Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas from the Dorset Team!

Merry Christmas everyone, we hope that you all have a fantastic Christmas. The social media team are taking a well earned break over Christmas but we will be back with lots of new exciting things in the New Year!

Saturday, 19 December 2015

#DorsetTeamTips - Putting on a sale or promotion

Even though Christmas isn't quite here yet, the January sales will be on some of our minds already. 

Are you thinking of putting on a post Christmas sale? 

Follow the link for inspiration and all round great tips from the Etsy seller's handbook:

We would love to hear if you are having a sale and what tips you have for other Etsy sellers who want to put on a sale. Please share them using #DorsetTeamTips 

Friday, 18 December 2015

Product Feature - Dinosaur Card by Deepali from Dee's Handcrafted

Our featured product this week is this adorable dinosaur card by Dorset team member Deepali from Dee's handcrafted.

Dee is based in Dorchester and loves paper crafting! 

Dee says "Like most of the crafters I also started with a shoe box and now I have my own craft room. I love spending time there. Even when I don't have any orders to do, I just sit there and look at pretty papers and inks and will have a little play, it's very therapeutic for me. "

Who wouldn't be happy to receive this beautiful combined card and gift box?  Find this on Etsy by following this link:

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Be an Expert - Planning for 2016

We know you are all really busy with the run up to Christmas but if there is a spare minute why not start thinking about what you would like to achieve in 2016. Perhaps a goal for your shop that you would like to set or something new that you would like to learn.

Has been exciting to hear lots of you talking about 'relaunching' your shops in the New Year, bring out new products and expanding into new ventures!

Good luck, we would love to hear what your goals are for 2016. Please let us know in the comment section below.

If you are looking to improve your shop, the Etsy seller's handbook is a fantastic place to start. 

Here's a link to the seller handbook:

We also have some fantastic threads in the Dorset Team to help you kick start your shops in 2016.

Need to help identifying where you are going wrong? and how you could improve your shop? Why not check out our shop critique thread

Are you a new seller? We have a Newbie Sellers thread in the forum here

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Treasury Tuesday

Dorset Smiles

Fun, quirky, humorous picks from Dorset Etsy Team. Hope these make you smile! Please share with tag #dorsetteam

Cheesiest Christmas card pun card funny Christmas card designed by Doodle Dot
Funny Housework Badge Frame
Moustache Cup Cozy, Knit Coffee Sleeve, Knitted Cup Cosy, Funny Gifts For Friends, Gifts Under 10, Stocking Filler, Ready to Ship
Christmas Robin Card | Groovy Robin Xmas Card | Funny Christmas card
Dolly Parton Diamante Jewell encrusted plush pillow cushion
Roll With It - Gicleé Print
Felt Wordpiece: "You can't make everyone happy, you aren't a jar of nutella"
Sale - 4 Pack Christmas Cards - Pug Dog Chicken Moose Sheep Bobble Hat Festive Holiday Greetings Card
Schrodingers Cat - Big Bang Theory Inspired T-shirt
Sunshine yellow kitsch pony necklace on long silver waist length chain - acrylic large horse - quirky necklace - pastel jewellery - retro uk
Jazz Bear, Hand Illustrated Greetings Card
OWL AND TEDDY Hats, Christmas crochet pattern, Christmas Duo Pattern By KerryJayneDesigns, 8 sizes - Newborn - Adult Instant download Pdf Uk
Lilac Funny Tea Print - Lionel Richie Inspired - Hello, Is it Tea You're Looking For Digital Download
Digital Age - Embellished Glasses Party Disco Club Shutter Shades Fluorescent
Ladies on the beach must wear bloomers Print, beach theme decor, beach hut, beach print,beach decor,beach art,beach house decor, typography

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Friday, 4 December 2015

Dorset Team Christmas Fair in Wimborne is TOMORROW!

Can't believe that tomorrow is the big day!

If you are looking to do some Christmas shopping this weekend why not head down to our Dorset Team Christmas Fair at the Wimborne Allendale Centre 

There will be 70+ local designer-makers, vintage sellers and craft suppliers selling at the fair.

This is a fantastic way to support local sellers in the run up to Christmas and also buy some really unique Christmas gifts.

There will be something for everyone, from snap-on spanner bracelets to cushions and from wire sculptures to soaps.

Our fair is officially supported by Etsy U.K and there will be some Etsy goodies up for grabs at the fair!

Saturday 5th December
10 am - 4pm
Wimborne Allendale Centre
BH21 1AS


For more information and sneak previews from stallholders please see our Facebook event page

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Be an Expert - Selling face to face

Our Christmas Fair is fast approaching so team member Lynn has put together this fantastic advice on selling face to face at craft fairs in the runup to our Xmas Fair.
'People buy things from people they like.' So help them to like you! Smile, be friendly but not overwhelming, let your enthusiasm and expertise for your chosen craft and your products shine through.
Don't waste time justifying your prices and NEVER apologise for them. Focus instead on the unique selling points that your products have. Tell people about the skill and work that goes into product X, or what your other customers really like about product Y.
Stay positive. Hard to do, especially when you have done your best with preparation, products and layout and STILL nothing is selling. Switch to treating the event as an advertising opportunity. Talk to people, hand out business cards and flyers, ask for feedback, ask what they'd like to see on your stall next time they come to a Dorset Team fair.
And yes, this is a Team fair, so be Team-minded. If you don't have exactly what a customer is looking for then perhaps another Team member might? Refer, recommend, suggest. At this particular event the other stallholders are your community rather than your competition - a sale for the Team is still a sale for a local small business rather than a chain store or website. Tell customers about Dorset Team, who we are and what we do. Help out other stallholders by keeping an eye on their stall for them if they need a break. We're all in this together!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Treasury Tuesday

Warm and Cosy Dorset

Comforting things from the Dorset Etsy Team! Find us on FB Follow us on Twitter #dorsetteam

Crochet Car Seat Blanket   22" x 18"
Gloves, Norwegian handknitted gloves in Alpaca wool, Maiden and Reindeer
Crochet neckwarmer/scarf. Handmade in grey.
Grey And White Pillow, Wool Cushion, Spots, Knitted Pillow, UK Seller, Grey, White,
Mohair jumper, sweater, hand knitted, Autumn Russet with Winter White cuffs.
Light Grey Baby Booties, Stay On Booties, Knitted Booties, Gray Crib Shooes, Gender Neutral Crib Shoes, Newborn Shoes, New Baby Gift
Flat Cat soft toy handmade recycled woollen kitten - Hannah
Wrist Warmers, arm warmers, fingerless gloves, power gloves, gauntlets, crochet gloves, gaming gloves, goth gloves, alternative fashion
Knitted Bow Headband, Knitted Headband, Knit Headband, Oversized Bow Headband, Cute and Cosy Ear Warmer in Rust Burnt Orange
Black Friday Sale - Hot Water Bottle Cover Knitting Kit
Knit felted bag - in Autumnal shades with glints of gold thread
Sleepy goat; Wide Eyed Goat
Felting Wool Bundle - Autumn/Fall Merino Tops
Beanie hat,Mens crochet hat, Mens Gray beanie, Gray slouch beanie, mens Gray Slouch hat, slouchy Gray beanie, unisex beanie
CROCHET HAT PATTERN Brown Bear hat pattern Teddy Hat pattern, Christmas pattern Bear hat crochet pattern comes in 8 sizes Uk crochet pattern
Scarf Peaches And Cream Mix Flower Shawl Wrap Scarf

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Friday, 27 November 2015

Featured Product: Light box by Ruth from Satis House Five

Find Ruth's light box in her Etsy shop 

 Today's featured product is this beautiful light box made by Ruth from Satis House Five.

Ruth sells crafting supplies, jewellery and light boxes such as this one of Carnegie Hall in New York. Her light boxes are made from original magic lantern slides which stopped being made in the 1950s.

Ruth will be selling her beautiful wares at the Dorset Team Christmas Fair next weekend. Ruth's light boxes make really fantastic gifts. They are so unique and each light box has a different vintage slide. These look amazing as Christmas decorations to put in the window.

If you are local please pop along to have a browse around the fair and to meet Ruth or if you are further afield please take a look at Ruth's Etsy shop 

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Backstage Pass

Be an expert - 5 ways to maximise your business card

Business Card holder by Sonia from LAYOUTLINES 

With Christmas fast approaching it is a fantastic time to start thinking about your business cards. Business cards are a great way to get the word out about your Etsy shop and remind people where to find you. It is a good idea to keep a stash of business cards on you wherever you go as you never know when you might need them!

Joanne Dewberry from Charlie Moos who lives locally in Dorset  and is the author of 'Crafting a successful small business' has written a fantastic blog article on how to maximise your business card.

Find the article here:

What does your business card look like? We would love to see. Please tweet/ instagram us a photo at #dorsetteam

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Treasury Tuesday: Gift Guides

Happy Tuesday everyone!

This week's Treasury Tuesday theme is Gift Guides!

We would love to see you make a Christmas gift guide of your choice. Not sure how to make a treasury? Please click here for more information:

It has been fantastic to see lots of treasuries being made already. Here are some of our favourite collections from today. Each treasury collection features products from the Dorset Etsy Team.

First up, Lynn made this beautiful treasury for Animal Lovers featuring stallholders who will be at our Christmas Fair on the 5th December.

Gift Guide for Animal Lovers

From stallholders who will be selling at the Dorset Team Christmas Fair on 5th December

Whether you're into sharks or unicorns, whether you're a dog or a cat person or a bird lover... Dorset Etsy Team has the perfect gift for you! Come along to our Xmas Fair, more details here:
Archival Giclée Open edition print on 100% cotton rag of a Leopard by Nkolika Anyabolu. Signed and dated by artist.
Fox Felt Miniature Animal Needle felted from Wool
stone - unicorn - à mon seul désir IV
Vintage French Decor Style Cushion/Pillow Cover with a Running Hare, Laura Ashley Linen -  Le Lievre - Shabby Chic - Country Decor
Rabbit Stud Earrings ~ Cute Woodland Accessories Winter Wedding Alice Inspired Jewellery.
You Lookin' at Me
Hare Crochet Cushion Kit - Complete Craft Kit
SALE!! A fox in his trunks with a medallion. hand made cloth doll art doll The fox
Personalised Wooden Pet Bed Dog Cat Bed Apple Crate Handmade Shabby Chic Small Pet Bed, Free Delivery Uk
Christmas Decorations, Bird Food, Tree Decorations, outdoor decorations, Mini Wreaths, garden decorations, UK Gifts, Gifts For Mum, Dad,
Shark Fin Shark Tail Kids Costume
German Pointer wire sculpture figure
Winter Animal Card- Squirrel
Custom pet glitter portrait
Needle Felted little robin MADE TO ORDER using a selection of quality wool tops
Corgi Heart Card - Perfect for Any Corgi Lover! Choose Your Colours, Paper Cut Card

Gift Guide for your Best Friend 

Made by Natalie and Jo from Studio Pickles

Wonderful gifts for your BFF! Everything from iPad cushions to knitted bags to fairy doors! The Dorset Team has such wonderful and unique gifts.
Hello Beautiful Personalized Handmade Coin Purse/ Change Purse/ Mini Wallet - Customized Gift for Girls
Knitted Adult Santa Hat, Santa Hat Adult, Adult Christmas Hat, Hand Knit Adult Hats, Chunky Pom Pom Hat, Hat With Ears, Ready to Ship
sew-your-own   Little Flying Friends
French Bulldog Fun Plush Cushion Pillow perfect to decorate the kid's room or for a dog frenchie fan
Fairy Door
Fairy ice earrings, cluster earrings, winter shades
Deer Cotton and Velvet Animal Shaped Pillow
Handmade iPad cushion woodland theme fabric gadget cushion handmade cushion
6 Bath Bombs
Original watercolour sea shell illustration painting ocean beach series
KITTEN - Kawaii Pin Badge
Sterling Silver Star- Friendship Bracelet- Wish Bracelet- Sister Bracelet- Sister Gift- Cord Bracelet- Colour Choice
Immortalise Your Cat in Glass, Custom Quirky Cat Pendant or stick pin brooch, 1 Cat, One of a kind, Handmade Lampworked Glass
Letter Initial necklace in silver on 16 inch chain - monogram necklace - name jewellery - personalised silver metal alphabet etsy uk etsyuk
knit felted bag - Irish moss floral
Floral hanging hearts mobile

Gifts for Her

Textile Gifts for Her curated by Lynn Davy 

Another beautiful collection by Lynn of textile gifts for her. These talented textile artists will be at Dorsetteam's Etsy Made Local event on Dec 5.

Felted bag - Very berry, stripey knit felted handbag
Baby Pink Knitted Bow Headband, Knitted Headband, Oversized Bow Headband, Cute and Cosy Ear Warmer in Pastel
BABY BALACLAVA pink/purple
Heart Keyring
Embroidered Cards
Unique Crochet "Home" bunting, banner, garland, wall hanging with coordinating flowers, buttons and tassels. Unique and handmade.
A light drawstring children's bag that is a great gift to remind a special little one in your life that you love them!
Individually Designed and Handmade Bumble Bee and Red Ticking Cushion - Country Decor - Rustic Decor
Fabric Fat Quarter Bundle 5 Gutermann Country Chic Cottage Dusky Pink and Beige - UK Shop - Craft Supplies
Kit to make two needle felted strawberry brooches from  wool tops, with full colour, easy to follow instructions GRADED:  EASY
Amigurumi Afternoon Tea Pattern - Crochet Pattern by DMC
Three flower posy needle felt necklace / pendant hand made one off.
Dinosaur Ball-Oon Ball
Fabric iPad cat theme cushion with removable cover gadget cushion beanie handmade gifts for teens gifts for her etsy uk
Wristlet. Clutch purse. Clutch bag. Purse, in Ndieh's Designs Sunshine fabric
Pretty in pink - Pink rose silver hair slide

We would love to see all your treasury collections. Please remember to tag them with 'dorsetteam' so that we can find and share them or share them to #dorsetteam on social media.