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I want to open an Etsy shop but I need to get good photos of my Lanimals. Here are some shots I took of Ollie the Owl today. What do you think? I’d really really appreciate any thoughts or suggestions.
First I played with color background. My thought was that these might pop out more than if Ollie was on a white background.
Then I put my hand in there for context. This involved some maneuvering to get everything into the frame. Now you know that I’m white (was that really a surprise?)… and that I have large very straight thumbs.
Next I played with a textured background.
Lastly, I tried my hand at styling some shots with props. I now better understand why there are professional stylists.
I have my favorites but what do you think? Do you have a favorite? Are there any that are a definite no-go?
I wasn’t sure what I was going to embroider when I bought the packet but a few weeks later when I passed a packet of onesies, the light bulb went off.
but I have several other onesies in the pack. What design do you think I should go with next (see the options here)? Check out my fancy pantsy poll below to vote.
One of my favorite things is to go to garage sales. Yesterday I stopped by a garage sale and spotted a very rare find. Baby socks!
I’m often tempted to buy new baby socks because I’ve found it hard to find gently used socks. If you have any socks of any size that are in decent condition that you want to get rid of, please let me know. (I’ll pay for postage)
So here’s what the socks turned into.
At the craft fair, someone requested that I make a little purple bird. I’m so to have a commission. Here’s the resulting Lanimal plus some of his real animal friends.
Because he’s a commission, I think I’m going to refrain from giving him a name and a backstory.
Playing with shadows.
Playing with 2 cats.
Now you see my secret photo shoot location. The inside of an IKEA drawer. I’m still experimenting with light and backgrounds. What do you think? Does the IKEA drawer work? Is the light too harsh?
I’m very lucky to live by the woods. Over the weekend, a few friends and I went for a walk on a cold, wet day. We passed by a moss-covered wall that was dripping with rain runoff from the forest above. My photography skills are a work in progress but I hope that these images can give some sense for how beautiful it was.
Here is the wall to give some sense of context but the beauty is in the intricacy and texture that you can see up close.
The craft fair on Saturday was so fun. I really enjoy seeing people’s reactions when picking up a Lanimal. Young or old, most everyone sees one and smiles. As a pragmatic person, it’s funny to make something that doesn’t really serve a purpose. But I feel a whimsy and a certain kind of childlike playfulness when I make these little guys and I think that comes across to some people and there is a value in that in and of itself.
Seeing such positive reactions to my work was a big boost of confidence. For anyone reading this who came by the booth THANK YOU!
I was able to sew a little during down times at the booth. I made one full Lanimal and another is in progress.
This guy doesn’t have a name yet. Any suggestions?
Tomorrow I’ll have my first table as Simeon at the Philadelphia Midtown Village Fall Festival. Please stop by if you live in the area!
Exciting news. My simeon stamp came in the mail yesterday! I ordered the stamp from RubberStamps.com and am impressed that it got here within a week and a half. I wish the stamp was a little more even in the the whale body but, overall, I’m happy with the outcome.
Now that I have the stamp, I can make labels for the lanimals! I’ve been saving up cardboard from packages for several weeks and will cut them up to use as the label material.
Once I set up this pile of cardboard both cats were checking it out immediately. I only was able to capture one of them but you get the jist. I love crafting with furry friends.
On this morning’s train ride, I finalized the name my stuffed animals friends. Previously, I had been calling them “dolls” but that just didn’t seem right at all. Too girly and frilly and not very me.
“Lanimals” comes from a syntax a friend invented years ago that I adopted. If you love something or someone, you add an “L” to the beginning of the name. If someone or something makes you mad or you have a negative association with that person/thing, you would add an “F” to the beginning of their name (you can guess why). For example, you could say Lobama and Fomney or Lomney and Fobama depending on your political leanings.
And so… these little critters will be called lanimals.
Here’s my latest lanimal finished on the train. His name is Gus.
Apparently, Gus is not too fond of train travel. He prefers his adventures in the pages of a good sci-fi thriller while cuddled under the blankets with a cup of tea.