Power points.. and more storage.

Of the electrical type, not for presentations.
My sewing desk is a huge heavy weight, old style computer desk. You know the type, adjustable height, pole hole for the monitor to sit on, and internal bank of power points. Well, just 4, but that’s usually enough with computers of old.
My table is placed against the wall, set at my height. The monitor pole has long gone, and I have to forfeit two plugs for ‘house’ items. Well, I shouldn’t complain, one is for the Internet, which without, I wouldn’t be able to do this.
The other two are mine to use.
During my tidy up and focussing on having less junk, I’ve allocated one plug for a double adapter housing both sewing machines and the other has an extension cord – with double adapter attached. On this I have my iPod speaker and most probably the laptop charger or what ever else is needed. Lights maybe.

On the other wall, under all the lovely storage I made for my props is another single power point. I usually put the camera battery charger on this as it’s out of the way. But with wanting the light tent to be set up there, I had to work something out.
A double adapter for both my light poles, which can stay with that power point. And be used for battery charger, kiln, heat gun… whatever is required. I’m not going to be using the kiln or heat gun at the same time as the light tent and the charger can wait a day or two if needed. (I do like to charge it straight away otherwise it gets forgotten and is not good when I need it).

My next step in the room, is to figure out a way to store the market things slightly better to cater for the other few boxes I have. I’m already liking the big space in the middle of the room instead of tables and boxes everywhere.

We shall see. I’ll get back to my photo editing ready to upload onto the website. It’s all about bags today.

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Part two – tidy the tables & light tent set up.

I’m currently mid flu and have anti bionics for a bad ear so have been lethargic and out of sorts. I. Coming out the other side now and having a good day. Much better than yesterday. So good in fact I pottered about in my room getting the next part sorted. The last post said how I had bought a cupboard and was re working my room. Well I’m finally back in to do a it more. Hopefully this week I will have it done, but no promises.

The easiest way to work it was to do one thing at a time. Today the sewing table. I emptied, cleaned, ironed items waiting, patched a shirt that had been a long time waiting and put them all away.
Now my sewing table is sewing machine, over locker and iron. Ready to get out at a moments notice – and be able to use all three without making mess on other tables.
Next I got the table near the bookcase emptied, sorted market bookwork that needed doing and put everything where it belonged.
Vacuumed.
Then packed up the table and put the other one there. I know that may make no sense but the angle of the supports underneath are higher on this one so less chance of kicking legs.
On this table is now the tray I am working on and the pile of books I will be using. Between this and my sewing table I will have space for computer work.
I put more of my paints in the tall boy, and have two retro suitcases I want to show off but not have sitting in there way. Where to put them?

My aim at the end. To have as little scattered around the room and lots of room to move and productive areas. A user friendly and comfortable place to be.

Two days later.
I have my light tent set up, or at least for today’s purposes while I do more on the website.
This picture does not do it any justice at all, but is purely for example sake. I tried to get a shot of how it looks with lights on and lights off to give you an idea of how much better the pictures will look. But as you can see, it just looks really dark, defeating the purpose completely. And it was daylight, overcast mostly, but not dark. This was taken around 10am.

light tent, no lights

light tent, no lights

light tent with lights on

light tent with lights on

A couple of pictures of product.
The first – with lights, bright and clear.

photo with lights

photo with lights


And without – dull and not as much colour.
photo without lights

photo without lights


I don’t like to use photoshop or alter my pictures. I want to be able to show it as it is, only cropping and resizing as necessary.

I was going to get a shot of the desks all tidy and ready but they are now covered with laptop and stuff, and the other, all the bags ready to re photograph for the website.
Later in the week hopefully.

Keep crafty, Jen.

The idea this year is…

…to follow the inspiration from these books….

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…and see where it takes me.
Jen πŸ™‚

A new year brings new possibilities!

It has been way too long since I have been here. Not for lack of being creative, but from lack of time and organising myself to take pictures and post here. My own slackness for sure.
But a new year is upon us. And I am taking up the challenge.
A new year means new possibilities!
My blogging resolutions for this blog are simple. Make it a routine to blog or at least post pictures twice a a week. Not hard. And considering I plan on being quite busy with creating, it should be fun.
One of the first changes I’ve made is to change the theme of the blog. I wasn’t overly happy with the last one, so I have fallen back to one of my favourite themes. Simple, but not too crowded, and showcasing all/most of the pictures on the side.

Another first for the new year will be to get baking onto a bit of sewing. A friend gave me these awesome crocheted flowers/shapes. We thought they were coasters initially, but no, they’re designed to sew onto bags. So the vintage bag book will come out and I shall see what funky things I can make.

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Have a great new year and I look forward to posting lots of fantastic new makes, and lessons I’ve learned along the way.
Jen πŸ™‚

Market day

Here I am all set and feeling somewhat conspicuous out of my own. There are only two of us in the foyer this week and little ol’ me me on my own near the wall I feel lonely.
My tablecloths are working well, albeit lined from being folded up.
My new display is looking good – full of bright and fun jewellery garnering lots of compliments.

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Have a great Sunday πŸ™‚
Jennifer

Weekly Specials!

As part of my new Facebook page I am going to have a weekly special. Each Monday – I will try really hard to make sure it happens on a Monday – I will post up the special for that week.

There are different ways it will play out depending on my mood, the season (mothers day, christmas, valentines etc) and what I have in stock. It may be an older item I will reduce, a new item I want to showcase at a special price pre website, a multi buy item (earrings generally fall into this one, 3 for $15 kind of thing) or maybe a discount code for use on the website but only available for those who like my Facebook page.

As a friend put it, this will keep people interested, keep my page interesting and up to date while showcasing my product.
The item or special for each week will be highlighted as my cover photo and there will be an album dedicated to the “Weekly Special”.

I will post here and on Twitter on the Monday also that the special has been uploaded, and I would appreciate all shares of all my social media (FB, Twitter and this blog).

I love what I do and love to share that joy of wearing something pretty and unusual, and that is yours alone with other people.
Because jewellery is a very personal subject, and everyone has their own tastes, I can make up gift cards starting from AU$25. Pease email me if you would like one.

Head over to my Facebook page – the new link is up and running – and check out my first weekly special. If the ‘special’ sells out (or single item sells) within 2 days I may look at doing a second special, but that will be my prerogative.

I hope your Easter was safe and fun filled πŸ™‚
Jennifer

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Website full of goodies

Hi everyone, I have done lots of hard work this week and my website is nice and full again, and with a few new changes on the theme. There are still more things to be added though.
I have added lots of necklaces and bracelets. Earrings will be soon and over the next few days I’ll be organising a Sale or vouches to use.
Please share with your friends and think about birthdays, Christmas even, Mothers Day… Or even just a gift to say I love you.

www.marcatodesigns.com.au

I am also deleting my old Facebook page and starting a new one, (It will be basically the same name). I find the large number of likers quite ridiculous and misleading. I will elaborate on that further. I know, it sounds weird to get rid of something with so many ‘fans’ but I have my reasons.

Have a great week,
Jennifer

Coat rack to bag hanger

As you know I like to sew the odd bag. Occasional, as well as odd. This is fine until it comes to displaying them for a market. I have of course my table top stands, which work very well. And look great. But sometimes, well, most of the time, I am only able to have one table for markets. And as you also know, I have a lot of stock. What to take, where to put it?

While wandering my local KMart for a bookshelf for the kitchen, I saw these stands, well the boxes of them and a thought just hit me. Why don’t I use this? Simple answer really, but I hadn’t been thinking about what to do or even worrying about it.
Mum has one of these that she uses to great advantage with her scarves. Her display always looks bright and cheerful with this stand near her table.

Into the trolley and off home we go. Mr 8 helped me put it together, which wasn’t hard, a few screws is all it needed. My only concern now, is how it fits into the back of my car with all the other market boxes.

I am already thinking I may have to take one or two of the hooks off to allow my bags to hang a little neater. A scewdriver will be added to my market tool box.

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Have a great day πŸ™‚
Jennifer

Just hanging around

In my post the other day that involved a hanging mannequin with only a shirt on, to take some pictures of my jewellery, I got to thinking, and after a few more thoughts took some of my bags round today and dressed her up again.
While I had to peg the straps (most of them are quite long) the bags hung nicely and looked really good. A much better show (of how they look being used) than photographed flat and I can still do most of my close ups at home if I want – or better still, do them while the bag is out on the model.
Mum has taken all the sheets we used as backdrop so I have to wait a week to do more – or just take my own and pin it up.
Here are the bags hanging…

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And some close up shots of details….

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Have a great day, from the Bag Lady πŸ™‚

~ fist pump ~

Yep, for those that have read over the last couple of days, I did it! And for those who know me well (insert hubby’s name here) you will understand how much this means to me.
Hubby often jokes that technology and I don’t mix. It’s true. There are some things that drive me nuts coz I can’t figure them out. And it’s usually the small things. Big things are not an issue… hmmm Put it this way. Back when I was about 20, I couldn’t even figure out DOS. I was the only one in that whole class who just didn’t get it. Β But I digress.

Not only did I buy my domain name – that was the easy bit, but I then went and worked out the DNS, followed the instructions and now my domain is linked to my website host. Β All mine. I did it.

Please head over and check out my website, look, buy – Don’t forget Christmas is just around the corner!! – I am still uploading goodies so please come back regularly (this is the time-consuming part). Β  To find a specific item for sale, go to the SHOP and the categories are on the right hand side.

http://www.marcatodesigns.com.au/

Cheers, have a great day πŸ˜€
Jennifer