Designing a Business Card- Kartvizit Tasarımı

I have designed a business card for me and my mom's shop matching with the color and font of the shop's banner. And I put photos of some items from my shop on the back of the card.

So I had an image of how I would like it. I wanted the original logo of the website to be on the left corner-that way I thought it would look more professional- like the name of the company :-)Under it writes my shop's name- see the lemon among? it is for the letter "o". Because it means lemon green :-)) I would like to thank my dear friend Melih for this cutest idea.

In the middle writes our names, and website address. And above writes our motto.

You can freely use the same format to design yours!

Annem ve benim dükkanımız için bir kartvizit tasarladım. Kartın renk olarak ismimizle uyumlu şekilde limon yeşili renginde olmasını ve font olarak da yine bannerdaki fonttan olmasını özellikle istedim. Bu arada bannerımızı hazırlayan arkadaşım Melih'e buradan tekrar teşekkür ediyorum. Çok içime sinen ve çok sevimli bir banner yaptı benim için. "Limon"daki o harfi yerine limon koymuş olmasına ise diyecek söz bulamıyorum :-)) Daha şirin olamazdı. Tabi ben bunları aynen kartvizitte de kullanmak istedim.

Sol üstte sitenin orijinal logosunu koydum. Sanki böyle daha profesyonel görünüyor-şirket ismi gibi :-)

Ortada annem ve benim isimlerimiz, altta ise dükkan sloganımız (bannerımızda da aynı şekilde yazıyor)

Kartın arkasına ise bazı ürünlerin fotoğraflarını koydum.

Kadıköy'de 100 tanesini 40 TL'ya bastılar. Biraz tuzlu mu oldu bilmiyorum?! :) Araştırılarak daha ucuzu bulunabilir belki. Ama ben sonuçtan çok memnunum. Özellikle ürün fotoğraflarının kalitesinde hiçbir bozulma yok-ki en çok ondan endişe ediyordum.

And this is the back. I picked my favorite items of both of us! :)

Bu da kartın arka yüzü. Annemin ve benim en sevdiğim işlerimizden seçtim. :)


Ribbon Embroidery

Here are some ribbon embroidery samples my mother did for me to hang up on my wall when I get married! That means it is part of my "çeyiz". I think I'm going to give a little bit of information on this later. But now, here are the ribbon embroideries witing to be framed :)

There are 3 more in different designs which she considers to sell in her Etsy shop but we have a crisis deciding on what we should transfer them into. Pillows, frame, wall hang..or what? We should also consider in which way it can be sold best..as a pillow or wall hang?


Who Wouldn't Like a Canon?

Furkan is a Turkish artist who is "wandering with a lot of compositions in his mind" as he describes, but could never afford a Canon to fit them in an image. Then he started to think if he can't collect the money, he could collect the people who wanted the same thing to make his wish come true. So he is taking pictures of portraits of Istanbul, with his message in their hands: "Canon see him!"

He started his journey to take 2010 photos for a Canon and has taken 1500 portraits so far. You can see his journey in his blog here. By the way, I'll e-mail him to let him know about my blogpost and to ask where he is planning to take shoots through this week!!

Edit: He answered my e-mail superfast and told me he works in Mecidiyeköy and that it would be a pleasure for him to take a shoot if I can be around there on weekdays.


DIY Gift Box Tutorial

I came across to a DIY Gift Box Tutorial here and I tried it. It was an easy tutorial and it came out beautiful. You can see the result here in my previous post. But while I was doing it I realized I didn't have to bother this much fold-open moves and came up with an easier one. Here is the tutorial- with tones of pictures in place of words which might be deficient due to my English.
I am giving the measurements that I tried but you can change them for a box in different dimensions and sorry to explain it in metric standards but you know, it's not important at all! Just follow the instructions. (In case you need: 1 cm: 0.39 inch 1inch: 2.54 cm)
Here are the materials: Cardboard (thicker comes out better), scissors, glue, ruler, pencil, a piece of paper, embellishments
1. You will cut two different sizes of square cardboards for the box and its cover.
2. The perfect the squares are, the perfect the result is.
3. Cut a square cardboard measuring 20.5*20.5 cm (This is for the box)
4. Draw a square right on the middle of the cardboard measuring 8.5*8.5 cm as in the picture below. (means 6 cm inside from all the edges.) I hope the black lines are visible enough!
5. Cut another square cardboard for the cover measuring 19*19 cm (it is smaller than the one for the box because that way the cover will come out shorter than the box and will be easy to take of while opening- experience speaking! :)

6. Draw a square right on the middle of the cardboard measuring 9*9 cm (means 5 cm inside from all edges)
7. It is the same both for the box and cover after here.
8. Cut until the edge of the square inside- where the end of the scissors is as seen in the picture below)

9. Fold it clearly like this, following the lines.

10. Cut on the line near it as seen in the picture below.

11. Fold on the lines as below.

12. Cut and fold across them just the same. You can see below.

13. Now fold the right and left following the edges of the square inside as seen below.

14. Here is what it looks like when you all gather them.

15. Glue the ears (this is how I call them) inside. Put a piece of white paper under them while gluing so that you can glue the edges better without dirt around it. See below.

16. Paste them as in the previous picture where all of the "ears" are gathered.

17. Embellish :)

Just before I wrote this post I saw a thread in Etsy Forum asking whether anyone does DIY gift boxes and I think I need opinions on this one. I got a cardboard in this color because my Etsy shop is called "Derin Mavi" which means deep blue in English. So I wanted it to be matching. And I thought evil eye beads were suitable for embelishments because they are also blue and something from Turkish culture. Do you think it came out nice to send package to a customer? Or would you be turned off when you saw it? Should I add or change something?


Recently on my Online Business

I have another shop in Dawanda I opened a couple of months ago. I am trying to promote as much as I can to make a sale there as well. (Haven't made the first one yet!) While I was browsing on Internet at 2 a.m on a sleepless night, I was shocked to see one of my necklaces on front page when I opened the homepage of Dawanda. So I saved the screen, here it is :-) The second on top left:

Oh, there was an Etsian who asked for wholesale prices for two of my earrings in June to sell in her own handmade items website that she set up recently and was trying to develope. I have just got a message from her telling they sold both of them and asking whether they were one of a kind or not to place an order for more! First of all of course I am glad they did sell but not because it means an upcoming order for me, because they were both my own designs. I mean, I am not a designer (professionally). I don't have a degree on design at university. But I am designing since I can remember, I love colors, materials, esthetic. This is obviously because of my mother because yes, she IS a professional designer :-) It's the genes obviously :-))

And these are the two earrings she sold on her website: (I liked how she called them there!)

"Silk Road Earrings"

"Grappa Earrings"

You should check her website. Full of all handmade, original and adorable items. You can reach here.


Improving My Shop

I wrote about the importance of good packaging in my previous post. So I was off to buy some lovely supplies for a beautiful package after I wrote it. I got lemon green wrapping paper and a big bunch of raffia for only 3 Dollars. And I made a cute package using a tutorial I came across on internet. I am going to give that tutorial and the easier way I came up with while I was doing it in the coming post. Today it's just the result.

Oh by the way, I have just learned about a really cool promoting tool on Etsy Forum. It is a 30 second-video you make with images and a song you like in the background. (You can make a longer version as well, it's up to you!) If you own a shop and would like to feature your items, you pick 12-15 images, you choose the song and bam! there's your fun to watch video consisting of your items. CLUE: You know it is the music which creates or stregthen the feeling, so make sure it is matching with your items or your style. I picked a latin song called "Havana Rules" and I think it came out perfect! Here it is:
I would love to hear your comments. You can leave there (under the video) as well!

I made a trade with an Etsy seller AddieDesigns to have a banner in exchange of one of my earrings. The banner came out great and now I know a great Etsy seller whom I can advise to others. She reminded me the importance of good treat to customers. You can see this is the way she works looking at the feedbacks left for her. You can see the new banner here.

I've been working on hair accessories for a little while, but the thing is I am desperately looking for a model to display them. (and the necklaces I have made before) I couldn't find yet and I think I won't so I guess it will be me in the end. Hope mom can take photos good enough! (She has no talent or experience taking photos at all!!)
And finally, we opened a second shop where there are only the works of my mother, meaning we seperated Derin Mavi. Her shop is called deiledesign. There are patchwork and cross stitch pillows, Turkish slippers and patchwork quilts for now. There's so much more to come.
Stay tuned :-)


"Packaging Says Something About You"

For those who are selling their handmade items online: I have just read this great article in "Etsy Storque" about "Packaging and Shipping" and got angry with myself having made the same mistake of undarvaluing something. If you also want to fix your mistake like I did, here's the article: Service Tips for Sellers: Packaging and Shipping

The package belongs to celestefrittata's shop.


"13 Things You Couldn't Pay Me to Buy"

Here's an article I found here

13 Things You Couldn't Pay Me to Buy
Easy money-saving tips that will get you thinking thrifty…while still having fun.

Go ahead. Just try me. Send me a blank check (made payable to "Jeff Yeager, The Green Cheapskate") and see if I succumb to the social pressures to buy any of the following:

1. "Green" household cleaners - Do you know about baking soda and vinegar?

2. A suit that costs more than $200 - As Warren Buffett said, "I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me." And at a thrift store, $200 will buy you a closet full of suits.

3. A cell phone - Pay to ruin the quality of my life?

4. Bottled water - News Flash: Bottled water may be unsafe, and definitely a waste of money and resources. Hate to say it, but I told you so.

5. A riding lawn mower - The only thing wider than the expanse of your grass, is the expanse of your ... If you're going to have a lawn at all, at least mow it with a push mower.

6. A Hummer - The new definition of "so un-cool."

7. A gym membership - Buy a used bicycle at the thrift store and pedal it on over to cancel your gym membership. Then ride it to work and on local errands.

8. Any pet that's not adopted - Adopt a stray from your local animal shelter, and be sure to have your dogs and cats spayed or neutered.

9. A powerboat or Jet Ski - I'll take my canoe or kayak, and the peace and quiet of being out on the water, any day.

10. A bottle of wine that costs more than $8 - A study showed that if you serve most people cheap wine and tell them it's expensive, they say they like it much better. So lie.

11. A tanning bed - I'll get my skin cancer the old fashioned way (or not) by spending time outside, in the sun. At least it's free.

12. A GPS - Another expensive device to let us use our brains less. Map reading and orienteering are important life skills...and what fun would life be if you don't sometimes get lost along the way?

13. Any piece of clothing that displays the name of the designer/brand - If you want to advertise on my body, you'll have to pay me, not the other way around.

So, how did I do? Send your comments (on the backside of a blank check) to "Jeff Yeager, The Green Cheapskate." Or comment below.

Jeff Yeager is the author of the book The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches. His Website is http://www.ultimatecheapskate.com/.

Well, I guess most of the people will say that all 13 topics depend on your conditions. It's true. Cell phone is definitely necessary especially if you have kids or a GPS helps you save gas when you are looking for an address. But, this article definitely makes us think about our habits, the conception of "need", the phenemonen of "modern life" and its effects on us.

I Should Have Thought of That!

"Bad Table" link

When I see a design I like, I always think about the process of how it was created, especially when it's a simple "but" adorable idea. Do you also think like "It's so simple, nothing complicated about it, but why couldn't I think of that..?" Yeah, but somebody did and it came out awesome!!

"Falling Bookend" link

I remember reading somewhere that "bringing things together that look like they have nothing to do with each other" is what fires the creativity.
I love sharing "cool designs" so there's always more to come in this blog!
"Tealight Pendant Light" link
"Someone's Cup" link

There's even better:

"Dirty Mug" link


Delicate Beauty: Needlelace (Oya)

I am a big fan of needlelace- and traditional clothing in general. I will make posts of needlelace samples I come across around or online from time to time. Needlelace is a traditional Turkish handcraft made to decorate cloths. I will start with some of them I saw two weeks ago in the "Mobile Turkish Culture House" built in Taksim Park where the "European Capital of Culture Istanbul Gathering of World Cultures and Youth" organization was held with guests from 20 countries for one week.

The woman I talked with in the "house" showed me needlelace decorated scarves and brooches which she collected from all over Anatolia. All of them were at least 30 years old and there were even 80 year-old ones. This pink&yellow flowered one on top is a bride's crown and 50 years old. Isn't it just beautiful?


Sea Gulls on my Sweater

I liked this idea I saw on a blog so much and decided that moment to do it. It came out just how I wanted. Here's how I did for those who want to try:

-I drew the birds myself since I didn't have a pattern sample.

-A plain white or white fabric with little patterns on (like flowered) results better on a dark colored cloth. First I cut the birds out of a flowered red fabric but it didn't have that effect. I guess they look like sea gulls that way so white looks better.

-I made them smallest to biggest, and stitched the smallest begining from the shoulder, that way the birds look like they are coming from distant creating a perspective.

-There are three birds on the original one but I made four, you can increase it if you like!

-First I tried to stitch them on the sweater directly but the threads on the edges came off as the pieces are very small. So I fixed an interfacing. You can find interfacing in fabric stores. It is a supply which is fixed in the back of the fabric by ironing and keeps the fabric stable.
(First I drew the birds on the fabric, cut them out and then placed them on the interfacing)

Place the pieces face up on the shiny face of the interfacing and iron it. Warning:put a fabric under the interface while ironing, or it sticks to the surface you are ironing on.
-After ironing, remove the fabric you had put under. The interfacing sticked to the reverse side of the birds.
- Cut the birds out again.

-If you don't fix the birds with a pin while stitching them on the sweater, they slip and change direction unnoticed.
-Please send the results if you try, I will be happy to post here!
-Good luck! :)