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The 4 O’clock Train

The 4 O’clock train is a regular occurrence, sometimes annoyance, in my commute to and from the office. If I am positioned at just the right angle on the hill, I can look through the underpass and see if it is occupying the tracks, then plan my route accordingly. Usually, the times I get stuck waiting happen to coincide with the days I’m not equip with my camera. Finally, the cosmos aliened!

Being someone who is typically found with camera in tow, it only seemed appropriate to accept an invitation to participate in a 365 day photo challenge. You can check out my progress and photos here.

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Change Is In the Air

What do you think of the new look? I like neat and clean but this may be crossing into sterile. I think I need more color and I still have to remake my banner. The one I have now Justine made for me a while back. Seeing as how it took me over an hour to pick text colors I’m not about to bust open Photoshop and start tinkering around with banners. I just don’t have the energy to do it right now!

I’ve also decided to redesign my website clothing pages. Instead of having all the pictures posted with the items description, I’ve created another page just for the images. This way they can be viewed much larger and show the piece in greater detail. I’ve only gotten as far as my dresses…my website is huge and it is going to take forever!!! If I’m really lucky maybe a customer will buy everything on my site, then I don’t have to remake all those pages!!! Obviously I’m not holding my breath. 🙂

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Before & After

This past week I spent a good amount of time hanging out in the cold retaking pictures of my threads…have I mentioned before how much I HATE being cold!!! I discovered that I had the perfect picture nook hiding right in my backyard! What a difference natural light…or shade in my case makes! I hate that I now have to photograph my creations twice but it really does make a HUGE difference! I use to take pictures outside but over the years, well honestly I just got lazy! It was easier to set up a photo shoot in my studio (when Jason’s not around…he ends up crossing light beams and all kinds of technical crap that I don’t have the patients for!) then to go outside and battle the elements. It seems like the minute I step outside to take pictures a Nor’easter rolls in and gale force winds show up out of nowhere!! I am so not looking forward to modeling outside in the upcoming winter months! Maybe I will finally get a good grasp on photoshop and can just touch up my inside images! Here are some shots of what I’ve done so far, hopefully the *fresh* new look with entice some sales!


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Killing Birds, Metaphorically Speaking That Is!

My brain hurts! I just spent the last 5+ hours designing a new banner for my etsy shop. It all started last Saturday when my good friend Justine asked if I would like to have my Etsy shop critiqued. Always one for positive criticism I said sure. Besides if I didn’t like hearing what da bitch was saying, well shit I’ll just hang up on her! 🙂 She gave me lots of really great advice and one by one I’ve been making the adjustments and crossing them off my list. I’m a big list person, it gives me a sense of accomplishment!

Last night I started googling Photoshop cs2 banner tutorials. I don’t have a manual because my brother, the graphic designer, *shared* the program with me. Even if I did have the book I probably wouldn’t look in it anyway. I’m like *that guy* who refuses to stop for directions because I KNOW where I am going. Only when I am driving I am the first to pull over and ask because I am ALWAYS getting lost and having to turn around! And to think I was in sales at one time and had to drive everywhere. On a side note map quest fucking sucks!!!! Now where was I, oh yea tutorials, well they blow too! I wasn’t able to find what I was looking for. I did learn how to make watermarks on photos…score! These are not the kind that result from sitting a condensating glass on your picture, I am already very familiar with that method thank you very much! Kelly recently posted how some bitch on ebay…my words not hers, I don’t think she’s ever used a bad word in her life!…stole her pictures to post on an auction for buttons she was selling. Kelly makes some really adorable accessories and whatnots using buttons, check them out! The lady did not give credit where credit was due and let people assume these creations were made by her. Well they weren’t and Kelly happened to stumble on this auction. I was glad to hear she give her a big piece of her mind, in the polite Kelly way! 🙂 There have also been reports of people stealing other artists images and selling them as their own work. They get the money and never send the item because they never made it in the first place! So watermarking my photos was definitely on my to do list in a BIG way! Along with sharing pictures of a recent custom apron set which happen to be the watermarked photos! I love multitasking in a post, it’s like killing a whole flock of birds with one flame torch!OK, so the saying really goes It’s like killing two birds with one stone, but if you know me or you’ve been following my blog then you know I like putting my own spin on things!

Here are the pictures of my recent banner making adventures. I know the images are small but I have no idea how to enlarge them without making them distorted so just squint and deal with it people! The first one is my original design. In the second one I flipped the skirt order and added hemp to the title. Justine and I were talking earlier and she mentioned that search engines were looking at words in your banner and using them as tags…or something like that.

So next on the agenda is to start redoing my photographs, as in taking new ones outside to achieve better light quality. It sucks having so many artist friends because they all tell me different things and usually contradict each other. Jason says use a clean white background to not distract from the item you are selling and to use a dress form. J says show the fit on a real person. Yada Yada Yada Did I mention my head hurts!?!


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