Sneak Peek at Bracelets

So – maybe I diversify too much but hey, the muse calls and I make what I make….

Bracelets have been the fascination this week.  Heavy beaded bracelets made with semi-precious stone beads, glass beads and various doo-dads and dangles that I collect up from here and there.  Earrings that have lost their partners are fabulous when used on a bracelet, as are the salvaged bits of broken necklaces.

Off I go to Etsy to post them all up as drafts so I can them add one or two items a day….

Headdress Drama

Yesterday produced a flurry of Etsy activity that was….interesting.

The upshot is that this piece sold to someone going to The Secret Garden festival in the UK.  What was even better about it was that the customer was on Etsy looking for inspiration for something she was making and decided to buy my headdress instead.  Yay!

So first of all I get an email asking how quickly I can get it sent to her as she’s in the UK and she assumed I was in the US.  Nope, I’m here in good old Blighty.  I can send it today (yesterday IRL).  Ok, customer doesn’t have a Paypal account……  That’s ok, I can send an invoice and she can send via Paypal without setting up an account.  DOH!  There are to-ings and fro-ings that I won’t go into but eventually the sale is made, the price is paid and I get it in the post at 3pm guaranteed to get to her the next day (today).

As would be expected her last email to me was to check that the item was as good as it looked – I assured her that it would be better than it looked in the photo as photos are not my strong suit……

The feedback was worth all the online fretting – “She just arrived and she’s GORGEOUS, thank you so much!!”

Ah, I love a happy customer…….

Head Stuff

I really must on with making some new headdresses methinks.

There’s always a million ideas, and a squillion bits of jewellery to plunder and some new flowers popped in to say hi on Sunday so I’d best get creating!

Once a upon I had planned to get around 10 or so pieces done to take to WOMAD but that hasn’t happened… never mind, it’ll probably be raining anyway so I should invest in umbrellas!

But I am tempted to look at vending at a couple of festivals next year, very tempted indeed….

Sneak Peek

As usual it’s silly o’clock and proper Etsy listings will have to wait until tomorrow (or the next day….)

But for now here’s some Sneak Peeks of vintage earrings I found in a box when I moved house (I bought them all when I was about 18 and a fully fledged Goth which was *mumble mumble* years ago…….)







Here are some earrings made from salvaged bits and bobs…..







And very hastily taken pics of bracelets I made tonight….

Night all……

Taking Great Pictures

As you may know, taking great pictures is not my strong suit but I’m going to be trying again to get better shots of my handmade and vintage items as soon as the dark skies clear and the rain stops falling.

Whilst I am not pinning all hopes of more sales from my Etsy store on simply having better pictures I am keen to ensure that I have the best photographs possible.

So this has been my research subject for the week – to buy a light tent or not?  What can I use as a fabulous but not too distracting back-drop or background?  Do I need a better camera?

I think the camera I have is pretty good, and I’m getting better at using the settings and functions on it and to be fair to myself I cannot afford a new one.  Having a tripod has helped enormously.  All I have to do now is make British summer conditions work for me, and find the best spots in the house to get the best light (something this is always going to be changeable and that I’ll have to be flexible about).

I’ve found some great articles online about photography and here are some of the better ones:

Table Top Studio

Handmade Marketing

Everything Etsy

I’ll keep you posted with progress….