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Presentation counts! Especially if you’re using your website, blog or online store for promoting your business. It boost your business if you can upload great pictures of your products and for that, you need to take great pictures.

Photography is an art, it’s about creating beauty and enhancing the strong point and (unlike what people think) its really not that difficult to take pictures that instantly grabs the reader’s attention. Here are few simple tips to make your photos look superb.

 

Get to know your Camera:

It’s very common to see that people don’t even know how to handle cameras without wobbling them. Shaky hands mean blurry pictures. Handle your camera gently, be steady when you take picture, take time and focus. Use tripods for stability. Know your camera, especially shutter speed and aperture. Explore options in your camera and be familiar with it because more options can lead to generating innovative ideas for you. A lot of digital cameras these days offer special lighting and color adjustments. If you don’t have a good camera, save up some money to buy one – its an investment in your business. 

Be your own Picture Director:

 

Don’t rush when taking your pictures. Try different perspectives, add some props, re-arrange little things to make big differences. Take multiple photos, get closer, father away. One picture amongst many is bound to be a gem for you because photography is a game of odds. The more photos you take, the better are the chances to get a good one.

Great Light Makes Great Pictures:


Great object with improper lighting results in bad photos. Mediocre object with great lighting has a higher chance of getting a beautiful picture. Use long shadows to emphasize the subject of your photo. Early daylight or evening shadows add a lure in picture so make sure that lighting is proper when taking the picture.

Use Proper Background:


Plain background is heavily favored among the best photographers because cluttered background distracts the focus while the plain background accentuates the product. Stark background emphasizes the beauty of the object and makes the object the center of the focus. It’s not a must to use a plain background but if you want people to see how pretty your product is then don’t distract the attention by adding clutter. Appropriate background enhances the value of your picture.

Fill the Picture with the Subject:

If people are searching for the object of interest in your picture then this means its not a good picture. Subject of your picture (i.e. your product) should instantly grab the attention. Fill your picture with the subject, focus on it, and make it look sharp. Lock the focus on it.

Use Tools to Make Your Pictures Beautiful:


Make Photoshop your best friend. Its very easy to use Photoshop once you get the hang of it and there are several tutorials available on internet. Microsoft Image Editor is another useful tool. You can change the colors according to your liking; delete things you don’t like, use attractive graphics and make the photo look pretty by just tweaking things here and there. For simpler photo editing, you can also try some great online photo editing tools like picnik.com

So next time you’re click your camera away, keep these tips in mind and get the results that you want.

The trend of accumulating vintage items is increasing day by day, because of their rarity, style and not to forget durability. The most popular vintage item of course is clothing. You can find something just as trendy as that new designer dress, yet unique enough to awe everyone. However, since your vintage items have been passed on through the ages, you need to take a few steps to preserve them, be it vintage comforters or clothes:

Cleaning vintage items:

Whenever using any vintage item, clean it first. For linens, pillow cases and clothing, you should treat any dirty spots with a spot cleaner, such as a mixture of salt and white vinegar. To be extra careful with your item, wash it in hot water. Do check how old the cloth is. If it’s comparatively newer, then wash it in hot water at a gentle speed for the washer. On the other hand, if you are not too sure about your fabric, consult a dry cleaner. Keep in mind that vintage items are usually delicate. Check on a part of your fabric before washing it entirely. Also, do not wring it, but squeeze your fabric gently.

While dealing with vintage jewelery, make sure your cleaning detergent does not contain alcohol, acid or ammonia. Never use the cleaner directly on to the jewelery. First and foremost inspect it for any loose stones and gently dust off the dust with a tooth brush. Apply the cleaner on to a cloth and then rub it on the jewelery for cleaning it up completely.

Storing Vintage Items:

Keeping in view the long life your items have had and from the era they might belong to, you have to be very particular about their storage. For fabrics, make sure they are clean. To avoid wrinkling of your fabric, roll it instead of folding. Ideally, while storing fabrics the temperature should be in between 65-70 degrees with a humidity level of say, 82%. Do not store your fabric in completely enclosed places, or in wooden closets. Store them in acid-free boxes and put up a muslin cloth between the fabric and the wood to avoid any damages that might occur. Avoid the use of chemical mothballs, as it can react and damage the color of your cloth. Use lavender balls instead.

While dealing with vintage jewelery or any other metal product, be even more careful. Make sure not too much moisture is present and the pieces do not rub against each other. Avoid using metal or wooden containers as the chemicals emitting from them can damage your jewels. Use soft pouches with cloth draped around each jewel to prevent it from scratching. Also make sure that your jewelry is dry and clean before storing it.

Let your vintage accessories get some fresh air. If locked away for too long, it can lose its previous color and freshness.

If you use your items properly, you can increase their life by manifolds!

Over time we all end up accumulating myriad items which we classify as “junk”. An empty juice box, cereal boxes, greeting cards, old CDs and the list is basically never ending. Today I’m going to share some interesting tips with you for recycling these apparently useless items and coming up with something innovative that you can use.

Recycling magazines:

You can use wrapping paper coupled with an empty tin to make a container or a jar for containing your accessories. What you will need is:

  1. Old magazine
  2. Empty tin
  3. Glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Decorating items

Cut out the top of the tin in a perfect circle. Now rip off the pages from the old magazine and roll them in to long strips. Make sure the length of the strip is same as the length of your tin box. Glue the ends of the strips to hold the rolled on pieces together. Now paste them on to the tin box, one by the other till the outside of the tin is covered with these strips. Now comes the part of decorating it. You can use pieces of old denim for the top and bottom of the tin to give a neat touch to your box. Use sequences to decorate it. Or you can make graffiti on it. The look and feel basically depends on your taste.

Now you can use this recycled tin to store your accessories in, say your hair bands or your sewing accessories.

Recycling cutlery:

There are a gazillion things you can do with the isolated pieces of dinner set. I’m going to share with you a jewelery holder in which you can assemble your most used earrings and necklaces. What you’ll need is:

  1. 2 saucers
  2. 2 wine goblets
  3. Glass paints
  4. Rhinestones

You can use saucers and goblets that have cracks in them or buy them off some garage sale. Assemble the saucer and on top of that place a goblet facing upwards and glue it. Now put the second saucer on top of that and place the goblet upside down and glue this one as well. For decoration, you can paint the goblets with some abstract art on them and put glitter inside the goblets coupled with some rhinestones. Now you can place your necklaces and earrings in to catch on, which is as good as a new one.

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Recycling CDs:

CDs again can be recycled to make a variety of things. I’ll be sharing with you today how to recycle CD to make a wall hanging for your room. You will need the following things:

  1. Used CDs
  2. Different colored Wool balls
  3. Sequences, stones, small piece of glass
  4. Glue

Firstly, make sure that the CD is clean. After that, take the head of the wool ball and tie that thread on the CD, stretching from its middle to the edge. Now cover the rest of the CD with that wool. You can use contrasting colors on one CD or a single one for each. Once the CD is wrapped with the Wool, its time to decorate it. You can put sequences along the edges of the CD and make a pattern out of the stones for the rest of the empty part. Now for the hanging, again tie a threat from the middle of the CD to the nail where you want to hang it. You can make multiple such decorative CDs, matching the color of your room.

Recycling wax crayons:

Don’t throw away those small stubs of wax crayons. You can use them to make new crayons. But what I’ll be sharing is some thing a lot more interesting, that is, making candles out of those crayons:

What you’ll need:

  1. Wax crayons
  2. Long white candles
  3. Thread
  4. Tin can
  5. Kebab sticks for mixing
  6. Rubber or plastic toys

Firstly, separate all your crayons in to different families, for example make a group of all the red shades, then all the pink shades, all the grey shades green shades and so on. Now melt the candles that you have and once the wax is melted, throw in these wax crayons stubs. Use a particular family of color in one share of melted candle wax. During this time oil your rubber or plastic toys and place the wick in to them. Once the color has mixed in perfectly with the wax, pour it in to your plastic toy and leave it to cool. Make sure that the wax is not to hot as that will result in the melting of your toy. For further innovation you can use different colors of wax but for that make sure that the first wax you poured has settled before pouring in the other one. There, you have your own candle ready which btw is in the shape of your rubber or plastic toy. It is ideal for kid’s room as you can make candles of duck, fruits, mushroom moulds to place in their room.

You don’t really have to spend all that much money on new items or crafts when you yourself can recycle the products you have at home. All it requires is a little time and a little creativity and you can come up with some thing totally unique.

Depending on where you are, spring might be just a few weeks or months away (unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere). I just thought I’d point out some chic items that you can get hands on that will last you the entire spring and summer time this year.

Spring is the season of bright colors and sky high spirits. Be sure to get your hands on the following spring items, available on SALE! Yes, less expenditure and the perfect collection for your spring, this year.

Gap is offering up to 50% off on all its items. The one you would want to add to your collection would be this tote bag. You can choose either from the bright floral prints design or the one color bag, according to your choice. The price is just $19.99 and at such an economical price, the stylish tote bag is bound to add more color to your spring this year.

Bright pink and orange are in this season for foot wear as well. The loeffler Randall Y-strap hot pink pump is available at a discounted price of $127.50! With double buckles at the ankle and satin pleats. If you want a peak toe design, you can go for the Diane von furstenber Draped sandal at the same price. Whatever design you choose, this hot pink footwear will really add that oomph in to your spring collection.

Another spring color the designers have emphasized on is green. This sunner by Cecila camisole is a top articulating floral pattern in a chic silk fabric with adjustable spaghetti sleeves. Just for $65.40, a considerable price cut from the original $218.00, this top is with its boldness would make you look bold and beautiful.


Big jewelery is the in thing this spring. Big ear-rings, pendants and rings are what you should be aiming at. This Semi Precious Green Peridot Peace sign Earrings ,are a perfect accessory for this spring. Pair that up with this artful Sea sprinkles resin and sterling silver ring for just $30 and you not only aligned your jewelery with what’s in this spring at an affordable rate.


Talking about going trendy and big this spring, do try to get your hands on these Kenneth Cole Eyewear sunglasses for just $15.00. While hot it was among celebs, now you can get your hands on these fabulous pair of sunglasses and flash your style.

Since spring is all about flowers and freshness; colors and scents. This spring the colors you’d want to hunt for will be bright orange and yellow, hot pink and red. Search for floral patterned accessories or butterfly prints. The sales are on and you need not spend fat sum of dollars when you can avail them on economical and affordable prices.

DM News just wrote a short post on the changing behaviors in online shopping with more and more people turning to the internet as their purchase destination or guide. 

With the economic conditions tightening, it does seem like a good choice to save on petrol, time and energy. These percentages are expected to go even higher by the end of this year, with more people preferring online buying. 

Here’s an excerpt:

“A new survey by Bazaarvoice and Jupiter Research on online shopping behavior continues to reinforce and build on the importance of the Web in making informed decisions.

Equally interesting, the study also shows a growing number now look to the Internet first as part of their decision-making process. Where 41% of consumers in 2004 already had decided on which item or title to purchase before going online to research, that number dropped to 31% in 2008.

Once online, majorities found a variety of tools useful for researching or making a purchase: store/retailer Web sites (89%); search engines (86%); user ratings (77%); or recommendations from buyers (66%).

In a tight economy, consumers more than ever are looking to make the most of their dollar. For marketers, that means opportunities to continue to help retailers to not only build trust in brands, but working to improve the tools and information necessary to reach through the clutter and help consumers in the decision-making process.”

Found this great blog post by a new member of silkfair.com:

“What a breeze it was to import listings from etsy today!  It only took  minutes to configure my setup… WHOO HOO!!  Once I overcome my disbelief, I’ll get back to work.  There must be a catch.  This venue can’t be EVERYTHING that it promises right? LOL”

Thanks Anna. Check out her store – she has some pretty amazing jewelry items… some of them are below.

Akoya Pearl Bracelet – $44

Bridal Elegance – $47

 

Copper Age Dangle Earrings = $15


Golden Natural Handmade Gold Fill Necklace – $28



SilverFrogJewelry just recently won the 2009 Bride’s Choice Award hosted by WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company.

In its inaugural year, the Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and honors vendors from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellent quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value of cost and flexibility. This year’s recipients represent the top three percent of WeddingWire’s vendor community, which includes over 100,000 wedding vendors from across the US. That means SilverFrogJewelry is one of the very best jewelers.

Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the company, the Bride’s Choice Awards are determined exclusively by recent newlyweds through surveys and reviews.

“We are excited to launch this annual award program to honor high-performing vendors based solely on the experiences of our WeddingWire community,” according to Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “This year’s recipients have set the bar high, exhibiting excellent service and expertise in the wedding industry.”

SilverFrogStudio would like to thank our past clients for speaking on our behalf and helping us win the 2009 Bride’s Choice Award!


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