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July 2011
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July 2011

I’m drowning in Photoshop.

Back in March, a friend sent me a redone pic of one of the earrings on my website. "How do you like it?" she asked.

It was infinitely better than anything I had ever done.

She then sent a step-by-step tutorial (her own writing, not a link) of how to achieve similar results. I tried it, and I was hooked.

For the next four months, I spent 40-50 hours every week (in addition to 30 hours/week for production and marketing) redoing photos. Several thousand picture files on my computer, edited and uploaded to my various websites.

And then I did it again, because I knew I could make them better.

Maybe I’m crazy – and most certainly I’m a workaholic – but it’s as if each of those picture files was a tiny block of cement that I had been carrying around and hating for all these years. When I finally uploaded the last picture, the sack of cement melted from my shoulders.

The redone websites:

http://www.meredithbead.com

http://www.meredithbead.artfire.com

http://www.meredithbead.etsy.com

http://www.meredithbead2.etsy.com

Take a look! Yes, I can hear you sighing all the way to California.

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PART II

You might notice that several of my websites are missing from the above list. With the exception of the wholesale findings and earring findings (pierced and non-pierced) pages on http://meredithbead-ivil.tripod.com , those sites get very few views and almost no sales.

The conundrum: do I replace the pictures on those sites, or concentrate my efforts on adding new product to the websites that sell? I say "new product," but...

If I don’t replace the old pictures, should I let them sit, or delete them?

Should I consolidate all my bead and findings pages onto http://meredithbead-ivil.tripod.com ? — another several-months project. If so, it will be later rather than sooner. I really need to get back to the creative part of my life.

As always, your feedback is welcome.

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July birthstone:

RUBY — Balances and energizes the heart, both emotionally and in physical functions. Enhances confidence and our relationships with others. Improves blood circulation. 1st chakra.

ruby.goldfilled.ear.jpg

available at http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=2366873

or http://www.etsy.com/listing/58651827/faceted-ruby-earrings

 

August birthstone

PERIDOT — Balances the spirit energies while strengthening the physical body. 4th chakra.

chinese.jade.rabbitt.leaf.peridot.moonstone.ear.jpg

peridot.sterling.charm.ear.jpg

both of these available at http://www.meredithbead.com/42563.html

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The news we don't want to hear --
 
Today's metal prices:
GOLD $1599.00/ounce
SILVER $40.33/ounce
 
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I’m going to the twice-yearly wholesale gift show at the LA Convention Center this weekend. Are there any beads or findings that you’d like me to look for, as either a supply or a component in finished jewelry? If a supply — be as specific as possible, and tell me your price range.

Stay cool!

Meredith

exclusive hand-crafted jewelry:
www.meredithbead.com
jewelry and findings:
http://members.tripod.com/meredithbead-ivil/index.html
 
religious and cultural jewelry:
poetry and essays (my writing website)