Thursday, 18 May 2017

How to needle felt curls

Have you got a pile of lovely fleece locks or have you made my curls but dont know how to attach them to a needle felted sculpture?

In todays video I show you several different ways to attach curls including how to felt straight fiber if you dont have time to make or order locks

If you make any curly felts please feel free to share them with me

The link below takes you to my affiliate site on amazon,

Monday, 15 May 2017

Growing a really small youtube channel

For 2017 I decided to focus on YouTube a bit, I had been watching loads of youtube creators with loads of tips and tricks for how to grow a channel

and I thought 'This is so similar to growing a Etsy shop'

So for fun I decided to try and focus on growing my youtube channel a little. I really enjoy making my videos to teach about needle felting and dog training and I thought it would be good to try and give a little back to the Etsy community by also sharing some of my tips for growing a Etsy store

So how did I do??

Here are the stats of my growth on youtube for the first 4 months of the year

It really shows (I hope) if you really focus on something, take tips from the experts and have realistic expectations then you really can grow in anything online

but it takes consistent work, you cannot just post and sit back

anyway, for anyone who is interested here is my statistics on youtube

Monday, 8 May 2017

How to needle felt a cats face

 Today I share my method for felting a cats face
It took me forever to figure out how to make cats faces - it was so much easier with dogs because I had two models to look at right infront of me

Friday, 28 April 2017

Etsy Tips. ErsyRank shows us the rise and fall of rankings

Just wanted to share with you my thoughts on this fantastic article from EtsyRank

The geek in me totally loves how they have used all the great statistics they have to look at how the position of an item in a search category is not fixed, it rises and falls because SEO is more than just the tags and titles we work on.
As Etsy has always told us recency, sales, views and hearts do all to differing extents effect our SEO

This shows very clearly how a sale or a renewal can boost an item all the way to the first page of a search and it depends on other factors as to how quickly those items fall away down the ranking.

As I thought this was such a good article I made a quick announcement video of my reactions to this post

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Speed Felting a Needle Felted Snow Leopard Wool Painting

I tried out a new art form the other day 2d needle felting - or wool painting
This is my 2nd ever painting, I hope you all enjoy

I created my own transfer by drawing out my leopard with an iron on transfer pen (I used the sulky one in the link below - affiliate link) and I found it surprisingly easy to use
Then I ironed the image onto a piece of felt to give me a guide of where to felt. Then about 8 hours of stabbing later and this guy appeared

Thursday, 6 April 2017

How to needle felt with BenMcFuzzylugs. Adding details to you Easter bunny

Todays how to needle felt tutorial video is showing you how to add details to last weeks Easter bunny

Shading in the ears, tiny detailed eyes, a fluffy bunny tail, and his little snuffly nose - here is how to add them

I think he looks much better with his little eyes and its a great project to improve your detail skills 
Please feel free to share if you make little Easter bunnies 

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Etsy Challenge. One simple change a day to improve your Etsy SEO and your Etsy shop

For the month of April I decided to run a challenge for all of us

In the first video I give out my starting stats from the last month - so HOPEFULLY by the end of the month there will be a nice change.
The point of the challenge is every day we do one little thing that hopefully adds up to a big change
Also sometimes its overwhelming all the work you have to do in your shop - its better to get in the habit of doing one thing every day than trying to do it all at once. Its actually better for SEO to have constant activity - and you dont burn yourself out

Week one challenge is to use EtsyRank to change one listing every day to get it to an A grade 

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Dog training tips - March Madness

As some of you know I was creating a dog training video a day for the month of march.
It was a whole load of fun and really had me thinking. Subjects from behavioral terms like explaining the quadrants of learning, to what I feed and other random ramblings - I hope you enjoy

I hope you enjoy these, thank you so much for all your support. I dont know if I will do a video a day again :D but it was well worth it 

If you are interested in more (better) information then check out this book (Im not selling it, its just an affiliate link - which dosent cost you anything) I really enjoyed it

Thursday, 30 March 2017

How to needle felt. Needle felting Easter bunny tutorial

Todays needle felting tutorial video we have a fab project for beginners - the needle felted Easter bunny

This wee guy is so simple, just 2 basic shapes, takes about an hour or less and is super cute 

If you are a total beginner I would recommend checking out some of my basics videos before getting started 

An introduction to the equipment

How to felt a ball

Bunny ears

I have been asked a few times if I sell felting supplies - I dont - but click my affiliate link for Amazon below and it takes you to some people who do sell felting supplies and look pretty good :) 

Monday, 27 March 2017

Etsy Tips. Five Tips to improve your tags

Todays Etsy tips video I cover five tips to improve your tags

1 Think like a buyer
2. Use 2-3 words
3. Use tools like EtsyRank to compare the competition
4. Dont aim too hight
5. Find different terms


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