Oh dear

Things are not going to plan. I shouldn’t really be surprised, this is normal for me. Things hardly ever go to plan. Why? Because I always take on too much, far more than it’s possible to fit into a day, a week, a year.

I am not Superwoman, but somehow my brain thinks I am. It thinks there are 48 hours in a day, so it makes me say “Sure, I can do that, no problem”. It conveniently forgets the trillion other jobs that I’ve said I’ll do. Then, not liking to let people down, I do the stuff that I’ve promised other people and the things that I really want to do, for me, don’t get done. I’m old enough to know better, yet I never learn to say “No, sorry, I haven’t got time to do that”. 😦

I think you can guess what’s coming next.

That’s right, I’m getting nowhere with either the photography course or this blog. These are “me” things so, naturally, I haven’t got time to do them. Okay, I’m exaggerating. A tiny bit does get done, but nowhere near as much as I’d like.

So, the photography course. I’m on lesson 5 and so far no camera work has been required. It’s all been about developing a brand style. This is harder than I expected. I’m probably the world’s least style-conscious woman, and wouldn’t recognise a brand style if it hit me in the face. And I’m supposed to develop a photographic style for my brand??? Oh dear.

The blog is not faring much better. I’ve been playing with the settings, trying to make it look pretty, and failing miserably. I get lost trying to navigate the site. I’ve looked at the help pages. They didn’t help. Other people can do this stuff so it can’t be all that hard. I need to spend time trying to understand how this site works, but there’s a problem. It’s a “me” thing so, naturally, I haven’t got time to do it……

Oh dear.



A Fresh Start

Hello, I’m Shirley, a life-long crafter who has tried most crafts at one time or another, hated some, loved others, occasionally won prizes for craftwork, and now making beaded jewellery for sale under the brand name Ffigys Designs. You probably haven’t heard of my brand, not many people have. Yet. And I bet you can’t spell ffigys if you look away from the screen. Ffigys is a Welsh word (it means figs, as in the fruit) which I’ve taken from the name of my Victorian cottage in the South Wales valleys.

So why am I here, and what is the fresh start in the title about?

I make jewellery to sell in my online shops, so I need really good photographs to show potential customers what they can buy from me. This is where it gets a bit tricky. I’ve never been much good with a camera, and product photography is a lot harder than you’d think. I’ve practised and practised, but the results can still be pretty awful. Sometimes I’m lucky and get a few good shots. Other times, the camera gods decide not to play nice and nothing that I try gets me a good photo.  And, of course, there is only so much that Photoshop can fix……

After weeks of deliberation, I finally signed up to a 24-week photography course to learn exactly how to get beautiful product shots every single time. The course has just started so I thought it would be fun to write a blog about my adventures with a camera as my photographs gradually transform from ugly ducklings into beautiful swans.

So here I am. 🙂