I snatched up my latest copy of Country Living and collapsed in my yet to be slip covered dining chair, right in front of the glass back door to get the maximum amount of sunshine. In moments I was pouring over lovely homes, feeling as though the sunshine filling the cheery rooms on the pages was actually warming my cheek as I flipped the pages and sipped ice water through a straw.
It was, however, short lived. The bus arrived and dumped off my adorable and very chatty daughter. By the time I had helped her with a few things and returned to my magazine, the sunshine was gone.
|Pillow available on Etsy (Butterfly wreath also on Etsy)|
I have a thing about pictures. I love to look at them--in magazines, on photography blogs--and I love to take them. Often I get an image in my head and I must work until I capture it in a picture. Sometimes that means setting up elaborate displays like when Lisa and I decided to throw a Harvest Party. It wasn't really about the party, it was about taking pictures of the party setup.
|White Ironstone for sale at the shop|
I sometimes get so caught up in staging the things I am taking a picture of, I might get carried away and spend more time than necessary to snap a few pictures and post something on etsy. Because really, I am trying to make an impression, sell someone a story, give them a glimpse at someone else's life--hoping they will buy into the whole package, not just the item. . . like I do when I flip through my favorite magazines, or browse my favorite shops on etsy.
|Paper garland at the shop and on Etsy|
Take yesterday for instance. Lisa and I had sewn a few aprons. Some for the shop and some for esty. When it came time to photograph them, I had a vision of working in my kitchen, filling a vase with flowers while wearing a cute little apron. That was easy enough. I had some flowers, so I put them in a white pitcher and staged them next to me.
|White Swiss Dot Apron (picture must have worked--I listed it last night and it sold last night!)|
But then, when I put on the white and red apron, it made me think of Valentine's Day and baking a surprise for someone special. . . so I HAD to bake a cake. . . and add it to the picture.
I have sort of had a butterfly thing going. I got hooked on some butterfly art last fall and have been waiting until now to start bringing some more into the shop. So I added a couple candy melt butterflies to the cake--it just felt more Valentine-ish that way, without resorting to hearts.
In the end, the cake is hardly a big feature in the picture (though from this angle the lint on the floor is!). But I think it adds something. I am no expert on staging, by any means (or photography for that matter)--but I sure have fun doing it! And the kids didn't care what I was doing it for if it meant they got cake with cream cheese frosting for dessert.