Saturday, January 16, 2010

A very talented artists wants to interview me!

I received an email from a very talented artist who's interested in interviewing me for her blog about my hand painted glassware- what an honor! This is definitely motivation to continue this hobby...and it's good to know my items are appreciated by other people :-)

The interview is being posted today at her blog so make sure to check it out! She has a good amount of followers and I'm hoping it will help drive traffic to my shop...I'll keep you posted on the outcome :-)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Easy Ways to Update Your Photos

There's been so many times in the past where I've taken photos in poor lighting and just deleted them off of my camera. Because, why would I hold on to a bad picture, right? Well, that was then...before I knew anything about photo editing software. After teaching myself the basics of Photoshop (during my free 30 day trial), I was able to salvage some photos I had taken and enhance other ones...including some of my wedding photos! I wanted to share this information, because it's so easy!
There's a few popular software types that people often use- Picasa (free) & Photoshop (pricey). I just started using Picasa, because it's free and it's super easy to use. This is a before & after of a photo I edited in Picasa using the "tuning" options:
Pretty cool, huh? It's amazing how much difference there is in both pictures and the amount a picture can be enhanced. If I only knew then what I know now!

Woo Hoo

I was honored to get a message from another Etsy artist Explaining that they featured one of my glasses in their blog! How cool and on top of that, it's free advertisement of my shop :-) Here is the link that also features some other cool hand made stuff:
StudioHaus Blog

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My newest additions

I've started making wine charms, but I wanted to make something different so I've incorporated bottlecaps. Sounds a little odd, but they actually look nice :-) For these, I used a beer cap and then cut out an image from a stack of scrapbooking paper that I had laying around. I glued the image to the inside of the bottlecap and sealed it with a resin that waterproofs the image and prevents it from fading over time. My goal is to make more collections with cooler images and new, unused more to come!!