March 2008

I’m feeling rather proud of myself this morning.  I’ve been quoted and blogged!

I belong to a group of Etsy sellers called Etsy Glass Artists.  I recently challenged members to improve their product shots right along with me.  Many were doing a fantastic job, and some found they were no longer happy with what they had been doing.  Once we got the discussion rollling, we found great ideas jumped out at us.

One of my best idea bouncing buddies  Leah Pelligrini blogged about her journey.  Click on ME to read my quote worthy advice.


That’s a little twilight zone music for you.  I realize it is hard to hear me, but things are strange in my little world. 

Last week I thought about teaching again.  Within days of pondering how to get my certificate to teach art I heard about an opening to teach a beginning lampwork class.  Cool.

Last week I checked my numbers on Etsy and thought..  I want to get 500 hearts.  (Etsy hearts are a tally of who clicks to say they like you as a seller)  I was at 400.  Today I’m at 512. 

 I also thought, it would be great to hit the front page on Etsy.  Guess what?  You guessed it, on Sunday one of my bead strands was on the front page and I got 700 or so views.  (This explains how my hearts skyrocketed too)

It get’s better.  Today at lunch time I thought, I want to get to the point where my sales and items for sale are even.  In a matter of hours I had sold another 5 items to make it 71 for sale and 71 sold….  weird!

And one more…  I was thinking about a package that never arrived last Fall.  Delivery confirmation said it came to Exeter, but I never saw it.  This afternoon the sender called me to say the package was returned to her.  Months later! 

Something.   Is.   Listening.  To.   My.  Thoughts.

Hear this please:  That lottery ticket I made my husband purchase yesterday?  Please, could we win? 

Hey, if I become a millionare, you’ll have heard it here first.  Have a lucky day!

I have a love hate relationship with my bead pictures.  On the one hand, I feel a sense of pride when I look at a beautiful representation of my work.  On the other, pure angst when I can’t get them right.

There are many factors to getting a good bead picture.  Over the past 4 years I have come to learn the best lighting and set up.  I use white matt board, white foam core “walls” for bounce to fill in my shadows and natural outdoor light.  I know I have to take at least 3 shots of each bead pose.  My usual session is about 200 pictures.

Unfortunately, outdoors in New Hampshire means cold temperatures for a good part of the year.  Imagine me taking 15 or so shots of each bead strand with my bare hands, wind whipping my set up and the cold creeping up my body, because I’m on my hands and knees. Yah, I’m not having fun.

Often I get inside, download the pictures and find one or two that require a retake.  On a bad day, they are all bad and I want to pull my hair out trying to make things right with photoshop.  There is a lot of truth in the saying, “Photoshop can’t fix a bad picture, but it can make a good one great.” 

Ah, but then there are the good days.  The light is just right.  Not too much sun, not too dark, no bugs landing on the background, no dust coming from thin air; these are the days I just know I don’t need three shots of each pose.  Oh, I still take them.  But editing will be a snap.  As each bead talks to me from in front of the lense I can feel it.

Does my customer even notice?  Heck if I know.  It is my not so silent struggle to listen to the beads and let them talk to you. When they do, I’m having a great day.