Let’s Take it in the Garden!

10299222_618425231567262_594094823_n Thanks to everyone for reading & commenting on my first blog post! A little bit of sunshine & fresh air today have motivated me to put pen to paper, so to speak, again!

So, what was  I doing outside in the garden when I should be cracking on with the arduous task of selling vintage clothing? Well, top of my to-do list is to get lots more lovely items into my online shop  – www.etsy.com/shop/WakeUpLittleSusies – but I keep being hindered from this task by my inability to find somewhere handy for me to quickly & successfully take at least half decent photographs. Our house is completely full to busting with our own collections of everything under the sun, as well as all my stock & hubby Simon’s art stuff so there really is no clear corner to set up a mannequin, & I’ve tried to photograph stuff on coat hangers  from the picture rail on the one clearish piece of wall I could find but to no avail as no matter what combination of lights off, lights on, blind up, blind down, flash on, flash off I try, I just can’t get the light right!

So, when the sun came out today, I thought there’s only one thing for it, let’s take it in the garden! by far the best place around here for a bit of space and natural light, as evidenced by the shot of the pink frilly bed jacket (hanging on the shed) above that I prepared earlier (i.e. last summer) & this more arty shot of Simon modelling some PJs for me…

10388503_626963590713426_359125200_n       So, out in the garden I went armed with shears & rake to have a bit of a tidy up (in case something untoward creeps into shot) whilst congratulating myself for inventing an excuse to potter in the garden in the sunshine & still call it work. Once I’d decided on the bit that catches the best sun & clipped off the dead bits of that nice red stuff that looks great in the rockery but I don’t know it’s name, & noted that the periwinkle that I had just planted to fill in gaps in the hedge had spread a bit further than required, I was all set to bring out mannequin no. 2 (Betsy) with an item of frilly nightwear, & hey presto!

  07 04That’s all I did for now as the sun had already moved round & it’s still a bit breezy….but hey, it’s a start! When the next sunny, non windy day rolls round I shall build up a stock of photos to list on rainy days!

At one point the neighbour’s cat, Milly, passed by & I momentarily thought how fabulous & cute it would be to get the cat to ‘accidentally’ photo bomb my Etsy photos but I quickly thought better of it: that cat, fluffy as she may be, is a vicious predator & seems to feel compelled to kill anything that moves so I just imagined a gentle breeze causing a frothy ’60s nightie to billow prettily, and then the horrifying onslaught that would follow when feline claws meet vintage nylon…..

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4 thoughts on “Let’s Take it in the Garden!

  1. Another lovely blog,I agree outside shots are the way to go unless you have a house not full to brim of collectables,kids toys,boxes of stuff for next fair etc xx

    • I don’t think that’s ever gonna happen Sharon, so let’s hope we’re in for lots of sunshine this year so we can take photos outside!

  2. long time no see but still like to keep watch on you and your beautiful stock..Well done loving the blog

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