Friday, October 7, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
And nothing to do with the pictures I had taken because the shawl was draped on my display. But I'm still happy I reshot the pictures and happy it sold, whether online or at the market! Last post I said I would list some helpful editing programs and apps. These are great for product shots or holiday pictures or anything.
Before I got my IPad I used Picasa I still do occasionally. Picnik is also good and has a few different options but you have to do the editing online while Picasa is a program you install on your computer. They're FREE, although you can upgrade for a yearly fee for more options. with these programs you can crop, resize, brightening, adding contrast, tint, softening, even adding text.
For the IPad (IPhone, too, although since I don't own one, I won't have anything to add here) there are tons of apps. My favorites, so far, are Photo Studio HD and Pixlromatic but I use Photogene, Color Blast (turns your photo to black and white, then you rub your finger over the parts you want in color and it turns that portion into the original color), and Mobile Monet. Some versions of these are free. You can upgrade for a couple of dollars. Others cost a small amount. I like to read the reviews to get an idea of how they're working, pros, cons, is it even worth it.
Photo Studio HD is so much fun. You can make pictures look like charcoal, pencil, pen sketches, change the temperature for a warmer or cooler image, add hues, blur, various styles of photography, black and white . . . This app also allows you to control how much or how little of the effect you want in the image. Cropping and resizing are also features included. You can save the effect to your camera roll, then add another effect from this app or another one.
Pixlromatic also has features such as vignettes, hues, intense contrast, black and white, sepia. There are also overlays that feature rain drops, sparkles, halo, scratches, as well as frames and mats. They have a blog, too, for updates and tips. There is no ability to control how much of the effect you want. It is what it is. But, you can still save your image, then pop on over to another app to add some other neat things.
Now, I know there is PhotoShop. There is an Adobe PhotoShop Express app but I see mixed reviews on it so I am not going to try it now. I don't have the original version, don't know how to use it, but if you do have it and can use it well, you're probably not looking to me for any photo editing tips. But I do envy you!
Yes, it is best to try to take the best possible picture you can BEFORE using the editing tools. But sometimes you have just a little CyberShot camera and that's all you have. So next time, I will talk a little about some things I like to take into consideration when I do a photo shoot.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Anyhow, I have learned so much from my time on Etsy, including the importance of taking better pictures. Online browsing and shopping does not allow one to use all the senses to discover products. Only the sense of sight, very important and often taken for granted, can be used. Visuals must be used to convey all other senses.
The photo above shows how big it is, on a person. But the background - really? And the model? uh . . . The picture to the right has a less busy background, still shows the shawl on a person, in fact, wrapped around.
The picture above shows texture, but, again, the background is part of the picture and really, that's unnecessary. Sometimes it's distracting. The picture on the right displays the pattern and the fact that the shawl could be used as a wrap. Again, the background is more neutral in subject.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Anyway, I reshot the shawl and did some fiddley-doo magic with some apps. (Note: I think that phot apps could be dangerous if used to excess. They are kind of like all the cool fonts out there. Just because you have access to them doesn't mean you should use all of them. At the same time. In the same document. So, I hope I haven't done that. But they are just sooo darned FUN!)
These are good today. Until I learn more.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
I've been having fun photographing my new things and I like the results. I think they are pretty good, for now, until I get better. And I've learned so much since I've been on Etsy.
That said, sometimes I look at some of my older photography and cringe. It's time to go back and reshoot some things.
Yes, that means I have to find said item in inventory, take off the tag, and iron it. But it's worth it.
Here is my first piece:
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Now, witht the windows open, a refreshing light, cool breeze, a refreshing tv program that is so far away from any storm coverage, and Bon Iver tunes in my ears, I am feeling relaxed and a little sleepy.
I am eternally grateful for our safety.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I'm getting ready to get ready for my first farmers' market day of the year and there's this hurricane out there, growing stronger, wreaking havoc, threatening to come up the coast. It won't make landfall here in Connecticut so I am thankful for that, there could be rain and wind. We're good. We don't need that. Send the rain to Texas.
Anyway, I am wrapping up a few projects. I've got some scarves on the loom, some fingerless mitts on the needles, some display ideas in my head. I've got to buy another ink cartridge for the printer, print out more tags, tag and properly inventory more items, put new items into Square.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
|Carte Postale purse by Rosies Armoire|
|Platinum Fire Choker by Efia Fair|
|Broken Plate Pendant on Chain - Pink Vintage Telephone - Recycled China by The Broken Plate|
|Earthy Crackle Handblown Glass Pumpkin with Natural Stem by Avolie Glass|
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
You know this because it's August.
Because you are hot and your clothes are sticking to you.
Because you burned the back of your legs on your car seat.
Because you have to mow the lawn.
Because you really wish you could have a beer and play some tunes on the deck instead.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Now it is August. Yesterday the humidity felt like a blanket but I made lots of progress on knitting. My wrist aches but I'll just slap that stupid brace on and continue knitting, weaving, and playing guitar.
Here are two and a half pairs of fingerless mitts I made last week and this weekend. All with Peace Fleece yarn I got up in New Hampshire. All the colors just mesmerized me. I'm going to start the mate to the blue one today. That should finish up the green. It's a little brighter green that my monitor is showing. More toward a Kelly green but not THAT bright. I also bought a skein of a burnt orange color that I haven't busted open yet!
These will be divided between my Etsy store and at least one other store.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Here's a quick one, before I get kicked off and/or have to go make dinner. I just finished four new scarves this past rainy Sunday! I am now dressing the warp for four more and have plans for another four after that! I'm so happy to be rollin' again!
|Green Lakes Handwoven Scarf|
Thursday, June 9, 2011
- Warm temperatures, but not hot. check!
- Sunny weather. check!
|Mish Mash - baby alpaca yarn in one of many beautiful colors by Hampden Hills Alpacas|
|Cottage Feisty Skies Handwoven Scarf|
Thursday, June 2, 2011
|Cottage Feisty Skies|
Monday, May 23, 2011
Gardens, Gallery & Gifts Event
Saturday, June 4th- Sunday June 5th, 2011 ~ Broad Brook, CT
Come hear the sounds and enjoy the sights of this wonderful show: it is the only one of its kind held in the Broad Brook section of East Windsor, CT - a country town with a formal flair!
The show will be held on June 4th and 5th from 10 – 4 at 310 and 312 Rye Street in Broad Brook, CT 06016. Admittance is free. Please follow the signs for parking. There will be an area for handicapped parking.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
My father-in-law passed away on April 11. We were up at the Soldiers Home with him for a week. Then a quiet Easter. Why does that seem like it was weeks away . . . ?
But here are a couple of new things I have posted. They are very loosely woven, airy, and comfortable!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Check out my Sale page for more items and free shipping!
Friday, March 18, 2011
I'm sorry I have been neglecting you. I'm so happy to see you and know that you are there but sometimes I don't know what to say. I think about you often, though. And I'm usually not for a loss of words, but those words don't often make sense.
Maybe I'll give it a try though (*bling!* That's a light bulb going on.)
I'm happy that I sold a set of my Roaster Coaster this week. I have more to put up and another set to throw in the washer/dryer. We'll see how those come out.
This is new in the shop. I have a blue set of Cottage scarves that are ready to take off the loom. One is off, having been trimmed, embellished with a flower and washed. It's probably dry now and read to be ironed. Three more to go.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
This is for a set of two mats.
Mixed fibers including cotton, wool, linen, rayon.
May be machine washed and dried.
Measures approximately 6” x 5” (not including fringe)"
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Here is a nice fluffy mohair wrap if you're feeling cold and need to snuggle
And finally, 226 yards of merino/tencel yarn I finished spinning last week or so. Not sure what the plans are for this. I should just keep spinning. Lord knows I have the wool.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
But I digress. Well, no I don't, because now I'm thinking about coordinating colors in stripes, plaids, dots, coffee cups . . . You see what happens to me???!!! ugh.
So, I am so proud of my new line of Cottage scarves. These are a transition from winter to spring, a time when spring teases you, then it snows again. So, you want to love all the pinks and greens and blues, but sometimes you have to grab the chenille and wool. A little frustrating but it makes you love the new seasons even more.
Look for more! I will be selecting yarn and winding warp for more today.