Wednesday, September 25, 2013

CLOSED FOR VACATION

Well guys, the shop is officially closed for the next few days while Cam + I celebrate our third anniversary at the happiest place on Earth DISNEY WORLD.

I know you will miss me, so if you want to stay connected follow me on Instagram {@nicolinaw} for some fabulous Disney spam. In the meantime enjoy this adorable picture of crazy haired me hugging my buddy Pluto like it's my job.


The shop will be closed through Friday and open back up on Saturday the 29th, all orders and convos during that time will be processed when we get back on October 1st.

Monday, September 23, 2013

A VERY DISNEY GIVEAWAY

WINNER! ERIN THOMPSON!

We leave for Disney in 3 days, and in honor of Disney week over here we are posting all Disney all week! Today we are starting an awesome giveaway from one of my favorite Etsy shops Two Novembers /// shop here /// and she has some of the most unique paper art for your home. And of course my favorites are the Disney ones!

So starting today... you can enter to win a Disney print of your choice from her shop. Enter below!

 Thanks for entering! The giveaway will run through September 30th and we will announce the winner on the 1st of October!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

TIP TUESDAY #21 /// FREE DESKTOP BACKGROUND /// KEEP IT SIMPLE

"Keep it Simple" is something I have to remind myself on a daily basis. In life, in business and in design it is always best. In life simplicity leads to less clutter and stress. In business it leads to a more focused outlook, and accomplished goals. And in design it helps get your point across in the best possible way.

Here is a simple desktop background to help you remember to always keep it simple.



Just click the image below to make it bigger and set it to your desktop! Please remember this is for personal use only!



Monday, September 16, 2013

BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE

It sure doesn't feel like winter here {it doesn't even feel like fall} but I am in a winter wonderland over here re|designing one of last years favorites! Last year I debuted our Baby It's Cold Outside baby shower invitation and it was a major hit! This year after a little redesign {and lots of requests} it is back! And also available as an Art Print.











Friday, September 13, 2013

5 ON FRIDAY + INSTAFRIDAY

Linking up for 5 on Friday Again!
/// ONE ///
I would really like for it to be Fall now please {stuck in the high 80*s here}But I even more super want these shoes from Anthro, kind of obsessed with them. Crossing my fingers for a sale soon or a less budget busting pair!

/// TWO ///
As much as I sell on Etsy I am always shopping for new and beautiful things for our home or accessories, everything really! I stumbled on a new artist this week and I am obsessed. This is my favorite.

/// THREE ///
It's the last day of our HUGE Art Print and Thank You Note and Recipe Card Sale!

/// FOUR ///
 To all of my curly, wavy, frizzy mess haired girls. This is the STUFF.
Smells amazing, super light weight and less than $5 at Target /// go get it now!

/// FIVE ///
Have you ever been to the Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain Park?
It is the 2nd weekend in September every year and it is one of my favorites! I got this adorable scrabble style wall plaque, a geode slice pendant {check out their fb page} and some adorable studs from one of my favorite Etsy shops and friend Lily from Sailor Studio {check them out}


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

5000 SALES CELEBRATION


You guys, there are NO WORDS big enough or great enough to express my appreciation for all of my customers who have gotten us + DBN this far. You have helped me grow my business beyond my wildest dreams.

This sale is just a SMALL token of my appreciation to my amazing, lovely, fabulous customers! Enjoy, no code needed everything is already marked down 3 days only!

Happy Shopping in the meantime Cam and I are going to Party all Day!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

TIP TUESDAY /// ETSY SEARCH ADS REVIEW

Over the course of the last few years I have had my Etsy shop I have tried Search ADs. Usually with little success. It seemed like I would get lots of views, a few favorites from them but little sales, and that's really what you pay for advertising for.

After I rearranged the shops in July Cameron suggested that I give them another shot.  This time it worked amazingly. Here is what I did differently than the first time and what I learned.

/// How to Start a Search AD ///


When you are on your 'Your Shop' page, click under promotions, Search Ads


The page for Search Ads is pretty easy to follow the steps, I found in the Designs by Nicolina Paperie shop it was better to choose specific items, where as in the DBN Graphics shop it was better to promote everything. 

Ads are MUCH more profitable in the DBN Graphics shop, I think that is because the DBN Graphics shop are instant downloads, the kind of things people look at and purchase right away. But all in all I think it is worth the money I spent and will continue to keep doing them. ESPECIALLY in the DBNGraphics shop.

/// WHAT I LEARNED /// 
  •  Search Ads are great for ready to go items, or impulse buys. Becuase they run at the top of the page, they are what the customer will see first
  • They don't work as great for 'think about it' purchases, like printed invitations from Designs by Nicolina Paperie or Thank You Notes. 
  • Play around with it a bit to see what items grant you the most results for your money. The idea is to turn your views and favorites into sales, so rotate items out based on the season. 
  • Check the keywords, for some reason 'envelope' was a keyword chosen for the Thank You Note Ads, people who are searching for Envelopes aren't looking for TY Notes so I took that word off. No need to pay for things that aren't going to help at all. 
  • See what items are getting the most views and sales to help you decide on what items your shop needs more of

I hope this helped my fellow Etsy sellers in deciding if Search Ads are right for them. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comments and I will try to answer!