My makeshift product photography studio.

earrings made from playing cards hanging on a planter

I have been re-examining how I photograph my upcycled products for display in my online store.  Having done a bit of research of other successful online stores and paying attention to my own online shopping tendencies I realized my photographs may be a bit too much.  The backgrounds are distracting one’s eyes away from the product.

earrings made from playing cards hanging on a planter

I have come to realize that the best way to show off a product is to show ONLY the product.

I do not have the money for a photography studio or even the proper lighting.  So, I am depending on my makeshift studio, natural lighting, my tripod and Photoshop in hopes it will do the trick.

table covered with a white table cloth

Because I feel like white backgrounds are so atrociously boring (not in all photographs, just in my products shots) I have made a compromise with myself that the first photograph someone sees of the product will be the boring white background shot.  The rest can be detail shots and ONE artsy-fartsy photograph is allowed for each product if I feel the urge.

We will see how my customers respond to this makeover when it is complete!

My Creative Reuse in Muir Beach.

Last year I was a vendor at the Muir Beach Holiday Arts Fair for the first time.  I had such a blast that I am doing it again this year (and for as many more years as I can!).  If you are in the neighborhood, feel like chatting, or want to spend a day at the beach, come by and say hello.  I will be selling my one of a kind upcycled purses.  So, come and buy one and join the creative reuse revolution (:

To see some of the products that I will be selling, check out my online shop HERE.

Hope to see you there!

Coffee is my savior.

tshirt with an picture of a coffee mug with angel wings and a halo

I love to make t-shirts and have decided to give a couple of my ideas a try.  I have attempted quite a few times to go the regular route of screen printing.  What I mean is, UV sensitive goop that you put on a screen that has a transparency taped to it that will magically appear on your screen after you let it sit in the sun for a particular amount of time.  It was a nightmare for me and I never liked the results.  Funny considering I love the dark room.  But, that’s beside the point.

tshirt with an picture of a coffee mug with angel wings and a halo

What I have enjoyed is using ModgePodge to make my own glue-painted screens, if you will.  I have to give a BIG THANK YOU to craftgrrl for her awesome tutorial. It is a great deal more fun for me and saves money too!

What I am also having a great time doing is finding tremendous deals on gently used clothing to use as my t-shirts.  It is cheaper and more challenging for me.  Sometimes the material sparks a new design.

tshirt with an picture of a coffee mug with angel wings and a halo