Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Photos: Before and After

OK. I spent quite a bit of time doing some photo editing today. Yep, I tried my patience...And I survived! I just updated the photos in our Etsy shop for our two newest items. What do you think?



The above picture is the "before" picture. Then I went online to picnik (it's free!) and did some editing to brighten it up. I've had an account with picnik since February, but I just had no patience to use it! My computer is very slow...So it took a lot of time to do something just really small, but I hung in there and toughed it out. I poked around the editing section and tried different things. Here is the "after" picture that I just posted to our shop.


What a difference some photo-editing software does, right??? Yep, even though it was time-consuming, it was worth it. But I do wish for the day when I can get a new computer and Photoshop!!! That would make life just a teeny bit easier, I think.

So I edited photos for our two newest listings in the shop. You can check them out by clicking on the links below:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/54694819/swarovski-clear-crystal-heart-suncatcher
and
http://www.etsy.com/listing/54661356/lucky-cell-phone-charm-chinese-character

With the success of today's photo-editing, I'm going to attempt to edit some of the other pictures we've got that are already in our shop. Wish me luck. It might take me awhile, but I'm working on it. =)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Seeing it Here First

You're seeing it here first - on the blog! We tried to get some good shots, but I don't think they're bright enough. They'll have to do for now, because it's taken us this long just to get the shots! We're going to work on trying to brighten them up a bit later. Take a look!
This is a stunning Swarovski 40 mm clear crystal heart.
It's a perfect SunCatcher for any window in any home.

Here are three of our cell phone charms or zipper pulls, in Chinese characters - "Good Luck" (front and back of charm is shown in picture). Each one comes on a 2" lariat in one of three colors: green, black, yellow. Along with the good luck charm, there is also a small beaded chain, including a tiny Swarovski crystal bead.

These items will be in our shop sometime later this evening - or tomorrow. Please stop by our Etsy shop and take a peek! More items coming soon as well. So stay tuned...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Working on New Pics

We're working on some new pictures, so that I can list some new items in our Etsy shop. Kids are in school again and getting back into the groove of things. Here are a couple of things that will soon be in our shop, but they'll have newer pictures and be in different colors than shown. These are items that were previously in the shop and were purchased. =)


A starfish SunCatcher to make beautiful rainbows in the sunlight.


A cell phone charm or zipper pull - "Good Luck" in Chinese characters.


And we've got one or two brand new items to list as well! Hopefully we'll be done with the pictures tomorrow, and I can list them then. =) We still don't mess around with photo-editing, so we've really got to just try to get the best light we can and deal. It just takes too long for me to do the editing. It's probably our slow computer. For right now, it's back to homework with my 3rd grader - and I've gotta find something to make for dinner!



Sunday, August 15, 2010

School is Starting


School is starting, and my kids aren't ready to go back yet. They're not anxious or nervous at all about starting a new year. Their attitude is more of a laid back, go-with-the-flow type. They don't want to go back to school just yet, but they know that they have to do it. =)

With my daughter attending summer classes for the majority of the summer break, I don't even really feel like we - as a family - got much of a summer at all. But that's OK, because her summer classes and her experience was well worth it. She'll be getting her grades from the summer courses in a couple of weeks, and we're pretty sure she did really well.

When I was in school, I was never as laid back about the first day as my kids are! I remember going through my backpack like 5 times, just to be sure I had everything and wasn't forgetting something I might need. Or going school shopping for supplies about a month before school even started! I was quite the perfectionist back then. I've eased up quite a bit, but I'm still super-organized and like to make sure that I have everything I need - before I actually need it.

Anyway, this year, we've saved school supply shopping for the very last minute. Off to the store we go to get the notebooks, pencils, pens, erasers. We've never done this last minute before, so I imagine the stores are going to be PACKED with people! This is something I'm not looking forward to...Wish us luck!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sold 4 a Cause!

I'm so excited and happy to say that we've sold two items in our shop from our justB 4 a cause section! Because of this, I am able to donate $16 to the American Cancer Society. Check out the great items that were recently purchased.

This is a beautiful AB crystal car charm for the rear view mirror.

A fun zipper pull or cell phone charm.

To check out the rest of our selection in the justB 4 a cause section of our shop, please click the link below:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/justByou?section_id=6779928


I've really been procrastinating on getting things done when it comes to online stuff and our Etsy shop. I need to get many items in the shop! I just haven't taken any pictures yet. I'll be trying to work on that. This is the kids' last week of their summer vacation, as school is starting next week for them. So if we don't get to it this week, I'll do it next week for sure! You know what this means --- Be ready for some new additions in our shop very soon!!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Day at the Beach

What a great way to relax and forget about all the worries in life...A Day at the Beach!!! We took a drive to go and visit the ocean, and spent a great day in the sand, listening to the ocean waves, relaxing, making sand castles, and playing in the water. It was just what the family needed! Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.


Footprints in the sand....













Beautiful Scenery






















My daughter's first time finding a whole sand dollar!