photo props:









Was taking some photos the other day and thought I’d take a couple photos of photo ‘props’ I use. So if I’m taking a photo of a main subject or item, these are some items I use with styling the photo. My usual go-to props are old items like keys, postage stamps, spools, scissors, tape, etc. Lately I’ve liked to use dried flowers in my photos. I have a little box sitting around filled with little items like this. Do you have any items you typically like to use in your photos? 


Shop Swap #2:


Swap shop is back! (using the same graphics from last time) This time around we’re doing it just in time for the holidays. Last time we had a very fun swap shop -read on for details below! If you don’t own a shop – the lovely package exchange will be back early next year :)

update: sign-ups are now closed and entry forms have been hidden 
so email addresses are not revealed! 
partners will be assigned soon :) Thanks for your patience!

Details: This swap is all about sending a nice package full of goods from your shop. Your shop does not have to be limited to handmade items. You will be paired with 1 swap partner based on the aesthetic of your shop. The amount is up to you, please try to send a minimum of $25. Keep in mind the packaging, we’re all about lovely packages here. Feel free to do a holiday themed package :)
Dates: Sign ups will close on October 31st or if we reach 100 people, whichever comes first. Partners will be issued by November 5th and please have your package sent by November 30th.

Overseas: Friends with shops in international countries are invited to participate, but please note if you are interested in sending overseas or not.
Note: Please do not sign up and plan to send leftover / sale / dead-stock items from your shop. Please send something worth receiving and something you’d want to receive! :)

If you’re interested in participating, leave a comment
with the following information:

Name:
Shop URL:
Email Address:
Location:
What sort of things do you sell?
Are you interested in sending overseas?
Would so appreciate if you could pass the word along at your blog :) Post a button to show you’re participating in the swap!
Note: If you didn’t know, you can adjust the width of the banner to fit your sidebar! Within the html code below, where it says width=”150″, simply change that ‘150’ number to whatever number will fit your side bar! Not sure what size fits in your sidebar? Trial and error always works best, that’s what I do 😉
Button #1, Circle:
Button #2, Square:
Button #3, Triangle:

lovely package exchange, summer 2012:

I know lots of you love packaging, it’s some of the first content I blogged about because I love a nicely wrapped package. Well, the lovely package exchange spring 2012 is here! Limited number of sign ups are open to hurry to the comment form to sign up! update sign ups are now closed, thanks for participating! :)
Swap Partners: You’ll receive 1 swap partner, so we can focus on putting lots and lots of effort into our lovely packages!

Swap Dollar Amount: This is a gift exchange, with emphasis on the packaging. So suggested amount to spend on a gift is around $25-$30 before shipping cost. This amount can include packaging for your gifts as well, but please don’t spend $20 on packaging and only send a $10 gift. If you own a shop, please don’t send only items from your shop to promote your own shop.

Overseas: The trade is open to friends in other countries! Please note that Canada + US will be counted together so US residents may receive a partner in Canada. All other countries will be paired with each other. There is no option to send or receive from overseas.

Interests: The form includes all necessary information so please fill it out thoroughly :) Be sure to include any favorite links, etsy shops, etc so you can give your partner an idea of the things you like.

Flickr: Please join the lovely package exchange flickr group! Feel free to post all your images of packages sent and received! Please add package images for inspiration as well if you want.

Deadline & Dates: First 125 sign ups will be accepted. Sign ups will remain open until Sunday, June 24th or if there are 125 sign ups, whichever comes first. Partners will be assigned Thursday, June 28th and packages must be sent by Thursday, July 12th.
If you’d like to sign up for the summer 2012 exchange, simply fill out this form and leave it in the comments section! Please do not email me your forms – I will be sure to get to all the information here.
Requirements: This swap is open to anyone this time around. But if you do not have some sort of link (blog/shop) you will be paired up with someone with the same. This keeps it fair for those who want to document and blog about it.
Filling out the sign up form is essentially signing your contract – that you are committing to sending a great package! Please plan to put some time and effort into the things you send, as well as how you present it.
Name: 
URL: (blog/shop

Email Address: (please type your email as it is, ie: ohhellofriend@gmail.com + not like ohhellofriend[at]gmail.com – thanks!)

Location:

List 5 favorite things: (favorite shops/blogs, things you’d like to receive, items you collect,etc)

5 words to describe you or your style: 

Anything else you’d like to mention: 
If you’re participating, place a button at your blog.
Simply choose a button and copy and paste the codes provided below.

Note: If you didn’t know, you can adjust the width of the banner to fit your sidebar! Within the html code below, where it says width=”150″, simply change that ‘150’ number to whatever number will fit your side bar! Not sure what size fits in your sidebar? Trial and error always works best, that’s what I do 😉
Button #1, Circle:
Button #2, Square:
Button #3, Triangle:

shop / swap:

Update 2/5: Sign ups closed, thanks for all the entries! Will assign partners soon :)

I thought this would be a fun idea to do a little swap amongst shops. So many of us have shops so why not have a swap related to our shops? Details below! Don’t worry, if you don’t own a shop – the lovely package exchange will be back in a few weeks :)


Details: Sign up if you own a shop and send a nice package full of shop goodies. Your shop does not have to be limited to handmade items. You will be paired with 1 swap partner based on the aesthetic of your shop.
Dates: Sign ups will close on February 7th or if we reach 100 people, whichever comes first. Partners will be issued by February 10th and please have your package sent by February 29th.

Overseas: Friends with shops in international countries are invited to participate, but please note if you are interested in sending overseas or not.
Note: Please do not sign up and plan to send leftover / sale / dead-stock items from your shop. Please send something worth receiving and something you’d want to receive! :)

If you’re interested in participating, leave a comment
with the following information:

Name:
Shop URL:
Email Address:
Location:
What sort of things do you sell?
Are you interested in sending overseas?
Would so appreciate if you could pass the word along at your blog :) Post a button to show you’re participating in the swap!
Note: If you didn’t know, you can adjust the width of the banner to fit your sidebar! Within the html code below, where it says width=”150″, simply change that ‘150’ number to whatever number will fit your side bar! Not sure what size fits in your sidebar? Trial and error always works best, that’s what I do 😉
Button #1, Circle:
Button #2, Square:
Button #3, Triangle:

a collection trade:

found via: pinkshirts and carwrecks

UPDATE 3/6: sign-ups are now closed & partners have been assigned!


So I shared some instant collections yesterday and asked you what sort of things you collect. After seeing Lisa Congdon’s Collection A Day book, I got even more inspired about collections and thought it’d be fun to have a little collection swap! What do you think? Read on for details!

Details: You will be paired with 1 swap partner and each of you will share what sort of things you collect. Then you’ll buy an item from your partner’s list and send it to them! So everyone will have added a new item to their collection by the end of this trade!
Swap Dollar Amount: $15-$20
Dates: Sign ups will close on Saturday, March 5th or if we reach 100 people, whichever comes first. Partners will be issued by March 8th and please have your package sent by March 31st.

Overseas: We will allow friends in international countries to participate, but please note if you are interested in sending overseas or not.

Note: Please do not sign up and give your partner an expensive list of things you collect.. like rare coins or something. If your collection contains items that are most likely easy to find around etsy or ebay or online, like scissors or staplers or something, please join!

Sign up form:
If you’re interested in participating, leave a comment
with the following information:

Name:
Website:
Email Address:
Location:
What sort of things do you collect?
Are you interested in sending overseas?

I think that’s everything! Thanks friends, can’t wait to see what
everyone ends up with! Here are some more lovely collections:

collections } saucers
perfect bound

... and Collection (3)
Jackie Rueda



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