Saturday, 30 July 2011
Thursday, 28 July 2011
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Sunday, 24 July 2011
Folksy sounded just the sort of thing a complete computer novice like me needed.Somewhere to list, link you in with paypal for payments etc. Great stuff! However, after hours of reading through their info, I came to realise that I still needed good photos. My camera had been gathering dust as I could point and shoot, but didn't know much about close ups. All my photos of jewellery were, to date, blurry, grey & distinctly amateur-I certainly wouldn't buy from one of them. So Folksy lesson number one was to read all their tips on photography and ask questions on their forums. Here's where I learnt about using simple backgrounds, doing shots outside or in a light box etc. Then get out the cheap digital camera, read the instructions for the first time ever & play with it lots! Find the macro setting & trial all its other settings, including leaving the automatic flash off! Lets be honest at least the digital age means all those 'oops' pictures can be deleted immediately.
Then get someone who knows how to upload pictures to the computer, or read camera instructions again!(plenty of help on line or in local photo/computer shops for this) & file them under a name where you can find them! Finally your photographing skills will go from this...
You wouldn't want to buy from the seller in the first picture, but you would the second picture...even though the item & seller are the same! It's all in the photo.
Saturday, 23 July 2011
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
So you've really got 2 choices. Continue to let the bath water out and vacate the bath or get a grip and put the plug back in and get that hot water tap running again! So, as a 'the bottle is half full' sort of person, I just had do do something. Wallowing in self misery is just too uncomfortable for someone like me to spend any great time indulging in. Now what had those customers wanted? Aah yes ..a website. They wanted to buy on line. So 'Mrs complete dinosaur with anything technical,' decided to peruse the internet again. Fortunately, on that day's frontpage of yahoo there was a little piece about 'making money from home'.Utterly distracted from my original search, (which happens so easily on the internet...in fact did you originally intend to read this blog, eh?) I read that article. Amongst the list of items to try,there was one that stood out ...FOLKSY. Could this be my business lifeline?
Friday, 15 July 2011
These lovely suncatchers are by Diomo Glass Gifts, which has some items that you just don't find in run of the mill shops.You can find this shop at www.folksy.com/shops/DiomoGlassGifts & thank you Diomo Glass Gifts for letting me show everyone your ice cream suncatchers!
Monday, 11 July 2011
Sunday, 10 July 2011
I decided to head to Keswick, far more affluent than West Cumbria, so should be someone who'll take my necklaces! I headed to a gallery that someone else recommended. I had to take the kids with me that day so I told them to look poor & impoverished & imagine their mother was in dire need of an income. They grinned at me and asked how much I would pay them for this service...cheeky kids!
Anyway, first gallery owner looked at just one of my necklaces & then peered down her nose at me. Perhaps me & the kids were looking too poor that day as she said 'I don't think so, it's not for here.' I was about to plead with her to at least look beyond the first necklace, but she swept her hand towards the door and said, 'Try a few doors up, they might have your stuff.' Clearly 'my stuff' was not good enough for this gallery or was it just my old jeans and the'Ken Dodd' type look my hair had taken on that day? I'll never know.
However, a few doors up was Viewpoints Gallery. A fantastic shop with jaw droppingly beautiful photographs of the Lake District. It also had some jewellery & a warm welcome. This time I knew what my necklaces could sell at & with a more confident, yet polite approach, I finally found a shop willing to display my items. Of course it is 'sale or return,' but at this early stage who am I to complain. This was the start of what is an ongoing reliable & beneficial relationship. Thank you Viewpoints