Sunday, June 10, 2012

Advertising Spots are now open!

The DaWanda Shop Directory 'Advert Spots' are run in conjunction with a company called Project Wonderful who offer a auction style advertising system. This is a new opportunity for DaWanda Shops to show themselves off and help to build traffic to their stores.

Would you like to take part? Here are some more details take directly from the Project Wonderful site...

Advertising on DaWanda Shop Directory is offered through Project Wonderful. We bring a model of transparency and fairness to online advertising. Ads are sold through our innovative infinite auction model: you bid on an advertising slot, and for as long as you are the high bidder, your ad is displayed. You can bid whatever price you'd like for as long as you'd like: two days, a week, a year - it's your choice.

All bids are in "CPD", or "cost per day" - you simply tell us how much you're willing to pay for a day's worth of advertising, and whenever you are the high bidder, your ad will be displayed! You're only charged for the time periods when your ad is shown. You can also set hard expense limits on your bids, so you'll never get charged more than you expect. You can find out more about the auction process here.

The DaWanda Shop Directory has placed no minimum bid cost per day, so for as long as we can we will offer advertising slots for free... so grab your slot while you can!

How do I place my advert?
  • Follow this link for the side panel slots
  • Or this link for the bottom panel slots
  • Select the box you wish to display your advert in and press 'place bid'
  • (If you do not have an advert already listed on Project Wonderful, then you need to see the information below)
  • Make sure you select your 125x125 square advert
  • Type your maximum bid (you will only pay this if the auction reaches this price, not before).
  • Select your dates (if you have chosen to spend $0.00 then you can only display your ad for 1 day - project wonderful rule)
  • If you wish to add a capped expense type this in the next box.
  • Press place bid.
  • You will then be asked to either bid again, or confirm your bid.
  • You should then receive confirmation of your bid.

I will manually check each advert, unless you have been approved before so bear this in mind when you have placed your bid... it may not show straight away. I hope to take no more than 2 weeks to process your application, as the directory is something I run in my spare time.

You can follow your adverts at all times, through your control panel under 'My Ads'. You can even use the same advert on other people's sites too, which is a great way to give you even more traffic!

I don't have an advert yet - how do I create one?

  • Open a project wonderful account at
  • Press 'My Ads'
  • Press 'Create a new ad' at the bottom of the page
  • Select the type of add... you will probably want to choose graphic
  • press 125 x 125 button
  • Press 'next'
  • add your DaWanda Shop URL
  • Give the link your shop name
  • press next
  • add your .jpeg image which should be 125 pixels square
  • and follow the directions until your ad is saved.


Remember your advert will only be accepted if it is linked to your Dawanda shop!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Introducing... Meanbean!

1. DaWanda Shop Name: Meanbean
2. DaWanda Shop URL:
3. When did you open your shop? March 08
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? Small bags that can be used for makeup, pencil pouches, knitting/crochet notion bags and project bags
7. Describe 2 of your current products.

The Broad Bean is one of my current projects, and something that I’ve begun toting around with me, as it’s extremely convenient to keep things such as yarn and bits from getting tangled in with other purse items. Since it’s large, it works wonderfully as a project bag for the crafter on the go, or for the girl who just wants to grab her wallet, keys, phone, etc and doesn’t need all the extras we all accumulate in our everyday bags.

We also carry the fun Bitty Bean, which is true to its name. Due to its tiny size, it’s perfect for the things that get lost at the bottom of your bag, such as lip balm, those earrings you’ve stashed for your night out after work, or any other treasure that you don’t want to lose. The Bitty Bean is small enough to fit in just about any size purse, and is cute enough to elicit “oohhh” and “aaaahh” from your friends as you produce it from your purse!

8. Tell me a bit about you... About me? Well, I really enjoy sewing, and seeing other enjoying what I’ve made. I love trying new crafty things, and recently learned to make stitch markers. I knit and crochet, though I’m currently enamored with knitting. I have a 5 year old daughter, whose nickname is MeenaBeana, and was the inspiration for my business. I love bright colors, retro and funky prints, and unusual color combinations. I love to read, and sometimes will forsake other non-essentials to do so, such as laundry, dinner, etc. I have an especial weakness for handmade goods, and am very happy to have found DaWanda!

9. Do you have a website, or blog? Blog –

Friday, June 8, 2012

March Blog Carnival - Vintage Crafts

This month’s carnival is entitled ‘Vintage Crafts', so I am looking for entries inspired by this theme. Entries could include;

  • 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
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 March 2008. All accepted entries will be published on or around the 17th of March 2008.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Glass Anarchy Group Hits DaWanda!

Glass Anarchy is a rockin’ glass team whose origins started on a large selling forum and now promote glass world wide. We began as glass artists but are now firm friends and, although we are a small team, we have big ideas!

We are anarchists in the true sense of the word – individual, self governing and independent. We don’t throw bombs, we make glass instead and each one of us has a distinct style.

Why join a team? Being a member of such a dynamic and friendly team means that we genuinely support one another, promote each other and share ideas. We are all the things that being part of a team should be about. Meet the team:

BigRedWagon. Funny, quirky, but most of all, quality glass fro Su and Tamara. There must be a picture pendant in their collection to suit everyone.

Ccvalenzo just has to be the queen of dichroic glass. Each piece of Cindy’s glass is unique and can never be repeated.

Getglassy. One of New York's finest - fused glass artists that is! Patti uses fresh colors in her glass and her tack fused glass is wonderful too.

Glassprimitif. The only glass artist in the team from the UK, but don’t feel sorry for me – I love it.

Lawatha. A combination of quality glass and great photography has taken over Lawatha’s life – who needs anything else?

Papernclaynglass2 is both a glass and polymer clay artist. Linda brings originality to her glass with her wire wrapped jewellery.

Smokeylady54. Nancy is our official bead maker and uses her lampwork beads to make wonderful necklaces too.

Shasglasscrafts. The best stained glass artist on Dawanda, Sharon is an expert at this beautiful craft.

Where to find us:
Dawanda Shopping Community

Glass Anarchy - there's an anarchist in every one of us. Nobody's going to tell us what to do! I hope you enjoy our work.

Written by Glassprimitif

Sara says, 'If you are thinking about or have already formed a DaWanda Team then drop me a line, so we can tell people where to find you.'

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Introducing... Plumevine!

1. DaWanda Shop Name: Plumevine
2. DaWanda Shop URL:
3. When did you open your shop? On 10.03.2008
4. Are you in the DaWanda Shop Directory here? Yes.
5. What Category are you under? Jewelry
6. What do you sell? I sell jewelry and other random bits such as small jewelry boxes.
7. Describe 2 of your current products.

The Very Rosey necklace.
It was inspired by Tori Amos' song "Almost Rosey". It's composed with an assortment of beads, ribbons, gemstones, charms and etchings on a slab of hand carved and painted clay. It contans kunzite and rose quartz, which are known as love inspiring stones.

The Lilaea necklace, inspired by the gemstone that is displayed at its center, Larimar. This blue stone resembles the ocean, or the sky and it's been named after a Greek Naiad. - The Larimar stone is framed with hand carved and painted clay and put together with brass finish chain and glass beads.

8. Tell me a bit about you... I'm a girl living in Norway, married to an Elf, mother to a couple of birds and a cat. I've lived pretty much in my inner-world my entire life and it wasn't until I built up enough courage that I decided to express and openly share it with others. This I do by being creative through my jewelry, web design, making little videos and any other thing that inspires me... So far I'm very glad I did :)
9. Do you have a website, or blog? Yes, both.
My website is at:
Blog can be found at:

A great gift for a bad cook

I grew up in a household with a mom who well wasn't a wizard at the culinary arts. In fact she was pretty bad at cooking anything that wasn't a muffin or peanut butter cookie. If only I knew Manati Mum then and could gift my mom with this Bad Cookbook. So remember just because they can't cook doesnt' mean they don't need a cookbook and this will make a great handmade gift this holiday season.

Written by Andreanna of