Finally dressed…

is this where I can say clothes are models own, or should I say, owners own.
My triplets all ready for their market debut.

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Words words words….

I am normally not too bad with words, and am not really an eloquent writer, but I hate it when I really want to find a word, and it just won’t show it self.  It sits out there taunting me. Either that, or it’s on the end of my tongue which is why I can’t find it…..

From yesterday’s, or was it the day before’s post. I can’t remember. The last post I wrote I mentioned all the things I wanted to do. An hour or so this afternoon was spent with the laptop, going through all my blogs and fixing things up. I feel happy now that the ‘pages’ are all up to date, re worded as necessary, or written from scratch. My next job will be to sort out my website. This will be time-consuming, but my plan is to work off the website when fixing the Facebook page and using it as a guide to what I upload and what jewellery items get tossed, changed or put on sale.  (Part of FB is now sorted, sorted most and deleted some of my albums, that was the easy part).

This brings me to the title of today’s post.  I generally make one of each item. I buy beads to be used for one thing, or use up leftovers which means there is no easy way of replicating items.  Sure, mass-produced or multiples of items are good, especially if something is popular, but I would prefer to cater to those that don’t want to wear what everyone else is, who are happy to have something that is a little different. Herein lies my problem. The wording of these such items.
OOAK – one of a kind. It bores me. Everyone is now doing OOAK, and wording it as such – the abbreviation – it’s almost become passé, so yesterday, definitely NOT different. How can it be different if everyone is doing OOAK??

I would like to have on my website and Facebook page (even here) something that catches your eye, or makes you think ‘I’ve got to have a look at that’ when you hear/read it.  Sure, I’m still doing items that are the only one of their kind, but I want a new word for it.
Exotic, maybe. I looked up the thesaurus (different, odd, unusual) and wrote down some words that appealed. Those words are:
Unusual
Limited edition
Rare
Bizarre – (
as in bizarre beads, just a thought)
Distinct or distinctive
Off-beat
Unique
Treasure

My current catch-phrase is “a new way to express yourself” and while I still love this, I would like something to add to it.
Say…. “A new way to express yourself (with) off-beat jewellery and bags”  As I read this, off-beat is not the right word, and now crossed off the list. Even unique is getting to me like OOAK is.. gone from the list.

I know this is the second thing I have asked of you my lovely readers and followers, in as many days, but sometimes when you’re stuck, fresh eyes can see things you’ve overlooked, or think of words that fit the bill.

What would catch your eye, what words or phrases would make you take a second look?

With much thanks in advance,
Jennifer 🙂

Simple felt beads necklace

Two weeks ago at the last market I found some gorgeous felted balls which just screamed out for me to buy and make into something. They were sold incredibly cheaply, 10 for $5 I think it was. I had an immediate idea in mind and it has taken me this long to do anything about it.
Thankfully the idea worked.
Please excuse the crappy pictures, it is night here so only ‘fake’ light is available (as compared with natural light…) which means more shadows.

If the lady has returned I will definitely be buying some more.
Strung simply on cotton or linked with wrapped loops and then added to chain makes a very simple and effective necklace. The chains are currently quite long, I will be taking some clasps and jump rings so if anyone wants it shorter I can fix it on the spot.
Selling these for $15 and $20

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The next market is this Sunday, 2 days before Christmas!! so we’re hoping for a boomer – combining the hot weather predicted and the usual last minute rush for presents.

Jennifer 🙂

Time to name my busts…

(No, not my actual bust, the three I bought, duh)
My busts arrived this morning. To say I was excited is an understatement, and although I knew the box would be big, I wasn’t expecting this….

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On unpacking my babies I find them a little smaller than I thought, but they are still perfect. And now they need names.
So I ask you, my trusty readers, to help with giving them a new life. Some ideas already put forward are the three Kardashians, Paris, Britney, Rihanna, Janet, LaToya, Rebbie, Eeney, Meeney and Moe, Harriet, Curly and Moe. I was thinking more along the lines of Veronica and Betsy…

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What do you think??
Will they be demure, or out there crazy. Plain or exotic?

Jennifer 🙂

I hate dolphins – but love earrings!

I’ve been shopping this week. New ideas for market displays, as if I don’t have enough props already. I have new busts coming – which I was hoping to have arrived by now, but tomorrow is Friday, so fingers crossed they arrive. Once i have them in my hot little hands, you will get to see them. They are beautiful. What else… Oh, a bundle of chain and some gorgeous little rose links. I found a nice brown basket ($4) which should hold my canvases, and I can then have them all on the table with me, a plank of wood ($1, wait and see) and still to come a whole rainbow of ribbons and some cute wooden buttons – all 140 of them, technically, 2×70 – with patterns painted on.
Then there was the ugly looking picture stand with dolphins on – I hate dolphins for home decor, euck – but figured if I get rid of the dolphins, it will work perfectly for earrings. I was correct. Hey, for $2 it’s no real loss if it didn’t work.
Second hand shops can be a haven for display items…

Now because my displays are not all here I’ll leave you with some more earrings while I clean my desk and start work what I’m taking to market this week.

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And now the pretties… I have had so much fun this week making earrings, they have not all been easy (the gold ones with the chain? pain in the butt!) but the almost ‘instant gratification’ is needed sometimes.

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Have a great day
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 🙂

Scarves, jewellery and half nude models

Today was disgusting, cold and wet, a miserable day that is perfect to curl up on the couch and chill (ha, pun not intended). Not a day you want to be standing around in a cold shed, next to the open door taking photos.
But that’s what mum and I did today. We needed to finish the job and we both have lots of things to do before next Thursday.
Today saw only 300+ pictures of mums scarves and while I was there I put into place my idea for better pictures of my jewellery.
The book talks about taking pictures of the item in situ. So if its a bag, a person using it, jewellery would be someone wearing it. Well, I don’t have a lot of access to people for real life models so I used the next best thing.
My limbless and headless model. Dressing her in a white tee as a neutral backdrop and hanging her on the rack as we did yesterday she did a brilliant job.

While we know people do not look like this….

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they don’t all look like this either, but she at least has a pair of boobies, which means when jewellery is hung on her, it will sit something like it would on an actual person….

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I am really happy with how the pics came out. So much so that I am tempted to get all my jewellery and take the pics like this. (This is where I face palm and ask why why why… more work, as if I don’t have enough to do already) I can still take my macro shots at home in the light tent. But this was brilliant.

Below are the rest of the pictures. Definitely an improvement.

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And while we’re here a couple of my favourite scarves from today.

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Photo shoot time!

Photo shoot? What’s all this about, you never told us about this. Well, I only found out a couple of days ago.
Mum asked if I could help her take pictures of all her scarves – 180 of them – so she can put them on her website as well as printing to take to the Deloraine Craft Fair next week. No problem.
Can you take the pictures? Yep. Are you sure?
It’s all well and good taking pictures of my own things, but for someone else, when I am just an amateur playing, is a whole ‘nother thing altogether.

I arrive earlier than planned and we work out what exactly is needed.  What does she want in each picture, how will we lay it out.
We set up the background, the table and my lights and I snap off a few shots to see how it looks colour wise, and checking if they are what’s required.
So far, so good.

Our models were very obliging and not once complained about being cold, or half dressed or constantly man handled.

I have to finish about 3.30 for when the boys get home as we were going out – the usual Tuesday evening trip to town  – and despite it being rather chilly, at least no wind, and me having the start of a head cold we get through them quite well,  with only about 50 left photograph.  (Typical spring weather here. I can survive winter without getting one, but come spring, I get sick.)

While we’re both really happy with how it went, I just hope they look good on the big screen (ie: laptop). I only deleted about 5 so mum has some work to do on the shots where I needed to take more than just 3 or 4.  Even when I do mine, unless the shot is obviously out of focus or wrong I leave it and look at it on the laptop.  Sometimes it can look better bigger.  Once I got into a rhythm I managed to get off an average of 3 shots a scarf without too much playing.  The only issues were with some of the purples and very pale colours. The purples would often come out as blue. Highlighting the blue ones of the colour, the red based and lighter purples would come up much better. Some of the pale colours would look too washed out, so they required some more attention.

I now have a good idea to make my jewellery shots better – partly from today and partly from the new photography book I recently bought. I will be testing out my ideas when I return to finish the job. And yes, there will be pictures of that too.
Here are some more of my favourites, which was really hard, but I narrowed it down to about 7 or 8 I think.

Pop over here to check out more and find out my mum, creator of all these awesome neck pieces.

Never mind shoes or handbags – I’m a scarf girl. Well, I like all of them, but since being back in Tassie, it’s scarves all the way. And I could have added so many more today.  Some styles or material in a whole rainbow of colours.. They are soft and voluptuous, and just so damn cuddly sexy. And one last picture.

My new website is up and running. Please check it out, share with your friends and don’t forget there are three coupons to use. Perfect for Christmas shopping.

Jennifer 🙂