9. Thickets & Thistles
December 31, 2007
9. Thickets & Thistles
Hey, you snickering behind the camera, why don't you put on a pair of ice skates and give it a try? (no thanks little E, mommy likes her legs unbroken!)
I'm so inspired and renewed. I have new designs, shapes and all sorts of goodies to share with you. My Humblebeads shop will be relaunching on the 10th!
December 20, 2007
Polymer Clay @ Craft Gossip
All my orders have been shipped, I'm officially on vacation now until the 1st of the year. I'm working on a new line of beads and redesigning my website for 2008.
In the meantime, today we are baking Christmas cookies and I'm working on a few doll p.j.s and blankets for gifts. I LOOOOOVE making Christmas gifts, this is my favorite time of year. Business is done and now it's on to being a little holiday elf putting together a few last minute gifts, pure joy!
December 17, 2007
I'm having a BOGO sale in my etsy shop - buy one, get one 1/2 off. I also have free priority mail shipping upgrades for orders over $30.00.
You can still shop of Christmas, it's only $2.60 more for priority mail shipping on orders under $30.00. The post office guarantees delivery by before Christmas for priority mail orders shipped by the 20th of December. Gotta love the last minute holiday elves!
December 13, 2007
5 Disk Beads (from Humblebeads)
20 gauge wire
6 pewter spacers, 6mm
Pewter Pendant (from Green Girl Studios)
3" silver cable link chain
1. Wire-wrap loop, string on a spacer and a disk bead, repeat 4 times, ending with a spacer bead.
2. Make a loop at the bottom of the wire, thread one end of the chain unto the wire. Loop the chain through the pendant and add the other end of the chain to the wire to hold the pendant. Wire-wrap the wire to form the bottom loop.
3. Tie on a ribbon in the desired length.
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Katie Hacker http://www.katiehacker.com/index.htm
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Melanie Brooks Lukacs http://earthenwood-beads.blogspot.com/
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Elaine Luther http://www.CreativeTextureTools.com/news
Melissa Lee http://www.strandsofbeads.blogspot.com/
Rebecca Peck http://vintagegirlmodernworld.wordpress.com/
Jean Yates http://prettykittydogmoon/
Michelle McGee http://fromichelle.blogspot.com/
Jenny Harada http://pomly.livejournal.com/
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December 10, 2007
In other news, today is the last day to order from my main humblebeads site.
The Texas Etsy Crafters are hosting a treasure hunt today in our etsy shops. Check out my shop for details!
December 7, 2007
Oh, I am happy Christmas nut, I could just cry!
All my Christmas dreams just came true.
My holiday will be filled with white and not blue!
Oh, I am a happy Christmas nut, working through and through.
Finishing each days work, there is always so much to do!
Oh, I am a happy Christmas nut, getting orders quickly out the door.
Soon I'll put the "Closed for Christmas" sign up and will work no more!
*Please place your orders by December 15th for guaranteed Christmas Delivery.
Art Inc. has been representing my jewelry for 4 years now and they have a wonderful collection of my one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. They are also carrying some of Jesse's work now.
Along with jewelry from local and national artists they have a beautiful collection of ornaments. Glass, ceramic, metal from traditional to contemporary. All on display on their Christmas trees throughout the gallery.
They offer a wide range of functional and decorative fine craft items along with their fine art. No snooty art types here, just beautifully handcrafted items for those who want art in their everyday lives!
December 5, 2007
Also check out the Art Bead Scene, we are doing the 12 Days of Christmas and offering 2 weeks of free projects!!!
And I have to brag, Jess has his etsy shop up and running again with some of his new work. I hope he takes my many hints of which ones I'd like him to make me for Christmas.
December 3, 2007
December 2, 2007
Pocket Mirror from MissBellasRoom.
November 27, 2007
November 26, 2007
I learned a few years ago that I'm happiest if I only concentrate on one show each holiday season. It's a gamble, but it does keep me sane during the month of November!
This year I will be returning to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio for their Hecho-A-Mano/Made-by-Hand show. This will be my 4th year for this event.
So many new things are flying out of the bead oven. I wish I could show them to you - maybe if I have time to take photos later this week. I created an incredible new version of my William Morris beads in shades of blue, loving them!
In the meantime, today is Cyber Monday and I have free shipping today in my etsy shop or use promo code M2007 for my humblebeads site.
Next Monday is the Etsy Texas Crafters 1st Monday Event. Stayed tuned for more details!
November 8, 2007
Yesterday I attended an online workshop at the Etsy Virtual Labs on how to create banners. Now, I have photoshop and know how to use it to make a banner, but I always learn something at the workshops so I was there ready to take notes!
Here are a few pointers:
*A good banner can be graphic, all text.
*It's nice to have an image of your product in your banner, so shoppers see your work right away.
*For branding, your avatar & banner should match.
*Make sure your banner fits in with the theme of your shop.
*Use the banner and avatar to brand yourself, this is very important when you are starting out.
*Play with the scale of your images for the background of your banner. (like I did for my holiday banner)
*Gimp is a free photo editing software that works like photoshop.
*dafont is a great source for free fonts.
Here are a few of the shops they showed as examples of effective banners & avatars:
MaryInc. - used a close up photo of silk-printing screens with a simple logo, that cleverly ties into their silk-printed items.
Megan Auman -used her jewelry and graphic lettering, keeping things clean and bold, just like her shop.
Savor - used a close up of her packaging.
Your Secret Admiral - drew her own lettering and illustrations with a sharpie marker.
My old avatar and banner:
November 7, 2007
Last year's photo of my snowmen pendants, background is way too busy and I used lamps for the lighting.
In natural light, but need to have the photo lighter and the background was too washed out. One of the problems of this photo is the light is coming from the back.
So what's my secret now? 1. Natural light, I set up right next to the window sill and 2. Contrasting background for extra pop! I've been photographing most of my items on white paper, but found my camera's color balance works better if I use a background with some color.
I've been using books, which is the green background here.
scrapbook paper in a dark grey
and a rusted sheet of metal.
Another thing to consider when choosing your backgrounds and props is what kind of theme works best for your product. I felt like things that looked ancient, like items from an old library, worked very well with the natural colors and textures of my clay.
Here are two videos on taking better photos.
Photographing Your Items from the Etsy Labs
Photo Tips from Gemmafactrix
Natural light is the key! I will never take pictures with a lamp again, there is just no comparison for me. I also spend much less time fixing up the light and colors in Photogshop. Since I've been using natural lighting for my photos my work has been featured on the front page of Etsy twice, so I must be doing something right!