Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Small totes

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I kind of thought the subtitle of this post should be "Just so you don't think I'm not working on something".
I actually sell a lot of the things I make.  Remember the St. Patrick's day blocks and Leprechauns?  Well, there were 8 sets made of The Easter blocks and bunnies- and all but one set are sold/spoken for.
And then, my cute neighbor asked me to make her a couple of my smaller totes for two of her girls for Easter.  (They are the brown ones in the picture)  I of course am delighted to be so busy.  It certainly makes it easier to buy new crafting goodies/ fabric/ etc. when there's money coming in.  :)  {which, btw is why I started selling stuff in the first place, so I could feed the habit. ;)}
The downside is that sometimes I get so busy, the new and interesting projects that make blogs fun get put on the back burner.  So, that's where I am right now.  Between Creative Estates, spring break last week and the production stuff, I got nothing.  I'm working on some things, but it will be a day or two before they're ready- so hang tight!







In the mean time, I've been working on my staging of photos.  I'd love any constructive and gentle critiques of these pics.  What do you like/ don't like/ think I could change to show them off better?  I'm also working {for reals this time} on opening my Etsy shop, and will be cranking out the tote bags in serious factory fashion for the next few weeks.  You'll get all the inside information if you come around- so please keep coming back!

And, since this has turned into a completely random post- I just have to stop and say THANK YOU!!  You are all amazing.  And seriously, I love every single one of you!  I am just thrilled to have so many followers and so many awesome comments and I simply think you are all the best people on the planet.  Please know that you contribute greatly to my happiness and joy in life and I truly appreciate and don't take for granted your participation on my blog- and know I'm working hard to return the favor!
xoxo,
Amy
p.s. if you haven't already, enter for the Blog Conference Tote bag give away here! It ends tomorrow.
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13 comments:

Leanne said...

Those bags are so cute. What a fun idea for Easter. I love the beadboard backdrop. I think it really spotlights the bags.

Swensgirl said...

Amy you find the cutest fabrics! I love these! I wish we weren't so tight right now, I would LOVE to give my girls your bags for easter! I think the pictures look awesome!

meggy said...

Those bags are darling! And I really do like that beadboard staging. It is great. Simple, but interesting. Sets off the product well.

Crafty Girls said...

Super cute! I love the bead board for the back drop too. It makes it so the attention is all on the cuteness of the bags and nothing else! Have a great day!

Irene

Muireann said...

I love the first photo, and think showing the bags with items (the monkey!) in them is a great idea. The only constructive criticism I have is that the separate pictures look a bit dark, but that could be my computer so please ignore this if it's my own problem. I agree that the beadboard is a great backdrop.

--Amie-- said...

The totes are SO stinkin' CUTE!!!! I love them all!! I like the beadboard backdrop!

Suzanne said...

Gorgeous! I love those big, beautiful flowers!

Morven's Handmades said...

Hello Amy

I love your bags, especially the flowers, so pretty. The background is quite good, but you need a little more lighting, maybe cover a big cardboard with tin foil, so it reflects the light onto the bags.

Lu said...

So cute! I love the bags, and I think the pictures look good -- the beadboard is a nice touch without being too much. I think the only thing I would suggest is trying for more diffused light so you don't have hardly any visible shadow. Just a studio-type touch that makes you and your items (and your shop) look that much better. :)

lilsamples said...

I also like the simplicity of the beadboard. You might want to try a lower aperture, which would give you a shallower depth of field, which would put the focus on the bag and make the background a little bit blurry. Also, pull the totes away from the background just a hair. These are really cute bags.

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Your bags are so adorable, and I'm so glad that you're getting the Etsy shop set up "for reals" :) Like everyone else said, LOVE the beadboard. Great idea. I agree with Lorene on the shadows, but I know how hard it can be to eliminate them. Also, have you tried playing around with Picnik? I also like how you showed the bag with the monkey in it. It gives a better idea of the size of the bag, and you can use props to give people ideas for how to use your bags. Anyway... love you, love your bags, great stuff!

Karen said...

ok. you know that meggy comment is me, right? :)

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Do you have instructions for your felt flower?

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