Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ideas and more ideas!

The website is still in progress. Thank you to everyone who sent comments and messages about taking pictures. It is nice to know I am not alone. I am working this week on some pictures taken outside and using photoshop. This is a Swarovski pearl and sterling silver necklace I recently made.
Before and after photoshop.

Still trying to take some good pictures inside. I will post when I get some taken.

Some other ideas I have been working with are displays. I bought a couple pieces of wood and some plate stands. I am going to paint them and add some hooks so I can display some necklaces. Hopefully they will look like what I have in mind. I am painting one white and one black and bought some clear hooks to glue on.

One more idea. I love glass and always wanted to learn how to make my own lampwork and glass beads but because of ongoing wrist tendonitis I don't think it would be comfortable. I have noticed glass tile pendants and bought some of the supplies and hope to try some this week. I will post when I get some done.

I am also trying to learn about twitter. Maybe one day I will I will add it to my blog. Let me know if you guys use it or have any handy information.

Friday, February 6, 2009

I need your help!

The website is coming along and I really like how it is turning out. The only problem I have is taking pictures of my jewelry. I took some pictures last summer outside and the light was great but this time of year the sun never seems to be overhead and no matter how hard I tried the pictures never seem to go together. I want the pictures to look professional and all uniform. I am having trouble making this happen. I have tried everything from a light box and adjusting my pictures with photoshop to scanning my jewelry with little or no luck.
This is where you come in - if you have any ideas or information on how to take really nice pictures of handmade jewelry, please leave me a comment and let me and any other readers know your advice.
Thanks for your help!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Working on the website.

It is crazy how much work goes into all the background of starting and managing a website and online handmade jewelry business. Thanks to my wonderful husband I am well on my way to a new and improved website. I am currently working on taking and updating new pictures. Every image on the site has to be created and as much fun as I have making them it is the struggle to come up with the ideas and make them all look like they belong. This is the new banner I have been working on:
What do you think?

I am really excited this new website will have Google Checkout and allow me to sell my jewelry right from my own website instead of sending you to a second website to buy my jewelry.

I have only had a chance to work on a few pieces lately with all the work on the website going on.
Here is the latest:It doesn't have a name yet but looks like Spring to me with a sterling silver flower in the middle of 3mm Swarovski crystals. It really sparkles and shines in the sun with all the silver and crystals. I hope to find more time to work on the jewelry when everything is up and running.