Sunday, 26 February 2017

My new personalised place settings! 

Order your place tags from my online shop here. Below you can see how easy it is to create your own pretty individual place settings.

Collect together some pretty leaves and flowers. Here I have used bay leaves and gypsophila, I also added in some rosemary.

You will also need some string, small wooden pegs and the napkin.

Wrap the string around the napkin at least twice before tying a knot first then a bow. Place two if the bay leave underneath the string and put a small sprig of gypsophila on top. Finally peg the name place card to the string just by the bow.

In this image I also added a small sprig of rosemary.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

New Year, New Photos

Last year for me was a year of making, this year I think it's going to be the year of photography!

I felt I needed to give my etsy shop a bit of attention. It's has always taken rather a back seat, up until now I've always prioritised doing events and fairs.

 I thought I'd begin by looking at the photographs I had. I really didn't like my napkin photographs, these were the weakest images I had out of all my product shots. The table that I had used as a background had looked very orange and even after I had edited the photos I wasn't happy with them. I did some research and looked for images in magazines and on the internet for inspiration.

I have some lovely wooden crates that I use to display my products when I do an event, so I thought I'd try using those. I also wanted to try and take overhead shots but I don't have the right sort of tripod, but I thought I'd see what I could do. I have found using natural light is the best, so I need to  use a slow shutter speed, hence I use a tripod.

So here are the results of the first photo shoot! I just used some rosemary from the garden and natural string to add interest to the image.

Then these are from the second photo shoot. Then I thought of adding a simple sprig of gypsophila to the place setting.

Then I tried adding a couple of bay leaves behind a small sprig of gypsophila. See the images in my etsy shop here

I think my napkins work really well when they are mixed and matched together, especially the china blue range. So I also photograph a couple of combinations.