Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Fun Christmas Crafts For Your Kids


It is Christmas time! Your kids must be happy in that situation. Even, that day is usually followed with the holiday season. So, it is a good idea if you as parents can do activity together with your kids in celebrating Christmas. Here, age-appropriate Christmas crafts can be your right option in which your kids enjoy making.
Crafts for children in this special day are plentiful. Christmas trees, candy canes, ornaments, Santa and reindeer create a festive atmosphere at this time. Many of these symbols of the holiday season make fun craft ideas for kids.

Getting children to create presents for their friends and family members in this special day is a definite means to keep them happily busy. And a framed art can be one of craft ideas for kids that you can choose.

Any kids can sketch. Hand them a thick white paper, some pencils, crayons, or watercolors and let them draw a Christmas picture. Once the work of art is finished, have the picture framed efficiently in a classy looking frame and let them offer it to their grandpa or grandma as present in this special day. You could let the children make picture books or activity books as presents to those they adore.


Christmas is a time to celebrate the spirit of giving. Bring joy to someone you love with these festive handmade crafts!
And if you want to make someone happy and give a perfect Christmas gift than Misi is a place for you. :) www.misi.co.uk

Friday, 21 November 2014

Handmade Leather Crafts

One of the easiest ways of doing away with the free time and also earning fame, recognition and money is to make crafts; of course if you have the prerequisite skills for making crafts. But then, making crafts isn't that difficult. With the many courses available on the internet as well as the guide books, you can create some beautiful crafts and sell them or gift them to your loved ones to attain that warmth and respect. One of the most famous crafts is the leather crafts. These can be given as gifts to the loved ones and believe it or not, they remain to be one of the most treasured gifts of all.

Most of the times people get confused regarding what to gift someone special on their birthdays or anniversaries, well handmade leather crafts are one of the most treasured and beautiful gift items to be given to people you love. Leather is a royal thing and many of the celebrities also flaunt their leather accessories, be it their bags, purses, shoes, leather pants, etc. But then, it's not only celebrities who love leather, even the common people are in love with leather. Leather is a royal and classy object and using leather crafts gives an extra zing to one's personality. These handmade leather crafts can be carried to any occasion like cocktail parties, birthday parties, etc with elan.

Another factor which makes these handmade leather crafts special is the fact that they have been created by hand and someone has put their heart and soul into creating these products. One can achieve a lot of finesse and beautiful designs by using hands rather than machines for making these crafts. These handmade leather crafts look beautiful when gifted and they also are durable unlike the ones bought from the market. Thus, indeed handmade crafts are one of the most treasured gifts.

If you want to buy products we have or sell your lovely products visit www.misi.co.uk

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

5 Ideas For Inexpensive Christmas Crafts

Okay so this year you want to have a "hand made Christmas" but you need ideas for inexpensive Christmas crafts that will fit into your time and money budget. Well read on and I'll give you a head start over all the other elves out there.

Here are 5 holiday crafts that are easy to make and a joy to give to friends, relatives, and neighbors.

1. Hand Bound Christmas Cookbook - Hand stamp heavy (colored) construction cardboard and use ribbon or lace to wrap that around recipes that you print on pre-punched paper using your computer/printer.

2.
Hand Stamped Christmas Cards - Use your holiday decorative stamping tools to create personalized Christmas cards that are guaranteed to stay on the mantle longer than the ones from the store.

3
. Framed Children's Artwork - If your children don't end up making any Christmas related artwork at school this year, help them make it at home and then purchase some plain picture frames on sale at a crafts store, and (optionally) custom decorate the frames if you think they might further enhance your child's art.


4.
Homemade Cookie Mix - Make your families favorite holiday cookie mix (sans the liquid and soft ingredients), put it in a decorative jar, add instructions for mixing/baking and you've got and instant Christmas hit!


5.
Favorite Christmas Quote - Embroider your favorite Christmas/inspirational quote on a handkerchief or kitchen towel and make a gift that will become a conversation piece and is bound to become something that is passed down from generation to generation.




If you want to see how our users did it visit www.misi.co.uk, there is plenty of Christmas gifts to be found there :)

Friday, 14 November 2014

Crafting Handmade Chocolates and Sweets



Crafting handmade chocolates and sweets is a good idea if you want to give gifts or make something special for your family. Tired of your usual desserts, then this is a good alternative to your average candy or chocolate bars!

1. When making handmade chocolates, you will have to learn how to select your ingredients. You can drop by at a local chocolate supply store and purchase the items by bulk. This way, you get more at half the price compared to the pure chocolates sold at grocery stores. If you want to make handmade sweets, like candies, the same thing will apply when selecting your ingredients. To make things easier, know what to make first. Once you have a clear idea; that is when you can start making purchases. Chances are, if it's your first time in making handmade sweets, you have a tendency to horde supplies and once you get home, you are surrounded with supplies and ingredients, you are not sure if you'll use them, anyway. Make a list first to make things organized.


2. If you plan to make handmade sweets made from chocolates, the kitchen tools that you'll need are: double boiler, candy thermometer, wooden or rubber spatula, and bowls. If you plan to put some nuts, oatmeal, or fruits in your handmade sweets, you can use a food processor or a mortar and pestle to crush and grind these ingredients.



3. Once you are ready with your ingredients, melt the chocolate in the double boiler. If you want to make candies, you will need to do the same process with the option of using a double boiler. But for chocolates, it would be best to use a double boiler to avoid having the ingredients get burned. Slowly stir the ingredients at low fire.


4. If you are done melting your handmade chocolate, it is optional if you want to put the other ingredients in. But if you do, pour the ingredients one at a time and slowly stir to mix all the items in the double boiler.


5. Some would put liquor or fruit or herb essences in the mix. If you do, do it at the last part of the process and stir the mixture well. Now that you are done with the mixing, put your double boiler in a different surface and let it cool first. Once the mixture has cooled, pour them in fun containers or molds. Take note, for the cooling process; don't let the chocolates stand for a long time. The same thing when it goes to other handmade sweets. You can also put your chocolates in an airtight container and put it in the fridge for later consumption.

If you are looking for handmade chocolates and sweets than visit www.misi.co.uk  and enjoy our selection :)

Monday, 10 November 2014

Discover the Amazing Benefits of Creating Handmade Crafts


Crafting has always been a popular hobby for millions of people. If you want to start a new hobby or teach creative activities for children, making beautiful crafts from different materials is a nice option. You do not have to be an artist or an exceptionally gifted person to make handmade crafts. As long as you have the right motivation, talent, and a bit of patience, you can become a crafts master in no time.

Although many people consider crafts making as a hobby, you can actually get more benefits from this kind of activity. So here are some of the most amazing benefits you can enjoy from creating hand crafted items.



Creating Handmade Crafts Can Soothe Your Senses

You probably know already that some people create works of art to fight stress. They usually paint, sketch, or sculpt. Others resort to woodworking, origami making, or metal crafting when they want to relax. Like these activities, crafting can help your mind and body to relax. The process of creating something beautiful from scratch can effectively take your mind away from your problems. So if you want to soothe your senses and forget stressful thoughts, try making hand crafted works of art today.



Crafting is Cheap and Easy

As mentioned earlier, almost everyone can become a crafts master. It only takes a little bit of creativity to make something special out of the ordinary things you see everyday. This hobby does not really require expert skills. As long as you are properly motivated, you will be able to create different crafts that you can be proud of. But the best thing about handmade crafts is the fact that they are very cheap to produce. In fact, you can just use recycled items, junk items, and discarded things. There is no need for you to buy expensive art materials and tools.


Crafts are Perfect Personalized Gifts

Today, it is very tempting to give gifts that you have bought from novelty shops. Sometimes, you really do not think much about giving personalized gifts. You simply get something off the shelf, wrap it, and send it your friend or relative. Gift giving, however, should have a special meaning. There is a need to personalize the things you send to the special persons in your life. Handmade crafts are your perfect solution. If you personally create something truly special, your loved ones and friends will remember you for your thoughtfulness.



Making Money from Crafts

Did you know that you can make a stable side income from craft making? If you have perfected your techniques, you can easily sell your creations to make extra money. In fact, some people have established their own personalized crafts businesses and they are making a steady income. There are many ways to can sell your creations. You can join local arts and crafts fairs and display your creations for everyone to see. These fairs will allow you to sell your items. You can also sell handmade creations online. There are websites that provide income opportunities for crafts makers.

If you want to sell your lovely products or buy the others we have make sure to visit www.misi.co.uk :)

Saturday, 19 July 2014

How to make your wedding truly unique


Choosing the handmade approach to your wedding doesn’t just mean you save some money, it also gives you a one-of-a-kind experience that completely embodies your style and taste. This is something you cannot get with commercial wedding products, which are mass-produced for thousands of brides.  In fact, you can have a unique wedding by simply choosing the handmade approach

The Outfits

For brides who want to walk down the aisle in something that cannot be found in the bridal magazine, consider a vintage style wedding dress and or a beautiful handmade tiara. You can also go with Vintage Gunne Sax dresses, for example have a boho or prairie style to them that is perfect for rustic, outdoorsy type weddings. And their price tag ranges anywhere from 50 to 300 pounds, which is much less than most modern day wedding gowns.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

5 Scrummy Bakes for Dad

Dads can be notoriously hard to buy for – especially when you’d rather be giving him something personal instead. These five easy bakes for dad can be quickly customised with his favourite toppings or ingredients. Plus, they’re all super simple to do – and perfect for baking beginners!


1. Shortbread

Father's Day Shortbread
Shortbread is a good bake to start with if your new to the world of baking – you don’t need a lot of ingredients or equipment to make something that both tastes and looks delicious!


2. Bread

5 Scrummy Bakes for Dad #dad #fathersday
This white loaf would make a great breakfast-in-bed treat. Cut it into thick slices with a healthy spread of butter and jam, for a delicious Father’s Day treat!


3. Flapjack

How to make Flapjack Step 6
Flapjack is a perennial bake for dad! This super simple, super sticky recipe is sure to become one of your family favourites.


4. Cookies

5 Scrummy Bakes for Dad #dad #fathersday

Cookies are a great bake for the kids to help with (and little fingers make light work!). All you need for these hand-crafted cookies are some cutters and Ready-Roll Icing!


Friday, 30 May 2014

Opening a store on Misi (or any other online platform) is rather the beginning than the end of your efforts to sell online

Think like if you have opened a brick and mortar store on a street at your hometown! It is no difference!

A traditional store, requires some work from your side. First you decorate your store, to make it attractive to the buyers- same is true for your online store! A nice Background, a nice AVATAR, an attractive shop banner- all the above contribute to have a nice online store!

You make a nice store front with a beautifully decorated window, which will catch the eye of the people on the street and make them to walk in- same on your online store! You should have lots of photos! This is your window- this is what the potential buyer will see! This is what will attract him/her to start buying.

Imagine that you open your brick and mortar shop, and you place on your window only one or two items! How it will look like? And imagine that this items does not show well, the light is bad, they are small and far away from the window front. Same is true on your online store! You must have a lot of pictures, nice pictures, proper light, proper size, for the potential buyers to be attracted.

However, do you stop there? Is this all you will do for your traditional store? Of course not! You will not open your store, sit inside, and wait for the customers to walk in! Instead, you will start advertising it! You will go around and spread the word that you have a store! First in your own neighborhood, and then you will tell your friends, siblings, and everybody you will meet out there! You will go to gatherings, family meetings, classmate reunions, exhibitions, fairs, and you will promote your store!

Same for your online store. Only here, online, you will have the Social Media and the Search Engines to work with. However, believe me; it is no different from the real life out there.

You will meet people online, and you will bring them on your online store! In addition, when you will bring them, make sure that they will like your store (see above).

Be natural and consistent, these are the great tools to succeed online (as it is to succeed off line)

Here on MyMisi, we publish several tips and advice to help you. Read them, and try to do your best. Success is not happening instantly, needs time and effort.

The only difference between your traditional store and your online one, is that online you can meet far more people than off line. Follow some simple rules, for your virtual store, exactly as you would have done on your brick and mortar store, and you will be amazed from the success.

We are here to help. Leave a comment, ask a question, and we will come back to you asap.

Cheers


How to use Facebook to increase your sales!


On our previous posts, we suggested that you promote your store on social media. This is the one most important thing to do besides having nice items in your store.

On this post we will try to be more specific with what exactly should you do when you start promoting your store on Social Media. As social media platforms are so many, we will examine each one separately and we will start with the most popular one, Facebook.

On a previous post “Tips to be successful using social media for your business” – which by the way it is highly recommended to read- we mentioned that just posting nonsense on Facebook, will not bring you any sales.

On this post, we will give you specific instructions and ideas of what to post, when to post and some insights of what Facebook can do for you, in order to increase your sales.
We assume that you already have a Facebook page related to your store on MISI or MYMISI. We designed these tips to advance your Store Facebook page, however, many of them can also use for your personal Facebook page.
The next time you are at any social gathering, party, lunch or dinner with friends, pay attention to who people are most engaged with. Why are people so engaged with a particular person? Inevitably, you will realize that the people who are the most engaging are 1) the most interesting, 2) the most attractive, or 3) the most engaged themselves.

Voila! You now know everything you need to know about increasing the engagement between your customers and your Store on Facebook.


Well, there is a bit more to it. What is interesting to your audience? How do you make yourself attractive through social media; and when, how, and how often should you engage? These three qualities result in the highest engagement and the most interaction, between people regardless of whether the venue is real or virtual.


Facebook introduced EdgeRank, an algorithm that determines what shows up in any given Facebook user’s news feed. The EdgeRank algorithm, uses three components, each referred to as an “edge” (hence the name), to guide what appears in users’ news feeds. These are affinity, weight, and time decay (or timeliness).


Affinity is determined by the amount of interaction between any two given Facebook users. The more your interact with a fan, the more likely your posts will show up in that fan’s newsfeed.


Weight refers to the type of post. A share, for example, carries more weight than a comment, a comment is weightier than a Like, and a Like ‘weighs’ more than a click on the post.


Time Decay refers to post timeliness. Like any piece of news, the older it becomes, the less relevant and important it is, thus less likely to appear in newsfeeds,


The lower your store’s EdgeRank is in a user’s Facebook account, the less engaged your store would be with that user, and the fewer opportunities you will have to engage. In fact, on average, only about 4 to 17 percent of a business page’s posts show up in a fan’s news feed. With that, let us look at how to boost your edgerank.


A lot of the content people post on their Facebook page is personal, everything from “My baby took its first steps today” to “I just had the worst piece of pizza ever.” It is the kinds of things friends, family, and co-workers share with each other because that is what friends are for -- to share the highs and lows of your life.
However, this kind of post it is not good for business. They will not drive your sales up!

Just how personal you get with your Facebook content depends on your business. Little League scores, church socials, community gatherings, are prime examples of great, personal content to share on your Facebook page if yours is the type of business to which such things are suited. A related event to your business, a major event on the news, can also be a start of an interesting conversation. Avoid Politics, and Sports.


Sharing personal content makes your fan base feel connected to your store, it makes you more human. People respond to that. Why not encourage personal sharing from your fans too? Ask people to share something about themselves in response to one of your posts.

Visual content

Visual content helps draw in and engage Facebook users. Facebook’s research shows that photo albums, pictures, and videos increase engagement by 180 percent, 120 percent, and 100 percent, respectively, more than content without visuals. Meanwhile asking Fans to write captions on your photos increases engagement 5.5 times more than a standard post. However, please, do not just ask people to like the image of your masterpiece, it is not the right approach.

Even something as simple as a smiley face emoticon in your post can increase Likes by 57 percent, comments by 33 percent, and shares by 33 percent over posts without them. Emotions engage people even if they are just a digital doodle.

Use pictures in your posts to attract the reader’s eye, then, surround the picture with clever, compelling content to keep them reading. Relate your images to your product, and drive them your store.

Be funny

Comedy helps a store connect to their audience. Store owners that make people smile after a long day at the office, or better yet, laugh, often have high levels of engagement. Humorous images, comics, and memes are highly shareable content, as Facebook users want to share these images with your friends, thus increasing your reach.
Humor can be simple, like a photo of a cute baby with a funny caption, or a dog chasing his tail.

Be responsive

Just as people expect great customer service from you in-store or on the phone, they look to your store to do the same on Facebook.
Believe it or not, 95% of stores do not respond to comments made by Facebook users on Facebook. By responding to comments and questions promptly on Facebook, you demonstrate your own high level of engagement and many of your fans will be pleased. Why wouldn’t you take a minute to respond to your fans? It is an easy way to increase engagement and create lasting relationships. If fans bring up an issue with your store, try and respond to them quickly, in a polite manner. Address their issues publicly, but if a particular matter requires more personal help, have them email you or call you with their concerns.


POST AT OPTIMAL TIMES

If a post falls in the Facebook forest and no one is around to see it, does it make an impact? No. Take your type of business and your audience demographic into consideration when planning the timing for your Facebook posts. If your audience is most likely online searching for your product in the evening, will a post at 10am generate a lot of likes, comments and shares? Probably not. Because so much content is posted on Facebook each day, you want your posts to be more relevant to your audience when you post them, not eight hours later.
You may also see higher engagement during lunchtime, and close-to-close time, as people tend to look for entertainment. Retail businesses may see an increase in engagement on weekends when people have down time to do some online shopping. Do some research and learn when your audience is online, both the hours of the day and days of the week.

CONSIDER FREQUENCY

Post new and relevant content on Facebook to keep people interested. The average half-life of a Facebook post is about three hours. Because of this, it is a good practice to post more than once a day to get the most engagement out of your posts. When your post is still part of the news feed or is a highlighted story still receiving a steady flow of engagement, it is considered “alive”.

DISCUSS CURRENT EVENTS

Stay involved in the current conversations. If a holiday is around the corner, odds are your fans are involved and talking about. Post an image of something you are thankful for on Thanksgiving, or a romantic image on Valentines day. Your fans are more likely to share something if it is relevant and entertaining.
This does not stop at holidays. If something big is happening on the news, incorporate it into your marketing campaigns. After a tragedy, post your condolences. Not only does this get your fans involved, it gives your store a human face, making fans feel more connected to your store.

ASK QUESTIONS

Try asking a question on your Facebook page so that your Fans are inclined to answer questions. Here are some tips for asking questions:
Questions that ask “where,” “when,” or “should” are more successful at engaging Fans than asking “why” -- which seems to generate the lowest amount of Likes or comments.
Asking for feedback (such as “Tell us how you feel about”) on your products and services will prompt Fans to express themselves, something which by now, you know, Facebook users love to do.

Know your audience

Know as much as you possibly can about your audience. The more you know about your audience, the more effectively you can develop content tailored to their likes. Use everything you have learned about your customers’ offline and online to gain an understanding of who they are and what they are interested in. Are they male or female, young or old (or both)? Are they price-sensitive or fashion-conscious? Do they come in based on need or instinct?

Mix it up
Mix up the type of content you post on your Facebook page. Go from humorous one day to heartfelt the next.
The more variety you have in your Facebook posts, the more entertaining your page will be.

Post ideas
Photos of happy customers- after all they bought from you to use your masterpiece! Ask them to send you a photo while they are wearing your jewelry, your jacket, or while their baby wears these amazing knitted shoes.
Humorous jokes and images
Poll your audience for fun or research
Ask fans to fill in the caption of a photo

Invite subscribers

Facebook logos are so ubiquitous they are easily overlooked -- even if the logo is clearly on your Store with the words “follow us!”
People are busy. You did not ask them to like your store and so it did not occur to them to do it. People may be aware that you are on Facebook but since you have not asked or provided an incentive for them to engage with you there they simply have not. Provide an incentive; it does not have to be expensive to be valuable.
Post new product tips

Pin posts

You can increase engagement of specific posts by pinning those posts. Pinning a post places it front-and-center (well, actually, top and left) of your timeline for seven days (or until you unpin it). It’s the first post people will see, and comes with a little orange flag on the right side of the post to draw attention to it. Pinning a post is easy. Use this tactic sparingly to gain attention for your best posts, the ones you know your audience engages most with, or the ones you want the most people to interact with.


If you want your Fans to be more engaged with your store on Facebook, the answer is clear: Be more engaging. You need to be the social media equivalent of the life of the party. Tell funny stories, get personal, be personable, catch their eye with something visually appealing.
Be as engaged with your Fans as you want them to be engaged with you. Ask questions, take an interest in what people have to tell you, share good news, promote a worthy cause and ask your friends to help you in the endeavor.
Getting more engagement on Facebook isn’t rocket science. But it is marketing science. Put the social in your social media and use your inbound marketing expertise and analytics to make it all work better.


Read and comment on this post- Ask questions, we are here to help you sell more! Share this post with your fellow crafters; share it on your Facebook, on your Google Plus, your LinkedIn group. This will create a healthy discussion and the whole community will benefit from new ideas, based on this post. Other community members may have some more attractive ideas, how you will find out if you do not discuss with them? Make sure that you receive our newsletter, and visit our forum. There are many answers there to your questions. 

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Dad's token tin


Instead of the usual coupons, why not give dad some fun tokens this year. 

What you need:
*  small round tin (i got mine at michaels - it's about 4" in diameter)
*  one sheet of black cardstock
*  two or more sheets of white cardstock (depending on how many tokens you make)
*  sheet of tokens
*  black ink pad
*  scissors


Step one: print your tokens, then punch out with 3" punch.

Step two: trace and cut out white circles a little larger than your tokens. i used a large soup can. (you can probably use a cricut for this) then trace and cut out one black circle for the lid of your tin. this needs to be bigger than your white circle, but not bigger than the lid. 

Step three: ink the edges of your white circles. 


Step four: adhere tokens to your white circles. (adhere the black one for your lid) then have your child(ren) write things they are willing to do for their dad on the tokens. make sure to have them sign their names too.