Wednesday, June 9, 2010

How would you describe this?

by Andrea of Sacred Suds

As online sellers, we are limited to one sense - our sense of sight - for giving buyers a complete five-senses sensory experience. When buyers are browsing online, they cannot feel, smell, taste, or hold an item in their hands to turn it over and look at it from all angles. So it is up to us, the sellers, to create that experience for them using two devices: photographs and item descriptions.

I recently did a sensory exploration, where I focused each day on one of my five senses, and journalled periodically about what I experienced. It was a fantastic writing exercise, and it made me realize that your senses are EXCELLENT tools for writing item descriptions. What I'd like to do here is invite you, the reader, to use your senses to help the featured artist describe an item from their Etsy shop. This week's item is this Fun Yellow Fused Glass Pendant from Wild Dog Studio:

How would YOU describe this item? Leave a comment here on the blog with some descriptive words or phrases. Be adventurous! Feel free to grab a thesaurus, consult this color list, and use any or all of these as jumping off points:

1) What are the first three things that come to mind when you see this?
2) What does it look like? Use colors, shapes, size
3) What would it feel like? Think textures, temperatures, how it would feel in your hands, on your skin
4) If it were a smell, what would it be?
5) If it were a taste, what would it be?
6) What kind of sound would this make?

Thanks, and we can't wait to see what you come up with!


RiverBird said...



smooth glass

Sabrina (Riyah-Li Designs) said...

I would describe the color as lemon custard.

Andrea (Sacred Suds) said...

Oh goodie!
1) Okay, the first things I think of when I look at this item is lemons. Ooh, or bananas. Like a banana seat on a bike! Also hard candy, particularly butterscotch, though I don't know of any square hard candy.
2) Square, smooth, and glassy. Can't tell from the pics how big it is though. I would think it was the size of a (square) quarter. Is that accurate?
3) Cool and smooth to the touch. If I wore it around my neck, I would love it's cool presence on the skin of my chest. I also would not be able to resist playing with it like a worry stone. Just looking at this picture makes me want to rub it between my thumb and forefinger.
4) If it were a smell, it would definitely be lemons.
5) It would feel like a lozenge in my mouth, and would taste like an ice cube
6) Ding ding!

Toni said...

Wow, you guys make it sound so fun! :)

Toni said...

Andrea... it's about an inch square.

MaryFosterCreative said...

minimal, dry-brush sketch
triangular frame
circular wheels

Jane Carlstrom aka Glorious Hats said...

Hmmm, to me it looks more like butterscotch than lemon, like those hard candies from years ago.....

Oh OH and there you have it.

Butterscotch hard candy is dated, so not hitting the right audience with that reference.

With a different image that might appeal to an older audience, then butterscotch for sure. :D

prayer bedes said...

candy apple red
pedal power

This is fun! =)

Rita said...

Pendant, bike, red, burgundy, butterscotch, square, rounded corners, smooth, cook, refreshing.

This is a good exercise (pun intended)!