Monday, 30 May 2011

Positive Quote Monday - Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!

"All we have of freedom, all we use or know -
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago."
~Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Time for a Treasury Challenge!!

                     If you could be anyone for one day......

As a great lover of history, the individuals that shape its path are a real fascination to me. In a moment of day dreaming, I began to wonder what it must have been like to be in one of those person's shoes; even just for a day.

So this month's challenge is to create a treasury based on one individual (now or possibly in the past), whose day you would have loved to have been able to experience.  It might be your favourite musician, a hero of yours, or even a fictional character. The possibilities are endless!! 

Here are a few items linked with a person that I would simply love to have been for a few hours - Audrey Hepburn, in 1953, filming 'Roman Holiday' in Italy.  What an incredible time she must have had!!

  Clockwise from top left: Rome, Summer Nights Print by Art by Tarler
       The Cinematographer by YdnarImaging
       1950s Oxblood Samsonite Suitcase by fun with puns 
       1950s Evening Dress Pattern by savage spider

What will yours be?!

Have fun!

Monday, 23 May 2011

Monday Positive Quote

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world." -Harriet Tubman-- 
Without exception, every person who has achieved their dreams was a human being, just like you. They faced doubts and fears, just like you. They had to overcome insurmountable odds, just like you...they never gave up...just like you?
Mary Long

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Do a Good Deed Week!

In the spirit of promoting goodness, selflessness, and POSITIVITY, here's our  
"Do a Good Deed Week Challenge"
This week's challenge is one that is very near and dear to my heart. When I was a growing up, I loved visiting my grandpa. We were able to see him about once a month until we moved away from the area; then it became once a year. Our special treat every time we visited was for him to take us somewhere special. Every place we visited there was one special saying he said to the 'workers'..whether they were the servers, cashiers, or store employees he said one simple saying that has stuck with me throughout adulthood..
"Thank you. I'm glad you came to work today!"

This may seem a little corny, but in EVERY instance the employee was taken back and there was an instant smile on their face. He said this saying to everyone he met that helped us in any way. It was a way to show appreciation to someone that, most likely, doesn't here a thank you very often. It always put a smile to their face and made them feel GOOD :)

SO, your 'challenge' this week is to tell your local grocery store cashier, restaurant server, or toll booth worker "Thank you. I'm glad you came to work today!" Look for a great reaction, because making someone feel appreciated when so many feel under-appreciated is a wonderful thing!!

 Come back and post your story! Or if you have other good deeds you want to share, please share those too! :)
Although he's not with us now, it's something that I will never forget. I hope this inspired you to make someone feel good!!
XO! Nickole 

(Thankful fabric banner by simplewhimsey)

Monday, 16 May 2011

Positive Quote!

{happiness is a choice by itwaddle}

Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Monthly Team Contest

in the past, our Team Contests have had a theme and we think it might be fun and encourage more participation if rather than a theme, we have a 'list a favorite" contest.  We will still have a monthly winner and the winner from the previous month will choose the winner for the current month.  The winner will receive a small surprise.   UnaPhoto was the winner of our last team contest, so she will be choosing this month's winner.
For the May Team Contest-   (Deadline June 3, 2011 - Mid-night EST)

    * go to the Team Forum Page:  (May 2011 Monthly Team Contest)

* post the link to your favorite item from your shop - or your newest item - or one that you want to put on sale - Just one item please!

    * After you list your item, be sure to promote it on your blog, facebook, twitter. 
       You may see another member's entry that you would want to promote also.
        It might be fun to use some of the other members' entries in a treasury.

       (The link to your item should automatically show the photo of your item)

Monday, 9 May 2011

Monday Positivity Quote!

                                    Accentuate the Positive!

 I hadn't heard this song for a very, very, long time, and since having heard it on the radio a few days ago, I can't seem to get it out of my head!

    Accentuate The Positive Hand Embroidered Wall Plaque by Samskiart

But that's no bad thing, right? So thank you Johnny Mercer, for creating this song, so perfect for the Positivity Team!!:)

"You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum

Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene"

with love,
p.s my apologies to those of you that once having read this, get it stuck in their own heads for the next few days...!

Friday, 6 May 2011

Taking Better Photos: Part One

We hear so many times on Etsy that photos sell an item. Great photos make Etsy's front page and Etsy newsletters, and draw buyers in.

So, in the quest for finding information on taking better photos, I've run across a few little tidbits that may prove useful.

This will be the first post of a "Taking Better Photos" series. Look for more tips and tidbits in the coming months. :)


First off, one of the most important questions to ask yourself is:
"What kind of look and feel do I want to portray in my shop?"

Why is this is an important question to ask? Understanding what look and feel you want will give your shop cohesiveness.
If you want your shop to look and feel modern, then you'll want your photos to look crisp, clean, and uncluttered. A neutral background is best for modern items. 
Conversely, if you want to portray a soft, sweet, or ethereal feeling, you'll want your photos to look soft, dreamy with maybe a blurred background or props to stage a scene.
Of course, these are only two different styles, and there are as many different items as there are photo styles on Etsy.

Here are two items from my favorites:

from rubypearl     

     from rubychicoriginals

While these two items are the same style clothing, the photos have very different feels.
In the photo from rubypearl, the model is playful and this photo looks to have been taken on a nice summer day.
In the photo from rubychicoriginals, the model is relaxed and is in a farm or woodland setting.

Background also plays an important role in the feel of your shop. Ask yourself: 
"What are my favorite colors and textures?"
Have a gander through your closet to answer these questions. This will give you more of a feel of what you like and what you'd like to use as a backdrop for your items.

If you sell steampunk jewelry, why not include a few gears in the background? A seller looking to portray a 'farm' feel, might use a piece of burlap as a background.
One way to decide on what feel you want for your shop is to peruse Etsy and favorite items whose photos you love. They don't need to be items you carry in your shop. Just concentrate on favoriting items whose PHOTOS you love. Use these as references as you take your own photos. Compare your own photos to your favorited photos.
Next, take LOTS and LOTS of photos . . . from different angles and with different props. This will give you a big selection to choose from and will give you an idea of which photos you find the most interesting: close-ups, a tilted-camera angle, etc.
Understanding how your camera works is critical. Read through the manual {this might take several days, especially if you're an amateur photographer like me and don't understand words like: macro, ISO, and aperture at first} The more you know, the better photographer you'll be. And remember, the camera is only as good as the photographer behind it.
Understanding light and how to best use it is crucial also.
CLICK HERE to read an EXCELLENT forum thread about better understanding light in photography.
HERE is another great article with lots of tips and pointers for taking better photos.

Most importantly . . . be patient! Taking better photos is a process and a journey. Try to see it as an adventure. :)

Here's to the journey! :)

Fondly, Kate

Monday, 2 May 2011

Positive Quote Monday

"You've got a lot of choices.  If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice." - Steven D. Woodhull

We all have a choice to make everyday. Are you choosing what will make you the happiest..the best person you can be? Sometimes evaluating what makes you..YOU is all you need to lead you in the right direction!

(Print by JayHell)