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my five “secrets to success” when selling at an antique market

Many readers have asked, through comments or e-mails, if I could share some of my tips and "secrets" to being successful at an antique market, so I thought I would write a post and share my answers with the whole group. Here they are, my top five (off-the-top-of-my-head) secrets to success... Create a Cohesive Look Remember, as you're curating for your booth, that you're not just an antiques  (read more …)

ideas are like sea turtles

Our family has been watching through the series Planet Earth on Netflix.  Our world is so intricate and fascinating and bizarre and majestic. We were watching a segment on baby sea turtles - how the eggs are laid in the sand and, at just the right time, they break free from their shell and race towards the ocean.  I'm watching these little turtles scurry in the sand, focused on their destination,  (read more …)

studio flooring options

In my post yesterday, I shared that we'll be installing some new flooring in the studio.  Well, not in the entire studio, but a corner of it, so I can use that area for photo shoots.  The corner we'll be installing it in is this one... You can see that the flooring is a bit of a mish-mash; some of the old pine and some plywood, so I haven't used that corner for photo shoots despite the nice  (read more …)

behind the scenes | producing videos

I have been asked several questions about the videos I make, so I thought I would answer them all in one post, for those who are interested. Videos have been an on-again-off-again thing for me over the past few years.  I started them initially when I wanted to share how I made slipcovers.  I tried to write posts detailing how, but once I got into the thick of "pin the inside arm piece to the side  (read more …)

prove yourself wrong

I have some things to share tonight, but I'm going to do something I don't usually (or ever) do.  I'm going to ask you to watch this video first and then read the post.  The reason is that I'm going to talk about the video and I don't want you to read all about it before you watch it.  Okay?  Deal? Did you watch it?  Okay, now you can read... So, Saturday morning, I was showering to get ready  (read more …)

styling tips | for photo

Welcome to the third and final part of this "styling tips" series! If you missed the first two parts and want to catch up, the links are below... styling tips | for home styling tips | for retail In this part, we'll talk about styling for photography.  This is the one that I do most.  I think even when I'm styling for retail or in my house, I'm thinking about how photogenic it will be!  I  (read more …)

soda crate + dress form display

When it comes to creative display ideas, I try to "keep my head down" or "keep my blinders on" to some extent, so that my ideas aren't too heavily influenced by trends or other creatives. But, sometimes I feel a little stuck in a rut and I need to cruise for some fresh inspiration. It's definitely a fine tightrope to walk! As I was getting ready for Lucketts, though, I needed some fresh  (read more …)

behind the scenes | online shop

     Since the online shop has been a big focus in the studio for the past couple of weeks, I thought I would share a little bit of the "behind the scenes" for those who are curious about our process. Our process has been a bit all over the place, since we don't do this regularly, but we're getting into a groove and are becoming more efficient. In fact, Kriste and I spent the majority of the day  (read more …)