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Introducing... Glasperlenringe!

1. DaWanda Shop Name: "Glasperlenringe"
2. DaWanda Shop URL:
3. When did you open your shop? 16.10.2007
4. Are you in the DaWanda Shop Directory here? Yes - "Glasperlenringe und mehr"
5. What Category are you under? Jewellery
6. What do you sell? a) Handmade Rings created with glass pearls and rocailles.
b) hand needled Flower buttons.

7. Describe 2 of your current products.

a) Pearl glass ring red/rose
This ring is a change from Glass pearls in dark red and rose. In the middle is a flower in dark red, on the left and on the right is a flower in rose. This ring is decorated with rocailles in red. It fits mostly at the ring- or middle finger.
b) Hand needled Flower button
This Flower button is hand knitted with a lot of love for little and also for big girls. A sweet eye-catcher at your bag, jacket, dress and where ever you like it.

8. Tell me a bit about you...

I live in Cologne and my passion is needlework since I was a child. During a long and hard time of illness I created knitted flower buttons for me and my friends to make them happy. After this time, I started to make lovely pearl glass rings and began to sell them. I love this work and I'm going to make it my profession.

9. Do you have a website, or blog?

Just passed 50 stores in the directory!

That's right we now have around 58 stores advertised on the Directory! To view them press the link on the top right hand panel marked 'View my Links Page'. I do suggest a quick peek at each for some excellent ideas for Christmas presents.

To add your shop press here Want to add your shop to directory?. Then all you need to do is send me your interview so that I can show you off... press here Want to be featured seller? and for extra exposure check out the guest writer slots at Want to be guest writer?

Enjoy your day, fellow DaWandians!

Sara x

The DaWanda Pagan Pinboard!

Carolina the leader of the DaWanda Pagan Group has created a piboard of the group members here at

Please pop by and take a look at their work.

Written by Sara of

Saturday, March 3, 2012

DaWanda Promo Bags – Your slice of DaWanda!

I wanted to introduce to you ‘DaWanda Promo’ bags, another fun way to find stores on DaWanda. Each bag will hold approximately 10-15 selected artists from the DaWanda shopping site (English, German, or French) and will contain a mix of business cards and free samples, which may include soap testers, earrings, keyrings and much more.

I have created a pinboard of participants at DaWanda-Promo-Bags-here-are-the-sellers, so you can take a look at who you might get in your bag.

How can you get yours?

Final release dates will be posted here soon, so do keep an eye out, but there will be 2 ways to get your bag. Firstly through SarasTextureCrafts – These will be sold through my shop for the cost of the postage and packaging only (this is a purely non-profit product) and secondly at craft fairs - where ever the DaWanda bug has reached!

Are you a Seller and want to participate?

Your promos/business cards will have to be split into 2/3 packages; 1-2 for shows and 1 for on-line. Please contact the relevant person for shipping details through their DaWanda shop below.

Here are your contacts:
  • On-line - Promos will be handled by me (Sara) at SarasTextureCrafts
  • UK Shows and Fairs - Promos will be handled by MagicPumpkinsandFaeryDust - dates and fair locations will available from Nina.
  • GERMAN Shows and Fars - Promos will be handled by Contas Koeln ContasKoeln - dates and fair locations will be available from Bebe.
So this is our call for promotional material! All participants from all countries are welcome.

What we need are your:
  • Business cards
  • Small promotional samples – no breakables
  • Give aways – no breakables

Each item you send should be clearly labelled with your DaWanda shop and all items should fit into a small bag approximately 15cm deep and 10cm wide. Please make enough for 15/20 bags in each package.

Here is an idea of a small bag I got from Etsy, just in case you are thinking about making promotional samples - A promotional bag I recently bought