Welcome to my "Happy Things" blog. Here I post any new jewelry items I've made
and share some of the 'happy things' I appreciate in daily life.
I hope you find something that brings a smile and please visit my online handmade jewelry shop
where my pieces are available:


Sunday, July 18, 2010

A penny for your thoughts

This weekend was a rare opportunity to get together with the girls and laugh, eat and scrapbook! I have been an avid scrapbooker, documenting the big and little things of my two boys, now ages 6 and 3, for several years. That is - until my jewelry business picked up! I've been so busy with my Etsy shop and local business, that I haven't scrapbooked anything for months ... in fact, I had to hurry up and snap a few current pictures of the boys so I had something recent to work with. As much as you love your family, everyone needs to get away and just "be" sometimes. We had a wonderful time and it was good to giggle like teenagers again, not count caleries and catch up on documenting our lives in the pages of our family scrapbook album.

The weekend unexpectadly proved to be beneficial to my jewelry making as well! It turns out that the girls were having a hard time understanding the true size of beads and elements in many of the jewelry pieces listed in my shop. Since many of my pieces are asymmetrical and include mixed materials, without something to help guage perspective it was difficult to know just how big or little something was. While I had thought about including a penny or something in at least one photo for each of my items, I had not made the adjustment in my photoshoots, nor re-shot any existing photos. When I described the true size of many pieces they pointed out to me, they were pleasantly surprised and were interested in several for themselves.

Selling jewelry designs online is difficult, restricted to the flat screen where the buyer cannot pick up, touch and feel the piece. Including some perspective on size is clearly something I need to start doing, to help my online customers see if the piece is something they feel will be flattering on their arm or not. Wasting no time, I included a penny for perspective in some photos of a bracelet I'll be posting in my shop:

So hopefully the adjustment will help your online shopping experience, as I make some updates to photos throughout the week. Thanks to the girls for "telling me how it is", so I can make the adjustment!

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