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!

GETty Crafty at Fremont Park!

About a week or so ago I was contacted by a fellow Etsian who is holding a Craft Fair Event in order to raise money for her friends, the Storms and their little girl, Getty.  Getty suffers from SMA1.  All of the vendor fees are going to be donated to the Storm family to help them pay for all of the medical equipment and doctor’s appointments that are not covered by health insurance.

I was so honored to be invited to be a part of this event.  It feels really good to feel like I am contributing to something positive.

If you are in the Sacramento area on October 16th, stop by Fremont Park between 10am and 2pm.  I will be there selling products from my upcycled unlimited line.

To learn more about this event, the Storm family, and Getty, check out

Hope to see you on the 16th!