Just a few new things that were added to the shop. I was always a pink hater but I'm suddenly attracted to all things pink. This batch is it for a couple weeks...all the tree sets have sold out already! I'll be making more for the next batch. Here are a couple in pink:
Several people have asked me about my photography of my toys in the shop and I've been meaning to share my secrets with you because, really, it is no secret! I really do believe that good photography on Etsy is so very important. I often see great products that don't move and the photography is always to blame.
Backdrop: My backdrop consists of several same size cardboard rectangles with different colored fabric taped on with duct tape. Nothing fancy! I bought a fat quarter lot of the same fabric in a variety of colors. Try to stick with solids, small stripes or a very small print. Anything too busy will not work. Obviously, if you need a larger backdrop you'll need more fabric and larger pieces of cardboard or poster board.
Lighting: I take my photos outside on my steps as you can see in the photo below. The handy portable backdrops are big enough that all you see in the end photos are the product and the backdrop. I take my photos between 1:00pm and 3:00pm because I like the deep, left shadows I get at that time. Obviously, your special spot outside of your house might be different so play around with times of the day but avoid noon if you are working with 3D objects because you won't get any shadow and it will look washed out.
The steps are a perfect place to lean the backdrop and it allows me to take the photos at eye level, which gives them an interesting perspective.
The lovely thing about the portable cardboard/fabric backdrop method is that I can change colors in a mere moment and experiment with different color backgrounds. I like to pick a background that really contrasts so the toy "pops" out. Look at the three examples below and how it totally changes the mood and color of the same exact toy car:
Camera: I have a Nikon D40X and I adore it. It is a digital SLR but when taking my toy product shots it is way more camera than I need...but I still adore it and highly recommend it if you are looking to invest in a starter level digital SLR.
My grandmother has always been an avid canner. She cans several types of pickles, tomatoes, beets, peaches...just about anything you can get your hands on and can. Each year for Christmas she sends us a huge box of a variety of her canned goodies. Today I cracked into a new can of her homemade salsa and enjoyed it on a cheap frozen pizza. The salsa may not look pretty (no preservatives or added colors) but wow, it is so much better than anything you can buy from the store. Knowing that each and every ingredient in it was from my grandma's own garden makes me appreciate all the work that went into it and I savor every bite.
Each time I open a new jar and hear that "pop" of the seal opening I think to myself, "This is the year I will have grandma teach me to can" but I still haven't. Years are passing. I've since moved out of state and started my own family. My own mother never learned from her either and I fear the loss of all that knowledge and experience (and secret recipes!) if it isn't passed on. Looks like I've found my next craft to attack!
If anyone knows of any great canning websites or resources I'd love to know about them!
I've always loved discarded old photos and remember thumbing through them at antique stores as a child. I find them so mysterious and beautiful yet sad at the same time. I've collected a few over the years and recently have been enjoying sites that showcase some really great ones. TimeTales and bighappyfunhouse are two great ones to sift through.
Who is she? Who is taking her photo? Is she on her honeymoon? She is so stylish, I love women in hats...a trend that has sadly never made it back to mainstream fashion.
Guess who was picked for their top ten Easter gifts list in the monthly Cool Mom Picks newsletter? Okay, so they didn't pick me, but they did pick my wooden bunny toys! My little yellow bunny is right there top center. I'm thrilled that they even found little ol' me much less mentioned my toys. Yay!