Saturday, June 30, 2012

Photography


I just added some more items to my Etsy page, and I have to say that for me, getting the photos right is more challenging than creating the jewelry!

I am still learning about getting good photos and don't have a lot of knowledge about lighting, f-stops (whatever those are) etc., so I just kind of have to experiment.  I did find that using my husband's tripod made a huge difference in the number of retakes due to blurry photos.  I also am finding that a plain white background is typically best for getting a good clean shot.

Today I experimented with putting some flowers in the photos--in most cases just a corner of the photo.  I really liked how the end products look.  Having the flower in there really adds that "something" to the shot.  I'm not sure what else I might end up using, but I'll experiment.  Below are a couple of examples of the difference having the flower made.



I don't know what it is, but it just makes it look a bit more "special"!  I'll have to start keeping my eyes open for cool stuff to include that won't detract from the item I'm actually trying to sell.

It's really neat having this Etsy shop.  I haven't made a sale yet, but I know I will!  I just have to be patient and keep promoting.  I'm having a great time making items to put in it, so that is probably the most important part!

As always, come on over to my shop, DaisyLu Designs and see what is available!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DaisyLu Designs is born!

So I've started an Etsy shop!

I've been thinking about opening a shop on Etsy for quite a while, since I love to crochet various things and make jewelry.  I finally got the time and the additional motivational push to give it a try in the form of a cutback on my hours at work. 

It's kind of interesting how this all came about because what can seem like a bad thing has turned out to be a pretty good thing.  First, I was told that due to budget cuts, my hours had to be cut.  That stunk--big time.  I was happy to still have a job with benefits, but earning less money was not going to be fun! 

I had a month to prepare for the "big cut" and while I was waiting for "it" to happen, I was thinking about ways to either supplement my income or replace my job altogether.  In a previous life I taught college classes in psychology, so of course I started putting out feelers for part-time faculty positions and looking for full-time positions as well.  Full-time faculty positions in Experimental Psychology are tough to come by and when you're not willing to move, well, it's even harder.  In any case, I figured the Lord would provide in some way or another, so I tried not to worry to much.  I do have a couple of leads on things, but I will probably be earning less through the summer.

This left me with more time on my hands and so I started investigating the idea of setting up an Etsy shop.  I checked out tons of books from the library and read things online.  I started talking about it with a few friends to see what their reaction would be--they thought it was a good idea.  Then, as part of a class my husband and I are taking through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, I heard as inspirational of a message as I could ever hear.  Basically it was: Do what you love and the money will follow.  Don't do a job just because its a paycheck.  Wow--it really spoke to me, and I really felt that God was saying "Go on, try it!"

I have heard of people who are so successful at it that they eventually quite their day jobs.  Wow--could that happen to me?  At this point, I don't know, but I can say this:  it feel AWESOME to be excited about making products and setting up my shop!  Since I opened it with a few items on Sunday, I'm constantly thinking about what else to make to put in it, and excited to get to work!  It's exciting too because I don't like to be doing the same thing over and over...I like to learn new things and try out new ideas.  Since I like to crochet lots of different things and like to make lots of different types of earrings, I think it will be pretty hard for me to get bored!

So I know you're dying to know--what is this shop called?  It's DaisyLu Designs and I've named it after my grandmother, Daisy, and her mother, Lula.  More on them later!