Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Product Photography - Inside or Outside??

Up until now, I've always taken my photos with a white background. I think it helps the photos pop. But I don't always think it captures the true colors of the wood. I've been experimenting with outdoor photos and was hoping to get some feedback.

I like that the outdoor photos give the wood a more natural look and feel. But I'm not sure I like the shadows. Do they bother you? Do you even notice them? I know I won't be able to take my photos at the ideal time, so shadows will always be part of them.

Is the white background less distracting? Or boring?

Do you take your photos inside or outside...and why?
I'd love any feedback on these photos you would like to provide. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

Artist Collaboration

I love getting to talk with and work with other artists. Bouncing ideas off each other and coming up with new projects is so fun! I've recently been working with a friend, Phillip, who owns Metaling in Art and does metalwork and woodworking.

Our first project started with me designing a logo for his business and then engraving this on both some wood pieces for tables as well as some steel tubing for table legs and other metal projects.

I then had a friend ask if I could engrave on silverware to be made into jewelry. I ran a few sample pieces and Phillip did the cutting and drilling for me. We started with a necklace and are working on a key chain. Thinking about adding rings and bracelets as well.

And when Phillip stopped by the other day, we brainstormed ideas for cutting boards and recipe boxes that I have lying around that have blemishes and aren't suitable to sell as-is. I can't stand to just toss them, but have tons of they stacking up! So we're hoping to have new ideas for those soon as well!

  Have you worked on any collaborations lately?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Almost Wordless Wednesday

 ♥ The fish my parents had custom carved out of an old tree as a memorial for my brother

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Branson Surprise

Last weekend Jesse and I went to Missouri to surprise my mom for her birthday. I'd been emailing with my dad to get everything set up and boy did we surprise her! I texted her a picture of their view of the lake, which totally caught her off guard. Then we showed up at their door :)

The weekend was nice and relaxing since we didn't really have anything planned. Morning coffee on the deck was great, especially when we had a tortie neighbor friend show up :)
The second day we were there we went out for an awesome breakfast, then went out on Table Rock Lake. We floated in the water and saw a few sites. We ended the day with a small car show.

The second day we thought we would hit up another car show in Springfield. There were only about 8 cars there, so we had to find something else to fill our time until supper! We decided hit up some yard sales, which is something my parents have started to enjoy in their retirement :) We found a cheap set of golf clubs perfect for the air boat and I found a couple nice baskets that will work great at craft shows.

In all our driving around, we came across this fun bicycle "fence" and awesome mailbox :)

Then we headed to Bass Pro to see the new exhibits and do a little shopping. My favorite was this guy with heart-shaped antlers :)

We ended our stay with a bang! We all rode the Ferris Wheel that is new to the Branson area. The cool part was, it's the same Ferris Wheel that Jesse and I rode in Chicago last September! They got a new one in Chicago and moved the old one to Branson! It was fun riding at night and seeing all the lights!

Then my mom and I rode the Ozark Mountain Sky Coaster. This is something we'd done several times when we used to vacation there when I was a kid. We decided it had been 18 years since we had ridden it last! They take you up 100' in the air, you pull the rip cord and fly. And I screamed...The.Entire.Time! It was a thrill, but I think I'm good for another 18 years...lol!

It was a great weekend away and I'm so glad we pulled off the surprise!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer Storms

Our summer weather has been hot and humid with plenty of storms thrown in! I decided to put together this Etsy Treasury with lots of summer finds that fit the mood of our weather recently. Mostly sunny, yellow skies mixed with gray, moody clouds and a fun mix of color throw in. Enjoy :)

Summer Storms

This summer has been full of sun and storms. Here's a mix of great Etsy items to reflect the summer weather. A special shout out to my Blogging Business Artisans Team Members: https://www.etsy.com/teams/10615/blogging-business-artisans
Summer Storm in Bodie- Fine Art Print
Button Dangle Earrings / Yellow and White Beaded Jewelry / Simple Fun Piece by randomcreative on Etsy
Yellow and Grey, Canvas Art, Ready to Hang, Abstract Art, Canvas Wrap, Wall Decor, Wall Prints, Pale Yellow, Gray, Modern Art, Giclee Canvas
You Are My Sunshine Centerpiece Happy Birthday Sunshine Party Decor Photo Prop Suns Chevron Yellow And Gray Decorations I am One
Chevron Earrings - Acrylic Earrings - Yellow and Gray Chevron Print Rectangle Acrylic Drop Earrings
Abstract Yellow and Gray Pallet Knife Painting - 18 x 24 - Skye Taylor
Polymer Clay Floral Pendant Necklace Beaded Necklace Summer Jonquil Mint Swarovski Crystals
Beaded Bracelet with Onyx and Hematite
Mid Century Modern Art Print, Yellow and Gray Abstract Wall Art, Mountains Art, Minimalist Poster, Giclee Print, Abstract Landscape
Golden Yellow and Blue Czech Glass Beaded Niobium Earrings
Dandelion Wall Art, Dandelions Art Poster, Yellow and Gray, Printable Art, Home Decorations, Housewarming Gift, Home Sign, Home Decor
Flamingo Wood Sign - Flamingo Crossing Florida Beach Pallet Art Sign - Chalk Paint Sign
Double sided, Yellow and gray chevron ikat decorative pillow cover, Nate Berkus pillow
Pallet Wood Clock, Yellow Wood Clock, Rustic Wood Clock, Yellow and Grey Clock, Shabby Chic Clock, Mustard Yellow Decor, Primitive clock
Fireflies, Signed Metallic Art Print small
Yellow and Gray Wall Art, Yellow Flowers Print, Friendship Quotes, Unique Gift for Friend, Friendship, Gift for Friend, Yellow Flowers Print

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Customer Photos

One of my favorite parts about creating custom pieces is the fun pictures I get from my customers. I love that customers can leave a photo with their review now too! Here are some recent photos I've received from happy customers :)

This look is just priceless!!!

 This buyer made each daughter a special sweater. Handmade sweater paired with handmade buttons :)

And Amanda from Sorby Sweets makes the most beautiful wedding cakes and other sweet confections. She sends each wedding couple a thank you box and includes 2 of my wooden spoons :)
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