Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Fashion Fever

I don't know about you, but the beginning of Spring always makes me feel like updating my wardrobe. So, start saving your money and check out some of these fabulous Spring finds from Etsy!

Check out this lovely coral colored skirt from LoverlyMiss. It's casual enough to wear as an everyday piece but it's certainly not dull. It looks versatile and wonderfully comfortable.

Next up is this beautiful shawl from LoonsLoom. This shawl looks perfect for Spring because you can wrap it like a scarf for those chillier days and then let it hang around your shoulders when the sun comes out. The color and texture are also simply gorgeous!

Now we can't forget the perfect professional shirt for Spring. This top from Zareya isn't your everyday button up, it's appropriate for work but has a definite sense of style, flair, and class. Its fresh design is perfect for Spring.

These are one of my favorite Spring items. These shoes by HydraHeart are soft and simple yet they posses a unique style and charm. I find this particular shade of green to be delightful but you can get these in a variety of colors.

Spring is the time to play with color, pattern, and texture in your wardrobe so have fun and get inspired!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Foolproof Guide to Photographing Your Work

Taking good photography of your work is important even if you don't sell it online. With photographs handy, it's easy to show off your talent to friends and loved ones. If you do sell online, good photographs can make all the difference. It can also be a lot of fun!

Ok, so here are the four essential things that you need when photographing your work:

1. Natural Sunlight!
2. A Neutral Background
3. Clear Focusing
4. A Flattering Composition

1. Natural Light
So you've probably heard before to always take your photos in natural light but there are a few additional tips to keep in mind. Look at the three photos below:

The light in the first image is from full spectrum light bulbs. The light bulbs give the picture a yellow tint that looks ok but not great.
The second image was taken with the sun shining directly on the earrings. The direct light created the harsh shadows and washed out the color!
The third photo was taken on a well lit window sill but the sun was not shining directly through the window. The diffused light makes the photo bright and the colors clear. So remember, diffused, natural light is always best.

2. A Neutral Background
A neutral background is the next step to a successful picture. See the two pictures below:

In the first picture, it's hard to tell where the carpet ends and the earrings begin! You also want to avoid including miscellaneous objects in the background which also take the focus away from your work. You don't want your viewer to associate your piece with the half-empty cup that's sitting on your kitchen counter.
The second picture gives a crisp, clean view of the earrings, suggesting to the viewer that they're ready and waiting to be worn!
Of course plenty of people use props in their photos to continue a motif or set a certain tone and that can be very fun. The key is to use the props in a way that accentuates, not detracts from the piece. In the photo below, I still used a white base but I added a dried rose in the background for effect:

3. Clear Focusing
Most point and shoot digital cameras are set so that if you push the capture button down just half way before you actually take the picture, the camera will automatically focus. Also, if you are taking a picture of something small and detailed, make sure you put you camera on the "macro" setting which is usually denoted by a small flower on the back of your camera body. Compare these two detail shots to see how much focus can make a difference:
The second photo is much more appealing and helpful to a viewer who is trying to see detail.

4. A Flattering Composition
In order to get a flattering composition, just keep in mind how someone who has never seen your object before would want to see it for the first time. This means considering the angle of the object, how much of the object to include, and where the object is in relation to the frame of the picture.

These are four simple steps you can take to give your work the flattering depiction it deserves. You don't have to have a fancy camera or be a professional photographer to take beautiful and appealing photos. Also, remember, taking photos can be really fun. After some practice with the basics, feel free to experiment and see what you can come up with to highlight you work!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Crafty Blogs for Crafty People

Ok, so you may have noticed that I've been changing the look of my blog a lot. I've been trying to get a feel for what looks best and I think after all that messing around and all those blogger template tutorials I read, I'm going to keep it simple. However, all of my research has allowed me to stumble across some great crafty blogs. I thought I would share two of them here.

Feeling Stitchy is very inviting blog with a clean, fresh design. Many of the posts are dedicated to, well, stitching and embroidery, but the also have posts on many other craft topics and a wonderful series about starting your own craft blog! They also have a ton of links to other great sites and resources for crafters.

Visit the blog at www.feelingstitchy.com

Another blog that I have thoroughly enjoyed is Apartment Therapy. They feature decorated spaces, homes and apartments in a wide range of styles to suit a variety of tastes. The inspiring pictures alone are worth visiting this blog for. However, they also feature countless diy projects, and tips for a cleaner, greener, and more fun living space.

Visit the blog at www.apartmenttherapy.com

My favorite blogs are the ones that inspire me and open the doors of possibilities. Do you read any blogs that do those things for you?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Featured Etsy Artists

So today I thought I would start things off right by featuring some Etsy artists!

Frayed and Fancy makes wonderful accessories with beautiful fabrics. Here is a freshly listed item that is feminine, unique, and fun! Click the picture to access the listing.

black poppy ribbon belt
Black Poppy Ribbon Belt

Next from Bluecricket are these lovely Ink flower gift tags. Bluecricket offers a wide variety of handcrafted cards and gift tags. Click the picture below to visit her shop!

ink flower gift tags
Ink Flower Gift Tags

I love this piece from Little Lids. The shop is full of adorable hats for babies, you'll want to find a baby just to dress them up!

infant floppy hat
Infant Floppy Hat with Striped Ribbon Bow

I love to discover great things on Etsy and this will be one of many posts that feature wonderful artists.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Beginning

I've been doing so much research into blogging within the last few days, and it's kind of overwhelming. There are so many great blogs out there and it's easy to spend hours jumping from one to the next. I'm still in the process of figuring out exactly what the content of my blog is going to be and its great to find so much inspiration.

Right now I'm thinking of including information about Nature Walk Crafts, crafting how-tos, other wonderful Etsy sellers, and other websites, blogs, books of interest. How does that sound? I'm hoping this will evolve into a place that fosters creativity and sparks imagination!

One of my favorite pairs from Nature Walk Crafts!